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Chapter 8

  • Chapter Eight
  • Reno was ready to kill Loraine for laughing but the confused stare Riana gave him had him frozen. What exactly could he say? ‘I didn’t want you to know him so I didn’t tell you his race?’
  • Reno knew Riana was only following his lead when he’d asked their mother never to speak of that man. That day, he’d walked in on their mother trying to explain things to Riana and he heard the loving way she’d said his name and that was all it took for Reno to lose his temper and forbid their mother from ever mentioning him in their home again. She’d tried to reason with him, but Reno had just come from an all night shift at a textile factory and had only four hours before he had to be at his other weekend job. He was bone tired and his patience was shot worrying about everything, including wondering how he was going to finish high school, if the bills kept piling up. The last thing he needed to hear was the reason as to why he had to work to help keep a roof over their heads mentioned under said roof.
  • He’d yelled at his mother, demanding that she never tell Riana a thing about that man who was absent from their lives, like he was some lost hero, when truly, he’d picked the comforts of his new wife’s money over the family he had started even before he’d met her. And that was the last time Reno Ruiz Albury was discussed.
  • “Riana…” What exactly was he going to say? What could anyone say in this situation? Even Allan was at a loss for words. He didn’t have to wonder long because Loraine spoke up.
  • “Don’t question it, don’t get mad, and don’t get hurt. What’s done is done. No one meant to ambush you and I’m sure you weren’t meant to find out like that.” She glared up at him before she turned back to Riana. “The bastard hurt you, but he’s dead. The only good thing he ever did was procreate three really hot kids. So we are going to say, ‘thank you asshole have a nice life in hell’, then you are going to hug your new brother before he suffocates to death. He’s already turning blue from holding his breath.”
  • She pulled away from Reno and moved to Riana, hugging her. “After everything that’s happened we should be grateful you are gaining family and not losing them.” Then she pulled away and turned a sharp glare to Ruiz. “Unless he’s here for your money. Then I’ll gladly help you lose a sibling.”
  • She looked Ruiz up and down and from the expression on Ruiz’s face. Reno was sure he was wondering if she was measuring him for a wooden box coffin.
  • “He’s so hot it would be such a waste. You know, you could be Reno’s twin if you weren’t a tan shade lighter. You look exactly alike, the physic, the eyes, the smile—everything, except the hair. I like Reno’s hair better; yours looks too much like the half-naked guy on the cover of an erotic romance novel. The women’s under the mattress porn.”
  • Reno was so shocked he had to laugh. “And you wonder why I call you crazy?”
  • “Again, that’s why I call her a bulldog. She’s very protective of Riana.” Allan commented.
  • Riana took a visible deep breath before she hugged Loraine. “This is why I love you. You have a wonderful but weird way of bringing everything into perspective.”
  • Loraine hugged her back. “Anything for you Riana.”
  • Riana pulled out of her embrace and took Ruiz’s hand. “Come on, we have a lot to talk about, and only an hour or so to do so.”
  • Ruiz smiled down at Riana, instantly relaxing before he turned to Reno. “You coming?”
  • Reno shook his head. “No. You two need this time alone.”
  • Ruiz nodded and walked away with Riana. Watching the two of them like that, he couldn’t even describe the emotions that consumed him. Loraine was right. The man was a bastard, but he did three things right—creating his three children—and Reno loved two of them beyond measure. Yes, he may not know his brother well but he’d grown to care for him the two months they had to get to know each other.
  • “Ow, Don Juan is showing his true nature again,” Loraine cooed, pulling his attention. “Don’t worry, Riana will give him a fair shake. Though I think it was a very ass wipe move to spring this on her at her own wedding. He’s even one of the groomsmen!”
  • “Allan’s idea,” Reno hurriedly confessed. Damn the woman could glare! It made him uneasy and he bet everyone she’d ever settled it on felt the same.
  • Allan’s eyes widened. “Gee, thanks for having my back, brother.”
  • Reno chuckled, pulling Loraine into his arms. “Who do you have watching Aurora?”
  • Allan shoved his hands into his pants pockets with a knowing smile. “Melody is going to watch her and Mark. Don’t worry about it. Go have your fun, just be here in the morning to say goodbye or she’ll never forgive me for leaving before she says goodbye to you.”
  • The word goodbye made his chest clench but he nodded. “What are you doing for your honeymoon?”
  • Allan shrugged his smile growing to a full blown grin. “Well sailing is out of the question; it didn’t go well the last time. And visiting a vineyard is too, no point going when she can’t drink. We’ll just check out some of Riana’s favorite spots then go back home. The board wants me back at the company in two weeks.”
  • Reno was a little confused. Riana had talked about her trip on Allan’s yacht the first time they came to Italy like she’d enjoyed it, even though she always begged off going sailing with him when she was in Bahamas. And Aurora loved it; sometimes he couldn’t get her off the boat without some pleading on his part. And why not a vineyard, Riana loved wine? Unless…
  • “And the light bulb goes on,” Loraine announced.
  • “For real? She pregnant again? Already?”
  • Allan chuckled. “Completely unplanned, just like Aurora. I was surprised too. She told me during our wedding dance.”
  • Reno had been watching them dance until the sight of Loraine in her dress, exposing her long endless sexy legs, distracted him. He would have liked to see Allan’s reaction. And why hadn’t she told him he was going to be an uncle again?
  • They were having another kid and so soon after they’d found each other. It worried him a little, but seeing how happy Allan was and knowing his sister was probably just as happy, if not more, silenced his doubts.
  • He pulled away from Loraine to clap Allan’s hand and give him a hug. “Congratulations, man! I’m very happy for you.”
  • When he pulled away, he noticed the sheen in Allan’s eyes and he felt himself choke up a little.
  • “Thanks. We’re ecstatic. And thank you for taking care of her and being a father to Aurora when I couldn’t.”
  • “No problem. I was happy to do it. Happier when you stepped in and took over.”
  • Allan shook his hand one last time. “Well, I’ll go make sure Aurora hasn’t broken anything irreplaceable. You two enjoy yourself.” Then he walked off.
  • Loraine pressed her fist to her waist. “He says that like he’s in on a little secret. Does he think we’re going to have sex tonight?” she demanded indignantly.
  • Reno pulled her into the circle of his arms, pressing her flush against his excited body. “What? Aren’t we?”
  • She stared up at him, really stared into his eyes and he could see the doubt and desire in them as she debated her decision. “Will you be there all night, or will you creep out in the middle of the night, wam-bam-thank-you-Lori?”
  • Her soft spoken voice told him they weren’t joking around anymore. She was serious. Reno never stayed the night after the deed. He always made sure he gave as good as he got, but no matter how good or how much into the night the sex went, he never slept over. Depending on the girl, he would either leave right after with a promise to call if the sex was that great, or he’d wait until they fell asleep before he snuck out. It was the best strategy with the whiny clingy ones.
  • But with Loraine it was different. He had to handle it differently. The best decision would be to walk away from her right at that moment. She was her sister’s best friend and he didn’t want to make things weird in case their paths crossed again. But at the same time, she was Crazy Lori, the girl who he’d dreamed about having ever since he heard her voice on the phone. That need only had grown worse when he’d seen her on video chat, witnessing how much she truly cared for Riana.
  • Yes, she was blonde and blue eyed, but, she was Loraine, his Crazy Lori.
  • “How long are you here for?”
  • Her brows knitted together. “Three days, why?”
  • He smiled at her, lowering his head to whisper in her ear, “I’ll stay the night and the morning. All three days of them.”
  • He heard her gasp, her hands tightening on his arms. “This is going to be the longest hour of my life!”
  • Reno barked out a laugh, spinning Loraine around on the dance floor. It was weird, but for the first time in his life, he wasn’t rushing the girl out the door to the nearest bed after she gives him the green light.
  • He had three whole days and this night to enjoy Lori, not just her body but also her company. He planned to enjoy every minute of it before reality set in and they went back to their lives, him to his philandering ways and she to her carousing rich girl life.