Series: A Sunday Series Standalone
Author: Noell Mosco
Cover Designer: Susan Garwood with Wicked Women Designs
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Caroline Bordalon has a career, volunteers, has good friends...essentially has it all. She's an independent woman in her thirties, and, much to her mother's dismay, is single. Love isn't on her radar until she meets him.
For Avis Torres, music has been his longest relationship. He, with Cole Clarke and Gunner Kinney, makes up the band Sunday Told A Secret. They've taken the music world by storm, and stormy has their path been. Avis has notoriously been dubbed the band's playboy, a title he wears proudly. Why should he limit himself to one person when there's so many people in the world willing to give themselves to him?
Since relocating from L.A. to Pittsburgh, Avis has tamed his wild ways, for the most part. The band has taken on a mellower vibe and now that Avis sees Cole and Gunner settling into their lives, he can't help but feel as though he wants more than just a string of one-night lovers and to put a stop to his desires of drinking his desperation into oblivion. Caroline and Avis meet in an unconventional way. She's everything he never knew he wanted, from her southern Louisiana drawl to her honey-sweet innocence.
There's an instant fascination with Ms. Bordalon that Avis can't shake. That, combined with his ambitious plans to fall in love, drives Avis to be consistent, charming, and monogamous. But Caroline has secrets. Secrets that might be too much for Avis to accept.
LOUD is now part of a growing series! This sexy standalone can be read on its own, or readers can choose to broaden their Sunday Told A Secret horizons by reading about Cole Clarke in THE OTHER WOMAN.
TRAILER[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuePlrwgpyA] Noell Mosco is a thirty-something-year-old who lives in southwestern Pennsylvania, born and raised. A country girl at heart, she currently resides in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh with her husband and three furbabies. Writing has been one of Noell’s passions since she was young, completing her first “book” at age eleven. Her full-time day job as a physical therapist means she is compassionate, which allows her to follow-up with her second biggest passion--traveling the world. Noell reluctantly admits to having a strong love of wine, though her poison of choice is generally expensive tequila.
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Taboo Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Confess your sin.
People call me Father, but I prefer Frank because I’m the worst preacher you’ll ever meet.
Days spent completely wasted pull a number on you, especially when you’ve got a truckload of baggage that comes with it.
Until this beautiful girl in the back of the church takes my breath away.
…And we end up committing sacrilege in the confessional.
Did I mention I’m filthy?
Bad doesn’t even begin to describe me, and after one taste of what she’s got to offer, I want more.
Too bad having a dirty mind isn’t the only thing we’ve got in common…
Our past is laced with sin.
Author’s Note: This book is not for everyone. It’s raw. It’s vulgar. It’s downright offensive. But it’s oh so damn delicious with a capital D. If you are easily offended or prudish, please don’t read this book. But if you like a bit of humor mixed in with raunchiness and brawling, you’ll love this book.
Contains disturbing situations, strong language, and graphic violence.
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She smiles again and bites her lip, looking at me with those dreamy eyes. Gosh, I wanna kiss her so badly. And then I figure … why not?
So I grab her face and pull her close until our lips touch and our mouths lock. I can’t help but smile as I kiss her because every second I taste her on my lips is another win.
She’s everything I ever wanted, and I think I’m only just beginning to understand what this means for me. For us. For the future.
When our lips unlatch, her face still hovers so close to mine. I can feel her hot breath on my skin, and it makes me wanna do all the dirty stuff I promised the nurses I wouldn’t. The question is: Would anyone notice if we did?
“I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no,” she quips, putting up a finger.
“Aw … c’mon.” I sigh.
“No! This is a hospital, for crying out loud.” She snorts. “But I’m glad your dick still works perfectly fine.”
“You can break my bones and shoot me down, but nothing will ever stop this monster dick from getting stiff as a rod, trust me.”
She snorts, and I kiss her again for good measure, tasting the sweetness that is her mouth so I can remember it while I’m stuck in this stupid hospital bed and she’s gone home.
“Ugh … I wish I could stay,” she murmurs against my lips.
“I’m not a patient, remember?”
“You could be. There’s an empty bed. I’ll kick Carl out.”
She sniggers from my comment. “You’ll be out in no time.”
“And what then?” I ask. “Are you coming to live with me in the church or …?”
“No, thanks. I don’t wanna get killed by Margaret. Or worse … give her a heart attack.”
“Heart attack?” I frown.
“She’d die of one if she caught us having sex one more time.”
I laugh. “Well, she’ll just have to deal with that then. I mean, c’mon, a man’s got his needs, right? She knows that.”
“Does she even like me?” she asks, toying with my hair.
“Of course, she does.” I grab her hand and kiss the back. “You like me … so she likes you too. The two go hand in hand.”
“Really?” She raises a brow. “Because I know what we did last time we were there, and it wasn’t pretty.”
“We’ll be more … secretive from now on,” I muse, biting my lip. “And I can’t wait to defile the church all over again.” I grunt and pull her onto the bed with me, smashing my lips to hers, fiercely taking her.
I can’t help myself. It’s just the way I am. A needy asshole who can’t get enough of her.
“Stop,” she murmurs, grinning. “We have to behave.”
“For now. But wait until I’m outta here. Then we’ll see how bad I can get.”
“Who says I wanna?”
“Don’t lie to yourself,” I tease, poking her in the belly. “You and I both know you want me.”
“Fine.” She rolls her eyes. “I’ll take you back, but …” She pushes me back with a flat hand. “You still have some making up and groveling to do, Mister.”
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, VIKTOR, and Bad Teacher. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
3.5 Star Review by Ashley
After the way the first book in this duet ended I just had to know what would happen to Drew and Courtney. Thankfully, Kennedy Fox picked this up right where they left off so there was no speculation about what went down in Vegas.
But between all the drama there was Courtney and all her quirky charm. From muffins to court dates to inappropriate behavior and a little good natured match making she was getting back to who she was. Drew's little surprise (that Kayla helped with) had a lot to do with it too. And there was sex. A LOT of sex. Dare I say almost too much? And that's a bold thing coming from me- I LOVE me a good steamy scene but these two were at it for a solid chunk of the story.
It's not true what they say because what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas...it followed Drew and Courtney back home and continued to taunt them. Ugh that Mia. I didn't like her one bit. But every story needs a villain (I guess) and she was it in a major way here. As her threats continued to escalate, it only brought Drew and Courtney closer together. When Mia made her final move. I was just as shocked as Courtney. And as the pieces finally fell into place and Mia's little helper was revealed, my jaw, much like Drew's, was on the floor.
I went back and forth while reading This is Effortless. I really liked Drew and Courtney but there was, to me, just something missing. And I found the ending a bit anti-climatic. There was SO much build up for things to end the way they did. But ohhhhh Kennedy Fox did pique my interest into what is coming for Logan!
Seized by Seduction, an all-new sexy standalone from Brenda Jackson is now LIVE!!!
Seized by Seduction by Brenda Jackson Publisher: HQN Books Genre: Contemporary Romance
One glance is all it takes
From the moment his eyes meet hers across the crime-scene tape, ex-con turned bodyguard Quasar Patterson knows he has to see the mysterious Dr. Randi Fuller again. She's a renowned psychic investigator who can foresee danger for others, but not for herself. That makes Quasar doubly determined to watch over her—the closer, the better—as she's drawn into a dangerous gang rivalry.
Both her psychic gift and their blinding chemistry tell Randi that she and Quasar are fated to be entwined. Even as they surrender to the heat between them, there's no guarantee of a happily-ever-after now that an enemy has her in his sights. And claiming a future will take more than Quasar's strength and skill. If he can't risk the heart he's always held in check, they'll both lose for good…
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Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread; and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012.
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The Painful Side of Love
~A Follow-Up Novella to Love M.D.
Author: Rebecca Rohman
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook & Paperback
We all make them. But when is a mistake too big to forgive? What happens when the consequences of our mistakes are so disastrous, they cause excruciating pain to everyone we hold near and dear?
San Franciscoâs Dr. Morgan Drake makes one mistake. One colossal mistake that could cost him everything and everyone he lovesâincluding himself.
When interior designer, ZoÃ« Drake sees small changes in her husband, her investigations point to a mammoth problem. The happy marriage and great relationship they share quickly begins to evaporate. Whatâs worseâitâs all happening when ZoÃ«âs going through some changes of her ownâat a time when she might need Morgan the most.
With a husband who is at times completely absent, a child who increasingly blames himself for his parentsâ issues, and a cryptic call that introduces the element of danger and fear, ZoÃ« will soon realize that there is a painful side of love. As their world falls apart, will there be anything that can secure their bond, or will this chapter of their lives come to a catastrophic end?
The Painful Side of Love is a follow-up novella to Rebecca Rohmanâs romantic suspense novel, Love M.D. If you like romance with a bit of steam, a huge injection of suspense and being taken on a roller-coaster of emotions, then this novella is for you.
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"This was nothing like I have read from Rebecca before, it was so much more, my emotions were on high alert and my mind was like holy crap on every page."âJohnnie H., Goodreads Reviewer
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"Every time I pick up one of her books I know I'm going to be left in an emotional heap by the end for one reason or another, and The Painful Side of love was no different. As a matter of fact, this book is one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters I have been on to date! "âBarbara G., Goodreads Reviewer
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"An enthralling story, which will take a swing at your emotions."âSabrina O., Goodreads Reviewer
Love M.D. Book #1
As an accomplished interior designer in San Franciscoâs Bay Area, ZoÃ« Jenkins is used to transforming empty spaces into masterpieces. She leaves little square footage in her personal life for anything outside of her thriving business and a renewed relationship with her twin brother. After a decade spent ripped apart by circumstance and an entire oceanâs distance, she depends on no one but him. Until a sexy surgeon walks into her life.
Although ZoÃ« canât deny her attraction to the charming and benevolent Morgan Drake, heâs on her mental list of everything she should avoid. Past experience taught ZoÃ« that dating clients compromises business. Add a not-yet-dissolved marriage to the mix and Doctor Hottie is definitely Doctor Off-limits.
Dr. Morgan Drake is surprised at the undeniable chemistry he feels when heâs in the same room as ZoÃ«. The strikingly beautiful and solitary designer he hired to fill his new-start, new-city home makes it abundantly clear there will never be anything between them. But twelve years of medical school breeds persistence. He sets out to persuade the pants off ZoÃ« Jenkins and show her what her empty spaces are missing.
Intense passion and amazing sex have a way of masking secrets-secrets that unravel a dangerous web of fraud, corruption, and conspiracy that turn ZoÃ«âs quiet spaces into a world where nothing is as it seems. With her life on the line, the good doctor responsible for her fiercest betrayal might just be the only one worthy of her finest interior masterpiece-this time, of her heart.
About Rebecca Rohman
Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the northeastern United States. She was a sales manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company and fine wine distributor.
About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel purely to entertain herself. In early 2012, she decided to complete and release it. Since then, she has released three additional novels and two novellas. A follow-up novella to her third book-Love M.D. named The Painful Side of Love was released in April 2017.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH, releasing today! A sexy romantic suspense, you mightâve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive! Grab your copy of RIDE ROUGH today!
About Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2, 4/25/17)
Maverick Rylan wonât apologize for who he isâthe Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, heâll move heaven and earth to save her.
Alexa Harmon thought she had it allâthe security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancÃ© who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes sheâs fallen for a faÃ§ade she canât escapeâuntil sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.
Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chanceâone Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancÃ© isnât going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.
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EXCERPT FROM RIDE ROUGH:
âWhat am I going to do? My entire life is wrapped up in him. My job. Where I live. My car. Where Mom lives. Everything. Oh, God. This is going to be a nightmare, isnât it?â
Maverick grasped Alexaâs hands. âOne thing at a time. Youâre out. You can stay here as long as you need to. I have plenty of room. Iâll help you through it. Thatâll give you time to figure out what it is you want. Thereâs no rush.â
âOkay,â she said. âOkay. God, thank you.â A shiver raced over her skin.
âYou donât have to thank me. Iâm so relieved for you that I might fall the fuck over,â he said, his thumb rubbing over her knuckles. She almost managed a little smile. âYour hands are like ice, Al. I shouldnât have made you stand her all this time when youâre soaking wet.â
Alexa shook her head. âIt felt good to get it out, Maverick.â
âGlad to hear it. Would a hot shower make you feel better? I can find you a T-shirt and a pair of boxers to change into while your clothes dry.â
All the TLC and understanding he was giving her reached right inside her chest. When was the last time someone had taken care of her this way?
The last time you were with Maverick. The truth of that thought made her breath catch. âYeah. Iâd like that,â she managed.
He gave a tight nod and stepped back, and she missed his heat immediately. âUh, good. Thatâs good. You remember your way around?â
âOf course,â she said. How much time had she spent here over the years? Even before they dated? At one point, Maverickâs place had practically been a second home.
âYou okay?â he asked, watching her.
She pushed off the door. âI donât know yet,â she said, coming to him. âBut what I do know is how grateful I am to you. For everything. For being there when I told you not to. For listening. For just . . . being you.â
âAlways.â He crossed his big arms and ducked his chin, like something about the exchange made him uncomfortable.
âI mean it,â she said, and then she pressed onto tiptoes and kissed his cheek, his stubble tickling her lips. âYou saved me tonight.â
âNo,â he said, eyes flashing, one brow arched. âYou saved yourself, Al. I was just your getaway driver.â
Staring into one anotherâs eyes, the tender moment stretched out, morphed, suddenly flashed hot. Being so close to him set her body on fire, and finally she could actually consider acting on it. Need roared through her, a living, breathing thing. âMaverick,â she whispered.
âFuck, Alexa, I think you better go take that shower,â he said, his jaw ticking. âNow.â
She released a shaky breath and nodded. He was right. Of course, he was.
So, showering. She could handle that. Afterward, God only knew what she was going to do.
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About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Lauraâs large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Dirty Thief, an all new sexy and scandalous installment in the Dirty Players Series by Tia Louise is now LIVE!
DIRTY * SEXY * SCANDALOUS
What do you get when you mix a brooding king with a sexy pickpocket? Not your usual fairy tale.
Ava Wilder is beautiful, she lives in a pink castle, and she’s a thief. Rowan Westringham Tate loves power, speed, and Ava.
Their romance is straight out of an erotic Cinderella story, until the one man Ava is running from shows up to claim what she stole—or to claim her.
Now Ava might be forced to take another thing to protect her happily ever after… A life.
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4.5 Star Review by Ashley:
I'm big fan the Dirty Players so when I saw that there was going to be an addition to Rowan and Ava's story I knew I wanted to get my eyes on it! Tia Louise wasn't lying when she put the words Dirty. Sexy. Scandalous. on the cover of Dirty Thief! WHEW!! Hot doesn't even begin to describe it. Plus there was a Logan and more than one Cal sighting (yay)!
If there is one thing Ava should know it's that the past doesn't like to stay there. Never mind that she's worked tirelessly to move forward, it just won't let her go. Ugh- my stomach was in knots learning all that had happened to her. I wanted to break the lamp like Zee had. If only she knew that one moment would come back to haunt her so terribly. Threaten the happiness she had found with Rowan.
Oh that Rowan. Can you say swoon? Granted it was hinted at in their other book but I didn't know he had this level of alpha in him. I absolutely loved seeing all the sides of him. The King. The husband. The brother. The Dominant. The protector...I think that was the side of him I enjoyed seeing the most. He went all out to make sure his queen, who even when he was upset with, he treated like a goddess, and her interests were protected. Because when Ava, with all her best intentions, stepped right into harms way there was no chance to be diplomatic. It was do or die.
Holy heart racing climax! I didn't see that ending coming at all. A big kudos to Tia Louise for throwing in some topics that are extremely relevant in today's climate and breaking them down to what matters. What's right. I was thoroughly consumed by this addition to Ava and Rowan's love story. Dirty Thief gripped me from the first page and didn't let go until it was all over and I still wanted more.
"Queen of Hot Romance"; Award-winning, International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.
Her debut adult romance ONE TO HOLD was a 2014 "Lady Boner" award-winner, #1 in Military Romance, and a Top 20 Contemporary Romance novel for several months. ONE TO KEEP, #2 in the series of stand-alone novels, followed the same course, with the remaining performing equally well.
From being a "Readers' Choice" nominee two years running, to picking up USA Today "Happily Ever After" nods, nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.
A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...
It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
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It’s just a docuseries about your career as an OB/GYN, they said.
It won’t interrupt your life during or after filming, they said.
It is a great opportunity for the hospital and your practice, they said.
Well, they—the television executives who seem intent on ruining my career and personal life with a fair number of creative liberties—lied.
Now I’m stuck dealing with the consequences of believing them.
Instead of being known as Dr. Will Cummings, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s Hospital, I’m now being called Dr. Obscene.
What devotion I’d hoped to earn in respect, I’ve instead received in patients flashing me seductive smiles and flirtatious winks during their exams.
How’s a guy supposed to convince the most perfect woman he’s ever met that he’s not as much of an idiot in real life as he appears to be on camera?
With all of the show’s side effects taking root like parasites, it’s going to take a lot to persuade Melody Marco to be anything more than my new nurse.
But I can’t get her out of my head.
I want her.
Good thing I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge…
Get ready, Melody.
The doctor is in.
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4.5 Star Review by Ashley
I am big fan of this writing duo and will jump through hoops to read what they write. So when I saw the title, then the cover, then the blurb of Dr. OB I just knew I was in for a real treat. And Max Monroe didn't disappoint at all. There was humor and sexiness and awkwardness and sweetness. And because Dr. Will Cummings in Georgie's brother, the crew from the Billionaire Bad Boys showed up (and maybe Cassie's tits did too).
Have mercy on me because that man is what book boyfriends are made of. Sexy as sin, smart as all get out, sweet as can be and a dirty talker (my favorite). He was just an all around good guy who got dealt a kinda bad hand with something that was out of his control. Thankfully, still trying to recover from her own life's upheaval, Melody stumbled into his practice.
She was everything Will didn't know he was missing in his life and he set out to make his actions speak louder than his words ever could. Unique bouquets, stolen moments, and nutty patients helped forge their bond. I loved how easy it was for them. How they could just "be" with each other and not worry about what everyone else said or thought or did. They were happy with themselves for the first time in who knows how long. But Will in all his bachelor glory made some mistakes. And they came back in glaring fashion stir up all of Melody's worst fears.
I had an inkling of how it was all going to pan out but they way this ended was so much more than I could've expected. Will stepped up in a big way- the biggest way when he put Melody's happiness above his own. The bad boys helped too. So did Georgie! Dr. OB was perfection. I laughed so hard there were tears and I swooned so much that I had to sit back and take a breath. No one (or two) can write a Rom-Com like Max Monroe! Can the doctor see me now?
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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you a sexy, laugh-out-loud new series…& more. ;)
New writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half.
Stay tuned for the future—this is where the fun begins.
In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?
Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?
Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?
Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!
I should tell Quinn and Clay that he’s here. But one look at him and it’s like the last ten years have never passed and I’m back at the bonfire, the awkward high schooler uncomfortable in her own skin. Marching away from him in the woods. It was the last time I saw him. How is it possible that he can affect me this much after all this time?
He hasn’t noticed me, not with his head bowed, so I quickly turn around and focus on Pastor John as he finishes up his prayer. Him being here means nothing. I should be happy that I remember the pain from that night so well, it will make keeping my walls up around him so much easier.
“On behalf of the Davis family, I want to thank everyone for coming today. At this time, the family has asked for some time alone as they say their good-byes. They wanted me to remind everyone that the PieHole will be opening up for a few hours tonight starting at five for anyone that wishes to join them.”
I keep my arm around Quinn, not looking back to where I saw Maverick. I can hear the church slowly emptying and I feel a frown pull at my lips. I had hoped that when everyone started to leave that he would have come up front to be with his family, but so far, the pew we’re in is still empty save for the three of us. We sit and wait for everyone to leave, something that Clay had asked Pastor John to make arrangements for in place of the customary recessional, knowing that no one in this town would really mean a word of it anyway. Plus, I know Quinn is having a hard time. Regardless of the fact that she wasn’t the closest with her father, she was really counting on this—Maverick home. She’s still shaking in my arms, but when I look over at Clay I realize his silence isn’t because of the heaviness of Buford’s death, but instead anger over his brother’s absence that has started to build to a boil. I fear that he’s seconds away from tipping over the edge.
I stand when Clay and Quinn do, but hang back at the edge of the row we had been sitting in as they meet Pastor John and gather their father’s ashes. I can’t wait to get out of these heels. If it would have been acceptable to wear my boots, I would have, but Quinn would have killed me. As it is, I feel like I can’t take a deep breath with how tight my dress is against my chest. I never wear tight shirts. I haven’t since my boobs became beasts of their own right. I’m too busy fiddling with the straps of my dress, trying desperately to get some of the pressure against my chest to ease up so I could take a deep breath, when I heard Quinn gasp.
“Mav!” Next thing I know she’s running past where I’m standing, her black hair streaming in the air behind her as she speeds forward right into her brother’s arms. Clay moves to stand next to me and I look up to meet his green eyes, the questions he isn’t vocalizing dancing in their emerald depths. He’s not stupid and I’m doing a crappy job at hiding the memories haunting me right now. He gives me a small smile, shifting his hold on the urn to wrap his free arm around me and pulls me into a strong hold.
“You’re shakin’,” he says against my temple and I just nod.
“I’m good, Clay. Go see your brother.”
“I’m fine right where I am, sugar.”
I keep my eyes to the ground, focusing on his worn boots instead of looking up, hating myself for making this moment about me when I should be focused on them. Like it or not, I can’t fight the feelings that being near him bring me. I’m that stupid, naive sixteen-year-old all over again. “Let’s get out of here,” he says after a few silent seconds. I look up and give him a smile, hoping that it looks a hell of a lot braver than I feel. Inside I feel like I might puke.
“You think I could have a second with my family?”
My head shoots up at the coldness I hadn’t anticipated in Maverick’s voice. He’s not focused on me, though, instead looking at his brother with a hard expression and one brow raised upward.
“Mav!” Quinn gasps and he moves his attention from his brother to her.
“Sorry, Quinn, but I’m thinkin’ that Clay’s lady friend would understand that this should be a moment for our family and give us time alone.”
“Don’t you dare finish that sentence, sugar,” Clay all but spits through clenched teeth and drops his arm to take a step forward. “You’ve got something to say, Mav, then say it.”
“Nothing to say, Clayton, I just think it would be nice for your girlfriend to give us some space.”
“My girlfriend,” he parrots sarcastically, his deep voice vibrating in anger.
“Mav.” Quinn attempts to butt in, but stops when Maverick leaves her side and turns to stalk out of the church. I should find it comical that he obviously didn’t recognize me, or hell, maybe he did and he’s just picking up where he left off ten years ago in the middle of the dark woods. I take a deep breath. “It’s okay. He’s right. Y’all need some time as a family. I’ll head over to the PieHole and start settin’ up for tonight.”
Quinn brushes a tear from her cheek and just shakes her head. I look at Clay to see him staring in the direction that his brother just left.
“You’re family,” he finally says, not looking in my direction.
“Clay, really, it’s okay. It’s been a long time since y’all were back together and I don’t need to be there for that reunion. It sucks that it takes all of this to finally bring him home, but he’s here and y’all need to make up for a lot of time lost.”
“Shut up, Leighton.”
“Don’t what? You’ve got every right to be here. You’re just as much a part of our family as he is. Hell, maybe even more so than he is at this point. So just shut up, come with us, and ignore him.”
I shake my head, the fight instantly leaving my sails, knowing I would be arguing until the end of time if I pressed this issue.
“I can’t believe he doesn’t even recognize you,” Quinn whispers.
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.
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Leigh James is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a vocal lover of strapping alpha males in movies, books and real life, which makes her three kids roll their eyes and makes her husband feel appreciated.
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