Rescuing His Heart(2)

By: Melanie Shawn

Troy laughed. “Calm down, bro. She’s thirteen, and she’s only going across the street. Her friend lives over there, and they’re studying for a history test. Which basically means they’re going to be copying makeup tutorials from YouTube. It’s harmless.”

Gavin narrowed his eyes. “I haven’t seen her for over a year. I figured she’d at least stick around for dinner.”

Troy shook his head. “Again. She’s thirteen. It’s going to be years before dinner with her brother holds a candle to makeup tutorials with her friends.”

Gavin shook his head. Yeah, he’d liked his independent life, but this was the downside. He’d missed his little sister’s childhood, pretty much.

“Come on,” Troy said. “Grab a beer from the fridge and hang out at the kitchen table while I finish dinner. Donovan should be here any minute.”

Gavin followed Troy through the archway that led to the kitchen. “I figured we’d be ordering a pizza. Since when do you cook more than mac and cheese?”

“About a year ago, Mila got on a food kick. Again, the YouTube videos. She started cooking for us. She’s really good, but as she’s been getting busier with school and extracurriculars, she’s handed the reins to me.”

“And are you really good?”

Troy grinned good-naturedly as he stirred a pot on the stove. “Not by a longshot. But I’m okay.”

Gavin pulled an amber bottle from the fridge and sat at the kitchen table. “I haven’t had a home-cooked meal in God knows how long. Okay sounds pretty good to me.”

“Well, dammit, if ‘okay’ is the goal, then I think you’re in for a real treat.”

“Anybody home?” The voice of their other brother, Donovan, echoed through from the entryway.

“In the kitchen!” Troy called.

Donovan entered the kitchen. He and Gavin shared a quick hug, and then Donovan held up the twelve pack of beer in his hand. “For later on the deck.”

Gavin flashed a quick grin. “You’re officially my new favorite brother.”

“Like that was ever in question. So, what’s for dinner?”

“Troy’s cooking.”

“I told him not to expect better than okay.” Troy interjected.

“Well, then, he shouldn’t be disappointed.” Donovan grinned, a glint in his eyes, and added, “So, while we’re waiting for the food, what do you say we get a start on these beers?”

Gavin nodded. “I’d say I like your style.”

Chapter 2

Just act normal. I mean, things are normal. Right? So just act like it!

Genevieve squared her shoulders as she prepped herself to walk through the doors of Cupid’s Arrow Bar and Grill. She’d met Ella for drinks roughly 3.76 times per week, every week, since they’d both hit drinking age over a decade ago. This shouldn’t have been a big deal.

But, oh. It. Was. It definitely freaking was.

She wasn’t sure why the knowledge that she and Gavin were both going to be calling Valentine Bay home at the same time again was making her so freaking jumpy, but it sure as hell was.

Nothing had to change. They could go on just being friends with benefits. They could keep the relationship under wraps. Nothing said they couldn’t. No one needed to find out what was—and had been—going on between them.

But deep down she knew that was utter bullshit. It was bound to come out now, and Ella would find out that her very best friend in the entire world had been lying to her for…well, ever.

God. That wouldn’t be a cute conversation.

Just keep your head on straight and get through drinks and you can figure out a plan tomorrow!

She took a deep breath and entered the bar. She spotted Ella waving and smiling at her from a booth in the corner, and she hurried over, sliding into the opposite side across from the happy, loving face of her friend.

She studied Ella’s trusting eyes, her rosy cheeks, her blonde curls. Fuck, she looked like a damn Disney princess! How can you lie to a Disney princess?

“I’ve been sleeping with Gavin,” Gen blurted, the words almost as much a surprise to her as they clearly were to the newly wide-eyed Ella.