Our little family has been together for four years, and life has been good, considering my track record. But In the blink of an eye, my ease was suddenly gone when I heard his terrifying words. I knew from the look on Tango’s face and the way he avoided my gaze—all hell was about to break loose. Now it seems like the dangers I spent years desperately avoiding are starting to threaten my happily ever after.
Maybe it’s because I let my guard down. Or maybe it’s because I was starting to trust again. But I can’t even trust the people closest to me, and now I remember why.
Screw with me, that’s one thing. Screw with my family, and we’ve got a problem…
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I KNOW THIS MAN well enough to know when something’s up. He doesn’t skip a meal. He generally refuses to miss bedtime stories with our daughter, and he never leaves the house without a word—unless something is wrong.
I poke my head into the garage and squeeze through the dozens of boxes near the doorway. I hear grunting, heavy breathing and the sound of metal clinking against metal—I can smell the sweat from here.
Making my way out of the boxes, I lean against a pillar and fold my arms over my chest in hopes of an explanation… an excuse… anything.
The weights thud against the cement and Tango reaches across the bench for his rag, which he drags across his forehead, slowly, purposely avoiding my cold stare. “Is Tyler already asleep?” he asks before removing the rag from his eyes.
“After four books and counting two-hundred sheep, yes, she’s asleep.” I move in closer, arching a brow, giving him the look I know he’s trying desperately to ignore. “What is it?”
He drops the rag and repositions his weights against the wall, lining them up meticulously, giving himself a little more time to answer my simple question. “Just working out, baby.”
“Don’t ‘baby’ me. You only pump hundreds when something’s up.”
He takes a couple of deep breaths and looks at me with his shamrock green eyes, giving me the Bambi stare, as if I’m going to melt from his loving gaze. It usually works, but I need to be strong tonight. Something is wrong. I know it. “There’s nothing to be concerned about.” He cups his hand around my cheek, lifting my chin to look at him. “Remember, I’ll tell you if you have a reason to worry.”
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Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.
When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
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