Free to Rejoice by Tracey Jerald
Release Date: December 13, 2018
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Dr. Jason Ross has an unprecedented week off during the holiday season to spend with his husband and family. Anticipating his greatest challenge will be keeping his husband’s gift buying under control, he’s excited for the week ahead.
But life doesn’t take a vacation even when doctors want to.
Reality destroys Jason’s yuletide cheer leaving him as twisted as some of his family’s holiday traditions. Will it take a miracle for Jason to find joy in the holidays?
Or does Jason just need love?
Years haven’t dimmed the love I have for this man. In fact, every day that passes, I wake up even more blessed when I see the perfect ripples of his muscled back lying next to me in bed. And regardless of what ungodly hour I have to wake up to leave to drive to the hospital for my shift, my husband is at the door, sleepily handing me a to-go coffee and a kiss to carry me through the long, and often heartbreaking, hours until I can see him again.
Medicine was my first love, and despite years of sacrifice, exhausting hours, and hospital bureaucratic bullshit, it astounds me every day when I’m blessed with a miracle.
Phil is my blessing. Despite the fact God showed his humor when he crafted the only man I’ll ever love, who has the face of an angel but would try the Devil himself. He created a man with a sense of honor so profound for those he loves—Phil sacrificed his life to save the future of his adopted sisters, but none so much as he did for his oldest sister, Cassidy, who we recently found out is Keene’s biological sister.
There’s been tension between the two as they’ve learned to adapt to the changes in their shared sister’s life—including her falling in love, finding her biological brother, her recent marriage, pregnancy, and recent birth to two beautiful twins.
Phil supported Cassidy as she blossomed into her womanly strength after years of pain in her early life stripped it from her. Keene is still struggling with the years he missed since his Cassidy was taken from him when she was four—years he can never recover. And if he were being truly honest with himself, Keene is not comfortable with what Phil sacrificed to save his sister.
Lord knows I wasn’t when I first found out, but I soon realized if it wasn’t for the gift Phil gave Cassidy, the chain reaction of events that happened never would have occurred: Phil and Cassidy would never have found an unspeaking Emily in a park after her parents were killed. They wouldn’t have connected later with Alison, Corinna, and Holly where they were living in a battered women and children’s shelter after being rescued from a human trafficker.
He never would have moved to Connecticut with his “family,” fallen into a lake, and ever met me.
I love this man from the bottom of my soul, but some days, even for me, it’s hard to reconcile the Phil who sacrificed so much with the Phil who relentlessly needles Keene about sex. Which brings me back Phil’s Christmas gift for Keene. If I volunteer to go pick up Phil’s gifts, maybe I can intercede if Santa’s most devious elf went too far off his rocker. Traipsing around the mall sounds like punishment to someone like me who’s been done shopping since before Thanksgiving, but I’ll do it. Not exactly how I planned my first day off, but why the hell not? If I stick around the house, I’m sure Phil’s going to come up with a “honey-do” list full of crap we absolutely don’t need done before Christmas morning.
“I’m off until after the holidays, babe.” A holiday miracle unto itself. Seven full days starting today where I’m not expected at the hospital. Forget gifts—this is all I need. Taking a sip of coffee from one of the white mugs, I sink into our leather couch. “I can go shopping this afternoon.”
Phil scoots closer from his side of the sofa. “Well, since you volunteered…”
“Anything for you.” And to save the miracle of all of us celebrating Christmas. “Just tell me what you need.”
A wicked smile crosses Phil’s face. My stomach lands somewhere around my bare feet, which are being rubbed. “I’ll text you what I need. But later.”
Placing his coffee mug on the floor, my husband prowls over my body and engages me in a long kiss that eliminates all thought from my brain except one.
By the time Phil tugs my sweater over my head, I’m no longer worried about Christmas. The only thing I give a damn about is feeling the heat of my husband’s body sliding over my skin, the way his lips crush mine. I quiver when I feel the strength of his lean muscles in my hands. Seeing the surprise in his bright blue eyes when I roll him over to trail my lips down the muscles bisecting his chest is better than any gift that will be opened on Christmas morning.
Free to… Series
Free to Dream – Book 1
Cassidy Freeman doesn’t believe dreams come true because every night her dreams trap her in a nightmare she barely escaped as a child. She maintains rigid control over all aspects of her life, giving the illusion she’s strong and confident. Allowing very few close enough to see the brave heart buried beneath, she’s convinced she’ll carry her burdens alone.
From the minute they met, Caleb Lockwood disrupted everything by destroying her sense of order. His patience, compassion and sensuality obliterated her defenses. It’s as if he knew her from the inside out.
Helping his younger brother hire a wedding planner shouldn’t have led to this. In just a few short days, Caleb’s learned untold secrets about his family – and about the Freemans. When he demands to meet them, he doesn’t expect the pull he feels towards the petite dynamo in front of him whom life has dealt an unspeakable hand
With Caleb, Cassidy’s lost her semblance of control. Now, she’s not sure she wants it back. Not if giving it up means having a chance at something she never imagined.
This is a standalone, contemporary romance with dark and suspenseful undertones
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Free to Run – Book 2
Alison Freeman met Keene Marshall because of a dare she wholeheartedly regrets accepting.
As her family’s corporate lawyer, Alison discards the idea of love as quickly as she negotiates contracts. Brutally. She realizes she’s been a fool over Keene—who is now intimately embedded in her family. It only adds to the enormity of emotions churning inside about her life.
Keene Marshall is arrogant enough to know his time with Alison left a lasting impression. He has yet to determine what place she’s going to hold in his life, but he knows there will be one. They burn too hot for there not to be.
Having closed himself off from his humanity for so long, finding Alison again presents its own set of challenges. Keene struggles with everything from his family to the walls Alison persistently builds between them. And he can’t handle the emotions that come with being denied what he wants.
Alison’s wary of Keene. Something is holding her back, except every time his lips touch hers, she’s flung into the race of her life for the one thing she claims she never wanted to win.
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Meet the Author
Tracey Jerald knew she was meant to be a writer when she would re-write the ending of books in her head on her bike when she was a young girl growing up in southern Connecticut. It wasn’t long before she was typing alternate endings and extended epilogues “just for fun”.
After college in Florida, where she obtained a degree in Criminal Justice swearing she saw things she’ll never quite believe and never quite forget, Tracey traded the world of law and order for IT.
Her work for a world-wide internet startup transferred her to Northern Virginia where she met her husband in what many call their own happily ever after. They have one son.
When she’s not busy with her family or writing, Tracey can be found in her home in north Florida drinking coffee, reading, training for a runDisney event, or feeding her addiction to HGTV.
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