Desire and Social Distance

To have someone understand your mind
is a different kind of intimacy.

Elena di Marco is in deep trouble. Writing under the pen name Vivica Valentine and plagued with unshakeable writer’s block, she avoids her editor’s emails and braces herself for disaster. Her publisher is going to rescind her advance unless she achieves the impossible and finishes her book on deadline. Things couldn’t possibly be worse—until she discovers that the professor she has loved in secret for twenty years has inherited the press that is publishing her book. He takes a personal interest in her project, and makes it abundantly clear that his rules and deadlines will be enforced.

Greyson Jameson’s life as a creative writing professor was interrupted by his father’s sudden death three years ago, leaving Greyson to take the reins on the publishing house his father founded. With his two teen children at home and struggling with the quarantine, and his opioid-addicted wife missing for the third year and presumed dead, Greyson struggles to fill the shoes of a man he loathed. But all that changes when he discovers that one of his star authors at his press, Vivica Valentine, is in fact his former creative writing student from twenty years ago—a student with whom he had been secretly infatuated. He is eager to slip back into professor mode to mold and discipline her in ways she hadn’t been ready for before.

But when shadows from their pasts come calling unexpectedly, throwing both their lives into turmoil and threatening the worlds they have created for themselves, Elena and Greyson must make a decision that will forever alter their futures and force them to face their most formidable opponent yet. Can love truly triumph over physical and emotional distance, or will their story end in disaster?

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