Ryder and Lexi … Protecting his Love … His Love series Book Three
“Shit.” I jumped so high I nearly spilled my now cold coffee.
Ryder walked out of the darkness by the side of my house and I watched as he walked up the steps and sat down next to me. He was so close I could feel his body heat which caused my whole body to fill with longing.
“You scared me,” I told him breathless from the fright and his closeness.
“Why are you crying?”
I sniffed. “I’m not.”
“I call bullshit Lex; I can see the tears on your face.”
“Oh.” I wiped my hand over my cheeks. “I’m just hormonal.” I lied. I wasn’t sure why I didn’t want to tell him, I guess I felt like a failure and I didn’t want him to think I was too.
“Don’t lie to me. You’re not very good at it. Tell me what’s upset you.” He demanded.
I sighed. “Julian just called to tell me he’s keeping Katie again instead of bringing her back tonight.”
“Keeping her? He acts like she’s a pet or a possession. Did you tell him he couldn’t?”
I bristled. Did I seem like a doormat to him? “Of course I did but he just hung up on me.”
“Do you want me to go with you to get her?” He asked in a gentler voice.
Did I? Hell yes, but it would make the situation worse. “It’s too late now; she’ll be getting ready for bed soon. I don’t want to disrupt her and I don’t think I’m feeling strong enough to take on Julian and Tammy right now.”
“I would go with you Lex and I wouldn’t let either of them hurt you.” I heard the truth in his words and it sent my insides soft. It’s tempting, so tempting to let him fight my battles but it wasn’t a good idea. Julian would find a way to cause me more trouble and god forbid that he think Ryder and I were more than friends, he would try and do anything to break us up; Julian didn’t like to think of me with other men even if he was the one who discarded me.
“Thank you. It means a lot that you’d do that but it’s fine. He’ll bring her home tomorrow like he said.” I hoped.
Ryder didn’t look any more convinced than I was. “If you’re sure?”
“I am, honestly.”
He stared at me and my face grew hot, I wondered if he could see my red cheeks. “If you change your mind you only have to knock on my door.”
“I’ll do that. Thanks.”
He nodded.” What time is she supposed to be coming home tomorrow?”
“Five I’d guess.”
“If she isn’t here by half past come get me and we’ll go get her ourselves.”
Wow. “Ok, I will thank you.”
“You don’t need to thank me, babe. Katie’s a good kid.”
“Yeah, she is.”
“That’s because she has a great mother.”
His compliment had me beaming and he smiled at me before bumping my shoulder with his. “Sweetheart, anytime I’m home and you need anything you just have to knock, you know that right?”
I smiled again touched by his kindness.
“Even when you’ve been crying you’re still fucking beautiful.” He brushed his thumb over my cheek catching a stray tear and grinned at me. My mouth dropped open in shock and he used his thumb to nudge it closed, his eyes shined with amusement. He got up and walked back the way he came and I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
My sexy neighbour just called me beautiful, whether he meant it or he said it to cheer me up I didn’t care and the big smile on my face proved it.