“Dani-girl.” His voice, that rich rumble of masculine excellence, washes over me and I shiver again before cursing under my breath. The rumble of his low laughter tells me that he definitely didn’t miss that little move.
Kill me now.
“Hey, Coh,” I say with a smile. “What brings you in? Last minute, I might add.” I pat the chair before walking around and holding the back while he sits down.
When his scent hits my nose, I almost come on the spot. Lord, he smells good. I wonder what he would smell like while his body covered mine, all sweaty from hours of good lovemaking. I run my fingers through the longer lengths on the top and feel my cheeks heat slightly, thinking about doing the same when his face is buried between my legs.
“…needed a trim.”
Shit. I missed what he said because, naturally, I was thinking about him naked. Naked and thrusting into my body. Naked and feasting between my spread thighs.
“You feeling okay? I thought Nate said you were better?”
“Uh, I’m fine. Just—is it hot in here?” I fan my face and avoid his eyes.
He’s silent, so I take that as a sign that it’s safe to bring my attention back to him.
Big mistake there. His knowing eyes are boring right into mine. The chocolate depths sparkling in a way that makes it clear he has a good idea about where my mind was going.
“Did you hear what I said, Dani-girl?”
“Of course I did, Cohen. What, did you think I was standing here daydreaming?” I joke.
“Well, yeah, that’s exactly what I think.” His eyes darken and he smirks a devilish grin. “Did you know you talk in your sleep, Dani?” he asks, and I drop my comb.
Oh, God. Shut up, shut up, shut up. This is not happening. No way.
“No, I don’t,” I childishly snap.
“Dani, you do. So, yeah, I do think you were standing there daydreaming. Want to know why?” He uses his booted foot to move his chair so that he’s facing me, and then he leans in so that his face is dangerously close to mine. Even when he’s seated, his head is almost level with my own. Curse my horizontally challenged self. “While you were zoning off into space with your fingers running through my hair, you had this smile on your lips. The same smile you had the other day when you were dreaming. About me, Dani. And don’t deny it, because you don’t moan my name if you’re dreaming about another man. Yes, Dani, you very much do talk in your sleep.” He smiles again before leaning back and looking down to his phone. “Clean up my neck please, cut the length off the top, and give me a buzz on the sides. Other than that, you’re clear to continue with your thoughts.”
I must have been standing there like an idiot because he looks up from his phone, laughs to himself, and, with one tan hand, reaches out and pushes my mouth closed.
“You’re going to catch flies that way, Dani-girl. One day, maybe you can clue me in on what those dreams are about.”
Drives me insane, the control he has over me. There isn’t a single person in the world, other than Cohen, who can turn me into a ridiculously stupid, sputtering fool. My normal confidence disappears. And clearly, he isn’t as oblivious to my feelings as I originally thought.
How in the hell am I supposed to handle this?
Wait a minute. Cohen or not, I’m not going to let him pull my strings when I know he is just doing this to make me feel uncomfortable.
So, time to call his bluff.
“Why? You planning on doing something about it?”
He looks up sharply, clearly not having expected me to actually say something in return since he was going for shock value.
“Try me,” he demands, his voice thick and even deeper than normal.
I throw my head back and reach out to run my fingers thought his hair again, just barely suppressing the shivers. Curling my fingers slightly so that I can grab a good hold, I lean in and pull his head back at the same time. With my nose just a hair away from his and our breaths mingling together, I say, “Cohen, you couldn’t handle the truth of my thoughts when it comes to you and we both know it. So how about you let me know when you’re ready for me to clue you in.” I give his hair a light tug and smile when he swallows loudly and shifts in his seat. “Ready for that trim?” I ask with a wink, and I’m rewarded with his groan.
I have no idea how I do it, but I manage to get through his cut without coming unglued. I can see Lyn trying to get my attention from across the room. Stella had to leave after she overheard my words to Cohen because her giggles were getting the best of her. Cohen has remained silent the whole time. His eyes though… They’re speaking louder than his words ever could.
They haven’t left my reflection in the mirror since I started. I can feel them every time I shift. When I stopped to go grab another comb after I dropped my fourth one, I felt his gaze follow me across the room to Stella’s station. The few times I stopped cutting to meet his eyes, the heated promise written all over his face almost did me in. I almost just said ‘fuck it’ and climbed on his lap to have a go regardless of the people watching our every move.
I finish the last buzz of my clippers around his right ear and move to brush all the stray hair off. “All done,” I say softly and unclip his cape.
He stands, shoving his phone in the back pocket of his jeans, and walks over to stand in front of me. I continue to pretend I’m busy with the cape I just removed, brushing stray hairs off here and there, when his hand comes up, his finger and thumb hitting my chin, and my face is lifted until I have no choice but to look in his eyes.
“Do not tease me, Dani. It’s not a game you want to play if you don’t intend to follow through.”
“I-I wasn’t… I wouldn’t,” I stammer.
“You did, and I have no doubt you’ll have the brilliant idea to do it again. The next time you allude to those dirty thoughts I know you have about me, don’t think for a second that I won’t drag you to the closest bed to show you just how fucking dirty they’ll get.” He leans close, his scent hitting my nostrils, and I involuntarily inhale deeply, earning me a rumbled chuckle. “What you don’t know, Dani—because contrary to what you think, you don’t know me well enough to assume what having me would really be like. But I promise you this: every little thought that you have had that causes you to moan my name while scissoring those perfect legs back and forth, praying for completion—it would be so much hotter than you could ever imagine.” He gives me a soft, sweet kiss against my temple that has fire racing from that spot all over my body until it ends in the awareness that I’m pretty sure I just came in my pants.
I fell in love with this series when it all began. Axel was my favourite but Greg became a second and the when little Cohen Cage came into the picture and especially as a child he was the adorable little boy that wore superman capes and joked about cough' Greg's manly jewellery! Therefore I was really looking forward to this one. I would explain this as one big Epilogue on Axel and Izzy and Greg and his beauty's stories. Altogether for me this was the icing on the cake, it had fun moments, emotional moments and if you loved Cohen as a child your sure as HELL going to LOVE him as an ADULT.
Cohen has followed his footsteps as his father and is now in the Military he gets sent away to take care of his assignments yet his home will always be with Dani-girl. Danielle Reid has set her eyes on Cohen from a little girl, she's only EVER had eyes for Cohen and therefore was watched him grow into a MAN from that age yet she couldn't touch him be with him nor have him cause he is 4 years older than her and there was always that stumbling block to cross before she could make her move or was it him to take a chance on her?.
Danielle Reid is Axel and Izzy's daughter and to Axel she is HIS little princess he is what we can an ALPHA daddy a tad overprotective no actually a lot overprotective but that DOES NOT stop her from getting to the one person she has loved since a little girl. Dani is a stylist as a job, she's very much part of Sways gang and you will see all the friendships around that net group, but what I loved about the whole story was the theme of friendships and family in a mix it wasn't too much of one thing or the other. Saying that Dani is the girl in the Reid family that is protected by both her dad and brother so she has to find ways to 'see boys' lets say Axel uses his Alpha ways to keep them away he still sees her as a child now and therefore no 'COCK' is going near her except he trusts Cohen so he always comes to the rescue so I'd say a bond is formed through prom nights and such that enable her to be herself with her best friend, Cohen has and is always been that to her a permanent friend fixture to her but she wants more ALOT more.
And yet Cohen holds back on his feelings because he doesn't know where the future holds concerning his career and whether he will be there in the next year he just can't do that to her.
The first half of the story was very emotional for me, you will see them as friends to lovers and also how they cope with being apart and how they learn to live with the knowledge that they love each other. What I really enjoyed about it was the development of the characters of life, love and friendship and a big support network that was the Corp security family.
I found myself sobbing through the moments of separation and how they coped and knelt on the people around them.
The family was very much the core to the story and you will see how Axel is a father to Dani and how their bond is stronger than ever, how hard it was for him to let go and at the same time how Dani how ever controlling he was needed Axel in return~ Moments of support and moments of frustration too. But there was lots of fun times to balance the emotional out, her mum was amazing as ever and with her every step of the way and just the same old Izzy that we remember in Axel, Cohens sisters were a key role to both there lives and I can't wait for their stories at some point please Harper.
Once he realised and more like vocalised and went for his heart let say the HOTNESS commenced oh my' Harper outdid herself here if you thought Greg had a dirty mouth then you've read nothing yet, Cohen as an ADULT is all ADULT there is nothing childlike here there was lots of grab hold of your hubby moments he has one DIRTTYYY mouth that just runs from him, he knows how to use it and he knows how to play with his COCK. Sizzling, wet your panties and off the charts chemistry between these pair, I suppose because I felt emotionally connected to them both when the sex arrived it was hotter than ever.
I would say all in all this was a well developed story, lots of blurry eyed moments, happy and fun times, family times and friendships bonded where this first book was a great start to this new spin off series I'm especially looking forward to the twins stories and seeing how Greg deals with that...
Cohen is sexy as hell he is dominant, protective and loving he protects his loved ones fiercely especially concerning his girl Dani. There is no reason for them to not be together and Harper did an Amazing job in this one hands down favourite to date.
Meet Cohen & Danielle in the newest stand alone
in the Hope Town Series by Harper Sloan!
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.