Hallie Athanas tried very hard not to smile as she heard MJ shyly ask her groom if he could dance with her. For a moment, Helios Andreadis, the powerful President of the world's most successful underground racing club, appeared pained. "Dancing is for sissies," he muttered under his breath, which Hallie easily heard since she was standing right next to them.
MJ's face fell. "Oh."
Helios glared. "Don't give me that look."
His nineteen-year-old bride blinked in confusion. "What look?"
Helios glared harder. "That look. Like I'm breaking your heart or something."
MJ smiled valiantly. "You are not."
Another moment passed, MJ smiling, Helios glaring...and then the President sighed. An exasperated smile curved on his lips. "Fine, brat but only for tonight, because it's our wedding day and I want you to know how much I love you."
And so it was that MJ Vlahos-Andreadis blushed the whole time Helios danced with her. She also ended up laughing out loud as Helios, who hated dancing, whirled around every second, faster and faster, so no one could ever capture their faces clearly with their cameras.
It was surreal, seeing the couple together, looking blissfully happy and in love, after what they had gone through in the past year. It was even more surreal that in this huge crowd only a few of them knew what had happened. Other people would look at Helios and MJ and probably think that a tomboyish Cinderella had found her Prince Charming in the person of a handsome, rich, and notoriously aloof bike racer. But Hallie knew better. And because she knew better, it made her want so much to have her own fairy tale ending with the man of her dreams.
The thought made her glance at Andreus Economou, the most badass member of the Afxisi. His official role in the club was Treasurer, but Hallie knew it was a euphemism at best. Unlike the others, she had taken great lengths to know what exactly Andreus did when he went off on his frequent jaunts around the world. At the start, it was because she was worried he'd have a mistress in every city he visited. But then she discovered what Andreus was really doing, and since then she had spied on his actions out of fear for his safety.
She checked her watch, which was fashioned like a bracelet, its straps made of rubies and gold. It had been thirty minutes since the dancing had started - and she just couldn't take it anymore. She had told herself she wouldn't embarrass herself tonight, but...she loved him. Maybe tonight, it would be different?
On the other side of the ballroom, Andreus stood like a Greek god, talking to the younger members of the club. While he wasn't as tall as the President, he definitely had a lot more muscle, requiring all his formal wear to be custom-made to fit his tough, hard body. Just looking at him made her mouth dry. He exuded such raw power, it just left her speechless at times, wondering how it was that being born with a silver spoon in his mouth hadn't been able to smooth and polish the rough edges of Andreus' personality. It was as if he was born with a gritty kind of manliness that no amount of sophistication could ever soften.
Picking up the skirts of her gown, Hallie slowly made her way to Andreus. When she was just a step away from his back, she waited for him to turn, knowing that Andreus was aware of her presence. He always was. They had that kind of connection. He was just so stubborn about ignoring it.
But still he didn't turn. Stubborn man. Did he think that was enough to dissuade her? Tiptoeing, she let her fingers drift on his shoulder. Just once, but slowly, savoring the excuse to be in contact with him. And then she waited, knowing that even if Andreus Economou would rather kill himself than date Yuri Athanas' younger sister, he had never really been able to resist her either.
One, two, three seconds of holding her breath passed before Andreus finally turned. He looked at her, his face intimidatingly grim. She looked back at him, a serene smile on her face. He did this all the time, too. But sooner or later, he would smile and everything would be---
Andreus suddenly cupped her elbow and led her away from his crowd of young fans. He looked down at her and said tightly, "Don't bother me right now, princess."
She didn't see that coming. He had always been rude and unfailingly blunt but...not like that. Not ever with her.
Hallie searched for a clue in his expression but couldn't find any. And he still didn't smile, making her own smile falter. "I'm not---"
"Just stay the hell away from me for now, Hallie. You're getting on my nerves---"
Someone from behind them snickered.
When Andreus spun around, Hallie saw that a couple of the club's fourth-year volunteers had overheard Andreus. "You should listen to the Treasurer," one of the girls said derisively. "It's time you found out you can't always have special treatment just because you're Yuri Athanas' kid sister."
***To be continued***
Cut Scene #1 from Click: Hallie
As a thank you to all those who stuck with Helios and MJ till the very end, here's something I thought you'd be interested in reading. Enjoy!
8/23/2014 05:12:00 pm
9/9/2014 10:38:44 pm
Glad you approve Taka! :)
8/23/2014 06:13:54 pm
Definitely can't wait for the next instalment of this biker series really enjoyed reading about mj and helios
9/9/2014 10:39:35 pm
Hi Ruth! Happy to hear that and will be releasing another HR book this year for sure. :)
8/23/2014 06:34:40 pm
Awesome. Can't wait for their story
9/9/2014 10:39:59 pm
Yay! Happy to hear that Sharon! :)
8/23/2014 08:44:35 pm
Leaving me breathless. Cant wait for the next book!
9/9/2014 10:40:27 pm
Wee! Glad you enjoyed this excerpt Trish. :)
8/23/2014 09:13:36 pm
Can't wait to read their story!
9/9/2014 10:40:55 pm
Hopefully I get this out soon Faye. :)
8/24/2014 01:13:59 am
8/24/2014 12:44:18 pm
Aw, poor Hallie. What's with this badass rudeness and the lack of loyalty among the women. The men are tight and have each other's back and you'd think it would rub off on them. Love the series though.
9/9/2014 10:42:45 pm
Maybe if Hallie's lucky, she can find (girl)friends to back her up. =D
8/24/2014 11:01:54 pm
Wow love this and really want to hate those volunteers. I agree with Judy there is no need for that bitchness between the women.
9/9/2014 10:43:39 pm
Hi Maev! Glad you enjoyed this and yeah, those volunteers were really bitchy, weren't they? It's my unfortunate experience, however, that I've met more bitches (girls) than jerks (guys) in my life. So it's probably why I've got more bitches in my books. =D
8/31/2014 06:47:23 am
When will Hallie and Andreus have their story? Loved Swish, Burn, Click.
9/9/2014 10:44:34 pm
Hi Jess! Haven't quite made up my mind yet which couple will be featured in my next HR book but I'll make a decision most likely in the end of Sept or Oct. =D Happy that you enjoyed Helios and MJ's story! :) Thanks for sticking with them till the end!
9/2/2014 04:46:37 am
WOAHHHHH! This gets me totally excited for the next installment. I don't like the cliffhangers but I love that you keep making me want more. The stories are that addicting!!
9/9/2014 10:46:18 pm
Hi Chau! Super glad you're enjoying my books so far and you'll be glad to know that most of my next books will be standalones - so no cliffhangers! =D
9/2/2014 05:30:52 am
cant wait for new one
9/9/2014 10:46:44 pm
Fingers crossed I'll get the next HR book out really soon Tracey! :)
Kaye Suansing Santos
9/2/2014 05:14:45 pm
9/9/2014 10:47:36 pm
Hi Kaye! :) Promise once I'm 100% well from my colds I'll get another excerpt out.
9/10/2014 09:22:42 pm
Please have follow ups from your Billionairea Club the likes of Park and Violet, Nick and Lilac, Jason and Keanne.... Or am I dreaming? All your characters playing havoc in my mind.
9/11/2014 07:27:09 pm
Hi Kaye! Sure, when I have free time, I'll release short stories to update you guys with what's happening with most of them. :) Maybe for Christmas? I've always wanted to write an anthology for them! :)
9/30/2014 01:31:51 am
10/15/2014 01:28:32 am
PLEASE PLEASE WEN WILL IT BE OUT CANT WAIT
6/30/2016 03:57:55 am
what a big tease lol was a great teaser so when does the book get released cant wait now lol
7/9/2017 05:36:51 am
When is hallie and Andreus story coming out
9/15/2017 05:03:44 pm
I'm still wait for the Andreus' history. :(
11/20/2017 08:41:26 pm
I have been waiting for this story since the 1st heart racer .
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