Title: Buried Lies
Author: Brittney Sahin
Series: Hidden Truths
Genre: Suspense Romance
“Some people say that time heals all wounds, but no. Time only deepens the wound. And when I saw Olivia that night in the club, I realized I hated her now more than ever.”
Connor Matthews, former Marine and gun for hire, is not what you’d call the quintessential businessman. But when his father’s unexpected passing leaves the family business to him and his brother, Connor agrees to take over until his brother finishes his last tour of duty. Connor resigns himself to a life of dull meetings and paperwork, but quickly finds himself mired in his father’s web of shady business deals. And in the midst of the mess is Olivia Taylor, his gorgeous and headstrong ex-girlfriend.
Since they last parted, Olivia has known nothing but grief, heartache, and loss. Despite it all, she’s built a life for herself—a life with no room for the likes of Connor Matthews. She’s survived more than most could endure, but Connor has the ability to ruin everything she’s worked so hard to achieve. She must put the past behind her in order to survive . . . but can she forgive the man who broke her heart?
*This is a STAND-ALONE romance in the Hidden Truths series.*
*Excerpt from Chapter 4, Olivia’s perspective
I turned away from the bar, and my heart started pounding hard in my chest. The tray slipped from my hands and crashed to the floor.
I stood stupidly, just staring. My lips parted, my hands still outstretched. I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
A fist of pain clawed at my chest.
“Liv?” Bobby came around from behind the bar and knelt down to pick up the broken glass.
I barely noticed the splash of cold, sticky alcohol that had run over my high heels.
“Olivia? You okay?” Bobby stood in front of me now, blocking . . . him. HIM. Oh my God. This couldn’t be happening.
And then he saw me. His eyes narrowed in, and a look of shock—no, dread—curled its way over his face.
“Olivia? Talk to me.” Bobby was snapping his fingers in front of my face.
I shook my head. “What?” I shifted my attention to Bobby. “Yeah, I just—I don’t know what happened.” I kneeled down to help clean the mess before any of the customers slipped.
A pair of black shoes stopped in front of me. I pulled my gaze up the dark denim jeans to the trim waist and up to the hard chest—a chest I’d touched so many times before.
His hand was on my arm. He was helping me up.
No. Goddamn him. No.
I sucked in a breath as I lurched back to my feet, but his hand was still placed on my arm, like it had any business there . . .
God, the sound of my name on his lips still had the same old effect. Chills and heat all at the same time. I swallowed, pulled my arm away, and forced myself to look up into his soft green eyes.
He raked a hand through his freaking perfect brown hair—as always, it had that sweet, just-fucked look. Damn him. He focused on my lips for a moment and drifted back up to my eyes.
“Hi, I’m Lauren.”
I hadn’t even noticed the woman standing next to him before. “Hi.”
“You two know each other?” The woman glanced in Connor’s direction.
No sound escaped his lips. A flash of a memory pushed forth in my mind—his mouth on my neck, trailing kisses down my body. Heat shot between my legs.
No. No. No. This couldn’t be happening.
“Um,” I finally forced out a word, but I wasn’t sure what I said. Was it English?
Since Connor seemed to have no intention of speaking, and I was tongue-tied, the brunette to his left spoke up. “Do you work here?”
I think I moved my head up and down, but I couldn’t be sure. I still couldn’t take my eyes off Connor, and he had yet to rip his heated gaze from my face.
“We have a meeting with Declan.”
Her words had me snapping my attention in her direction. “Oh. Okay.” Oh my God, that must mean . . . “Did your father—”
“Yes,” was all he afforded me, and his mouth tightened.
“So, you’re running the company now?”
He nodded. Clearly he had no desire to talk, which suited me just fine. I didn’t want to talk to him, either. “Follow me. Mr. Reid is expecting you.” I turned my back, but I could feel his eyes on me.
Hidden Truths Series
Kate Adams has never found it difficult to keep a professional relationship with her clients . . . but then she’s never had a client like Michael Maddox. From the moment she arrives in Charlotte, Kate is tongue-tied by the devastatingly gorgeous former Marine and intelligence genius turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Michael seems at first glance to be the perfect catch, except for one problem. He doesn’t do relationships. And Kate doesn’t do one-night stands.
But as the tension mounts between them, Kate discovers she has larger problems—an untraceable stalker . . . and a dangerous past. When Michael offers his protection, Kate is grateful, and yet afraid. For as they grow closer, she realizes that Michael has his own secret past. And while he might save her life, he will surely break her heart.
Silenced Memories is the first book in the Hidden Truths series. It is a STAND-ALONE romance suspense novel.
Reserved biochemist Ava Daniels has spent the last six months working on a top secret assignment for Homeland Security. One morning, after a night of finally letting loose, she discovers her lab empty and her boss missing. Interrogated by the very organization she works for, followed by unknowns, and attacked, Ava finds herself in search of answers as the clock winds down.
Aiden O’Connor, Irish born and raised, attempted to put his past behind him when he opened a bar in the heart of Boston. One night, Ava Daniels shows up to his bar asking for help. She is like no other woman he has ever met—breathtakingly beautiful, brilliant, and in terrible danger. Once he learns the true nature of her problem, Aiden realizes she is the key to unlock his past . . . and perhaps to get a second chance.
Innocence & Betrayal is the second novel in the Hidden Truths series. It is a STAND-ALONE romance suspense novel, which features characters from Silenced Memories.
Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing—never stopped imagining.
It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.
In 2015, she published her first novel, Silenced Memories. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.