Secrets, they always come back to bite … everybody.
And the secrets my husband kept from me bit me hard enough to leave scars.
In fact, they took a huge chunk right out of me.
I thought I’d lost everything the day Ted died, until I discovered the mess he left behind—the people he left behind.
He wasn’t the man I thought he was, and now I’m left to deal with his enemies—as if my life wasn’t chaotic enough.
And then there’s Jake.
He’s younger than me, and our first couple of interactions have us butting heads, but boy oh boy does he make me feel things I never thought possible again.
And as much as he annoys me, I crave him even more.
Jake wants to help me.
He also wants me.
But I don’t want anybody else to get hurt.
Too many people already have.
So as much as it’s agony on my heart to push him away, I must—for his own safety.
Until he gives me no other choice but to fall hard, fast and madly for him, then we’re in this disaster together, up to our eyeballs and hoping that Ted’s demons don’t destroy the last shreds of happiness I’m fiercely holding on to.
“Shit!” he exclaimed as we got ourselves situated and were preparing for take-off. “I totally forgot to go and buy headphones.” He shot me a look of mild panic. “Would you mind holding my hand like you did before?”
I gave him a small smile. “Of course not.”
And then the jokester was back. “I mean I guess now I can ask you to make out with me, right?”
Rolling my eyes, I laughed. Something I was doing a lot more of in the last few days. “I suppose so, yes.”
Then his eyes traveled around and behind me to the back of the plane. “And there is a bed on this thing … ”
I gave him a mock look of surprise as my whole body sparked alive and my core tingled and tightened in anticipation.
“Don’t give me that look.” He laughed, his eyebrows bobbing provocatively. “I saw your eyes dart there when we boarded. You were thinking the exact same thing.”
I shook my head. “Was not.”
The devil himself smiled back at me. “Liar!” and before I could even blink I was hauled out of my seat and dragged back to the bedroom, Jake’s hard body covering mine and his lips roaming across my face. “What better way to distract yourself from turbulence than by making some turbulence of your own!” he murmured against my neck, softly biting that sensitive spot behind my ear.
I was weak, helpless against his devotion and attentiveness. Jake had taken hold of my body, my mind and I’m pretty sure my soul and shown me a new level of pleasure. He’d awakened a beast, he possessed me, and there was nothing I could do but give in to his unwavering attention and let him peel the clothes from my body and ruthlessly worship me.