Title: Fallen Angel, Part 3
Author: Tracie Podger
Publication Date: December 28, 2014
Tour Sponsor: Passionate Promotions
Being married to the dark and dangerous Robert Stone doesn’t come without its problems – trust being one of them.
Trusting your average husband means you believe he won’t cheat on you. Trusting a man like Robert is accepting that he will kill to protect his family.
Brooke loves her husband – mind, body and soul – she will do whatever is necessary to protect that love.
But what happens when Robert discovers he wants something Brooke can’t give him?
This is a story of an extraordinary couple who find the strength to become the people they want to be.
But can they have it all?
“Home,” Robert said, cutting off Gary’s excuse.
I caught Gary’s eye in the rear view mirror and gave him a sly wink and a smile.
“Don’t mind Robert, he’s being grumpy” I said without thinking.
I saw Gary quickly look towards Robert before starting the car and pulling out into the traffic. A minute later Robert placed his hand around my chin, turning my face towards him. His mouth was millimetres from mine, I could feel his breath on my lips.
“Don’t ever undermine me,” he whispered.
I opened my mouth to speak as Robert sat back in the seat and stared stonily ahead. I snapped my mouth shut and we drove home in silence. I didn’t wait for either Gary or Robert to open the car door, opting to do it myself. As Gary drove the car back down the drive, I turned to him.
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“Gary fucking falls asleep while he’s on duty, I don’t like it and you give him a wink and a smile. Then tell him, what was it, don’t mind Robert. That is undermining me, Brooke.” He unlocked the front door and we climbed the stairs to the lounge where he threw his suit jacket over the back of the sofa.
“I’m not undermining you,” I said, totally confused by this change in him.
“You apologised for me snapping at him. He fucked up, he knows it and you apologise.”
He was really angry and now so was I.
“I was embarrassed, I wasn’t apologising on your behalf. It wasn’t the worst offence in the world, Robert.” As soon as the words left my lips I knew I’d said wrong.
He spun around.
“He falls asleep, Brooke. What if someone took that fucking moment to attack you or me? That’s his fucking job, to stay awake and protect you. He nearly got you killed once and now he’s not on the fucking ball,” he shouted.
“Don’t swear at me, Robert. If you think I undermined you, then I’m sorry and I sure as hell don’t like you shouting at me.” My voice rose on every word until I was shouting back.
“I’m not swearing at you, for fucks sake. I’m pissed, big time. How do I keep control of those guys if you do that, because you’re embarrassed?” he spat the word embarrassed. “And to tell him ‘not to mind me’. I’m his fucking boss, he better fucking mind me. He’s not your friend, he’s here to protect you, drive you around, nothing more.”
Robert paced, running his hand through his hair, a sure sign he was really mad. I shouldn’t have said what I did, I realised that, but I was not happy with being sworn or shouted at in that way. Robert’s temper could be turned on as quick as a light switch and I wanted to find a way to flick that switch to off again. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t being a feeble wife whose husband could walk all over them, but I was someone who would rather talk than stand and shout. I took a couple of calming breaths.
“Will you stop pacing and calm down? I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said what I did,” I told him.
“Calm down? You made me look a fucking idiot.”
“You’re acting like one now,” I shouted, all attempt at being reasonable gone.
I stood facing him, he stood facing me, both of us breathing hard. Shit, this was our first argument. We had sniped at each other in the past, I had shouted that day after being shot at, but we had never had a full-blown row. A silence followed. As he stood before me, pumped with his fists clenched and his eyes black, a hard hitting punch of wanting, of arousal hit me square in the stomach. As I took a step towards him, he did the same.
“Sam was an easy guy to get on with, once you got behind the fake drag queen in him. The campiness was an act he used to cover his shyness. He felt that if people were going to comment on his life choices, then give them something to really talk about.”
“I put that thought away, with many others, in that now overflowing box in my mind with the padlock and chain.”
“I just want to add one thing, I am lucky to have two best friends. I don’t how many people can say that and I want to say to Brooke, I love you, you have been with me my whole life but now I am leaving you for someone who is far better in bed.”
“Some women get presents from their husbands, a pair of new shoes perhaps. I got the delicious Robert Stone and I would walk barefoot if I had to choose.”
“I had to make a conscious effort not to be close to him. My body needed to feel his, even if it was just a brush of his arm or a linking of one finger. If we were in a crowded room, if I concentrated on finding him, all I had to do was close my eyes.”
“Corrupting you has become my all time favourite sport.”
This is my first time reading Tracie Podger and am I ever glad I signed up to review the series, as shortly into the first book – I was hopelessly addicted. The story is interesting, entertaining, and unique, I found it very appealing and hard if not impossible to put down. Her sensual scenes are smoking hot, more like volcanic! Book 1 chronicles a British woman’s vacation, and it proved to be quite an eventful period for her. She has ended a lackluster relationship of 10 years, and decides to come to the US to visit a childhood friend while licking her wounds. Fresh off the jet, she meets her friend’s boss in his workplace, and the adventure begins. Over a 5 week period she falls in love, changes her employment, makes new friends, acquires several wardrobes of designer clothes, has the best sex of her life, is kidnapped, shot at, and suffers broken bones. Wow, I wonder what the brochures would look like for that type of holiday?
Books 2 and 3 span the next several months, and finds the characters’ love and relationship evolving, maturing, and deepening. Theirs is an intense, passionate, and epic love story that I find just delicious. I enjoy the side stories as much as I do theirs. The characters are well-developed, complex, intriguing, and people I find fascinating. I have adored this series from beginning to end. I found it extremely refreshing that the main characters were so supportive and invested in their relationship rather than being in constant conflict with each other. There is plenty of drama that they work through together. I adore these characters and would relish reading about them endlessly. The story line is endlessly entertaining, interesting, involving, heart clenching, and delectably sensual – ohhhh my – is it ever! I had to open windows and fan myself while gulping chilled liquids. Ms. Podger has an exceptional gift for creating vivid pictures with her words, and I want her to keep churning out more of this story for years to come. I don’t think I could ever possibly tire of Robert and Brooke and their “family.”
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.
Tracie wishes to thank you for giving your time to read her books and hopes you enjoy them as much as she loves writing them. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact her, she would love to hear from you. She will be signing at Peterborough, York, Birmingham and Aberdeen in 2015, and in the U.S. at some 2016 events; drop in if you can and say hello!
The Fallen Angel Series is available in e-book and paperback versions on amazon.com.
Fallen Angel, Part 4