Coming Home (Mountain Grove #1) Read Online C.B. Noy

Categories Genre: Romance Tags Authors: Series: Mountain Grove Series by C.B. Noy
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Total pages in book: 63
Estimated words: 58356 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 292(@200wpm)___ 233(@250wpm)___ 195(@300wpm)
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Hayden
What happened to my perfect life? Ok perfect wasn’t the right word, but I was happy…ish. When my world imploded, I decided to go back to the place my parents had once called home. Mountain Grove, Maryland. I needed to feel some kind of a connection to them, to find the missing pieces of my shattered existence. So I packed up my meager possessions and left Miami in the dust. Everything was going according to plan until one accident and one pair of incredible green eyes managed to calm the raging storm that surrounded me. I was in so much trouble.

Caleb
Being the Chief of Police in Mountain Grove had its ups and downs. I had a great family, a job I loved, and a town full of people to safeguard. But I was coasting through life, searching for something I didn’t know existed. Until that night. The moment I saw those beautiful blues, my world shifted on its axis. She was mine. Loving her was the easiest thing I’d ever done, and keeping her safe was a challenge I didn’t hesitate to accept.

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PROLOGUE

HAYDEN

METAL CRUNCHED AND bent.

An unnaturally high-pitched screech, like nails on a chalkboard, was the only sound I heard in the seconds before impact. Now there was only silence.

And pain.

Blinding pain.

I prayed for darkness as agony consumed me, but it never came. I should have known better than to take this road trip especially after being so thoroughly blindsided. But truly, there had been no other choice. Staying in Miami was out of the question.

I could feel blood as it trickled down my face, but my hand went immediately to my stomach. To the new life that had given me the courage to finally see Jacob for what he really was.

A monster.

My mind drifted back to the horrible scene from two days ago.

“Are you fucking kidding me? How could you be so stupid? A baby would ruin me. There’s no way in hell I’ll allow it to happen!” Jacob spewed his venom while he paced the wooden floors of my second-floor apartment. I sat deathly still on the end of the sofa, trying to understand the pure hatred in his voice. Of course, he would be upset, I am as well, but his reaction went far beyond reason.

“I know a doctor who will get rid of it without asking too many questions. I’ll call him tomorrow,” he hissed.

“No, Jacob. Not going to happen. What the hell is wrong with you? If you don’t want the baby, I’ll raise him or her myself, far away from Florida.” I pleaded with him.

CRACK.

I hadn’t realized he moved until the back of his hand collided with the left side of my face. He’d never laid a hand on me before, but the look in his eyes told me, if I stayed, this wouldn’t be the last time I felt his wrath.

“You goddamn bitch! Do you think I’m dumb enough to believe you? If my wife finds out, I will lose EVERYTHING.” His face got redder and redder with every word, fists clenched at his sides.

Motherfucker.

“Your wife?”

CHAPTER 1

CALEB

MOUNTAIN GROVE, MARYLAND

One hour earlier

“THANK YOU FOR coming out here so late, Chief,” Dr. Ted Calder said as he rounded the front counter of the Mountain Grove Medical Clinic.

“It’s my job, Doc. Are you telling me you wouldn’t do the same for anyone in town?” I muttered as I bent to inspect the broken glass littering the floor inside the front door.

Mountain Grove was a small town in Western Maryland, just like one of those antiquated Midwestern towns you saw in old movies. Everybody knew each other, and all the Nosy Nancys in town enjoyed getting involved in everyone else’s business. What we didn’t have was break-ins. Sure, there was some crime, but mostly the occasional bar room brawl or disputes between neighbors over ridiculousness. So when the call came through, I didn’t hesitate to turn my Jeep around and head back toward the center of my normally peaceful town.

“Anything taken?”

“Not that I can tell, but they sure did try. There are scratch marks and dents in the door to the medication room. Thank goodness Margie talked me into getting one of those biometric locks put in. Follow me.” Margie was Doc’s granddaughter and had been his full-time nurse. She’d moved to Durham, North Carolina a few months ago after accepting a position at Duke University Hospital.

“How is Margie doing in the big city? I’m sure it’s a lot to take in,” I asked as we approached the back of the clinic and the reinforced steel door.

“She’s having the time of her life. It’s an adjustment, but she says it’s worth living so far away. Her grandmother and I sure do miss her, but we couldn’t be prouder.”

Glancing at the damage to the door, I walked around the vicinity looking for anything these criminals might have left behind. Finding nothing out of the ordinary, I walked back toward the front, where the crime scene technician had arrived along with one of my officers from the police department, Kolton Lane. He may have been five years younger than me, at twenty-nine, but he was as sharp as they came. I had no clue why the clinic was broken into, but I’m sure Kolton would get to the bottom of it. I’d had high hopes of keeping drugs from inundating my small town for a while longer, but that may have been a pipe dream.


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