Title: Spike (Spark, #2)
Author: Jennifer Ryder
Release Date: May 28, 2014
I, Aidan Stone, got the girl.
My beautiful Eevie is sweet and sassy, and she owns my heart like no other. I promised her, I’d always protect her, and I meant it, but shit just got serious.
Blackmail. Extortion. And Eevie is the target.
Sometimes the past comes back to haunt us. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to distance yourself from it, it comes back and bites you on the arse. And in walks Mr Hotshot Detective, Ryan Clark, thinkin’ he can save the day and take my girl.
Well, I’ve got news for him.
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“This guy is fuckin’ dangerous, Ryan. Does this chick have any idea who she’s been dealing with?” Senior Detective Parker asks, the warning tone in his voice confirming how dangerous this situation is.
“Not a clue.” She’s as innocent as she is sexy, but she doesn’t know it.
“We’ve gotta be smart about this, Ryan. She trusted you enough to tell you, and this is the closest we’ve been to the target for a good while. I’m not gonna tell you how to play it—this is your lead—but understand that the top dogs will be breathing down my neck and yours to get a result.”
At twenty-eight, this is gonna make or break my career. The weight already feels like ten times the amount I bench-press. “I know, man. Don’t worry, I know.”
“Alrighty, then. Keep me updated.”
“Will do.” I hang up the phone and, using my spare key, let myself into the house.
Cass and Eevie are sipping wine at the dining table, their dinner plates empty.
“Ryan,” Cass says bluntly.
At least Cass doesn’t look as pissed at me as she did yesterday. Ever since I slept with one of her girlfriends from college, she’s hasn’t trusted me around her friends. Even though her friend from back then, whatever her name was, knew exactly what she’d been getting into. I don’t need to promise them the world to get them naked in my bed. I don’t think her friend told her what really happened. How she begged me to do things that would make a seasoned pro blush. How she loved every single minute of it, until I reminded her it was a one-off and thanked her for stopping by.
“Hey, Ryan,” Eevie says with resignation, a weak smile gracing her plump kissable lips.
I’ve always made a point of distancing my career and my women, but this one … hell, I don’t know what it is about her. Firstly, Cass made it crystal clear to me some time ago to stay away from her. Cass should know better than anyone that you can’t tell Ryan Clark not to do something. I’m surprised I’ve managed to steer clear of Eevie for so long, but I guess there have been enough women around to keep me satisfied. Secondly, she seems so innocent, yet from the brief few seconds of what I saw of that tape she’s all animal underneath. Thirdly, she’s a fucking hot damsel in distress. Enough said.
“Hey, gorgeous.” I smile at Eevie, trying to put her at ease. I sit at the table across from her. “You’ve certainly got a bit more colour in your cheeks today,” I say, my words that little bit deeper than normal. Eevie smiles, and a flush of pink spreads over her chest and deepens the colour in her cheeks. Yeah, I have an effect on her. I have to try so bloody hard not to rest my eyes on those perfect tits. I wonder if I’ve got a shot here, or if I’m dreaming.
“Thanks,” she says shyly, and distracts herself with a sip of wine.
“Any news?” Cass asks, bringing my head back to business. There is purpose to this visit, and it’s not just me checking out the hottie with glasses.
“Yeah. How ‘bout a slice of that pie on the counter first? You know I can’t resist a good tart.”
“You dick,” Cass says. She gets up and shakes her head, grumbling to herself as she walks into the kitchen. Laugh once in a while would ya, Cass? I made Eevie smile, anyway.
“Did you manage to get some sleep?” I ask Eevie, now we’re alone.
“Yeah. I feel better for telling you guys, but that still doesn’t change the mess I’m in. I just hope it doesn’t make it any worse.”
The poor girl looks like the weight of this is crushing her. Perhaps she’d prefer the weight of me on top of her instead. I reckon I’d know how to keep a smile on that beautiful face.
Spike (Spark, #2)
Spark (Spark, #1)
About the Author
New Adult and erotic romance writer, and author of the Spark series. The second book in the five part series, Spike, is to be released on 28 May 2014.
A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn’t stifle her creativity any longer.
Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.
Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don’t see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.
Jennifer placed third in the International Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013.