Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains where the people are friendly and the men are hot.
Danton Pixler has traveled all over the world, refusing to stay in one place for more than a few weeks. When he realizes something is missing in his life, he decides to settle down and move to Cedar Falls.
Kale Driggs has lived in Cedar Falls for nearly a year. He loves the quaint town but fears he will never find the man of his dreams. At a crossroads, Kale must decide if he is going to stay in Cedar Falls or move on.
Fate has a way of arranging a chance meeting for two people who are meant to be together. But will the connection that flares brightly between the two be enough? Or will health problems and family drama keep them from finding their happily ever after?
“You have got to be fucking kidding me.” Crow said next to Kale.
They were both on the floor of the casino. It was a Saturday night, and the place was packed. Even the slot machines, which pulled in a good crowd normally, were filled with people milling around for one to open up. Whereas the business was good for the casino, it also meant a busy night for the security team.
Every available security officer had been called in. It was only nine, and already they had broken up ten fights, caught four pickpockets, and had to escort eight people from the premises for harassing the dealers. The pit boss, Tahl, was snarling at everyone as his dealers had to take more than the usual amount of crap, and he wasn’t happy about it.
It had been a long night, which was why Kale didn’t like Crow’s tone. It sounded like the man was staring into hell and the devil just showed its teeth. Glancing in the direction his friend was staring, Kale couldn’t help but let out a groan of dismay.
Jesse Grant and his friends were walking through the doors. Worse, their husbands were nowhere in sight. “Fuck,” he swore. Clicking on his mic, he called to Stone. “Are you aware that Griffith just walked in with Jesse and friends in tow?”
There was a moment of silence, probably so Stone could look at the monitors and see for himself. Cursing came through the line that would make a sailor blush. “Keep them in your sight at all times. I’ll start making calls to their husbands.”
Kale and Crow stared at one another in disbelief. “How in the hell does he expect us to do that?” Crow asked. “We don’t have enough staff to watch them.” He gave a snort. “Hell, there aren’t enough people in Cedar Falls to keep an eye on Jesse.”
Kale chuckled. As sad as that was, Crow spoke the truth. Jesse had a way of making things…challenging, even for the strongest willed of them. How Parker, Jesse’s husband, was able to put up with him was anyone’s guess. Not that Jesse wasn’t nice, because he was.
The man would give you the shirt off his back, not that Kale would be caught dead in most of the man’s T-shirts. Like the one he was wearing now said, “Once you put my meat in your mouth you’re going to want to swallow.” Funny, but not something Kale, or most anyone he knew, would wear. Just Jesse.
At the same time, Jesse was nothing but trouble with a capital T. He may not try and find it, but trouble had a way of finding Jesse. Add to that, Jesse didn’t believe in ever backing down, no matter how outnumbered he was, or outmuscled. As admirable a trait as that was, one day it would get the man killed. Jesse was five and a half feet and a buck twenty five soaking wet. He had no chance against most of the men he came up against.
A head bobbing up and down next to Jesse caught Kale’s attention. Mesmerized, Kale stared at the man. Kale didn’t remember meeting the beauty before, and he was pretty sure he wouldn’t have forgotten a face like that.
Even from across the room he could make out the man’s bright-blue eyes filled with laughter. Captivated, his gaze continued on down to take in the earing in the man’s left ear, unshaven face, and lips just shiny enough to beckon Kale for a kiss.
Kale’s tongue darted out to wet his lips as he took in the man’s tattoos along his collarbone and arms. All he could think about was tracing each line with his mouth. No. That wasn’t true. He was also wondering if the sexy man had any more tattoos that he couldn’t see.
“Come on.” Crow slapped Kale on the shoulder. “We better follow Jesse before he gets himself into trouble.”
Seeing the man he couldn’t take his eyes off of was following Jesse to the black jack tables, Kale was more than happy to take on the assignment. Maybe, if he got lucky, he’d get an introduction.
On their way to where Jesse was impatiently waiting for a spot to open up, both Kale and Crow started barking out orders to the rest of their team. For the most part no one bothered Jesse or his friends. Especially at Utopia. The casino had been open long enough to have gotten the reputation of not putting up with bullying.
Yet, that didn’t stop conflicts from happening when they were there. Considering how rowdy things had already been, it didn’t bode well for the rest of the night.
Kale just hoped no one ended up seriously hurt. His eyes went to the sexy man shaking his ass to the music blaring from the speakers. Actually, if he was going to make wishes, it would be to end up with that tight ass in his bed.
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