Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor.
One of the most popular characters from the Saving Liam saga is ready to tell his story! Destined for greatness, Blue reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy we love.
|Cover by LC Chase|
One ultimatum cost him everything.
It was supposed to bring a new beginning, a new life. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.
Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to calm the storm in a man he doubts he can tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past.
With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue must work to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes trust is worth the risk.
Blue shuffled into the room rumpled and silent, several minutes before the clock reached four a.m. He collapsed on the couch, gazed pinned to the television as if it held something more interesting than stock values. Brady pushed back from his desk and walked across the room to drag the afghan from the back of the couch and drape it over Blue. He'd stopped asking if he was alright months ago. It was a pointless question. If Blue was awake at that hour, he wasn't okay, and the reason was obvious.
He crouched beside the couch and swept the hair from Blue’s eyes.
"Need anything, cub?"
Blue shook his head.
He kissed Blue's forehead and stood to retrace his steps. Blue reached out and grabbed a handful of denim at his shin to keep him from getting very far.
"You'd tell me if I was getting to be a pain in the ass, right?" Blue's voice was quiet and rough.
Brady sank back to the floor. "Yes and you're not."
"You're not lying to me because you think that's what I want to hear?"
"Is that what the dream was about?" he asked.
"Don't change the subject."
He smiled. "I'm not lying." He stroked Blue's hair because he couldn't have that conversation and keep his hands to himself. "If you're still worried about last night, don't. I doubt anyone, but the three of us even noticed your mood. No harm done."
The television whispered in the silence, and Blue's expression gained a few degrees of intensity.
"Do you know how easy it would be for me to lose everything?" Blue asked.
"Harder than you think."
"One bad mood too many. One careless comment..."
"You're not a treadmill with a glitch. I'm not going to throw you out because you get on my nerves once too often."
"It happens, Poppy."
"I know, but not with me."
He leaned close to make his point with another kiss to Blue's forehead. Blue had other ideas. He grabbed Brady by the shirt, raised his chin to intercept the offered bit of affection, and kissed him. It wasn't wild or demanding. More determined and full of need. Blue kept him close by the shirt crumpled in his fist, pulling Brady to his knees. He sank fingers into Blue’s hair, encouraged by the lack of objection.
It was hotter this time, emotion that surpassed flirtation weeks ago lit by the sparks, like a paper lantern too close to the fire. He wanted to pull Blue off the couch and into his arms to see how far they could take things before Blue's self-loathing called a penalty. He didn't get the chance.
Blue broke the kiss, Brady's shirt still held in his fist. He dropped his forehead to Brady's shoulder and lay panting against his neck, keeping him close.
"Since we're being honest, I'm not going to say I'm sorry I did that," Blue said.
"That makes two of us."
"I want you, Poppy. Really, really want you and I don't know how to get around the shit in my head to make that happen."
"Dr. Geist would probably say we should do this one step at a time."
"No. She'd tell me I'm moving too fast and need to stop taunting both of us with something we can't have right now."
Blue brought his head up, released Brady's shirt and flopped back on the couch.
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