Chapter 2 – Crossing the Line
Stretching, Max rolls onto his side and smiles. The warm yellow rays of the sun seep through the curtains, highlighting the golden strands of Rebecca’s hair as she lies sleeping next to him. He never imagined he’d get another chance to wake up beside her after that night he and Aiden had swapped places in Jamaica.
Her eyelids flutter gently, and the corner of her mouth tugs upward. Max can’t help but wonder if he occupies even a portion of her dreams. The thought that she could be reliving last night in her unconscious state suddenly awakens his arousal. The need to touch her becomes unbearable.
His hand runs lightly along her inner thigh, working its way slowly up to her mound. Pausing for a brief moment, he studies her face. As his finger slides between her folds, gently stroking her sensitive bud, Rebecca begins rocking her hips to meet his hand. A light moan leaves her lips, and Max doesn’t hesitate to take it as an invitation to explore further into her depths – dipping his finger into her warm body, over and over again until her eyes spring to his.
Smiling down at her, he kisses her cheek. “Good morning, princess.”
“Mmm.” Squirming against his hand, a smile stretches across her face. “Good morning yourself.”
Max graciously positions himself above her and slips his tongue passed her lips. Her hands run along his sides, and she wastes no time guiding him into her warm body. Exhaling, he rests his forehead on hers. “Ahh! Waking up beside you is one thing, but nothing could compare to being inside you before breakfast.”
With long slow, satisfying strokes, he repeatedly plunges into her as deep as he can. Her moans resonating against his neck as she grasps at his bottom. “Oh, yes, Max! That feels so good.”
Her words drive him deeper, and he growls into her ear. “Fuck yeah.”
She clenches around him, and he grabs her hips. Each pump becoming deeper than the last. “That’s it, baby. Cum for me.”
A wave of pleasure ripples through her and her back arches, her body begging for more. She turns her head into the pillow, trying to stifle her cry. “Oh, Max!”
He grabs her chin, forcing her to face him and stares into her eyes. “Oh, no. I want you to look at me. I want to see the look of satisfaction on your face when you cum.”
Rebecca stares into his eyes, her nails digging into his shoulders while her moans penetrate the air. Grinding herself against him, she rides out the remaining waves of bliss in a fog.
Brushing the hair from her face, he kisses her forehead. “Jesus, princess. That was fucking beautiful. Now hang on, because I’m about to join you.”
Pulling back, he drives himself forward repeatedly with enough force to slide her body up on the bed with each thrust. Their gaze is still locked on each other as Max’s moans become just as fierce as each stroke. His body begins to shake when he plunges into her one last time with a groan. “Ahh, yes!”
Slick with sweat, Max collapses on top of her and speaks breathlessly into her hair. “Fuck! I wish I had found you first.”
She chuckles softly as her hands run down his sweat laden back. “I’m part of both of your lives. What does it matter who found me first? Obviously, your brother isn’t greedy.”
Max shakes his head, lifting himself onto one elbow and looks into her eyes. “You don’t seem to understand.” Drawing his lower lip between his teeth, he studies her face. “I’m afraid I’ve fallen in love with you, Becca. That means I’ve broken our number one rule.”
He kisses her gently and releases himself from her body. Rolling out of bed, he lets out an exaggerated breath and glances back at her. “Aiden loves you. That’s undeniable. It’s more than evident that he’s already staked his claim. I was supposed to keep my feelings in check.”
Stunned by Max’s confession, Rebecca feels a flush work across her body. She shakes her head, pretending she’s misheard him. “Hang on a minute. What am I missing? You know that Aiden sent me in here last night, right? It’s not like he thought I was going to read you a bedtime story. He knew we would have sex. He even so much as suggested how I should start it.”
Grabbing a towel from the bathroom, he pauses briefly in the doorway to wipe the sweat from his chest and forehead. When he looks back up at her, he shakes his head and smiles. “You make it sound so simple. Obviously, Aiden hasn’t fully explained everything to you. Let’s just say — I crossed the line this morning. In case you missed what I just said, we didn’t just have sex a few minutes ago. I made love to you.” He places his hand over his heart. “I still feel you. I feel us.”
Max walks over and sits beside her on the bed. His hand lightly brushes the stray strands of hair from her face before coming to rest on her cheek. “It can never just be sex between you and me now, and Aiden will know that.”
Rebecca can barely believe her ears. She agrees with what Max just said. It will never be just sex between them again. Shit, she felt something change this morning too. “I don’t know what to say, Max.”
He kisses her on the cheek. “You don’t have to say anything. It’s a minor obstacle. I’ll take care of it.”
Left speechless, she stares at his back as he heads for the bathroom. “I’m going for a shower. I’ll meet you downstairs.”
As he disappears through the door, she slumps. Her mind races as she exhales the breath she forgot she was holding.
But I think I’m in love with you too, Max.
With Max in the shower, Rebecca heads back to Aiden’s room. When she opens the door to find his bed empty, her heart skips.
If he’s already up, why didn’t he come to Max’s room to get her?
Her mind twists as her heart sinks.
Maybe he did come to the room and decided against coming in when he heard us this morning.
Unsure why she’s suddenly feeling guilt for something Aiden was not only fully aware of but prompted her to do. Rebecca decides a hot shower might help wash away the insecurities before she has to face him.
As the water cascades over her body, images of her last 12 hours with Max flood her mind. It seemed as though neither of them could get enough of the taste of each other last night. The truth she felt in Max’s words when he asked her to spend the night with him, ‘if Aiden wanted you in his bed, he would have come to collect you by now.’ Then, of course, the way Max made love to her this morning with so much passion. The rush she felt as he gazed deep into her eyes and worked out every last spasm of her orgasm. Then his final confession, ‘I’m afraid I’ve fallen in love with you, Becca.’
When Rebecca finishes her shower, she shuts off the water and is horrified to hear Max and Aiden, arguing downstairs. Quickly throwing on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, she pulls her hair back into a ponytail and follows their voices into the kitchen.
“Hey! What’s going on?” She walks over to stand next to Aiden. “This isn’t your usual sibling ribbing. What changed between last night and this morning?”
Putting his arm around her, he kisses her forehead. “It’s nothing you need to be concerned about.” Forcing a smile, he hands her a cup of coffee. “Did you sleep well?”
Glancing over at Max, she notices he’s suddenly busied himself with the newspaper. “Uh, yeah. I slept fine.”
Noticing Max still hasn’t made eye contact with her, she takes a seat across from him at the table and allows her gaze to float back to Aiden. “I was expecting you to come back to Max’s room last night. That is what you had told me, isn’t it?”
Aiden seems uneasy as he places a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon in front of her with a crooked smile. “Yes, it is. I’m really sorry about that. Trust me. I am. I had only planned to lie down on our bed for a few minutes, but I must have fallen asleep. Honestly, I was a bit surprised when I woke up this morning and noticed you hadn’t come back to our room.”
Leaning against the counter, he takes a drink of his coffee, peering at her from under his brow. “Anyway, there was no need to disturb you this morning. So, I decided to come down and make some breakfast.”
Rebecca glances between the two brothers then settles her eyes back on Aiden. “Wait a minute. Are you mad at me for sleeping with Max last night? Because you have no right to be. I mean, you’re the one that sent me in there. Remember?”
Placing his hands on her shoulders, he takes a deep breath. “No. I’m not mad at you, Rebecca. I love you.”
He takes a seat in front of her and cups her face in his hands. His lips brush lightly across her cheek. “This was completely my error.”
Looking at him curiously, she leans back. Her gaze bounces between the two brothers as she speaks. “What do you mean, this was your error? What was your error exactly?”
Max has heard enough. He stands abruptly, knocking his chair over. “Yeah! What was your fucking error, Aiden? Please do enlighten us!”
Standing, Aiden meets Max’s glare. “I never should have allowed you two to spend so much time together. I should never have allowed you to get so damn close. That was my fucking error!”
He looks down at Rebecca. “I’m sorry about blowing up, baby. This wasn’t my intent, but did he tell you he’s fallen in love with you? Not like a friend with benefits. He’s truly fallen in love with you, Rebecca. Did he tell you that?!” Jabbing his hand through his hair, he paces the length of the kitchen.
“Aiden —” Rebecca says, trying to reason with him as Max cuts her off.
“No, princess. He’s right. I’m absolutely unequivocally in love with you, and I refuse to back away gracefully. From the first day I met you, I knew you were special. I just never expected to fall in love with you.”
Max kneels in front of her and looks deep into her eyes. “Tell me you didn’t feel anything special between us this morning. Tell me while you were looking into my eyes and pulsating around me, that you didn’t feel something more than just sex. Can you tell me that? Hmm?”
He brushes his hand across her cheek and smiles. “No. I didn’t think so. You know why? Because you feel it too. That’s why.”
Aiden’s coffee cup shatters as he tosses it into the sink and storms upstairs.
Trying to pull free from Max’s grasp, Rebecca turns to go after Aiden, but Max pulls her tight against his chest. “Just give him some time. He’s too angry right now. Even if his anger isn’t with you, it’s best to give him some space.”
Tears trickle down her cheeks as she lifts her head from Max’s chest. “You can’t expect me to leave him like that. You shouldn’t have said those things in front of him, Max. I need to go speak with him.”
Wiping her tears away with his thumbs, he scans her eyes and gives an understanding nod. “Okay. You’re right. I’m sorry, but I spoke only the truth.” He runs his hand along the side of her face. “Fine. Go and speak to him, but if I so much as hear him raise his voice to you, I swear I’ll kill him.”
He kisses her as if it’s the most significant kiss they’ll ever share, then releases her. “I’ll be in my room if you need me.”
Nodding, she turns toward Aiden’s room. When she gets there, she’s not exactly sure what to expect. She knocks lightly and waits for an answer before entering. He’s packing two small bags when she walks in. Confusion shadows her face. “Aiden, what are you doing?”
“I told Nan we’d be there today, and I intend to keep my word.” Gesturing to her bag, he glances up at her with a slight smile. “Why don’t you check your clothes to make sure I’ve packed everything you’ll need.”
Placing her hand on his arm, she sits down on the bed in front of him. “Aiden, please. We can’t go to your Nan and Pop’s with things the way they are between you and Max.”
Crouching down in front of her, he takes her hand in his and presses it to his lips. “Baby, things will be fine. I promise. Max and I have had our differences before. We’ve just never fallen in love with the same woman. This is something new that we’ll have to work out.”
Standing, he pulls her to her feet and wraps his arms around her. “Why don’t you go let him know we’re ready to leave.”
Lowering her head, she turns toward the door when Aiden calls out to her. “I love you, Rebecca. Please, believe me when I tell you I’m sorry that I didn’t come to get you last night. I know I should have.”
Rebecca gives him a soft smile and nods before heading down the hall to Max’s room.
Tapping lightly on his door, she waits. “Come in, princess.”
Opening the door, she looks at him curiously. “How’d you know it was me?”
“My brother would not be knocking on my door right now.”
A weak smile forms on her face as she nods. “Right.” She walks toward him and stands at the edge of his bed. “Well, um, Aiden wanted me to let you know that we’re ready to go when you are.”
“I’m ready.” Taking her hands, he pulls her into his arms. “You know, it’s going to be a rough couple of weeks for me. Aiden’s going to be all over you, and there’s nothing I can do about it without upsetting my Nan.”
“Max, I don’t want you two fighting. I love you both. Why can’t we go back to the way things were? Neither of you were jealous then.”
He laughs. “Yeah, it seemed so much simpler when I first met you. You were just Aiden’s hot chick that I had to convince him to share with me. Look, for the record, I never expected to fall in love.”
He steps away, running his hand over his beard as he shakes his head. “I can honestly say that I’ve never loved anyone before. It’s as if something hit me over the head this morning. Suddenly, I can’t picture my life without you. Shit, all of a sudden, I can’t remember how I felt about any woman before you.”
Knocking on the door, Aiden peeks around it. “Can I come in?”
With her heart pounding and her cheeks on fire, Rebecca somehow forgets she’s in Max’s room and that he’s pouring his heart out to her. She quickly turns toward the door. “Yes. Of course, you can.”
Throwing his arms in the air, Max walks over to pick up his bag. “Yeah. Sure. Why not!”
Smiling at Rebecca, Aiden slowly shifts his eyes to Max. “You ready? We need to get on the road.”
Slinging his bag over his shoulder, Max nods. “Yeah. We’ll take my hummer. It’s better on the back roads.” Pushing past him, he makes his way out the door.
Rebecca can feel the tension between the brothers as Max leaves the room. When Aiden holds his hand out, motioning for her to come to him, she slips in under his arm without saying a word. Together, they walk out to Max’s truck. Aiden opens the back door and helps Rebecca climb in then slides in beside her. Making eye contact with her in his rearview mirror, Max winks as he puts the truck into drive and pulls out without another word.
She leans back in her seat and peers out her side window.
Oh. This is going to be a fun trip!