BLACKWINGS MC - DEVIL SPRINGS
I needed a break, so I took off to my friend’s cabin for a few days for some peace and quiet. Instead, I found an injured woman in the woods claiming to be a lost hiker. I immediately knew there was more to her story, and I was right, but the bombshell she dropped was the last thing I expected.
I wasn’t sure how much more I could take. After losing my mother, my life drastically changed, and I found myself escaping from one bad situation only to land right in the middle of another. I was alone and lost, and it seemed like every person I met tried to take advantage of me. When a sexy, beast of a man appeared out of nowhere and came to my rescue with guns blazing, I didn’t know whether to trust him or run screaming. Ultimately, I ran, but he followed and refused to let me go.
I moved into one of the rental houses owned by the club while my own house was being built. I wasn’t happy about it, but I was too old to move back in with my mother, even for just a few weeks. It was a nice, quiet neighborhood. Until the girl next door moved in and turned my world upside down before I even knew who she was.
I had the worst luck. With three months left on my nursing contract, they sent me to the one place I swore I’d never return—my hometown of Devil Springs. I didn’t have a childhood full of happy memories to return to. I had a drug-addicted mother and an asshole brother. But it was just for three months. What could possibly happen?
I started prospecting for the Blackwings MC to appease my grandfather. He raised me after my parents died, and I’d do anything for him. As it turns out, he was right. Joining the Blackwings MC was the best thing for me. Until it wasn’t. I had a personal obligation to uphold—a promise I made to a woman I’d never met—and my time with the MC was interfering with it. When she disappeared, I was consumed with anger and guilt. Thinking a change of scenery would help, the President sent me to the Devil Springs chapter to start over.
My life changed in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, I was a single parent with two small children. My friends, family, and community all came together to help me during the darkest time of my life. But, being reminded of what once was every single day was too much for me. I couldn’t move forward when I was surrounded by the past. So, I packed up my family and moved us to a new town. Things were going okay for us, until I discovered my past followed me.
At this stage in my life, I want nothing more than to settle down. I want an Old Lady and I want to start a family. Too bad my gut is telling me the woman I want more than anything is trouble looking for a place to happen. Tatum is my match in every way. She's intelligent, sassy, and isn't afraid to stand toe-to-toe with me. And she’s sexy as sin. Half the time I don't know if I'm infuriated with her or just that turned on. But Tatum has secrets. And I'll be damned if harm will come to my club because of her. Lies and secrets took my mother, but I won't let them take my current family. But none of that stops me from wanting Tatum so bad it hurts.
Part of my job is keeping secrets. That’s nothing new for me and my sister. My career and her lack of luck in love puts us smack dab in the middle of a major kidnapping case—leaving the authorities no choice but to relocate us. With new identities in place, we end up in Devil Springs, right next door to a business owned by the local bikers—the Blackwings MC. As much as we need to ignore these men, circumstances beyond our control force us into their orbit, and then into their world. As if that wasn’t enough, the club Enforcer, Batta, sparks a fire in me that I wasn’t expecting. Now, I’m forced to continue lying to someone about who I am and what I do, when all I want to do is tell him the truth. But my honesty could mean blowing the case and putting my sister's life at risk—not to mention jeopardizing his.
She walked into Precious Metals out of the blue and had me under her spell in a matter of seconds. Within a few days, I was falling for her.
And then life coldcocked me and knocked me off of my feet, literally.
By the time I was able to stand again, she was gone. And I couldn’t spend much time searching for her because I was busy learning how to adjust to my new life.
While sorting through my late mother’s belongings, I discovered a family secret. Or one my mother believed to be true.
There was no way I could let it go without knowing the truth, one way or another. So, I packed my bags and headed for a town called Devil Springs.
I didn’t find the answers I wanted, but I did find something I didn’t even know I was looking for, until it was suddenly taken from me.
And my whole world changed.
After spending sixteen years behind bars for brutally murdering the man who killed my wife, I was released earlier than expected thanks to my daughter-in-law. I never resented my time in prison. I knew what I was doing from the moment his first drop of blood fell, until I turned myself in days later.
I was thrilled to be back home with what was left of my friends and family, though I wasn’t sure where I’d fit in after being gone so long. I shouldn’t have worried. My brothers are my brothers for a reason. After the initial welcome home party, they carried on as if I’d always been there.
Life was good. I was content. Wasn’t wanting for anything. Then, a little girl asked me if she could have a flower from my wife’s grave, and she stole my heart. Little did I know, so would her mother.
After losing my apartment and my job on the same day, I had to ask for help. There was only one person I could call, and thankfully, he came through for me. Then, an epic snowstorm hit while I was moving, leaving me stuck on the highway for fourteen hours. I thought my bad luck was over when I finally made it to Devil Springs. Little did I know, it was only just beginning.
I was on my way home when it started snowing. Traffic came to a stop and I soon found myself stuck in the middle of a snowstorm on my bike. I was beginning to think I was going to freeze to death when the woman in the moving truck next to me offered to let me sit in her truck while we waited for traffic to start moving again. I had no idea that her simple act of kindness would change my life forever.
At the age of eighteen, I moved out of my mother’s house and ended the toxic relationship I had with my family. Then, I joined the Blackwings MC and found the family I wished mine could have been. We’re a brotherhood and always there for each other. When Judge needed help getting caught up on orders at his security company, I was happy to help. I had no idea that one of his customers would steal my heart with her worry-filled eyes and a glass of lemonade.
When both of my parents abandoned me as a newborn, my grandparents stepped in and raised me. Years later, when my grandparents retired, they decided to travel the country and left me to run their storage unit facility. Everything was going great until my estranged half brother showed up unannounced and asked me if he could put his belongings in one of my units while he served thirty days in jail. Oh, and he also wanted to leave his three-month-old son with me. I shouldn’t have agreed. But I did, and that’s when the trouble started