Dirty Together(The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy #3)(5)By: Meghan March
Apparently Logan doesn’t mind, because he continues. “So, what the hell are you doing here, looking like you been rode hard and put up wet?”
I choke out a laugh and raise an eyebrow. “And here I thought you said I looked good.”
He smiles, glancing toward me again and then back at the road. “Oh, you do, but you look tired, strung out—and you’re short a husband.”
I ball up my left hand and cover the rock with my right palm. Here in Kentucky, it seems even more obscenely large.
“I just needed a break,” I say. “I needed to step away for a little while and sort some stuff out. By myself.”
Logan flips on the blinker and turns right into Gran’s gravel drive before slowing the truck to a stop close to the house and shifting into Park. He turns toward me in his seat.
“I would’ve thought this was the last place you’d come running to.”
A million memories await me inside this house—and whatever mess Mama left behind after she broke in and helped herself to some of Gran’s most prized possessions.
I take a breath, my shoulders rising, and then let it out slowly, straightening. “I guess when you decide to make a run for it, the most natural place in the world to run is back to your roots. I’ve only been gone nine months, but so much has changed. I wanted a bigger life, and boy, did I ever get it.”
I don’t even think before I speak, the truth of my feelings spilling out of me.
“But it’s gotten so big, it’s like I don’t know who I am anymore. I thought if I came back here, maybe that would give me the answers I can’t seem to find anywhere else.”
“You made a run for it?”
I’m not surprised that’s the part he picks up on. “It’s a long story.”
Hoping to leave it at that, I reach for the handle and push the door open before jumping down to the ground. Practically need a damn stepladder for that thing.
I hoist my purse up one more time and meet Logan at the front of the truck where he’s holding my bag. He follows me up the front steps to Gran’s purple porch.
She picked that color the summer before she passed because she was banking on it pissing off her crotchety old neighbor. She was right. Gran was always right. I guess the real reason I came back is because I’m hoping I can find her guidance and wisdom here, even if she’s not.
I unlock the dead bolt and push the front door open. Dust motes float in the air. I guess getting picked up and tossed in jail got in the way of Mama doing some cleaning.
Logan drops my bag just inside the front door. He takes a step back, and I slip inside.
“Thanks. For the ride and for the help with the car. You can leave a message on Gran’s machine when it’s ready. I’ll be checking it.”
“Ain’t no trouble.” He’s standing with his thumbs hooked into the waistband of his coveralls, and I have no idea what he’s waiting for.
I start to push the door closed, but Logan says, “Be ready at eight.”
“You heard me.”
“But I . . . What?”
“You came back to find your roots, Holly. I’m gonna reintroduce ya.”
I told myself I wasn’t going to go as I crawled under the clean sheets of my old bed and didn’t set an alarm. I told myself I wasn’t going to go while I ignored the high-pitched chime of the doorbell at seven forty-five. I told myself I wasn’t going to go while I covered my head with a pillow to muffle the pounding coming from the door.
I told myself I wasn’t going to . . . until Logan Brantley was standing in the doorway of my old bedroom.
Stunned, I shot up in bed. “What the hell? How’d you get in here?”
“Told you I was coming at eight. Figured you wouldn’t be ready, so I came early. Now get your ass out of bed. We got places to go tonight.”