Peter Slade never thought he’d be coming home. But after his family is put in danger because of his past misdeeds, he has to reconcile with the son he abandoned years ago .
But his son has been in good hands. Liv Morgan has never been the nurturing type, but when hard times forced her to move in with her best friend and her orphaned nephew, she found herself being the adoptive mother to a troublemaker with a heart of gold.
Liv has no idea what trouble really is. When Slade rolls back in town and is ready to reconcile with his son, Liv finds herself walking the thin line between the estranged father and son. And as she’s more and more drawn to Slade, she realizes that if things go wrong, it will be more than just her heartbreaking.
But Slade came back for a reason. His family is in danger. Liv might think that keeping him away will protect her heart, but he wants her body safe too and to do that, he’s going to have to stay close. Liv is about to learn that revenge has never been this sexy…
“I prefer to be called Ms. Marton to random guys I don’t know,” she said—oddly prim considering the circumstances. “Okay, Ms. Marton, can you please tell me where my son is?” She kept on rubbing her hand up and down her arm. He remembered reading that she’d been injured when she stopped the van. He assumed that if the arm had been broken, it would be in a cast, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t still hurt. Damn, he wished he’d known that before he’d restrained her. He still would’ve hurt her, but he could’ve been more gentle about it. “One,” she said in a voice that told him he wasn’t about to get what he wanted, “you haven’t seen Josh in years and you have no right to walk in here, demanding to see him. Two, if we are going to tell him you’re alive, and I’m not saying that at all, we have to be careful about the way we do it. Three, we’re not doing a damn thing until we talk to Melissa, and I’m not interrupting her date to announce her long-lost pain-in-the-ass brother who apparently faked his death and saddled her with a baby, who we admittedly love but that’s not the point, is back in town.” He looked past all the insults in that and zeroed in on the most important part. “Wait, Melissa is on a date?” “She’s an adult, beautiful woman. She’s allowed to date.”“I don’t give a f*** about her dating. If you’re here alone and she’s on a date, then where is my son?” “Hold your judgment there, absentee dad. Josh is fine. He’s sleeping over at a friend’s house.” He had tried to be nice and patient with her, but his frustration bubbled over. “Someone just tried to kidnap him and you’re letting him sleep over at a friend’s?” He screamed the words as he closed the distance between them. Liv squared her shoulders and held her ground as she stared him down. “Hey, I used my very solid judgment, and the parents of this friend are well aware of the situation. Considering how all the other parents started to treat him like a pariah, something a lot of parents already did because he has two mommies, I thought it was important for people to see him as a normal kid and not someone in witness protection. Besides, it’s just a few houses down so if anything happens, he can get home easy.” Slade turned away and started for the door. She must’ve realized her mistake immediately. “Wait! You big lug, I wasn’t telling you where they were!” He didn’t stop even as he heard her following him. She was allowed to follow him if she wanted. He was going to do whatever he needed to in order to make sure Josh was safe, and there was nothing Olivia Marton could do to stop him, no matter how ingrained the feel and image of her hot body was in his mind.
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Mallory Crowe is the award-winning author of the Fractured Farrell series, the Bad Boys of the Underworld series and many other novels. She grew up surrounded by rescue dogs and escaping into romance books whenever possible. After trying to do the “adult” thing by getting an accounting degree and CPA license, she decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back.An avid traveler, reader, and Netflix addict, Mallory currently lives in Michigan, with her neurotic but laid back dog.