clinginess, and jealousy. When hed started dating this last one,20 Alexia Praks
Kate Anderson, he hadnt known it was one of Alainas friends. If
he had known, he wouldnt have gone out with the damn woman
in the first place. As a matter of fact, he hadnt ha
population living on St. Joseph Island was white, and she, a halfbred little girl whod been cast away
by her own parents, was a rare
Her mother threw her away when she was a baby, Tara said
behind Sebastian. Mommy said shes tainted, a dev
starvation and hypothermia.
The pup, later named Toby by Sakura herself, had known it
had been Sakura who saved him and had taken a liking to her
immediately, doting on her and following her wherever she went.
Dont! She told him off. The dog looked somewh
lived on St. Joseph Island. She, Mary, and Katherine had many
lovely times together, helping each other with schoolwork and
enjoying each others company, both in and out of school.
Back then, during the holidays, Sakura would stay with the
Collinses at th
it wouldnt get any more annoying, Tristan honked at him five
times, waking up Conrad, who also got very annoyed.
I think I want to kill him now, Conrad muttered, glaring at
the car in front of them.
Stay calm now. Theres no need to be childish, Nicolas sa
back and make Sakuras life as miserable as possible. But Sakura
too had grown up into a fine woman and strong-willed. So Daddy
James told her many times. Hence, come hell or high water,
Sakura wasnt going to put up with their nastiness this time. After
her like his own child since he had none and longed for one. Not
to mention her real mother, the woman shed never met.
Deep down, Sakura knew her mother loved her because
otherwise the woman wouldnt have given her a namea very
beautiful Japanese namethat
Sakura was so relieved and happy over this mans kindness that,
for the first time in her seven years, she cried in front of everyone.
James wiped away her tears, told her everything would be all right,
lifted her into his arms, and took her home to his fa
as you can see. And you didnt kill me. Im still breathing.
Sebastian refused to respond to her logical argument and
headed straight to the car.A Secret Kiss 33
Why does he have to be the one to carry her? Conrad asked
no one in particular.
Because hes res
returned his attention to his tablet, playing the new, not-yetreleased zombie game Hayden and Darcy
had given him as a trial
from their video game company, HD Game, Inc., which they had
built themselves from scratch a year ago.
Dont feel sorry for me, Ala
for the past five years with only the occasional visits from his
parents and grandparents.
The first night, they brought in their friends and had a blast
partying in the house, emptying his beloved cellar and fridge and
destroying some of his precious pai
close to Sa-ku Sa-ku-ra.
Yes, Sally sounds about right, Tara said, nodding her head.
She is silly, after all, and it rhymes, I think. Sakura is a silly girl.
Sally and silly. She laughed loudly. Silly Sally.
And so Sakura had a nickname that she herself d
He got dumped. Tristan gladly offered. This of course
welcomed a death-ray glare from Hayden.
And you, Darcy? Tara asked. What about Kate?
Darcy frowned at Tara, telling her to piss off and mind her own
Tara thought Darcys dislike of her had gro
something else. Something sweet. It tickled something nice and
warm within his being. He loved it.
Yes. Im fine, thanks, she said firmly.28 Alexia Praks
No, I dont think youre fine until youre checked thoroughly,
Sebastian commented, and without her conse
because she didnt know whether Ned was home or not and
whether the door was locked or not.
Logan whistled. Thats one hot chick.
Wonder what her name is, Conrad said, smiling pleasantly.
Conrad! You like her! Tristan chuckled.
Shes nice, he said. Totally m
Like moths attracted to a flame, the rest of the brothers saw the
most enticing image theyd ever seen. This was, of course, instantly
followed by sharp inhalations. Sebastian wanted to hide the poor
girlwho he thought was too pretty for her own goodfrom h
something of interest to him in the bush not too far away. Theyd
be what? Twenty-six? The picture of the three when they were
thirteen flashed in her mind. What about Hayden and the twins?
Yes, Hayden would be twenty-four by now, and the twins, Alaina
was for sure, and Tristan would be very devastated indeed.
Hes pissed because all his girlfriends photos are ruined,
Logan said matter-of-factly, emphasizing the word girlfriends as
Dont be ridiculous! Sebastian replied. Though he had to
inching its way from within the locked chains that kept it
imprisoned, preventing it from ever escaping.
Then it happened. A soft, gentle voice echoed in his head. Darce!
My dear Darce!
That voice! Whose voice is that? Why did it call to me? Why was it
front courtyard of the two-hundred-year-old stately mansion,
which most foreigners liked to call the Grand Castle of St. Joseph
Island, made of massive gray stone that had stood up against many
The estate was immaculately maintained with lush, gr
Proposal and A Secret Affair.
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A Secret Kiss (Book 1)
A Secret Proposal: Part 1 and 2 (Book 2)
A Secret Affair (Book 3)
Oh, come now, Aunt, Mary Collins, the bride-to-be, said
from the other side of the room. It couldnt have been that long.
She turned to Sebastian. What happened? I heard you caused an
That was fast. Sebastian eyed Tristan, who winked at him. Just
was hoping hed walk away and leave her alone when the man gave
her a fright by touching her again. He was in fact closer to her now.
She could feel his warm breath against her skin and the heat of his
large, masculine body against her small, soft one. In
Sakura, with no last name, was found in spring on the
doorstep of Queen Mary Orphanage in a small town called South
Hampton in St. Joseph Island. Her mother mysteriously
disappeared after leaving the baby girl in a basket along with a note
that said My da
room, to come to a standstill. They were shocked and at the same
time pleased to see them. They simply couldnt believe the
handsome seven brothers were back. It was going to be an
interesting and entertaining spring, all right.
Hayden nodded at them, Loga
however, and they all got out of the car. Conrad took care to aid
her even if she didnt need help.
Tristan and Hayden got out of the car as well since they didnt
want to miss the chance to talk to Sakura again.
Darcy stayed back, pretending to be busy wit
down to help her, his hand touching her arm once again. She
gasped and pushed him away.
The brothers watched in shocked surprise because no female
had ever pushed Sebastian away. Girls flocked to himas they did
to all his brothers. It was the Princeton ch
the neatly paved pathway and exotically beautiful garden that she
wanted to be here. When she stared up at the enormous mansion
like those castles in fairytale books, she sucked in her breath with
pleasure. Her head spun in delight as she gazed up at the
Logan said, Who wants another drink?
Most shook their heads, and Tara turned her attention to
Sebastian, now rubbing his wet, blond mane with the towel. She
admired his masculine body. She had to admit he had one of the
best bodies shed ever seen, with fi
eyes like his father, complete with glasses. He looked kind and at
the same time serious, just like his father. Then there were the tenyear-olds, nonidentical triplets:
Tristan with golden-brown hair
and teal-blue eyes, Logan with copper-brown hair and si