Handcuffs and Roses
Book Two Trouble in Paradise
Max Mahaffey is Hollywood’s number one bachelor. He’s also the owner of the most lucrative modeling agency in the world. When a client invites him to an unusual commitment ceremony, he’s obligated to attend. Obligation turns to expectation after Max meets a Georgia beauty destined for a career in the fashion industry and maybe even Max’s bed.
Sebastian Stillwell didn’t plan on spending the night with Jade Jenkins. He was only doing his buddies a favor. They needed a best man and he was their guy, even if it meant briefly reconnecting with the only woman he has ever loved.
A wedding to remember, a twist of fate and tempting fantasies bring Jade, Sebastian, and Max together for an unforgettable night, but the evening doesn’t end with a kiss goodbye and an oath to keep in touch.
“Tell me something, Stillwell. Why would you let a woman like Jade get away?”
“As of right now, I like you, Mr. Hollywood. Keep jabbing me with insults, and I might change my mind.”
Max casually leaned against the tube-style railing surrounding the patio. “I’m not trying to offend you. I’m curious and nothing more. Why’d you let her go? Was it because of the BDSM scene and fetish clubs? Did you need to sow a few wild oats? What?”
“Are you writing a novel?”
“No, why? Would the love story be worth documenting?”
Sebastian laughed. “At one time it would’ve been.”
“Then what happened?” So much for Sebastian picking Max’s brain about his intentions.
“I can’t explain it. I was young for one.”
“You cheated on her for two, and I can’t imagine why. Even a nineteen year old boy recognizes when he has a beautiful woman in his bed.”
Sebastian felt a sense of pride then. He took a drink of his martini and savored the green apple taste. “You make a mean drink.”
“And an even meaner rival when I want a woman.”
“You don’t waste any time. Do you?”
“Let’s just say I knew what I was in for when I traveled to Georgia for the Agnew-Shanks ceremony.”
“I’m not surprised. Annabelle has been trying to keep us apart for the last few years.”
“She values your friendship.”
“She does, huh?” Sebastian shook his head. “She might like me well enough to have me over for dinner, but Jade is like her sister. She would fight mountain lions for her.”
“I’d like to watch that,” Max said, laughing. “Annabelle and I have worked together for over eight years, and I’ve never seen her claws come out even once.”
“She has quiet rage. Believe me. I’ve been on the receiving end of dagger-filled eyes.”
The waves lapped at the shore and they stood there nursing their drinks for a moment before Sebastian mustered up the courage and asked, “So you came here for her?”
“In a word…yes. I came here for her.”
“That’s what I was afraid of,” Sebastian muttered.
“What I didn’t count on was the desire to leave with both of you.”
Destiny Blaine and her pseudonyms are bestselling international e-book and trade paperback authors. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and four pampered pets. Her son is serving in the United States Navy and her daughter is in college.