Supermodel Gabrielle Valenci's arrival at her family home in Islamorada unsettles Madison's comfortable routine.
Supermodel Gabrielle Valenci's arrival at her family home in Islamorada unsettles Madison's comfortable routine. Gabrielle has left a floundering relationship behind in New York and travels to Florida to undergo the last of her chemotherapy. Her prognosis is excellent, but her journey since the initial cancer diagnosis has been rocky.
The appearance of a dolphin in their cove coincides with Gabrielle's arrival next door. With each unannounced visit, he inspires Gabrielle and Madison as he gently nudges them together. Soon, Madison is accompanying Gabrielle to her treatments. Although the bond between them strengthens and their mutual attraction grows, both are hesitant to take the next step. Can they learn To Love Free again?
Sometimes, the fragile human heart is reluctant to heal. But Madison and Gabrielle never counted on the persistence of one determined, magical dolphin they call “Free.”
Chris Paynter is the author of six novels, including the Playing for First baseball series. Her “Survived by Her Longtime Companion” was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of the 2013 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Her short stories have appeared in two anthologies: Regal Crest's “Women in Uniform: Medics and Soldiers and Cops, Oh My!” (2010) and Cleis Press's “Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance” (2013). Her next romance, “To Love Free,” is scheduled for a September 2014 release. After earning a Bachelor's degree in journalism, Chris worked as a general assignment reporter and sportswriter until accepting her current position as the editorial specialist to a law journal. A sports junkie, you can find her screaming at the TV during a Colts game or living vicariously through her Cincinnati Reds. She resides in Indianapolis with her wife, Phyllis, and their beagle, Buddy the Wonder Dog, also fondly known as “He who must be obeyed.” When not writing or editing books, Chris loves to get lost in a good romance.