Baby I'm Back

Short Story in SEAL of My Dreams Anthology

By Stephanie Bond

Bell Bridge Books - 2011

Contemporary Romance

Barry Ballantine had returned to his hometown for one purpose, and he had no intention of staying. He'd lost his leg below the knee, but he only wanted to return to duty. His disability would not stop him from his dedication to his country. He never anticipated all the changes to Sweetness. Sure, he'd left due to the tornado that had decimated the town, but the Sweetness had not only been rebuilt, it was positively booming - for a small town.

Lora Jansen remembered Barry, but she wasn't surprised he didn't remember her. He and his friends had not been kind to her when they were in school. She might want to keep him at arm's length, but Lora can't help forgiving him for past mistakes. Neither can she turn him away when it is obvious he needs additional physical training.

Baby I'm Back is a short story with a poignant touch that will leave readers misty eyed. Barry is sending mixed messages to Lora, but luckily for him, she sees through his sometimes gruff exterior to the man below who is wounded both emotionally and physically. Helping his physical pain is her specialty, but it is Lora breaking down his emotional defenses that will make readers cheer even louder.

SEAL of My Dreams Anthology includes: Coming Home by Jami Alden, Baby, I'm Back by Stephanie Bond, SEALed Fates by Kylie Brant, Going Dark by Helen Brenna, Finding Home by HelenKay Dimon, SEALed With a Kiss by Cindy Gerard, Panama Jack by Tara Janzen, Wrapped and SEALed by Leslie Kelly, Worth the Risk by Elle Kennedy, Twenty-One Hours by Alison Kent, Not Waving But Drowning by Jo Leigh, Her Secret Pirate by Gennita Low, SEALed by Fate by Marliss Melton, Signed, SEALed, Delivered...I'm Yours by Christine Ridgway, Dog Heart by Barbara Samuel, Whirlwind by Roxanne St. Claire, Holding On by Stephanie Tyler, Letters to Ellie by Loreth Anne White

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