September 17, 2015

The Last Shot- Unedited Teaser

How about a teaser from The Last Shot? Be kind. It hasn't been edited yet...

My hearing has always been remarkable and I wish that weren’t true when I hear the dipshit on the other end of her cell phone tell the girl who owns my heart that he loves her. The only thing that stops me from losing my mind is that she doesn’t say it back. Unfortunately, I don’t know if she refrains because of me or because she doesn’t love him back. She’d never say it if she didn’t mean. Fuck, she could barely say it to me when she loved me—and I know she loved me. If she felt one ounce of what I felt for her all those years, she loved me, even if she didn’t believe in love. I made it my mission to prove to her it not only existed but she was worthy of it.

She dips her eyes as she tucks her phone back into her purse. Her cheeks blush to accompany her obvious embarrassment. I try to read her face. Does she? Doesn’t she? It’s enough to drive me mad.

“What’s his name?”

Looking sheepish, she folds and unfolds her paper napkin. “Charlie.”

“And what does Charlie do?”

“He’s a doctor.”
“Of course he is.”

Frowning, she leans back in her seat and folds her arms over her chest. “What does that mean?”


“Just say what you want to say, Ethan,” she says with a frustrated sigh.

“Fine. Let’s see if I’m off the mark here. He’s a nice guy with a great job that more than pays the bills. He comes from a great family. They have a summer home and you and this ass clown go and spend time there in the summers. Sound about right?”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Don’t I?” I chuckle, but there’s no humor to it. “Before you were mine, you dated these guys that were so fucking boring. They were the kind of guys that looked fantastic on paper but there was never anything to them. They didn’t get you hot.”

She clucks her tongue at me.

“No chemistry. No intensity. Nothing. Just a nice guy who was safe. And you’ve always loved safe which is why you never gave me a chance until just after I got my first contract. Then I was safe because I was leaving.”

“Sometimes I really hate you,” she says.

“Because I’m right.”

“Because you’re a smug asshole. Charlie is a great guy and we have great chemistry.”

“Well, that’s great. I’m happy you’re happy. Make sure you invite me to the wedding.”

She picks up her fork. “I could stab you right now.”

“Then you’ll have two Michaels to look after in hospital. I like my water lukewarm.”

“Luke warm? What are you talking about?”

“For my sponge bath.”

“Ugh. You and your brother are two peas in a pod.”

“Did he ask you for a sponge bath?”

She frowns at me.

“That little shit. Wait until he wakes up.”

“Stop. He was just teasing me, like you always do.”

“I’m not teasing, Annie.”

I watch her swallow as she stares at me. Yeah. I mean it, baby. And now I’m not just thinking about her rubbing me down, I’m thinking about a whole lot more. 

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