Her Lucky Love – An Excerpt
She found his cell number in her contacts and pressed the green button. God, she really didn’t want to talk to him, even though she really, really did. Okay fine, she was fine talking with him, she just didn’t like how it made her feel—like she was on quicksand and any sudden movement would take her under.
Great, now she sounded like a teenager.
The phone rang twice, and Brayden picked up.
“Ally? Is everything okay? Are the kids okay?” he asked, his deep voice washing over her and sending goose bumps down her spin.
God that voice made her ache.
No, stop it, Allison. He isn’t for you.
“Yes, the kids are fine.” Damn, point for him for thinking about her kids first. “It’s the car.”
“Did you get in an accident? Do I need to call Tyler?”
Tyler Cooper was Brayden’s brother and the town sheriff, not to mention the fiancé of one of her best friends, Abby.
“No, we’re fine; the kids are fine. My car’s just died on the side of the road near Sunset Pass, and I need help.”
God that last part hurt to say.
She hated asking for help. But, as soon as she’d had her kids, she knew pride was for people with means. She’d do anything to protect her babies, and she’d done most everything to prove that.
“Sunset Pass? I’ll be right there. Stay in the car, okay Ally?”
Relief swept through her that he’d be there soon. That he’d drop everything to take care of her and her babies.
No, just her babies. She had nothing to do with it.
Sure, Ally, keep telling yourself that.
“No problem, it’s cold anyway.” She bit her lip and held back a curse. Why did she have to tell him that? Now he probably thought she was some weak damsel in distress on the side of the road waiting for her knight in shining armor to race to her side on that stallion of his.
Well, so she was sort of like that, but only for her kids.
All she ever did was for her kids.
She didn’t have pride anymore.
She had to remember that.
Brayden mumbled something unintelligible then said he’d by right there. They hung up, and Allison closed her eyes, remembering the deep rumble of his voice.
What would that voice sound like surrounded by soft sheets and candlelight?
She blinked and cursed at herself for fantasies that were too good for her.
This was why she avoided Brayden Cooper unless her kids needed him.
She couldn’t help the dreams of his touch, his integrity, and the way he could slip right into their lives and keep them steady.
Allison was the steady point in her family.
She didn’t need a man to be her anchor.
She’d tried that and look how she’d failed.
Oh, how she’d failed.
She put her phone away and got in the car, wincing as she noticed the heat had slowly leached from the interior.
“Okay, guys, Brayden is coming to help us, so let’s make sure we have all our stuff ready to go. We don’t want to make him wait for us.”
Lacy’s smile brightened up so much Allison was afraid she’d need sunglasses just to look at her daughter.
“Really? Brayden’s coming? Yay!” She clapped her hands and wiggled in her booster.
It looked like she wasn’t the only Malone girl who’d fallen for Brayden’s charm.
No, no. Scratch that. Ally hadn’t fallen.
Nope, not in anyway.
She ignored the inner eye roll.
“Yep, so make sure you’re on your best behavior, okay?”
“Of course, Momma. Brayden is special,” her daughter said with a seriousness that surprised Allison.
God, why had she let her kids get so close to him? She’d known they needed a father figure in their lives. They’d never really had that with Greg, even when he’d been alive, but maybe she’d gone too far with the Cooper brothers.
The five men had taken her under their wings and been the uncles her kids had never had. Matt, Justin, Jackson, Tyler, and Brayden had gone to birthday parties and celebrated Christmas and Easter with her babies. They’d taken them to movies and to the park when Allison couldn’t do it because she had to work to support her family.
They’d offered to help her with the bills from time to time, but she’d said no. The town of Holiday was small enough that anything like that would spark rumors that would be hard to pat down. Plus, even though she’d said she’d lost her pride, she still had that fragile hold on the last bit of it.
Her job as a waitress at the town diner could support her family if they lived leanly, and it had worked.
She had her family, and the Uncles Cooper were amazing with her children. Justin had even saved their lives last Christmas during the accident on the ice pond.
Yet, Brayden had stepped up even further. He’d been there for everything she could ever need, and she knew she relied on him too much.
From the way her kids looked at him and the way their excitement filled the car at just the mention of his name, she knew she’d gone too far.
She’d have to back off and slowly break some of the ties that held Brayden to them. He couldn’t be the steady rock they needed.
That was her job, and she didn’t trust anyone else to be part of that.
What would happen when Brayden found a wife and had children of his own? She couldn’t let her children go through that disappointment.
A sharp pain hit her at the thought of Brayden married to someone else, watching his wife grow round with his child.
No, she didn’t need to feel that or be jealous.
Brayden Cooper wasn’t hers.
He would never be hers.
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
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Brayden Cooper has always been lucky. It’s in his blood and in the coin that he has hanging on a leather tie around his neck. He has everything in the world he could ever want, money: a job, brothers he loves, and the luck that comes with his powers. Yet he’s empty. Everyone but him knows he loves Allison, yet it’s going to take something stronger than luck to bring them together.
Allison Malone is exhausted. After the death of her abusive husband, her hell of a marriage is finally over and now she’s alone with her three children that are the center of her world. Long hours at work, plus mommy duty at home are taking its toll on her and that’s not the worst of it. Her late husband’s family is in town and they want her children.
The outsiders have secrets of their own and it’s going to take all of the Coopers, especially Brayden’s, help to save them. When trouble attacks, Allison will have to remember that she’s also a woman who needs love, and Brayden might be the one to give that to her.
Warning: Contains one sexy mechanic with a lucky streak, a waitress who needs to give into her temptations, and a love so fierce it’s bound to set the sheets on fire. Again.
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