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Bad Boy’s Baby(4)

By:Sosie Frost

“Forget the car?” He acted like that was the scandal. “It was a classic. 302 V8 engine. Four speed manual transmission—”

I already learned football for this job; I wasn’t taking a literal crash course in cars too. “Jack, the car doesn’t matter. You had three women with you and the van driver had just dropped her children off. You are so lucky you didn’t slam into a family with your…your…”

“My what?”


“My whore-mobile?”

I waved a hand. “What would you call it?”

He shrugged. “My totaled, 1968 goddamned Camaro! Whores not included.”

“Oh, sorry.” I wasn’t. “What wholesome activity were you planning to do with those ladies?”

He smirked. “We were just taking a drive.”

“A drive?”

“I was showing them a night on the town. You know? Having some fun. Might not kill you to try it once in a while.”

His fun wasn’t my definition of a good time. “Jack, that fun almost killed you.”

“Only makes me stronger, Kiss.”

“Only makes you look like more of a playboy.”

Jack’s words didn’t have a shred of decency or humility. “We were just out for a drive.”

I scrolled to a picture circulating Instagram, Twitter, and every media outlet. I twisted my laptop so he could see the screen.

“Why was your fly down?”

Jack tilted his head as he surveyed the photograph. “Well, that was a bad day to forget to wear boxers.”

“You think?”

“I almost gave a free show.” He took too much pride in the picture. “Believe me, this could have been a lot worse.”

He was delusional. “How?”

“Seeing as I was nearly castrated, be glad we’re talking in your lovely office and not the hospital.” He thumbed through his phone, like this whole meeting to save his career inconvenienced him. “I give a lot to charity already. The last thing anyone wants me to donate is a couple inches of my dick.”

“Too much information.”

“Believe me, there’s enough to spare.”

“I didn’t ask.”

“You might, one day,” he said. “Never know, Kiss.”

“Neutering you might actually settle your ass down.”

“I’m never settling down.”

“What a surprise.”

Jack crossed his arms behind his head. Every muscle in his body flexed whether he realized it or not. I hated myself for studying the tight cotton t-shirt as it stretched against his biceps. The tattoo sleeve on his arm was exposed. I told him to never go out without a suit. His ink—the raging calligraphy and lettering, words and dates, messages to himself and memories of his past—didn’t look like the tribute he meant. They were intimidating. Dark. The tattoos did nothing to endear himself to those who already thought he was bad news.

Me included.

“You realize how bad this looks?” I spread my notepads, pens, and phone before me, neat and tidy. My hands folded, and I entwined my dark fingers with every reserve of my patience. “The restaurant you left was trashed. The waitresses humiliated. There’s pictures trending on social media of you in a private room with a different woman on your lap all night—”

Jack didn’t apologize for any of it. “I’m not allowed to have a good time?”

“Your definition of a good time would entertain three men.”

His jaw set. “Sorry my nights aren’t a half a glass of wine, a thousand piece puzzle, and Netflix—”


“Sorry, Kiss, you don’t seem the party type.”

“That’s a compliment coming from you.”

I was not explaining myself to Blowjob McCloseCall. For the past year as lead on his case, I’d tried my hardest to foster a professional relationship with the least professional man in the entire American League. No way I’d let that arrogant manwhore get under my skin.

Or my clothes.

No matter how much he tried.

Jack laughed. “You need someone to take you out…and then take you home.”

“Excuse me. We’re talking about your sex scandal first.”

“Gotta have sex for a scandal.”

“Oh, good. I’ll just put in the press release you were taking those three floozies to church.”

He rapped a hand on the table. “They weren’t floozies.”

“What were their names?”

His cocksure smile faded. He gnawed a lip, but I stopped him before he furrowed his brow.

“You’re unbelievable, Jack.”

“One was…Sophie?” He shrugged. “Then there was Halter-Top…and…uh, Blondie.”

“Great.” I scrolled my email again. “That makes my job easier. Anonymous sex. Fantastic.”

“Technically, it was supposed to be an anonymous foursome.” He crossed his arms behind his head. “What might have been...”

“I hope you aren’t this insufferable around your teammates.”

“Kiss, you’re getting off easy. With them, I’m much worse.”

The door opened. I stood, welcoming my boss as she escorted Jack’s agent inside. Jolene blushed the instant she greeted Jack, though she’d never have any luck with the quarterback.

Then again, he humped anyone who crossed his path. God only knew who Jack Carson’s next target would be. I pitied that future girl with her night of meaningless, animalistic sex in the arms of an athletic, masculine god who wanted nothing more than a couple hours of utter passion and no regrets.

At least…I thought I pitied the girl.


Jolene sat at my side, unable to look at her client. Her crush on Jack was so awkward she let me take the lead on the case even though I was still her assistant. The hotshot quarterback was a thorn in our side, but if I could keep him out of trouble, I’d get a well-deserved promotion. I wasn’t stopping until I got the partnership in Jolene’s company and became the best publicist in the city.

“Finn.” Jack nodded to his agent. “How you holding up?”

Finn wiped his forehead with a handkerchief and juggled a half-empty bottle of Pepto-Bismol. “Just got off the phone with Coach Thompson.”

Jolene and I braced for the worst. Finn pulled his phone from his pocket. His hand left sweat prints on both the cell and mahogany table. I offered him a glass of water. He declined, sipping the Pepto instead.

“Let me guess.” Jack wasn’t intimidated. Did anything ever bother him? “He’s disappointed.” He held up a hand and started counting on his fingers. “He’s panicking that I’m hurt. He’s demanding that I stay out of the spotlight. Wants me to drop the lifestyle. He’s pissed about the women, about the wreck, about the late night. He won’t say a damn thing about the teammates who actually invited me out. The blame rests solely on me.”

Finn nodded. “You left out most of the profanity.”

He gestured to me. “The ladies have delicate sensibilities.”

I declined to respond to the asshole.

It was only eight AM and already Finn loosened his tie. “Jack, you are the leader of the Rivets. On the field and off.”

“Bullshit,” he said.

“That’s your responsibility, Jack.”

“Last year, I broke two single season records and tied for another three. That’s where my leadership lies. My nightlife doesn’t matter, only if I can get the team to the championship. And I did.”

“And you lost.”

Finn said what we all thought, but it was nothing Jack wanted to hear. The chair toppled as he stood. He loomed over us with a dark scowl that made the tattoos on his arms darken in the artificial light of the conference room.

I knew he didn’t belong trapped indoors like this. A man like Jack needed to vent his frustration on the field, in the gym, or in the bed of a beautiful woman.

Or three of them, apparently.

It was easier to judge the manwhore when I wasn’t imagining what he’d do to the lucky woman.

Jack extended his arms, tightening his muscles. Broad. Powerful. “I’m paying all of you a shit ton of money to represent me. So fucking represent me. You want to pretend I’m some beacon of moral responsibility, fucking tell people I’m a damn saint. Earn your salaries like I do every goddamned Sunday. Until then, I’m out of here.”

“Jack…” I called to him before he reached the door. The phone rang as he grabbed the knob. “The League is calling. You have to talk to President Bennett.”

“Son of a—”

Jolene answered the call and pressed her fingers to her lips. She plastered on a twenty dollar smile and greeted the president as if they were old buddies instead of the monthly target of Frank Bennett’s rage against Jack.

“Frank…how are you?” Jolene immediately flinched against a hail of profanity from both the phone and Jack slamming into his seat. “We’ve been waiting for your call. I have you on speaker with Finn Smith, Mr. Carson’s agent, and my assistant, Leah Williams.”

“I remember.”

Frank didn’t mince words. He also didn’t greet us because he had no reason to say hello. We had hardly hung up the phone since the last conversation. This scandal would result in the same meeting as before. Just like the last call. And the call before that. And the meeting before that…