My eyes flutter open and I quickly close them again, trying to stop the assault of the bright sunlight from stinging them.
“Hey.” A slow, lazy smile curves onto my lips at the sound of his voice, and I open my right eye just a little to get a closer look at his perfect face. He definitely doesn’t disappoint. I don’t think a day could ever pass by, where I could ever tire of his perfect features. Both eyes open and firmly lock onto his piercing blues, and his cocky, sure as hell grin falls into place. “I’ve missed you, angel.”
“Yeah?” I ask, while stretching a little. “How about you come and show me just how much?”
“I’d fucking love to.” He whispers and I feel the bed dip slightly, as he leans his hard, solid, perfect frame over me. Tilting my head slightly, so his lips can rest on mine, I snake my fingers into his hair and pull him down against me, desperate to close the aching gap between us, but he pulls back.
“What’s wrong?” I ask, desperation heavy in my voice.
“Jessica Townsend, you’ll be the fucking death of me.” I reach up to kiss him again, and this time he doesn’t hold back, instead he holds me tight and pulls me into his arms, right where I belong.
“You know that I’d love nothing more than to stay here with you like this, with nothing coming between us all day.” Max whispers against my neck before slowly drawing back to look at me once again.
“Now that sounds like a plan to me.” I can’t help but smile a big goofy smile at my loveable rogue. I flutter my eyelashes a little, and press my hips against him, hoping that he’ll take the hint and give my body exactly what it craves. Him.
Instead, Max places a tender kiss on my forehead and his eyes fall back on to mine as he looks down on me, eyebrows raised and his piercing blue eyes sparkle with mischief and welcome promises. Somehow, I know that the mischief and promises aren’t going to be carried out just yet.
“Jen’s here to see you.” Max sighs before continuing. “She said that if I don’t bring you downstairs, then she’ll take a blunt knife and cut off my balls, and you know how much I love my balls, angel.” I can’t help but laugh at the worried expression he now has plastered on his face. How did I get so bloody lucky to have him in my life?
“This isn’t over, Mr Wild. Remember, you owe me big time for this.” I warn. “Plus, has no one ever told you that you don’t keep a lady waiting?” I point my finger directly at him and press it into his chest for added effect. I swear Jen is going to pay for this. No doubt, she’s already had her morning fumble and then some. Cow.
I let out a loud, defeated sigh and kick back the covers, deliberately displaying my naked body to Max. His face is absolutely priceless. With his eyes wide and his mouth open, I can tell that he’s suddenly regretting his decision. I swat his hand away when he reaches out to touch me. “I wouldn’t want to come between you and your manliness now, would I?”
“Jess.” Max pleads while gripping me tightly around the waist, and pulling my body up flush against his. “Fuck, woman. Give me a minute and I’ll go down and get rid of her.”
“No.” I smile and turn around to face him. “There’s not much point now anyway, the moments passed. Plus, I’m sure watching you suffer will be more than enough payback. At least for now.”
“Come on, you’ve got to be shittin’ me.”
“Oh yes.” I think to myself. I’ve definitely hit a nerve here as he looks utterly wounded, like a kid that lost it’s favourite toy. Maybe next time he’ll think twice about blowing me off just to protect his balls. Surely he should know by now, that the only person he needs to protect his balls from is yours truly. I smile once again at this beautiful man who is coming undone before my very own eyes, and I can’t help the smug feeling of satisfaction that washes over me. Oh boy, the fun I’m going to have making him suffer.
I pull on my robe, the luxurious silk robe that Max gave to me and wrap it tightly around my body, wanting nothing more than for Max to storm over to me and rip it from my body. Realising that isn’t going to happen, I take one last glance at him, watching him stood frozen on the spot, practically foaming at the mouth. Oh Max. What am I going to do with you?
“This isn’t over, Max.” I promise and pull on the door handle a little too hard in my sexually frustrated state, almost knocking myself out in the process. I’m sure Max just snorted at my almost too unfortunate error, but I decide to hold my head high and seductively walk away from him, making my way to the bathroom so I can at least look presentable for my dear friend.
“This had better be good, Davies.” I warn my best friend as soon as I spot her seated on my sofa, looking extremely comfortable and right at home with her legs tucked underneath her.
“Hey to you, too.” She smiles sweetly and I know that she’s fully aware of what she has just interrupted. “I thought that maybe we could do something today, just you and me? A little bit of quality time. What do you say?”
“Couldn’t you have called or something to ask me that?” I huff and drag myself towards her.
“Sorry, doll. I just wanted to see you. Anyway, you can always play with lover boy later.” Her words have me wishing I was busy playing with him now. I swear if it was anyone else but Jen, I’d be taking my frustration out on them.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m sure you’re really sorry. You’re flushed complexion tells a different kind of story. Bloody take your backside into the kitchen and stick the kettle on or something, I need caffeine.”
“Did I ever tell you how much I love you, princess?” Jen grins at me, before jumping up from the sofa and wrapping me into a tight, warm embrace.
“Don’t push it, Davies.” I warn, but still smile over her shoulder. It’s bloody hard to stay mad at her for too long.
Not long after Jen has waltzed off into the kitchen, I spot Max’s sexy, lean, muscular frame snaking towards me; now fully clothed and fresh from a shower. He looks and smells devine. How I wish I could have been in that shower with him. Fucking Jen and her bloody spontaneous plans. I feel him next to me and he leans down and presses a soft, delicate kiss against my cheek. I mentally struggle to stay mad at him, and a small smile dances across my lips at his touch.
“I’ve got a few errands to run angel, but I promise I’ll make it up to you later.”
“You can bet you’re arse you will.” I promise and my stomach flutters in anticipation of the delightful things that he’ll be doing to me later and I’m rewarded with his wicked grin.
“You look so fucking beautiful, Jess. I wish I didn’t have to go.”
“Then don’t. I can always get rid of Jen, she’ll understand… Eventually.” I try to plead with him, but I can already tell that he isn’t about to back down anytime soon.
“I would if I could angel, but I’ve got some issues that need clearing up.” His face is serious for a moment, but as if remembering that I’m still watching him, he leans down and places a kiss on my forehead. Something’s bothering him, but I’m not sure what. Soon though, I’ll get to the bottom of it. I always do.
“How long will you be gone for?” I ask, missing him already and realising that I won’t win this round.
“A few hours, tops. Don’t look at me like that with those eyes. A few hours will fly by with the Tasmanian devil in there.” He nods in the direction of the kitchen, just incase I didn’t understand his meaning. All I can do is pout. “Hey, I was wondering if you wanted to stop by and see your mum tomorrow? Or, if you want we could go later?”
I’m hesitant for a moment before I reply, “I’m not sure Max.” My chest feels heavy at the mere mention of my mum and it kills me. I’d love nothing more than to go and see her, even if it was just to make sure that she’s okay and to see if she’s feeling better; but how am I supposed to do that when she won’t take my calls and constantly refuses visitors? My only comfort right now, is knowing that she’s in the best possible place, receiving the best possible care that she could ever need and it’s all thanks to this devilishly handsome man stood beside me.
Initially I’d refused any kind of offer to help out from him, because the way that I see it, she’s my mum to look after and I should be able to that on my own. I remember clearly in my mind the way he looked at me, held me close and said, “Angel, please. Please allow me to do this one thing for you. I don’t have a mother to look after, Jess. I guess I was never really given a chance, so please let me do this one thing for you.”
As much as my stubbornness and pride screamed out for me to say no, and as much as I actually wanted to say no, I just couldn’t do it. I found that I couldn’t form the words. The pure, raw sadness that swam in his eyes had me aching for him, aching for his past and the hurt that seems to still haunt him to this day.
“Okay.” I whispered, unable to say more, but for Max it seemed to be enough as he scooped me up in a tight embrace and smothered me with kisses. I just hope that one day I’ll be able to tell him just how grateful I am, for everything.
“Well, I’ll see you later then, angel.” Max whispers, bringing me back to the here and now. “Jen, make sure you look after my lady. She’s precious cargo, this one.”
~ Forever Down Under will be released on April 28th
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