Lowdown and Lush
Lush No. 3
Mike Owens is the devil. Sexy,
snarky, and as lowdown as they come, he’s one of the world’s greatest guitarists and one
of Portland’s most notorious bad boys.
Jenny Turner is an angel. A preacher’s
daughter, she’s a good girl with a great voice and a dream to hit it big in country music.
When these two opposites meet, the attraction is undeniable, but something’s stopping
the bad boy from pursuing what he desires most. Can this angel handle the truth behind her
devil? Or will his secrets be too Lowdown and Lush?
Some days I wake up and
I’m amazed by my life. For my first twenty-four years I was on a predictable track. A road
planned for me by my parents. It led me to go to Texas State University at Waco, get a teaching
degree and come back to my hometown where I got a job teaching kindergarten. It led me to
sing in the choir at my daddy’s church, date the assistant pastor, and eat dinner with my parents
every Sunday and Thursday nights.
I’m not sure when the change began. As much
as my parents would like to blame it on Mike Owens, I realize it was growing long before I met
him. Something inside of me knew that the path I was on wasn’t the right one. I had music in my
soul, it was crying to come out, and along with it were these ideas—ideas about who I could be,
how I wanted to live, and what was right and wrong in the world.
Then I met
Michael, and all my ideas became possible. A new road appeared, and every part of me
rejoiced in a wholly different way. Michael Owens, guitarist for Lush walked into a tiny, run
down, country bar and told me I could have anything I wanted and everything I’d ever dreamed.
It’s a heady sensation to be plucked from obscurity, to have the whole world opened to you
when you’ve spent twenty-four years hearing about what you can’t do rather than what you can.
It’s no small wonder I fell in love with the man who gave me that high.
I’m watching that man now as he works out. It’s one of my favorite times of the day. I usually
track him down in the hotel gym first thing in the morning just so I can see this sight. He’s big—
like, massive—his muscles straining out of whatever shirt he might be wearing, and just plain
straining when he’s not wearing a shirt like today. He’s covered in tattoos, tribal patterns swirling
over his shoulders and down his pecs all the way to that incredible ‘v’ that leads south alongside
his perfect six-pack.
My daddy and brother are men of God, the mind, and
philosophy. They’re handsome men, but in a completely different way than Mike. Mike is sex,
pure and simple. He oozes it from his pores, whispers it from his lips. All it takes is one heated
look from him and I’m a goner, panties wet, short of breath, warm from head to toe.
The only problem is he doesn’t want me back. For some reason, Michael has put me on a
pedestal so high that not even he’s allowed to reach for it. He thinks I’m this perfect, innocent,
girl made of glass that will shatter if he gets too close. And I am a virgin, but I’m far from perfect
or innocent, and I sure as heck won’t shatter from the likes of him. In fact, I might just be more
than he can handle if he ever gives me a chance.
Every day that we’re together I
crave his touch, burn inside when I look at him, and dream of what he would feel like doing bad
things to me. But the man who blew apart my world, opened windows to my soul, and freed my
heart would rather spend his Friday and Saturday nights screwing trash he picks up at the bars
we play in.
So, I get this part of him—the protective-best-friend part. The do-
anything-for-me, worship-me-from-afar part, and while I wouldn’t trade that part for all the tea in
China, I would also do most anything to get the part those trashy women do. I want all of
Michael—the good, the bad, the outrageously sexy. He’s brilliant, talented, unpredictable, and
hotter than an afternoon in a Texas oilfield. What woman wouldn’t want that?
Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy
Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple
categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance,
and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader’s Crown
Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.
Selena lives in the foothills of the
Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading.
She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the
time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.