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Custom Made (Fast & Fury #2)
Author: Chantal Fernando

Prologue


   Three Years Ago


   Sliding into the car with nothing but a clear bag of my meager possessions, I look over at my dad and smile. I look like crap, and I know it. I’m not the same woman I was before I walked inside these prison cells.

   “Thank you for picking me up,” I say as he reaches over and hugs me. My stiff shoulders relax in his embrace, and I release a deep breath of relief.

   I’m out.

   After six long months that seemed to go on forever, I’m free.

   “I’m just glad that you’re out of there,” he says, looking over me with his kind green eyes, so much like my own. This man has always been there for me, and I will always adore him.

   “You and me both. And I can tell you right now, I’m never going back,” I promise.

   And I mean that.

   Never again.

   The second I got locked up, I knew what I needed to do, and that hasn’t changed now that I’m out. I’m not going to associate with my so-called friends anymore, and I’m sure as hell not going back to my ex-boyfriend. I didn’t deserve the way I was treated by him. No woman does.

   I’m going to get a fresh start somewhere, and I’m going to turn my life around.

   “Where’s Mom?” I dare to ask.

   I haven’t missed the fact that she didn’t write or visit me in prison. Dad always made an excuse for her, and I know how hard this must be on her. She’s an art teacher and very well known in our community. She never told me outright, but I know how embarrassed she is of me.

   But I’m her only child, and I need her right now.

   Dad sighs and hesitates before he answers. “She’s at home. She didn’t want to come. I think she needs some time, Cam. She’s been very upset about the whole thing. Just give her some time.”

   I nod, thinking that she’s had six months, which should have been enough time. She’s my mother, and I need her. I wish that she could see that and be here for me right now.

   “She suggested that we get you a motel for a few weeks, until she’s had a little space,” he adds, hitting me with the final blow.

   I’m not even welcome in the family home anymore. I know how badly I’ve fucked up, but that hurts more than I’d like to admit.

   “I’m sorry, Dad,” I whisper.

   “I know you are, sweetheart,” he replies sadly, and then starts the engine.

   I close my eyes and give myself a moment.

   I vow in that moment that I’m going to figure out what I need to do to make my parents proud again. I’m never going to see that look of disappointment in his eyes ever again.

   I’ve got a lot going against me.

   A criminal history.

   People who will want to bring me back down with them.

   No support from the woman who gave birth to me.

   But you know what?

   Watch me win.

 

 

Chapter One


   “Why haven’t you hooked up with anyone in the MC?” Dee asks, studying me over the seat of his motorcycle. I’m putting the finishing touches on his beautiful machine. When he came in telling me he had scratched some of the paint off, I was happy to restore it to its original glory. I love his bike. It’s an older-model Harley, but it’s a beauty. Newer doesn’t always mean better. “You’ve been around for years but have never been interested in any of us.”

   I wrinkle my nose at his question. He asks some weird ones sometimes, but this takes the cake. He actually sounds surprised that I’m not attracted to even one of them. Years of women throwing themselves at him must have gotten to his head.

   “I can admire that most of you are good-looking, but you’re all like family to me.” I tilt my face to the side. “And not really my type. Also, get over yourself. Some women won’t like any of you.”

   The Knights of Fury MC own this garage, and there’s no way I’m going to get involved in all of that. I love the men, though, I really do. They gave me a chance, and a job, when no one else would, and I will always owe them for that. But I’m not looking to bring my personal life into work. It’s hard enough building a reputation as one of the best custom bike designers, despite being female, so having a reputation for sleeping with the MC would do nothing but take away from that.

   This is a male-dominated field, and it’s taken a lot of work for me to make a name for myself, so the last thing I want is to ruin that. And to be honest, since my ex I haven’t been interested in anything more than having fun. I don’t think messing around with any of them would be a smart decision.

   They are more effort than they’re worth, all work and little reward.

   And sex?

   Well, you can get that anywhere.

   Dee holds his hand against his heart as he stands. “Ouch, Cam. That hurt.”

   I grin and roll my eyes. “What’s it to you?”

   “Nothing, just curious,” he replies, following me out of the garage. “It’s not every day you meet a woman oblivious to our charms.”

   I know the MC have been worried about me. Ever since we lost Billie, a woman I was close friends with and casually dating, I haven’t really felt like myself. I’ve been quiet, and the only time I leave my house is to go to work and back. I know everyone is thinking that I’m heartbroken, and I am, but more so because Billie had become one of my best friends. Yeah, we had a thing, but it wasn’t serious in that way—it was more just some fun for two girls who really got along well.

   But the loss of a good friend, that grief has hit me hard.

   “Well, I hope you feel humbled.” I laugh, shaking my head at him. “What about you, Dee? Still on your quest to find love?”

   “I think I’ve given up on love,” he admits, and I’m with him there. He stops at Bronte’s desk and takes a seat there. Bronte is the receptionist here at the Fast & Fury custom garage, and she keeps the place running. The two of us have always got along well, but we’ve become even closer since our friend Billie died, and she’s become such an important fixture in my life.

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