I’d expected Hilda might be a large German shepherd, a golden retriever, or a valuable black-and-white sheepdog, but instead I see a cute mongrel with short legs and a fluffy white coat waddling toward us. Her sides heave at the rate of about 120 heartbeats a minute. I’m not sure what’s normal for dogs, but this doesn’t look right. The pitiful little animal stumbles and gives the vet’s hand a lick. Hester sits on a footstool and palpates her abdomen, then nods for me to come over. I sit down on the carpet next to him.
My heart bled for Killian at his uncle’s words, knowing that all he’d ever striven for was his uncle’s positive acknowledgment and the chance to officially run the label. Now it was all gone so he could free me from a life I didn’t want.I opened my mouth to argue, to put a stop to it, when I noticed the look on Killian’s face. He didn’t appear destroyed or devastated. He seemed resolute and at peace with his decision.
I don’t care, he said. You’ve been a disappointment my whole life. And I was never, ever going to be good enough. Not for you. Killian turned to me. But I can try to be good enough for someone who actually matters.Before I could throw my arms around him or howl in relief, his uncle commanded, Get the hell out of my building before I have security throw you out. And Miss Finch?Try getting past the paparazzi without security guards. I believe those men are on my payroll.
Vindictive bastard. But I was one step ahead. Actually, they switched to my payroll two days ago.The smug smirk fell from his face and I almost crowed. I smiled sweetly. Perhaps if you were here more often, you’d know that. I glanced around his office and then looked him straight in the eye. It’ll be a pleasure to watch this label fail now that you’ve fired the best damn thing that ever happened to it.
I spun on my heel, offering Killian a blazing look that told him he and I had unfinished business. I stopped to touch Eve’s shoulder to offer her a silent thank-you. If you ever feel like working in LA, I know a label that would be lucky to have you. You’ve got my number.
Her eyes widened with gratitude. Thank you, Skylar.I chuckled, the sound curtailed by another gasp as he rocked against me.
I’ll never love anyone the way I love you, he promised with a whisper in my ear.Heat, need, and a rush of wet moved through me at his words.
Come inside me, I panted, tightening my legs around him.His answering kiss was long and slow, as if he was savoring me. When we finally came up for air, I was pushing against his hold on my wrists with impatience. Wanting him now.