The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.
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“I’m trying to get on a plane out of Boston to get back to Denver but there’s fog and nothing is getting off the fucking ground.” He growled something I
couldn’t make out and told me, “I need you to take care of my girl for me. Asa got arrested last night and I know she’s about to lose it.”
“What!” I was so shocked the car swerved a little and Salem shouted my name. I apologized to her and pulled over onto the shoulder so I could focus on what
Jet was telling me.
“I don’t know for sure. Ayden didn’t even find out from him. Royal called her.” He sighed and I could just picture him pacing and shoving his hands through
is messy, black hair.
“She’s the one that took him in.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“I wish I was. All I know is my wife is there and I’m here and it’s a bunch of bullshit. I need you to make sure she’s okay.”
“Of course. We’ll be back in the city in just a few. She’ll be my first stop.”
“Of course. For what it’s worth I think Asa is a good dude. I really think he’s turned it around.”
Jet swore again. “I thought so too, but I’m not surprised by anything that guy does anymore. I gotta go. I gotta figure out a way home. Thanks man.”
I hung up and just stared at my phone for a second. I looked at Salem and shook my head.
“Royal arrested Asa last night.”
She bit her lip. “For what?”
“Jet didn’t know. He’s worried Ayden is freaking out over it.”
She nodded. “I bet. Hold on a sec. I’m gonna text Saint. She and Royal are attached at the hip. She probably has the insider info.”
I lifted an eyebrow at her. “You don’t think Ayden would have tried that already.”
She shrugged. “Maybe.”
I pulled back into traffic after sending Ayden a text saying I was headed her way. It was a solid ten minutes before Salem’s phone pinged and then pinged
“Assault. Some kids came into the police station and lodged a complaint against him. She says one was pretty busted up and claimed that he went back to the
bar to apologize for some ruckus he and his buddies caused and Asa jumped him in the parking lot.” She frowned and looked up at me. “Aren’t there cameras
at the Bar?”
“Not outside. Shit. I bet I know exactly who those kids are.”
“Yeah. There was this group of punks in the bar the other day while I was there and they were giving Asa a really hard time. He let it go but kicked them
out and the one kid told him he would regret it. It wouldn’t be hard to find out Asa has a record and claiming something like assault means the cops would
have to pick him up.” I tightened my hands on the steering wheel.
“Son of a bitch.”