Cruz, he swore he would face whatever he had to face to keep Mila by
his side and win back his daughter. But now Talia isn’t speaking to
either of them, and their relationship has gotten a whole lot more
complicated thanks to the violent gang gunning for the ATF agent.
reason Talia stopped speaking to her father. All Mila wants to do is
fix what she broke before the man she loves loses his daughter for
good…even if that means she has to break her own heart to do it.
horizon is the most terrifying thing he’s ever done. But now that
he’s fallen in love with the gorgeous blonde, he can’t let her go. He
will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and regain his daughter’s
trust…even if he has to walk away from his career to do it.
their lives forever.
their hearts are on the line. To save Mila’s life and guarantee a
future with her, Roman will do more than break the rules. He’ll
rewrite the rule book entirely.
I glance up to find Roman frowning at me. His plate is empty. So are about half the containers strewn around the table. I look at the clock on the stove to find that it’s fifteen until seven and we’ve been sitting at the table for almost an hour.
“What’s going on, baby?” he asks, reaching out to drag my chair closer to his. It screeches loudly across the tile, but he ignores it until I’m right in front of him, one of his hands against my cheek. His expression is somber, worry evident in his eyes.
“I have to go to Sacramento on Sunday,” I whisper, watching his face as he studies me as intently as always. “There’s a conference my boss wants me to attend with them. I’ll be there until Wednesday morning.”
“You’re thinking about going to see Talia,” he guesses.
“Do you want to see her for you or for me?” he asks.
“I―” I frown, not sure how to answer that question. I want to see her because I miss her, and I hate that she’s angry with me. I want to tell her…I’m not sure. I want to tell her that I love Roman, and that we never meant to hurt her. And I want to tell her that he’s fucking miserable because she isn’t talking to him.
I want to tell her that I don’t want to be the reason that they’re not speaking.
“I’m not giving you up,” he whispers when a tear slips down my cheek. “If that’s what you’re planning on telling her, forget it, baby. I won’t let you leave me because you think it’ll make her happy.”
“She’s your daughter, Roman,” I whisper. He always knows exactly what I’m thinking before I even verbalize it, so I don’t even try to deny it. I’m so afraid the only way to fix things for him and Talia is by walking away. I don’t want to lose him. God, the thought alone makes me feel like I’m going to break. But I don’t know what the right thing to do is in this situation.
“And you’re the entire fucking reason I breathe, Mila,” he growls, his voice harsh.
My gaze flies to his again.
“Don’t you get it?” he asks, the pain in his eyes breaking my heart a little bit. “I can’t lose you any more than I can lose Talia, baby. You’re…fuck. You’re part of my goddamn soul.” He grabs one of my hands and presses it against his chest, over his heart. “Every beat is for you. If you leave me….” Another wave of pain rolls through his eyes. “I’ve never needed much, but I need you here with me, sweetheart.”
His words wreck me a little. I don’t know what to do. If leaving means that Talia forgives him…isn’t that what I have to do? My dad chose alcohol over me. I haven’t spoken to him in over four years. I don’t miss him, and I’m better off without him. It’s different with Talia and Roman. Roman adores her, and they’ve always been close. I don’t want to be the reason she doesn’t speak to him ever again.
What am I supposed to do?
themselves living together in Santa Cruz. Now that the ATF agent has
his daughter’s twenty-two year old best friend in his bed every
night, he’s finding it more and more difficult to deny what he’s felt
for her since the day they met.
increasingly suspicious, the last thing Roman should be thinking
about is keeping Mila by his side. He’s never wanted much, but he
wants her…and he’s willing to break more than a few of his own
rules to convince the feisty little blonde to put her heart in his hands.
ever done. Trusting him with her body is one thing, but with her past
still hanging over her, she knows all too well that the scary-hot man
who drives her wild has the power to destroy her.
little stretch of beach closes in on them, Roman and Mila will be
forced to confront the truth about their relationship and make
decisions neither could have imagined.
out to break every single one of them.
bombshell is his daughter’s best friend.
after Talia McPherson’s scary hot, terminally single father from
afar. After walking away from her cheating ex and what she thought
was her happily-ever-after, the last thing on her mind is
jumping into a new relationship.
life. With nothing left to lose, she makes him an offer he
can’t refuse: Two weeks of no-holds-barred sex. No strings. No
commitments. No messy emotions.
to her insane proposition. He can’t have her. He shouldn’t even want
her. But he’s going to take her anyway… and he has no intentions of
stopping until she’s his completely.
She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood
sweetheart/husband of fourteen years, and their furry minions. When
not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering,
causing mischief, and building a Spork army.
in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on
to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her
education to use in the CJ and Social Services field.
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