The Debt 4 (Club Alpha)

By: Kelly Favor

Jake Novak tossed his cell phone on the bed and then turned his attention to Raven.

His eyes locked on hers as he stood naked from the waist up, his pants hanging low on his hips, showing off his six pack and then some. He was finely chiseled stone, completely perfect in every way physically.

“That’s that,” he said, his voice even and calm, the scar above his eyebrow indicating that he knew how to fight and wasn’t afraid of it.

Jake was more than just some gorgeous pop idol without substance—he’d stood up to the frightening and powerful men who wanted to hurt Raven. Club Alpha was dangerous, and yet he hadn’t backed down from them.

Quite the opposite.

Jake had finally taken her side, and he’d done it when his reputation and career were already on thin ice. In fact, Jake had just told the CEO of Club Alpha that he was going to come after him.

His last words to Scott were still ringing in Raven’s ears.

You have no idea what I’m capable of.

Perhaps they didn’t know what Jake was capable of. And perhaps she didn’t either, but Raven was beginning to suspect that Jake Novak was capable of just about anything.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Raven asked, as she tried to process what had just happened. She was still sitting in bed, clad only in panties, bathed in sweat from Jake’s warmth from when he’d held her close.

Jake’s mouth turned up at the corner, a tiny smirk. “I’m sure as I’ve ever been,” he said. “But what about you?”

“I don’t know,” Raven admitted. She pulled the covers up to her chest, covering her breasts, even though he’d certainly seen and even touched them plenty by now.

“What don’t you know?” Jake asked her, coming over and sitting on the edge of the bed.

“I feel like I’m complicating your life,” Raven said. “That wasn’t the idea.”

Jake’s tiny smirk turned into a full-fledged grin. “No, it wasn’t. But I like surprises.”

“I’m supposed to help you reform your image, not get you into trouble with some shady underground company run by billionaires.”

He laughed at that. “I’m not scared of billionaires,” he said to her, leaning across the bed and stroking her hair.

“Well, I am. They seem like nasty people. I think they meant what they said about kidnapping me and making me disappear.” She shivered as Jake stroked her hair, loving the way he was touching her, completely overwhelmed that he was suddenly willing to fight for her.

“Nobody’s going to make you disappear,” Jake told her. “Look at me, Raven.”

She did look at him, and his liquid brown eyes were like nothing she’d ever seen. This was the Jake Novak, the man that millions of women and teenage girls lusted after, and he was far sexier with her then she’d ever seen him act in any movie.

“How can you be sure, Jake? You can’t watch over me 24/7 and at some point, Club Alpha will make sure to get me back for screwing them over.”

“Remember what you said to me?” he asked her, his hand moving to caress her cheek and then her shoulder.

She shivered again. “What exactly did I say?”

“You told me to trust you,” he replied.

She sighed. “I’m trying, I really am.”

“Nobody’s going to hurt you, Raven, and anyone who tries is going to wish they’d never been born.”

“Club Alpha isn’t messing around, Jake. If you’d seen the look on that guy Scott’s face when he told me to sit down or he’d put my head through the window—“

“Wait a minute,” Jake said, standing up again. “You didn’t tell me that, Raven.”

She bit her lip, wishing she hadn’t said anything. “He didn’t do it, obviously, he was just trying to scare me.”

But Jake’s entire demeanor had changed now. He slipped on his shirt. “Come on,” he told her. “I’m going to show you something important.”

Raven was nervous. “What? What is it?”

Jake gave her a grin. “You’ll like this, I promise.”



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They were sitting in the back of a sedan with Jake’s driver in front, calmly navigating the busy Manhattan city streets. Jake was relaxed, legs outstretched in the roomy backseat, his window slightly open.

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