When Myka Hayes accepted the interior design job for The Den on Tao pack lands, she didn’t expect to be reunited with the wolf that’s haunted her dreams for the last six years. But there he stood behind the bar, looking all too sexy and mysterious.
Kaden Boyd was ready to leave his past behind and begin his future. At least until Myka walked into Gee’s Bar and stirred feelings inside him he’d thought he’d forgotten.
Both burn with desire for each other, but their past complicates things. Not wanting to cause any problems in his new life, Kaden tries to resist his attraction to Myka, but she has other plans. Once and for all, she intends to make him see that some things are Worth Fighting For.
Kaden and Myka knew each other as children but when he was a lone wolf and stumbled on her and a friend, her brother Lance, once his best friend, chased him away.
Now she’s redecorating Gee’s Bar, he should stay away but Gee has business away and he has to coordinate things.
Now Myka knew Lance wouldn’t have let her take this job, but she never expected him to show up within hours of talking to her on the phone.
Nothing like trying to put the Alpha in the middle of a family argument. Have I mentioned how much I love Drew? This is a favorite scene.
The groan of old hinges and the scrape of the door sliding across the jamb was all the warning he got. With quick movements, he picked up Myka and deposited her on her feet then rolled to his as he closed his zipper. He darted out of the office, ready to tear into someone’s flesh for the interruption.
His feet stopped, and his brain absorbed the two men standing in the room. Drew, his Alpha, ran a hand through his brown hair and lifted an eyebrow in question. Lance stood behind Drew, and furious didn’t describe the look on his face.
“What in the hell are you doing here, Lance?” Myka asked from behind Kaden.
But Kaden didn’t even glance at her. He watched his old friend closely. Lance’s hair was longer, but his appearance hadn’t changed much since the time Kaden had last seen him.
“I’d ask you the same thing, Myka, but I already know the answer,” Lance grated through clenched teeth.
“Don’t talk to her like that,” Kaden warned. Lance’s words had dripped with disapproval as if Myka had tainted herself in some way.
Lance attempted to push past Drew, but the Alpha reached out grabbing Lance by the shoulder, halting him. Lance shook off the Alpha’s hold but didn’t take any more forward steps. “I told you to never come near her again, Kaden.”
This was exactly the kind of drama Kaden had wished to avoid. He didn’t need to bring any trouble the pack’s way—Drew’s way.
“It’s time to leave, Myka. You just quit.” Lance reached for his sister’s arm.
Myka jerked away. “What? Did you jump on a freaking plane as soon as you hung up with me?” She held her hand up to halt any response. “It doesn’t matter. You have no say over my life. I haven’t quit anything. In fact, I’m going to my apartment to shower and then I’ll be back to work. Here. And I don’t care if you don’t like it.”
Kaden watched as she pushed past her brother and Drew, leaving through the back door.
“I should have known you had something to do with this,” Lance growled.
“I’m not going to fight with you, Lance.”
Drew held up a hand to try and diffuse the situation. “Lance, I’m not my father, and I will vouch for Myka’s safety inside the Tao pack borders. A lot happened to all of us in the past, but that’s behind us. I’m not going to tell your sister she can’t work here if she chooses.”
“Of course not. Why would I expect you to be any help to me?”
“I’m not Magnum, but I won’t take disrespect. I’d watch your tone, son, or you will be leaving here with a limp. And your sister can make her own choices. In case you forgot, I’m the Alpha here and my word is law.”
“Damn it, Lance, leave Drew out of this. You’re pissed at me, so just keep directing that shit this way.”
“Fuck you, Kaden. And you need to stay the hell away from my sister.” Lance turned his attention to Drew. “So, you’re not going to consider my wishes?”
“You can handle your family problems however you want, Lance. You’re both adults. But if you ever disrespect me or one of my decisions again, you won’t get a second chance.” Drew nodded to both men. “Have a great morning and get the hell out of Gee’s place before he finds you here after hours. He’s not as sweet as me.”
Drew walked out while Lance and Kaden stared each other down. So many emotions swirled inside Kaden’s chest. On one hand, he wanted to reach out to Lance, but he knew the gesture would be received badly. “Look, I just want to move on. We have fucked-up pasts and fucked-up lives, but I’m trying to make something of mine now. I don’t need this drama.”
“Of course not. You’re weak and pathetic and you need to stay the hell away from my sister.”
Kaden growled. “Just because I have no wish to fight with you doesn’t mean I’m going to sit here and take your insults.”
“As I remember, you have a good history of standing there and doing nothing, or turning around and walking away.”
Kaden shoved Lance. “You have no idea how hard that was for me!”
Lance shoved him back. “I figure about as hard as it was for you to walk away when I caught you with Myka six years ago.”
The words were like a blow Kaden felt in his chest. “That was different. I couldn’t offer her anything. I was alone.”
Cavanaugh, Virginia. Worth Fighting For (Black Hills Wolves Book 26) (Kindle Locations 542-553). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Kaden really has to figure out what’s important here. I kinda wanted to smack him a few times.
Lance really has some screwed up ideas on what a kid can and can’t do. His treatment of his sister was way over the top, but I loved the way she handles him.
Lots of family drama with some sizzling scenes and a happy ever after.
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Virginia Cavanaugh is a multi-published author of erotic romance. Her work covers many sub-genres as new characters present themselves to her every day. After working for years as a nurse in pediatrics, her love of the alpha hero sparked her desire to bring her own stories to life. When not playing housewife, mother, maid, laundress, taxi driver or just general all-around slave, she enjoys finding a quiet corner to read or work on her next story.