Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope everyone is doing great! I know it’s been a bit since I participated in a Mid Week Tease, but life got in the way and I’m happy to be back now.
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Here is a tease from SWEETEST SALVATION, an oldie but a goodie! This is the first book in the Club Splendor series. It’s also available in print.
Andy lost her son and husband tragically. And she’s still working through her grief. Her husband’s best friend, Hunter, would do anything to keep her safe and take away her pain.
“I wish I had died instead of my darling little boy. My sweet angel.” Andy dropped her forehead onto her knees. Sobs racked her body.
Hunter’s eyes filled with tears. Memories of Peter toddling toward him, calling him “Unc Ter”. His heart ached missing him.
“Andy, look at me.” He waited until she lifted her head. Eyes and nose red, she was still the most beautiful woman in the world to him. “I understand how you’re feeling.” He raised a hand when she opened her mouth to object. “I do. I wish I could go back in time and change everything. To bring them both back. But I can’t, and neither can you.”
He cupped her calves and rubbed softly. “You need to find a way out of your despair and move on. It’s what Patrick would want.”
She shook her head. “Patrick hated me before he died. His grief and hatred for me is what killed him.”
“No, sweetheart, listen.” He clasped her hands when she shook her head. “Dammit, hear me. You know about the heart disease that ran in the Sheaver family. Patrick’s grandfather and a couple other grandparents before him all died from it. I know the doctors explained it to you. Patrick’s heart just stopped beating while he slept. It’s not your fault.”
“But losing Peter put more stress on his heart. If I hadn’t lost our baby, Patrick might still be here. I don’t care what the doctors say about some hereditary disease.” Andy’s hands tightened around his. “He died from a broken heart because I killed our little boy.”
Hunter could almost feel the pain shooting from her fingertips.
“I want them back, Hunter,” she whispered.
“So do I, sweetheart, so do I.” He rubbed her fingers gently with his own, their gazes locked.
He could drown in her eyes. Though he’d kept his feelings buried deep so they never showed when he was around her, there were times when he’d let his guard down a little bit. Sometimes he wished she’d look at him as she once looked at Patrick.
He’d watch the two of them together, kissing, touching and sharing looks across the room. At the club, he’d seen them pet one another, raising their arousal and desire before they’d head home and take care of those needs.
But Hunter had never felt jealous of Patrick. He’d been like a brother to him, and he would never harbor any grudges against him for finding happiness. He’d only wished that he could find someone to love besides the lady in front of him and grow old with her. To see the Sheavers, as well as Andy and Patrick love one another allowed Hunter to believe in it.
“The pain and guilt will one day fade. Until then, you have to continue to live your life and push it away.”
“I don’t deserve not to suffer. After everything—”
“No, dammit,” Hunter cut her off, anger surging within him. “You do deserve happiness again. What you do not deserve is to let strangers use you in whatever twisted ways you’ve thought up in your mind. It’s inconceivable to think you’d allow yourself to be treated like that.”
Andy pulled her hands from his grasp and huffed out a deep breath. “You don’t know anything about it. I’ll go back to the club whenever I damn well please.”
“No, you won’t,” Hunter said, smug. “All members of the staff have been given explicit instructions. They will be fired if they grant you access of any kind.”
Andy gasped and clenched her fists. Hunter had the feeling she wanted to slug him.
“You didn’t! It’s not Bridget or Zander’s fault,” she scowled. “Do you hate me so much that you’d take away the only thing that gives me any kind of way to live with everything?”
“Hate you.” Hunter frowned. “Whoever said I hated you? God, Andy, I…”
He caught himself before he said too much.
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