By Kat Martin
You cannot struggle what you cannot see. And Gabriel Raines cannot be convinced simply who is environment the fires in his new real-estate improvement. whilst fires hit back-to-back, he understands it is own, yet any variety of rivals or ex-employees may be the arsonist.The police suspect Angel Ramirez, an area teenager who is been in difficulty sooner than. yet Mattie Baker, a volunteer on the kinfolk Abuse heart, simply cannot think the child she's been operating with could return to his antisocial ways.Determined to persuade Gabe that she's correct, Mattie needs to get just about him and discover who is placing their local in jeopardy. And simply because the arsonist's flames proceed to burn, they discover a warmth constructing among them. it can simply become a full-fledged fire…if they could live on lengthy adequate.
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She had been working at the center when Angel and his family had first come in for help. The next day, Angel had suffered another of his father’s vicious beatings. Setting fire to the old empty building was his way of fighting back. A year later, after Angel got out of juvenile detention, Mattie had been one of the volunteers assigned to his case. He was a sweet boy, and determined to turn his life around. He studied hard at school and volunteered to help other boys his age at the center. They wound up spending a good deal of time together at the center, and Mattie had even helped him get a part-time job that summer in the mail room at her office.
You’ve been in Dallas for nearly ten years. You’re quite a respected figure in the community. ” She looked up at him and smiled, the first relaxed smile he’d seen. ” He laughed at that. ” She arched an auburn eyebrow. ” She colored faintly beneath the scattering of freckles on the high bones in her cheeks. ” He allowed his gaze to roam over her, taking in the small waist and nicely curved breasts. At the moment, the idea held an amazing appeal. “Mostly,” he said. The soft flush deepened. “This is it,” she said abruptly, and he wheeled the truck over to the curb.
You did the right thing, son,” Gabe said. They left the run-down apartment building, climbed into the truck and drove back downtown. Gabe flicked a glance at Mattie. “I think this will help your case. ” “I want to talk to Angel,” Gabe said. ” “Sidney Weiss is acting as his attorney. He’s arranging bail. ” “I think Enrique was telling the truth. But being downtown vandalizing property isn’t exactly a terrific alibi. ” As the pickup wove through traffic, Mattie sighed. “He’s been doing so well. ” “You said he likes to help his friends.