How could someone so pure want filth like him?
Damon Comb was no stranger to pain, hunger, loneliness, and abandonment. Being given a family that would die for one another didn’t erase six years of torture. It didn’t take away the nightmares. She did. She was everything someone like him should never be allowed. She was goodness and strength and she made him human.
How could someone so broken complete her?
Willa McClain had it all, a family that adored each other, the love of an entire town and a future she worked her butt off to get. But all she wanted was the boy with the sad blue eyes and the crooked smile. He was her best friend, her protector and the only one who really understood her.
How could a love like theirs be extinguished?
But nothing ever lasted forever. Damon knew better than anyone how quickly the tides could change. Can he keep his past at bay before it consumes the only light in his dark world? Can he finally tell Willa the truth, or will his fears tear them apart forever?
How could love so strong ever fail?
“Hey,” he said lamely.
“Everything okay?” Sloan asked, watching him with those ever watchful blue eyes.
Damon nodded. “Yeah, I think so … I mean, yes, everything’s okay.”
Sloan’s eyes only narrowed further. The attention made Damon feel practically nauseous.
“So, what’s going on?” Sloan pressed.
Stomach in angry knots, Damon stepped deeper into the room and struggled to square his shoulders. Then he stood facing the two men he’d respected for most of his life, good men with good hearts, but a mean streak when it came to protecting their family. Damon had seen it firsthand on several occasions. These were not men a smart person pissed off. But that wasn’t what was making Damon’s palms sweat.
“You both raised me,” he began, trying to remember the speech he’d gone over and over again in his head during the whole drive up. But it was all getting scattered the longer the two watched him. “You know where I come from … who I came from, but you never judge me for it. You never saw me the way everyone else in this town did, like I was trouble and not worth the effort. I like to think I’m the man I am today because of you and Aunt Lily and Mom. But also because of Willa. Probably mostly because of Willa, because even as a kid, I wanted to be the kind of man that would treat her the way she deserved, the kind that would be reliable and … and she could love, because that’s all I ever wanted, for her to love me. Because I knew that if I had that, if I had that part of her, I would never be lost again.”
“And does she?”
Sloan’s calm voice made him start mid speech.
“Does she love you?”
Damon swallowed the nerves clogging his throat. “Yeah, she does.” Something about that stole a weak chuckle from him. “Damn if I know why, but she does. And I … I love her. I’ve loved her since I was six. She’s been my whole world for nineteen years and that will never change.”
There was a ghost of a smile shimmering in Sloan’s blue eyes when Damon paused to take a breath.
“What are you asking me, Damon?”
Every muscle in Damon’s body braced as the words bounced at the back of his throat like a gymnast about to perform a complex leap.
“I’m asking both of you, because Willa considers you both two of the most important men in her life and you guys never really raised any of us as separate families. It’s always been all or none and I know she considers you both like her father so I’m asking you both, but mostly you, sir … I want to marry your daughter.”
A blond brow lifted. “Are you asking for permission?”
Damon thought about it for a full second before giving a brisk nod. “Yes, sir, because I need to do this the right way for her.”
“And if I say no?”
An overwhelming urge to be sick churned his stomach, but he held firm.
“Then I’ll ask you again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that until you say yes.”
BUY LINKS FOR
ALWAYS YOURS, BABY
ALWAYS YOURS, BABY
BUY LINKS FOR PREVIOUS TITLES IN THE SERIES:
Forever His Baby
*Sloan & Lily*
*Cole & Beth*
Be My Baby
*Calla & Jared*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Airicka Phoenix is a romance junkie with an incurable addiction to chocolate. She is also a prolific author of several novels written for young adult and new adult romance addicts who love bad boys, hot kisses and a gritty plot. Airicka prides herself in producing quality material her readers can fall in love with again and again.
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