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Earning Her Love

Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Heat Rating: SCORCHING
Word Count: 41,000
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A hot cop and a single mum…

Mia Lexington is a mother whose life is devoted to caring for her four-year-old son Zane. After her family abandoned her on the heels of her baby's father, Mia vowed to never again allow anyone to make her feel like her parents and Zane's father did. Since that time she's refused to allow any man to get close to her.

Alex Douglas is at his niece's swimming lesson when he first meets Mia and her son. He doubts the gorgeous young woman would give him a second thought. He's also hesitant because of their eighteen-year age gap, but he can't get her out of his mind. Before he gets a chance to ask her out, she's gravely injured and her son is left with nowhere to go. Not wanting Mia to lose her boy to the foster care system, he lies so he can claim temporary custody…but what will Mia think of his grand gesture when she awakes?

Content Warning: this book contains a hot cop and steamy sex scenes

Excerpt

Mia tried not to laugh as she glanced at the other women in class. They practically drooled watching the gorgeous man, Alex, hold out his arms and wait for his niece to swim to him. Mia nudged her friend as their sons both swam to them. "Beth, eyes forward on Landon."

Mia's own son, Zane, beamed up at her. "Mummy, did yous sees me? I swam real far and was super fasted."

"I saw you. You're amazing." Mia held onto her four year old, giving his legs a rest from treading water.

"Yeah, I'm a super swimmer nows."

Nodding, Mia looked around at the angry faces on some of the children as they got cross at their mothers for not watching them swim. She couldn't help but giggle. The reason they hadn't seen their children smiled at his niece Olivia, and his muscles bulged as he cuddled her to his bare, tattooed, toned chest.

"Muuummmyy, you're not listening."

Shaking her head Mia, returned her gaze to her son. She felt heat rise on her cheeks as she realized she'd been staring at the masculine perfection like the other women. "Sorry, Zane, what did you say?"

"Iza said can Landon sleep over tonight? I wanna shows him my new Skylander."

"Not tonight, honey. Mummy has to work. You will be at Landon's while I work. You can show him the Skylander then, or how about Friday after swimming he can sleep over?"

"Yay," Zane squealed. "Landon, yous staying on Friday."

Beth smiled when Mia turned to her. "Thanks. Are you sure you can take him?"

"Yeah, Landon is no problem."

"So." Beth smirked. "You got caught, didn't you?"

Mia blew a raspberry at her friend and felt the heat crawl up her face and knew she'd be bright red. She wanted to say no, but she had been snared by the handsome man. Ha, handsome was a modest way to describe Alex Douglas. He was drop-dead gorgeous, with jet-black hair shaved to his head, eyes that were the darkest Mia had ever seen, a chiseled jaw with a five o'clock shadow, and full, thick lips that had women coming just from viewing his rugged perfection. The body adding to his looks was just cruel, he was magnificent, tall, roughly six-two, and all thick, solid muscle covered in tattoos. Mia bet female criminals threw themselves at him, begging to be arrested.

Shrugging her shoulders, she sighed at Beth. "I'm only human."

Beth grinned, and they listened as the instructor told them that was all for the day and she would see them Friday. Mia held Zane tight as she walked to the stairs of the pool. She watched as the other mothers did the same and noticed that a lot of them were wearing what looked to be new swimsuits, and they had either lost weight or were breathing in and holding everything in as they got out and walked to the change rooms. Mia rolled her eyes. She felt sorry for the women. Mia was through with men. She'd learned her lesson with Zane's father, and she vowed to never be something she wasn't, for anyone.

Mia got out of the water and carried Zane to the change rooms. She placed Zane on the seat and went to the locker, getting her backpack out, then moved to the back corner of the room. Beth soon joined her.

"Do you think any of those women have a chance with Mr. Alex the hottie?" Beth glanced over at the women in question.

Mia shrugged. "Maybe."

"He was looking at you, Mia. He might ask you out."

Mia couldn't help but laugh at Beth. "Oh, come on, Beth. There is no way Alex Douglas was looking at me. I have no chance with him. Men like Alex are too hyped up on steroids and image conscious to go out with a woman bigger than a size eight. Women like me don't have a chance, because not only do I have a kid, but I have an arse, real breasts, and a stomach, because I like to eat." Mia dried Zane and got him dressed before she did herself.

Beth giggled. "He's a cop I heard. So I don't think he's on steroids."

"Of course, then he'll be one of those 'my body is a temple and I watch what I put into it'. I mean come on, there is no way I'm his type. His body is pure muscle, and I'm…well, just look at me." Mia pointed to her flabby belly with the faded stretch marks and thick, solid thighs.

"Yeah, you're probably right, but just imagine him in his uniform." Beth sighed, and a dreamy look came over her face.

Mia gritted her teeth and resisted the urge to fantasize about Alex in uniform as she finished getting ready and left the change rooms.

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