Stronger Than This, An all new standalone MC Romance by Abby McCarthy is releasing April 30th!
I married a monster — a member of a motorcycle club. I was okay with him blurring the lines until the lines he crossed turned against me. He wasn’t always a monster, or he hid it well. I wouldn’t have married him if I’d known. By the time his true colors showed, I was pregnant with no way out. Until one day, years of planning paid off, and I was able to run away with my daughter.
I found my footing in the foothills of Pennsylvania, thinking I would be far from any MC. I was wrong.
As a member of The Devil’s Crusaders, not much escapes me in Wakeman. Especially not the tiny, fiery redhead who strolled into town, so obviously hiding from something. She made my blood boil in the best way possible. I’d avoided taking an old lady, instead, choosing to spend my years raising my daughter. Not anymore. Not since Marie. I was ready, and she was it for me. I just had to find out what she was hiding from before it finally catches up to her.
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“He choked me once before I found out I was pregnant, but he blamed it on drugs, and I forgave him after he made promises he never kept. I even chalked it up to dirty sex, which it wasn’t. I made excuses in my head because it was easier to do that. I realized I ended up with exactly the type of man my momma had. After Talon was born was when it really started. It was bad.”
I laughed, even though nothing was funny, “Hell, you’ve seen the scars, I guess you already know.” Mickey’s arms around me tightened. “I’d been planning my escape for years, saving tiny amounts. I began going to this church, and they helped me, that’s where I got the car from. He would never have let me have a car. The last time it happened, he was hitting me and kicking me, and I had cum all over my face, and Talon saw him. She yelled, and he stopped, but it made me afraid that he might move on to her like my daddy did with me. As soon as we were able to leave, we did.
“Gosh, I didn’t even mean to spew all of this, but you’re right. We have something good. I don’t want to mess it up, but there is so much I’m afraid of. I don’t want to lose you because of my fears.”
“Stop right there.” Mickey squeezed my hip. “Ye won’t lose me. Ye have me.”
“I talked to Aubrey after you left earlier. I need to tell you when I’m afraid.”
“Aye, ye do.”
“Being here with your club scares the shit out of me. You scare me. I’ve been wrong before. I thought my husband was different. I’ve made mistakes that have cost me so much.”
I couldn’t help the tear that fell.
“Am I anything like him?”
“Good. Marie, look at me.”
I turned to face him, and he grabbed my legs spinning me entirely around placing one leg on each side of him.
“I respect ye. Yer resiliency is yer strength. I’ve never met a woman that has endured so much and fought as hard as ye. I want to hear about everything you’ve gone through. I want to be the person ye feel comfortable with telling yer secrets to. I’ll never judge ye. But Marie, I do need to make a vow to ye.”
My heart felt like it was going to explode. He saw me in ways that I never imagined seeing myself.
He took a deep breath, then laid it all out. “I am going to kill yer husband. Here’s what I’ve figured. Ye were in Florida, and he rides, but he won’t ride for much longer. I promise.”
I wanted to argue and tell him how afraid that made me, but he finished his vow of murder by kissing me.
He kissed me hard, then soft. It felt like something was shifting between us. It felt like I was changing. Every time his lips met mine, I felt a little surer of myself. He got up and locked his bedroom door.
“There are people here,” I wanted to make sure they liked me and didn’t think that I was a hussy.
“So, they’ll know.”
“I want them to like me.”
“And ye don’t think that they’ll like ye knowing I’m in here with ye, and yer making me happy?”
“I make you happy?”
“I know that was hard for ye love, and seeing how brave ye are makes me incredibly happy.”
“Then make love to me.” So he did. He took his time. I didn’t get wild or talk dirty. Well, there was that one time, but for the most part, it was Mickey showing me that it was okay to let him love me. And it was me showing him it was alright for him to take the wheels.
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About Abby McCarthy
Abby McCarthy is reader and a lover of words. She is a blogger turned author and released her first novel in May 2014. She is a mother of three, a wife and a dog person. She has always written, sometimes poetry, sometimes just to vent about failed relationships, however in parenthood she has found her voice to help keep her sanity. Words have flowed from her, to review and with the support of amazing friends in the Indie community she has decided to pursue her dream of writing! She loves to write and read romance, because isn’t that something we all yearn for? Whether it be flowers and hand holding or just the right tug on your hair. Isn’t that what life is about? The human connection?
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