An Indecent Affair Part V
by Stephanie Julian
Date of Publication: October 14th 2014
Kat had seen it coming. She should’ve known better. A relationship with two men would never work. But she’d let herself hope. And now the pain of failure is crushing.
Tristan and Adam are trying their damnedest to make things right and win Kat back but family, work and the fraying of their once-solid friendship are taking their toll.
When the dust clears, will Kat, Tristan and Adam be able to rebuild? Or will everything they’ve worked so hard for come crashing down around them?
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“Did you enjoy being in the army?”
A flicker of surprise crossed Adam’s expression. “Yeah, I did. And I was good at it.”
“Because he’s a sneaky bastard.” Tristan deliberately needled Adam. “And he’s a decent shot.”
Adam’s mouth curved in a grin. “Better shot than you.”
Tristan rolled his eyes. “Now you’re just fooling yourself.”
Kat smiled, watching their banter as if it were a tennis match. Sliding off her shoes, she tucked her legs under her and leaned back in the chair. As she resettled, she noticed both men return their attention to her.
“How did you meet?”
Her curiosity grew, fueled by the interplay between them. They knew each other so well, they’d developed a shorthand. She wanted to learn it, wanted to be on the inside with them.
When Tristan smiled at her, she felt drawn inside that small circle.
“When the newly minted Second Lieutenant got assigned to my platoon.” Adam’s smile widened. “Fresh out of West Point and already a Grade-A prick.”
Tristan didn’t look at all offended by Adam’s dig. “I may have had a somewhat elevated opinion of myself at the time.”
“Lucky for us, you proved yourself in the desert.”
She knew they’d served in the Middle East for several years, but it had been more of an abstract concept than a fact. Now, her stomach clutched at the thought that one or both of them could have been killed. Which was ridiculous because they were here now. Safe and sound.
But would they always be?
“Can I ask about your work?”
She had their complete attention again, their focus a little unnerving. Adam’s so intense, Tristan’s so…inviting.
He nodded. “Of course.”
“We just need you to understand that we have confidentiality issues,” Adam interjected. “Just like you do with clients.”
She nodded. “I understand. So…what exactly do you do?”
“We run a private security firm.” Tristan’s tone implied it was that simple. Which she knew it wasn’t, thanks to the DeMarcos.
Tristan paused to think about his answer, but Adam leaned forward, tapping his finger on the table to get her attention.
“Maybe you should tell us what you already know. Then we’ll fill in the holes.”
Would they understand that she’d had them investigated only because she was curious about them? And not that she was prying into their business? Was there even a distinction to be made there?
“I know you provide security services, but you also do something called kidnap and recovery.”
Adam’s eyebrows rose but he didn’t look surprised. “That’s not something we put on our website.”
“I didn’t get that from your website.”
“No, you had us investigated.”
Adam didn’t sound angry so she nodded. How would they take that?
A second later, Adam’s lips curled in a tiny grin and Tristan outright laughed.
“Good for you, sweetheart,” Adam murmured. “Another woman would’ve just taken us at our word.”
“I like to know who I’m dealing with.”
“Good policy to have.” Tristan cocked his head to the side then, his gaze narrowing. “And did you get the answers you were looking for?”
“Not really, no.”
Tristan spread his hands and leaned back in his chair. “Then go ahead and ask. Anything you want.”
An Indecent Affair Series:
One night. One woman. Two men. Twice the desire.
Katrina refuses to give in to her mother’s demand to marry a man she can’t stand. After years of trusting no one with her heart or her body, she wants to be swept off her feet, to experience complete surrender, if only for one night.
Tristan has lusted after Katrina for years and tonight he’s making his move. He’ll steal her away from his brother, who doesn’t deserve her. Then he and his best friend, Adam, will give her exactly what she wants…
Katrina is finally taking control of her life. She’s quit her job in Boston and is opening her own law practice in Philadelphia, home to Tristan and Adam. She spent one sensually mind-blowing night in their arms. And then she snuck out before morning.
Tristan is looking forward to breaking down Kat’s walls and starting a relationship. Adam isn’t sure Kat is the woman he and Tristan need in their lives. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they don’t make a huge mistake…
Letting her insecurities get the better of her, Katrina pushed Adam away after another amazing night in bed between him and Tristan. In the light of day, she realizes she needs to apologize. She only hopes Adam will listen.
After walking out on Katrina, Adam believes the only way Tristan can have a shot at a relationship with her is for Adam to step aside. He’s not the kind of man she needs in her life and Tristan has wanted her for too long to give up now.
Or course, passion has a way of derailing the best of intentions…
Kat has uprooted her life and moved to Philadelphia. She’s starting her own business and opening her heart. But caring for two men brings both rewards and pitfalls.
Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger.
About Stephanie Julian:
She is the author of the best-selling Salon Games series. BY PRIVATE INVITATION (Salon Games 1) was an RT Magazine Top Pick. OVER EXPOSED (Salon Games 3) released July 2014. Her serial erotic romance, An Indecent Proposition, is a reader favorite.
She also writes several paranormal erotic series, including Forgotten Goddesses, Darkly Enchanted and Lucani Lovers.
Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.
Find out why Romantic Times magazine, Simply Romance Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Joyfully Reviewed have called Stephanie’s stories “fascinating,” “truly fantastic,” “intoxicating,” “highly imaginative” and “hot enough to peel paint.”