HIS OTHER HALF
by Debra Kayn
Patches: Tarkio MC, #3
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Biker, Standalone
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No man is born evil.
The constant risks of riding for Tarkio Motorcycle Club push Paco forward. But every so often, his past consumes him, and he loses his mind. His MC brothers can’t be with him all the time. So, when mayhem hits, he can only numb himself with whatever is around—women, alcohol, drugs.
The demons he battles come back to punish him when several women in Missoula disappear, including the secretary at Banks’ Body Shop. After reading Josie’s journal in his attempt to find her, he becomes obsessed with the woman he only knows through her darkest secrets.
She’s only as strong as her bravery.
Josie’s safe and secure life on the Blackfoot reservation ends when her father sells her to Askook to pay his debt, and then ends up murdered in front of her. To save herself, she runs away from the Rez and blends with the citizens of Missoula. She gains employment, rents an apartment, makes a friend, and learns to survive independently.
When her best friend on the outside disappears, Josie knows who is responsible. Walking into the casino with her head held high, she plans to kill Askook, once and for all.
Except, a biker ends up rescuing her before she can finish the job.
As danger strikes, she finds herself bonded to Paco in all the ways she craves. But can she love a damaged man?
Her cheekbones became more pronounced as her mouth tightened. Paco’s thoughts came fast and furious, knowing her past. He could come up with a hundred reasons why she wouldn’t want to deal with the men at the casino, and despite her own fears, she was willing to step forward to save her friend.
He admired her bravery and hated her foolishness.
Someone needed to take care of her to make sure she stayed safe from herself, not to mention from others.
“I’ll stop him,” he said. “So, he can’t do this to any other woman.”
“There’s more than just him.” Her brows lowered. “You have no idea.”
“You can’t.” Her eyes narrowed. “You’re an outsider.”
“I know.” He’d poured through her journal so many times, he’d memorized every word.
He understood that she’d left the reservation after someone named Askook killed her father over money owed and took Josie as payment. He understood that she’d run off and refused to go back. He understood that every day she feared getting caught alone. He understood her deep desire to kill her father’s killer and her heartbreak over her father’s betrayal and rejection.
Josie shook her head, doubting him. He wouldn’t tell her how he knew. She was not a woman who would want others to know her sadness. Though, he understood what she was going through.
“What if you don’t get her? What if she’s gone?” she asked.
“Then, I’ll follow the trail and try to bring her back.”
He shrugged. “Wherever.”
Josie studied him. Uncomfortable under inspection, he turned sideways to hide his ghosts.
The recent missing girls. Reading Josie’s journal. The fear standing in front of him. Everything brought up his past.
“Why are you doing this?” she whispered.
He flicked his cigarette to the ground, stepped on the butt, and looked at her. “I’m doing it for you.”
She frowned. “You don’t even know me.”
“I know you.”
She shook her head in confusion. The back door opened.
He looked toward the building when Curley stuck his head out. “Are you coming?”
“Yep.” He put his hand on Josie’s back and took her back inside the clubhouse with him.
Handing her off to Chrischris, he stepped away and stopped himself from leaving. Going back to her, he leaned down and put his lips to her ear. “Whatever happens out there. Whether I come back with your friend or not, I’ll make sure no one comes after you again. And, you shouldn’t ever have any doubts about yourself. You’re good enough.”
Josie’s body stiffened, and she pulled her head back to look at him. Eyes rounded, she stared at him—whether, in fear that he knew her past or in surprise that he admitted he would kill, he couldn’t tell.
He pointed his finger at her and walked backward, wanting one more look at her before he turned and hit the door, not knowing if he’d return.
If he ended up getting killed, his life would be worth the price if Josie gained the right to live without fear.
His life was worth shit. Broken and damaged, he held no hope for changing. He would never be good enough for Josie. He was on a one-way ride to hell.
ABOUT DEBRA KAYN
Debra Kayn is published by Grand Central Publishing, Simon & Schuster Publishing, Carina Press – Harlequin Enterprises Limited, and repped by agent, Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Management.
Believing everyone deserves to love and be loved, she takes the most unlikely characters and turns them into heroes and heroines.
She lives with her family in the Bitterroot Mountains of beautiful North Idaho where she enjoys the outdoors, the four seasons, and the wild animals that gather in her yard.