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Shattered: A Bad Boy Billionaire Romance
Author: Cali MacKay

I wasn’t after revenge—I was after what was rightfully mine.

Flicking my phone on, I checked the time again as I waited in my car, across from the nightclub parking lot. Skylar’s schedule wasn’t always predictable, though for the most part, she usually left work around the same time. I had parked just down the road a bit, close enough to spot Skylar heading to her car, but far enough away that the club’s cameras wouldn’t catch me as I waited, hidden further by the shadows and time of night.

My patience was starting to wear thin, and I was half tempted to just barge into the club’s offices and haul Skylar out of there, even if I had to toss her over my shoulder, kicking and screaming. I never should have let her walk away from me. That was my biggest mistake, and one I couldn’t live with any longer. She’d once been my whole world, my best friend, my lover…and then in a blink of an eye, everything between us had changed—and I didn’t fucking understand it. But tonight, I’d fix everything—I’d make her see that she was mine, and we were meant to be together.

There was no way I was going to let that asshole boyfriend of hers get in my way. How the fuck she even ended up with him was beyond me. Ray Mitchell was nothing but a lowlife criminal who liked the taste of power and control, and had no problem hurting people to get what he wanted—and that included hurting Skylar every time he was disappointed or needed to prove a point. And I’d be damned if I was going to let him touch her again.

I hadn’t realized how bad things were for her until she showed up at my father’s funeral, doing her best to cover up the marks Ray had left on her body—and I just didn’t fucking get it. She was smarter than this, though I hadn’t a clue as to why she was staying with that fucking bastard—and I sure as hell wasn’t going to sit around and let Ray hurt her again.

I’d tried talking to her, tried to convince her to leave him, tried to make her see sense. But she just kept pushing me away. And now? She wouldn’t even return my calls.

Yet it was clear she was scared, and that just wasn’t fucking acceptable. So if she thought I’d stand idly by and let that asshole torment and hurt her, she could guess again.

There she was…and as usual, she was alone. Despite it already being dark out and this being a club, no one was walking her to her car to make sure she got there safely—though admittedly, there were security cameras around the place.

Leaving my car, I jogged over to her, though the moment she spotted me she started shaking her head no. “What the hell are you doing here? Ray’s going to kill you if he sees you. You need to go, Finn. Right now.”

“Only if you come with me, Sky—because I’m not fucking leaving you here. The guy treats you like shit. He fucking abuses you. And yet you still fucking stay with him and put up with his bullshit.” I couldn’t help but reach out and touch her, grabbing her hand in mine, desperate to make her see sense. The moment I touched her, a spark passed between us, the chemistry between us always undeniable. And it was one more reason why I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that she’d walked away from what we had. “Just come home with me…I don’t know why you left, but I swear I’ll do whatever it takes to make you happy.”

From the moment I laid eyes on her when we were just thirteen years old, I knew there could be no one else for me. And though we didn’t date until we were in college, she’d always been my best friend, the only woman I’d ever loved—and then just like that, she’d walked away from me, leaving me crushed and feeling lost.

“Not everything is about you, Finn. And I don’t know how many times I need to tell you that you need to leave me alone. We broke up—and that means it’s over. You need to get on with your life. You can’t keep coming around and calling me, trying to get me to come back to you. Because it’s not fucking happening.”

Just like every time before, her words didn’t match the emotions in her eyes, nor the fact that she couldn’t quite push me away. She could have easily pulled her hand out of mine, and yet she didn’t. She just held onto it tight as if it were her only lifeline and she was drowning in a stormy sea.

And then there was the fear in her eyes, stark and vivid.

“Sky…I still love you. I always will. That will never change.” There was no point in denying it, since it was nothing but the truth. I needed her to know I meant every word…needed her to know that she had options, and I would do anything to make sure she was safe. “For fuck’s sake, Sky… Please…I’m begging you to come with me.”

“That’s not going to happen.” She finally pulled her hand away from me, taking a step back toward her car, her eyes fierce as she glared at me with a shake of her head. “Just go home, Finn. I’ve already told you, I want nothing to do with you. Whatever we had is over, so get on with your life and stop bothering me.”

Her words were like knives to my heart, though I refused to believe that she didn’t still love me. I knew that my brothers would probably think I was being delusional, but I knew it was the truth.

Things had been perfect between us until I was forced to take a month to deal with some family stuff in Ireland. But by the time I got back, things were different between us. She broke things off between us, without even giving me a half-decent excuse. She just said that she didn’t want to be in a relationship anymore, and it was over.

I spent the next several months trying to convince her to come back to me, but she kept pushing me away, and in the end… I suppose I was just too hurt and devastated to keep going back for more heartache. Except that I couldn’t get on with my life… Not when I couldn’t have her in it…in my arms…in my bed…

And especially not when it meant leaving her in the hands of that abusive fuck.

“How the fuck am I supposed to just leave you here, when I know that asshole boyfriend of yours is hurting you? Even if you don’t come back to me, you need to leave him.” Not that there was a chance in hell that I wouldn’t be making her mine again. I’d been stupid enough to let her push me away once, and that wasn’t going to fucking happen again.

Yet before I could say anything more on the subject, Ray was storming toward us with another three of his men, no doubt bouncers from the club—and that likely meant I was fucked. I could have easily taken on Ray, and maybe one of his goons, but four on one weren’t odds I particularly cared for. Not that I’d be going anywhere without Skylar.

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