Frozen Alaska by Katherine Rhodes

Frozen Alaska by Katherine Rhodes

Author:Katherine Rhodes [Rhodes, Katherine]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2019-03-12T05:00:00+00:00

Jason calmed instantly when I made the suggestion, but something else was bothering him.

It leapt in to his eyes and I could see that it would be something that would make him turn the position down. I put my hand on his cheek.

“What is it?”

His lip twisted. Whatever this was really bothered him.

“Being an enforcer takes quite a bit of money and prestige. I don’t have either.”

“If Garrett wants you there…”

“No, it’s not the prestige I’m worried about. Though, most people still judge me by my parents’ stupidity.”

I got it. “You’re afraid of the money.”

“I’m not afraid of it. I have none.”

“Well, that’s not such a big deal—”

“No, Delia. I’m broke. I’m beyond broke. I only just finally got to the point where I could pay back Voss for his generosity with my house. I had to ask for loans for Cora’s education. That’s…not the mark of an enforcer.”

“Enforcers give out loans?”

He laughed and slipped me off his lap, dragging my panties up my legs. “They’re extensions of the Alpha. The alpha keeps everyone not only in line, but happy. When my house was about to be taken by the debtors, Voss stepped up and bought it from me for a thousand dollars. I finally bought it back last year, for the same thousand. It took me twenty years to get the money back. Just a simple thousand and I couldn’t do it.”

He pulled his pants back on and fastened them. Like he was trying to put a barrier between us.

“One of the things that is incredibly important to the shifters of St. Terese-Mendenhall is that we are able to provide anything for our families. Our mates should always have what they want, what they need.”

I pulled my pants off the floor and slipped them on. “And you can’t?”

“I can’t.” He was staring straight ahead out of the windshield. He put his head down on the steering wheel and I could feel the pain and sadness cascading off him.

“I couldn’t pay for my sister’s college. I couldn’t pay for my house. The debtors stripped every cent we had when my parents were killed.

“I have spent twenty years desperately trying to get some savings back. Trying to get my truck paid off. Trying to buy back my house. They gambled every last penny we had and more and then went and got themselves fucking killed. They left me and Cora beyond destitute.”

He sat up and looked at me. “I can’t afford to be an enforcer. I can’t afford a mate. And the fact that it looks like I’ve been gifted with both screws me hard.”

I wrinkled my forehead. “You don’t have to afford me, Jason. If this relationship is going to work out, I don’t care if you’re poor or a billionaire.”

He looked straight ahead. “I care.”

I let out a short breath. There was going to be no talking to him now. He’d shared what he considered his deepest, darkest secret and now there was no reason for us to discuss this.


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