We’d barely taken one step when Cynic’s phone rang. He let go of me to grab the phone. “That’s Har’s ringtone. I gotta take this.”
He stepped further down the hallway, leaving me with his parents.
“I’ve got to use the restroom. I’ll be right back, dear,” Teresa said.
Irv stood when she did. I debated going with her, but I had no need.
Irv stepped a little closer. “I’m glad we have this moment. If you haven’t figured it out, I like you for him. The last eight years have been difficult, not just for him, but for his mother and me. We want him to be happy, and I know, for some people, marriage isn’t for them.”
I nodded, and faintly drawled, “Right.”
“My boy isn’t one of those people. He was happy as a clam with Jessica. She stomped his heart flat with what she did.”
I gave him a closed-lip smile. “I know, sir, and it took quite a bit to convince Cynic that I wouldn’t do anything like that to him.”
He stared into my eyes for a long, uncomfortable moment before he finally spoke. “See that you don’t. You’re beautiful and appear to make him happy, but if you betray him like that, it’ll break him.”
“I did not just hear you,” Cynic ground out in a sinister voice.
I turned around and put a hand to his chest. But he only had eyes for his pop. Still, I said, “Calm down. He didn’t do anything wrong, honey.”
That got me his angry eyes. “He didn’t? Warning you not to betray me isn’t wrong?” He looked past me to his dad, but said, “It isn’t his place to do that shit.”
I rubbed his name patch on his cut. “Isn’t it though? You’ll always be his son, no matter your age. Family looks out for family, ’Nic.”
His chin dipped down and he looked into my eyes. The anger had dissipated. “He doesn’t need to.”
My lips quirked to the side skeptically. “That doesn’t matter. He loves you. It’s what parents do.”
“What’s going on?” Teresa asked as she walked up to us.
“Dad’s overstepping… as usual.”
“He is not,” I whispered.
“I was. I am. And I’ll do it again,” Irv said, clapping Cynic on the bicep.
MY REVIEW: Another terrific addition to this thrilling MC series! This one features Cynic, a brother that earns his road name by always bringing the cynical side to things. Then there’s the lovely Fiona, the wild gal with so much going for her until her relationship goes sideways. There’s hot romance, some danger and loads of drama in the story. The drama is relationship based with the relationship adverse Cynic, the suffering Fiona, exes at every turn and an old dad/daughter showdown. When Fiona’s relationship takes a violent turn the MC comes to her rescue and puts her up close and personal with her teen crush, Cynic. She’s had a tumultuous relationship with the club as a result of her father’s, the former prez, actions. But the club is family always and Fiona realizes she’s included. When her relationship with Cynic turns romantic it’s hot and sexy. But Fi wants it all, family, kids, the works and Cynic is not the guy for that. The push/pull between the two is heartbreaking but the chemistry is sizzling. I love this group of sexy alpha brothers and their fabulous women. One of the best parts to the story is the fabulous friendship between Fiona and her bestie Abby. Love those gal pals! Of course, there’s always an overload of hunky bikers in the story. Old faces and a few new. Gamble gets a lot of face time and I can’t wait for his story. Such a fun hottie! Done miss this exciting addition to this excellent MC series. Biker love!