Deserving Henley by Susan Stoker EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Susan Stoker
- Language: English
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Henley McClure had just finished a particularly emotional group session at
The Refuge, and while she was tired, she was also filled with satisfaction.
That always happened when one of her clients had a breakthrough in a
Being a psychologist was her calling, and she loved it. She worked for a
thriving practice in Los Alamos, but in recent years, she’d actually reduced
her hours at the office in town in order to spend more time at The Refuge.
Working with the men and women who visited the nationally renowned
retreat in the mountains of New Mexico was more satisfying than she’d ever
dreamed. Even though she didn’t get to know her patients very well, since
she usually only saw them for a few sessions, knowing she was helping them
come to terms with the traumatic events they’d been through—events that
had led them to The Refuge in the first place—filled her heart with
She also had the highest respect for the seven men who owned and ran
the retreat. They were all former military, each having gone through their
own traumas, which had led them to want to help others dealing with PTSD.
Of course, there was one owner she was drawn to more than the others.
Finn “Tonka” Matlick had caught her eye from the first moment they’d
met. Not because he was extremely handsome—which he was. In fact, all of
the owners were.
No…it was because of the hurt she saw deep in his eyes. One that
matched her own when she looked in the mirror some mornings. Where she’d
had the benefit of many more years and excellent therapy to help manage her
anguish, Finn’s was still raw and visceral. He did his best to hide his pain
from the world, but it was there. Lurking in the depths of his soul.
In the couple years that she’d known him, Henley had never tried to talk
to Finn about what had put that agony in his gaze, despite being qualified to
do so. He was extremely standoffish, preferring to tend to the animals at The
Refuge rather than talk to the guests, or even hang out with his friends.
He’d attended many of the group sessions Henley offered to the guests,
but he never contributed, never spoke about his past. Still, just having him
there when she shared her own traumatic past with her patients made it a little
easier to tell the tale. Seeing sorrow and empathy in his eyes made her anger
and grief over what she’d endured feel just a little less sharp. But that was as
deep as their relationship went.
She’d actually thought maybe things between them would change after
the horrible incident from two weeks ago, when a man came onto the retreat’s
property with the intent of kidnapping Alaska, the girlfriend of owner Drake
Vandine. During that scary event, Henley and Finn had connected on a level
they hadn’t before…or at least Henley had thought so.
But since that night—the night he’d cried in her arms in the barn as they
protected the animals from the intruder—he hadn’t treated her any
differently, which was a huge disappointment. Her only consolation was that
she would swear Finn was now hanging around the lodge more often. At least
when she was there.
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