Sinful Seduction

By: Katie Reus

Red Stone Security Series

Chapter 1

Blue smiled when he saw Zoe’s picture on his caller ID. The photo was from last year’s Halloween party and she was dressed like a pirate. She had a patch over her eye and was toasting the camera with a blue, mixed drink. She hated the picture but it fit her. He had a feeling he knew why she was calling so he answered immediately. “Hey, Zoe.”

“Vincent proposed to Jordan!” she practically shrieked, her excitement for her brother clear.

Blue opened the refrigerator of the condo Red Stone had put him up in for this job and grabbed a beer as he said, “Not surprised.”

She paused. “Did he tell you?”

“No, but come on, it’s not a surprise to you either.” Vincent had been in love with her for seven years and even though Blue had never heard of her until recently—none of them had—he’d seen the way they looked at each other.

“Okay, not really. Wish you could’ve been here to celebrate with us.”

“Me too.” Sort of. He was incredibly happy for his friend, but he’d needed to decompress more than he’d realized. The short job Harrison had put him on in Key West after that whole mess with Jordan’s stalker had been welcomed instead of returning to his empty home in Miami. Adjusting to the civilian world was harder than Blue had imagined and being around a big crowd of people celebrating, drinking and laughing…it sometimes got to be too much. “Have you told your brother about your problem?” The one that Blue had come down here last week to help her out with. The one that still wasn’t resolved.

“No, and I’m not going to. And neither are you. It’s not an issue right now so…let’s just forget about it.”

“That’s never going to happen,” he said mildly, knowing that yelling rarely worked with Zoe. Even if he wanted to shout at her for being so stubborn. Opening the sliding door that led to the small patio, Blue inhaled the fresh, ocean air as he sat at the round, glass table. The sun was setting and most of the people at the pool below were gathering their things. It was one of the reasons he liked this place. With the pool area closed off after dark, it tended to stay quiet.

“I know, I just…I don’t know what to do. There really isn’t anything to do at this point. He’s out of the country for six months.” Relief punctuated her words.

“So what happens when he returns, Zoe?” Blue couldn’t keep the edge out of his voice. He’d held off on telling Vincent about the man who had been basically stalking her only because she hadn’t told Blue about it until he’d arrived in Key West a week ago. But by then the guy harassing her had left the country for work. And Blue had checked up to make certain.

“I’ll worry about that then. Listen, I know I let it go on for longer than I should have but I was in a bad position.” Her voice held a pleading note for him to understand.

If it was anyone else, Blue might have read them the riot act, but he couldn’t with Zoe. She was smart and had been doing what she thought was best. “I don’t like lying to your brother. Give it a couple days then tell him everything.”

“I will, just not tonight.”

“All right.” He’d let it go for now. But if she didn’t come clean soon he had to tell Vincent.

“Enough about that. What are you doing now that your job is over? Let me guess,” she said before he could answer. “You’re sitting alone in that condo drinking a beer and watching some game on TV.”

“Wrong.” But she was close enough that it made him uncomfortable.

“You’re such a liar. You need to go out tonight and find a woman. Go out and have a good time. Stop living like an old man.”

Closing his eyes, he leaned his head back against the cushioned chair and closed his eyes. “I don’t want to find someone for a quick fuck.” He’d had enough of those when he was younger. Now…hell, he didn’t know what he wanted, but it wasn’t that.

“Who says it has to be quick?” He could hear the laughter in her voice.

“Shut up. You know what I mean. I wish we were attracted to each other.” It would make things a hell of a lot easier.

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