Fight for Me
Book 1 in the “Fight For” series. The sizzling story of two ripped, inked, and sexy MMA fighters battling for the same woman.
Fight for Me was previously published as part of the Invitation to Eden series. This re-release has a new cover, but the story is the same.
I had to drop out of college to raise my son after his dad, bad boy MMA fighter Ryder King, and I broke up. Ryder is so haunted by demons he won’t let me into his heart. Fame, fortune, and fighting didn’t bring him any peace, and I knew, for the sake of our child, I had to leave him.
That’s when I started seeing Ryder’s best friend, Xavier Malone, a former fighter who built a billion dollar empire. Xavier is powerful and gorgeous, but also caring and wonderful with my son. We were friends at first and now I’m falling for him—but I’m scared to commit.
Then I receive an invitation to the island of Eden, a luxurious resort where I can live my every sensual fantasy. I’m certain Xavier sent it. But after I leave my son with my mom and fly to Eden, I discover I’m in the middle of a grudge match between Xavier and Ryder. They are going to fight for me: inside the ring in a charity match, and outside it—where they both plan to seduce the pants off me. But I have a surprise for them too.
Note: Fight for Me is also a Yardley College Alumni story. For readers 18 years of age +
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This excerpt contains explicit sexual material and is intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Both the men in my life are coming here.
Stunned, I hear a thud and realize I dropped my carryon bag. Xavier had to know Ryder would be here when he invited me. They’re in a fight together.
So why bring me here now? What does he want?
“It’s Tate,” I say automatically. Then I look up into the handsome face of a young man in a grey suit with a name tag on his lapel. His name is Rodney and he has a bright smile.
“Good evening, Ms. Tate,” he says. “May I check you in?”
He must think I’m crazy, staring at a poster and dropping my luggage. But he waves his hand and suddenly another employee comes forward, picks up both my carryon and my suitcase.
This building has its own front desk, charmingly worked into a Regency-style parlor. But I keep staring at the poster. Rodney has to tell me my room number three times before it sinks in.
The porter takes me up to my room via an ornate elevator. My room is at the end of the hall and I know it’s going to overlook the ocean.
He opens the door with an old-fashioned key. My key is a futuristic patch that I can stick anywhere on my body and that automatically opens my door. The geek in me—the one turned on by rocks and geology—is highly impressed.
“Your room, Ms. Tate. We hope it is satisfactory. If I can do anything to improve your stay at Eden, do not hesitate to call.”
I am about to tell the porter I am delighted—the bedroom looks like one Lizzie Bennett would have—when I sense movement in the corner of my eye. Someone is stepping forward, someone tall and masculine who moves like a graceful panther. I spin around—
It’s not Xavier.
Ryder slips a folded bill into the hand of my porter, who bows and withdraws. I’m standing in the center of my charming room, my jaw almost on the floor. “What are you doing here?”
“I invited you here, Tessa.”
Then it all makes sense. “My mother knew.” Of course, she had to. “But she didn’t tell me. I thought Xavier did this and she let me go right on thinking that.”
“I asked her to keep it secret. Your mom was willing to help me because she wants us to reconcile.”
“Yeah, but I’m her daughter.” I realize he means Mom wants us to get back together so much, she’s willing to lie to me. She never understood why I said we couldn’t make up. She would get so frustrated. Keeping secrets from you isn’t such a big deal, she would say. He’s never hit you or Jakey. He’s never done a thing to hurt either of you. Ryder is a good husband.
“You did all this. The plane tickets. The gift certificate. Arranging for staff to help Mom while I’m away.” That’s obvious, but my brain seems to be working slowly. “Why all the secrecy, Ryder?”
“I never dreamed you’d figure it was anyone but me who sent the invitation.” He pouts and looks so sexy it makes me physically ache.
I frown, trying not to be affected by how gorgeous he is. “Why didn’t you just put your name on the invitation?”
“I wanted it to be an adventure.”
Since I had such a crush on him I used to watch him every chance I could get. Sometimes, as a fourteen-year-old, I’d spy on him when he was in his backyard. Honestly, I feel embarrassed by the memory, but with all those hours I spent drooling over his expressions, I know them well. So I know when he’s hiding something. He’s doing that right now. “No, that’s not the reason.” Then I get it. “You didn’t think I’d come if I knew the truth.”
He shakes his head. “I thought you would know it was me, Tessa. But your first guess was Malone.”
“I’m dating Xavier now.” I cross my arms over my chest. “Ryder, I can’t stay.”
“I can’t believe my best friend tried to steal you.”
“It’s not stealing when we’re separated,” I point out.
He sits on the edge of the bed—it’s a feminine bed, and the ruffles and bed columns contrast with Ryder’s hard body and intense masculinity. His strength and power always seem to be sizzling inside him. Even when he sleeps, he never looks totally relaxed.
Sitting on my bed, he looks even sexier than usual. His T-shirt reveals his strong biceps and big shoulders and his jeans cling to his muscular legs.
“Why did you bring me here?”
“For a vacation.” He grins. “That’s not entirely true. I brought you to Eden to give you pure sexual pleasure. Your every fantasy fulfilled. All you have to do is say yes.”
His husky voice makes me shiver. And get hot. “You’re trying to bribe me into staying.”
He gives a sheepish grin. “Fuck, yes.”
Around Jakey, Ryder is careful with his language. He usually is around me. Sometimes, when he knew it would arouse me—the bad boy thing—he would slip back into the gritty way of talking he had when I first met him. When he acted like a tough kid.
“I’m going to fight for you,” he says.
“It’s not a matter of fighting for me,” I say. “I loved you. Completely. I still do—that’s what is making my life so damn hard, Ryder. But we can’t be together.”
“At least have dinner with me tonight.”
“I can’t stay, Ryder.”
“Tessa, angel, you can’t leave the island tonight.” His turquoise eyes hold mine. Filled with hope. Have dinner with me and then decide tomorrow if you want to go home.”
“I can’t, Ryder. Having dinner with you would be a bad idea.”
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