Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?
Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best… make young Chas a man.
Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.
This book was so good! I loved seeing Chas grow through the book. He went from his brat personality, though his reasons behind acting out were justified once we got to know him, to a suave businessman. Tate was such an Alpha top. He was so dang sexy. I kind of wanted to get to know him a little bit more, especially with the whole storage unit thing. But he was fleshed out enough for me to get a good feel for him.
Jarrett was a bit of a shock. I so didn’t see him coming. But now I want more from him. I hope he gets a story because I want to see him happy. Gran was such a fun character. She cracked me up most of the time she was on page.
Ms. Logan writes wonderful stories and I was pulled into this one and couldn’t put it down until it was over. I liked how we got scenes from the bad guys’ point of view, but in a way that doesn’t give away who and leaves you guessing until the reveal and you’re all “OH MY GOSH NO WAY!” I love how she brings in characters from her previous stories. If you haven’t read their book it’s ok. But if you have, you get to see characters you enjoy and see them again, if only briefly. I can’t wait to keep reading this series.
Today Tate teaches Chas how to make fried chicken! We get the benefit of learning how to do it his way as well. I love fried chicken so I may just try out Tate’s recipe. Read and enjoy!
First I take a huge frying pan and fill it with vegetable oil about a half inch deep. Then, turn it on med-high and wait for it to heat. Secondly, cut up free-range organic chicken in serving-sized pieces. I cut breasts in half. I brine the chicken in warm water and kosher salt for about three hours at room temperature. This makes seriously juicy chicken. I crush up cracker crumbs (Ritz or Club) to dust… no chunky bits. They have to be well crushed. I beat about 8 eggs and then dunk my dried off chicken pieces in egg, then roll them in cracker crumbs, then drop them in the fryer. I fry on med-high until brown and then reduce to medium until cooked all the way through. I use garlic salt and cracked black pepper to taste while fresh out of the oil.
Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.
“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.
Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?
Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with. He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.
Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm. Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.
“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.
Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.
A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.
“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”
International bestselling author Patricia Logan, resides in Los Angeles, California. The author of several #1 bestselling erotic romances in English, Italian, French, and Spanish lives in a small house with a large family. When she’s not writing her next thriller romance, she’s watching her grandchildren grow up way too soon, and raising kids who make her proud every day. One of her favorite tasks is coaxing nose kisses from cats who insist on flopping on her keyboard while she types. Married to a wonderful man for 30 years, she counts herself lucky to be surrounded by people who love her and give her stories to tell every day.
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