Unearth the secrets of Stolen Heart – a thrilling blend of romance and suspense where love and betrayal collide. Get ready to be captivated!
In the shadows of Boston's historic libraries, Celeste conceals a secret agenda fueled by desperation and a web of lies. A librarian struggling to make ends meet and burdened by her sister's mounting medical bills, she risks everything in a daring move to enter the clandestine world of rare book theft. Her target: a priceless tome that promises to solve all their problems.
But how does one slip a treasure out of the library's watchful gaze without raising suspicion? Enter Reggie Eldeeb, a Harvard student-teacher drawn to Celeste, unknowingly ensnared in her web of deceit. Celeste manipulates Reggie into helping her steal the coveted book, all while harboring a growing affection for him. The lines blur as love complicates her calculated plan.
As the FBI closes in on the library heist, Celeste finds herself torn between her love for Reggie and the life-altering choices she must make. Will she sacrifice everything, including her freedom, to secure her sister's life-saving treatment? Or will she take a leap of faith, revealing her secrets to Reggie in a desperate plea for forgiveness and help?
Reggie, too, holds his own concealed truths, and the fate of Celeste and her sister rests on the decisions he's forced to make.
Join Celeste and Reggie on this heart-pounding journey through love, secrets, and betrayal. Are you ready to have your 'Stolen Heart' captivated? Dive in and let the adventure begin.
How do you fix a plan that has failed? All I wanted was to teach my brother a lesson. I wanted him to break up with his girlfriend. I wanted to stop him from running off to another city and pretending to be better than me. My goal was to bring him back home to please my parents.
And now, my good intentions are coming back to bite me. Not only is Mats not coming home, but he likes his new job, and he seems solid with his new girlfriend. And to make it even worse, he’s suddenly become the family hero for having a kid from a loose fling and our parents are falling over themselves to move to town to play grandparents.
And I look like the jerk in the story.
On top of that, Caroline, the sexy chick that I planned on wrapping around my finger, is now starting to make demands on me. How could it all go so wrong?
Why are little brothers so annoying? When he was little, Mats was sweet and cute. I hate sweet and cute.
As we became teenagers growing up in Dad’s house, he became more fun. We had so many beautiful young wannabe starlets around the house hoping to make it big working with Dad and his recording studio. The parties were great, the alcohol was plentiful, the women were hot and willing, and Mats was fun to hang out with. But our mother’s strict conservative attitude has always haunted him. Her strict reprimanding voice is constantly at the back of his mind and getting to him; I swear he is trying to grow angel wings and a halo.
First, he decided to become a doctor to save people. The he decided to stop partying and sleeping around, but that was like trying to climb a slippery wall. Then he joined Doctors without Borders for several years. And finally, he broke all contact with me and Mom and moved to a new city. But heck no, he is not going to get away with just running off and pretending to be better than the rest of us.
I recently had a double stroke of luck. I met Caroline Dren, the hottest girl on earth. She is the new Chief of Staff at Dren General Hospital. Third generation of the Drens in the job after her father and grandfather. She likes me and with my charm, she won’t resist me for long. Her position of power at Dren General gives me an excellent opportunity to further my career as a psychologist, but even better, she’s also Mats’ new boss. The thought of all the possibilities this gives makes me grin from ear to ear.
Wait, I said a double stroke of luck. So, here it is: I have recently found out that my little brother screwed up big time when he was working for Doctors without Borders. Yes, the kind of screw up that comes back to haunt you and you just can’t run away from. Having a kid is not something you can just fix by moving to a new city.
So, for his birthday I have organized a surprise party. And yes, I’ve invited the whole family and some very special surprise guests just for him. His ex and his kid. Happy birthday, Mr. Perfect!
Why, oh, why did my brother choose to follow me to work in the same hospital as me? I wanted a new life. And now he is not only living and breathing too close to me, but he is also bragging that my girl supposedly groped him in his car.
Gabriel is my big brother. He’s famous, he’s good looking, he’s rich. He’s the golden boy who can’t do anything wrong. My father’s favorite. He’s despicable.
And speaking of siblings: Faye Dren, you know, the nurse on the oncology ward who works with me. Well, her sister, Caroline Dren has also just started working here at the hospital.
According to Faye, she’s just as detestable as my brother Gabe is. And Caroline is not just a nurse or a pencil pusher in admin. Nope. She’s landed the position of Chief of Staff. She’s just become the top boss of the entire workforce of the hospital. What kind of a world do we live in? It’s raining nasty siblings!
Between Gabe and Caroline, I feel trapped.
So, my plan is to focus more on my relationship with Tilley. With her, my life can become sweet again.
Don’t you just hate it when your past catches up with you? My past didn’t so much catch up with me as crash right into me.
I’ve made all the efforts in the world to cut ties with the bad boy image of my youth. I’ve moved away from Nashville, started a new job, and changed my phone number. I even have a budding relationship with beautiful Tilley whom I am also lucky enough to have as a colleague on the pediatric oncology ward.
I love my new job and I want the best for my patients. We are dealing with so many cases of young people facing life altering changes from their diagnosis. So, why doesn’t this hospital have a pediatric psychiatrist? Apparently, there is a hiring freeze due to lack of funds. This is a disgrace and I have been shaking and moving all the powers that be to demand that we get a high-quality professional. Not only did I demand that the Chief of Staff start recruiting the best psychiatrist in the country, but I have also agreed to turn up the charm at the upcoming gala event to butter up the hospital Board Members and rich sponsors for new cash to afford a new psychiatrist on a full-time permanent contract.
And then it happens. A new psychiatrist is hired, and I am elated that we will be able to provide the best care for our patients. Enters Dr. Ekeblad. Hang on a minute? Who? Yes, you heard that right. Dr. Gabriel Ekeblad. My own brother. What the heck? Whose decision was this? My entire youth has just come crashing back down on me.
Along with Gabriel’s arrival I know that his habits as a womanizer and a playboy will be accompanying him. Women find Gabe irresistible and with his skills as a shrink, he is a master at getting what he wants. Should I warn my female colleagues? Should I tell Tilley to stay away from him?
What would you do if the one night stand you had a few nights ago turned out to be with your new boss? Would you run for the hills?
It was my first week at work in my new job as a nurse. My roomie and I went to a bar, purposefully out of the way to make sure we would not run into colleagues.
He was smoking hot and sending all the right “come hither” signals. Something in my brain switched off, and I somehow pushed him to take me home with him. It turned out he didn’t need much convincing. Sometimes you just can’t fight nature, I guess.
After a glorious encounter on his sofa, he went to shower. What do you think I did? Yup, I ran for the hills. Didn’t leave my name, didn’t leave my number. A girl has got to stay safe and not get involved with strangers, right?
And then, a few days later, it all came crashing down.
“Dr. Ekeblad, this is your nurse Tilley. Tilley, Dr. Ekeblad.”
This has got to be some kind of cosmic joke! I barely know the guy, and now we must work together. Let me rephrase that. On some level, I know this smoking hot doctor extremely well, in intimate detail to be exact, and we are now going to be spending every single day together. I am not sure if I should cringe or let my inner princess do a happy dance.
I am a professional, I want to do the job I have been hired to do. But the attraction is palpable and messing with my head. He’s just a guy. A drop-dead gorgeous guy. Doctor Hot. Oh, what am I doing?
The more I fall for him, the more I realize that he is a complete stranger. His home is full of unpacked boxes. He gives away all his furniture. His bed is too small for two people. He keeps getting strange phone calls that he clicks away and won’t answer. And yet, I can’t help myself wanting more. Help!
“I am assuming your place?” she says, her fingers draping suggestively across the arched back of her chair. Holy Moses! I’ve had too many Jack Daniels and I have known the lady for about five minutes. Give me a second for my brain to kick in.
I only came into The Cavern about an hour ago to find a little comfort. It’s a lonely experience to create a new life: new town, new job, new me. Am I running away from the past you wonder? Well, yes, in a way. Frankly, the Ekeblad name is a curse. It’s a burden I have failed to live up to. My new job is starting this week and it will give me a new chance at doing it right.
A new beginning in the middle of nowhere. Far from Nashville, far from everyone who knows me. The Cavern seemed such a good idea an hour ago. As I am gathering my spirits and psyching myself up for my new identity as Dr. Ekeblad at Dren General Hospital, I just want a last night to let go and to get lost in anonymity. So, here I am. Within seconds of sitting down, I lock eyes with the silky auburn-haired woman at the bar, out on a work night with her girlfriend. She’s much too classy for this place. Call me bold or call me a fool, but I told the waitress to serve both ladies a Manhattan, on me.
Ever since the round of drinks, she’s been glancing back at me over her shoulder.
“A Manhattan, huh?” I look up from my whiskey to see her standing at my table.
“A Manhattan,” I offer a partial smile. “Would you like to sit?”
“I am here with my friend,” she shrugs, but I can see that she wants to stay. She skeptically smiles. “Okay, but only for a few minutes.”
The conversation is easy. Her laughter melodious. Her long and capable fingers tap the glass. I watch in surprise as my hands leave my tumbler and wrap around her tapping fingers. She stops talking and looks at me. My eyes are eager. I can see her weighing the proposition, as if every possible outcome is fluttering through her mind. Then her green eyes narrow, and her strawberry lips curl.
“I’ll be right back,” she says. She stands up and walks over to her friend at the bar, keeping her back to me. Her friend leans back, craning her neck to get a good look at me. Her heavily painted eyes narrow, as she studies me. I offer her a nod and courteous smile. Her lips press together, and she returns her attention to her auburn-haired friend. A few brief words are exchanged before she returns to me. “I’m assuming your place?”
I pick up my whiskey and quickly gulp the rest, setting the tumbler down with a renewed authority. “Yes. My place.”
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