Not that I’m one to tease, but I thought I might give you guys a little sneak peek into what’s going on over in New Mexico. Be sure to comment below and let me know what you think! I’m hoping you guys are gonna love these books just as much as you loved Blood & Roses!
I barely bite back the scream that’s building in my throat. Rebel’s standing at the foot of the bed, watching me with his arms folded. With no shirt on. His tattoos aren’t limited to his arms and shoulders. They fan out across his pecs, too, down each side of his body in swirling lines of black and red and green and blue. He looks like he’s posing for Men’s Fitness. Admittedly, with a physique like that, he could earn good money modeling for those guys. I push myself back in the bed, horrified when I remember I’ve worn that god-awful oversized t-shirt to bed again. “What the hell are you doing?” I ask.
“Getting ready to go to my father’s place. You’re coming with me. Sound good?”
“Only if your father’s place is actually a police station.”
He pouts at me, barely hiding a smile. He looks good when he smiles; I hate myself for acknowledging that, but my brain is still reeling from my nightmare. I’m not equipped to be fending off visions of his near-nakedness right now. “My father’s the governor for the state of Alabama. He’s the chief of police’s boss. Does that count?” he says.
“You’re not from Alabama.”
He smirks now, taking a step closer to the bed. “Why am I not from Alabama?”
“Because you don’t have an accent.”
“Oh, that’s definitive evidence right there. You must on the money if I don’t drawl, huh?”
I shake my head, trying to pull myself together. “If your father’s the governor for Alabama, why would you take me to see him?”
“Because he’s a righteous asshole and I hate going back there on my own.” Rebel turns away, opening up a closet and pulling out t-shirts and, weirdly, button-down shirts. He starts making a pile on the end of the bed.
“No, why would you take me, the girl you’re holding against her will? You have to know I’ll tell him what you’ve done as soon as we walk through the door.”
Rebel reaches up high into the closet and pulls down a North Face duffel bag; he then proceeds to place the piles of clothes inside. “You could do that. Or,” he says looking up me. “You can come with me and keep your mouth shut. You could let me tell you a little more about the guy you saw stabbed to death in that alleyway, and you could meet my father for yourself. You could listen to everything I have to say, and then, when our trip’s over, you could make your decision—whether you’ll help me or you won’t—based on everything you’ve learned. And then, either way, I’ll let you go.”
“I’ve told you. I’ve already made my decision.”
“Based on no information whatsoever,” he says.
“I’m sorry. Like I said, I have family to protect.”
He carries on placing clothes into the bag at the foot of the bed. I watch for a moment, distracted by the shift of his muscles and the powerful lines of his shoulder blades. He’s quiet, not looking at me as he works, but then he says, “Okay. Fine. I’m gonna be gone five days. You can stay here and stare at the television. And when I get back, we’ll fit you out in a room in the clubhouse. You should be relatively safe in there. Though the guys do go on lock-picking missions when they’re wasted. I won’t be around to keep them in line.”
“You just said you’d let me go!”
“Only if you come with me to my father’s place and suffer though his annual charity gala with me.”
I just stare at him. I can’t figure out what the hell is going on with this guy. He’s rude, abrasive, pushy and he has no idea about me if he thinks a sob story and a visit with his mean dad are gonna change my mind. “This is a complete waste of time, Rebel. You may not like your family very much, but I love mine. I won’t do anything to jeopardize their safety.”
Scrambling out of the bed, I tug the t-shirt down in an attempt to cover my thighs. Rebel stops what he’s doing and watches me, a smile clearly itching at the corners of his mouth.
“If I come with you to Alabama, you have to swear you’re not going to rape me.”
He almost chokes on his laughter. “I swear, I’m not planning on raping you.”
“And you have to promise you’re not going to sell me or loan me out to any of your friends so they can rape me.”
Rebel holds up three fingers—scout’s honor. I doubt this man was ever a scout, and even if he was, the bastard never had any honor.
“Alright, Rebel. I’ll come. But you should know, I’m not happy about it.”
“Oh?” He gives me a salacious smile that makes my skin break out in goosebumps. “That’s a shame, sweetheart. Usually when I make a girl come, she’s very happy about it.”