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Double time, p.33
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       Double Time, p.33

         Part #5 of Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning
 
Page 33

  Author: Olivia Cunning

  “Maybe,” Reagan said. Eric did have a strange sense of humor. Maybe he was behind it. It didn’t seem like something he’d do though. Put saran wrap over the toilet bowl, yes. Send threatening messages to his bandmate’s girlfriend, no.

  “Well, stay close to Trey. Let him know you’re worried about it. Bring the note to me tomorrow and I’ll see if I can find any telling clues. ”

  “Thanks, Ethan. ” Just talking to him made her feel safer.

  “See you tomorrow. ”

  She hung up the phone and left the bathroom to find Trey standing just outside. “So what did Ethan say?” he asked.

  Caught. Reagan swallowed and decided to take Ethan’s advice. “He said to tell you that I’m worried about this and that this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten this message since I started dating you. ”

  “What?”

  “I got a text message a little over a week ago. Said the same thing. ”

  “Why didn’t you tell me someone was threatening you?”

  “Because I wasn’t sure it was real. I can’t deny that it is now. That note had my name on it. It was in my purse. The message was exactly the same. Eric wouldn’t pull a prank like that, would he?”

  Trey shook his head. “Not his style. It’s not funny. ”

  “I was afraid you were going to say that. ”

  “When did you get the last message?” Trey asked.

  “The morning I called my father. ” She hadn’t told him about that either. “Um, after your first concert in Topeka. ”

  Trey nodded. “I’ll make some calls in the morning. See if I can find out anything. We have no way of knowing for sure how long that note’s been in your purse. ”

  She took a deep breath and nodded. He stepped closer and hugged her. “I can protect you, you know. You don’t have to keep going to Ethan. ”

  “I know. I’m sorry. I don’t usually frighten this easily. Something about this sends chills down my spine. ”

  Chapter 19

  The next afternoon, Reagan slipped into the backseat of Exodus End’s limo. The man inside resembled someone’s grand-father more than someone who had made a metal band like Exodus End superstars. Sam Baily was talking into his cell phone but looked up and smiled at Reagan warmly when she settled into the seat closest to the door.

  “I’ll call you back. I have my work cut out for me here,” he said and disconnected.

  What exactly did he mean by “work cut out for me”?

  “So I take it you’re Reagan Elliot,” he said and reached across the console to shake her hand.

  She was half-tempted to say, “who? I just wanted a limo ride,” in an attempt to break the ice, but she didn’t think this guy fucked around.

  “Yes, sir. ”

  “My assistant is dying to get her hands on you. She likes that girly sort of stuff. She’ll take you shopping for some decent clothes, get your hair fixed, help you with your makeup. ” He tilted his head and assessed her more closely. She was five seconds from popping him in the mouth and telling him to go fuck himself. Who did he think he was?

  Exodus End’s exalted manager, that’s who.

  “How would you feel about getting breast implants?” he asked.

  She was too stunned to answer at first, and when she finally could speak, the most she could muster was, “No. ”

  “The band would pay for it. ”

  She met his pale blue eyes steadily. “I’m not interested. ”

  “That’s too bad. ” He opened a tan leather folio on his lap and wrote something down. He clicked his pen with finality and closed the folio again. What was he writing? Something about her? Had she totally blown it?

  She looked down at her small breasts. Would it be the end of the world if she got a little augmentation? No. But if she ever did get cosmetic surgery it would be because she wanted it, not because someone pressured her into it. “I just want to play guitar. ”

  “That’s fine. I thought you’d rather be an asset to the band instead of a liability, but we can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. ”

  Having small boobs made her a liability? She didn’t know if she should be offended or hurt, so she settled on pissed. “I know I’m a nobody, but that doesn’t mean you can talk to me that way. ”

  “Forget I offered. ” He opened his folio and she half-expected him to pull out a sign that read “reject” and hang it around her neck. Instead he pulled out a thick piece of off-white paper and handed it to her. “That is your itinerary for the next week. Today is reserved for finding you the right look both onstage and in public. The rest of the week you’ll be rehearsing for the show. Questions?”

  She scanned the sheet but didn’t really internalize anything it said. She was still upset about becoming a sex object, or whatever it was this guy was trying to convert her into. “Why are you so fixated on my look?”

  “You’re an entertainer, Reagan. It comes with the territory. ”

  “I’m a musician. ”

  “In the studio, you’re a musician. Onstage, you’re an entertainer. Get used to it. It’s not up for negotiation. ”

  She stared down at her itinerary for the day. In ten minutes, she had an appointment with a hairstylist. She rubbed a hand over the short hair at the back of her head. Was her twenty-dollar haircut that bad? And why did she need a pedicure? She wore combat boots on a daily basis.

  “Reagan?”

  She glanced up at Sam.

  “Instead of fighting it, try having fun with it. ”

  Easy for him to say. He didn’t have to worry about the size of his boobs being a liability.

  Chapter 20

  Trey started awake when the front door of Reagan’s apartment closed. He hadn’t meant to fall asleep. He’d been on the phone most of the morning, calling every contact in every city they’d visited in the past two weeks. He wasn’t a detective, but no one seemed to know anything about Reagan’s threatening messages. Not that he’d been stupid enough to ask them point-blank. He’d been more discrete than that. Trey sat up and rubbed his eyes, wishing he had better news for her. “So how did it go?” he asked her.

  “How did what go?” Ethan asked.

  Trey pried his eyes open and glanced at the man removing his boots by the door. Great. Just what he needed. To be alone with Reagan’s sexy alpha male of a roommate. Trey decided he should head for home. He could catch up with Reagan later. No telling how long her makeover would take, and this guy made him think all sorts of things that had nothing to do with Reagan and everything to do with being fucked. The last time Trey had seen Ethan, it had been days since he’d last had a male lover. Now he’d gone weeks without being penetrated and he wasn’t sure how strong his resolve was.

  “I thought you were Reagan,” Trey said and climbed to his feet.

  “She’s not here?”

  “Nope. Exodus End’s manager took her shopping or something. ” Trey glanced at the clock and his eyes widened. “Shit, I’ve been asleep for hours. I figured she’d be home by now. ”

  “Are you going somewhere?” Ethan asked and plopped down on the sofa. He extended his long, muscular legs and propped his feet on the coffee table, blocking Trey’s quickest escape route to the front door.

  “I figured I’d better get out of your hair. ”

  “Reagan will think I chased you off. I don’t really need her to start harping on me the second she sees me. ”

  “You could tell her I was gone when you got here. ”

  “Sit,” Ethan said.

  Trey sat.

  “How’d she do? Be honest. She always sounded so enthusiastic on the phone, but sometimes she acts that way to cover up her problems. ”

  Trey tilted his head at Ethan. “She has problems?”

  “Doesn’t everyone?”

  “I don’t think she was covering up anything. We had a great time. She’
s amazing. Going to take the world by storm. ” Trey was just glad he got to be a part of it.

  “Does she know about you?”

  Trey’s smile faltered. “Know what?”

  Ethan moved so fast Trey didn’t see him coming. He found himself trapped in the corner of the couch with Ethan’s hard body against his side and his arm in front of his chest. “You know what I’m talking about. Don’t play dumb. ” Ethan’s breath stirred the fine hairs just behind Trey’s left ear. He shuddered with longing. “Do you have any idea how often I think about you? What I want to do to you?”

  Trey was pretty sure he could guess exactly what Ethan wanted to do to him. And Trey was positive that he’d like it. He pressed a hand against Ethan’s rock hard chest and pretended his heart was thudding because Ethan had startled him, not because Ethan offered him exactly what he wanted. He didn’t need a man to be fulfilled. Reagan gave him everything he needed.

  At least that’s what he wanted to believe.

  “Back off, Ethan,” Trey said.

  “Why, Trey? Does it make you uncomfortable when I get in your personal space?”

  Trey met Ethan’s dark eyes. “Yes,” he said. It wasn’t a lie. His suddenly constrictive fly was very uncomfortable.

  “Are you as hard for me as I am for you?”

  “I said back off. ”

  Ethan shifted away, but his hand went straight for the evidence. Trey gritted his teeth and squeezed his eyes shut, trying to think of something to subdue his desire, but all he could think of was being drilled by the hard, hot male beside him.

  “It’s okay to want me,” Ethan said. “I want you too. ”

  Trey grabbed Ethan’s hand and shifted it from his crotch to his thigh. “I won’t deny wanting you. That doesn’t mean I have to act on it. ”

  Trey extricated himself from the couch and hurried to the bathroom, closing the door behind him and leaning back against its solid surface. That fucking jerk. What was his game? Trey rearranged his hard and throbbing cock. He hadn’t been this turned on in days. This was not a good sign. He hoped Reagan hurried home. She’d help him get his mind back where it belonged. On her.

  Trey washed his face and cupped his hand to take a sip of water from the faucet. He caught his reflection in the mirror and gave himself a stern look.

  “You’re not going to fuck up this thing with Reagan,” he said to his reflection. “So he’s hot. So what? You don’t need a man in your life. ” He almost believed that. He absolutely believed that he didn’t want to hurt Reagan. He didn’t know if what they had together was permanent, but it was the most real relationship he’d ever had. Even his one-sided love of Brian had never been tangible. Not something he could hold on to. He wasn’t ready to let her go. Sex with Ethan wasn’t worth it. And he knew how she felt about her boyfriend having sex with men. She was very clear that she wasn’t accepting of that kind of behavior.

  Feeling marginally recovered, Trey exited the bathroom and ran directly into a hard body. Trey backed into the doorsill to give himself an inch of breathing room, but Ethan closed the gap between them.

  “What are you playing at?” Ethan asked, his obsidian gaze sending a thrill of excitement down Trey’s spine.

  “I’m not playing at anything. ”

  “Why are you hiding what you are from her?”

  “I’m not hiding anything. ”

  “Denial gets you nowhere with me. I know how much you want me. I see it in your eyes. I held it in my hand. ”

  “Maybe. ”

  The heat coming off Ethan’s hard body was feral in nature. Raw energy pulsated from every pore. There was an animal just beneath Ethan’s skin and Trey very much wanted to push him to see it unleashed. He couldn’t, though. He knew if he did there would be no turning back. This thing with Reagan was beautiful, tender, and loving. This thing with Ethan was hot, wild, and pure lust, but there was nothing of substance there. Fooling around with Ethan would be like all of Trey’s other sexual encounters. Wham, bam, thank you, um, sir.
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