While still nursing her wounds from being left at the altar a month before her wedding, Claudia Sykes is talked into attending a Valentine's Day dance. There she meets Adam Devine and soon forgets her ex and the pain he caused her. They fall in love, but Adam is a reservist in the National Guard and is deployed to Iraq. Claudia fears he won't return and she'll lose him as she lost her ex. When Adam's letter stop abruptly, she fears the worst. Will her worst fears come true or does Adam return to her?
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"Well, Ms. Sykes, I'd be delighted if you dance with me."

"All you have to do is ask." She smiled.

He returned the smile. "Would you like to dance?"

Claudia placed her hand in his and he led her to the dance floor. When they reached it she glided into his arms. They swayed to the music, and to her relief he danced exquisitely. Not once did he step on her feet. Truly enjoying dancing with him, she wished for the music to never end.

Something about this man intrigued her. Merely having his strong arms around her, sent shivers of delight throughout her body. She hadn't felt such feelings since Andrew, made her truly regret her earlier actions. She feared he was merely being a gentleman and after the song ended he would leave in order to find a more stable woman.

The moment of truth came. The music stopped. Claudia steeled herself for his goodbye.

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