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Chapter 26

“Um…well,” I sighed.

“Sweetie you don’t have to say a thing if you don’t want to,” Allegra squeezed my hand. “We know all about bad fathers and how hard it can be to talk about them.” I smiled at her.

“I appreciate that.” Taking a deep breath, I continued. “He was much older than my mama when they got married. My stepbrothers were already teenagers by the time I was born. He took off one day when I was five with his twenty year old secretary and served Mama divorce papers a week later.”

“What a prick!” Raven exclaimed.

“Yeah, he is but it’s his loss,” Brock interjected. He kissed my cheek, tucking my hair behind my ear. God, I loved when he did that. “He is missing out on two of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, one being my incredibly smart, insanely talented, outrageously gorgeous girlfriend.” I couldn’t help it. I had to kiss him when he said things like that. I caressed his cheek, giving him a soft peck on the lips.

“Charmer,” I giggled. “JuJu said he was slicker than hair grease and had no business courting my mama anyway, being thirteen years older than her. Mama was only nineteen when they got married.”

“Hm sounds like your father has a daddy fetish,” Calista giggled. “I mean he was already so much older than your mother, then to leave her for an even younger woman?”

“Mhm,” I said. “JuJu also said he was hanging on the edge of pedophilia and I’m inclined to believe her. His new wife is only five years older than his oldest son.” The whole table broke out in loud laughter, myself included. I didn’t care. My father was a real piece of work. I knew how terrible he was and I also knew this group of siblings would totally understand where my feelings were coming from.

“Slicker than hair grease! I’ll have to remember that one!” Raven wiped the tears from her laughter and finished off her wine. “Ok you two kids go on in the living room. We will clean up.” I tried to argue but Brock just scooped me up and carried me to the couch.


I couldn’t have asked for a better night. My sisters were totally taken with Amber but I knew they would love her. It’s really hard not to love this girl. After the hugs and kisses goodbye, I locked the front door and threw my sexy girlfriend over my shoulder, taking off running up the stairs to my room. Her bubbly laughter and girlish squeals echoed through the house. We spent the rest of the night wrapped in each other’s bodies, bringing climax after climax until we were spent. God I love this woman!

Waking up with my angel in my arms was out of this world. I never wanted to go back to sleeping alone. I never wanted to be without her, even at college. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about that yet but I had a plan. I took her luscious body over and over again last night until we collapsed from exhaustion. The midmorning sun stabbed through the small part in the curtains, leaving a swath of warmth and light over the bed. I couldn’t take my eyes off the goddess next to me. Her hair spilled out over the pillow like flames, her pink lips parted as she slept. Her long black lashes fluttering against her porcelain skin made her look ethereal, almost too beautiful for this earth.

After everything my parents but me and my sisters through with their constant relationship wandering, I never wanted one. I was dead set against it, determined to remain a bachelor happily fucking whoever and whenever I wanted with no expectations or strings attached. But Amber changed my mind. I was gone the instant I kissed her. Hell I think I was gone long before that but that first amazing kiss sealed the deal and my fate. She was my one, the one woman I wanted forever with. I would never want anyone else. The thought of her being with another man made me sick. I wanted her all to myself and I was going to make sure I got to keep her.

A herd of wild horses couldn’t carry me away from my angel.

WKLA Studios…


“OMG! Can you believe we’re going to be on TV?!” Aurora was so excited, she kept hugging me. I giggled at her. Connor just shook his head smiling widely.

“Yeah this is going to be great,” he said. We were rehearsing for our appearance with Blain McGregor. Not to toot my own horn but we were jiving together something fierce! Ok so I’m totally going to toot my own horn and just say we were killing it with our rendition of Tuxedo Junction. I couldn’t wait to get out there with these two amazing singers! It was going to be one hot show, that’s fo’ sho’!

Mama had called the family back in Louisiana and my Uncle Etienne was coming to watch and visit for a bit. Uncle was a soldier through and through, having served in the Marines for longer than I’ve been alive. He was big, muscled and mean. But he was also one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known. He’s a big ol’ giant teddy bear when his family was around. I had to admit I was going to love having him around. His hugs were the best! Just don’t tell Brock.

Mama was outside with Dr. Carraway waiting for Uncle to arrive. I had a sneaking suspicion something was going on between them. I didn’t care because I really liked Dr. Carraway. He was a kind, caring man who treated everyone equally and held himself to a high standard. He would be a good match for my feisty little mother. Ever since the competition, the two of them had been as thick as thieves. They were always texting back and forth, Mama having a sweet little secret smile on her face more these days. I liked that look on her.

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