All or Nothing, Book 5
Madison Falls Series
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Liquid Silver Books
Christopher King had everything. He had his family, his security company, and most importantly, he had Fiona O’Malley. Almost. Until he has to let Fiona go for reasons he can’t reveal.
He thought he’d shut her out, but every stolen look and lingering glance gives him away. Fiona knows things aren’t as they seem, so she comes up with a plan to get Chris to tell her the truth. It works a little too well when the very reason he stayed away comes to light and threatens everything he’s fought to keep safe.
Unable to live the lie any longer, Chris needs Fiona by his side to put a stop to the danger that’s following her and tormenting him. Fiona becomes the key to unlocking his every secret, including the love he can no longer deny.
“Damn it, Fiona. Where are you?”
Christopher King was well aware that he was talking to a computer screen and he didn’t care. As owner of Fit for a King Security, he regularly monitored the video feeds in her building at the Madison Falls Condos, as well as those from other clients in town. Each member of his team was assigned a different group of businesses and private homes protected by his security systems. Chris made sure his list also included the Pizza Palace. It wasn’t a coincidence that Fiona co-owned and managed it.
“This is crazy.”
Chris took a sip from his fifth Mountain Dew and scrubbed a hand through his hair. He’d like to say he was merely watching over her because it was his job, but he stopped lying to himself a while ago. Chris didn’t show it, but Fiona was important to him, and her safety took priority. Today was Friday, so he knew she would be home a little later since all the students and parents went for pizza after the high school football game. He knew that, but unless something had gone wrong, she really should have been home by now.
As part of his routine, checking in on the camera feeds could get mind numbingly dull. The highlights of his day were the moments he caught a glimpse of Fiona leaving for work, arriving for work, and heading home at night. It was better than watching Mrs. Peterson in her housecoat and gardening clogs, silver hair in curlers, attempting to take her cats for a walk. They never walked. Even with the leashes, she would have been more likely to take them for a drag, and thank god it never went that far. She always gave in and scooped up her trio of indignant felines and roamed the third floor halls every night. Still, he’d take that to nearly going blind from catching old Walt Mahoney whipping it out and taking a leak behind the hardware store. Sometimes clients forgot they were on camera.
Chris preferred installation and conferring with new clients to the tedium of monitoring. With the colder weather, sales slowed down and he usually spent his time keeping an eye on the security systems contracted by his present clientele. For the most part, Madison Falls had a low crime rate, so alarms were seldom breached. Even so, he still did well for himself. Security was like insurance; people paid for it because they never knew when they were going to need it.
Fiona wasn’t just any random client. Chris knew her. He went out once a month with a group of friends that included her. He’d also taken her to dinner on their one and only date. Did that mean he acknowledged or talked to her in real life? Nope. And the reason why was simple. Christopher King was a complete and utter idiot. Ask anyone.
He’d been attracted to Fiona for months. From the first moment he’d been called to her condo as part of an investigation of a break-in, the stunning auburn-haired beauty with the gorgeous blue-green eyes had owned him. It had taken everything Chris had not to stand rooted to the spot, staring at her like a fool. At least longer than a few minutes, anyway. He’d shoved his professional mask on and tried not to hang on every word she’d spoken in that sexy Irish lilt of hers.
His friend, Keith Sutton, had teased him at the time, but his overgrown buddy had already fallen just as hard for Fiona’s twin sister, Sabrina. The sisters weren’t identical. Sabrina was lucky to hit five feet tall and Fiona was a good five inches taller. Her hair was more of an auburn to Sabrina’s crimson. They shared the same fair complexion, eye color, and when they spoke at the same time, it sounded like the same voice in stereo. That last one took a little getting used to. Fiona also seemed more serene and easy going compared to her sister’s feistiness. Chris wondered what it would take to rile up Fiona.
Sabrina and Keith were married now and parents to their own set of twin girls. Keith was one lucky bastard. Chris, on the other hand, was still an idiot. Seeing Fiona all the time was torture of the best and worst kind. He loved seeing her. The bitch of it was, that after he’d put the brakes on a possible relationship, she’d learned to ignore him. Lately, Fiona had gotten especially good at pretending he didn’t exist.
She didn’t understand and Chris didn’t know how to explain his reasons for not pursuing her. Until things got resolved, he was pretty sure Fiona would hate him even more if he told her why he’d kept his distance. It was a waiting game that he was losing. It had gotten worse since he’d seen her around town with Dr. Anthony. In Madison Falls, the doctor was a hot commodity, whatever the hell that meant. That was what the gossips whispered about him. They also teased about his wonderful bedside manner. That was something Chris refused to think about. He didn’t want that guy anywhere near Fiona’s bed.
A movement on screen drew his attention. Chris felt instant relief when he caught the flash of cinnamon hair. There she was! He tensed when he saw a man following her down the hall. Oh, hell no. Dr. Anthony was right behind her, in his designer suede jacket and gold rimmed glasses.
Shit! As far as Chris knew, this was the first time the doctor had been to Fiona’s condo. Was he meeting her there or had he followed her from the restaurant? Why was she smiling at him like that?
Fiona already had her keys in her hand and unlocked the door. Dr. Anthony, the ass, blocked Chris’s view. His back was to the camera and he was standing way too close to her to be considered appropriate. Chis narrowed his eyes when he saw him angle his head toward her face. Chris leaned in closer too, as if getting an inch away from the screen would give him a better view.
“Oh, no you don’t.” He couldn’t tell if they were kissing from the camera angle, since Dr. Douchebag’s big head was blocking her face. If Chris had to guess, that rich jerk was putting his pompous lips on his Fiona. The pop can in Chris’s hand crinkled when he squeezed his fist.
“Okay, now move away from her.” He wanted Fiona to push the presumptuous prick out of her personal space. He wanted Fiona to look offended and tell the guy to get lost. None of that happened. The doctor finally lifted his huge blond cranium and Chris got a good look at her reaction. She was smiling.
His heart sank to his feet.
Chris fell back in his chair. What had he just witnessed? Had they already gotten serious? His stomach cramped at the thought of some other man putting his hands on her. Numb with disappointment, Chris continued to stare at the screen. How could he not? Fiona opened the door and flipped on a light. He waited for Dr. Dickhead to turn around and leave. He didn’t turn and he sure as hell didn’t leave. The bastard followed her in. The last thing Chris saw was Fiona glancing up at the camera before closing the door.
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Susan Behon, author of the Madison Falls series, enjoys creating a world that brings readers romance, laughter, and a healthy dose of sexiness. Susan graduated summa cum laude with a B. A. in English from Norfolk State University. She currently lives in Ohio with her very own romance hero of a husband and their two wonderful daughters.
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