His biggest desire is to be part of a family, but he believes he's unlovable. His mother lost herself in the bottle and his father was abusive. Aidan is an artistic storyteller, penning legendary graphic novels of heroes that he knows he'll never be.
Those of you who have read HOOKED already know some of what I've put Aidan through as he tried to hold onto a woman who wouldn't forgive him and dealing with the traumatizing death of his father. Now he's returned to his home town and is forced to deal with old ghosts and the woman he'd tried so hard to forget.
Excerpt: In this scene Aidan has taken a turn for the worse after being caught in a bear trap. He's gripped by a fever, one that requires a sponge bath. I do love my job.
"Aidan?" she called. No response. He lay there, not doing much more than showing a pulse. She set the pan of tepid water on the nightstand. A washcloth floated under the surface.
Where to start?
He rested fitfully in his shirt and boxers. Batman boxers. He obviously still loved his superheroes. She was not taking them off, but guessed the shirt would have to go. She slipped the fabric up his stomach, watching as she dragged the material over his abs, his ribs, waiting for any change in Aidan’s reaction. Any awareness. There wasn’t. He was sleeping like the dead. It seemed extreme that if she didn’t give him sponge baths he might actually end up taking a dirt nap.
It was just a fever. Granted a high one. So he’d lose some brain cells. They were all going to grow old and senile anyway. He’d get there faster.
She grumbled under her breath as she pulled the shirt up and over his head.
"Oh, my." She gulped catching full sight of him without his shirt. He’d kept himself in shape. Carved muscles were hot under her hands. Hot with fever. Her gaze jerked back at his face. Nothing. She turned back to his chest. Her eyes took in the smooth burnished skin, the dark nipples, the washboard abs, traveling lower to the groin muscles before his boxers covered the rest.
Maybe she should take off his boxers.
No. Absolutely not.
You should see what happens between these two when he wakes up. Remember, leave a comment to be entered to win one of three digital copies! Only five days left until SHIVER.