From the moment of my birth I’ve been rejected by those who should have loved me, labeled as a freak because of my birthmark, bullied and tormented because I look different. When you’re told every day that you’re ugly and worthless you start to believe it. I managed to escape my malicious family and build a life for myself, but they’d broken something inside of me. I’m afraid to go outside, afraid to be around large groups of people, afraid of any type of confrontation and my panic attacks have left me pretty much house bound. If it wasn’t for my online friends I probably would have given up on life long ago. But there is one special friend, a man by the name of Mark, who keeps me going. He’s brave, smart, strong, and kind…and has no idea that I’m secretly in love with him.
Once I was a good man with a perfect life. I had a job I loved training dogs for the police with my wife, had a great family who filled our lives with laughter, and I woke up every day with a smile on my face. I was completely content in my blissful ignorance. I had no idea about the criminal world that thrived all around me, no idea that I’d made some powerful enemies who do anything to destroy me. Including killing my wife. I swore my revenge, and got it, but in the process I lost my soul. It was during these dark times, after my vengeance was fulfilled and I was drifting in anguish, that a beautiful soul rescued me from my own personal hell. I tried to keep my distance, tried to shield her from the villains of the world, myself included, but the evil that surrounds me wouldn’t be denied. Despite my best attempts to keep her safe, someone is out to destroy Layla, and I’m the only one who can protect her.
But who’s going to save her from me?
*Each installment in the Cordova Empire series is a standalone story.
About the BookSecret Obsession
by Ann Mayburn
Cordova Empire #3
Honey Mountain Publishing
September 30, 2019
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About Ann Mayburn
With over forty published books, ANN MAYBURN is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.
From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as muchd etail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back.
Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.
Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she's weird, and that sarcasm doesn't translate well via text.
Secret Obsession by Ann Mayburn is book Three in The Cordova Empire Series. This is the story of Mark and Layla. I have read (and LOVED!) the previous books but felt you could make this a standalone book. If like me you have read the previous books then you get a reunion of the past characters. Layla has a birthmark on the side of her face that has touch her life from the start when her mother treated her very badly that causes her issues today. Layla was adopted away from her real mom and finally found a loving home but even with therapy still has issues with her past. Then she meets Mark in a elevator which is a changing point for her. Mark lost his wife who was also his high school sweetheart when she was killed in a fire along with their training dogs...which was a business they had. This made he change his life work and also to not be attached to people as much. When he meets Layla she helps him when he has a panic attack which she knows a lot about. Although Mark feels so much for her he feels she would be in danger if she was in his life fully so he puts her in the online friend zone which last for a few years until he can't walk away anymore from her.
Loved this author's writing and this series.