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His Alone(2)

By:Alexa Riley

The last piece of paper contains one sentence. The words make a chill run down my spine, and I stare at them for a long moment. There's an accompanying photo stapled to the page.

If she shows up, you alert me immediately.

The police suspect Alexander has had a hand in the deaths of three women, and I wonder if this one is another of his mistresses. Flipping the note over, I see the picture and my chest tightens as my breath catches. I reach out, touching the photo with the tip of my index finger. It's a little blurry and taken from the side, but there's no mistaking the beauty of the redhead in the photograph. Something about her touches a place inside me, and all my plans change. My blood pumps through my veins and I can feel my adrenaline rising. I will do what I need to do to make this plan work, but there's no way I'm handing this girl over to him. I look at the picture and I see it. This isn't a mistress. The same blue eyes I was staring at across the table look at me from the photo. I pull out the photo of Miles. There it is. She's his daughter, and I'm guessing she has all kinds of little secrets on her father. Ones he doesn't want anyone to know.



I've been hired by Alexander Owens to get close to his son, and that's what I'll do. I'll be best fucking friends with Miles Osborne before the week is over, but I won't ever harm the redhead.


I need her.



SHE THINKS I'M perfect. She thinks I look like Captain America. That I play by the rules. But she has no idea who I truly am. Or why I'm really here.

She thinks Miles was obsessed.

She has no idea what obsession is. What a man like me will do to get what he wants.

I'm dirtier than she knows. She thinks I'm good to the core, but she doesn't know the things I've done. The things I would do for her.

Only her.

Chapter One


I DIDN'T KNOW you could actually feel someone's eyes on you. I don't mean that creeping feeling when you think someone is staring at you and all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. No, this is different. I can feel his eyes on every part of my skin. They make my body warm, in places I didn't even know existed. A part of me I'd buried long ago. Other girls probably feel this all the time, but not me. It's like he has intimate knowledge of my body, and somehow it belongs to him. His eyes, roaming my body, fascinate me. I remember every detail about them, and it's both a blessing and a curse.

When I look at him, I never know what eyes I'll receive. Sometimes they're bright green like a fresh shamrock. Other times, when the light hits just right, little blue specks shine through, making them appear almost cerulean. But my favorite is when they turn a dark green. They're the color of a morning forest, soft and crisp, and I know he's playing it cool. I often wonder if I'm the only one who can see the difference. He's always so calm and cool, but his eyes probably show me more than he wants. Or maybe I'm the one doing a little too much staring. It makes me wonder if there's more to this man who always seems so perfect. He's too good and clean. If he knew everything about me, I probably wouldn't get those eyes on me like I do now. The ones I secretly love.

At first I thought Ryan Justice didn't like me, but over the years I've noticed it isn't dislike, no matter how hard I try to annoy him. The annoyance I once read in his eyes has turned out to be hunger. The more I poke at him and push him away, the more that hunger grows. Or maybe that's my own I'm feeling. I should stay as far away from him as possible, because he could break me. I've already had one man almost shatter me, and I don't think I could survive another, no matter how bad I want it. 

I turn my head and look across the crowded ballroom to find him leaning up against the wall with his eyes on me. Just like I knew they would be. Like they always are. He looks casual in his suit as he tries to appear nonthreatening, which is impossible when you're built like him. His size is intimidating, and even more so when he's got well over a foot and a half on you, like he does me. I know he hates the suits, because when we're at work he always ditches the jacket and rolls up his sleeves, revealing the tattoos that coat his thick arms. It's the one thing that always seemed off about him. The tattoos never matched the good ol' boy attitude.

It's as if everyone in the room knows not to block his line of sight on me, because even in this crowded room no one has stepped in his way. If I want out of his view, I'll have to leave and find somewhere else to stand. That's where the real inner battle begins. To move or not to move. As much as I hate the staring, I want it. I've been pushing for it, no matter how much I try to lie to myself that I haven't. I've come to crave it.

This dress is exhibit A of that fact. I picked it out with him in mind. I asked myself what would Ryan-or Captain America, as Mallory and I call him-think of this dress. Would it piss him off like it does when I wear a sports bra and skintight shorts to our training exercises? At first I didn't do it on purpose, but when I saw it bothered him, I did it more.