Redeemed by Love - Chapter Two
I take a pull of my beer and nearly choke as Jessica Miller enters the room. I don’t know what I was thinking. Of course she’d be here. It is her sister’s engagement party.
What I didn’t expect was my heart to pick up pace, or the lump that suddenly formed in my throat. She’s absolutely gorgeous and looks like a pinup goddess from the fifties. She would have given Marilyn Monroe a run for her money.
She has on a halter style red dress with white polka-dots and what looks like a black satin belt and trim along her ample cleavage. My eyes skim down her curvy body to see red high heels.
“Fuck,” I growl under my breath.
I didn’t need to be having this kind of reaction to Jessica. Glancing around the room, I notice most of the men watching her, too. I don’t blame them. She’s fucking gorgeous. The last time I saw her was back in highschool. Every time she came home since then, she did her best to avoid me. I had no one to blame but myself for that.
During our senior year of high school, I did something that hurt her and I don’t know if she’ll ever forgive me, although maybe it doesn’t matter.
A man comes up from behind her and places his hands on her hips. He leans in, kissing her neck as if claiming her. I clench my one free fist into a ball. Why did I feel so protective of her? The guy she’s with puts his arm around her and pulls her closer to him as he looks around the room. I don’t know what he’s trying to do, but he has an arrogant look about him and I don’t like it one bit.
I know I shouldn’t be staring, but I can’t help it. One, she’s absolutely stunning and two, my gut is telling that guy is bad news. Most of the time I don’t listen to my gut, but this time I do. He sees me watching, and he leans in, whispers something to her, and her eyes dart up, looking right into mine.
Her eyes go wide and I don’t know if it’s shock in seeing me, or fear. I try to assess the look, not that I know anything about reading people. I’m not a police officer like Josh, but I’ve been best friends with him for a few years now and I’d like to think I’ve picked up on a few things. Is that fear I see in her eyes? I sure hope not. I swear if that guy hurts her in any way—.
“Hey man,” Josh says, bumping me in the shoulder. “You alright?”
“Yeah, I’m good. I just haven’t seen her in years.” I nod my head towards Jessica.
“Oh? Did you have a thing with her back then?”
“Not really. It’s a long story.”
Josh raises a brow in question. I laugh. “I’ll tell you about it sometime. Just not tonight. This night is about you and Sam. Congrats again, man, you got a good one there.”
Josh looks over at Sam sitting on the couch with his mom. His face lights up and as happy as I am for my best friend, I’m a little jealous, if I’m being honest. I have a good life. My job is secure, being the only florist in town keeps me busy.
The only thing missing in it is someone to call mine. I wasn’t looking for anyone, but when Josh met Sam and I saw how happy she made him, a part of me wanted that, too. Ok yes, it’s not ideal that I live above the flower shop but it’s only me so I don’t mind.
Once I find a woman who I want to spend my time with and eventually marry, I’ll look for a house of my own. Until then, I’m happy where I am.
“She’s the rowdy one of the bunch, isn’t she?” Josh asks, pulling me out of my thoughts about the future.
“Yes, she always has been. I’m not surprised she turned out to be a party planner. She loved to party. Well, she did back then.”
“Sam is going to have her plan the wedding. You’re going to be okay working with her on the flowers and stuff, right?”
Shit. I forgot she was going to be coming back to plan the wedding and with me doing the flowers and being the Best Man; I’m going to have to see her… a lot. If I remember correctly, Josh mentioned Sam’s going to ask Jess to be the Maid of honour, which means seeing her even more.
Good thing it’s still a month away until the planning starts. It should give me enough time to reign in whatever this is I’m feeling for Jessica Miller.
Thank you for reading a sneak peek of Redeemed by Love Book 2 in the Sunset Creek series.
I hope you enjoyed it and I can't wait to get this book out to you! Coming this fall (fingers crossed)