Defended by a Jaguar (Mate Me book 4)

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Jordan held on to Daisy as they went into Caroline’s house to get ready for the wedding. He needed to hold her; he needed her touch. The death of Scott weighed on him, but he knew he did the right thing. Scott was dying and would have died in a few days.

“You did the right thing,” his dad told him when he walked back.

“I know. Doesn’t mean I feel good about it,” he replied, setting Daisy down to play with her toys. He watched her run off, nonplussed by anything that went on.

“Jordan,” his dad beckoned him into Caroline’s bedroom. He watched his dad close the door and turned to him.

“You did the right thing, Jordan. Your brother was a menace to society. His parole officer contacted us when he couldn’t find Scott. His drug abuse was getting bad enough that his dealers were sending men down to our place asking for money. He was thousands of dollars in debt. That is why your mother and I opened the ice cream business. We needed cash flow to keep Scott safe. After they put him in jail, the last time your mom and I cut him off. We told him we cut him off, and we would take care of Daisy.”

“That is how he knew about Daisy,” Jordan interrupted, finally figuring out how Scott knew about Daisy.

“We thought he already knew,” his dad replied and Jordan shook his head.

“Scott was already in jail when Daisy’s mom died,” Jordan explained, pacing around the room.

“You’re right. Don’t let Scott’s death ruin your wedding day,” his dad continued and Jordan nodded.

“I won’t I am getting my family. Daisy is mine, Georgia is mine.” Jordan let those happy thoughts pass over his body. He would marry Georgia in a little less than two hours. It was time to look toward the future.

“Daddy, can I go see mommy?” Daisy asked, opening the door his dad had closed.

“Sure thing. Go on in. I’ll be ready soon,” he replied, loving the feeling of her calling him daddy. He hadn’t realized how much he needed her to say that to him.

“I’ll walk her in while you get ready with your men,” his dad offered and followed Daisy out to the inn.

“Jordan you in here?” Xander called. He poked his head out of the room to wave his buddies down the hall.

“We have your tux,” Troy announced, holding out the garment bag. Jordan took it and took care of dressing, making sure not to wrinkle anything. He wanted Georgia to love everything and not let what happened with Scott ruin her day.

“Ten minutes, gentlemen!” Ellie yelled into the house. Taking a deep breath, Jordan let the nerves leave his body and walked out of the house. The backyard was decorated with flowers everywhere. White chairs sat in rows with people starting to fill them. Jordan spotted his new family settling in the seats with their children. He was getting such a large new family, something he was excited about. He’d never had a family who was close.

“Ready?” Xander asked, clapping him on the shoulders.

“More than ready. I can’t wait to have Georgia as my wife.”

“Good. Stand here,” Xander ordered, pointing to the front. Jordan did as he was told just as the music played. He watched all the bridesmaids walk down the aisle. He smiled when he saw Daisy come down in her pink puffy dress, tossing flower petals left and right. Next to her stood Liam with a straight face, making sure not to drop the pillow with rings on it. When Liam made it to him Jordan took the rings off the pillow and handed them to Xander. Then the music changed. Jordan looked up and his breath caught in his throat. There Georgia stood on her father’s arm, holding a bouquet in the most beautiful dress he’d ever seen. The dress fit her personality perfectly. He didn’t realize he had tears in his eyes until Xander handed him a handkerchief. He chuckled and took the handkerchief, pocketing it. Jordan waited impatiently for Georgia to make it down to him.

“Treat her like the queen she deserves,” Shawn instructed, handing Georgia off to him. He nodded his promise taking Georgia’s hand.

“You look amazing,” he whispered, turning them to the pastor who’d agreed to marry them.

“I want to tear your clothes off as soon as we can,” she whispered, drawing a laugh from him.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” the pastor began turning their attention back to him. Jordan barely heard a word the man said except for repeating his vows.

“You may kiss your bride,” he finally said Jordan didn’t wait any longer. He pulled Georgia into his arms and kissed her, bending her down in a romantic gesture. Their family and friends hooted and hollered their approval. He let go and set her back on her feet.

“My wife,” he murmured, kissing her once more.

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Howard!” Jordan held up their joined hands and ran with her down the aisle. Georgia laughed, letting him pull her along. He rushed into the inn and pinned her against a wall to kiss her passionately. He heard her bouquet hit the ground as his tongue dove in her mouth.

“I love you,” he whispered, pressing his forehead against hers.

“I love you more,” she answered, looking up at him with her beautiful eyes.

“Thank you for becoming my mate and wife,” he told her with a smile.

“Thank you for becoming my mate and husband and giving me Daisy,” she replied leaning up to place another kiss to his lips.

“I cannot wait to see where our lives will go from today. Thank you for saving me from Scott.”

“I did what I had to do to save our family. Scott was dying, and I helped him find peace,” he replied with sadness in his voice.

“I know and I know it will weigh on you for a time, but you did what was right.” She kissed him, wrapping her arms around his neck. He kissed her back, letting her love flow over him, helping him forgive himself.

“Jordan, Georgia!” He heard Caroline call.

“Time to join the party,” he whispered, wrapping her up in a tight hug. Georgia chuckled and kissed him again.

“Let’s enjoy our family. We are leaving for Bora Bora, and Daisy gets to spend a week with your parents. Maybe we can get started on baby-making,” she teased, giving him a wink.

“What?” he asked, stopping short at her words.

“Daisy wants a little brother or sister,” Georgia explained, making him laugh.

“Then who am I to say no?” he replied, kissing her once more.

The end! I’m so sad Jordan and Georgia’s story has ended. I will be publishing Rob’s story (Cherished by a Bear) soon.

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