Secrets & Lies (Roughshod Rollers MC 3)

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I can barely breathe. I want this so badly, and I didn’t even realize I wanted it.
“I didn’t ask…” I croak.
“I know you didn’t,” she says, smiling gently. “I want to do it.”
The truth is there, in her eyes. I can see love and trust, and it overwhelms me, because I didn’t know I how much something like this, the representation of how much trust she had in me after everything, would mean the world to me.
But it does. I lean in and kiss her softly. This, here, is everything I need. Jessica is in my arms, Owen is playing happily, and I have my family, It still hasn’t solved everything. But that’s okay. Because Jessica and I are going to be able to work through everything together.
Suddenly, Jessica pulls away with a sharp gasp.
“The onions!” she yelps.
She pushes me back and turns around to the stove. The onions are hissing frantically now, and I peer over her shoulder to see most of them have stuck to the bottom of the pot.
“Look what you’ve done,” she complains, but she’s grinning up at me. “You’re cutting new onions for me!”
“Oops,” I say. “Fair enough.”
I turn around to fish some more onions out of the bag as Jessica puts the pot in the sink. Before I can pick up the knife again, though, her slim arms wind around my waist, and I feel her press her forehead on my back.
“I love you,” she whispers.
Before, I would never answer. How could I? Anything other than a response would be insulting in some way, even if I didn’t mean it to be. But now, I can.
“I love you, too,” I say.
Part of me is never going to completely understand how we got here. But none of that matters. Jessica and I have fought through the trials that our old relationship threw in our path, and we’re both stronger people for it. We’re both ready, now, to have a relationship that means something. We’re family.
We’re going to last.
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