with the person who has hurt you the most?
Genre:†Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: May 5, 2017
Excerpt from Thicker Than Blood
“The door opened, and Dakota’s brother Maurice walked in with a stricken look. Koko was behind him, cradled by Brayden while she cried. Caden heard the girls all gasp, and then they started to cry, too.
He felt the blood drain from his face as the world tilted. He braced for the worst. They were going to tell him she didn’t make it. No, please, I want a second chance. He had to find out what her desperate declaration had meant in the car. He had to know.
He looked to Maurice for answers. “Tell me please.”
Maurice looked at Caden’s face, feeling sorry for him for the first time in over two years, realizing Caden still cared for his baby sister. He never knew why they had broken up. All he knew was she had been devastated, and he resented Caden for that.
“She’s still in surgery, but they believe she had a stroke on the table. Some Thrombotic—”
“A vascular bleed stroke, probably caused by the removal of the metal piece. It must have torn one of the main arteries to her brain,” Caden finished with the proper diagnosis.
“Yes,” Maurice replied. “The doctor said as much but they don’t know how much damage has been done. That was one of the assisting doctors. The surgeon is still working on her, and will come out and talk to us after he’s done.”
Caden’s paramedic training took over as he calmly explained the diagnosis to everyone gathered around. “They can’t determine the damage until she comes out of the anesthetic, when they can assess the location of the stroke. The doctors will look for neurological deficits, abnormalities in her mental status, and lack of movement in her limbs. All we can hope for is that they were able to repair the vein and minimal damage occurred.”
“Oh no, that doesn’t sound good at all,” Jocelyn replied on a cry as her hand flew to cover her heart.
“No, don’t misunderstand me,” Caden replied quickly, realizing he was freaking them out more. “Dakota is a very strong, healthy young woman, and that will all work to her advantage. If there is any damage, she will be able to have physical therapy and reteach her body everything she might have lost.”
“She works in conjunction with the physical therapists all the time. She will know how important her therapy is,” Taya jumped in. “I know her; she will have the determination to get better as soon as possible. Girls, remember when her student Naz had his stroke? She went to the hospital every other day to help him work on his physical therapy. If I remember correctly, she performed reiki, too. I’m sure he was back at school months before the doctors projected.”
“Caden watched as Koko’s face changed from concern to disgust as she listened to Dakota’s friends talk about Dakota’s talent in healing Naz’s little body.
“Are you serious? You can’t honestly believe in that mumbo-jumbo crap. Running your hands over someone’s body and pretending to heal it,” Koko scoffed. “I thought you girls were smarter than that.”
Ryder being Ryder, and not used to censoring his speech, spoke out of turn and nearly got them all kicked out. “Hope the witch didn’t park her broomstick too close to my car.”
This book keeps you reading. It’s a journey that takes you through overcoming tragedy, overcoming lots and lots of heartbreak from family and lovers, and it teaches you the power of friendship and trusting with your heart.
– Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer
Other Books by Anne Marie Citro
UNDER HER WINGS (Sistas Book 1)
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You donít fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
“This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable.”
– Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
LYRICS HEART & SOUL (Sistas Book 2)
Can the misfits of society considered substandard and their child/ youth worker teach a broken man that has no heart how to love? Can love and trust be taught? Ryder has what every person strives for yet it isnít worth having if you have no one to share it with.
“Beautiful Story…A 2017 Summer Beach Read Not To Be Missed!”
– Annette Cosentino, Amazon reviewer
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About†Anne Marie Citro