In this snippet, Moira is in her coffee shop, opening up, when Aiden's mother, Mazie, stops by with news. This snippet is a bit longer than usual, but highlights Mazie's compassion and sets up the bad guy of the tale.
The bells on the doors jingled and Mazie Westmorland stepped into the warm interior of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Moira smiled at Aiden's mother, not at all surprised to see her.
"Good morning, Mazie. You're out early." Moira rested her elbows on the top of the pastry display counter. "What can I get for you this morning?" A high-pitched whine shot past her ear, but she ignored it.
"I came to see how you're doing and to check up on my son. Is Aiden up yet?" Despite her pleasant words, the tension rolled off the older woman.
"No, not yet. Oh!" Moira slapped her arm as the first of the spring mosquitos died an inelegant death on her arm. "Little bastard."
"Sorry?" Mazie shot her a wide-eyed stare.
"Oh, no, not Aiden." Moira shook her head. "The mosquito I just killed."
"Oh." Mazie chuckled, but sobered fast. "A man stopped by my store yesterday, looking for you, Moira."
Uneasiness skittered up her spine, but she only raised her eyebrows. "Oh?"
"Yes, he said he was an old friend and wanted to know if I knew you."
Moira turned her back to pour some coffee into a to-go cup for Mazie while she gathered her thoughts. "That's weird. Did he leave his name or say why he wanted to know?"
"No." Mazie shook her head as she accepted the coffee. "He seemed to know a lot about you already, but he was sussing out how well-known you are here."
"Huh. What did you tell him?" Part of her wished Mazie would say no.
Mazie shrugged. "I didn't say much of anything. He gave me a bad feeling. Is Aiden staying with you?"
"Yes, for now."
"Good. I don't want you to be alone when this man comes calling. And I have the feeling he will." Mazie looked troubled. "Seriously, Moira, I don't like this man. He's carrying dark energy with him and he smelled like mildew. I'm going to mention him to Lt. Fitzroy when I see him today."
Despite the disturbing news, Moira smirked. "Are you sweet on Fitzroy, Mazie?"
The older woman gave her a dreamy smile. "Who wouldn't be? But no, he was my first friend in this town after I got pregnant with Aiden. We've maintained that relationship. Besides, his energy isn't right for me. I'm happier being single."
"Good for you, Mazie. Say hello to Fitzroy for me when you see him, and I'll keep an eye out for this mysterious 'old friend' of mine."
Mazie paused as she laid cash on the counter for the coffee. "Will do. Just be careful, Moira. This man scared me. You take care of yourself." She patted the counter and left, the bells jingling over her head.
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Moira Callahan knows a thing or two about fresh starts. Second chances are a different story…
As an empath synced into the energies of spaces around her, Moira always understood what people needed, and tried to provide. But after escaping an abusive D/s relationship, she's ready to make her own rules as the owner of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Life is good. Until her first love shows up in town seeking his second chance.
Aiden Westmorland escaped Cloudburst to learn to control his sexual needs, but he left behind the one woman who calmed his statistical empathic abilities. Now he has a chance to rekindle the fire they'd shared as teenagers, with the flavor of BDSM. But earning the trust of an emotionally scarred woman after his long radio silence is easier said than done.
When Moira’s past comes to Cloudburst, threatening the life she’s fought to rebuild, Aiden insists she go to the police. But her former Dom has a past of his own, and he isn’t willing to let go so easily this time....
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