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Insistent (Soul Serenade Book #4)
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She came into my life without warning. It wasn’t love at first sight, but the more time I spent with her, I knew she was the one. Our relationship was complicated, and I knew I had my work cut out for me. I have to prove to her that she’s all I see. That no matter how the past reads, we can re-write the future.
He’s the sexiest one of the group, in my personal opinion. We’re friends, and colleagues, well technically he’s my boss. He’s also the man that consumes my thoughts, and my desires. I have too much at stake to allow myself to jump into bed with him, but I really really want to.
One taste and I know I’ll never be the same. Cassidy can prolong this all she wants, but I know how it ends. When she’s mine.
He’s relentless, and I let him drag me under his spell. It can’t happen again, but Gavin, he’s Insistent that this is just the beginning.
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Sitting around the table at Soul Records with my bandmates turned business partners, I have to fight to keep my eyes off her.
I’ve watched her from afar for years—waiting, biding my time—but there never seems to be a right time. She clams up anytime I even hint at taking her out. I’ve gotten creative when I’m around her, finding ways to touch her that won’t get my ass thrown in jail for sexual harassment.
Nothing too crazy, but a brush against her here, or a hand on her shoulder there. I’ve learned to stand back and wait so I can guide her into the room with my hand on the small of her back. She has this crazy, wild, blonde, curly hair, and I find myself tucking it behind her ears more often than not. She’s become my addiction, one that wants nothing to do with me.
She’s attracted to me. I can see it in her sapphire eyes, can hear it in the way her breath hitches when I’m close to her. She feels it, but she’s fighting it. She claims we have to maintain a professional relationship, and I get it. I do. At first, she worked for the band on behalf of the label, formerly known as Stone Records. Once all the shit went down and we bought it out, changing the name to Soul Records, she pushed me away. Technically, owning the label, I was not just her boss because she was assigned to me, but it was my company who paid her salary.
So I’ve been on the sidelines, waiting, watching, wanting her more as each day passes. I’ve contemplated talking to the guys, seeing what they think, but they’ve all got so much going on with their wives and kids, they don’t need my single guy drama. This is one I’m just going to have to figure out on my own.
“Gav,” Kacen says, pulling my attention back to the meeting. “Did you hear a word I said?”
“Nope.” No sense in lying.
He sighs. “There’s a band we need to check out. They’re big time in their hometown and the surrounding counties. Selling out shows weeks in advance.”
“Where are they?” I ask.
“Missouri. St. Louis, specifically,” he tells me.
“This weekend,” Cole answers.
“I’ll go,” I say. I know the guys hate leaving their families for these kinds of things.
“Thanks, Gav. I think we need two opinions on this one, just to make sure they’re a fit for us,” Tristan chimes in.
“Good idea,” Cole agrees. “Not that we don’t trust you, G, but you know, two approvals are better than one.”
I look at them quizzically. I have no fucking idea what they’re yammering on about. I’ve done this more times than I can count on my own, since they all settled down and we bought the label. Suddenly they don’t trust my judgment? What the fuck?
“You know, that might show them we’re serious, too. I know there are a few other labels who are shopping them as well,” Kacen says, agreeing with this madness.
“Guys—” I hold up my hands, but Cole interrupts me.
“I can’t go, not this weekend. T?” he asks Tristan.
“Can’t. Little man has a doctor’s appointment on Friday. No way am I missing that.”
“Kacen?” he asks.
“Jace, Logan’s brother, is playing a game against Tennessee this weekend. We’re going to the game,” he says.
“Cassidy,” Cole says. Suddenly, my mind clears and my eyes widen as I focus on what he has to say. “Can you clear your schedule?” he asks.
“Me?” she asks, surprised.
All my efforts to ignore her are shot down with the sound of her sweet voice. Just a hint of southern, but I could recognize the sweet sound anywhere. My eyes are now focused on her, and ideas are running through my head. It will just be the two of us all weekend. This might finally be my chance to convince her we can do this. That the chemistry raging between us could be so much more.
“Yeah,” Kacen jumps in. “You’ve been with us from the beginning. Not just the label, but as a band.”
“We know you have good taste.” Tristan points to his chest, causing her to laugh.
Her eyes flash to mine. “You sure?” she asks, giving her attention back to my boys.
“Positive,” all three of them say at once.
“Gav?” she asks.
I fight like hell to not let my elation show through. “Sure, it’s always good to get another opinion.” I’m doing an internal fist bump, impressed I didn’t lose my shit when they first suggested that I needed someone to go with me. Cole clears his throat, gaining my attention. He grins and winks, and that’s when I know that I’ve done a shit job of hiding the fact that I want her.
I glance at Kacen and Tristan, and they, too, are grinning like fools. I should be pissed off that they’re meddling, but I’m not. I need this time away with her, just the two of us.