5 Reasons to Love Pike Ryland
Of course, I’m biased, but I love Pike. He’s one of my favorite heroes of the series, if not the favorite. And I don’t say that about everyone (shh, don’t tell the other heroes.) It’s one of those things where if I could add in all the things that are my “catnip” for a hero, it’d be Pike. So I thought I’d list some of the things that I love about him along with excerpts to show you instead of telling you about him. ;) Hope you enjoy him!
1. He loves his feisty, misbehaving dog (Note: this is not the heroine in this scene):
And he didn’t care. You don’t poke an animal with something that could hurt them, especially over something as stupid as a shoe. He could put up with her using him for his fame or whatever. They would’ve both been using each other. They each knew the score. But he wasn’t going to let anyone f**k with his dog.
“Monty, release,” he said, in the firm, dominant voice that worked best on the feisty dachshund/schnauzer mix. Monty looked up with big, sad puppy eyes and backed away from the shoe. But just when Pike was about to send him off to his bed, Monty trotted over to Lark and gave her the I’m sorry look.
Lark’s expression softened, and she reached down to pat his head awkwardly. “It’s okay, buddy…”
Monty lifted his leg and pissed all over her bare foot.
“Monty, no!” Pike said.
But chaos ensued after that. Lark hopping and shrieking. Monty barking and spinning in a circle. And Pike doing his damnedest not to laugh.
He wasn’t entirely successful and that earned him a glare from Lark and a happy, yipping bark from Monty. Finally, he gathered himself together enough to direct Monty to go to his crate so he could help Lark.
He showed her to the bathroom so she could rinse her leg off in the tub, and he cleaned up the mess in the living room—after sneaking Monty his treat and a belly rub.
2. He has good friends who give him a hard time because they love him.
“Normal women have too many expectations,” Pike said.
“What?” Gibson asked. “Like remembering their names and calling them the next day?”
“Exactly. Plus, I’m best in limited doses. I’d send normal women running for the hills after too long.”
“I don’t know. You haven’t scared off your friends yet. I mean, yes, I thought you were an egotistical douche bag when I first met you, but now you’ve grown on me. Like a fungus.”
“So you’re saying I should try to infect some normal woman with my fungus? Good talk, buddy. Good talk.”
“Dr. Phil gets all his best stuff from me.”
3. He’s cocky as hell.
She huffed. “Are you always this cocky?”
“No, it’s dialed down right now. I can get way worse.”
She stirred her drink. “Not. Possible.”
His lips spread into a menacing smile. “Challenge accepted.”
4. He gives good phone sex
She shuddered and the spot between her thighs pulsed with awareness. “I’m going to hang up now.”
“Don’t. You don’t have to pretend to hate this. I told you I’m honest. Do me that courtesy, too. This is a no risk proposition. We don’t even have to talk about it face to face. Work is work. Fine. This—this is just a no pressure, late night anonymous phone call. Give yourself a break, mama. Indulge a little.”
She let out a long breath, the weight of her limbs pressing into the bed. It’d been so long since her body had tingled and ached, so long since she’d fantasized about a man. The offer was so damn tempting.
“I’m hard for you, Oakley.”
Well, hell. That f**king did it. How was she supposed to stay cool after that? Hard. It was such a filthy word when he said it. She licked her lips, tried to find her voice. “Is that right?”
“Have been since you answered the phone. Your voice does it for me. I keep hearing your song in my head and picturing you in nothing but a T-shirt. If I were there, I’d peel it off of you and tie your hands with it so I could taste your skin and feel you against my tongue, watch your green eyes go black with want.”
5. Underneath all that cockiness is genuine sweetness.
Pike buried his face in her neck. “God, you’re the best girl ever.”
She laughed at his exuberance. “That’s what all the guys say when they have their dick parked in that particular girl.”
He lifted his head and kissed her lips. “No, they say that she was the best sex ever. You’ve got the whole package, Easton. I like the woman, not just the raunchy sex. Although, that’s a highlight too.”
She let her fingertips trace over the curve of his ass. “Well, I’m just with you for your body. Just so you know.”
“I can live with that.” He flashed her a grin.
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