Siren in Bloom GoogleBy: Lexi Blake
Deer Run, TX
Leo Meyer stared at her, the one woman who’d ever tempted him beyond measure, the one he couldn’t help but open himself up to. Unfortunately, Shelley McNamara Hughes had already opened herself up to another man—her husband.
She stood in front of Aidan O’Malley’s desk, leaning against it, her lovely body tense. Her glossy black hair hung in a long wave over her shoulders, her brown eyes tired. She was fucking gorgeous, but he couldn’t believe the words that had come out of her mouth. “What did you say?”
Her eyes slid away from his as they often did when he put that hard tone into his voice. It was one of the sure signs of a submissive. He’d taken one look at Trev’s sister two years before and his fucking heart had flipped. And then he’d found out she was married.
“I said you should leave.” The words came out quietly, but there was power behind them. “You should go back to Dallas.”
Leo crossed his arms over his chest and stared down at her. What the hell was she thinking? The last couple of days had been hard. She was worried about her brother, and Leo believed she had every right to be. Trev McNamara had come back to Deer Run after a long absence, and someone wasn’t happy about it. “You think I should leave when someone is obviously after your brother? You’re the one who called me down here. You got me up in the middle of the fucking night because you were sure Trev was slipping.”
She’d called two nights before when her brother hadn’t come back to her place. Trev was a recovering addict and it had been his first time on his own. Leo had hopped in his car and gotten his ass down to Deer Run. He hated to admit it, but his haste had been as much about Shelley as it was about Trev. He’d been willing to leave the search for his wayward patient to the McKay-Taggart employee he’d brought with him. He’d gone to be by Shelley’s side. It looked like she didn’t want him there.
Dark, midnight-black hair shook. “No. Trev is strong. You did an amazing job with him. He won’t slip up. I know that now. I trust him. I was wrong to bring you here. You should go back to Dallas.”
“When all these people are harassing Trev? Sweetheart, I don’t think that’s a good idea.” He softened, everything inside him responding to Shelley’s obvious despair. It was there in the slump of her shoulders, the tightness of her eyes. He’d made a study of this woman. He’d greedily taken her in every time he got near her. When she would visit her brother, he would make excuses to see her, and then he would stare at her like a student studying a work of art.
She sniffled, and he couldn’t handle another second of it. He reached out and pulled her into his arms. God, it felt like the right thing to do.
She was stiff for a moment, but then she melted into him, her arms going around his waist.
It was the first time he’d touched her in this way. He inhaled her scent, the citrus of her shampoo, the clean smell of the soap she used. He sank his hands into her hair.
He was done. He’d seen what her husband was really like. He wasn’t going to let her marriage vows to a man who behaved like Bryce Hughes hold him back. He was crazy about her.
Fucking hell. He loved her. After all these years, a failed marriage, and countless flirtations, he’d finally found the right woman.
“Shelley.” He whispered her name. God, he even fucking loved her name. “Baby, it’s going to be all right.”
Her head tilted up, her eyes bright with tears. What the hell had that monster put her through? Bryce Hughes was a son of a bitch who was about to get the full treatment. He would call in some investigator friends, and by the time Ben and Chase Dawson were done, Leo would know everything about Bryce Hughes. He would know every dirty secret, and he was damn sure there were many. Something about the man was filthy right down to his core.
Her lips trembled. Leo knew he shouldn’t, but his decision was made. Her marriage didn’t matter. Hughes had given up rights to his wife by treating her like shit. He would have Lucas start divorce proceedings immediately, so it wouldn’t matter if he had this one moment with her.
He lowered his lips to hers. A gasp escaped her, a soft, submissive sound that had Leo’s cock tightening. She was everything he could want. And all he had to do was take her.