Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he"s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can"t be bent:
Keep your relationship secret from the public.
Farrow is confident he"s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff"s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.
On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.
Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.
But Farrow couldn"t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow " someone has it out for the guy he loves.
Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.
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3 " Years Ago
Ocean splashes against a docked yacht. I stand on the crowded deck and tune out the rowdy end-of-summer bash behind me. Everyone in swimsuits, taller people knock into low-hanging pineapple streamers on their way to the bar.
Torches light up the night.
I tighten my grip on the yacht"s railing. And I just stare out at the dark horizon. My eyes narrowed and unblinking.
I made a colossal mistake only twenty minutes ago. It plays on repeat in my brain. Like a fucked-up radio station that I can"t shut off.
I descended the boat"s stairs to the cabins. I meant to use the bathroom, but I solidified at a familiar voice. Coming from a cracked door to the master cabin.
"I have to tell you something while Moffy is gone," Jason Motlic said, a senior on the high school swim team. Four of us graduated recently, and college is beginning in a week. So I invited them to my family"s party. Hanging out one last time.
I"d even driven them here, volunteered to be their sober driver because I don"t drink. And they wanted to get hammered.
So I stood there, hand frozen on the bathroom door. Not moving. Not entering. Just listening to the voices in the nearby cabin and waiting for an inevitable, metaphorical gunshot to pierce my chest.
"I was over at Moffy"s house yesterday""
"Bullshit," Ray said, also a swim team graduate. "Moffy never brings anyone to his house."
But I did. One time. Yesterday.
I let Jason inside my family"s house, and he waited in the living room while I searched the kitchen for my car keys. Just for ten goddamn minutes.
"We"re friends," Jason countered and then lowered his voice. "His mom was there. I"m telling you, she had fuck me eyes. So I got a little closer."
I strained my ears.
"Then she went at me, horny as fuck. She gave me a blow job right by the microwave." Fuck you, Jason.
I couldn"t move. Barely breathed.
"I"m not lying." They all laughed together, called Jason "the man" and their hands slapped together in a congratulatory shake.
My skin crawled, blood boiled"and just so we"re clear, I believe zero percent of his story. Sex addict and all, my mom is just like any other normal mom.
She"d never do that.
Ignore them. Use the bathroom. Forget them. I stayed still, my hand fisting the bathroom doorknob.
"You think his mom will blow me too"" Ray asked.
"I bet she"d do more than that""
I snapped and bolted into the master cabin.
All three of the swim team guys were there. Frozen and wide-eyed at the sight of me and my red-hot rage.
I don"t want to hate people. I don"t want to be calloused and bitter and angry. But these moments make it so goddamn hard.
"Moffy"" Jason said. "I was just joking."
Some fucking joke. I expected that shit from trolls and assholes. Not people I mistakenly considered "friends""and I wished for a time machine.
Take me back to yesterday. Don"t invite him inside my house.
Take me back to twenty minutes ago. Don"t overhear him in the yacht"s cabins.
Then maybe I could keep up the fantastical charade of believing that I can have real, honest to God friends from school. I barely even trust people to begin with, and what little I gave Jason, he shit on.
"You"re just joking"" I said, my voice hollowed out. "Are you fucking serious""
Jason glanced at Ray. Then back to me, their smirks etching. Like I was the butt of a joke. Like I was the famous nineteen-year-old that should take the beating.
Like all those times we"d been on two-hour bus rides to swim meets and talked and laughed had been a damn lie.
I should"ve left the cabin. Right there. I should"ve left.
Instead, I threw the first punch. Ray and Clark jumped me from behind. Three on one, and I would"ve fought them until I couldn"t breathe. Until they choked the life out of me.
Maybe they saw that I wouldn"t end it, and after a while, they just left the boat cabin. One-by-one. I picked myself off the ground, steady as a statue. With a stinging lip, aching jaw and festering rage.
And now here I am. On the deck, gripping the railing. Knuckles reddened.
Not able to stop thinking or remembering.
I breathe, my ribs throbbing, muscles burning. I blink and blink to push past the moment.
But part of me wants to rattle this yacht railing. Then climb over and jump into the restless ocean below. Just to scream beneath salt water.
But I don"t.
I stay stoic.
I turned nineteen in July. I"m the oldest guy to too many cousins that look up to me, to siblings that need me. Like I"m Captain America. Their superhero.
Dear World, how many times have you seen Captain America jump into an ocean and throw a pity party of one" I"m asking for a friend. Sincerely, just a human.