Lynn Dwyer is a Siren-exclusive author.
It was a celebration. The music was loud, everyone had been drinking, having a great time. They were all celebrating life, Joanna’s safety, and the end to the danger she had been involved in. Melina felt a little tipsy as she sipped her rum concoction and swayed her hips to the music. Morris Flemming, the sexy, gorgeous mercenary, was in a dead stare at her. He was hot, and so were his brothers, Trek, Vetter, and Blade. She was attracted to them and that scared her. With men like these, intimidation didn’t quite give her sensation justice as an intense enough word. Their muscles, their determined expressions, the hardness in their eyes and demeanor should be warning signs. They weren’t commitment types at all. Certainly being involved with military excursions, privately—and from her understanding, dangerous daredevil, fearless excursions at that— she didn’t need the trouble they would come with.
Her heart ached a little despite the buzz. Her mind drifted to Allen, her ex who broke her heart, and of course to his father, Jovani Pinioli, who till this day sought her out, and affected her professional career in business. She swallowed hard, not wanting to think about the way he tried to seduce her from under his son’s nose, or how Allen cheated on her then cost her the old job she had. She was past that, by a year and counting. The new company, Renaldi Technologies was up and coming, beginning to expand internationally. One of her goals and major accomplishments was inventing a computer software program for restaurants and clubs to run more efficiently. It had been a dream when she dated Allen, but had not become a reality because he was the center of attention. He demanded a lot. Wanted her as a trophy girlfriend, good looking, smart and an attention grabber. Mostly just good looking so others were envious. Apparently. She wasn’t enough woman for him because he cheated on her shortly after they discussed marriage.
The fact that his father wanted her in his bed too was beyond creepy, and he could have cost her her career. But Melina was smart, convincing in her interview with her current boss Mr. Rinaldi, and he could see her potential. It would pay off for both of them, but mostly for her. This software was about to go public with a patent, and a price tag making her an instant millionaire. She had done it, and without a man, without Allen, who thought he could make or break her.
The company was growing in leaps and bounds, thanks to her, and could send her overseas by next month. A trip to beautiful Tuscan, Italy. She took another sip of her drink, finishing it off, then glanced away from those Flemming men. She smiled, envious in a way of Joanna, now having nine brothers instead of four. She looked happy, despite her bruises and injuries, and her men were at her side, comforting her and putting her first. A look around the room, and she saw her other friends in ménage relationships, with their men nearby, caressing them, taking care of them, and being possessive and loving. She longed for a scene like that for herself. Whether one man or oh God, more than one who would put her first. Would make her the center of their universe, and well…love her. Her heart ached. Men like that were few and far between. Perhaps her friends snagged the last good ones.
She headed toward the house, feeling good, despite her sad thoughts, and the slight numbness making the memories of her past less painful. She went to the bathroom, then finished up, gripping the sink as she felt a little more of the buzz. Fresh air again, and then some water. She headed down the long, dark hallway and towards the other end of the house. Morris came into sight causing her to stop in her tracks. She stared at him and he stared at her.
That blondish-brown crew cut hair, and dark blue eyes she couldn’t quite make out from here but knew he had. Thick, solid muscles, six feet four, a hardcore man of steel and military capabilities she only read about in her romance novels. Her lips parted and she had to pull it together to continue walking. As she did, he reached out and snagged her around the waist. She gasped and gripped onto his forearms. He stared down into her eyes, making her feel like he could see to her soul. It was crazy, and then came the emotions, the desire, the lust.
“You’re so fucking beautiful. I can’t take my eyes off of you. I don’t like this feeling,” he said to her.
She squinted at him. “Then stop staring,” she countered, and didn’t even know how she could speak never mind have a coherent thought to not mumble or slur. Then she realized she was more alert than five seconds ago. Like this desire, this attraction sobered her buzz.
He stared at her lips, stroked her back with his hand, and then eyed over her breasts while he used his other hand to cup the back of her head.
“Fuck it,” he said, and pressed his lips to hers.
Morris. Holy heavens she was in trouble here. Her body instantly went up in flames. He plunged his tongue into her mouth, cupped her breast, and then he brought her leg up against his hip as his hand slid under her dress to her ass. He squeezed it and she moaned into his mouth.
“We should be flying there and coming back with her. This is fucking bullshit!” Blade yelled. They sat in the airport, all of them, and their sister, her friends, and the other men. A whole group of them just waiting to see Melina and to hold her.
“She didn’t want us, too. We wouldn’t have been able to get there in time and then switch over flights. Her boss and Meredith and staff are with her. She isn’t alone,” Trek said.
The plane had landed and people were coming down the hallway. A large group and then smaller and smaller, and then they saw her. She was walking slowly, wearing sunglasses, but Blade could see the bruising on her neck, her face, and lips. They hurried to her. Her boss and staff looked angry and sad, and she cried out as Blade gently took her into his arms.
“Jesus, baby. Oh God,” he whispered, and his brothers were right there with her, caressing her. When he eased back, she was crying.
“Please take me home. I just want to go home,” she said, and Morris hugged her to him, then Trek and Vetter.
Jo was crying, along with Amber, who Corona hugged from behind. Everyone was upset including her boss. “Morris,” he said to him, and Morris and Blade stepped aside with her boss.
“Thank you for taking care of her.”
“Of course. I’m so angry right now, but I wanted you to know that they’re on the hunt for Allen. The detectives in New York said Melina is going to be contacted by more detectives. I gave them your number, so you know. They didn’t explain anything, but I’m sure they’ll be calling soon.”
“Thank you. We’ll handle it, and we have friends in the area who are investigators. They’re helping to locate Allen as well.”
They shook his hand again and then they all headed out of the airport and back to their place. Everyone left them alone with Melina.
“What can we get you?” Vetter asked.
Blade was clenching his teeth. The bruises on her face pissed him off so much. He already made calls to help find Allen. If he got his chance, the fucker would disappear forever.
Tears rolled down her cheeks as she sat on the edge of the bed. She opened her arms. “Hold me,” she said to him.
Vetter knelt on the rug between her legs and she hugged him. She cried again. She had been trying to be so tough in front of everyone as they asked what happened and she explained in detail. She told them she didn’t want to keep repeating the story so she would tell it once and that was it. Melina wasn’t a person to ponder over things. Bad things anyway. She wanted past it and he understood that as well. With them, she let go. She cried and they would comfort her.
She kissed Vetter’s neck and looked at Blade, Morris, and Trek, who stood there feeling helpless.
“Make love to me. Hold me please,” she whispered, and Vetter pulled back. He caressed her thighs in the dress she wore.
“Are you sure, baby? Maybe that isn’t such a good idea right now,” Vetter asked.
Blade watched the tears roll down her cheeks.
“You don’t want me anymore?”
“What? No, no fucking way. That isn’t it at all,” Blade said, and fell to his knees by the bed. He cupped her cheek.
She cupped his. “I need you. When the four of you are close, when you’re making love to me, it feels perfect and nothing can harm me. If that scares you, maybe you don’t have the same strong feelings I do.”
“No. I love you, Melina. I should have told you sooner.”
“We all should have,” Morris added.
“You all love me?” she asked as more tears fell.
“Yes,” Trek said.
“Yes.” Vetter added.
“I love you, too,” she whispered, and Vetter helped her stand up. He and Blade began to undress her.
When Blade saw the finger marks, the scratches and bruising by her thighs and her mound, he exhaled and was breathing through his nostrils. She cupped his cheek. “Take his touch away, Blade. Help me,” she whispered, and then kissed his lips. He kissed her back as he undressed, and Vetter got undressed, too. Blade lowered her to the bed and him, Vetter, Morris, and Trek laid her out on the edge and began to kiss and suckle her skin.
It was so fucking hard not to lose his mind as his eyes, and then his mouth came in contact with the remnants of her attack. It was bad enough to see her battered face, the swollen lip, her bruised cheekbone, and bruises on her neck. Then to see finger marks on her inner thighs right to her groin made him see red. He submerged the anger. He would deal with it, get it off his chest later and out of her sight so he wouldn’t upset her. He focused on loving her.
“Make love to me, please,” she begged of them. Blade lifted her up into his arms as his brothers moved out of the way, ready to make love to her next.
He rolled to his back and he cupped her head and good cheek as she maneuvered over his cock. She sunk down on him.
“I missed you all so much. I was going to surprise you and get here early this morning,” she said, and a tear fell.
Vetter moved in behind her. He kissed her neck. “We missed you, too. Just feel, Melina. We’re here for you. We’ll protect you always,” he whispered, and then she moaned, and rocked her hips then lowered.
“That’s it, baby. Your ass is nice and wet. Ready for my cock.”
“Yes, Vetter. Please. I need you, too,” she said, and his brother slid his cock into her ass, and then two of them made love to her together. She moaned and gripped onto his shoulders. Blade let go and just breathed through the fears the anger he had and just felt how perfect Melina was.
“Tell me you love me. Please, tell me,” she said, eyes closed, head tilted back.
“I love you, Melina,” Vetter whispered, and grabbed her hair and suckled against her neck.
“I love you, Melina,” Blade said, and then cried out his release. They both couldn’t seem to hold back as they thrust into her over and over again then came.