My latest release is another re-release. This time it’s one of my Perfect Pairings stories called Seeing Forever. It was first published by Evernight Publishing in 2013 so if you haven’t already checked it out I hope you’ll enjoy it now.
Luc Frasier lost his sight in a bomb attack while on active duty in the army. His buddy Jake, who now trains service dogs, offers him a German Shepherd who he thinks will make the ideal companion.
Jake also thinks he needs a woman to heal his heart and thinks one of his dog trainers, Katey Hopkins, is the girl for the job.
He knows Luc won’t go along with the idea so he enlists the help of Sadie Sutton, witch and president of Perfect Pairings, to bring the two together.
As always, it’s not an easy task for Sadie. Luc’s stubborn and Katey’s a shy virgin. But Sadie hasn’t failed yet and she’s determined that Luc and Katey will be another one of her success stories.
There was silence again. Katey crossed her legs.
“I like your perfume.”
Phew, what a relief, he’d finally said something because she hadn’t been able to think of a damn thing, other than a comment about what nice weather it had been the last couple of days.
“It was my mom’s favorite.”
In fact, it was still her exact bottle of perfume that Katey had kept and used sparingly, hoping it would last forever. Each time she wore it she’d think of her mom and the day would suddenly seem a whole lot better.
“I notice smells more since I lost my sight.”
“Yes, I’d heard that blind…”
Damn, I’ve only been here ten minutes and I’ve already said the wrong thing.
“It’s okay to say that blind people use their other senses more … don’t be afraid to use the word around me.”
“Have you adjusted okay?”
He shrugged his shoulders. “Obviously not, because that’s why everyone thinks I need a service dog.”
“Willow’s great. We did some training together when I went to Idaho Falls to see Jake and Gen.”
“Yeah, Jake mentioned it to me.”
“He’s a nice guy.”
“Yeah, one of the best. I’m glad he found Gen. I know it was hard for him when his wife died.”
Katey nodded and then there was the uncomfortable silence again.
Luc continued to tap the chair. She noticed his long fingers and the beautiful shape of his hands. She was staring and that was rude at any time, but even worse when someone couldn’t see that you were checking them out. Katey sighed of relief when the two guys and Willow returned to the porch.
“So, Katey, what time do you think you can start tomorrow?” asked Jake.
“Whenever you need me.”
“Mitchell has to leave for the airport at eleven. I’m going to drive him there and then head straight home, so how about ten and we can get an hour’s training in?”
“Sure. Sounds good to me.”
“Perfect,” said Jake.
Katey stood. “Well, I guess I should be going but I’m looking forward to working with Willow, and you too, Luc.”
She reached out to shake his hand again.
Stupid me. I have to get used to the fact he can’t see what I’m doing.
She took the lead this time and lifted up his hand and squeezed it. He squeezed it back, which made her legs tingle. There was something about those fingers and his touch that excited her.
“I’ll walk you to your car,” said Jake.
He led her through to the hallway and then opened the front door. They stepped outside.
“He must already like you because he was in a foul mood before you arrived. He’s feeling a bit sorry for himself, so if he’s ever down just ignore him, okay? Because he’s one of the best guys around.”
Katey nodded. “I think I would be, too. I can’t imagine what it’s like to suddenly lose your sight.”
“We’re trying to talk him into going in for eye surgery.”
“So they can restore his sight?”
“Not all of it, but the doctor feels confident he’d see about eighty percent in the right eye. If you can, try and talk him into it, okay?”
“I’ll give it a shot.”
“I know you two are going to be perfect for one another. I mean as a team, working with Willow.”