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A second chance is only the beginning…
Stella fled home at seventeen with a broken heart, an unplanned pregnancy, and a vow never to look back. Twenty years later, she has a career she enjoys and a solid relationship with the child she placed for open adoption. When that child goes in search of her birth father and calls for assistance, Stella is forced to return to her hometown and face the men who broke her heart, one of whom fathered her child.
Gavin and Holden raised a lot of hell as teenagers. They broke the law, broke their mother’s hearts, and almost broke each other before they finally got their act together. Through all the ups and downs, they stuck by each other and managed to build a happy life together. The one thing they couldn’t do was forget the woman they’d loved and lost.
Forced to face the past and each other after so many years is no small feat. The trio does their best to make amends and put the past behind them while forging new bonds. Old feelings are rekindled and new emotions emerge from the ashes of their youthful indiscretions. Something remarkable could be on the horizon if they’re strong enough to navigate the pitfalls of a triad relationship and stand strong against the outside forces conspiring to bring them to their knees.
Gavin set his helmet on the seat of his bike. “Listen, I know I said I wanted to talk to you and clear the air between us—that much is true—but I feel like I need to admit to an ulterior motive for this evening.”
Uh oh. That didn’t sound good. “Like what?”
“Honestly, a big part of the reason I’m here is because I couldn’t stop thinking about you.”
“Oh. Well…” She hadn’t been able to stop thinking about them either, although she doubted it was for the same reason. She switched the brunt of her weight from one foot to the other, fidgeting. “I’m not really sure what to say to that.”
“I’m sorry if I’m making you uncomfortable.”
“You aren’t making me—” Gavin quirked a brow and she amended her words. “All right, maybe you are. Just a little.”
Gavin chuckled. “I’m not trying to embarrass you. I promise. I do want to be completely honest with you though because I can’t handle any more secrets.”
“I can respect that.” She’d had her fill of secrets as well. “If we’re going to try to be friends, then we should be honest with each other. Otherwise, what’s the point, right?”
“Exactly.” Gavin nodded. “So in the interest of complete and total honesty, you should know that my feelings for you aren’t all platonic.”
“Oh.” Wow. “Okay.” She didn’t see that coming. “What about—”
“Holden?” Gavin interjected.
“Yeah, I mean does he know?”
“Of course he does. Holden and I don’t have any secrets.”
“And he’s supportive?” Stella wasn’t sure where Gavin was going with this. Was he saying he was physically attracted to her or sensing some kind of lingering emotional connection from years ago or what?
“Sure. I mean, people can’t help how they feel.” Gavin leaned against the car beside her.
Oh. Now she got it. “Right and just because you feel a certain way doesn’t mean you have to act on it.”
Gavin brow furrowed. “That’s true.”
Stella felt like she was missing a piece of whatever puzzle they were trying to put together.
“We aren’t animals controlled by our baser instincts. We don’t have to do anything.” Gavin inched closer. “Unless we want to.”
“That could get…” Stella inhaled and pulled in the scent of raw masculinity and sporty cologne. “…complicated.”
“Might be worth it.” Gavin brushed a strand of Stella’s hair away from her face.
Stella shivered at the suggestion more than the whisper soft touch. “Maybe if we were all on the same page.”
“You’re right,” Gavin said, leaning closer. “But one little sample wouldn’t hurt.”
Then his mouth was pressed against hers and anything she might have said was being swallowed by a tidal wave of want strong enough to muddle her thoughts and steal her breath. Gavin’s lips were soft and yet firm as they moved against her own, guiding her through the kiss with gentle persuasion. Without thought of the consequences, she parted her lips and invited him inside. He licked over her bottom lip, dipped shallowly inside, and then retreated. Stella chased after him, wanting a better taste, a stronger connection. Their tongues danced back and forth, circling around each other, and exploring and relearning territory that used to be well known.
Stella’s pulse raced and her body heated and softened in all the right places. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d be so turned on from so little stimulation. Nothing she recalled about kissing Gavin when they were teenagers had prepared her for reality of locking lips with the mature, experienced man pressing against her.
A hollow ache built between her thighs and tempted her to straddle one of Gavin’s hard thighs and rub herself against him. Before she dared surrender to her desires, Gavin eased back and pressed a chaste kiss to the side of her mouth.
Stella lifted her eyelids and blinked up at Gavin. She took a deep breath and blew it out. “Wow.”
“Yeah.” Gavin’s gaze lowered to her mouth and chin. He scratched his goatee. “It looks like you have a little beard burn. I’m sorry about that. I guess I got a little carried away there.”
Stella touched her chin and found her skin a little tender. “Don’t worry about it. That was kiss was worth a little collateral damage.”
“Oh really?” Gavin said with a little self-satisfied smirk.
“Sure.” Stella nodded and decided to tease Gavin a little. “That kiss wasn’t bad. Not bad at all.”
“Not bad? That’s the best you can come up with to describe what might be my finest kiss to date?”
“How about pretty good? Does that work better for you?”
Gavin clutched his chest. “Ouch.”
“Too brutal?” Stella tried to keep a serious expression on her face, but she couldn’t maintain the act for long and gave up, letting a smile shine through. “Good thing I’m just teasing you.”
“I knew that.”
“I did,” Gavin insisted. “You’re not a very good liar.”
“I guess your ego is safe then.” Stella tilted her chin up and met Gavin’s gaze with her own. “So what happen now?
Amanda Young lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two pampered pooches. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found chasing after a mischievous toddler or daydreaming about the characters in her next book. She loves to hear from her readers, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Her website, www.amandayoung.org, is where you can find up-to-date information on all of Amanda’s current and upcoming releases.
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