Amy Abrams doesn"t do love. Nor does she do emotional attachments, unless you count the connection she has with designer handbags. She grew up in an Upper East Side penthouse, which had about as much affection within its tastefully decorated walls as Castle Dracula. Her family is the precise reason why she points her red-soled heels firmly in the opposite direction of that dreaded four-letter word.
Then it happens. Love. It comes right out of the blue and knocks her off her six-inch heels. She learns that love comes with pesky side effects such as heartbreak, which seriously messes with the complexion. Amy promises herself that she"ll never open herself to that horrible feeling again. She doesn"t count on an infuriating, albeit drool-worthy biker to roar into her life and ruin the plans she had of locking up her heart. She keeps her distance, wary of the sinfully sexy biker whose tattoos should read Warning – dangerous alpha male, will screw up your life.
Amy may be an Upper East Side princess but she wasn"t looking for Prince Charming. She wouldn"t mind the name of his hair stylist, though. Brock certainly isn"t a knight in shining armor, but he consumes her, body and soul. Drama pulls them apart; danger will bring them back together. When Amy is threatened Brock is there ready to save her life. Her heart is another story.Books in Series:Sons of Templar MC Series by Anne MalcomBooks by Author:Anne Malcom Books
I watched my baby girl sleep peacefully with my hand on her chest, the rise and fall of her breathing giving me a sense of calm. I was pretty sure I had the most beautiful child on the planet. Considering I had the most beautiful husband on the planet it wasn"t a surprise. Though if Cade knew I was calling him beautiful he would have something to say about that. The sentence would most likely include profanities. To me, my rough, badass biker was nothing short of beautiful. He had provided me with an amazing life, brought me back from some dark places and made me feel safe and cherished. Not to mention gave me the best orgasms I"d had in my life. Like the one he had given me an hour ago on the kitchen table.
A spluttering sound interrupted my sex flashback.
I narrowed my eyes and focused on Belle; she was still sleeping but she was making a weird sound. Was that normal" Shit, I didn"t know. Maybe my baby wasn"t sleeping peacefully; maybe that splutter was a symptom of some obscure life-threatening disorder. I pulled out my phone, almost hyperventilating.
Since I had already called Mum twice today I didn"t think I could disturb her again. Plus it was two a.m. at home. I would call her if Belle didn"t stop making that noise. It was freaking me out. I hadn"t been around babies. I didn"t know what were normal sounds and what weren"t. I put my phone to my ear, needing to be calmed down, or at least distracted.
"Hey, this is Amy. Text me. If I don"t reply it means I don"t want to talk to you."
"Fuck," I whispered.
Since I was desperate, I made a risky call.
"Good afternoon, Abrams residence," a brisk voice greeted.
"Um hi, could I please speak to Amy"" I asked quietly, keeping an eagle eye on my daughter.
There was a pause. "Miss Abrams" Whom may I ask is calling""
"This is Gwen Alexandra…no wait, Fletcher. I mean, my last name used to be Alexandra, then I got married so I changed it to Fletcher. It"s a new name I"m not used to it yet," I babbled, my lack of sleep catching up on me.
I relaxed. Well, slightly. I frowned down at Belle. She wasn"t making the noises anymore; she was quiet. Too quiet. Was that a thing" I was pretty sure babies weren"t meant to be that still.
My attention snapped back to the phone. Amy never called me by my full name; only my family and one other person called me that.
"Mrs. Abrams" So sorry to bother you, I was expecting Amy."
I was sure I asked the maid for Amy. Maybe I didn"t. My mind was mush. Existing on coffee and orgasms was not a good long-term plan, but was necessary when you had a two-month-old daughter and a sex god for a husband.
"Oh yes, Vera informed me you were looking for Amy. I wanted to let you know she isn"t here. I haven"t seen her for months," her cultured voice informed me.
That shocked me out of my freak-out. "Months"" I repeated. That couldn"t be right.
"Why yes, we both know Amy isn"t too fond of communicating with her mother unless she is forced. In fact, she actively changes her phone number whenever she becomes aware I have it." Katherine"s voice dripped with disdain.
I resisted a giggle at this. It was true; Amy routinely changed her number in the past in order to avoid talking to her mother. Now she just had two separate phones; one "safe" and one she specifically bought to communicate with her family. And only when she was faced with no other option. Her cold relationship with Katherine had always made me sad, which was why I had been shocked when she had told me she was staying there.
"But that"s not possible. Amy told me she was staying with you. She left for Europe right after my wedding. She got back two weeks ago, and said she was staying with you and Harold in the city," I explained, getting a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Katherine laughed without humor. "I"m sorry, my darling, we both know my daughter has an aversion to the truth. I wouldn"t worry. She"s probably sunning herself on some pop star"s yacht and forgot she was meant to be back at home facing responsibility. Although I don"t recall her making arrangements to come here," she added thoughtfully. "I must go, I"m late to a charity luncheon. Lovely talking to you, Gwenevere." She hung up before I could say anything else.
My stomach churned. No matter what Amy"s vile mother said about her, Amy wasn"t irresponsible and she certainly wasn"t a liar. I automatically thought about the one and only time my best friend had kept something from me. A lance of pain ripped through my stomach.
She hadn"t told me about her and Ian. About being in love with my brother. Finding out she had kept it a secret, I took it a little bad. Okay, a lot bad since I tackled her on our front lawn. But when I got used to the idea I was happy, ecstatic for them both. Then things got complicated. Brock, the biker badass who rocked a serious man bun, got Amy twisted up enough to question her relationship with Ian. Not that I could get much out of her. But I knew Ian had been determined to get her back. I was pretty sure his decision to finish out his tour was largely to do with her.
My eyes glistened thinking about what would have been had he not been…killed. I still couldn"t say it. I could barely think it. My brother was dead. My best friend was heartbroken and she wouldn"t talk to me about it, no matter how hard I tried.
Plus, there was something going on with her and Brock. The months we had been back in Amber she refused to talk about it. They didn"t talk to each other apart from some broody alpha male looks Brock had directed at Amy when fate put them in the same room. I had been sidetracked with my reunion with Cade and my growing belly, so I didn"t give her the attention she needed. Then Belle was born in the clubhouse after I killed a man who was going to kill me and drama ensued. Life hadn"t exactly slowed down for me.