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The woman I loved would never walk away.
So, I thought.
Why did she leave?
Lexis and I had a wonderful life together.
My brother Marco and I are the bosses of the Esposito crime family.
Lexis ran one of many Espositos’ gambling houses.
She didn’t take anyone’s mess.
I loved how tough she was.
And that she was mine.
Five years later, after Mom mentioned her name at a holiday dinner, I thought about Lexis long and hard.
It was time to find the woman I loved and bring her home.
Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse/assault that some readers may find triggering.
Luca blew out a breath, flashed that handsome smile, and grabbed my suitcase from my hand. Our fingers touched and a spark of electricity pulsed through my body.
“Get in the car.” He yanked the passenger door open.
I wasn’t supposed to see him anymore, and here he was ordering me into the car.
“When did you get your driver’s license?”
His jaw twitched so hard I thought it would break. “Alexis, now.”
I threw my hands in the air and sank into the tan butter leather seat.
He slammed the door, then walked to the trunk.
Where were his bodyguards? And who let a boy without a driver’s license pick me up from the airport? I buckled my seatbelt.
Luca climbed behind the steering wheel. “Are you hungry?”
He snapped his seatbelt, glanced in his mirrors, then merged into traffic.
“We’re going to eat anyway. Start talking, Alexis.”
When was a good time to tell him I couldn’t see him anymore?
“I could’ve taken a cab home.”
“Why would you do that? You're acting weird.”
“You didn’t answer me. When did you get your license to drive?”
“During the time, I hadn’t talked to you.”
“Luca, pull over and let me out of the car.”
His brows lowered. “What the fuck? No!”
“We can’t be friends anymore.”
“Is that so?”
He peered to his right and turned the steering wheel slightly. The car slid across the highway, screeching to a halt on the shoulder of the road.
“Luca,” I shouted.
He threw the car in park and turned to me. “You missed me and I missed you. That’s what I remembered from our last phone conversation.”
My mouth dropped open. “I never said I miss you. And you didn’t either.”
“Ok.” He shook his head.
“I wish we could see each other. Those were your words. I responded me, too. In my mind, that meant we missed each other.”
I swallowed hard, keeping my eyes off of his.
“Nothing, I just don’t want to be best friends anymore.” I glanced out the side mirror and noticed Nix sitting behind us in a Suburban.
Luca grabbed my chin, pulling my gaze to meet his. I felt tears well in my eyes.
“Alexis, I’ve been in love with you from the first time I laid eyes on you.”
My skin felt like it would burst into flames under his touch.
“Luca, I don’t like you anymore.” A tear escaped my eye and trailed down my cheek.
He brushed the tear away with the pad of his thumb. I blinked, then his lips were on mine. His teeth sank into my lower lip. A moan escaped from my throat. He pulled back. Blood stained his pink lips. His tongue slicked across his lips. I watched the blood disappear. “You taste like mine, Alexis Shepard,” his voice was low and deep.
I only dreamed of kissing him a million times. His lips slammed into mine again. Luca’s hands possessively caressed my cheeks. I kissed him back hard. This was my first kiss with the only boy I ever wanted to kiss me.
“Luca, we can’t.”