Davin (Kelly Clan #6)

By: Madison Stevens

Bad boy mobster Davin left his home town years ago, but now the Russians are moving in and threatening to take over. As the head of an elite Irish mob strike force, he’s just the ruthless tool the local Irish mafia needs to fight their enemies.

The only problem is that Davin left town to protect the only woman he’s ever loved, Morgan.

He spent years denying himself a chance at her. He has no problem leading a violent life, but he doesn’t want to risk her getting caught up in the inevitable crossfire. Now that he’s back, he tells himself he’s going to stay away from her.

Morgan is nursing a broken heart. Despite never having a relationship with Davin, her heart screamed for one. She likes her friends and running her book store, but she hasn’t been able to get over the man who left her. When she hears he’s back in town, she’s shocked and forced to confront her long simmering feelings.

Romance might prove the least of their concerns. With the Russians growing more aggressive and Davin not one to stand down, Morgan and Davin are thrust into a deadly confrontation with men who might prove more ruthless than Davin.

A second chance at love won’t matter if they both end up dead.

Chapter One

The rich aroma of coffee filled the little book store. Coffee and books. Those were the two things that always made Morgan feel more at home.

She let out a quiet sigh. They were also the two things that always made her think of Aunt Dee. She’d inherited the store from her, after all.

It was like her aunt was still right there with Morgan, laughing at some line in a story that tickled her or growing angry at some leading man in the romance she was reading.

But Aunt Dee was gone now. Gone forever.

Although it had been a year since Aunt Dee suddenly died from a stroke, in Morgan’s heart it felt like only yesterday the woman was complaining about a headache. The memory of those signs remained etched in her mind.

Morgan stared down at her hands. If only she’d known.

Aunt Dee said they seemed like normal headaches to her. The sort she sometimes got when it was allergy season. There had been no way of knowing that a blood vessel had burst in her brain or that one clot would be all it would take to kill her.

But that was it. One day Morgan’s beloved Aunt Dee was there, and the next a lawyer called to talk about her personal effects.

Morgan never imagined she’d be the one to inherit the book store. Although she’d been living with her aunt since she was fifteen, she always assumed that her mother would be named in the will, despite the problems the sisters had.

The last time Morgan remembered the two even speaking was the night she packed up everything and left home to go live with her aunt.

Just thinking about that night made her break out in a cold sweat. She wasn’t sure if she’d ever get over that sort of fear.

Things had been bad at the house. Even more so than normal, and that was really saying something. Her mother’s new boyfriend had been way worse than the others, or maybe Morgan had just been too young for the others to pay much attention to.

At fifteen, she entered into her womanhood. That changed everything.

She hated her breasts and hated the attention they seemed to be getting from men of all ages. But mostly she hated the attention of her mother’s boyfriend, Steve.

At first he just said how pretty she looked. All the while, he’d stare at her chest.

Morgan didn’t know what to do, so she did the only thing she knew how to do: escape into books.

The more Steve pressed her on her looks, the more she would lock herself in her room and read everything she could get her hands on. Her grades slipped at school, but it didn’t matter.

She didn’t focus on anything but the world she wanted to be living in. A world without Steve and his leering.

Her plan worked for a while. She continued to hide away from everyone, alone in the world of books she’d created.

Then one night, the walls of her world came crashing down.

It was a night like any other, which seemed to be how most of these stories started, as she later learned in therapy.

Morgan came home from school and heard Steve mumbling, her mother nowhere to be found. There was something else, but she couldn’t make it out.

The only thing she could be sure of was that Steve was in her mother’s bedroom, which meant she would have to pass the open door on the way to her own sanctuary.

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