Wreck Me: Steel Talons MC (9 page)



Susan lied back on her couch, staring at her ceiling. The shitty day coated her like she’d been caught in an oil slick, and it dragged her down, making her limbs heavy and her breathing labored, as if she’d inhaled too many fumes. She’d at least had the satisfaction of hearing from Jim, but that didn’t win him any brownie points. He was still on her shit list right now.


Now, it was after midnight, and she couldn’t sleep. Every time she closed her eyes, she pictured Anna Winkler’s face, her eyes and mouth gaping open in death. Anna Winkler, she reminded herself. So many of her patients remained nameless, but she wasn’t going to forget the ones she lost. Unfortunately, she couldn’t get rid of the image, either, despite the fact that she hadn’t even seen the woman’s eyes. In her mind, they were black, as if her pupils had dilated to consume the irises, and bloodshot. It was a nightmare, and it made her fear falling asleep.


Her phone, resting on the coffee table just within arm’s reach, buzzed, and she scowled. Who would be calling at this hour? But she realized she only knew one person who kept hours like this, and her heart skipped a beat. That alone made her think about ignoring the call. Good sex or not, she shouldn’t look forward to hearing from Jim so eagerly.


But she had started this game of phone tag, so she would be the one to end it. She answered. “Hey.”


“Hey.” Great, she thought. This was going to be incredibly awkward. “I’m sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I’ve been a little busy. I had some business to take care of out of town, and it sort of followed me home.”


Susan opened her mouth to ask what happened, but then she remembered that she probably didn’t want to know about his business dealings. “I caught that on your voicemail,” she said instead. “Something about Wade Industries.”


“Yeah, I have a trucking company. We’re not big, really, but we make decent money.”


That explained his ability to take off at a moment’s notice for something to do with biker business. Again, something she didn’t want to ask about. “So, is everything alright?”


“I got it worked out for the moment. We’ll see if the contract holds or not.” There was a pause. “You sounded upset on your message.”


He didn’t know the half of it. She’d left that yesterday, when she was full of anger and frustration. Today, her mood was completely different—even worse, in its way—and she didn’t really want to talk about it. “I’ve had a rough couple of days. Last night, I was hoping…” She trailed off. What was she supposed to say?
I was hoping I could make a booty call.
“I just thought maybe we could make an arrangement.”


She heard the chuckle at the other end of the line and blushed. She should have known better than to say something like that. “Well, I wasn’t in town last night, but I’m back now. And I have to tell you, with my leg hurting from the long ride, I could really use a kind touch.”


She winced. She couldn’t imagine how bad he must be hurting. If Susan cared about anything, it was his health. The doctor inside rearing its ugly head. “Okay. I’m not sure—”


“Why don’t you give me your address?” he cut her off.


She was at a loss for words. Her apartment was a mess, books scattered everywhere and coffee mugs all over the kitchen. Her garbage was full of microwave dinner boxes, and she didn’t even remember the last time she’d scoured the bathroom. Not that any of that mattered, she thought, gritting her teeth. What did she care what Jim thought of her place? And did she even want him over here? “Maybe you shouldn’t be riding anymore with that leg. In fact, you should probably have it elevated.”


“I’ve been elevating it all evening, doc.” She shivered at the term. It was her dream to actually earn the title. “The biggest problem is that I’m out of pain meds. Those ER guys don’t give you shit to last for more than a couple of days, as if I’m some kind of Wolverine with instant regenerative abilities.” She knew that all too well. “But it doesn’t really matter, since my bike is a mangled pile that got carried away for scrap metal. I won’t have a ride like that again till tomorrow or the next day, whenever I find something that, uh, butters my toast.”


She cringed at the use of her phrase. “So why did you want my address?” she asked, confused. Was he going to take a cab? If he had to cross the reservation, it was going to cost him a fortune.


“I do have a truck. I can’t exactly haul shit with the bike. And I can drive.” Susan felt like an idiot for not thinking about that. “So, are you giving me your address, or have you already satisfied your own needs?”


The humor in his tone rattled her, and she had a feeling he was imagining her in her bedroom with her hands between her legs. It wasn’t the most pleasant of ideas, and yet, the thought of him thinking about her made Susan feel a tingle low in her stomach. “No, nosy, I haven’t indulged.”


“Then maybe you should give me your address, and we can both let off some steam.”


What the hell, she thought, and gave it to him. He said he’d see her in a bit, and she had no idea how long that was as he hung up. Did that mean five minutes or an hour? Rushing around, she threw her cups in the dishwasher and put on some fresh coffee. Even if she didn’t drink it, the smell would be enticing. Then, she went to the bedroom and shoved all the clothes strewn across the floor into her closet, making it appear as though she was somewhat neat. Luckily, the bathroom was clean enough, and she relaxed, only to realize she was in an old, ugly set of sweats with holes. What was she supposed to wear for something like this?


Eventually, Susan pulled out a pair of satin pajamas she never wore and changed, the knock at the door startling her. She checked the clock; it had taken him less than fifteen minutes to get here. Either he’d driven like Dale Earnhart Jr to get here, or he didn’t live across the reservation.




Flustered and trying to smooth her hair, she went to open the door, and every other thought she’d had flew from her mind. Jim stood there, leaning with one hand against the door frame, his expression amused and his eyes glittering. He had a couple of days’ growth of stubble, and that only brought out the angles of his face and emphasized his perfect chin. His jacket stretched over the tight muscles of his arm, and she wanted to melt. “Are you going to let me in?”


With a nervous laugh, she stepped back so he could enter, and she caught the subtle limp in his step. “You know, I shouldn’t do this, but I have some pain pills in my cabinet, and I can tend to the wound while you’re here.”


He turned to look at her, and Susan knew his mind wasn’t on his injuries right now. “Maybe later.” His voice was gruff, and Susan imagined she could smell the sex rolling off him blended with his cologne.


“If you say so.” She barely got the words out before he moved forward and took her in his arms, and his lips came down on hers much more gently than they had in the past. She opened to him easily, willingly, and she ran her hands up the back of his neck, threading her fingers through his hair. He tensed and relaxed almost instantaneously, and she felt the first signs of his arousal growing against her stomach.


It excited her, and she kissed him with more enthusiasm while his hands slipped to the front of her top, working with the buttons slowly and dragging his knuckles over her bare skin enticingly as he moved from one button to the next. She felt her mind spinning and her heart racing, and her loins turned to liquid. She spoke with her lips still pressed to his. “I think we’d be more comfortable in the bedroom.”


Jim didn’t hesitate. It didn’t matter how much his leg hurt, he picked her up so she could wrap her hands around his waist, and he carried her to the only open door in the apartment, assuming it was the bedroom. He didn’t flip on the light, just laid her back on the bed gently, and her hands came to his shoulders, brushing his jacket aside with the tenderest of touches.


It brought him to life inside, in a way he didn’t want to feel with someone like her, but he couldn’t deny his basic need. He let her push the jacket to the floor, followed by his shirt, and when she reached for his jeans, he only moved to help her avoid aggravating his wound further. As soon as she had him undressed, he pulled off her silky pants and pressed his palm to her sex, making her moan and writhe beneath him as her moisture coated his fingers.


Their bodies heated and slid along each other with the slickness of sweat as he kissed down her arms and across her stomach. She didn’t disappoint him, either, her fingers playing in the hair at his neck and tickling down his spine. And when he moved back up her body, she spread her hands over his ass, massaging and pulling him toward her as if begging him to be inside.


Swollen with need, his cock ached for the same, and he urged her knees apart so he could settle between them. He shuddered as he pushed his tip inside, and she cried out, convulsing around him. Her nails dug into his shoulders as he pushed deeper, gritting his teeth at the incredible sensation that warmed him from head to toe. He cautioned himself, pacing his movements so he remained gentle and slow, despite wanting to drill into her with all his might. He needed her to be soft and that meant showing her his softer side.


But in the end, her heels dug into his lower back, pushing him for more, and her continuous orgasms milked him, so he became frantic. With several long, hard thrusts, he came, throwing his head back and gasping at the near pain of his release. As he finished, Jim started to roll to the side, but Susan pulled him down on top of her, caressing his back with her incredible hands.


He calmed quickly, the touch soothing, and as he started to doze, he pushed up and off her, needing his distance. “Did I do something wrong now?” she asked, sounding a bit frustrated.


Jim sat on the edge of the bed, rubbing his chin with the fingers of one hand. “No, you didn’t.” He shook his head. “Christ, Susan, what are we doing here? I mean, what is this, and why are we doing it? You don’t even really like me. I’m sure you can find a better lay.”


“First of all, I haven’t found one yet. But that’s only part of it.” He heard her sit up, felt the movement of the bed. And then her hands were on his shoulders, massaging and releasing the remaining tension there. “I don’t hate you, Jim. I don’t know you well enough to like you or hate you. And maybe that’s a good thing because I don’t want to do anything to ruin our chemistry here, in bed.”


Jim knew better than most what happened when you took a good thing and examined it too hard. He’d ruined a lot of things in his life by overanalyzing them. Maybe he should let this go and just take what he could get for now. Still, he played devil’s advocate. “You’ve hated me every time we’ve seen each other, Susan. What’s different now?”


“Okay, you got me.” She laughed, and Jim turned to look at her confused. “I hated you on a twisted principle when I rescued you from your idiotic accident. And I hated you when you came onto me in the ambulance. And again later, when you got up and walked away after we’d had sex. That, by the way, really pissed me off, and when I get pissed off, I get hateful, like I was at your clubhouse. I even hated you when you didn’t call me back yesterday. All I could think was, how are we going to work this out if you’re always gone or don’t answer my calls?”


“You know, I was pissed off that you demanded my attention when I was busy,” he said. “I need my freedom, more than I need anything. But I also need you to not hate me like I’m some fucking piece of shit on the bottom of your Prada shoe.”


She nodded. “I’ll work on that. I still don’t know if I like you, Jim, but like I said, I barely know you. We’ve got a long way to go to figure out the logistics of this whole arrangement, and I can be a spoiled brat. There will be times when you have to put me in my place and piss me off.”


A half smile crooked one side of his mouth. “I’m sure there are times you’re going to have to remind me to soften up and not be such a hardass. But either way, I think it’s best if we keep emotion, good or bad, out of it. You couldn’t handle the life of an old lady, and I couldn’t have one that didn’t approve of my lifestyle.”


“Then we’re in agreement. No emotions, just sex.” She held out a hand, and Jim laughed as he shook it.


“Great. We’ll make the rules as we go, I guess. Right now, my leg’s got my head all kinds of muddled. You think you could take a look at it now?” He lifted it, turning so he could stretch it out on the bed as she turned on the light. He pulled the dressing off it and winced.


“Christ, Jim. That looks like shit!” She left the room, and he watched her walk, her naked rear still as enticing as it had been before the sex. When she came back, she had an armload of supplies and handed him two pills. “Swallow those.” She dumped the items on the bed and went to work, and even though it stung and Jim cursed several times, he could tell she was being as gentle as possible.


Watching her work, the way her fingers moved deftly but carefully over his leg and shot electric sparks through his body, Jim smiled. Maybe the scenario wasn’t perfect, and maybe they’d end up still hating each other enough to call it quits in a couple of weeks. But for now, he could handle all the bad blood between them to get the good. Moments like this were worth the hassle, and Jim thought that, maybe, it was the answer to healing his internal wounds as much as this little spitfire was intent on fixing the ones on the outside.

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