Nightclub owner Jace Diamont wasn’t looking for his mate when he went in search of his brother; Devin, but he found her. He wanted to make Ashlynn Mowry his the first night he laid eyes on her; however, there was a slight problem. Ashlynn only wanted sex from him and nothing more.
What in the hell was he going to do?
Ashlynn knew Jace was the hot guy she had been waiting for. So, why was he trying to push her into something she didn’t want? Was her freedom worth losing the perfect guy?
Sitting in the very back of his crowded nightclub, Jace Diamont tapped his fingers against the table watching as everyone flirted around him, hoping not to leave alone tonight. A few times during the last hour, more than six women had come up to him asking for a dance, but he wasn’t interested in holding any of them in his arms.
Tonight, his mind was on other things besides having a willing female in his bed. He was worried about his little brother, Devin. His father contacted him over a month ago to inform him that Devin had left during the night to go in search of his mate. He didn’t bother to tell his father that he already knew about it. Why should he? It wasn’t as if he ever respected the old man.
Of course, his domineering father ordered him to go and bring his brother back home, but he thought it was probably too late for that. Despite Devin being over a hundred years old, he was finally growing up, which meant finally standing up to their father. There was nothing he would be able to do or say to his sibling if he had already tasted his woman’s blood and turned her.
Besides, why would he leave the side of the female he was destined to be with to live back under their father’s roof? Jace left home when he was barely a hundred and never looked back in all of these centuries. Why would he when freedom was so sweet and the women so tempting to his senses? He would be out of his mind to want to go back into that environment.
From the corner of his eye, Jace spotted his assistant, Clark Kent, coming toward him. When he first heard Clark’s name, he instantly found it very amusing and didn’t have a problem with Clark about it.
Almost instantly his friend confessed that his parents had been huge fans of Superman and didn’t think twice about naming their only child after the character. So, when women started taking notice of his name, Clark darkened his naturally light brown hair and bought a pair of fake glasses to further his famous name with them. Jace secretly wondered how many more women would continue to fall for the gimmick before they caught on to what his buddy was doing.
“How are things going tonight?” Clark asked, taking a seat next to him as the DJ played an old-school TLC song.
“Everything is running smoothly as usual,” Jace answered, looking at his friend, “but I know you didn’t come all the way here to ask me that. So, what’s really going on? You usually avoid my nightclub as much as you can.”
His friend looked away from him and glanced around the packed house. He could tell from the stressed look on Clark’s face that whatever he was going to tell him wouldn’t be good news, and he wasn’t in any mood for bad news tonight.
“I heard a rumor, and I know you aren’t going to be pleased about it,” Clark answered, directing his eyes back in his direction. “In fact, I can see it’s going to set you off.”
Turning in his seat, Jace faced Clark. “What is so important that you had to come all the way to tell me instead of just calling or texting me? Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier on you?”
“No, the news I have to tell you needs to be done face to face and not over the phone,” Clark answered, pushing up his fake glasses.
Jace’s interest was definitely peaked now. He couldn’t wait to hear what the news was. “Don’t keep me in suspense. Tell me what it is.”
Clark took a breath and quickly blew it out. “Your father is coming to town to see you about the Devin situation. He should be here first thing tomorrow morning.”
“You’re wrong. There is no way my father is leaving Greece to come all of the way here to see me.”
“I’m right,” Clark said. “His assistant called me and asked if you were in town or out of town on one of your business trips. He didn’t want to make the trip all of the way here for nothing. He’s taking the private jet to make sure he doesn’t waste time on a commercial airline.”
“Shit!” Jace cursed.
He reached for the Scotch in front of him and tossed it back in one swallow, savoring the taste as it burnt his throat as it went down. There was no way in hell he was going to be here when his father showed up. His life in Atlanta had been peaceful and all about him for the last hundred years or so.
He couldn’t stay and let his father ruin it for him. Maybe it was time for him to visit his baby brother and meet his mate. Anything was better than getting a lecture from the one parent who didn’t know how to take no as an answer.
“Thanks for telling me,” he said, standing up. “Call and tell Victor to get the plane ready. I think it’s time for me to go on vacation for a few weeks. Can you watch the club for me while I’m gone?”
“Sure I can. I have done it before,” Clark answered, looking at him. “Where do you want me to tell Sebastian you are when he gets here? Because you know that he isn’t going to accept ‘I don’t know’ as an answer.”
Jace thought about Clark’s question for a few minutes. There were a lot of things he wanted to tell his father, but he wouldn’t put his best friend in the middle of his family drama. Everything going on was his problem to take care of and not Clark’s.
“Honestly, I rather you tell him to get his ass back on his private plane and go back home. He doesn’t care about Devin’s well-being; furthermore, Sebastian sure in the hell isn’t caring about me. I was the first son to defy him. I left home centuries ago, and he never contacted me until Devin broke free of his tight grip.”
Taking off his glasses, Clark pinched the bridge of his nose, then put them back on. “You know I can’t tell him that, but I will think of something to send him back on his way. Do you know how long you will be gone? This club doesn’t run the same when you aren’t here every night keeping everything under control. I can do a good job, but not as well as you.”
“I’m not positive about how long I will be gone. I haven’t seen my brother in a while, so I might make it a family reunion of sorts,” Jace answered.
He hoped Devin would welcome him with open arms instead of slamming the door in his face, but he wasn’t sure what kind of greeting he would receive once he got there.
“Well, don’t worry about it. Family is the most important thing. You need to tell your brother what is going on with your father,” Clark told him. “I’ll call you in a few days to let you know what is going on here.”
Jace would rather not hear anything about Sebastian, but it could be something important. He couldn’t chance not taking any kind of communication from Clark about home. His business was extremely important to him, so he would keep his cell phone close at all times.
“All right, you can call me. Just make sure when you do that you don’t have anyone listening in on the conversation.” He didn’t think he needed to go into any more detail than he just did.
Jace’s heightened eyesight saw Clark’s frown in the dimly lit nightclub. He already knew what his friend was going to ask him before the words left his mouth. His buddy was pretty easy to read in most situations; nothing he ever said or told him came as a surprise to him.
“Are you sure your father would listen in on a private phone call?” he questioned, surprised.
“Yes, he would do it, because he loves to be the one in control of everything going on around him. He thinks the world is his to do whatever he wants to do with it.” He knew this was true from firsthand experience, which was one of the reasons he left home as soon as he could save up enough money from odd jobs to do it.
All he wanted to do was get out of town away from his father as fast as he could. Nothing good would come from him and his father being inside the same room now that he was an older vampire. He couldn’t live by Sebastian’s rules then, and he sure in the hell wasn’t going to get told what to do now.
The more distance between them, the better.
“I need… No, I have to get out of here and head home to pack,” Jace said as patrons continued to dance around him while the DJ blasted another hit over the sound system. “However, if you need me to come back and deal with him directly, I can do that. Call me, and I’ll have Victor fly back and get me.”
“It isn’t going to come to any of that,” Clark said as he stood up. “Get on out of here, and I’ll tell everyone who is here what is going on for a while. However, take this time with Devin to mend whatever problems the two of you have lingering from the past.”
Admitting that he was wrong was hard for Jace to do, but if it meant getting his baby brother back, then he would have to think about doing it. However, for now he would take care of the most pressing matter, and that was making sure Sebastian stayed as far away from Devin and his mate as he could.
“Take care while I’m gone and make sure this place doesn’t burn down while I’m out of town,” Jace teased before he turned and walked away, heading toward the exit sign at the other end of his nightclub.