Beat of the Heart

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"Damn," I murmured under my breath.

"Haven't you heard AJ sing before?" Abby asked.

My heart did a funny little skipping beat. "No," I murmured. I turned to look at her. "He's really amazing-like panty-melting amazing."

She laughed. "Yeah, I would have to agree, especially when he sings in Spanish." At my incredulous expression, she held up her hands. "Trust me, there's never been anything but friendship between AJ and me, but that still doesn't mean I don't find his singing sexy. But there's no one who truly does it for me like Jake."

After two more songs with both Brayden and AJ accompanying Jake, the guys put their guitars down and rose up from the stools. "We're going to take a quick ten minute break, and we'll be back to give you guys some more." Jake's gaze flicked over to our table. "I might even convince my fiancée to join me on stage for some of our new stuff."

"I'm going to kill him," Abby muttered, as Jake winked. She shook her head at him. "Tonight was supposed to be all about Runaway Train."

Lily shook her head. "You know how much he loves having you on stage with him." She patted Abby's back. "Besides, tonight may be about the past, but you're his future-both personally and with his music."

"I guess you're right," Abby replied. But the moment Jake appeared at her side, she smacked his arm playfully. "Okay, you get this through your thick skull right now. I'm not singing with you tonight. You're such a-" He silenced her with a kiss.

My attention was drawn away from them when AJ appeared at my side. I quickly popped out of my chair. "Oh my God, that was amazing-you were amazing!" I cried, throwing my arms around him. He pulled back to plant a long, lingering kiss on my lips.

"Thank you."

"I didn't know you could sing."

He shrugged modestly. "Yeah, I can carry a tune okay."

"I do declare, for once is AJ Resendiz not being an egomaniac?"

He laughed. "Fine then. I can sing the pants off anyone. Better?"

"I'd say pants and panties." I leaned in to whisper in his ear. "Seriously, I think you got me wet."

AJ groaned. "Don't say shit to me like that now."

"I can't help but tell you the truth." Gazing into his eyes, I said, "Will you sing me something in Spanish?"

His brows lined in confusion. "Why Spanish?"

"Abby said you sounded even sexier then, so I wanted to hear it."

"That's because she speaks Spanish and knows what I'm saying."

I shrugged. "I don't care. I still want to hear you." I lowered my voice. "I wanna see if it gets me even wetter."

He grinned at me. "Fine, amorcito mio. Tonight when I have time to spread you out beneath me, I'll sing to you in English, Spanish, or whatever the hell language it is that makes you want me to fuck your brains out. But for now, I gotta grab some water and take a piss, okay?"

I rolled my eyes. "You're so romantic."

"Hey, I stopped here first, didn't I?"

"That's true." When he started to walk away, I jerked him back to me. At his surprised expression, I kissed him. He warmed to me instantly, thrusting his tongue into my mouth. His hands came to cup my face, his thumbs rubbing along my jawline . My arms snaked around his waist, drawing him in even closer. When I rubbed myself against his crotch, he groaned into my mouth. Jerking away, he gazed down at me with lust-filled eyes. Both of our chests heaved as we fought to catch our breath. With his signature smirk, AJ asked, "Wanna join me in the bathroom for a quickie?"

"Oh so tempting, but I think I'll pass."

"But I know how public places get you hot."

I rolled my eyes. "A stinky, public bathroom screams skeevy, not sexy to me, babe."

AJ laughed. "Fine then."

"Besides, you've got way too much stamina for a bathroom quickie."

"Hmm, stroking my ego pretty hard tonight, aren't you?"

"Just stating facts." I smacked his ass playfully. "Now go take your pee break."

He gave me a mock salute and replied, "Yes, ma'am."

Once AJ disappeared down the hallway, I realized I needed to freshen up after our make-out session. "I'll be right back," I said to Abby and Lily. After I entered the restroom, I headed straight for the counter. Standing in front of the mirror, I dug in my purse for my lipstick. Two leggy blondes stumbled in the door before heading over to the stalls. Once they were shut inside, one of them moaned. "God, Jenny, did you see how fucking hot AJ looked tonight?"

My body instantly tensed at the mention of his name. "Yeah, he's absolutely edible as always," Jenny replied. "Too bad he's here tonight with some chick."

"With AJ, I'll doubt she'll be with him long."

A snort came from a stall. "Sounds like someone is jealous after he didn't call you back that time after you blew him in the bathroom."

"If I want him tonight, I could have him again." One of the blondes exited the stall. When she met my gaze, her eyes momentarily widened at the sight of me. Then she threw her shoulders back. "What are you looking at?" she snapped.

Even though the strong Sicilian in me wanted to grab the twiggy bitch by the shoulders and ram her head into the mirror until it cracked, I shook my head. "Nothing."

The blonde smirked at me before heading to the sink. I quickly shoved my lipstick back into my purse and blew out of the bathroom door. When I staggered back to the table, I downed my margarita in two long gulps. "Um, are you okay?" Abby asked.

"Peachy." After Abby gave me a 'who are you shitting?' look, I groaned and ran my hand through my hair. "The truth is I'm a neurotic mess."

"What happened?"

I then noticed the two blonde bitches were out of the bathroom and now were edging closer to the stage. Trying to be covert, I pointed at them. "Do you know them?"

A noise like a growl came from the back of Abby's throat, while Lily gazed at them with disgust. "They're Sugar Magnolia sluts," Lily replied.

"Excuse me?"

"They work at Sugar Magnolia-a strip club a few blocks from here. Unfortunately, they like to spend their off nights strumming up business for the club. Then I guess you could call them bar groupies for whatever house band is performing." Lily downed the rest of her Mojito. "They also have a history with Runaway Train when the band first started here three years ago."

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