Hearts on Fire 3: Tasha

By: Dixie Lynn Dwyer




DEDICATION





Thank you for purchasing this legal copy of Hearts on Fire 3: Tasha.

I hope you enjoy this story about a woman who loved so deeply, so silently, that she was willing to give her life for each of them.

To love and even lust from afar is such a tiring, emotional roller coaster. To watch the ones you fantasize about, you adore, and in fact already love, love another, is heart wrenching. What’s even worse is to finally get the opportunity to express that love only to be in a position of danger that forces you to give up that opportunity and push those you love further away.

Tasha loves Eddie, Lance, and Tyler Martelli. She will do anything to keep them and her best friends safe. Including giving up her life.



Happy reading.



Hugs!



~Dixie~




Prologue



“No one double-crosses me and gets away with it.” Dash squeezed Avalon’s throat. He was strangling him, the anger, the hatred and the ability to kill pumped through his veins as natural as his blood.

“Please,” Avalon begged, his final word before the gurgling sound filtered through the small office. Avalon’s eyes widened, and Dash stared at him, loving that expression and the feeling of being the one so powerful to hold life in his hands and take it away.

He released his hold, and Avalon, the six-foot Latino fell to the carpet. In a flash Dash’s men, Ink and Carlo, lifted up the body and carried it away. They’d take care of disposing of that piece-of-crap federal agent.

Dash straightened out his tie, ran his hands down his pants, noticing that he wasn’t even shaking. Years of experience in taking people’s lives no longer fazed him. The sniffling sound reminded him of the audience. His best friend James and his girlfriend Melanie sat there and watched the meeting unfold.

He glanced at the little blonde, and wondered what James saw in the flat-chested, skinny slut. She looked nothing like her cousin. That woman was a redheaded bombshell with tits and ass that drew attention to her immediately. But she also had class and sophistication. She was young, trainable, and would look pretty fucking perfect hanging on his arm to impress the bosses.

“Melanie.” He said her name firmly and the girl looked up, eyes red, chest blotchy, as James placed his hand on the back of her neck. James knew the rules. Dash was in charge and had the final say. If he told him to kill Melanie, he’d do it.

“You know the rules, Melanie. I don’t expect to ever hear about this, what you saw today. One order, one word to James, and you’ll end up just like Avalon. Just like Mary Ann.”

James gripped his girlfriend’s hair and turned her head so she had to face him. James stared down into her eyes. “I’ll kill you if you ever say a word. You do as Dash says and as I say. Got it?”

The tears rolled down Melanie’s cheeks and Dash walked closer. He held her gaze, saw the fear the weakness in her eyes. She was pathetic. There was no fight in her, no charisma. He reached out and gripped her chin. Her watery eyes held his gaze.

“Go clean yourself up and wait for James. He and I need to talk.”

She slowly nodded her head and rose from the chair. He watched her walk out of the room and close the door. She did have a nice pair of legs maybe that was what James liked so much about her.

“Carbanero wants me to take a trip out to Atlantic City for a few days. I’m leaving you in charge of shit here. That deal with LaCosta and the casino we’re taking over is going through.”

“That’s fantastic news, Dash. Whatever you need, I’ll take care of it.”

Dash gave James a small smile as he placed his hand on James’s shoulder. He gave it a squeeze. “I know you will. This is what I’ve been hoping for. In a month or so I could be full partners with LaCosta in the casino. I plan on negotiating some profit from the perks of the business, too.”

“You mean the drugs and prostitution?”

“Among other things,” Dash said as he walked around toward his desk. He eyed the piece of paper with the phone number on it. He couldn’t believe that little whore he fucked a few times in AC had been the one to blow Avalon’s cover. He’d definitely pay her a visit this time around, and he would also get rid of her when he was done. No loose ends. If she could turn on Avalon, then she could turn on Dash.

“So is there anything else you need for now?” James asked.

Dash looked up from his desk. “No. Just be sure to keep that woman of yours in a tight leash. I know you like her a lot, and I’d hate for her to be a liability.”

James nodded his head. “She’s good. She’ll keep her mouth shut and do as I say.”

“I’ll hold you to that. I’ll call you if I need that special little thing done for me I mentioned as insurance.”

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