Book Three in the Of Love and Madness Series
Unable to overcome the loss and betrayal she’s faced, Kate Donaldson knows there’s only one way for her to heal—and that’s to walk away from everything and pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
Cutting herself off from everyone she loves, Kate settles in on the rocky coast of southern Maine. At first wanting nothing more than to be left alone, she eventually learns to deal with all of her hurts except one—Billy, her estranged husband.
But when her past comes roaring back, Kate must choose between her head and her heart.
Billy McDonald has hit rock bottom. When his wife disappears, he is forced to confront his demons. Winning that battle brings success, and for the first time in more than two decades, his music career is finally about to take off. But without Katie by his side, it’s a bitter victory.
What do you do when the thing you thought you wanted isn’t really what you wanted after all?
All I Ever Wanted is the third book in the Of Love and Madness trilogy, and the conclusion of a love story that defied the odds for twenty five years. But for Kate and Billy, it’s up to them to decide if it’s the end, or a new beginning.
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He gently guided her so that she faced him straight on and took both of her hands in his. “When I look into your eyes and see myself reflected there, I want to be the man you fell in love with. The man you need me to be. The man you deserve.”
Every word pierced her heart like arrows, as if he were trying to reinsert himself there. What he didn’t understand was that he already lived there. He would always live there, whether she wanted him there or not.
“The past year and a half has been the worst time of my life,” she said. “But I’ve dealt with almost all of it: Joey’s death, Eileen’s death, the shooting, this fucked-up world we live in. I’ve even come to grips with my shitty childhood. I’ve processed it all—except you.” A painful little cry slipped past her lips. “I don’t know how to process you or what you’ve done. I don’t know if I can.”
“I don’t want to be dealt with or processed, Katie.” Agitation fueled his voice. “I want to be forgiven, and I want you to love me again.”
She shook her head. “It’s never been about love, Billy, I told you that. In spite of everything, I’ve never stopped loving you. I just don’t know if I can forgive you. Or trust you.”
Karen Cimms was born and raised in New Jersey and still thinks of the Garden State as home. She is a journalist and lifestyle editor of a daily newspaper. She and her husband live in Northeast Pennsylvania. They have four children.
At This Moment: Of Love and Madness Book One
We All Fall Down: Of Love and Madness Book Two