Deliverance (Slick Rock #17)

By: Becca Van

Slick Rock 17

When Lilac Primrose arrives in Slick Rock, Colorado she thinks she’s jumped from the frying pan into the fire.

Having escaped a hostage, cult style life at the tender age of fifteen, and then making a life for herself independently from anyone else, Lilac wants to run again when she notices the prevalent, unusual relationships around town. However, since she has good morals and has signed a lease contract, she stays put.

Retired Marines, Wilder, Cree, and Nash Sheffield have only recently moved to Slick Rock and are about to start new jobs as deputy sheriffs. The moment they see Lilac, they’re mesmerized and are determined to court her.

When Lilac begins to remember more of her past and finds out she’s not who she thinks she is, she seeks the help of the deputies and sheriffs.

Lilac ends up in danger and facing her past head on, but this time she’s not sure she’ll be able to escape.


“Are you serious?” Lilac asked Delta before looking at the contract in her hand. She glanced over at Enya to see the other woman was just as surprised as she was. Enya was also holding a sheaf of papers.

“Deadly serious,” Delta signed and Major, one of her fiancés, spoke on her behalf.

“You want Enya and I to buy into the diner and become equal partners?” Lilac asked a little hoarsely. She couldn’t believe her boss’s generosity. She, Enya, and the other women had only been working for Delta for a few short weeks.

Delta smiled and nodded. “Yes.”

“Why?” Lilac swallowed around the emotional constriction in her throat. “Why would you do this?”

“Because after what happened, I’ve realized that there are more important things in life than just work. I love cooking for the people who come into the diner, but I also want to spend more time with my guys.”

When Delta finished signing and Major stopped talking, the big handsome man had a wide grin on his face. Major shifted his gaze from Lilac and Enya, and when he looked at Delta, his eyes were so full of love, Lilac felt as if she was being voyeuristic on a private moment.

Lilac glanced at Enya and the other woman gave her a slight nod as if encouraging her to say yes.

“Are you sure?” Lilac asked, worried that this wasn’t real.

She’d dreamed of owning her own place from a young age, and while she’d worked hard toward that goal after she’d managed to escape those crazy people’s clutches, she’d never expected it to happen. Delta was offering her a chance of realizing that dream even if it was as a part owner. She’d be stupid to pass up such a wonderful opportunity.

“Thank you, Delta. I accept.” Lilac blinked back tears of gratitude. Her heart was so full of emotion it was painful.

“I accept, too,” Enya said and rushed over to give Delta a hug. When she drew back, Lilac saw tears coursing down the other woman’s face. She knew exactly how she felt because she was still struggling to keep the tears stinging her eyes at bay, too. “Thank you.”

“You’re both very welcome,” Delta replied.

“This is the reason you’ve scheduled us all to work alternate hours, isn’t it?” Lilac asked.

“Yes.” Delta nodded and smiled.

“When do you need the money by?” Enya asked.

“There’s no hurry. You can pay me a little each week or whenever you can afford to.”

Lilac was still having trouble accepting Delta’s generosity, and while she knew there was nothing nefarious about the offer, she’d learned to be very wary. However, there was nothing sinister with the proposal or the contract. She’d read it over before entering the kitchen. Delta had left the papers stuck to the outside of the cupboard she and Enya used to hide their purses in while they were working.

“I have the money,” Lilac said. “I’d like to give it to you as soon as possible. Is a bank check all right with you? Or do you prefer cash?”

“Whatever you want is fine, Lilac. I’m so glad to have you and Enya as partners. I know we’re going to make this place the best diner in Colorado.”

Lilac was of the same opinion, and by the excited look on Enya’s face, she agreed, too.

The smile slid from Enya’s lips. “I only have half the money in savings.”

Delta waved her hand in the air. “I don’t care how long it takes for you to pay for your share in the business. That’s not important. I’m just happy to have you both as partners and friends.”

Lilac’s cheeks began to hurt from smiling so much. All the hard work she’d put into her education and then doing her best while cooking as head chef in New York City was finally paying off.

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