I’ve been working on Unlikely Love tonight and I thought I’d post a little excerpt…
Hope you enjoy.
Chapter One Scarlett
It’s my first Friday night off in months and I’d planned on catching up on TV shows and eating my way through a tub of ice cream. Instead, I’m traipsing around town looking for my unbelievably annoying trouble-magnet of a younger sister Ruby. If I wasn’t so worried about her, I’d want to wring her scrawny neck. Ever since our parents died in a car accident ten years ago, I’ve been looking after her, trying to be a sister and a parent. We’d moved in with our Gran and were lucky to have a great relationship with her but Ruby was non-stop trouble. I’m not sure if she looks for it or if she’s just unlucky and it finds her, but it’s a constant struggle to help her stay out of it. Tonight is the worse yet though. I’d come home to find a message on my answer machine, the man’s voice, deep, rough and the creepiest I’ve ever heard and definitely one I’d pay good money never to hear again. The message he left was a clear one, either Ruby dropped off the money she owed him at the usual place or things will get broken. It didn’t take a genius to work out he means her bones. I’d picked up my phone to call the police, but I hadn’t even dialled the first digit before I’d placed it back in the cradle. What if she’s got herself mixed up in something dangerous? She could go to prison and no matter how much grief she’s caused I didn’t want that. So instead I’d grabbed my keys and headed straight back out the door to search for her before whoever wanted to hurt her found her first. I had to find her quick, and that’s how I found myself standing outside Harrison’s, a bar I’ve never been to before but one I’d heard Ruby mention a few times, it’s also my last place to check. No one has seen her and her friends are no help so I really hope she’s here.
Pushing open the heavy door I walked inside, the place is pretty crowded; if Ruby is here, I don’t think I would see her. I wish I’d asked Sarah to come with me. We’ve been best friends for so long I can’t remember a time we weren’t and she would have been here for support if I’d asked her. I hadn’t though because every time I bailed my sister out Sarah lectured me about letting Ruby sort her own messes out and the conversation always ended the same with her being frustrated that I won’t cut my sister from my life like she thinks I should. She’s only looking out for me and I love her for it but sometimes I need support from her, not a lecture. Ruby is my family, the only family I have since Gran died and I won’t give up on her.
I shook off my thoughts and looked towards the bar. My feet froze for a second at the sight. The guy behind the bar wore a frown, but it didn’t stop me from thinking he was possibly the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen. Not in a girly sense, this man is pure male; I could feel the testosterone coming off him in waves from where I stood. There was something almost mythical about him; his dark hair curled above the collar of his polo shirt begging to have my hands run through it and his eyes, wow, they’re so amazing I could lose myself in them.
For a second the reason I’m here slipped my mind, and it’s a struggle to tear my gaze from his perfection. His lips looked so kissable I wondered how they’d feel pressed against mine, would he kiss me sweetly or would he ravage my lips taking them like he owned them? He absolutely took my breath away. How could a man who I’ve never seen before make me want him like this? I hurried to the bar hoping he hadn’t noticed my pause or the blush currently heating my cheeks. His eyes assessed me and his voice when he spoke was husky and oh so sexy it caused my whole body to shiver in longing.
Copyright M.J. Perry