Ayden’s life is changed in an instant…One minute you think everything is perfect, that you’ve found your happily ever after and the next minute your whole world comes crashing down, forcing her to leave New Orleans.
She starts a new life in New York but realize it’s not enough, that she needs to get back to her roots even if it means going back where the MC is.
He’s always regretted it and seeing her again confirms how much he wants her and needs her in his life.
He’ll do all he can to have Ayden back in his life and explain why she took off years ago.
What happens when her past catches up with her and starts messing with her life again?
Will she give into the fear of what took place that night might occur again? Or will she trust Anthony and let him help her get through it?
What happens when she finds out who is behind all the bad things she went through in the past? Will she be strong enough to handle the truth? Or will it destroy her beyond repair?
When the waitress leaves her after delivering Ayden her food, I walk over and just as she’s about to take a bite, she looks up and we make eye contact. I can’t help the smirk spreading across my face, at the look of excitement, laced with worry, and could it be lust on her face? I don’t know what it is, but I hold her gaze for a couple of seconds before she looks down at her plate, denying me those beautiful jade eyes.
I sit down across from her in the booth. I can see her squirm, I still have the same effect on her and she still holds the same power over me. I have to readjust myself, my jeans are getting tight.
“Ayden.” I see her shiver when I say her name. She finally looks back at me.
“Anthony.” Her tone is clipped. She’s clearly surprised and not very happy to see me.
“We need to talk Sweet Cheeks.”
“Don’t call me that. You’ve lost that privilege long ago,” she whispers, she’s getting pissed. Good, at least she’s still affected by my nickname for her.
“Now, I wasn’t the one running away. I didn’t do anything wrong. I can still call you that if I want to.” I smirk playfully. I’m still hurt, but I don’t want her to run away again.
“I deserved that. Now if you don’t mind I’m trying to enjoy my diner.” She takes a bite of her pickle. Fuck me she did that on purpose!
“I see that.” I steal a piece of bacon from her burger and take a bite.
“Hey, that’s mine!”
“Too bad, now it’s mine.” I wink at her and shove the rest in my mouth.
“Fucker! You don’t mess with a woman’s food!” She’s adorable and extremely hot when she’s pissed.
“Well looks like I did, now will you listen to what I have to say or not?”
“Or not.” She takes an angry bite of the pickle again.
“Kinky.” I smirk licking my lips.
“Piss off Ant!” she whispers loudly.
“We’re going to talk Sweet Cheeks, like it or not, we will very soon.”
“There’s nothing left to say. I know what’s been going on, my mom’s kept me updated on everything. I don’t need you to repeat it to me, I’m good. We don’t have to act like we are friends.” I know she doesn’t mean it. She’s trying to hold back her tears and her lower lip is quivering.
“As you wish Sweet Cheeks. But it will happen very soon… you can bet on it.” I look into her eyes. Showing her I’m very serious about this talk we need to have. I want to have our talk now but I don’t want to scare her away even more. The last thing I want is for her to leave town again. It would kill me. “Have a nice day.” I take a sip of her drink, wink at her, and bend down to kiss her cheek—her soft skin is like heaven. I make my way out of the restaurant knowing I managed to get her attention and that she won’t forget I exist anytime soon. I just can’t wait to be able to talk with her and lay it all out.
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Ten Fun Facts about Muriel
1. I’m terrified of clowns, dolls, puppets.
2. I did competitive swimming when I was younger.
3. I used to loath reading when I was in high school.
4. I was part of a theater group and an improv one.
5.I tattooed a man.
6. I studied to be a filmmaker. (Clearly it didn’t go as planned!)
7. I’m half Belgian and half Spanish.
8. I LOVE going to concerts. The heavier the music the better.
9. Horror movies and ghost hunting shows are my favourite thing to watch…before bed. (Yep I’m a weirdo!)
10. I can’t drive. I’ve tried but I have zero coordination making it impossible.
This is Muriel Garcia’s debut novel. I found it to be a refreshing read but slightly on the dark side. She does give a warning about the material of the book but it was not to over the top compared to most books with that type of warning.
Throughout the book I rooted for Ayden and hoped she would over come her abuse. She is such a well developed character. Not to strong but also not to whiny. She is shy but you can not blame her after all she has been through. The love of her life is Anthony and he is as bad ass as they come.
Anthony winds up becoming the president of the MC and you can tell he takes his job seriously. His love for Ayden is never ending and he would do anything to protect her now that she is back.
Muriel Garcia is going to become a household name in the book world if she continues to write books like this. She had me on the edge of my seat and even though I thought I figured out who the bad guy was I was wrong. That doesn’t happen often. She was able to keep the bad guy hidden until the time was right the reveal the entire plot. I personally can not wait for more from her since she left her self open to so many story lines in this book. Congrats on publishing your debut novel and here’s to many more.
Read and reviewed for A Literary Perusal and rated 4 stars.
Muriel Garcia grew up in Belgium. She loves music, tattoos—especially on hot men, traveling, and cooking. She has always had an overly imaginative and creative mind but never thought of writing a book until a couple of months ago. Now she couldn’t imagine not writing stories that are near and dear to her heart.