Title: Freddie Untangled
Series: The Essiens #7, Freddie Duology Part 2
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense
Published: July 7, 2017
Kike has struggled for years to break out of the chains of her marriage to Lekan. After moving out of the Ogun estate, she has to cope with condemnation not just from family and friends but from unseen followers as the story of her relationship with Freddie becomes media fodder. She’s finally free to love a man who loves her but is she about to lose everything else that matters to her?
Freddie has a new family—Kike and the kids—and he has to pull out all the stops if he is to outwit a powerful sociopathic pastor as well as and deal with ghosts from his past that come to haunt him. He will do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves safe but the price might be his sanity and his life.
Lekan is not about to give up on a woman he sees as his property and uses every weapon in his arsenal to get Kike back, including following through on the threats he made.
With the odds stacked up against Kike and Freddie, is a happy future together even possible? Will they ever be out of Lekan’s reach?
This story unravels in two instalments—this is the second part and not a standalone.
Apprehension knotted Kike’s stomach as she showed Freddie around the house she planned to rent. The estate agent had arrived ten minutes earlier with the keys. Kike had asked the woman to wait outside while she showed Freddie the place.
“Have you already seen this house previously?” Freddie asked as they headed up the stairs to the upper level. He probably wondered how she knew her way around the property.
“Yes. Tolani used to live here before she moved to Lekki. She’s just finished refurbishing it ready to let it out,” Kike replied.
“So it’s a three-bedroom house?” Freddie asked as he strode into the large master bedroom.
The space lay empty aside from the built-in closet and an en-suite bathroom.
“Four—bed. Three up here and a guest room downstairs. Ranti and Yomi need separate rooms. They can have the other two and I’ll have this one.” Kike replied.
On her single income, she couldn’t afford a huge house like the one she shared with her husband. Leaving Lekan meant walking away from the ostentatious lifestyle. A price she would happily pay for her peace of mind.
“Is there an annex for the security team?”
“Yes, there’s a 2-bed boys' quarter at the back.” She sashayed to the large window overlooking the back courtyard and pointed at the single-level building close to the back wall. “There.”
“Okay.” Freddie came to stand beside her, his right arm brushing her left.
Her skin tingled at the contact as her heart raced. The man took her breath away just by being around her. His presence in her life had reawakened her as a woman.
“But I’m hoping you’ll spend more time in here with me than out there.” She swallowed and held her breath, her sweaty palm clenched around the leather handle of her tote.
Although they'd shown their attraction to each other, he hadn’t done anything to indicate he wanted to become her lover, or a live-in one at that. He remained restrained in his interactions with her.
There had been the moment in Rebel Studios earlier today when he’d given her an orgasm in the most delicious way. But that could have been the result of his frustration at her because he’d found her in Lekan’s room a week ago.
She’d hurt Freddie and, in all honesty, she hadn’t been expecting him to forgive her so readily. So he had the right to reject the invitation to her bed.
He turned, leaning his side against the cream wall. A slow smile curled one corner of his lips. “You want me to share your bed?”
Warmth bloomed through her chest at seeing his smile, easing some of the tension in her back muscles. “Yes. I’d love to have you in my bed. Every night if possible.”
He reached out and cupped her cheek. She leaned into his touch, relishing his callused palm and the tingles spreading out on her skin.
“You know I want you, more than I’ve ever wanted any other woman.”
The mixture of his raspy voice and coarse hand sent bolts of desire piercing through her and melting her core.
“But the only way I’m going to make love to you is if you choose me as your Dominant. You are my kitten and that’s the way I want you in bed.”
Kiru is the award winning author of His Treasure. She writes sensual and passionate multicultural romance stories set mostly in Africa. When she's not writing you can find her either immersed in a good book or catching up with friends and family. She currently lives in the South of England with her husband and three children.