It Could Happen Again
Zulu Spectre ~
Publisher: Sensual Romance Publishing
His rash decision changed
her life, now he’s back—and wanting for a second chance.
Allie Sumani is working hard toward her dream, determined not let to
anything—or anyone—stop her. When a past lover returns she realizes he
still means something to her, despite everything.
Dale Curtayn is stunned when he learns who is living across the hall
from him. A woman he’d never forgotten. All he has to do is convince her
things are different this time and pray…it could happen again.
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Down a hall lined with hand drawn pictures and into a small
kitchen, he trailed the boy. The bike was upside down near
the entrance, and Dale bent by it. The table in the back was
placed against the wall beneath a clean window with a sill
box on it growing flowers. The remnants of breakfast still
lingered on the surface.
He looked up from the bike at the slight footsteps entering
the kitchen. His breath left him in a low whoosh. She was
tall and leanly muscled. Graceful. Her glossy long black
framed her face. His heart skipped a beat. Then, two more.
As quickly as it hit, the feeling was shoved away. He stood
and smiled. I can’t fucking believe it.
Her smile was a bit more reserved. He didn’t blame her; they
hadn’t exactly parted on the best of terms.
“Alimaia,” he breathed, unsure he wasn’t imagining things.
“Mr. Curtayn. And, not that I see you using it, I go by
Allie now.” She moved to the table and lifted off the two
plates, not even bothering to offer her hand nor accept his.
“How have you been? This is your nephew?”
“Fine and yes.”
Three words, which were most decidedly unwelcoming. He
stepped toward her but she stiffened, every inch of her. He
knew why but still didn’t like it. Dale preferred her soft
and willing beneath his touch.
So many touches.
“Tyler, go brush your teeth please.”
The lad dashed off, and Dale shoved his hands in his pockets
while rocking back on his heels. He remembered their first
meeting all those years ago. He’d totally and completely
embarrassed himself before her.
“So, you know all about me, do I at least get to know your
name?” He’d grinned. “Or has knowing all that made you want
to keep your distance?”
“We all make bad choices; I can hardly judge you for yours.”
“I think we’ve determined my life sucks, and yet, I still
don’t know your name.”
She’d ducked her head, looking entirely adorable. “Alimaia
“Sumani. Sumani. What nationality is that?”
“Algerian.” There’d been no hesitation on her part. “My
parents are from there.”
“I’ve heard it’s a beautiful country.”
“Yes, it is.”
Tyler came back in, and Dale centered his attention on the
boy as opposed to those memories previously contained, which
now threatened to consume him.
“Let’s see what we have here.” He knelt and set down the
tools he brought with. “Yep, we can fix this in no time.”
Dale had Tyler help, all the while remaining consciously
aware of Alimaia…Allie’s scrutiny. She kept herself busy
clearing off the rest of the table and putting food away.
His stomach reminded him of the puny Pop Tart he’d eaten.
Her movements offered him a flash of calf as her capris leg
rose up higher. The modest attire doing more to him than he
expected. It’s just because I’ve been so long without a
woman. Then again, perhaps because I know what it’s like
with this woman.
“Like this, Dale?”
The question yanked his gaze to Tyler. “I’m sorry, Tyler,
“You call him Mr. Curtayn, Tyler.” Allie gave the order
before opening the fridge.
“Yes, ma’am. Do I do it like this, Mr. Curtayn?”
He had no problem with Dale but wasn’t going to say
anything. Jacey—a woman he worked with—had her son call him
Mr. Curtayn as well. Or at least Mr. Dale.
“Just so, Tyler. Three more turns and the pedal will be
He grunted. “It’s really tight now.”
“Good, good. Let me give it a go.”
As he finished the pedal, Tyler’s face bosomed with joy.
After a huge thank you, both Tyler and the bike vanished.
Dale repacked his tools and stood. Allie still watched him.
“You’re good with kids.”
He gave an easy smile. “They’re not difficult. He reminds me
of one kid a woman I work with has.”
Her expression closed down again. “Thank you so much for
helping him.” The words were pushed from behind clenched
teeth, and he knew she’d not wanted to express them.
She walked him to the door, no offer of a drink or anything.
Julie waited out there, and he groaned.
“This,” she screeched. “This is where you went to get
revenge. I can’t believe you.” Behind him the door closed,
softly but with finality, leaving him to face Julie on his
own. “She has nothing you need. I am what you want, Dale.”
Her whiny tone grated on his nerves in ways he never knew a
Could his day get any worse?
He truly hoped not.
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