Hammer’s Fall by Laurie Roma
I’m very excited about Hammer’s Fall, the first book of the Breakers’ Bad Boy series. It is a series that has a little bit of everything…bad boys, military men, MMA fighters, bikers, and best of all – spicy hot romance!
The men of Breakers may be rough and tough, and ready for anything…but they are, and always will be, men of integrity and honor. I hope you enjoy reading Hammer’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Jared “Hammer” Caufield is a former Army Ranger and retired professional MMA champion that had to give up his fighting career due to a knee injury. He is a bad boy through and through, but that doesn’t stop him from craving the sweet little bakery owner, even though he knows she is too good for him…
Bakery owner, Kalista Redford, is a woman who has had a difficult past. She has always struggled with her self-esteem, and her last breakup hasn’t done anything to help improve her opinion of herself. When Kalista finds herself pursued by the dark and dangerous man she has secretly dreamed about, will she be able to follow her heart or will past insecurities threaten to ruin her chance at true love?
Forcing himself to relax, he smiled at her again. “What can I do for you, Kali?”
“Oh,” she said after blinking rapidly, as if she had forgotten why she had sought him out. “Yes, I…well, I was wondering if you maybe offer self-defense training or something.”
His body stiffened. What the fuck? Was some asshole bothering her? His eyes narrowed on her, and he noticed she was breathing rapidly now. Fuck! He was scaring her, but he couldn’t help it. If someone was bothering her they would be dealing with him. No one fucked with his fairy and got away with it.
“Why do you need self-defense training?” he asked slowly, trying to sound calmer than he felt.
“Well, I don’t really…I mean, every woman should know something, right?” Kali let out a light laugh that didn’t fool him for a minute.
“Kali, why do you need self-defense training?” he asked again, taking a step closer to her. “Is someone bothering you?”
Her gaze fluttered back to his face, then trailed down over his bare chest. He wanted to shout with glee when his saw her pupils dilate as she took in his muscular form. He fought the urge to do something stupid like flex just to see her reaction. She looked away and a faint blush turned her cheeks a light-pink color that made his hands fist so he wouldn’t grab her.
Fuck, he had to get her out of here before he did something unforgivable. Like throw her down and ravish her until neither of them could speak. He barely held back a groan as she nibbled on her lower lip, then Kali turned away from him like she was going to leave.
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have bothered you with this.”
Before she could take a step away from him, he took her hand in his, holding her in place. He felt her tremble and prayed it wasn’t out of fear. “Tell me, honey. I’m happy you finally came to visit me, but if something or someone is bothering you, I want to know what it is.”
She took a deep breath, and focused on staring at the heavy bags on the other side of the room. “My cousin is getting married soon, the second weekend of February, actually.”
Okay, that wasn’t what he was expecting. Deciding to wait her out, he stayed quiet and rubbed his fingers gently over hers, enjoying the feeling of her soft skin. Her shoulders slumped as if there were a heavy weight pressing there.
Damn it, he didn’t like seeing his fairy looking so…defeated.
“My boyfriend David just broke up with me. Well, I was going to break up with him, but he did it first and…never mind. Normally, I wouldn’t be too worried about this, but my cousin Bethany is marrying David’s brother, Aeron. My mother thought…well, she said maybe now was a good time to listen to David’s advice and lose a little weight.”
She broke up with her boyfriend? Kali was free? Hammer could feel the grin spreading on his face, then he froze, his entire body going rigid with battle ready awareness.
Hold the fuck up…what did she just say?
She let out a slight squeak, and Hammer realized he had squeezed her hand as his tried to fist. Rage washed through him at the thought of her doing something like that because her asshole of an ex belittled her like that.
“That motherfucker said that to you, and your mother agreed?” The words came out before he could stop them. Kali turned to him, looking at him with wide eyes, but he didn’t care if he’d shocked her.
He loved how she called him by his real name. She was the only one who did. Christ, she could call him anything she wanted, but he’d really love to hear her scream out his name as he took her. Hearing that her boyfriend was now ghosted, Hammer wasn’t going to waste this opportunity. So what if she was too good for him, she was single now, but not for long.
His little fairy was going to belong to him.
Hammer forced himself to take a deep, cleansing breath, then let it out slowly, once again finding his calm center. Tonight he would make sure she knew that she didn’t have to worry about her ex and anything he’d said to her in the past. He would show her just how perfect she was…perfect for him.
“Come on, Kali. I think this conversation needs to happen over a drink. Let’s go over to The Fox Hole and sit down. That is, if you don’t mind going out with me after I’ve just gotten done with a workout?”
A brow lifted as he paused. “You don’t want to be seen with me?”
“No! I meant, I don’t mind. I mean, of course I do. It’s just…Jared, I don’t understand,” she said on a rush, the confusion clear on her pretty face.
Hammer tilted his head to the side. “What don’t you understand?”
“Why you want to go talk about this. With me.”
He laughed. “Honey, you’ve got some explaining to do. We’ll go have a drink, and you can tell me why you think you need to listen to a bunch of stupid advice, then I can tell you why you’re perfect just the way you are.”
He hid his smile as she let out a startled sputter. Not giving her a choice, he pulled her over to where he left his shirt. He wished he had time for a shower, but he didn’t want to leave her alone too long so she would have time to reconsider. Releasing her momentarily, he pulled a black t-shirt over his head, then turned with a questioning look when he heard her sigh. He noticed she was blushing again and turned his back to her to grin as he pulled on a pair of dark-gray sweatpants over his shorts, then picked up his black hoodie. He’d seen that look on women’s faces before and knew exactly what it meant.
So, his little fairy liked his body.
He could definitely work with that.
As they drove through a forested area, a wicked idea flickered through her mind. Feeling mischievous, she slid one of her hands lower, exploring until she found the thick column of his shaft straining against his pants where it was trapped against his thigh. She could practically feel his hard cock pulsing against her palm as she slowly stroked him through the material of his pants and boxers.
“You better stop that, Kali. It’s gonna get you into trouble if you keep that up,” he warned.
She didn’t want to stop. Thinking back over their time together, she realized that this was the first time she had made the first move. He always seemed to know exactly how to arouse her to the point she was desperate to feel him inside her, but so far she had never instigated their love play. He always made love to her passionately, but without that primal urgency he had taken her with that first time they were together. She wanted that with him again. Wanted him to take her as if he couldn’t breathe with the need clawing through his system.
To be as wild and crazed for her as she was for him.
No longer willing to wait for him to take the lead, she refused to release her hold on his cock. There was something wildly erotic about stroking him while she couldn’t see what she was doing. Her clit pulsed in time to the blood flowing into his cock, making him thicker and harder in her hand.
“Do you really want me to stop?”
Casting a quick glance around their surroundings, she was emboldened by the isolated area they were driving through. Using some of her newfound courage, she reached up and loosened the ties of his drawstring pants. Slipping her hand beneath the fabric of his boxers, she took his shaft into her hand. Feeling the bare length of him throbbing against her palm sent a shiver of need surging through her body so strong it left her breathless.
Revving the engine, he made a quick turn onto a small road that led into a secluded picnic area in the woods, never once losing control as he did. He drove the bike up onto a grassy area, away from the road, then turned it off and shoved down the kickstand with his foot. The silence was deafening after the throaty rumble of the machine cut off, and a wave of nervousness filled her when he didn’t move or speak. He just sat there with his large hands gripping the handlebars as she stroked his erection.
She slowly moved her hand up his shaft, loving that he was too big for her fingers to meet. She rubbed her thumb over the head of his cock, spreading the pre-cum leaking from the tip, and she felt his big body shudder.
“Kali,” he growled out her name, his chest billowing as he breathed out in hard pants.
“You’re fucking torturing me.”
That had her hand pausing. “Do you want me to stop?”
“Hell no, but this is your one warning. If you don’t take your hand off my dick right now you’re gonna get fucked. Right here. Right now. I won’t be able to wait to get you to my house.”
The harsh tone of his voice had wisps of excitement whipping through her, and she bit her lip to hold back a moan. Instead of removing her hand, she squeezed him harder, drawing out a ragged groan from him. In a flash, he ripped off his helmet, throwing it on the ground. He turned in his seat, grabbing her around the waist so he could drag her off of the bike with him.
He pulled the helmet off of her head, tossing it next to his own, then his mouth slammed down on hers, claiming her with a brutal kiss that made her knees go weak. Her hands flew up, holding onto his arms to brace herself as he picked her up and sat her down sideways on the seat.
He shoved her legs apart, pressing between her thighs as he ravaged her mouth, tongue stroking deep. She could feel the liquid heat coating her tight channel, her body preparing for his possession. Whenever he touched her or even smiled at her, she instantly became wet, but the vibration of the bike had her riding the edge already.
She wanted him now, so deep that he became a part of her.
He pulled back, his dark eyes filled with heat as he let out a primitive growl. “Damn it, woman. You’re driving me out of my fucking mind.”
She loved seeing that raw hunger on his face and embraced the moment by flicking her tongue out to trace his lower lip. “Good,” she whispered.
Laurie Roma lives in Chicago and mainly writes contemporary, romantic suspense, and sci-fi romance. She has always loved immersing herself in a good book and now enjoys the pleasure of creating her own. She can usually be found tapping away on her keyboard, creating worlds for her characters while she listens to music. Of course her playlist depends on her mood...but then again, so does her writing.
An avid reader of the romance genre, nothing bothers her more than annoying characters. Seriously, who wants a happy ending for someone that pisses you off? She loves tough alpha-male heroes and strong heroines that have brains as well as beauty. Her novels are filled with both passionate romance and down and dirty lust-driven interludes, as she believes both are essential to a good love story. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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