Excerpt from Play For It
“Erika appears to have made a miraculous recovery,” Edward said as he took the seat opposite Jared at the table. “She and I have another date tonight.”
Jared ground his teeth. He hated that he’d not only had a taste of her and been forced to walk away, but he’d driven Erika right into the arms of a jerk who only wanted her for arm candy.
“You better treat her well.”
“Oh, I always treat women well. One night with me and she will not remember your name.”
Jared knew the guy was trying to get a rise out of him, but it didn’t stop him from reacting. “Don’t you dare touch her, you asshole.”
Edward lifted an eyebrow. “Excuse me?”
“You heard me. Don’t. Fucking. Touch. Her.”
“I do not remember asking your permission. I believe Erika is the only one who has a say in that.”
“What do you want, man?” Jared asked, feeling desperate.
Jared nodded. “Want. What do you want? I’ll do anything.”
Edward contemplated Jared’s offer for several long seconds. “I doubt there is anything you have that I would want.”
Jared waited to see if Edward would say anything else, knowing he wouldn’t have a chance at protecting Erika.
“Although, we could play for her.”
Edward shrugged. “Play. A game. If I win, you back off. You stay away from her. You cut ties completely, including leaving this job, and stop interfering. If you win, I’ll never set foot in this casino again.”
“Erika would kill us both if she found out.”
Edward shrugged. “Then we don’t tell her.”
Jared shook his head. “I can’t do it. She’s not property.”
“No, she is not,” Edward agreed. “But you are in love with her. And if you want to ever see her again, you might want to play. Besides,” Edward added smugly, “when have I ever beat you?”
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