Of all the women I’ve come across, Celeste Payne is the most frustrating. She doesn’t back down and she’s fiercer than her demure aura and size should allow. I hate to admit it, but I’m as much infatuated by her as I am infuriated.
I’m pulled in so many different directions between my job at Sullivan Protection and my family. Can she handle it? Can she handle me? After a night together I’m convinced that whether she can handle it or not doesn’t matter. She’s going to have to figure out a way because she’s mine.
She thinks I don’t care about her, but it’s not true. I care too much because she takes the weight of the world off my shoulders with her smile. I haven’t let myself rely on others for so long, instead choosing to be solid for everyone else, but, when it comes to Celeste, I need her. I’ll prove it to her for the rest of my life.
Have you ever met someone and just been exasperated by them? It’s irrational and unnecessary, but you just can’t help it? For me that person is Hale Torres. He’s gruff and abrasive and it irks me to no end.
He’s also strong, stoic and sexy as hell to the point that I wouldn’t mind relying on him. I won’t admit it and I certainly won’t admit how all the women around him make me more jealous than I’ve ever been in my life. When being irritated by him falls away and we have one night together, my little heart can’t help but want more.
The problem is, I’m not sure he’s the man who can give me what I want and need. Maybe there’s just too much animosity between us and not enough simple truths. Still, the heart wants what it wants, even if it shouldn’t. I need to walk away because I’m convinced that he’s never going to care about me.