You are viewing this site in an old browser or Internet Explorer compatiblity mode.
You can continue to use our site but it may not work properly or display correctly.
add to basket
Successfully added to your bag

Trick and Treat

Written by Cara Lockwood

Chapter Seventeen

Hunter banged on Tamara’s front door in a small, rundown house in her not-so-great neighborhood. Not that Hunter was too concerned. He worked private security, so he could handle himself. Not to mention the two tours in Iraq, flying missions off Navy carriers, which that meant little scared him. After a second the door flew open and Vin stood on the other side, bleary-eyed and drunk. His arm was covered from shoulder to wrist in a gothic-looking tattoo, and he’d lost weight since the last time Hunter had seen him—at work at MacKay Security, right before Hunter had the great satisfaction of firing the man for showing up at work drunk.

“What are you doing shere?” he slurred. Drunk again, Hunter saw. Some things never changed.

“Tamara called me.”

“She ain’t your bitch anymore,” he growled, his fists balled at his sides. Right, not since she cheated on me with you. Not that Hunter cared at this point. Tamara was a tornado of trouble he’d rather not deal with anymore. And Vin…well, he’d been a problem since their days in the Navy. If she wanted Vin, she could have him. The man had a temper and a drinking problem, a combination he’d warned Tamara about, not that she listened.

“Tamara? You okay?” he called. He heard the bathroom lock click open, and then Tamara came out, mascara slightly smudged beneath her left eye, and her cheek looking swollen and red. She wore a low-cut halter one-piece, which was torn on the side.

“Did you hit her?” Hunter demanded of Vin.

“Sure did, the coward, thinking beating up on women will…” Tamara began, and then Vin flew into a rage, lunging for Tamara.

Hunter pivoted, grabbed Vin by the throat, and in a quick move, had him pinned against the wall. Vin never could focus when he’d been drinking.

“You won’t ever hit her or any other woman again. Do you understand me?” Hunter’s tone left no room for argument. Vin clutched at his throat, but the look in his eyes told Hunter he understood. “Now, you’re going to leave this house and never come back. Understand?”

He let Vin go, and the man dropped to the floor, clutching his throat and wheezing. “Bitch was never worth the trouble,” Vin muttered, and he picked himself up off the ground and stumbled out the front door. Hunter locked it after him.

Tamara rushed to Hunter. “Thank you,” she gushed, throwing her arms around him. “I knew you’d save me.” He stood stock-still. She pulled his lifeless arms around her, pushing them down to the slope of her firm ass. Then her hands went to the fabric at her neckline. “Let me repay you in just the way I know you’d like.”

Like this? Why not share it

About the author

Cara Lockwood is the USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, inclu...

Read more
Cara Lockwood

Discover more free stories

View all

Her Secret Valentine

Written by Nicola Marsh

Some people might say getting married on Valentine’s Day is the height of romance, but for divorce lawyer and romance cynic Kiara Hastings it’s the height of cliché. But as her sister’s maid of honour she must suffer through the cake tastings and tulle. Until an encounter with a sexy gardener leads to a red-hot fling that promises to make the wedding preparations more pleasurable. Kiara is stunned when the man who made her scream with pleasure is introduced to her later as Ashton Cromwell, the groom’s brother and the best man!

Ashton agrees to keep their sexy secret and wants to continue enjoying their mind-blowing chemistry behind closed bedroom doors. Since his divorce, Ashton has earned himself a playboy reputation, and when it seems like having Kiara on his arm could be good for business, he proposes a fake relationship until the wedding is over.

But as Valentine’s Day approaches, these two romance cynics find they’re not immune to all the love in the air, and that their pretence is starting to feel all too real…

Santa's Plus-One Surprise

Written by Melissa Senate

When her cousin falls in love at first sight with Felicity Walsh’s boyfriend, she can hardly believe it. And when a wedding invite arrives six weeks later, she knows she can’t show up without a plus-one. Lucky for her, Drake Russo needs a stand-in girlfriend—to convince his ex’s parents that he’ll be a good father to his newly discovered baby son. But when their arrangement goes from a few hours to a few days, will Felicity be left out in the cold this Christmas?