Book 1 in the Baxter Family Saga Series
Avery, CEO of Mama Avery Foods, has been summoned to a special meeting
by a note from her late mother, Virgilia Avery. When she arrives, she
meets the elusive mogul Newton "Cass" Baxter, CEO of Baxter Chemicals
and learns of the nearly forty year history her mother shared with Cass,
as well as the obstacles they'd been forced to endure. As Kyle
struggles to understand their history, she's forced to confront the man
who loved and left her, Brandon Hall, VP of Baxter Chemicals and the
adopted son of Cass Baxter. Kyle and Brandon unite in love, but separate
in tragedy. They are forced to deal with the sad legacy of their
parent's lives as well as their own heartbreak. It's up to them to
finally break the chains which bind their hearts and find their own path
*Content Warning: Adult Content, may have some explicit scenes.
she finally got her ticket, she stood at the door, digging through her
purse. Just as she reached for the handle, her hand touched someone
else's. She looked up at him and felt a sudden jolt through her body.
Their eyes locked for what seemed like an eternity.
Virgilia was suddenly lost in his warm emerald green eyes. He looked at her brown eyes and caught his breath.
"After you," he said, as she suddenly remembered where she was and why.
"Thank you," she managed to get out as she walked through the door he held open.
of them had ever felt that way before and didn't know what to make of
it. Was it a case of static? It felt a little too good to be just a
tried to shake it off as she made her way into the theater. It was
packed and she craned her head to find a possible seat. There were a
couple of vacancies close to the front. Virgilia hated being that close
to the screen, but as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers. She
found a seat and relaxed a bit. Not long after, her green-eyed doorman
sat next to her.
not following you," he said, grinning at the look of surprise on her
face. "This is just the only seat which seems to be left"
"Don't worry. I didn’t think you were following me"
not? Aren't you worth following?" he flashed Virgilia a devastating
smile which made her blush. Before she could even think of an answer,
the lights dimmed.
felt him lean in to her "We will continue this discussion later." Her
stomach shivered as she cleared her throat and focused on the screen.
the movie, the audience’s reaction just heightened the tension of the
scenes. Virgilia had no idea how big this shark was, but she knew the
next time she decided to go to the beach, she would definitely rethink
A couple of times, the movie made her jump, much to the amusement of her doorman.
"Don't worry, Precious," he whispered. "I'll protect you"
felt the pit of her stomach flutter when he called her "precious." If
it were any other man, she would have been offended, even threatened.
With him, it felt natural to hear him to call her that and she didn't
even know his name.
the movie ended, she stared at the screen, reading the credits. When
she turned to glance at him, he was gone. Virgilia felt a pang of
As she exited the theater, she felt a presence behind her. She turned to see him smiling at her.
"You never did answer my question. Don't you think you're worth following?"
"I will only answer questions from men whose names I know."
"Fair enough" he said as he extended his hand "My friends call me Cass."
"I'm Virgilia," she said as she shook his hand
quite a name. I think I'll call you 'Lila' for short."Normally she
hated it when people called her by some modification of her name, but
this one seemed different. "Do you often change the name of the people
you meet to suit yourself?"
"Only the special ones."
Virgilia felt her cheeks get hot and her stomach do backflips. No stranger had ever made her feel so at ease.
his part, Cass was fascinated by this vision he saw before him. There
was something about this woman, a light, a fire which drew him in and
made him want to lose himself in those gorgeous brown eyes. He’d never
felt anything like it before and was not going to let this opportunity
pass him by.
"Yes," Virgilia said, suddenly.
"Yes, to Lila?"
"That too, but I meant the answer to your question." Cass looked a little lost and then she said, "I am worth following."
Cass felt his heart flip as he grinned. "Shall we?" he said offering his arm.
walked around and talked for what felt like minutes, but turned out to
be hours as evening turned to dusk. Virgilia's face hurt from smiling so
much; she couldn't recall the last time she had such fun by herself or
found her smart and witty and even more beautiful than when he’d opened
the door for her. He had met some stunning women in his life, but
tonight, they seemed merely passable compared to Lila.
"It's getting late." She said "I had better get home"
"I'll walk you." he announced.
"No, I don't live too far from here."
He held his hand up. "I'm not letting any woman walk alone at night anywhere, no matter how close she lives."
only just met, but the look on his face said he wasn't going to take
‘no’ for an answer. She thought better of starting an argument as they
slowly made it to the gate of her house.
"Well, this is me," she said.
nodded and looked at the house. It was small, modest, and held a bit of
charm with the low white fence separating it from the house next door.
"Cass, I had a wonderful time."
"So did I," Cass said as his gaze moved from her eyes to her lips. "I want to do it again."
Virgilia wanted the same, but she had to be practical. "Maybe we should leave it at tonight."
looked Virgilia straight in the eyes with a determination he felt deep
within him. He was not used to hearing the word ‘no’ from a woman. But
from this woman, the thought of not seeing her after tonight was
completely unacceptable. "I don't believe you believe that. I can see it
in your eyes…"
started reading her first romance novel, at the age of 11. Then she got
introduced to V.C. Andrews, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Anne Rice and many
more notable contemporary authors as well as some of the classics, A
Tale of Two Cities, Their
Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby and others. It was during her
teenage years that she dabbled in writing. First, it was in her diaries,
then she started creating characters, stories about romance, the
supernatural and much more. Being an I.B. student as well as entering
college, left little time for writing and so she put it and the ideas
aside to pursue a career. It would take almost 20 years, a radical move
from the city she grew up in, Miami, FL back to her Caribbean
birthplace, and a chance Facebook meeting with Sable Hunter to start the
juices flowing again. After some fits and starts, the Baxter Family
Saga was born. Unchained Hearts is Palessa's first published fiction
book with Beau Coup Publishing. She considers herself just a storyteller
that sees no reason to shy away from the juicier romantic elements. She
currently lives in the mountains of Jamaica with her crazy,
cracker-munching-mutt Ivy and a farm, primarily managed by agribusiness
partner, also known as Dad.