Pre-Order Available Biker Next Door

Blurb

After doing three years in prison, Rix is following the rules. He’s not wearing his leather patch, nor is he anywhere near his clubhouse, but he will make the person who put him away pay. For now, he’s going to enjoy living free, especially with his sexy neighbour.
Work is all Anna-Beth has known. She doesn’t know what fun is anymore, not until she attends Rix’s party. He’s dangerous and his smile melts her panties right off. They’re two people having fun and one day, it will be over. Yet, Rix he doesn’t want it to be over. He wants to claim her and make sure Anna-Beth can never leave.
However, when it’s time to return to the club, Rix has to make a choice. Is Anna-Beth ready to accept him, or has the houses’ magic for bringing couples together finally ran out?

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New Release: Always Part One (Next Generation: The Skulls)

Blurb

Part One:

Tabitha

We were always supposed to end up together. I belonged to him, just as he was mine, despite our different MCs. There was only one true way it would end for us, together, like we always promised. We were so wrong, so naïve, too young to realize what we might face.
I never wanted to live without him, but after one stupid mistake, it looks like I’ll have to get used to being alone.

Simon

The only person I’ve ever wanted, the one who owned my heart is Tabby. All my life, I knew she’d be my woman, on the back of my bike where she rightfully belongs. It didn’t matter that she was a Skull, but I’m possessive, and I fucked up.
I should have known what was coming and protected her, but the club got in the way. Now I’ve got to pay the price. When the time is right, I’ll come back for her and claim her.
We were supposed to be together through thick and thin, along with all the bad times and good.
The bad times are now, so as long as we wait, it should be good again.
We hope.

Excerpt:

It was nice.

She got to do pretty much whatever the hell she wanted to do, within reason. Her dad was still way overprotective and yet her twin, Miles, could do whatever the hell he wanted. The double standards were not lost on her. Even though Lash was moving the club forward, her father still had some old-fashioned views.

Staring up at the stars, Simon wrapped his arms around her, holding her close.

“One day, you and me, we’ll be side by side. Like it was always supposed to be. We both know that’s how it’s meant to be.”

A pain rushed through her chest. Was it?

For the longest time, she wanted nothing to do with the club, either of them. The Skulls nor Chaos Bleeds were part of her future plans. That all changed. She didn’t know how it happened. Just one day, she was pissed-off, angry, and the next, she knew without a doubt it was her calling.

She believed it was something Grandpa Ned had said to her.

“Honey, I know you don’t want the club life, and you’re right, it’s not for everyone. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment. Running from this doesn’t change who you are. You belong here. You need to understand there are people out there who have nothing. Who have no one. They would love to be in your position. To have family. You leave, your family will always welcome you back. You know how it goes. Don’t for a single second believe you don’t belong here. I know you’re a strong person, and you’re going to grow into a fine woman. The club, it’s part of that. It has helped build you.”

After their conversation, she’d been in tears. She finally realized that her place was as a part of the club and she didn’t hate that.

“You’ve gone silent on me,” he said.

“It’s nothing. You know how it goes.”

“We’ve never talked about what’s going to happen when we’re able to get married.”

She tilted her head back. “You’re still wanting to get married?”

“Hell, yeah, I’d marry you now.”

She chuckled. “You’re an impatient man, Simon.”

He held her a little more tightly. “No, I just know what a beauty I’ve got, and how fucking lucky I am.”

“Simon?”

“Yeah.”

“Have you ever kissed another girl?” she asked. For some odd reason, she was thinking about his question from years ago.

“No, I’ve never kissed anyone but you.”

She pulled out of his arms, turned, and sat between his spread thighs, crossing her legs. “You’re sexy, hot. I go to school, so I know a lot of girls, hot girls, throw themselves at the guys. You’ve got ink already. You’re like a rebel. Do you seriously expect me to believe that you’re not, you know, with other girls?”

Anthony had a reputation at the school, but he never confirmed or denied the other girls’ claims. Tabitha had never seen him with anyone and she knew he was smitten when it came to Daisy. She’d never given herself a chance to think of Simon with someone else. They had hours between each other. Towns, even cities that separated them. For so long, they’d been writing, texting, rarely emailing.

Simon reached out, tucking one of her blonde locks behind her ear. She’d asked Lacey to dye the tips a deep blue, but her mother had said no. She hoped Lacey wouldn’t listen to her mother and just do it.

“You think any other girl would ever be able to take your place?”

“You’re telling me you haven’t?”

“Tabby, you’ve had me since we were kids. I’ll always be yours.”

“Love at first punch?”

“You got it. No, I don’t kiss other girls. I don’t screw other girls. I’m a virgin.”

She smiled.

“Don’t laugh.”

“I’m not laughing. I just, really?”

“Yeah, really. Do I watch porn, yeah, but it’s not you. I want my first time to be with you.” He teased a strand of her hair.

“I’m not ready.”

“Tabby, baby, I’m not rushing you. You ever thought I’m not ready?”

She leaned in close and kissed his lips. “You’re telling me you’re not ready? If I told you I was ready to get naked with you, you’d tell me no?”

“Don’t put it like that. We both know you’re not ready. Do I want to have sex with you? Yes, it’s a stupid question. We’ve got the rest of our lives. I’m not going to rush you.” He cupped her face. “This is enough.”

Kissing him back, she released a moan, feeling a flutter throughout her body.

“I love you,” she said.

“Not as much as I love you.”

“It’s not a competition.”

“Oh, yes, it is.” He pulled her close and within his arms, she felt warm, safe, protected, and loved. It was all she ever felt with Simon, and all she knew she’d ever feel with him.

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Pre-order Available

Always

Blurb

Part One:
Tabitha

We were always supposed to end up together. I belonged to him, just as he was mine, despite our different MCs. There was only one true way it would end for us, together, like we always promised. We were so wrong, so naïve, too young to realize what we might face.
I never wanted to live without him, but after one stupid mistake, it looks like I’ll have to get used to being alone.

Simon

The only person I’ve ever wanted, the one who owned my heart is Tabby. All my life, I knew she’d be my woman, on the back of my bike where she rightfully belongs. It didn’t matter that she was a Skull, but I’m possessive, and I fucked up.
I should have known what was coming and protected her, but the club got in the way. Now I’ve got to pay the price. When the time is right, I’ll come back for her and claim her.
We were supposed to be together through thick and thin, along with all the bad times and good.
The bad times are now, so as long as we wait, it should be good again.
We hope.

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…and Forever

Part Two

Tabitha

He abandoned me.
I hate him. I love him. I miss him.
I won’t break. I’m strong, and I’m still fighting. All I have to do is accept that Simon has moved on without me. I’ll learn to continue and forget him, but trouble comes calling. It always does.
Now the choice is mine. Lure Simon to his death, or to leave Fort Wills to keep him alive?
I still hate him, but I can’t let him die.

Simon

I’m not the boy she knew.
I did what was necessary, but now it’s time for me to return home, to win my woman back. Tabby has always been mine, and now I’ll prove that what I did what made me the man she needs.
I can’t live without her, but I’m not prepared for the pain my absence caused. I’ll make amends and get her to fall in love with me.
Our story didn’t end. It will never end. I’ll make her see we’re always supposed to be together.
Her man is back, and I’m not going anywhere.

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Simon and Tabitha Update

Hi Everyone,

It’s finally here! Simon and Tabitha have dates and cover reveals!!! I can’t believe how close we are to their books finally being released. Book one does end in a cliffhanger, but not long to wait until book two.

I’m totally in love with their covers. What do you think?

Always Blurb is unedited / not finalized:

Tabitha

            We were always supposed to end up together. That’s how it was meant to be. I belonged to him, just as he was mine. It didn’t matter we were from different MCs. There was only one true way it would end for us, together, like we always promised each other. We were so wrong, so naive. Too young to even realize what we were going to face.

            The only thing I know, I never wanted to live without him, but one choice, one stupid mistake, and right now it looks like I’m going to have to get used to being alone.

Simon

            I fucked up and not in the way people think.

            I’m possessive. Have been for as long as I remember. The only person I’ve ever wanted, the one I knew who owned my heart and fucking soul is Tabby.  She is mine. That’s all I know. All I care about. All of my life I knew she’d by my woman, on the back of my bike where she rightfully belongs. She’d be my queen. It didn’t matter she was a Skull. To me, we were always one. What happened I never saw coming. I should have known and protected her, but club got in the way. Now I’ve got to pay the price. When the time is right she will still be my queen. I’ll come back for her and claim her when the time is right.

            We were never prepared for what was going to happen next. All we knew for certain was that we were supposed to be together, through thick and thin, along with all the bad times and good.

            The bad times are now, so long as we wait, it should be good again.

            We hope.

I’ll be releasing … And Forever blurb after Always release.

New Release: Crime Lord’s Wife

Blurb:

 Rose hates her husband and their relationship is dead, not that it ever began. It’s over and she wants a divorce. However, his gambling has handed her straight into the arms of a monster, Jared Cain, the city’s crime lord and all-around dangerous man.

What she doesn’t know is she’s now Jared’s wife.

From the moment he saw her picture, he was curious about her and determined to win her. Women rarely entertained him for long, but one look, one touch, and the feel of her, and Jared was hooked. He’s going to keep her for himself.

It’s not love. There’s no way this could be love.

Only, each day Rose spends with Jared, her feelings for him intensify. He’s not a nice man, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. However, what will happen when they discover she’s pregnant? Will Jared get rid of her or will he admit to having feelings for her as well?

Excerpt:

Jared expected the injustice, the anger, the resilience. After all, he’d just gone and told a strange woman that she’d become his. She now belonged to him. Every single part of her was nothing short of curvy perfection. The moment Sean put his wedding band in the ring and showed a picture of his woman, Jared had known he wanted her. Who wouldn’t with those big tits, full hips, and rounded ass? Every part of her called to him to possess. He wanted to fuck her, to hold on to those generous hips as he pounded inside her.

He’d felt an instant heat in his cock and the need to see her in person, to take her, well, it had only gotten stronger. What he found even more fascinating than her indignation was her curiosity. Rose wanted him, or at least her body did. The shirt she wore molded to every single curve and the tightness of her nipples were a calling to be sucked. When he first saw her tonight, he thought he was going to have to go easy on her, but there was something between husband and wife, something he wasn’t quite sure of.

What Rose Miles didn’t realize was the true extent of ownership he now claimed over her. The moment Sean had placed the wedding band within the circle, lawyers had been called, documents already signed. All he needed to do now was get Rose to sign them, and of course, the necessary paperwork was being drafted for her to become his in every sense of the word.

He closed the door behind him and watched as she stood, hands clenched at her sides, waiting for whatever instruction she needed. Along with the marriage documents, he’d organized a full background check so he could know everything there was to know about his wife.

She glanced around the apartment.

What was she thinking? She bit her lip. Those white teeth sinking into the flesh but not drawing blood. He wanted to run his thumb across her lip, to know everything about her, and this was indeed a unique situation.

Most women kept his attention for only a few minutes. He could fuck them and forget them just as fast. There was no doubt he was damn good in bed. When it came to the opposite sex, he never went out of his way to make them comfortable.

Walking past her, he went straight to his whiskey stand and poured them both a small glass. He didn’t say a word as he moved back to her. She still stood in his corridor. Placing the glass in her hand, he stared at her, waiting.

She took a sip, wrinkled her nose, and downed the rest.

Smiling, he took the glass from her and moved toward his kitchen, putting them in the sink. He gripped the edge of the counter, realizing he had two options here. One, leave her alone and allow her to become accustomed to what was happening, while getting blue balls in the process. The second, go out and see if his suspicions were correct.

He stared at the wall ahead of him.

This wasn’t like him. He wasn’t a nice man. To get what he wanted and where he was, he’d hurt people, and he had no remorse about that.

Slamming his hand down on the edge of the kitchen sink, he then moved out to where she still stood.

She looked at him, and he kept his gaze on her.

Time stood still.

Choices.

He closed the distance, sinking his fingers into her hair. He didn’t talk, tilted her head back, and slammed his lips down on hers.

She gasped and as she stepped back, he followed, pinning her up against the wall. He lifted her hands, pressing them either side of her head. Tracing his tongue across her bottom lip, he heard her moan and he shoved his tongue into her mouth, tasting her. He swallowed down her moan, teasing her.

Locking both of her hands above her head in his tight grip, he slowly teased a finger down her body, stroking across her beaded nipple. She was aroused.

He moved down to cup between her thighs. The jeans she wore got in the way. Popping the button open, he shoved his hand inside her panties and finally touched her to find her soaking wet.

Rose cried out, pulling away from the kiss. “We shouldn’t be doing this.”

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New Release: I Have To Have Her

Claire Sutton needs a job and a place to stay. When her best friend lets her live with her, she can’t stay long as she’s never gotten along with Gabriel, her bestie’s brother.

Gabriel hasn’t seen Claire in a long time. Her curves drive him crazy, but he won’t allow any woman to make him weak. He finds her a job, and seeing no end in sight, he comes up with an agreement—a proposition that grants him unlimited access to her while she promises herself she will never fall in love with a monster like him.

She becomes his weakness, and when she is nearly killed, Gabriel has no choice but to let her go. His world doesn’t allow love, but what will happen when he’s hit with the cold, harsh reality that someone else might claim her?

He doesn’t share.

He takes what he wants.

Weakness or not, he will have Claire all to himself.

Be Warned: anal sex

Excerpt:

So far, Gabriel hadn’t asked for rent or to help with the food bill. She cooked for all three of them and cleaned. She tried to do her part so she didn’t feel like she was some kind of pest.

Arriving back in the private parking zone, she didn’t follow Gabriel out, but opened the door and walked ahead of him to the elevator.

She didn’t look at his reflection as they walked on. The metal doors closed.

Silence rang out.

She took a deep breath, trying to calm her nerves. She held her shoes in her hand and waited.

The elevator doors opened up and she stepped out, waiting for him to open the door.

Once inside, she put the shoes down and was about to leave when Gabriel grabbed her and pressed her against the closed door.

He tilted her head up and she stared into his eyes. His body so close and she liked it.

She waited.

“What the fuck is going on?” he asked.

“Nothing.”

“No?” His hand went to her hip. “Nothing is going on in that head of yours?”

“I’m tired. I want to go to bed.”

“Do you?” he asked.

“What else would I want to do?”

His hand moved down and she gasped as he cupped her between the thighs. His touch sent a wave of need flooding every single part of her body. She licked her lips. His palm crushed against her clit and she closed her eyes, biting her lip.

“You liked what you saw, didn’t you?” he asked. “You like seeing the men lose control, of being at the mercy of that woman.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said.

He pushed again and fire shot through her body. Within the next second, his lips were on hers, kissing her hard, biting her lip. She wrapped her arms around him, but he suddenly grabbed her wrists and pressed them above her head. “You don’t get to touch until you’ve answered my question.”

“I don’t have to tell you a goddamn thing,” she said, wriggling in his hold.

He held both of her hands in only one of his and he skimmed the other down her arm, going to her breast. He circled the nipple. “No? But your body, it’s telling me all it wants to. Your body speaks when your lips tell lies.” He cupped her breast, kneading the flesh. He didn’t linger too long. That same hand traveled down past her stomach, going between her thighs and touching her pussy.

She cried out.

He stopped, moving his hand to the slit down one side of her dress, then he suddenly cupped her through the fabric of her panties.

“Soaking wet, just what I expected to find.”

She could tell him to stop, to get off. The words failed to form. She didn’t want him to stop. This control, this dance they were doing, she wanted to see how far he was willing to go. What he’d do to her.

He pushed her panties to one side and then his finger glided through her slit, stroking over her clit.

“So wet. I bet you’ve never had a real man touch you. Show you what you can do with this body,” he said.

He didn’t stop there and she still hadn’t asked him to stop. What the hell was wrong with her?

Gabriel moved down to her entrance and she cried out when he pushed a single finger within her core. “Fuck, you’re tight. It just goes to show no man has used your body the way it should be.” He growled against her ear, bringing his fingers back toward her clit, stroking her. She opened her mouth to cry out in pleasure. “Do you want me to stop?”

She whimpered. Now he was putting the decision in her hands and she didn’t think she could handle any more.

Just as she was about to tell him to keep on touching her, she heard movement and it wasn’t them.

Rhianna.

Common sense prevailed and she pulled out of his arms quickly.

He didn’t stop her.

Within seconds, Rhianna was in the hallway. “Have you two only just got in?” She yawned, rubbing at her face.

“It was a long night. I’m so tired.” Shaken, aroused, needy, she managed to brush past her friend with just a kiss to the cheek. She had to make her escape.

All of these years, she’d promised Rhianna she’d never fall for her brother or be caught anywhere near him. She wasn’t about to start now.

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I Have To Have Her Pre-order

I Have to Have Her is Now available to pre-order

Claire Sutton needs a job and a place to stay. When her best friend lets her live with her, she can’t stay long as she’s never gotten along with Gabriel, her bestie’s brother.

Gabriel hasn’t seen Claire in a long time. Her curves drive him crazy, but he won’t allow any woman to make him weak. He finds her a job, and seeing no end in sight, he comes up with an agreement—a proposition that grants him unlimited access to her while she promises herself she will never fall in love with a monster like him.

She becomes his weakness, and when she is nearly killed, Gabriel has no choice but to let her go. His world doesn’t allow love, but what will happen when he’s hit with the cold, harsh reality that someone else might claim her?

He doesn’t share.

He takes what he wants.

Weakness or not, he will have Claire all to himself.

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Quick Update and Cover Reveal

Hi Everyone,

It has been a long time since I updated you guys. In the past few months, life has been a little crazy, but I’m starting to get a handle on everything, I hope. So, I returned to social media after a much needed break, and I’ve been trying to catch up with everything there. Everyone has been amazing, supportive, and wonderful. Thank you all for your patience.

So, just to let you guys know in case you’re not a member of Facebook or Instagram. I’ve finished Simon and Tabitha’s story and they are scheduled for release in November and December. Please check my Coming Soon page for more information. Their books are titled, Always (The Skulls: Next Generation), …And Forever (Chaos Bleeds: Next Generation).

I’ve also got lots more on my coming soon page as well. I’m not going to keep you for much longer, here is my next cover reveal for, I Have to Have Her, Coming October 20th!!! 🙂

Claire Sutton needs a job and a place to stay. When her best friend lets her live with her, she knows she can’t stay long as she’s never gotten along with the brother. He’s not a nice guy.

Gabriel hasn’t seen Claire in a long time. She’s gone from an irritating teen, to a tempting woman. Her curves drive him crazy, but he doesn’t allow any woman to make him weak. He finds a job for her, hoping to shock her, but she learns quick. Seeing no end in sight, he comes up with an agreement. Every person has a price, and he’s about to proposition her to get what he wants, unlimited access to her.

She promises herself, she will never fall in love with him.

He’s a monster. There’s no way she could want him.

Claire has become his weakness and when she is nearly killed, Gabriel has no choice but to let her go. He can’t keep her. His world doesn’t allow love, but what will happen when he’s hit with the cold harsh reality that if he doesn’t claim her, someone else will?

He doesn’t share.

He takes what he wants.

Weakness or not, he will have Claire all to himself.

New Release: Claimed By Her Mafia Man

Blurb

Isabella Drago’s father has trained her to take over and stand in his place as Capo. He made other plans, though, and now she must marry the man he chose or fight for her place in a man’s world.

Damon Romano, the Monster as he is called, is intrigued by the woman who’s been trained to take care of herself. This is his chance to finally have a woman at his side, one who isn’t afraid of him. Marrying her would grant him more power, but her rejection is expected.

When someone tries to kill her, it’s up to Damon to protect her. She will marry Damon, but this won’t be a love match. Passion burns between them, and it’s only a matter of time before she falls for him. He intends to catch her, to train his little virgin in every way.

He promises to protect her, but first, he must find out who wants the love of his life dead.

Excerpt:

He shouldn’t care what she was getting up to, or who she was hurting, but he wanted to.

Keeping to the shadows, he watched as she attacked a punching bag. She’d removed her dress and was now in a long pair of tight shorts and a sports bra.

He needed to get himself under control.

As he watched her, he saw her power. There was too much space between them, and he wanted to get closer.

She yelled, attacking the bag again, screaming her agony. He reached out to touch her and she spun around, landing a kick to his stomach and sending him back.

“What the hell are you doing here?”

“I came to admire your technique,” he said, getting to his feet.

She stood, hands clenched into fists, panting. Perspiration dotted her brow and her eyes were red, but there was no sign of tears. Isabella was the epitome of control.

“You don’t belong here. This is my house.”

“You see, your father believed you needed someone like me to help you out.”

“I don’t need you. I don’t need any man.”

He removed his jacket, rolling up his sleeves.

“What the hell are you doing?” she asked.

“I’m getting ready. It’s fine hitting a punching bag, but how about someone who will fight back?”

“I’m not fighting you.” She turned her back on him and resumed hitting the bag.

He rolled his eyes and this time, she didn’t fight him as he wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her up. He pressed her to the ground, grabbed her hands, and locked them above her head.

“But I want to fight you.”

“Get off me.”

He tutted. “Your father told me he taught you better than that.”

“You don’t know the first thing about my father. Get off me.”

“No.” He kept her trapped with one hand. With the other, he stroked a finger down her cheek. “I’m a little disappointed.”

She somehow managed to wriggle her legs out, and she slammed her foot against his thigh. It was enough to get her free. This time, she wrapped her fingers around his neck, pushing him to the mat, straddling his waist.

He had no problem with her pussy being directly over his dick. Grabbing her hips, he held her still.

“Stop it.”

“No. Be careful with the men you play with, Isabella.” He pushed against her so she’d know exactly what she was doing to him.

She slapped him around the face and pulled away. He let her go.

“Why are you here?” she asked.

“Tomorrow morning, meet me at a café.” He gave her the name of a private place.

“And why would I come to see you?”

“So we can talk about our wedding and dealing with everything that has been handed to you today.”

“I’m not marrying you.” She put her hands on her hips and stared at him, almost defiantly.

“You think they’re going to let you run things? Even if you were to take a place at the meetings, you’re a woman. I imagine they’d plot your death within a matter of days.”

“I can do this,” she said. “It’s what I’ve been trained to do.”

“I know everything, Isabella, you can trust me.”

“I trust no man.”

“Yet, you trust your bastard outcast bodyguard upstairs and he let me come down here. I’m not the enemy. Don’t treat me like one or you’re going to get yourself killed. A lot of people will want you dead.”

“You really expect me to believe you’re not like the other men? You don’t want me out of the way?”

Damon smiled. “In case you didn’t notice, I’m not like other men. Meet me, Isabella. You won’t regret it.”

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New Release: He Wants Her (Curvy Women Wanted)

Blurb

Sally Bright has worked hard to make her bakery a place for people to enjoy good food. Then out of the blue, Hank Owens decides to come back to town and open up a bakery across the street from her.

Hank is sexier than she remembered, but he’s also the competition. She isn’t going to fall for him, not ever. He has no intention of putting Sally out of business, and what he really wants to do is get her into bed.

She’s drawn to him, and there’s no denying the attraction. It feels right to be in his arms, his bed, and his life. One moment, they’re enemies, the next, they’re in a relationship.

Hank wants a wife, a family, and he wants it all with Sally. Will she be able to handle his proposal?

Excerpt:

“I didn’t know what I was expecting.”

He snorted. “Oh, please. I know what people think. I’ve read the papers and stuff online. I know they all know I’m wealthy. Why not go and pick a house with twenty-five bedrooms, six kitchens, and all that. Believe it or not, Sally Bright, I’m a simple man at heart. I don’t want a museum. I wanted a home.”

“You know a lot of women would fall for that line.”

“Not you?”

“Oh, I’m a sucker for it. You sound sexy and like a feeling kind of man.”

He chuckled. “I’m telling you the truth.”

“And I do believe you. I know you don’t have anything to hide or to gain. This is your idea of a family home?” She had to give it to him, it was one hell of a home. It wasn’t small, but it would be perfect to raise a family in, which was what she imagined he was going for.

“Yes.”

“And you want a family?”

“Yes. Don’t you?”

“If you want this so much, why don’t you already have a family?”

He popped the lids off the beers and handed one to her. She took it from him and had a couple of sips. It was nice, tangy. She looked toward him, waiting.

“You want to know why?” he asked.

“Yep.”

“Money can’t buy everything. Sure, I can get the woman, the kids. I can have it all here, but it would all be fake. I’m not interested in fake. Never have been. I’m interested in real. That’s all I care about.”

“Real?”

“Yes. Real. I’ve yet to meet the right woman who wants to settle down. Have fun. Enjoy life. Kids. That’s what I want.”

“What about your health?”

“The reason I’m here is because of my health. I’ve got to slow down or I’d end up dead. I know you’d love to see that, me being your competition and all, but it’s not going to happen.”

“I don’t want you dead. Don’t say anything like that. Your health is important, far more than any silly competition.”

“Then can you help a sick man?”

She pressed her lips together, trying to contain her words. “What?” She squeezed out.

“Will you fuck this very sick man?”

“You’ve got a dirty mouth on you.”

He sank his fingers into her hair, tilting her head back. She looked up into his eyes, waiting for what he was going to say next.

He ran his thumb across her lip. “Do you have any idea what you do to me?”

“I’ve got a rough idea.”

“You drive me so fucking crazy.”

“Good,” she said.

She cried out as he took possession of her mouth. In the next second, her beer bottle was removed from her grip and he had her standing, kissing her deeply.

His hand left her hair and moved down her body to cup her ass. She moaned and he picked her up, carrying her toward the stairs.

“I’m too heavy,” she said.

“Shut the fuck up.”

“The city certainly didn’t clean up your mouth, did it?”

“No, I’m as dirty as I’ve ever been.”

He kicked open a door and dropped her onto the bed. He followed her straight down. His hands went to her hips, keeping her in place as he ravished her mouth.

She moaned his name, not wanting him to stop.

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