Perfect Timing(8)

By: Brenda Jackson

He looked down into Mya’s face. “You do trust me, don’t you?”

“Yes, but I don’t trust her. There’s something about her that I don’t like. For some reason she—”

Garrett touched his lips to hers. “Don’t ever feel threatened by any woman, Mya Ki’Shae Rivers. Ever. You are the only one who has my heart. You should know that. You’re the one I come home to every night and the one who sleeps in my bed. You and the boys are all I want and all I need,” he said before bringing his mouth down and fully kissing her.

Garrett was an accomplished kisser. And as far back as Mya could remember he always had been. Moments later, after he had thoroughly ravaged her mouth, she snuggled against his warm chest while he held her in his arms.

“Do you have to leave tomorrow, Mya?” he asked softly, a few moments later.

Meeting his gaze, she noted the quiet disappointment in his voice and didn’t answer him for a while. She knew he was still trying to come to terms with her working outside the home. Her management position with a well-known investment firm required occasional travel. Although she’d always made sure the boys were taken care of in her absence, she knew Garrett didn’t like the idea of her working. He came from a generation of Rivers who believed a man took care of his family, and the woman’s place was in the home, taking care of her man and her children. Her and Garrett’s biggest arguments had been about her wanting to utilize her degree in Finance. Even while she was home there was little for her to do since they had a housekeeper who doubled as a babysitter. She had felt the need to get a job, not that she needed one financially, but because she wanted to feel useful.

“Yes, I have to leave tomorrow, but it’s just an overnight trip. I’ll be back before you know it.”

His arms tightened up around her. “I’m going to miss you.”

“And I’m going to miss you and the boys.” After a few moments she said. “Did you talk to your coach about getting time off in June for the class reunion   cruise?” She knew that during the summer months the players were hard at work preparing for the fall football season.

“Yes, and he said it’s okay. That happens to be the same week he’d planned on giving the players time off to relax anyway, so it works out fine.”

Mya smiled. “I’m glad. It will be good seeing old friends again. I hope Maxi is going. It will be good seeing her. I hope the two of us can spend some time together.”

The corners of Garrett’s eyes crinkled in a smile. He remembered just how close Mya and Maxine used to be. Thick as gravy. “Yeah, it will be worth it, won’t it.” Moments later he began nuzzling her throat. “Umm…as always, you smell good.”

She looked up at him. His gaze was frankly seductive. “You smell pretty good yourself.”

He chuckled. “Let’s go into the bathroom and start smelling soapy.”

“Are you suggesting that we take a bath together?”

“Yes.” Garrett rose with her in his arms. “That’s exactly what I’m suggesting.”

Across town, Paige Duvall shared a cab with another cheerleader, as they made their way back to their apartments.

“I couldn’t happen but notice your interest in Garrett Rivers. You’re new so I’ll give you some advice,” the other cheerleader said to Paige. “Don’t waste your time on him. He’s a real family man who’s tied to his wife pretty tight. I understand he loves her very much.”

Paige smiled. “Most of them do…in the beginning. But a man being in love with his wife has never stopped me before. I like Garrett and intend to have him.”

The other woman shook her head frowning, not liking what she was hearing. “You’re pretty sure of yourself if you think that. Garrett Rivers is too dedicated to his wife and sons to let anyone come between them. You’ll just be wasting your time.”

Paige’s smile widened. “Maybe…then maybe not. Every man has a weakness. The key is finding out what that weakness is and using it. Which is what I intend to do.”


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