A Love in Lone Star Novel
by Ashley Bostock
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Ever since my divorce became final, I decided to start putting myself first. The problem is when I think of putting myself first, I think of my son’s biological father, Thatcher Patterson. The man that wanted nothing to do with me when he found out I was pregnant.
When he left me, he took my heart with him and I’ve never gotten it back.
Suddenly my son and I are forced to live with Thatcher indefinitely and it’s difficult to remember all the reasons why I don’t trust him. The way he looks at me, the way he is with our son and the way he makes me feel are all the reasons I’m running toward him instead of away from him.
But if I run toward him, how long will it take for him to up and run the other way from us, much like he did before?
I’ve never stopped loving Abigail Murphy or wishing I could be the perfect dad to my son. So, when a stipulation in my late grandfather’s will states that I must have an heir to claim my inheritance, it’s the push I need to get them in my life.
Because I need them as much as I need that money. With my business in the red, I have no other option. As the deadline creeps closer, I never counted on the guilt I would feel at trying to get a two for one deal. When the two of them move in with me, I’m reminded of all the wonderful things this woman has to offer and all the emotions she makes me feel.
She makes me feel worthy. Wanted. Loved. She makes me feel like I could be the man she needs and just maybe I could be the father my son deserves – the father I’ve been so afraid to be.
Which is why I shouldn’t be talking about her. Because talking led to thinking and thinking led me to places I shouldn’t be remembering. The way she tasted when we were five years younger and how hungry she used to be for me. I’d never experienced a hunger like that. The way she would cling to me like I was her last breath of air. Exploring every piece of my body with her mouth, her fingers. For not the first time, I wished she wasn’t that way with Adrian but in my heart of hearts I knew she was. That side of her wasn’t something one practiced. It was just who she was. Built into her the way the flight was built into a bird. It just was.
And it made me sick every time I thought about it.
“Thatch? Snap out of it, man.”
“Why didn’t you stay with Abby when you got her pregnant? Are you ever gonna tell me?”
I shook my head to silence Cap. No. I wasn’t going to tell him. I wasn’t ready to tell anyone what had me so graciously call in a favor from Adrian when I’d gotten the one woman I truly loved, pregnant. I didn’t need to relive the past any more than I needed to think about Abby.
“Speaking of sealed lips though, can I bounce something off you?”
“I got a letter from the trustees of my grandfather’s will yesterday. Further instructions on how I can obtain the rest of my inheritance.”
“The rest of it?” he cocked his brow at me.
“Four-hundred and fifty thousand dollars to be exact.”
“Go get that shit, man.”
“I need proper documentation that I’m in custody of a child.”
I watched the words sink in, just as they’d done with me. I knew the gears were turning in his head. In the silence, I could hear a dog barking in the distance. Cap and I stared at each other for a good minute before he finally spoke.
“Go get a fucking letter or something from her.”
“It’s not that simple, Cap. I have to have custody. Which means I can ask nicely and watch her laugh at me or take her to court.”
“It’s four-hundred and fifty thousand dollars, Thatch.”
“With the Deer Creek store in the red, I’ve got to go to court.”
“She’s going to fucking hate you more than she ever has.”
About Ashley Bostock
Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children and her animals. She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three.
Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in 2013. She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
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