MORE THAN DISTANCE (Chasing The Dream #5)

She’s off-limits, but he’s the only one who can help her…

Carla Jackson has her life all mapped out, so when her plans fall apart she’s more lost than ever. A spot on the reality TV show Road Trip Race seems like the perfect escape, except she needs a partner. The only option is her brother’s best friend: the man she’s secretly loved forever and the last person she wants to be stuck in a car with.

Tech billionaire Ryan Evans has done everything he can to put his bitter past behind him. He’s avoided Carla ever since they shared a forbidden kiss six years ago, but when his best friend asks him to protect her on the show, he can’t refuse—even if the biggest threat to her heart might be himself.

As Carla and Ryan drive across the country while competing on the show, there’s no escaping the undeniable chemistry between them. But when they’re thrown off course, can they find their way home together?




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As soon as our parents sat down, the doorbell rang. Everyone froze except Daniel, who shot to his feet. “I’ll get it.”

While my brother headed for the front door, Mom tilted her head and asked in a way-too-loud whisper, “Did he invite a girl?”

Dad’s eyebrows jumped up. “He hasn’t done that since Jennifer…”

We all strained to listen as my brother opened the front door and said hello to someone. Heavy boots stepped into the front hall, along with the sound of a deep, male voice. One I hadn’t heard in years, but recognized instantly.

No, it couldn’t be. Surely my brother would have mentioned he was coming?

I sank down into my chair, hoping I was wrong, wondering if I had time to escape. I was so not ready for this. I needed time to prepare first, to get my emotions under check, to figure out what I would say. I definitely wouldn’t have worn this outfit, for one thing. This old tank top and these beige shorts were not doing me any favors. I wasn’t even wearing any makeup.

Before I could plot my exit, Daniel walked in with a man who was nearly as tall as he was. My eyes locked on our guest and my breath caught in my throat as I took him in. Leather jacket over broad shoulders. Motorcycle helmet under one arm. Shiny black hair cut short, framing a chiseled face and strong jaw. And those eyes—the second they honed in on me with their dark gaze, I knew I was in trouble.

After six years, Ryan Evans, my brother’s best friend and my first love, had returned.

And all I wanted to do was run away as fast as I could.