Love All Out - Part 3 (A Stepbrother Romance)

Love All Out - Part 3 (A Stepbrother Romance) by Alice Ward

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Authors: Alice Ward
Bradley?” James asked, his voice a low growl.
    “I came to see by best girl, of course,” Bradley replied. He maneuvered around James and kissed me on the cheek. I shrank away from him and he let out an amused chuckle.
    “You didn’t think I’d miss your big weekend, did you?” he asked.
    “This wasn’t a part of our deal,” I said softly. My eyes darted around the lobby. To my relief, no one seemed to be paying us any attention.
    “The deal is subject to change, at my discretion,” Bradley replied. His voice was calm, his body relaxed. “You’re going to have lots of cameras on you this weekend, Willow,” he continued. “My story wouldn’t hold much weight back home if I’m not in any of the pictures.”
    “You’re crossing the line, Miller,” James warned. He stepped between us again and put a hand on Bradley’s chest. “I’m not going to let you ruin this weekend. Willow’s worked hard for this. She deserves to enjoy it.”
    Bradley scowled down at James’s hand and then stared up at him, rage smoldering in his eyes. “If I were you, I’d take your fucking hand off of me,” Bradley hissed softly. “Unless of course, you want me to ruin more than the weekend.”
    “Stop James, please,” I begged. I stepped between them and covered James’s hand with mine. His nostrils flared with anger, but he dropped his hand and took a few steps back.
    “You can’t keep giving in to him, Willow,” James insisted. “This will never end.”
    I turned back to him and saw Matt and Lucas step out of the elevator. Matt looked from me to Bradley, his eyes wide with confusion. I shook my head and mouthed “Not now.” Matt nodded, took Lucas by the arm, and led him to the other side of the lobby.
    I looked at James with desperate eyes. “You know what he’ll do if we don’t play along. I can’t afford a scandal this weekend, James.”
    “I’d listen to her if I were you,” Bradley taunted.
    James clenched his jaw and balled up his fists. “Fine,” he finally agreed. “But I’m doing this for Willow, not because I’m afraid of you,” he growled at Bradley.
    Bradley shrugged. “Whatever makes you feel better about it,” he sneered. “Now, if you’ll excuse us, Willow has a bunch of people to introduce me to… as her boyfriend, of course. We don’t need a third wheel if it’s all the same to you.”
    Bradley wrapped an arm around my waist and James took two steps towards him. He towered over Bradley and leaned into his shoulder. “You’re safe today, but mark my words, you pompous ass. The time will come that you don’t have power over us anymore. And when it does, I’m going to make you wish you’d never been born.”
    Bradley puffed up his chest and turned to me, ignoring James’s threat. “I believe we’re late for breakfast,” he said firmly.
    I looked over my shoulder and mouthed “I’m sorry” to James as Bradley led me away.
    ***
    Bradley hadn’t been able to get a room at the Excelsior so after fourteen miserable hours, I was able to escape his company and retreat to my suite. I was surprised to find Matt, Lucas, and James in the living area, huddled around a laptop. When I walked into the room, Matt jumped up and faced me, his hands on his hips.
    “Willow Rose, I can’t believe you’ve been lying to me!” he exclaimed.
    I groaned and turned to James. He blushed and looked to the floor. “You told them everything?” I asked, my shoulders low with defeat.
    “Of course he told us everything,” Matt continued. “The question is, why did he have to? I knew something fishy was going on when you had dinner with Bradley the other day. Why didn’t you tell me that the bastard was blackmailing you?” He stared at me, demanding an answer. James’s eyes darted back and forth between us while Lucas’s remained fixed on the computer screen.
    I tossed my purse onto the coffee table, kicked off my heels, and collapsed into a club chair. “I’m sorry, Matt,” I sighed.

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