Authors: S. W. Frank
Tags: #Literature & Fiction, #United States, #African American, #Romance, #Anthologies
She scrambled to her feet, “Will you call
“I think you should spend time with your family Geovonna
“Then will you call me?”
Giuseppe dressed, “My family is in mourning as well. I will see.” He sat on the bed, donned his socks and shoes and exited the bedroom. Outside the door, he instructed his
to hurry and get her home then went to the kitchen for food, until she was gone.
sat eating when the front door closed and he sighed, thankful Geovonna was no longer present to talk him to death. A
incessant chatter, if not for
she would have been nice company.
He thumbed through the list of female contacts on his cell until the name Shanda appeared. Despite his words to the contrary, he was quite interested in that one. An American cop as a father,
problem, unless he flew her to Sicily. The American ‘cliché’, the long
of the law, did not reach inside his home. He would love to take her
she seemed so
vibrant and fun. Ah, not to mention, their compatibility in bed
. It was certainly a
foundation to build upon. He
was about to touch the screen when another expected call canceled-out his plan.
with a Russian
He snarled, “Fedrik it is payback time!”
Nico suspected Bianca play
match-maker. She claimed the spare
edrooms were filled, which he knew was a damn lie! He didn’t intend to offend his hostess and accepted the sleeping assignment without mumbling a word.
Sharing close quarters with the woman he loved wasn’t easy, especially when he reconciled they were done and he didn’t have a chance.
Yes, she came and brought the boys for moral support but it didn’t change what she said a few days ago. She couldn’t do it, she didn’t want to and he relented despite the knot in his chest and let her go. Now, here they were, less than ten feet from each other and he couldn’t touch her, couldn’t hold her,
do a damn thing except fac
the window on
hard ass divan trying
to rest and
clear his head
before the job
. He heard the bed move before he
r voice, “Nico, I’m
your dad. I
t’s a shame I didn’t know about your real father
until yesterday. You never told me
about him, w
He feigned sleep. He didn’t want
answer her question or
about why’s. If that’s the case, they could talk about why she hadn’t said much all day but now she wanted chit-chat when he wanted
before meeting with the guys tonight.
He knew Ari, this wasn’t about the whys. She opened a line of communication to emotionally draw him in.
She was horny, plain and simple and wanted sex
fter a few m
he heard her l
down and whisper, “Good-night
I have to leave tomorrow. Darren’s doctor wants him in
for a check-up
“I thought you took him to the emergency room and said everything
“I knew you weren’t asleep.”
Nico rolled on his side
“I’m going to that appointment
he said, besides he had unfinished business in New York. He had to tie up
loose end with th
claiming to be his brother’s son. If he discovered Sergio lied, he
carve the little shit into pieces for the cruel con. But, if it turned out he was telling the truth, he’d set the kid up with some money, hopefully he’d straighten-up his life. Vincent would do the same thing. Yeah, Vincent would have done a helluva lot more.
“So, when it’
kids you talk.”
“I was listening to you
isn’t that what women want?
“You mean avoiding conversation, don’t you?”
“You want conversation, now,
when you haven’t said much to me the entire day
? Sweetheart, give me a break.”
What do you want
me to say to that,
Angry, emotionally drained and tired of Ari’s bullshit, he
sat forward and
leaned his elbows on his knees
legs apart, searching
in the dark. “You know what
She didn’t answer and he
bolt upright, yanked the
t-shirt over his head, stepp
out of his shorts and stood naked,
But, isn’t a fuck what you want?
When she didn’t
, he crossed the distance,
seized her ankles
toward him. He then
spread her legs
the inside of
. He didn’t want talk, dammit, unless it was to tell him she’d changed her mind and wanted him back, otherwise
she needed to kill the damn questions.
He roughly yanked down her panties to give her what
wanted. She wanted to fuck without any strings attached
he’d screw her like any other woman and when finished walk the hell out the door!
Nico glared at the pretty woman who was the love of his life,
daring her to flee, wanting her to stay, but not wanting to plead his case to do it.
Either she made up her mind about what role she wanted in his life, be it wife, lover
or he’d choose for her. He preferred Ari as a spouse, a lover and confidant. He couldn’t do
with a woman he loved. It meant something, but he decided to
above the sexy woman then
he bent to kiss her while massaging her clitoris with his fingers, making her squirm by the touch of his hand.
Her succulent lips opened wider and her legs when his mouth descended from her lips, licking
her throat, not bothering to remove the sheer negligee
instead wetting it
the tip of his tongue.
he replaced his
Nico…dammit, fuck me
wanted her to wait.
he disregarded the passionate plea
to drive her mad because it’s wha
whimpered, “Please…I want it Nico
” then thrashed about when his large hands palmed her ass
is tongue and lips worked in consort
r G-spot and she raked fingers through his hair, as
liquid sex filled his mouth.
He pushed up the flimsy top to massage her breasts, stimulating her areolae with deft fingers and they hardened beneath his touch. Her body spoke the truth to him
each adoring thrust
her pelvis to his face and the carnal confessions of feminine flesh confirmed her desire was much deeper than lust. He wanted her to say it, scream the damn thing from her mouth, but in stubborn Ari fashion, she demanded and gave him ultimatums rather than admit she wanted to be with him
empathized with her
a control freak
stand at the
failed to relent. This is a battle of the sexes and he was damned if he
let her win!
managed to have
children and a marriage which
to his life
, all he
the same thing
…with Ari. If not with her, he
pledged to remain a
the duration of his life.
Retirement wasn’t in the immediate future, truthfully, it’d been difficult being away from the action. He couldn’t do a
nine to five
either and pretend to be normal when he wasn’t. All of that’s
Nico and that’s something she had to understand.
Every time he tried to conform or change his destiny, someone died
and goddammit he wanted to keep her and the kids alive
The emotional detachment began to dissolve.
you’re my destiny dammit…
how else could
without incident so many years
When we were
together Vincent was alive
and it’s my fault he died. Honey I’m hurting inside with this guilt. I
, love. I got the memo, I read it and you’re right. But this friends with benefits shit can’t work with us, with you
I need more.’
These were his thoughts, unshared with the exotic woman in his clutches. Instead, he decided to end the bullshit
ut the sex out of their relationship
. After tonight she’d have to find
friends with benefits
had to end.
He wanted a second chance with Ari. She was more than a friend. Much more.
He fucked up. It’s true.
He cheated, yet it hadn’t been the first time. The difference with his latest affair is he had feelings for the young woman and was pulled in to the fantasy.
His male e
go, plain and damn simple
got him here
the way she
stroked him with
her mind made him feel wanted and needed, something he hadn’t felt in a long time. H
ell and damnation screamed at
, yet he ignored it and ultimately it caused his marriage to collapse.
He wanted Ari to need him that way and
love him enough to
to be in his l
withdrew his fingers
position her right where he
knees collided with the
edge of the
he guided his
into the moist protection
of her body
and thrust so deep
. He made certain she
it was Nico occupying her body and not Gre
gory, the low-life shit, the so-called upstanding lawyer she
who later kidnapped their
Today he buried his father and
a loving caress from her would have sufficed. A gentleness of touch and an empathetic
d and eased the pain with affection is what he desired and not a lawyer who transformed into a woman only when she wanted sex!