Who I am With You by M. Lynne Cunning

Title: Who I Am With You
Author: M. Lynne Cunning
Release Date: Feb 19, 2016
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People only reveal what they want you to


Chad Kirkwood has a secret. One he’s determined to keep buried until

he’s ready to divulge it. So when he shows up on Katie’s doorstep in answer to a job

posting, he stretches the truth and tells her only what she needs to know.

Katie Wicken is broken. Left to pick up the pieces of a called-off engagement and a

failing farm after the death of her father, she’s determined not to let anyone else into her heart.

Then she hires Chad, and Katie finds herself glancing in his direction, watching him work, and thinking

about him after the sun goes down.

Something begins to awaken within Chad, too. It’s been forever since

he’s felt such a genuine connection and been able to fully enjoy his life. Hell, live his life. But

when Chad’s lie catches up with him, he’s forced to come


And the truth could break Katie’s heart once


Grief and pain can make people do crazy things… but so can


“Don’t speak about something you don’t understand, all

right? Whatever Katie has told you, that’s all it is…a piece of a much bigger pie. You don’t

know me, and no matter what you think, you don’t know her


Chad crossed his arms in front of his chest, not sure what to say next. From the

corner of his eye, he could see Katie stomping through the tall grass towards them. The dust from

Jay’s car had finally billowed into the garden where she’d been


“Are you warning me about her…Jay?” Chad locked eyes with him,

his gaze never wavering even though Katie was getting closer with each


Jay slammed the car door, wearing a muted grin as he matched Chad’s

pose, crossing his own arms and pulling himself up to his full height, at least three inches taller than

Chad’s five feet and eleven inches. “She used to be different, that’s all. Calm

yourself, will you? I’m just telling you, you don’t know the real Katie. To be honest, you

probably never will. The real Katie we all knew and loved died along with her father. My Katie is gone, so

like I said, don’t talk about things you only think you


Thankfully, Chad didn’t have to form a response, not that he knew what he

would say to that, anyway. Katie’s feet hit the gravel just as Chad had opened his mouth to

speak; however, the look on her face evoked enough uncertainty in him that he swiftly closed it


“You said you were picking Mason up at five thirty. It’s only a few

minutes past five.” Katie consulted her watch as though to confirm it, lifting her head to glare at

Jay again.

“I’m a few minutes early. I wanted to see how everything was


“Everything is just fine, Jay. You can come back in twenty seven

minutes.” Katie didn’t look at Chad as she brushed past the two men and headed for the

house, where Chad knew Mason was currently packing up his clothes and Nintendo DS to take with


“Katie, wait…” Jay’s pleas went unanswered, the screen

door banging closed abruptly behind her. Only a defeated sigh sounded in the thick silence between

them, and Chad uneasily turned away from the other man, intent on cleaning up his mess near the barn

wall and getting the hell out of dodge before this situation got any more heated. Jay, on the other hand,

didn’t have the same intentions.

“See? What’d I tell you? She’s


“No. She’s hurt. There’s a difference.” Chad

didn’t look at him. Instead, he plucked the hammer and tin can full of nails from the ground and

pretended to admire his handiwork on the barn wall.

“You seem to know a lot about my girlfriend and


“She’s your ex-girlfriend.”

Jay stared at him, seeming to mull over how to react. Chad couldn’t be

sure whether it was humiliation or anger that clouded the man’s clean shaven face, maybe a bit

of both. Either way, Chad didn’t fear him, and he stared back,


“Good to meet you, Chad.” Jay’s tone was condescending

and gruff.

“See you in twenty four minutes,” Chad replied, and the hint of a

smirk crossed his face the moment he broke eye contact and turned


M. Lynne Cunning has always wanted to be an author, but it

wasn’t until she discovered National Novel Writing Month and all the insanity that goes along

with it that she began to truly realize her love for writing stories. While she doesn’t limit herself

to writing only specific genres, her first two published novels, Until I’m Found and Blurred Lines,

are considered Romantic Suspense. Her new book, Who I Am With You (to be released February 2016),

will be the first in a contemporary romance series. She also doesn’t believe that the traditional

typical “happily ever after” is always the way to go. You’ve been forewarned.


She is almost always reading or writing, but also enjoys spending time and traveling with her

husband/best friend, Dennis, and is the proud dog-mom of two brindle boxers. She’s also a too-

far-gone coffee addict and a lifelong country music fan.



About Jen

I love all things supernatural and paranormal. Coffee addict. Book lover. Wise Ass. Read the rest of my ramblings at My Crafty Life

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