You know that old saying… He’s the next big thing.
Yeah, that was me. I was a rising star, and I couldn’t have been happier.
Fame, money, women at every turn. I had it all, until the day my world came crashing down.
I never fathomed this would be my life.
But here I am, a single dad at twenty-eight and I have no clue what I’m doing.
I pray every day I’m giving her the best life, ’cause it’s the only one I know.
The minute I lost everything and had nothing left to give.
Charlee showed up.
She restored my faith and gave us so much more than I ever deserved.
So can you tell me why I’m sitting here alone?
Every single day that goes by without them, I lose more of myself.
It’s hard to imagine a world they’re not part of.
So I pick up my old guitar and tell them both how I feel.
Turns out, lullabies aren’t just for children.
I take another minute to myself as the warm water runs over my shoulders and down my chest. Honestly, I’m simply trying to waste enough time for the girl in my bed to leave.
Turning the water off, I reach for a towel, only to be met with long, red nails. I pull the curtain back to a naked body that doesn’t include mine.
“Mornin’.” I wrap myself in the cloth an
She crowds me as I try to reach for my toothbrush. “If I had known you were showering, I could’ve joined you.”
“It’s a small space.”
She brushes her breast against me as she moves closer. “We’ve been in tighter situations.”
“Yeah…” Before I can offend her, I’m saved. The front door opens and closes with a slam. Followed by the voice of a saint.
“Hey, baby. Where are you?”
The redhead on my left turns a deep crimson. “You’re married?”
I shrug. “I’m in here, honey.”
“How dare you!” She snaps, grabbing my shirt from the floor and dragging it over her head. “Let me out.”
“No problem.” I step to the side as she swings the door wide and runs into the other redhead in the hall. Her mouth hangs as she stares at her before turning to me. “I look just like her!”
“Not really.” I smirk.
“I am so sorry, he never said he was married.” She stumbles through to my room, yanking her clothes on.
“I’m Reese. You are?” She crosses her arms with a smug look.
The redhead in the bedroom gapes at me when I don’t answer. “Aren’t you gonna tell her my name?”
“I would…if I could remember it.”
Her face flames as I struggle not to giggle. “You are disgusting.”
“Yes, you are.” Reese place her fists on her side, playing along. My body jerks as I fight laughing in her face.
“For the record, you’ve lost a fan.” She storms past us.
I jog after her. “Michelle, wait.” She turns to me, glaring. “See, I know your name.”
“What’s the point now?” She fumes.
“I was just wondering, are you still my number one fan?” Reese bursts into a fit of giggles as I watch Michelle’s eyes as she plots my death.
“Fuck you!” She slams the door against the wall as she rushes out it.
“Dear Lord, will you ever learn?” Reese joins me as I walk into the kitchen.
MEET THE AUTHOR:
Leaona, also known as Lea, lives with her husband, Lu in southern WV. A mother of three sons and mother in law to three amazing woman. She enjoys spending time with her furbabies, Kaylea (cat) and Frankie (beagle), watching Carolina Panthers and Marshall University Football, reading, writing, gardening, crafts, NASCAR, TWD, HGTV, hot rods, and surf fishing.
Lea was inspired to write while she raised her family, never dreaming one day, she would be published. While loving all genres of books, Lea writes redeeming contemporary romance that are gritty and true to life. She draws from her life and loves to create her characters from everyday situations, proving everyone can be redeemed.
Leaona (Lee-aw-na) released her first book in June 2016 upon the encouragement of her father, who passed away before seeing her dream come true. The Cove Series was followed by Highway 17 Series, all are standalone family sagas and intertwine.