What began as a half-baked scheme to help his brother win the man of his dreams has become a tailspin Joss canât escape. His actions and secrets have kept him from making any real claim on the woman who captured his attention years ago.
But secrets have a way of coming to light.
Maddox has known from almost the beginning Joss has been playing games with his life. What he doesnât realize is how deep the manâs deception runs. When Cade and Dylanâs wedding reception brings everyone together in one place, the entire story is revealed with a little help from Benton.
And Hell hath no fury like a man with nothing left to lose.
The implosion Joss has braced for has finally come to pass, changing everything forever. With Jamie and Hawke in another country, enjoying their happily ever after, Maddox is about to teach Joss a valuable lesson in toying with other peopleâs lives.
What happens when bad decisions, manipulations, good intentions, and misunderstandings combine? Itâs an Ugly Eternity.
Maddox rubbed the center of his chest. Benton followed the line of his gaze to Hawke and Jamie. The pair was a tad enthralling. Benton bit back a chuckle as Jamie urged Hawkeâs arms over his head and held them against the wall. His hips moved in time with the music as if waiting for someone to shove a few bills down his pants. The man was insane. Benton had to respect that.
How the pair didnât feel all the eyes upon them, Benton couldnât explain. They were standing close enough Benton could make out every letter of Jamieâs name spelled out in permanent ink across the inside of Hawkeâs forearm. Knowing Jamie, as he did, the man couldnât care less who was watching them. He didnât relent until Hawke was laughing so hard no sound emerged. Benton went back to watching Maddox. There was something about the entire situation niggling at that back of his mind. Something slightly off. Maddox was so focused on the pair heâd yet to notice Benton, leaving him free to puzzle it out.
This man had cheated on Hawke, throwing everything away. By all accounts, he shouldâve let this go a long time ago. Heâd broken things off and moved another man in. His expression said none of those things. Benton glanced around, Hawke and Jamie were still dancing. Sophie and Joss were in the corner having an up-close discussion. How had Joss came to be with Sophie over the last few months? None of it made any sense. If Maddox had put Hawke out and moved Joss in, why would Maddox watch Hawke instead of Joss? Bentonâs gaze returned to Maddox. Maddox smiled at the sight of Hawkeâs laughter and Benton knew. It was exactly like someone ripped back the curtain, revealing the real story.
âOh my god.â
Maddox visibly startled at Bentonâs cry. He couldnât stop. The truth slammed into him with such power Benton couldnât contain it. It brought him to his feet. Maddox lifted his glass to his lips, taking a sip. Benton wondered if the man was attempting to hide his emotions before focusing on him.
âDidnât see you there,â Maddox said after a moment. Benton ignored Maddoxâs statement of the obvious.
âOh my god,â Benton repeated, pointing at him. He didnât care if he looked like a madman.
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