Brady Marshall has made a career of playing it safe. When he decides to do something rash and becomes a Navy SEAL, he thinks he's finally escaped the rigid structure of the high society life his parents forced down his throat. All he does is trade in one set of rules for another. He follows military protocol to a T, but it still results in the death of an entire team of Navy SEALS and puts his best friends directly in harm's way. He’s struggled to stay afloat and not drown in grief, guilt, and booze, but he's losing that battle quickly. When his baby sister flees her abusive husband and shows up on his doorstep with his young niece in tow, he has no choice but to clean up his act. He will stop at nothing to protect them and never let them down again, even if it means taking a job that goes against everything he believes in. If protecting a pop star princess who thinks she's better than everyone means he can keep a roof over their head, what other choice does he have?
Layla Carlysle has lived a
life of luxury. She's been a star since the young age of fifteen, and
every record she releases shoots straight to the top of the charts. She
has people surrounding her every single day telling her how amazing she
is, how beautiful she is, and how lucky she is, but she’s never felt
more alone in her entire life. She wants nothing more than to break
free and do what she really wants to do: write her own music, sing her
own songs, and find a way to finally be happy with her life. The only
thing standing in her way is her mother, Eve Carlysle. Eve has
controlled every single aspect of her daughter’s life and will stop at
nothing to achieve fame and fortune, even if that means using her
daughter to get there. When an overly-amorous fan’s letters become
increasingly more sinister, Brady will have to suck up his opinion of
how the other half lives to take the job seriously. The pair will need
to learn to trust each other and put aside their differences before the
letters become a reality and someone’s life is in jeopardy.
has been to hell and back, and he refuses to let anyone else get close
to him again. Layla has never lived her life for herself, and the
emptiness is threatening to break her for good.
Sometimes our lives are already planned for us, but because of you, all of that could change in an instant.
Feeling in the mood to play with her a little to gauge just how many buttons of hers I can push without even trying, I lean my head down until my mouth is close to her ear, breathing in the soft, floral scent, from what I assume is expensive-ass perfume probably harvested from diamonds and shit.
“I’m sure you can help me with a lot of things, Miss Carlysle. But for right now, you can get me a list of everyone you know who doesn’t like you.”
I move back away from her a few inches and watch as the breath she’d been holding slowly leaves her lungs.
Well isn’t that cute. Little princess is affected by my close proximity. Good to know.
I look down at her and smirk, totally enjoying the movement at the corners of her mouth as her full lips began to form a small, friendly smile, and she lets down her guard just a little bit.
Perfect. A little bit is all I need to make her realize she isn’t running this show anymore.
“I’m sure that list is pretty fucking long, so you might want to get busy,” I finish with a wink.
T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read romantic suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans. T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a fulltime writer.
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