Until We're More(105)

By: Cindi Madsen

Liam turned, and my breath caught in my throat as a jolt of electricity made a mess of my insides. Even slightly beat-up after five grueling rounds in the cage, he was still the sexiest, hottest, most swoonworthy dude I’d ever laid eyes on, and even better, he was all mine.

I launched myself into his arms and showered him with kisses. “I knew you could do it.”

He squeezed me so tightly I could hardly breathe, but oxygen was overrated anyway. “Couldn’t have done it without you.”

“Totally not true, but I’ll take it.”

He pulled back to look me in the eye. “I’m serious, Chelsea. Having you on the sidelines, knowing you were cheering for me, and even better, that I get to go home to you… Finn was right. Having you in my life gives my fights more heart.”

Our reunion     was short-lived, people rushing in to congratulate Liam and conduct interviews and take care of all the other after-fight stuff. When Shane and Brooklyn retreated to the locker room, I went with them. We paced while we waited for Finn, Blake, and Liam.

Once they finally arrived, there were more exchanged congratulations and check-ins, and then one by one they left, until it was just him and me.

I twisted a strand of hair around my finger and aimed a flirty smile his way. “Remember the last time we were alone in a locker room after a fight?”

A secretive smile tugged at Liam’s lips, one that gave me hot flashes and dirty thoughts.

“You told me my first time couldn’t be in a locker room.” I batted my eyes and lowered my finger to the neckline of my shirt, dragging it back and forth. “But it’s hardly my first time.”

Liam backed me up against the wall, just like he’d done that night.

“Unless you’re too worn out from your fight,” I said, my concern for him overtaking my desire, although it was still tapping my shoulder, insisting it needed fed. “I’d totally understand.”

He dipped his head and placed a hard kiss on my mouth. “I feel a second wind coming on.”

“I’m feeling something you’ve got coming on.” I arched against him, pressing his erection tighter to me.

The next instant, I was in his arms. He locked the door, and then he showed me just how much stamina he had. And after adding one more location to our list of sexual escapades, he laced his fingers with mine, lifted my hand, and kissed the back of it.

“Let’s go home,” he said.

No matter how many times he said it, I never tired of hearing it. And I knew that regardless of where we went, as long as I was with Liam, I’d always be home.

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Huge thanks, as always, to Gina Maxwell and Rebecca Yarros for the brainstorming sessions, for sprinting with me, for the chats and the laughs, and most importantly, for the unconditional friendship. You girls are my rocks, and I’m so lucky to have you.

To everyone at Entangled Publishing, from my editors Alycia Tornetta and Stacy Abrams to my publicists, Holly Bryant & Riki Cleveland, the marketing team, fellow authors, cover artists, and all the other people who help get my books from my brain to my readers, thank you so much. Thanks especially to Holly Bryant & Riki Cleveland for all you do.

Big shout out to Kerrie Legend for coming into my life when I was completely overwhelmed. Thanks for diving right in, sorting through my chaos, and making everything pretty and shiny, and for being such an awesome high-energy cheerleader. Huge hugs to my agent, Nicole Resciniti, for also coming into my life when it was extra crazy and I needed someone on my side. I still think you have a time turner, which is totally cool, as long as you let me use it once in a while. ;)

Thanks to MMA fighter Peter Straub from Easton Training Center for answering all of my questions. I carried a lot of those answers over from Until You’re Mine to this book. That interview and visit to the gym inspired me and solidified the Team Domination Gym in my mind. If I’ve made any errors regarding the MMA world, it’s totally on me. You know how we writers like to embellish for the sake of a good romance. Hehe.

Huge thanks to my readers for supporting my books and sending me messages that keep me going. My FB group, Cindi Madsen’s Banter Babes, is full of awesome people who are also some of my loudest cheerleaders. Come on over if you’d like to join us—we mainly talk about books and life and how books make life better.

My family deserves all the praise for riding the writer roller coaster with me. This summer has been super crazy, guys, but you’ve kept me sane-ish and have taken care of so much so I could write and edit. You also make me laugh a lot and are definitely my happily ever after.