Authors: Lizzie Lynn Lee
A BBW Paranormal Shifter Erotic Romance
Lizzie Lynn Lee
First Edition 2015
©Copyright Lizzie Lynn Lee 2015
Cover Art by (Lizzie Lynn Lee) ©Copyright (May/2015)
Edited by Chris Stout
Line Edit by Mark Hooper
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A BBW Paranormal Erotic Romance Novelette
To escape from her controlling ex-boyfriend, Margaret “Molly” Foreman returns to Oak Hollow, only to be reunited with her childhood bully. Tristan Cadreinth is the son of a prominent dragon shifter family in town, and he used to love picking on her. When Molly has a problem, she hesitates to ask the police for help, because Tristan has become a detective Oak Hollow. It doesn’t matter that Tristan has grown into Mr. Tall, Dark and Delicious with a sexy body and killer smile. The day she asks for Tristan’s help will be the day pigs fly. Like never!
Tristan Cadreinth has harbored a crush for Molly since kindergarten. As a boy, he didn’t know how to express his feelings. Now that his dream girl has returned home, he intends to make Molly his. Her lush figure and dangerous curves alone are enough to make the dragon inside him ravenous with desire. And Molly is the embodiment of the damsel-in-distress he desperately wants to protect.
As much as she hates to admit it, Molly finds herself becoming drawn to Tristan. Despite the imminent danger that lurks around them, the attraction between them engulfs their old wounds in scorching flames.
Burn, baby, burn…
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Once upon a time, there was an asshole named Tristan.
He was the sole heir of Oak Hollow’s wealthiest family—the Cadreinth— who owned half the land and businesses in town. Molly went to school with him and, long story short, he’d made her life a living hell. At a very young age, Tristan had mastered the science of assholery, bullying her on a daily basis. Ten years had passed since Molly had left Oak Hollow for Hollywood the day after high school graduation. When she stepped into Oak Hollow’s police department, she didn’t expect to see that Tristan had become one of the detectives.
He had been a good looking boy when they were growing up, but now Tristan was stunning. He was about 6’5” with a solid, muscular body. His dark suit molded to his sturdy frame like a pair of gloves. He wore a loose Ralph Lauren tie over his unbuttoned collar. He rolled up his sleeves, exposing muscular arms.
There was a puzzled look on his face before recognition washed over him. His green eyes twinkled at the sight of her. “My, my, what a treat! Margaret Foreman in the flesh. I didn’t expect to see you again.” Tristan Cadreinth grinned.
“The sentiment is mutual.” Molly craned her neck, scanning the surroundings. She had been seated in the waiting room for more than thirty minutes before she was called in by the cop who manned the front desk. “Is there any other detective besides you who can help me?” The Oak Hollow precinct looked like a graveyard. And this was a weekday.
“Why are you so hostile? I’m not going to bite you.” Tristan pulled a chair across from her and sat down. His skin was darker than she remembered, and his copper brown hair was cut very short. His badge strapped on his belt, gleaming. “As you can see, we’re short-staffed, and I’m the only detective at the moment. Jack of all trades. I handle murder cases to bad checks.”
Molly straightened her posture. “Yeah, I’m curious about that. Why
“I work here.”
“Why do you work in this place? Isn’t your family loaded?”
“Why? Just because my family’s wealthy, I’m not allowed to work as an officer of the law?”
Molly watched him with great distrust. While he might have grown up to be a devastatingly hot guy with a
smile that could charm every woman within a ten-foot radius, she hadn’t forgotten the way Tristan had made her school days like going into the battlefield every day. She had been paranoid enough to always scout around to see if Tristan was nearby. She preferred to avoid him whenever she could.
Tristan picked on her for everything. His hobby was to make her cry. Strangely, Tristan could act normal with anybody else. In fact, most people adored him.
Why wouldn’t they? Tristan was very good looking, bright, athletic and easygoing. Moreover, he came from a full-blooded dragon shifter family. Oak Hollow was one of a few cities in the Midwest where the eldritch community had made a home. And for a quarter-blooded mutt like Molly, that status made her a lesser citizen in this town.
Molly fidgeted in her seat. There was a uniformed sergeant in front at reception, a matronly-looking woman who seemed to be a dispatcher, and that was about it. Molly wouldn’t come here if she didn’t have to, but she was in trouble, and she feared for her life.
“Tell you what, I’ll make you a cup of coffee, then you can tell me what brings you here,” said Tristan jovially. “How does that sound? To be honest, I’m surprised. I heard you live in L.A.”
Well, she did. She’d had a dream of going to California ever since she was a child. She’d leave this backwater town and go to Hollywood to become a famous singer when she grew up.
Only, like many others, her dream withered before it had a chance to bloom. She’d gotten involved with a dangerous man—a sociopath who swore that if he couldn’t have her, then nobody could. Following her hardships in Tinsel Town, she’d quietly returned to Oak Hollow in the hope of getting her life back. She hadn’t figured that her ex would track her to her hometown and threaten bodily harm if Molly refused to reconcile.
In desperation, Molly had gone to the police department and found that Tristan had become a freaking detective.
Tristan studied her then smiled. Power and sex oozed from his every pore. A man that charming had no business becoming a cop. “To think our dear Molly is a celebrity. I should get your autograph while you’re in town.”
That’s it. I can’t stand this guy any longer.
He could fool anyone else with his fake sympathy, but he couldn’t trick her. He was the Devil incarnate. Molly rose indignantly. “You know what? I’ll come back when you’re
on duty. Good day.”
“Come on. Don’t be like that.” Tristan grabbed her arm. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I guess it’s hard to get rid of old habits. Listen, how about we move to the conference room for privacy and you can tell me your problem. I’m nothing but a humble public servant now. It’s my job to protect the good citizens of Oak Hollow.”
Right. How could she trust him when he was the main source of her problems in the past? This guy pantsed her on regular basis when she was in kindergarten. In second grade, he deliberately shoved a caterpillar into her skirt, knowing she was terrified of insects. She ended up yanking down her skirt and running into the hallway in her underwear. The kids laughed at her because of the bunny-print panties she was wearing.
In third grade, he put a frog in her lunchbox. He deliberately splashed water on her jeans to make it look like she’d peed her pants. He pretended to be her secret admirer in eighth grade only to make her excited and trick her into waiting all afternoon and evening behind the gym. He tied her shoelaces together during class so she’d stumble when she got up. Not to mention the spitballs on her ponytails she’d had to endure in her elementary years.
How could she trust him now? In her senior year, he’d asked her to be his date to the prom dance. Only she wasn’t going to fall for that. He was a popular boy in the school, and she was an outcast. Tristan Cadreinth had fooled her one time too many in her young life.
Molly yanked her arm from Tristan’s grip. “No thanks. Coming here was a bad idea.”
His handsome face fell. “I said I’m sorry.”
She turned on her heels.
Molly flinched upon hearing him calling her name. Tristan used to call her “Foreskin,” and she’d become a laughingstock in school because of it. She looked over her shoulder and gave him the middle finger before she left.
Once upon a time, there was an asshole named Tristan, and years later, he was still a dick.
Tristan Cadreinth cursed his day already. If he had a “do-over” button he could push, he’d slam his fist on it a thousand times. First, he’d spilled coffee on his favorite shirt. He hastily changed and started his car; he had a flat tire. By the time he’d mounted the spare and lurched out of his driveway, he was running late. His morning appointment was cancelled. The first call he got was bad news. The FBI forensic lab in Quantico had processed the wrong sample on a closed arm robbery case that his predecessor had handled, which meant the convict’s lawyer would appeal for a new trial.
Then, to top it off, someone from his past had walked in and promptly stormed out on him. Tristan couldn’t imagine how the day could get any worse. Out of the people he wanted to see the most, Molly was top of the list. After he’d returned from Afghanistan with an honorable discharge from the Army, he’d had this intense urge to atone for his wayward past. What he’d seen on the front lines and losing half the comrades in his unit had opened his eyes. If the God of Death decided to visit him tomorrow, Tristan wanted to go out without regrets. He owed a huge apology to the person he’d wronged the most in his jock days.
He hadn’t expected to see her after high school graduation.
And now he’d blown his chance before he could properly apologize to Molly.
Tristan loosened his tie then took a gulp from his coffee mug, savoring the bitter dregs. He wiped his lips and wished dearly for that “do-over” button.
Why had she returned to Oak Hollow? Moreover, why did she need police assistance?
She’d changed a lot in the last ten years.
Tristan had known her from kindergarten all the way through high school. Molly had been different from other kids. She was a cute little girl with dark hair and big eyes. She also wasn’t easily impressed. He was a big deal when he was growing up; his dad employed practically half the town, and everybody sucked up to him, including the kids he went to school with.
But not Molly.
She’d always been so independent and aloof, and it annoyed him. He guessed he was mean to her over the years because he wanted her attention.
It didn’t work.
Tristan was a stupid little boy and had done a lot of stupid little boy stuff. And now, the girl he’d had crush on since he was five hated him to the bones.
Sighing heavily, he grabbed his car key and decided to stalk her one last time. Maybe his luck would change and she’d actually forgive him.
His partner, Raffe Esposito, pushed in with a handcuffed suspect as Tristan headed out to the parking lot. The man in custody was a regular; his name was Jared and he was a half-blooded dragon with a chip on his shoulder as big as a small moon. Jared always picked a fight in a no-shift zone and freaked people out. Humans who weren’t aware that dragons existed were told that Jared was a mental patient with symptomatic acromegaly disorder, causing his appendages to spontaneously enlarge disproportionally. The whole thing was bullshit of course, but for startled tourists in Oak Hollow, the explanation was deemed logical. How else could a man suddenly grow a long scaly tail and sharp claws?
“You again?” Tristan chided Jared with disdain. “What’s fucking wrong with you? You know illegal shifting earns you a month in a special drunk tank.”
Jared snarled. “How am I supposed to defend myself? I have the right to defend myself, don’t I? It’s in the fucking Constitution!”
Raffe wacked Jared’s head so hard the man momentarily lost his footing. “Then buy a gun, idiot! Don’t suddenly go Hulk on people. You’re nothing but a pain in the ass.”