Derailed (Dominion Falls Series Book 2) by Sarah Cass
The sins of a past she can’t remember could destroy a present she’ll never forget.
The crimes of her forgotten past threaten the very life Jane Doe has learned to cherish.
Jane is out of time. With a warrant on her head, a maniac out for her blood, and a secret baby on the way, something has to give.
Without Cole Mitchell’s help to find the answers, there may be no hope left.
Cole has nowhere left to hide. He unwittingly let Jane into his heart, and is ready to share the secret of his dark past.
Fate has a way of playing its hand, and tragedy strikes. With the world crumbling around them, it’s easy to lose faith. If they can’t forgive past sins, they have no hope for the future.
Because the noose waits for no man or woman
The whispers and rumors around her were ignored in favor of retreating into her own grief. The new knowledge of Cole’s apparent attention to Becky threatened to break her carefully built walls. Right then she needed the security of the familiar distractions.
Quick as a wink, she had the library opened and set about putting away the books that had been returned. She’d been surprised and pleased at the amount of business the library saw. Until she’d started working there, she hadn’t thought about those in the settlements that would come in to keep the place busy.
When a shadow darkened the door, she paid it little mind, calling out a brief greeting while she put away a few books. It wasn’t until the footsteps stopped near her that she thought to pay attention.
The familiar mix of cigars and whiskey hit her nose, and her senses came alive. A wave of pain thrust into her throat, sealing it shut when he stepped even closer. Cole. She never thought she’d see him in the library. It hadn’t even crossed her mind. Yet here he was, and she couldn’t even force out the words to tell him to leave.
A strangled gasp afforded her the air she needed, and she shoved back against him when he got closer. She rushed to put the desk between them. Clearing her throat against tears, she slammed down the books in her hand. “Get out.”
“We gotta talk.”
“Talk? Now you want to talk? It’s too late for talking. Just get out.” She felt her hands shaking and pressed them into the desk. She couldn’t deal with this now. Everything she’d done to convince herself she could move forward crumbled around her. The reserve of strength she’d been tapping into drained with every step he moved closer.
“That’s it?” His large hands pressed into the desk opposite her, and he hovered close. “Don’t seem right.”
“Right? There is no right anymore, Cole. You wanted out, you’ve got it. You can’t jerk me around anymore. It’s better this way. I know it is.”
“Then why are ya crying?”
“You hurt me.”
His hand moved to rest on hers, clasping over it. “I told you what I went through.”
“Stop.” Her eyes closed as she fought against the urge to cave.
“I can’t handle this now.” She should pull away, but she couldn’t. The warmth of his hand soaked through the chill in her heart. Thousands of words caught up in her throat until she couldn’t manage to form one complete sentence. “Please.”
“I told you. I don’t know how to do this.” Cole kept his voice low even though they were alone. His hand never left hers. It had been months ago when he’d told her he didn’t know how to have any relationships outside of the whores he’d been with for years.
“Clearly.” She snorted. Damn him. A smile teased its way through her sorrow. “I believe you’re proving that quite well.”
“You can’t tell me this is better.” He leaned closer, and she found herself drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
“All things considered.” She stopped staring at their joined hands and met his intense gaze.
“Johnny, or whoever he is, is out there waiting to strike. If he doesn’t, Jackson digging into my past will bring the law to my doorstep. This is better. You’re free.”
“What if I don’t wanna be?”
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Derailed (Dominion Falls Series Book 2)
A: Derailed continues to build on the mystery of Jane Doe’s past, and the man that wants her dead. A few twists and turns are thrown in as Jane’s carefully constructed life of only 6 months begins to fall apart in spectacular fashion. Always learning from her mistakes, Jane never stops growing, changing, or living the life she’s determined to live, yet she still remains fantastically flawed so her learning continues right up until the bitter end.
Cole’s flaws and his own past almost cost him everything, but even when it seems like hope might be gone, he keeps fighting for what he knows is right, and to make up for the mistakes he makes.
Evil has many faces in this book, and it never stops attacking…
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Derailed (Dominion Falls Series Book 2)?
A: My favorite quote from Derailed (Dominion Falls Series Book 2) is:
Jane kept her eyes diverted, bending to pick up a chair and right it. “I have a sick need to keep helping Cole.”
“Oh. We’re going to get along just fine, Jane. Just fine.”
In Derailed, Jane’s life takes several nose dives. Fate seems to enjoy kicking her while she’s down. Have you had a time in your life when you felt that way? What did you do to get through the worst of it?