Patience has always been Caleb Whitetail's strength. Quiet and unassuming is what you see with the GFI investigator, but the blood boils hot right under the surface. He kept his distance for years only to see the woman who has held his attention almost lose her life not just once, but twice. He is done standing in the shadows.
Katie Acker, once a tough and athletic security specialist now struggles daily to walk. The closest to family she has are her colleagues at GFI. Especially the man who saved her life and always has her back. So when she unwittingly becomes the focus of a Mexican cartel, it’s no big surprise she finds him right by her side.
With the combustive change in their deepening bond, Katie and Caleb do not see the oncoming danger - until it surrounds them.
"Morning, better sit yourselves down 'cause Emma's cooked for an orphanage," Gus says as he holds the door open for us.
"Shut your mouth, Gus, or you're not gonna get any," Emma pipes up from the kitchen, "and when I say 'any'... I mean any!"
The faux-shocked expression on Gus' face inadvertently makes me chuckle, "Show me the way to the food, but I'm warning you - if I get any fatter, I'll need a sumo wrestler to wheel me around."
The dead silence should've been an indicator my joke doesn't go over too well.
"I need a word, Katie," is my only warning, before my chair gets pulled around and pushed back outside. Okay then. Next thing I know Caleb is in my face with his eyebrows scrunched up.
"Please don't do that."
"What did I do?" I know, I just don't want to admit it.
"Tell me honestly," he asks, "is who you are so wrapped up in what you look like that you think it is all anyone sees? Cause I'm not buying it."
I shake my head, because it's not. It really isn't, but insecurities pop up and spill out all over the place - unattractive as they may be.
"Aside from the fact that 'fat' is not an adjective that should ever be used in a description of you, it's a load of crap. You want it straight? You have gained weight, rounded out and softened up. You have flesh my fingers want to sink in and my body wants to rest on. But I'd have taken you any way, thin, firm, soft, cause the only place you can find ugly is on the inside."
I nod. Shit, what else am I supposed to do? It's beautiful, what he says, I don't want to take anything away from that.
"Let's go eat."
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About Freya Baker:
Freya Barker has always loved being creative. From an early age on she danced and sang, doodled, created, cooked, baked, quilted and crafted. Her latest creative outlets were influenced by an ever-present love for reading. First through blogging, then cover art and design, and finally writing.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, she packed her two toddlers, and eight suitcases filled with toys to move to Canada. No stranger to new beginnings, she thrives on them.
With the kids grown and out in the world, Freya is at the ‘prime’ of her life. The body might be a bit ramshackle, but the spirit is high and as adventurous as ever. Something you may see reflected here and there in some of her heroines.... none of who will likely be wilting flowers.
Freya craved reading about 'real' people, those who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, hot monkey sex and some thrills and chills in their lives – So she decided to write about them.