Dirty Look – Dark Mafia Read online Jane Henry, Loki Renard

Categories Genre: Crime, Dark, Romance, Suspense Tags Authors: ,
Total pages in book: 51
Estimated words: 48451 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 242(@200wpm)___ 194(@250wpm)___ 162(@300wpm)
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Dirty Look - Dark Mafia

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Jane Henry

Loki Renard

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Show of hands, ladies--Who has time for the one who got away?
Not me. I'm a busy woman. It's wedding season in Bliss River and my catering business is slammed.
The last thing I need is a blast from the past, sweeping into my perfectly ordered life, talking sweet and acting even sweeter, making me think about kissing so often I start to wonder if there's something wrong with me.
Spoiler alert: There is. It's been waaaay too long since I've made room for kissing on my To Do list.
Easy fix: I'll play doctor with Mason Stewart until I get my ex out of my system. It shouldn't take long. I give him seven days--seven dates--and then we'll go our separate ways and I'll finally move on.
The only problem? Turns out Mason is even dreamier, sexier, more intense and magnetic than he used to be, and the only place I want to move is into his bed. Full time.
Maybe a second chance is exactly what the doctor ordered? Or do I need a second opinion?
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Jane Henry

Loki Renard



Chapter 1

Enzo

My heart hammers, my breath heavy and labored, as I pound the pavement and run harder. I’m trying to punish my limbs and school my thoughts. But every step I take, every smack of rubber on pavement, brings me closer to Mia.

Fucking Mia.

I try to refocus. There’s something about the thick, humid air and strains of music filtering through the night sky that reminds me of my home in Calabria.

I grew up in Boston, but my heart is in Calabria, the warm, coastal peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean at the southernmost part of Italy. My family’s still there. All of them.

I push my body to run harder, run faster, rivulets of sweat blinding my vision and my lungs constricted, but it doesn’t work.

I should be back in Calabria, feasting on swordfish and arancini, zeppole and cannoli, drinking wine with my brothers. Not stuck here, an ocean apart from my friends and family, grading papers and playing babysitter. But Mia’s in Boston, and I need to be near her to do my damn job.

But I fucked up. I’ll take my punishment on the chin and finish this fucking job.

Christ, what a job it is, though.

I slow to my cool-down, jogging down the cramped, narrow street that leads me home, then taking the steps two at a time, and almost make it inside before she catches me.

“Hello, professor.”

I inwardly groan. This is not the woman I want to see right now.

“Michele.”

I don’t look at her but grit my teeth, grab the mail I didn’t bother to get earlier from the mailbox, shove it under my sweaty arm, and nod in the general direction of the porch to my right.

Christ, I miss the relative privacy of my home in Calabria. In Boston, we’re crammed in like goddamn sardines in a tin. Privacy doesn’t work so well when you’re doing surveillance, though. I fucked up once, and once was enough. I never fuck up twice.

I turn to face her and nearly choke when I see what she’s wearing. Or more accurately, what she isn’t wearing. She’s got a gauzy little dress on that looks like lingerie, her tits hanging out like ripe peaches.

Honest to Christ, any other place and time, I wouldn’t ignore a woman like her. Tall and curvy, with tits and ass for days, I’d take her home and fuck her good and hard. She doesn’t want a commitment. She wants my dick. Hell, if I wasn’t here on probation, I’d give it to her. But not here, not now, not when every moment’s consumed with keeping up my position and not failing at my job.

It’s an important job, too. I can’t fuck this one up.

Michele props a hip against the building and shoots me a coy look with half-lidded eyes. “Hasn’t anyone told you? It’s the feast of Saint Anthony, professor. Must you stick to such a spartan regimen, even tonight?”

“Even tonight,” I say through clenched teeth.

My phone buzzes, and her pout’s quickly forgotten when I look at the notification on my screen.

Mia’s home, and right now, that’s all that matters.

I open the heavy wooden door, and trot up the stairs. Michele’s protests are drowned out when the door slams shut behind me.

I may not have the privacy I need, and I may be here in a sort of purgatory to pay for my sins, but I have to hand it to Piero. The boss doesn’t do cheap rentals. My apartment’s large, airy, sunny, and sprawling, and on the top floor, about as private as it gets in the heart of Boston.

I open the door, still panting from my run, to find Emilio sprawled out on my sofa, holding a cardboard takeout container and chopsticks.

“What the fuck are you doing here?” I ask.

“Eating, douchebag,” he says before he slurps chow mein and smacks his lips.

I roll my eyes, rifle through the mail, then toss it on the table.

I hear Emilio strike a lighter to light up a smoke. I snap my head around to glare at him.

“Out on the balcony. You light up in here and I’ll shove it up your ass.”

He pauses, lighter to the tip of a cigarette. He can’t be bothered with all that modern-day vaping bullshit. His brows shoot heavenward. “My, my, my,” he says. “Aren’t we a little uptight?”

“Fuck off, Emilio. Not tonight.”

He holds his hands up in surrender, walks across my living room, and opens the door to the balcony. He sticks his head out, lights the smoke, and keeps his hand with the smoke on the balcony while his body stays inside.

“Are you fucking kidding me?”

“What?”

“I told you not to fucking smoke in here.”

“I’m not,” he says. “My smoke’s out there.”

“And the rest of your ass better be out there by the count of five, or I’ll—”

“Fine, fine,” he says, stepping out onto the balcony. He shoots me a glare, then quickly schools his features when I take a step toward him. “Better view of your neighbor here anyway.”

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