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Her happy residence comes to an abrupt halt when her benefactor’s missing nephew, Levi, shows up. A bomb shattered his leg and life, which left him in need of a safe place to figure out the rest of his life. The will leaves the house to both of them, but only if they cohabit for a year. Otherwise, the house goes to a third party.
Melody detests Levi for never writing or visiting his dying uncle. Levi considers Melody little more than a gold digger similar to his ex-wife. There’s no way he’ll let her have his inheritance.
Melody automatically smiled back. “Yes.” The one word escaped her lips as her mind tried to translate what he meant. Was he going to row Roy’s boat across the lake? Did he invite her? The idea of sharing the close quarters of the boat tempted her, until she looked straight into his eyes. Her hand covered her racing heart. It couldn’t be, but she recognized the slate-color. Her breath hitched, testifying to his appeal, but if he knew who she was, he’d toss her overboard.
Turning up his smile a notch, he explained, “I was going out for a row and would welcome company.”
The idea tantalized Melody, but she knew better than to climb into the boat with Levi McDaniels.
Melody looked at his outstretched hand and took a step back even though something inside urged her to take his hand. She would have if he were someone else. Levi would push her out of the boat if he knew her name, though he’d have a hard time doing so. Being a strong robust female, as Roy like to call her whenever she swung him up out of his wheelchair, had advantages. Playing football with the neighborhood boys when she was younger, not only made her tough, but also willing to use any underhanded methods to secure the ball. A boy who cried foul when she bested him ended up ridiculed by his teammates. The brighter fellows soon learned to avoid her sharp elbows, gouging fingers, and troublesome knees.
Levi’s eyebrows winged upward at her refusal. His outstretched hand fell abruptly by his side.
Melody has lived in a series of foster homes after her mother abandoned her.
She's found purpose in her life as a hospice nurse. She considers Levi's Uncle Roy as family. It's no wonder she's upset when Levi never visits his dying uncle.
She's grateful that she inherited old Roy's house, the first home she's ever had.
No way she'd give it up to a neglectful nephew.