Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life,going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she caneventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But fornow, she’s just a 17-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by withher alcoholic father, Jerry.
But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerrybecomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event whichmeans to effect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.
While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, aprominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything becauseof it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurredthe night the two men met for a drink. Out of mutual moments ofdesperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gainfinancial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more thanwilling to pay to keep his secret just that.
But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with themost faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and hisplayboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale strugglesagainst her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turnsout to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as hisfather.
As the pressures around her continues to escalate, Halerealizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just abig mistake or an amazing twist of fate, that has been waiting around for thisparticular accident to happen.
HALE MAREE is a New Adult romance novel
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