“You admit nothing. Deny everything. Demand proof. Did you learn nothing in Boot Camp?"
(Mace to Smitty)”
“So, hoss. Have you actually told her you’re in love with her?”
“She won’t let me. When I tried, she threw me down a flight of stairs.”
“And you’re not concerned about that?”
“There weren’t that many steps.”
“I'd rather have rabies than be in love."
"Because at least you can get over rabies with some shots.”
“This conversation" - Dez rapped her knuckles against the Formica table- "is over."
"Be careful, Dez," Jimmy stated earnestly.
"And don't sleep with him the first night," Vinny warned. "We know what a slut you can be."
Dez turned to Sal. "Do you have anything to add to this bullshit?"
"Yeah." Sal looked down from the ceiling he'd been staring at. "Based on the structure of this building, if we removed that pillar back there, we could take out this whole block."
“Because isn’t that what the holidays are all about— letting your family make you wish you were an orphan?”
“If you’re worried arresting my sister will come between us — really, that’s not a problem. I’m pretty sure it will bind us tighter together. Besides, we made plans…involving Missy’s desk.”
“You know I was only torturing your sister.”
“So you were just using me?” He actually sounded wounded. “Like a whore?”
“Mace…” She stopped and rubbed her eyes. Of all the places he could be doing this, her precinct should not be one of them.
“You’re doing it again.”
“Trying to make me crazy.”
The look he gave her was pure predatory male. “I like you crazy.”
“That’s a shitty thing to do. It’s almost catlike in its evilness.”
“See, your problem is you underestimate dogs. There’s a reason many of us are let up on the couch, while they keep y’all in a zoo.”
“You do know I’m the one person who can shoot you and make it look like justifiable homicide?”
“Didn’t she know?
“Yes” to dinner today.
“Yes” to marriage tomorrow.
Dammit, he had a schedule to keep.
A schedule that involved getting her sweet ass into bed as fast as humanly possible.”
“Uh…tell me, Mace. Have you actually let her in on the fact she’s yours now?”
“No. But I will. She’ll simply have to deal with it.”
Smitty sighed. “So says the King of the Jungle.”
“Jealousy over some big, dumb bear flew out the window as he stared at Ronnie. “You…you were banned from Norway? The country?”
“Mace growled and wondered how much prison time a man would do for tossing his sister into the East River.”
“Oh, look. The idiot of the jungle awakens.”
“Mace-Let's get something straight right now woman...we are a couple.
Dez-I never agreed to that!
Mace- Don't care!”
“He’d hate to start killing people at this stage in the game. Especially some poor schmuck who happened to marry the wrong woman.”
“Exactly what was wrong with her? And could she pass it on to any children she may have?”
“Why couldn’t she get the man out of her mind? Because he reminded you what that hole between your legs is really for.”
“He growled. Really, how attached could Smitty be to his sister? Would he really notice if Mace killed her?”
“Here, baby. Here’s a towel.”
She reached back, unable to face the man, and grasped the towel he handed her. Of course, it was a dish towel and not much good.”
“I’m okay,” he reassured her before he could say something stupid. Like “marry me.”
“In fact, his adult brain acted like his adolescent brain used to. It stopped functioning. All it wanted to do was wrap itself around the owner of that scent and purr.”
“Lessons? Oh no. I didn’t need lessons.” He glanced up and found her shaking her head in disgust at her own idiocy. “You see, Sissy said I wouldn’t need lessons. ‘You’re a shifter,’ she said. ‘We can do anything,’ she said.”
“Don’t fret none, darlin’. I got your back.”
“You said that in Budapest. I still have the scars, too.”
“She never discussed her past in detail, but a few tidbits she’d dropped here and there over the last few months they’d all been hanging together convinced Ronnie and Sissy that the woman hadn’t merely lived on the wild side, but instead owned prime real estate there.”
“Smiled at Smitty. Leered at Dez. And practically spit at Mace. Man, the staff at this restaurant really didn’t like him.”
“She was thinking, I have a nut in my house. How do I get the nut out of my house?”
“But I was about to make him see God…”
“You cry at a movie but not about your brother?”
“That’s nothing. To impress a polar bear I met in Switzerland, I once got on two tiny sticks and flew down a snow-covered mountain.”
“True, but now you’ve got Bren. Think of it like an extra pair of thermal underwear. Sometimes you’re in a situation when you really need two.”
Ronnie started to sip her hot chocolate but stopped and put her cup back down. “Darlin’, that is one of the dumbest analogies I’ve heard in a long time.”
“Aye,’ McCann said ruefully, ‘if yer rich yer just eccentric; if yer poor yer a nutcase an they stick ye in the bin.”
“She did not begin to tell real lies until Rosa was in hospital suffering that filthy rot that left her all eaten out inside, as light and fragile as a pine log infested with white ant”
“Some things can be recovered. Some things can be restored. But some lost things, we seek forever.”
“What did Kevin Ye get arrested for anyway? Didn't he steal a car?"
"He stole the driver's ed car."
I laughed. Then I saw how Adam was looking at me.
"He gave it back."
"They MAKE you give stuff back, Lori, after they arrest you for stealing it.”
“it is the vibrational essence of the subject of your attention that is attracted. That which you really, really want, you get—and that which you really, really do not want, you get.”
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