Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017
I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.
Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me... Until he wasnât.
Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.
Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.
And now he might be the only one I have left.
It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it couldâve been so much more. It couldâve been so much better.
And thatâs why Iâm turning back.
âSo then what happened?â Bric asks.
Weâre sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, Iâd sit in the middle of the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my left.
Bric is still to my left, Quin isnât here yetâif heâs coming at allâand Adley is in her baby seat on my right.
Everything is familiarâbut off.
âThen he went to bed.â
âWhatâd you do?â
âI sat there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.â
âWhat did you come up with?â Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything Iâm saying is critically important.
âHe hate-fucked me, thatâs what I came up with, Bric!â
âRochelle,â Bric says, throwing me one of those Donât overreact looks.
âIâm serious. Thereâs no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck. Whatever you want to call it. Thatâs what happened last night.â I sigh and try not to feel depressed and sad. âAnd then this morning I got out of bed to go check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.â
âGone?â Bric asks. âWhereâd he go?â
âJust left,â I say. âI texted him. Asked if heâd be here for breakfast. And he never texted back.â
âHeâs just mad,â Bric says.
âI know.â I huff. âHe told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came backââ
âNow heâs just angry.â
âItâs a pretty typical reaction,â Bric says.
âI realize that. Which is why Iâm not going to make a big deal about this. But I donât know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.â
âNo,â Bric says, like Iâm being ridiculous.
âIâm not being ridiculous,â I say. âMaybe heâs not out to hurt me. But heâs doing something, Bric. Heâs playing a game, but Iâm pretty sure weâre not all playing the same game.â
âHeâs mad, Rochelle. You have to expect that. Heâs gonna come around.â
âWhat does that mean? Come around? Do you really think heâs gonna fall back in love with me the way he was? Because I donât. I think heâs here for us. Me, you, and him together. And thatâs all.â
Bric rubs his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley. She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasnât woken up yet. Bric is still thinking.
âI donât want an us, Bric.â
He looks me in the eye and says. âI do. But I get it. And Iâm fine with you and Quin getting your little happy ending. But Iâm telling you, Rochelle, heâs just trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.â
âHe said he doesnât trust me.â
âHe has a good reason,â Bric counters.
âI know that,â I say, starting to get angry. âI understand that. But the whole point of us doing thisâ¦ gameâ¦ or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this out. I want him, Bric. Youâre supposed to help me.â
But as soon as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one and I have very good reasons for that. Iâve learned over the course of my life that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then some.
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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
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