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The King (The Original Sinners #6) Worth the Chance (MMA Fighter #2)

Jamie turns to me and extends an arm. Shall we?

He narrows his eyes at me—it wasn’t funny, I know it wasn’t funny—and retakes my hand. We start moving again. In silence. Just as I’m about to say something to dispel the awkwardness, he beats me to the punch.Enjoying your time in Britain?

Hemy (Walk of Shame #2)

Yes, very much. I love it. We dance. This is a beautiful event. Thanks for letting my friends join in tonight. They’re having the best—I fell in love with Antonia before I knew she was a Lady Duncan. She was just a uni girl in a disco who made me tea at three in the morning. We dated for six months before I found out her title went back fifteen generations and she had hundreds of thousands of acres and five estates spread over this godforsaken island. I thought I’d struck gold. He’s not looking at me. He stares over my shoulder into space. I wait for him to continue. Clearly he has a reason for launching into this story. Not that I know what it is. I was twenty-five then. I had nothing, all the money I was making went right back into the business. The first ball she took me to? I had to borrow her father’s suit. A wry smile finds its way to his lips, but quickly disappears again. We eloped. I gave her a ring I’d fashioned out of a crisp bag.I like this William, the young romantic.

The Tale Of The Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride #1)

But the following year her father died and I discovered just how much hundreds of thousands of acres and five estates costs a person and just how much he didn’t have. We lived in the Argyll kitchens—that’s the house in Scotland—for two years because it was reliably warm. Which couldn’t be said for the rest of that pile. Toni gave birth to Jamie in those kitchens. Nothing but a bucket of boiling water, me, and Smithy banging on about putting a knife under our mattress to cut the pain. This is 1989, mind you, not 1389. Then my company went public. That fifty quid I’d stolen out my father’s till when I was sixteen had multiplied itself by a million. Oliver was born in a private suite at St. Mary’s in Paddington.Why is he telling me this? I’m not saying I’m not charmed, but why?

He looks at me for the first time since we started dancing. It’s riveting. Do you know why Jamie won’t do the stem-cell replacement therapy again? Jarred, I open my mouth to engage, but he continues. Not because it’s painful and tedious and, according to him, futile. It’s you. He doesn’t want to isolate himself, unglue himself from you for a month. That must make you feel quite valued?

I obviously disagree with his assessment, but I know he’s trying to get a rise out of me and I won’t take the bait. It’s Jamie’s choice.If there is one, I hedge.

He nods at my phone. I’m dying to know what that was about.I drop back down at his feet, resuming our previous position. I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.

A Fork of Paths (A Shade of Vampire #22)

He cocks an eyebrow at me. Why do you think I asked?I snort. It’s sad, it’s funny, and I’m suddenly exhausted. I drop my head. Then I feel Jamie’s fingers in my hair, his palm cupping my cheek. I lean into it, let it strengthen me for a moment. So, Jamie purrs. Your birthday.

I look up at the abrupt change of topic. His eyes twinkle like they used to. He’s feeling a bit better.I smile, trying to rally. Now we’re talking.

It’s next week.I want to take you somewhere. Shall we go somewhere?

Despite the promise we both made to postpone our December trip to the Easter vac, it became clear about two weeks ago that Jamie could not travel. His oncologist flat-out prohibited it. Jamie is still having a hard time accepting it. Obviously.After my birthday next week, I have a couple of weeks off before Trinity Term starts and Charlie, Maggie, and Tom have invited me to join them when they go to Morocco at the end of the break. I could, I guess, but I feel like I’m on countdown. I want to spend every last minute with Jamie. I want to watch him get better. We’ve earned it.

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