Title: UNSEEN MESSAGES
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Contemporary Survival Romance
Publication Date: March 30, 2016
“Instincts are what keep us safe from fate. Ignoring them can change your life forever.
Fame and fortune arrived overnight and after months on the road with her singing tour, all Estelle craves is peace. Tired and ready for paradise, she travels to Fiji to recuperate.
Stubborn and surly, Galloway is avoided by most–which is exactly the way he likes it. However, he’s done spending his life in regret and hopes to find redemption in the tropical wilderness.
Together, they board the flight that changes their fate forever. Crash landing on a deserted island, they not only have to figure out how to survive with no skills and daily dangers–learning how to fish, find water, and build shelter–but also inherit two children who look to them to keep them alive.
However, staying alive might be the least of Galloway and Estelle’s problems. As days creep to months and rescue doesn’t find them, their desire for each other ignites.
They started as strangers.
They grew to be friends.
They fought the desire to be lovers.
Lust can be the most beautiful thing. Love the most rewarding. But not on an island where life hangs by a thread and giving into temptation can kill you.
Can they survive being forgotten or will love be their ultimate undoing?
From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.
The next night, I followed the sandy trail toward the shore in total darkness.
I needed to breathe. Just stare at the waves and demand answers they couldn’t give.
A ball of sorrow lodged in my throat. That ball of sadness was never far away—how could it when we were marooned and forced to shed the glamour and pampered ease of living in a city? How could it when I’d once again screwed up where Galloway was concerned?
No matter the accomplishment we’d achieved from shedding the glitz of modern conveniences and learning how to gather and create, hunt and prepare, it was nothing if I couldn’t balance happy relationships.
He hadn’t talked to me all day.
We’d gone about our tasks. We’d prepped and ate and swam and drank. And not one word. Even the children had been quiet, sensing something wasn’t quite right between us.
The icing-sugar sand slipped through my toes as I moved closer to the lapping sea. The world continued on, regardless of night and day, but there was a difference when darkness replaced sunshine. Things shed their harsh reality and became magical, mystical. The blue of the ocean became silver-black from the moon. The palm trees became ghostly sentries keeping us sheltered. And the universe as a whole cocooned us with galaxies we could only dream of visiting.
I peered into the gloom, looking for Galloway. After not talking to me all day, he hadn’t come to bed, working all hours to finish the house.
I wanted to chase after him and apologise. Finally come clean as to what terrified me and how refusing him carved pieces out of me until I was hollow with want.
But I didn’t.
Because my reasoning was weak and made no sense. He’d curse me for not telling him sooner and giving him the chance to solve the issue instead of hiding it from him.
Sitting on the sand, the cool dampness soaked through my shorts. I looked at the starry horizon.
“Am I going to die here?” My whisper kissed the moon. “Will I die and never see Madeline again? Will I forever be mother and protector to two children and never be allowed to submit to the man I’ve fallen in love with?”
I held my breath as my questions threaded with the wind, dispersing each vowel in different directions.
North, south, east, west.
No answer from the useless compass.
No extra splash from the waves or twinkle from the stars.
About Pepper Winters
Pepper Winters is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future.
Author of Bestselling Titles: Monsters in the Dark, Destroyed, & Indebted Series