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Move on with your life, they said.

Forget her, they said.

But how could Ben Edwards forget the woman who was supposed to be his forever? When Grace Stevens disappeared—without a word, without a trace—she took half his soul with her.

Despite the heartbreak, Ben tried. He tried to take their advice by pursuing his career. He tried to find fulfillment in his work. He tried to find peace.

Grace had been the love of his life. Her fingerprints were on every surface of his existence. He had success and wealth. He had everything, except her.

Then fate stepped in one serendipitous night. The hope he’d held on to for three long, agonizing years appeared before him in the form of a picturesque beauty.

Was she real, or an apparition returning to haunt him? He wasn’t sure, but he wouldn’t stop until he found his missing love. Every minute mattered, and he wouldn’t waste a second chance.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Missing Grace

S.L. Scott

We are getting a brand new standalone romance from S.L. Scott, a heart-wrenching story about love, loss and hope, and I am so excited to share with you the never-seen-before Prologue! Missing Grace is releasing on 19 March 2017

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Prologue

Ben Edwards

He remembered, almost like it was yesterday. It wasn’t, but he relived every second of that morning like it was, hoping to find the one clue he missed . . .

She opened the door, but stopped before leaving. Large tears clouded the beautiful hazel eyes he could describe from memory. Every color reflected a different emotion, and he loved reading her so clearly. This morning the colors were blurred like their emotions. “I’ve got to go or I’ll miss my flight.” Her tone was remorseful and hurt, and he hated it. “We’ll talk later. I love you.” A little stupid and a lot hurt, he didn’t reply. “Are you really going to let me leave like this, Ben?”

Like his attention, he withheld something he had always given her so freely, dead set on proving a point to her. He felt weak under the weight of the argument they just had. She would hear how wounded he was if he spoke, the sound of his heart breaking through his voice.

He couldn’t have that.

Ben had never demanded it be this year or even the next. He just wanted them to be a priority in her life again. It was the promotion this year, but another opportunity would come the next, and where would that leave them? He had always been supportive. He wanted nothing more than for her to have the success she worked so hard for, but at what price?

The life they had planned together?

Him?

This time he would hold strong, so he remained silent. He let her walk out without telling her how much he loved her and watched her go to the cab. Her shoulder-length chestnut-colored hair moved over her neck when she turned and looked up. The smile was faint, but he caught it.

Guilt settled in the longer he stood there, long past when the taxi pulled away from the curb. It wouldn’t change anything if he went to work, but he went anyway.

By the time he sat down at his desk to start on a new building design in Loyal Heights, he couldn’t take it. It was only an argument. That’s all. There have been others, but they had always recovered in the past. He was being hardheaded and could admit it, so he got online and ordered flowers. He wanted them waiting in her hotel room when she walked in. He wanted her to know he was sorry. She would often say they had forever, and she was right. It was dumb to fight over something that they had a lifetime to figure out.

They were getting married in a month. That was the continuance of the forever they already shared. She would have the flowers for the three days they would be apart and then he would shower her with more when she got home. She deserved it. He’d make it up to her by making love to her. God, he missed her already.

Four hours passed.

Four hours. She didn’t call when she landed, so he called her instead and left a message. “I was an ass. I’m sorry. I love you. Call me.”

Four hours and fifteen minutes.

There was no use in trying to work. He couldn’t focus on the blueprint in front of him, so he called again and left another message. “I’m sorry. Call me.”

Five hours.

“Hey, just checking on you. I thought you were going to Chicago, but maybe I’ve got an old schedule. Call me as soon as you land.”

Five hours and thirty minutes.

“Call me. I’m starting to worry.” He had been worried, but he didn’t want to sound like a psycho for worrying too soon.

Six hours.

A bad feeling sank from his heart into the pit of his stomach. Sitting at his laptop, he looked up the schedule she sent last week in an email. Locating today’s date, he said, “Chicago,” confirming what he thought. Plugging her flight number into the airline site, there were no delays listed. The plane, in fact, had landed on time. Landed on time, three words that echoed through his mind.

She should have landed.

She should have turned her phone on.

She should have called by now.

None of those things had occurred.

Getting the hotel’s number from the email, he called.

“No, sir, she has not checked in.”

The verification crushed the hope he was holding onto. A few excuses of consolation came—traffic was bad today with the rain and worsening conditions—but they didn’t comfort him. “We will give her this message when she arrives.”

Ben felt ill. Something was wrong. He knew it, felt it deep down. He needed to hear her voice . . . to know she was okay.

That opportunity never came.

Her cell phone was never turned back on.

She never checked in to her hotel room.

She never arrived to her business meetings.

Her family and best friend never heard from her again.

She never called Ben.

Grace was gone, and Ben was left to exist in what remained of their life.

She disappeared into thin air.

Vanished…

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It feels like I’m going to cry a lot.
Just reading this exerpt I can feell how much he loves her and my heart hurts.
It’s beautiful </3

I am so anxious to see what happens next because I know Ben must feel extremely guilty. I love this excerpt and I’m dying to know where this goes!

Holy wow!!! This looks so good? I’m left with a ton of questions? What did they fight about? Will he find her? Is this a second chance story??? Ahhhh! Thank you for the chance!

Wow! Oh my gosh I love this. I have to know what happens. I would love the ARC! Thanks for your consideration!

The tension was almost unbearable. I kept reading but I wanted to stop. Didn’t want to know. And then I knew. My heart hurts.

Oh wow, that’s a cliffhanger for sure! Can’t wait to read the whole story to find out what happens.

WOW! I can’t wait to read this story and find out how it ends for Ben. I love stories where love always brings them back together no matter what happens in life and I am hoping that is what I will find in this book. But I won’t know for sure until I read it :)

omg how heartbreaking! That was a thrilling excerpt, it sounds like it will have lots of feels and I love that in a book! Thanks!

? wow that sounds like it’s gonna tear me apart! I just know I’ll be crying as I read it

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