When Golden’s estranged grandmother passes, she leaves him everything. Everything is a storybook cottage that’s not seen much TLC over the years. Golden takes a long weekend to come see the place, but the memories of the rift between them threatens to be too much. He welcomes a handsome distraction that approaches his door.
Hunky Jax was Gran’s neighbor, sharing a house next door with his two best friends and construction business partners. All three muscular, masculine men tempt Golden, and given his desire to forget, a roll in the sack seems much better than dealing with his real life and the loss he didn’t expect to dredge up old pain.
When the connection Golden feels for Jax isn’t in-line with his no strings mantra, he runs. Yet something keeps pulling Golden back to the house he’s sold to the three sexy bears. Sneaking in on an open house of the old place might change his world completely.
Golden turned when he heard the deep, masculine voice.
The hottest male he’d ever seen on the planet stood in the open doorway, staring at Golden, bare chested and glimmering with sweat. Golden smiled wickedly, thankful for the much needed distraction. He looked the man up and down, from the tips of his toes to the dark shades at the top of his delicious head.
“Can I help you?” Golden asked, knowing he’d sure like to help the guy… out of the rest of his clothes.
“Are you Deloris’ grandson?”
Golden paused a second, unsure how to answer. Finally, he nodded. “I am.”
The guy narrowed his eyes some. “I wasn’t sure you’d come.”
The slight tone of condescension in the guy’s voice set Golden’s teeth on edge. “And you are?”
“Deloris’ neighbor, Jax. I used to help her out, take care of things around the house when they broke. I spent a lot of time over here, because something was always breaking.”
Golden chuckled mirthlessly. “You fixed stuff?” He glanced over the room, seeing multiple things that needed updating or repair. “It doesn’t look like it’s seen any TLC as of late.”
Jax’s jawline clenched and Golden felt a tremor run through him. Jax was sexy. When he was annoyed, he was even sexier.
“Deloris wouldn’t let me do all I wanted. She was too proud. She only let me do patch jobs when things got really bad instead of fixing it right, like I suggested.”
“Well, hopefully whoever buys it will fix it up and make it look great again.”
“You’re selling it?” Jax asked, his frown deepening.
“Yeah, I can’t really do anything with it. I live in the city.”
Jax nodded as he looked around the place, his jaw clenching again. Finally he glared at Golden. “You couldn’t be bothered to come see her when she was alive. Now you’re rushing to offload the house she loved. Why am I not surprised?”
Golden sucked in a pained breath, ready to argue. Guilt hit him again, socking him in the gut. There was a glimmer of truth to the statement, but he didn’t need to hear that sentiment from a complete stranger. “I’d tell you there’s another side of the story here, but then, you don’t deserve an explanation because… well, it’s none of your damned business.”
“You might not know me, but I was here for your grandmother when you weren’t. When you should’ve been, complicated or not.”
Golden really wished the guy wasn’t so fucking good looking because he was pissing Golden off to no end. “Don’t presume to know anything about my life, or hers. She walked away years ago. I wasn’t too interested in seeing her again afterward.”
Jax shoved his hands into his pocket, sucking in his lower lip. A very suckable lower lip. Golden clenched his jaw, reminding himself Jax was being an ass and not to lust after him.