This is the story of a man falling in love with a woman.
A man that was supposed to be a role model, and a woman that was just barely twenty-one.
A man who should’ve known better, and a woman that didn’t know that she was destroying his career word by word, innocent touch by innocent touch, smile by smile, until it had already imploded.
The world collapses around Absinthe ‘Sin’ Solomon, and the only thing he can do is try not to take her down with him.
The moment the inevitable happens, and the gavel bangs signaling that he will spend the next nine years in prison for attempted murder, Sin tries to let go. But Blaise Mackenzie has never, not ever, been one to give up without a fight.
Her military career might be over, but her career as a prison guard is just about to get started.
And her favorite prisoner? A pissed-off older man, a drill sergeant dishonorably discharged from the Army that tells himself daily that the new ‘Kitty Kitty’ female prison guard is not for him.
After following him around for years, watching over him from afar in any way she can, Sin is released early. And the first person that he’s going to see? A stubborn little blonde-headed female that should’ve known better than to trust a man like him.
Drill Sergeants: they will kick your ass and look sexy doing it the entire time.
-Blaise’s secret thoughts
Six years ago
Oh. My. God.
“Holy shit,” the girl beside me breathed as she got a load of the male drill sergeants.
I didn’t say anything.
I didn’t want to be singled out and be forced to do anything more than I was already doing.
When I’d told my parents that I was going into the military—the Army specifically—I didn’t have any clue just how bad it was going to be at first.
It was… hard.
Like, really hard.
One second, I was a happy twenty-one-year-old, and the next I was in the Army, being yelled at by really screechy female drill sergeants for eating two freakin’ kiwis instead of just one.
I mean, for God’s sake, it didn’t say ‘you can only have one goddamn kiwi.’
How was I supposed to know the limit was one?
Anyway, I digress.
The men standing in front of us were… gorgeous.
But one drill sergeant in particular kept drawing my eye.
The name stitched into his uniform said ‘Solomon’ and he was so sexy I could barely breathe.
Then again, that barely breathing thing might have something to do with the number of push-ups we’d been forced to do over the last hour.
Whatever the reason, I had a feeling that every single eye in the entire unit I was in was currently focused on one drill sergeant in particular.
“Drill Sergeant Solomon,” our female drill sergeant, Drill Sergeant Ames, called. “Would you like to lead the next drill?”
A small flicker of annoyance crossed Drill Sergeant Solomon’s face, then he stepped forward and led the next drill.
I fell over my feet twice as I tried not to stare at his bulging biceps.
How the hell did they not rip the damn shirt?
“Do you have a problem, recruit?”
I shivered at the low, raspy voice of the other male drill sergeant that had come with the sexy one.
The name on his shirt read ‘Brees.’
The shiver that’d run down my spine wasn’t the same type of shiver that Solomon had gotten out of me earlier.
No, this one was one of downright terror.
Because there was something about this particular drill sergeant that had freaked me out from day one.
When I was younger, I’d had a lot of ‘premonitions.’ Not like ‘you’re about to die, don’t step off that curb’ kind of premonitions. No, this was the kind of feeling that maybe the person you just met wasn’t a particularly good person. That they were someone that I needed to stay away from. A man that in this case, if at all possible, I needed to not gain his attention.
“Sir, no, sir.” I went rigid at attention.
The man’s eyes traveled over me, head to toe, and his lips twitched. “Mackenzie.”
I swallowed hard. “Yes, sir.”
“I know a couple of Mackenzies,” he drawled.
Of course, he did.
That meant he was going to be paying more attention to me.
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