The Ties That Bind
An eye for an eye. A heart for a heart.
My name is Xander St. John and I have two jobs: protect my brother Jayce - with my life, if necessary - and take out the family's enemies before they can strike first. It's a job I excel at too, until Jayce gave me the one directive I could never carry out: murder Arabella Wilson, the only woman I've ever loved, the one who destroyed me years ago. But that wasn't all. If I defied him, Jayce would have me killed too. So now I have a choice to make - who lives and who dies? Both Jayce and Arabella are my enemies, yet each such an ingrained part of my soul that if I lose either, a part of me will die right along with them. So what will it be? My twin or my lover? My darkness or my light?
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“Something tells me there’s more to this than you’re letting on,” my friend Ben observed. “Look man, I’m not about to get all up in your personal shit, but I want you answer me honestly when I ask this next question.”
Ah shit. Here it comes.
“This isn’t just about needing to keep Jayce in check, is it?”
I waited a beat before answering, which was really all the answer he needed. “He threatened me, Ben. I can’t let that stand. Anyone else and I’d be fine with it. But not this.”
“But he threatened Arabella too.”
Damn him. He’d always been too good at seeing right through me. “That too,” I agreed quietly, glancing away.
“Shit Xander,” he muttered. “You’ve seen her, haven’t you?”
I turned back to my best friend. The man who was more a brother to me than my actual flesh and blood. “What do you want me to say?”
“I want you to say you know what the fuck you’re doing,” he whispered, leaning in close. “And that you’ve lost your goddamn mind. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe both you St. Johns need to have your heads examined, because if I’m not mistaken, you’re about to start a civil war, all for some pussy.”
I fixed my glare on him. Through clenched teeth, I warned, “Don’t you dare speak of her in that way. You know better thananyone she’s more to me than that.”
Holding up his palms, he said, “Alright, alright. You know I meant no disrespect. But man, all I’m saying is you haven’t seen this woman for years and suddenly you’re putting her welfare above everyone else’s.”
He scratched his chin thoughtfully for a few seconds.
“Jayce needs to be stopped, and you know it.” I paused, weighing my next statement. Then, I told him the truth. “But you know she’s everything to me, Ben.”
“No, hear me out. I know we’re no good for each other, but think about it for a minute. Since we broke up the first time, there’s been no one else for me. Arabella is everything. And despite my intellect telling me I should stay away, my heart has other ideas. Fuck man,” I groaned and speared my hands through my hair and tugged. “This whole thing is dangerous. If I fail, she’s as good as dead. If I fuck up and Jayce doesn’t kill me and anything happens to her—if I ever hurt her in any way—I couldn’t live with myself.”
He rested his hand on my shoulder. “Ah shit. You love her, don’t you?”
“Do I love her?” I asked incredulously. “Fuck, how can you even ask me that? Of course I love her. Haven’t you been listening to a word I said. She’s the other half of me, all I’ve ever wanted. I’d die for her … I’d kill for her.”
Rebecca writes steamy contemporary romance featuring smart, lovable heroines and the men who adore them. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, and is obsessed with travel, craft beer, whiskey, and rugby.