Fighting Temptation : Chapter 1
Jaxson is arrogant, angry and aggressive. Yet he’s also beautiful, strong and honorable. I unconditionally and irrevocably love every damaged part of him. And for the boy, who didn’t believe in love, he would always and forever have mine. —Julia SinclairJulia was different from anyone I’d ever met. I never thought someone so good and genuine existed until her. The more I saw of her the more I became addicted to her. Every time I was around her she would destroy some of the darkness that lurked inside of me. She made the bad shit in my life seem not so terrible. Then, before I knew it, I had fallen for a girl from another world. —Jaxson ReidJulia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart.Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bears. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her.One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy.But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship.A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever.Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul.This is a New Adult Romance and is told from both character’s pov. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter this book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.This is Book One in the Men of Honor series. It can be read as a stand-alone and has a HEA. If you like hot tattooed bad boys who are possessive with major alpha personalities then this is the book for you.This book is dedicated to my Grandma who passed away this past fall. I inherited her love of romance books. Although this is much more racy than any Fern Michaels book (her favorite author)… a love story is a love story. RIP Grandma.I knew something was wrong the moment he said to meet him at our place. My heart hasn’t stopped racing since I received his text 30 minutes ago.Please God, whatever he’s going to tell me, please don’t let it be bad.As I get to the beach I take my flip-flops off and start walking across the sand to where I can see a fire being started in the distance. Lifting my long white maxi dress so it doesn’t drag, I walk closer to the shore to wet my feet and continue my walk down the beach towards the man I am secretly in love with, my best friend, Jaxson.I met Jaxson Reid when I moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, just a little over 2 years ago. My mother had just passed away from cancer when I came to her home town to live with my Grams. It amazed me how fast I fell in love with this town and how quickly I made some of the best friends I’ll ever have. I don’t know what I would have done without them, especially Jaxson.I smile to myself when I think back to the first time I saw him. Kayla and I had been sitting outside the ice cream shop on a sweltering hot summer afternoon when he came riding in on his motorcycle.“Well it looks like today is your lucky day, you’re finally going to get to see the famous Jaxson Reid.” Kayla’s voice fades away as I watch him park across the lot, my gaze becoming captivated by the mysterious bad boy I’ve heard so much about. He’s dressed in loose dark faded jeans that have a few holes in them and a snug black t-shirt that molds to his lean muscular frame in all the right places. My eyes are drawn to the erotic display of sexy tribal tattoos that are woven up his arms, getting cut off by the sleeves of his t-shirt, which makes me want to go rip it off so I can see where they end. When he removes his helmet his fierce gaze crashes directly with mine and sucks the air right out of my lungs. Whoa! Thick dark lashes frame intense ice blue eyes, his olive colored complexion is complimented by shaggy dark brown hair that’s messed over his ears and hangs into his face. It’s the kind of hair that makes my fingers itch to run through it just to see if it feels as soft as it looks. His jaw is strong and graced with a sexy 5 o’clock shadow. I’ve heard a lot about Jaxson since moving here, all the girls talked about him as if he were a god and now I know why. I have never laid eyes on anyone as beautiful as him. Suddenly he unleashes a sexy smirk, one that has me realizing he’s watching me openly ogle him. My face flushes with embarrassment and I quickly look away, only to the same knowing smirk from Kayla.“I know, right? If sex could walk he would be it. Don’t feel bad you’re not the only one who drools around him. Most do, well, except for me. As sexy as he is I have the major hots for his friend Cooper. I have big plans for that boy, just you wait.”The funny thing is, Kayla really did have plans for him. They are still dating after a year.Kayla filled me in on everything she knew about Jaxson. He was 2 years older than my 16 and he had just graduated before summer. I was disappointed knowing I wouldn’t see him around school.“He lives with Cooper’s family right now but I heard they found an apartment that they’re moving into this summer,” Kayla explains.“What about his parents?”“His mom left when he was a kid, his dad about 2 years ago. I don’t know where, he was a real as**shole- the town drunk.”Unfortunately I never got to meet Jaxson that day, he was there meeting Melissa Carmicheal. My anger spikes just thinking her name; she’s always been such a bitch to me, especially after I became close with Jaxson. I don’t want to think what they did together after they left. Although, that is the story of my life the last 2 years: watching Jaxson with random girls. He does not do relationships, in his language, he only ‘fucks’. I know a lot of his way of thinking is because of how he was raised. I have a sneaking suspicion his mom leaving has something to do with it too.The night I did finally get to meet Jaxson, well… it was the scariest night of my life. It was two weeks after seeing him at the ice cream shop. I had snuck out my bedroom window after Grams went to sleep and walked to the cemetery to see my mom. I sat at her grave and talked to her, something I always found comforting, I still do. I told her how scared I was to be starting a new school, worried people weren’t going to like me and more than anything I told her how much I missed her which made me break down. My mother was my best friend. The pain I felt when she passed hadn’t faded and I’d wondered if it ever would.I don’t remember how long I cried before I heard some rustling and laughing. I turned around and found two guys walking up behind me. They were big, their builds reminding me of linebackers. By looking at them I had guessed they were a couple years older than me. They smiled at me dangerously as they approached; it was a smile that caused my stomach to fill with dread and my heart to pound in fear. I stood up quickly, my shaking legs barely able to hold me up…“Well aren’t you a pretty little thing. Isn’t she Jase?”Suddenly feeling exposed in my yoga tank and shorts, I fold my cardigan over to cover my bre**asts that they’re openly staring at; this only seems to amuse them.“Ya, she’s real pretty, I’m glad we stumbled upon her.”I ignore them and start forward when the one referred to as Jase walks out in front of me, blocking my way. I swallow nervously and attempt to calm my pounding heart while figuring out how I was going to get out of this mess. I know I won’t be able to outrun them but if I could just make it to the street surely someone would hear me scream for help.