If we fall…
I've protected Serena from everything I could in her father's world, but with each horrible act he committed, I knew the time would come when protecting her wouldn't be enough. When that day comes and it's either Robert or me who survives, I will do what I have to so the woman I love and my child are safe.
May heaven help me.
Every day I grow stronger as the child Ryder and I created grows inside me. I'm no fool, though. I know my father will do everything in his power to keep his control over us. But I'm not that scared little girl I used to be anymore, and the time is coming when he will realize that.
We're fighting for even more than love now. This time, we're fighting for family.
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I knocked softly on the door frame, and he looked over at me wearing one of those crocodile grins that still terrified me because I knew what they meant. Someone was going to be in a world of hurt soon, if his past behavior was any indication. Probably me.
"Ryder, please come in. No need to knock. This is your home. You're always welcome here."
Said the spider to the fly.
His smile and the tone of his words didn't match one another—a sure sign of a psychopath—but I braced myself for whatever might come next and stepped into his office. Two men around my size stood at their posts in front of the bookcase and another stood at the back of the room near the windows. None of them appeared to even care that I'd come in, so I relaxed a little and turned my focus to Robert sitting behind his desk.
"Your overeager new guy tells me you want to see me," I said with probably too much cockiness for my own good.
Behind me, I heard the man come into the room and stop at the door to take his position where I used to. I turned to throw him a glance to let him know I still didn't appreciate the way he'd talked to me outside and then looked back at Robert.
"So are we going to do this or not? I figure this time you might not stop at just a beating, but it seems shitty to take a newborn baby's father from him not two days into his life."
No matter how much bravado I stuffed into each word, inside I worried that Robert planned to do just that—take me from Serena and Cayden, and not just by sending me somewhere far away. That crocodile smile he wore even now made me think these might be the last breaths I'd ever take.
But if I was going out of this world, I planned to fight like hell before it happened. I had too much to lose now.
He stood from behind his desk, and I reached for my gun, knowing the four men surrounding me did the same. I didn't care that the odds were against me. If I could get off one good shot, at least Serena and Cayden wouldn't have to live under Robert's rule another day of their lives. My life for that was a trade I could accept.
Robert raised his hands as that smile slid from his face. "There is no need for guns, gentleman. Ryder, you're among family here."
I'd seen what his version of family meant. That's why I carried a gun.
He offered me a seat in front of him in one of those red leather chairs. "Please, sit down. This is a happy day for both of us."
Looking around, I saw the four men had returned to their jobs and weren't paying attention to us anymore. "A happy day? Are we talking about my son's birth or something else?"
"Sit, Ryder. Please."
I slowly lowered myself into the chair closer to the door and tried to look relaxed, but Robert's strangely happy mood confused me. I'd disobeyed him and betrayed him. There was no reason to believe he wouldn't exact his retribution for that.
The only question was when.
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Meet The Author: K.M. Scott
K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.
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