pulling my bottom lip into his mouth before releasing it.
back, running my other hand through his golden brown hair. He’s got it cut
really short, and I like it. “This?”
it feels good,” he says, hungrily moving back and forth over my mouth. When he
rocks against me, our tongues collide. I softly moan, enjoying the friction it
brings. He squeezes my breast then glides down my quivering stomach, meeting
the edge of my shorts. The familiar confusion settles in.
husky as his fingers slip inside of my panties. Desire pools in his eyes.
all in your head, Reese. You can do this.
hurt him. He senses my hesitation and rolls off me, rubbing the space between
frustrated. “Give me a minute to lose this semi, and I’ll be fine.”
up.” I scoot back against the headboard and fasten my shorts. He lets out an
exaggerated breath. It’s been a few months since we’ve called our relationship
‘official.’ He’s never pressured me for sex, but it’s clear my hesitancy is
wearing on him.
replies, looking straight ahead. I can tell he’s thinking into it. Ever since
Luke’s return, I’ve sensed his insecurity. We haven’t spoken since the night he
came back, but it doesn’t make Sean feel any better. He knows how much Luke
meant to me.
climbs out of bed.
pulls it over his head, and makes a weak attempt to cover his erection. “It’s
late,” he says, tapping twice on the doorframe. “I should go.” He starts down
middle. “I love you. You know that, right?” We’ve said it before, but I want
him to know that I mean it. “I’m just protecting my heart.”
he believes me.
the other room.
he and Gia are spooning, the volume on the television set low. I purse my lips,
unaware we had an audience, then my eyes move to the fresh bouquet of Calla
lilies displayed on our table. A shot of fear bolts through me, and I try to
speed things along, lightly pushing Sean forward. “Will I see you tomorrow, or
will you be working?”
pauses and turns to Logan.
that.” He tips his head toward the flowers with a half grin on his face.
“You’re making me look bad.”
he looks confused is an understatement.
flick from me to the lilies before he relaxes against the pillow. He focuses
back on the television. “Wish I could take the credit, man, but those aren’t
eyes. Logan doesn’t know any better. It isn’t her fault. I’m the one who chose
to lie to my boyfriend. Hurrying us out the door, I prepare for an argument.
wasting any time. His hair glistens under the porch light.
Luke sent you those flowers.”
wasn’t sure how to tell you. I knew it would upset you.”
outside the door. “Of course it doesn’t. I should have been honest with you.
Lying was stupid.” Feeling defeated, I put my head in my hands.
we’re being honest with each other? Just get it all out now. I don’t want any
shake my head. “There’s nothing.” His jaw ticks like he doesn’t believe me.
“Stop reading into this like it’s more than it is. They’re just flowers, Sean.”
rubbing his hand against his forehead. “Is he the reason you won’t let me fuck
into his eyes. I’ve always known this was in the back of his mind, but the way
he said it hurts. “I can’t believe you just said that!” Luke’s dog barks across
the way, and my gaze slides towards his place. “Keep your voice down! You’re
he moved back.”
quarter of what happened that night. I left out the candlelit dinner and the
wife—a wife I’ve rarely seen around here. I assume they’re having problems
already. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
rooftop, my heart shattered all over again, when I spotted a woman carrying
boxes into his house. I recognized her immediately and ran to the toilet to dry
heave, then silently bawled for an hour. I wasn’t prepared to have it shoved in
my face. A part of me had hoped that, if I let Luke explain like he’d asked,
we’d somehow be able to move on from this, but my logical side told me to let
him go. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes as my mother—constantly living
in denial. I refused to be that girl.
front door and came face to face with a large German Shepard. Startled, I took
a cautious step back. He sat on his hind legs, lifting a paw like he wanted to
shake. Hesitantly, I leaned down to pet him, admiring his brindle fur coat. “Hey there, big boy. You scared me for a
minute.” I smiled, and he happily panted in return. “Good thing you’re friendly. Are you lost?”
front of Luke’s place. I froze when she walked over, sizing me up with an
eyebrow raised. I’m not sure if she recognized me from the hospital. “I’m
Rachelle,” she said, reaching out her hand. It took me a second to take it. She
exuded confidence and was disgustingly fit. I wanted to throw up again.
my throat, before we shook hands.
shoulder, her eyes fell on Chance. “Sorry. Blame it on his father. I told him
Chance had mastered opening doors.” She
tipped her head toward their house. “But Luke had other things on his mind,
if you know what I mean.” She laughed half-heartedly. “You know men. Maybe next
time he’ll put him away first, like I’d asked.” Reaching for his collar, she said, “C’mon boy. Let’s go,” dragging
him back to the house. “It was nice to meet you,” she said right as she shut the door.
on! You couldn’t tell him to stop?” Sean yells, snapping me out of the memory.
ignored it, he’d get the hint and stop sending the flowers.”
your living room!”
using his garbage can, so he’d see
shout, as loud as him.
fists clench at his sides.
feet away. My breath catches as he strides over. Sean pulls me in for a
possessive kiss, making things more awkward than they already are. Forcing my
eyes shut, I give in, though I’m not done being pissed. What he’d said earlier
was disrespectful, but I need to show him there’s no reason for his insecurity.
Luke and I are truly over.
we gonna stand here all night?”
voice as if it were touching me. Oh God,
he’s so close.
me again, “You okay Reese?” His eyes search deep, like he’s invading my soul.
Chills shoot up the back of my neck. I don’t know how he does it. He’s
shirtless and freshly showered—wearing low-slung shorts that show off his
muscular physique, and the sexy V framing his pelvic area, one I’ve been known
to stare at.
breathing in his intoxicating scent. He’s
married, Reese. He’s a liar! Remember?
stop sending the flowers,” Sean growls. “She doesn’t want them.”
asks without casting him a glance. A conflict of emotions burns inside my
chest. How can he be so protective on one
hand, yet so hurtful on another?
man. Go back inside.”
place a hand over Sean’s chest, giving it a slight shove. “Let’s get you home.”
If he doesn’t shut up, he’s going to get
his butt kicked.
spit, “I think you know me better than that, and frankly, it’s none of your business.”
down to meet my eyes. “You being honest with me?”
can’t stand being near you, asshole! Take the fucking hint!”
keep telling yourself that, buddy. Reese and I have a past. I can read her like
a book.” He straightens his shoulders. “Whether she’s hiding something, her
emotions, her truths, her lies … all of it.”
God … where is he going with this?
where were you when her father died, huh? ‘Cause I was drying her tears,
picking up the pieces you left behind. You dumb piece of shit!”
lethal. When he turns to me, his jaw is clenched. “If you care about him at
all, you’ll convince him to walk away.” His voice is a low growl.
grabbing onto Sean’s arm. “It’s late. You have work to do. Remember?” I plead,
keeping my voice as calm as I can muster, but I’m not sure that it’s helping.
He still hasn’t budged.
flowers. I’ll go home once you’re inside. I’d be crazy to leave him alone with
hard into his chest. “Something funny, prick?” Before I can blink, he’s bumping
him again. There isn’t a contest on who would win, if things got ugly. Luke’s
an expert, and he towers over Sean.
a hand on both of their chests, giving Sean a look of warning. Then I turn my
attention to Luke. “I don’t think it’s appropriate that you send me flowers.” A
lump forms in my throat. “I need you to stop.” Why do I feel sorry for him?
pockets, and slowly he backs away, showing no flicker of emotion. “Done,” is
all he says.
give Sean a glare. He’s still on my shit list. “Told you—you have nothing to
kissing the side of my neck, even though I slightly protest. “Something tells
me he’s not done yet.”
doorway. His arms stretched out wide, he grips the frame.
display under the porch light. “Work,” he replies, with his gaze fixed on Sean,
no matter that I’m who asked the question. “I’m back at the gym.”
heart triples its pace, and I stand there, speechless.
guy a girl should avoid at all costs. When he’s hired to privately train me,
avoiding him isn’t an option. Most girls would love to drop their panties, even
if it is just to catch a glimpse of his dimpled smile. I won’t fall victim to
his charm. That’s what I tell myself at least, though it’s torture when my
mind’s at war with my body. Something about the tattooed bad boy draws me in.
It isn’t just the broad shoulders, piercing eyes, and muscular frame that has
me entranced. Luke Ryann has a secret. And I plan to find out what it is.
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to escape. When all is said and done, will he be able to get out of this alive,
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This is undoubtedly one of the best series I have read in forever. This is the third and final book and I could not wait to dive into it. Reese and Luke are still stuck in a world of misunderstandings, doubt and pride. Reese is dealing with Luke working at the gym, her best friend dating his best friend and their undeniable attraction for each other. Luke is still holding a few secrets of his own and as always they will be revealed. Where will this leave Reese and Luke? Will they finally take the step towards their happily ever after? This was an amazing series and I loved Luke and Reese as well as Gia and Logan. I did not like the boyfriend Sean and questioned his motives. I was caught up in this story and rooting for them to come to their senses and just talk to each other but I enjoyed every minute of it.