An image of a woman with golden-red curls stayed in Bernie’s mind as he drove down the highway. If all went well, the woman would still be working at the tavern he remembered in spite of that distorted phase of his life when being a cop had been stripped away along with the shoulder holster that gave him a sense of security.
Bernie pulled to a stop in front of the tavern and cut the engine. He sat for a moment as doubts swirled through his mind. Why would a beautiful woman change her life for a struggling cop gathering kids from broken homes? He had to somehow convince her of the nobility of this dream. Surely he could still dredge up some Irish charm that would convince her to at least think about what he was going to propose…
“I have two boys I pulled out of the wreckage of abusive homes, and I want to keep them. The adoption system frowns on single dads–especially cops who could get shot any day. I need a mother for these boys so I can keep the promises I made to them that they would always be safe. Do you want to trade working in a tavern for a house with a white picket fence?”
…Bernie’s grin was Tallie’s undoing. So maybe this man had history, but also a sense of playfulness. That was why she agreed to his proposal.
Or maybe it was because of the chill that crept up her spine when she ran through the darkness to her car and peered through the windows before climbing inside.
© Genie Gabriel, Wild Irish Rogue
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