~ Synopsis ~
In the last few months, Jess has been faced with more obstacles than she ever thought possible. Heartbreak, loss and betrayal to name just a few. Will her drama fuelled life finally settle into the happy, care free one that she deserves or is someone hiding and waiting for the perfect opportunity to ruin it all? Life for Max hasn’t exactly been plain sailing either. Now that he finally has someone in his life that means more to him than anything he has ever known, one thing is for certain, he’s not going to let anyone get in the way of his new found happiness, no matter what the cost.
Demons are released, pasts are exposed and their future together is only what they make of it.
~ Excerpt ~
“I’ve got a few errands to run Angel, but I promise that I’ll make it up to you later.”
“You bet you will, Mister. How long will you be gone for anyway?” I ask, already missing him.
“I’ll only be a few hours, tops. Hey, I was wondering if you wanted to go and see your mum? We could go tomorrow, or even later this afternoon?”
I’m hesitant for a moment before I gain enough strength to reply. “I’m not sure, Max.” Uncertainty is evident in my tone, even though I’m trying my best to hide it. My chest feels heavy at the mere mention of my mum. I’d love nothing more than to go and see her, to wrap her in my arms and tell her that everything will be okay. I’d love to see that she’s getting better, to let her know that even after everything that I’m still here for her, but I can’t. She won’t take my calls and down right refuses any visitors.
My only comfort right now is knowing that she’s in the best place and receiving the best possible care, and it’s all thanks to this devilishly kind and handsome man stood beside me. I’d refused any kind of offer from him previously, because the way I see it, she’s my mum and I should be the one to make sure she has everything that she needs. I guess her stubborn gene runs prominently in my veins. I remember clearly in my mind the way Max looked at me, held me close and said, “Angel, please. Please allow me to do this one thing for you. Let me get her what she needs. I don’t have a mum to look after anymore, Jess. I guess I never really have. All I ask is that you let me help you. I want to help you.”
As much as my stubbornness and pride screamed out for me to say no, and as much as I wanted to say no, I couldn’t do it. I suddenly found myself unable to say no to him and the pure, raw sadness that swam in his eyes had me aching for him, aching for his past and the demons that still currently haunt him to this day.
“Okay,” I whispered. It was all I could manage, but for Max, it was enough. I just hope that one day I’ll be able to tell him just how grateful I am.