The backstory that fans have been clamoring for—how Rock and Trisha fell in love—is the final installment in the Sea Breeze series from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. And don’t miss the sizzling Epilogue, where Abbi wraps up all the Sea Breeze couples’ stories!
Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. With her momma’s boyfriends unable to keep their hands off of her, she had no choice. And as long as it meant the guys wouldn’t go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But her days of dreaming that Prince Charming would ever come rescue her are far, far in the past.
Rock Taylor always had a plan. Through football, he would rise above the life he was born into. A full ride to play for a major college team was within his reach—assuming he didn’t let anything get in his way. But scoring a date with the hottest girl in Sea Breeze was proving harder than expected. Trisha Corbin was every man’s walking fantasy, and she wouldn’t even glance his way.
When Rock finally does get Trisha in his truck, it isn’t for a date. It’s because he picks her up on the side of the road, beaten and bruised and walking to the local hospital. Before Rock knows it, football is no longer his life. Trisha Corbin is. And he’ll do anything to save her. And keep her.
In addition to Rock and Trisha’s love story, this special novel contains the wrap-up stories of all your favorite Sea Breeze couples: Sadie and Jax, Marcus and Low, Cage and Eva, Preston and Amanda, Jess and Jason, Krit and Blythe, and Dewayne and Sienna.
Excerpt 1-Rock, The Present
The first time I’d seen her, she had
taken my breath away. Getting her attention had been one hell of a ride. She’d
been so determined to stay away from me. Or any man.
I’d found out why… and I’d sworn to myself she’d never have to live in fear
in love with Trisha had changed my life. My friends and family had said I was
an idiot. I was throwing away my future. Butch Taylor, my father, had never
been a big part of my life until I had become a high school football star. For
once I had a parent who gave a shit about me. It had been something I’d craved
since I was a kid. Making him proud and proving I was worth loving had been
what drove me harder. My dream was within my reach. I had my father cheering me
on and I would make it to college and then I knew I’d play pro ball.
my dream changed. The day a pair of the prettiest blue eyes I’d ever seen
stared at me across the parking lot one morning before school started. It had
been the first day of my sophomore year and it would be another twelve months
before I was able to get Trisha Corbin to even speak to me.
one look that girl had changed my dreams.
Excerpt 2-Trisha, The Past
Krit walked back into the room a few
minutes later with a pillow, his comforter, and blanket. “He said he didn’t
need anything. He was just going to sleep on his beach towel but I ignored him.
He’s getting changed in the bathroom.”
was trying to make it easy on Rock so he would stay. But Rock couldn’t stay. He
was a kid too, with a football career in his future. He didn’t have time to
save us. “He can’t stay forever, you know. He has a life and a future. We will
be okay when he walks away. We have each other,” I reminded him.
didn’t respond. He kept making Rock a bed on the floor beside my bed.
know that, right?” I asked again needing Krit to acknowledge that this wasn’t
something he should get used to.
Krit dropped his pillow on the makeshift bed he turned his gaze to me. “No,
Trisha I don’t know that. I think… I think you may be more important to him
than football.” Then he walked out over and pressed a kiss to my forehead.
“You’re special. The kind of girl a guy does crazy shit for.”
started to say something but Krit left my room before I could think of what to
later Rock walked back in wearing a pair of what looked like board shorts and a
Sea Breeze Football tee shirt. His gaze landed on the spot Krit had made for
him on the floor and a small grin tugged on his lips. Then he turned his
attention to me. “I think he likes me,” he quipped.
didn’t smile. Not because my lip was hurt but because Rock didn’t understand the
truth to his comment. I had to protect Krit. Letting him trust in Rock was a
thinks you’re going to save us. I don’t need you to encourage that in him. He’s
been let down too many times. I won’t let you do that to him too.”
stared at me a moment then he walked over to the side of the bed. His finger
traced the side of my head gently. “You’re worried about me letting him down.
What about you?”
about me? I was sure it would break my heart when Rock walked away from this.
But I was tough. I could deal with it. My brother had emotional issues that I
didn’t have. He lost it and went crazy when things were too much for him.
know you’ll leave. I don’t have any grand illusions. In real life there are no
didn’t reply for a moment. He continued to trace the side of my head and rub
his thumb and forefinger over my ear in a caress that felt soothing. “One day, Trisha Corbin, you will call
me your hero. And that day will be
the most important moment in my life.”
Excerpt 3-Trisha, The Present
Once we had both boys tucked in we cut
the lights and closed the door.
stood there with his hand on the doorknob once we were in the hallway. “That
never gets old,” he said in a whisper.
didn’t have to explain. I understood. Two years ago we were told that we could
never have children. It was something we both wanted. A family. We wanted to
create a world we ourselves were cheated of.We wanted to have a house full of love and safety. One we
could give to kids the way we had always dreamed of having ourselves.
had that now. We were not only able to have a family filled with all those
things we longed for, but we were able to give it to kids that were living a
life of hell much like the one we had been raised in. They were here now,
though, and they were ours. And never again would they suffer or fear or go
hungry. We would love them always.
very blessed,” I agreed quietly.
smiled at me. “Yeah, we are.”
Excerpt 4-Rock, The Past
I had tried words with her. I had tried
actions. I had tried everything to get her to realize that I wanted her. That I
wanted to be near her. That I wanted her to be mine.
was making me lose my mind.
stalked toward her and she backed up against the wall as she watched me, wide
eyed and confused.
she was too sexy to be fucking cute too. That was shit guys couldn’t shake off.
Girls like her weren’t supposed to exist. They made men weak. She had me so
fucking tangled in knots it was painful.
placed my palms on the brick wall on either side of her head and stopped only
an inch from our bodies touching. “What do I have to do to get you to get this?
What, Trisha? Fuck, you’re all I can think about,” I said softly as my gaze
dropped from her eyes to those plump lips I played with in my fantasies.
tip of her pink tongue wet her bottom lip and I was lost.
mouth covered hers and the small gasp that broke from her lips was the only
chance I needed to slide my tongue onto the sweet heat of hers. I had kissed a
lot of girls. But never had I felt like my world was being completely rocked.
hands slipped over my shoulders and she held onto me. And that was fucking
perfect. She wasn’t pushing me away. She was holding on to the ride and, damn,
it was one hell of a ride.
softness of her lips moved under mine and then she began to join in on the
kiss. It took all my willpower to keep from pressing her against the wall. I
had to be careful with her ribs. But I wanted my hands on her. I wanted to get
lost in how wonderful she felt.
she leaned into me and whimpered I broke the kiss and moved back instantly.
“Are you okay?” I asked, looking down at her ribs.
didn’t respond, and panic that I’d hurt her started to grip me. I found her
eyes and saw the same arousal in them that I had been feeling until that
whimper had scared me.
started to lower my mouth again, needing to taste her more.
wait,” she breathed, pressing both her hands on my chest this time.
I hurt you?” I asked her.
shook her head. “No, it’s just. I… we shouldn’t… why did you do that?”
closed my eyes and forced myself to be patient with her. Trisha had her issues
and trust was one of them.
I’m crazy about you. Because your lips are the prettiest damn lips I’ve ever
seen. Because you think you’re a burden to me when I just want to keep you
close to me all the time. Because you are making me lose my mind. Because I
don’t want to be your friend, Trisha. I want to be yours.”
mouth fell slightly open as her blue eyes stared up at me in surprise. How did
she not already know all this? It wasn’t like I was being subtle.
you’re crazy about me?” she asked.
held back a laugh. “Yeah, and everyone seems to see it but you.”
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.