Jenny adjusted the black plastic trash bag in her hand. As she stomped down the front steps, she glanced up at the sky. The sun was making its daily trip back to the horizon. In an hour or so it would be dark. She reached the aluminum trash can at the side of her house and dumped the bag inside it. Before she could take a step away, she overheard Mrs. Montgomery, her silver-haired, widowed neighbor, talking.
“He moved into the trailer park yesterday.”
Another woman, she didn’t recognize the voice, asked, “Is he single?”
Jenny laughed to herself––the Smithfield rumor mill was in its usual fine form. She shook her head. The poor thing. If he’d wanted a quiet escape, he’d chosen the wrong place. Val Robinson at the trailer park was the heart of Smithfield gossip. Everybody would know his business come sundown.
As she strolled back inside her home, the thought of the stranger in town lingered in her mind. Was it the man she’d literally run into that morning? She’d been so focused on getting away from her mother she hadn’t been paying attention to where she was going. The way he’d stared at her––with penetrating green eyes––had sent a storm of butterflies through her stomach.
Why hadn’t she thought to introduce herself and ask his name?
The adrenaline caused by her mother’s arrival, mixed with the confusion at the reaction to the stranger, had urged her to get away. Now that she was calm, questions came: how long was he staying? Why was he there? Was he single? And . . . how many people in town were asking the same questions?
Title: Crave Her Touch
Author: A.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
An insecure bombshell, unpredictable stalker, and guilt-ridden hero clash in this story of redemption, trust, self-belief, and the lengths people will go to for true love.
Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals: to teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Two things stand in her way: the stalker intent on claiming her for himself and her emotional insecurities.
At a crossroads in his career as a witnesses protection minder, Peter “Pete” Gandry, is given the opportunity to return to the scene of his only failure––Smithfield, North Carolina. The assignment is familiar: he must keep an eye on Diana King. He agrees, hoping it will help him find redemption and ease the guilt he feels.
Odd things begin to happen to Jenny. At first, she dismisses them as over-reacting to memories of a stalker from her past. Until, she receives an unsettling note. Four words stand out: I crave your touch . . .
Increasingly, the evidence points to someone she knows. Who can she trust? And, who is this mysterious newcomer who has ignited long buried passion within her?
When the sister of an old nemesis arrives in Smithfield, Pete is forced to expose his true identity. The town quickly turn against him. Just when he thinks it can’t get worse, the stalking evidence begins to point to him.
Can he clear his name and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?
Crave Her Touch is the second book in the “Smithfield” series. Book one, See Her Run, tells Diana King’s story.
A.K. Leigh is a multi-genre romantic suspense author, sometimes blogger, huge Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, ex-professional Astrologer, mystic, vegan, and identical triplet. She holds a post-graduate degree in counselling, which enables her to create rounded, believable, and complex characters in her writing. When she’s not reading or writing, she is running around after three energetic children. Though her stories are set in North Carolina, USA (because she loves the state!), she actually lives with her children and one grumpy cat in Queensland, Australia. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia. Visit her on the web at www.fallinlovewithleigh.com and find her on social media at
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