Today kicks off the first installment of my FREE read, In the Public Eye. Over the course of the next eight weeks, I will be sharing several pages of this sexy read!
Ria Phillips Fox married the Chicago’s Richest Bachelor, Garrison Fox believing that he was the man of her dreams. Soon she resents feeling like nothing more than arm candy.
Garrison Fox isn’t a man who deals well with being left in his bed alone and he has no intention of staying in the predicament Ria’s left him in. Even if it means playing dirty. After all, there’s more way than to catch a fox.
In The Public Eye
A Crave Short Read
Copyright © 2016 by Samara King.
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“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”
Garrison Fox turned toward his younger brother, Darius, shot him a dark look as if daring him to question his actions, and threw the last of his clothes in the small suitcase. “You know me better than that. I don’t make half-cracked moves.”
“True,” Darius said. “However, everyone was surprised when you came back home with a wife, including me.”
Garrison thought of Ria. The media had taken their private life and run with it in every local rag. The pressure had been high for both of them. He just hadn’t thought she’d leave him.
“People change. I was bound to meet someone eventually.” He turned away, his mind bombarded by the possibilities of what might happen once Ria saw him.
“Yes, that’s true. Look, for what it’s worth, I’m sorry Ria felt she had to leave. I happen to like her.”
Garrison swiveled around. For the first time in weeks, a smile played across his lips. “Is that so?”
“Yeah, any woman who can keep up with the likes of you and give as good as she gets is worth keeping!”
Ria had given him plenty of hell the night before she’d walked out of their home and bed. He sighed, feeling the muscles in his back tense. Her disappearance had only fueled the media’s frenzy and Garrison’s anger. He wondered for a moment, did she really think he wouldn’t come after her? Did she think he would just go for some quickie divorce?
No matter the circumstances surrounding their whirlwind marriage, he had taken his vows seriously as he’d pledged his love, devotion and his heart to Ria. Only his injured pride had kept him from going after her immediately after the private investigator had reported her whereabouts.
Garrison stiffened his spine. His decision came swiftly after another night of not having her by his side. He was done sleeping alone.
The papers had hinted at “problems” and financial issues possibly underlying Ria’s hasty departure to New York, but Garrison knew better. The strain of the media and his mother’s disregard lay behind her need to leave.
He’d heard the rumors, whispers, and had read the garbage in the tabloids. Everyone wanted to know what had made one of Chicago’s wealthiest bachelors settle down and use a game show as a vehicle to do it.
His answer came as no surprise. It was none of their damn business. Deep inside, he knew no one had been more surprised than he was after encountering Ria Phillips. The woman had captivated him from “Go,” and his interest had only increased during their brief time together. Even now, the potent note of desire surged through him. If he closed his eyes, he could smell the scent of her hair, clean with a hint of roses; the allure of her soft chocolate skin infused his longing.
Garrison was tired of memories, and even more so of an empty bed. It was time his wife came back to where she belonged. Beside him.
Garrison zipped up his carry-on bag and faced the questions looming in his brother’s eyes. “Nothing matters now but finding Ria and bringing her back.”
Marcus nodded. “And if she chooses not to? You can’t drag her back to Chicago kicking and screaming.”
He smiled, patting his brother’s shoulder as he brushed past him, carrying his suitcase and the travel bag out of the bedroom. “Watch me.”
Coming back without his wife wasn’t an option, Garrison thought, a frown marring his brow as he shut the trunk to his Mercedes-Benz Coupe. He had no doubt that convincing Ria to come back to him, to his bed, would be a feat. But he had a few tricks up his sleeves, and he wasn’t afraid to use them.
Tune in next week, there will be more to come! ~ Samara