Dreams Deferred

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Dreams Deferred 
This is a romantic suspense audiobook on ACX.

Liking the bad boys can get you killed. Has Ivy made that mistake again?
Ivy Brooks was always attracted to the bad boys until one day, she met the worst of them all and landed in prison as a result. Now, three years later, more mature and the mother of a beautiful little boy, she’s determined to make a better life for herself and her son. She’s also determined to make better choices when it comes to men and she’s not sure her former cellmate’s drop dead gorgeous brother Luke – a former bad boy who professes to have turned over a new leaf – is the right choice. 
2017-02-16 13:00:07 GMT
2017-02-26 07:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Flexible Price - USD 600 to USD 720
52333 WORDS
English - USA and Canada
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Middle Age Female
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True to his word, Luke arrived at noon on Saturday to pick Ivy and Omari up. He brought his fourteen year old cousin Shayla with him--a beautiful and friendly girl. Omari took a liking to her immediately.
Ivy allowed Shayla to take Omari on the merry-go-round. She waited with Luke near the ride’s exit, waived at Omari each time he sailed by and took a million pictures. She turned to Luke. “This is the first time he’s ever done anything like this. I’m just so happy to be able to do things like this with him. I want to make sure he has a happy childhood, everything he needs and all the love in the world. I don’t know what I’ll do if Zeke wins this custody battle.” Her voice broke.
Luke took Ivy’s hand and squeezed it gently. “Don’t think like that. We’ll just take this one day at a time and deal with whatever we have to deal with if and when that time comes. No mother should be without her child – especially not a mother as good as you are.”
“I can’t help but think there’s some truth to the allegation that I don’t spend enough time with him, but I don’t know how to change that. I have to earn enough money to provide for him.”
“Stop that,” Luke said. “Don’t let that jerk con you into thinking you’re not a great mother. Look at Omari. He’s a happy, healthy, and smart little guy. He didn’t get that way by being neglected. You’re just feeling the same guilt every working mother feels about not being able to stay at home with their children. Zeke’s the one that should be shot. He and his lawyers are doing everything possible to avoid him having to pay child support. He doesn’t give a damn about his own son. He’s just using him as a pawn to control you.”
“I know that. It’s just that sometimes I get so worried about doing this all on my own. When I was growing up, I never dreamed about raising a kid on my own. I always thought I’d have the white house with the picket fence and the husband. Over time, I guess I gave up on the fairytale. For some reason, I was always attracted to the bad boy types. That didn’t bode well for a fairytale ending.”
Luke lifted Ivy’s chin and kissed her on the lips. “You are not alone. You have family and friends who are more than willing to help you out along the way.”
“Well, well, well,” said a deep male voice. “The plot thickens.” Ivy and Luke looked to the right in the direction of the voice. It was Zeke. He had a sleazy looking woman hanging on his arm and two of his goons trailing behind him.
“Hello Zeke,” Ivy said. Her voice could have frozen water.
“Hello Ivy.” Zeke nodded at Luke. “Luke. It’s been a long time.” He turned back to Ivy. “Where did you leave our son – with another babysitter?”
“As if you really gave a damn,” Ivy said.
Zeke chuckled. “You’ve got me there. So, have you figured out a way to get rid of the child support case yet?”
“No. I tried to, but the Court denied my motion to dismiss. The matter is up on appeal now. Zeke, you can’t be serious about seeking full custody of Omari. You never wanted kids.”
Zeke examined his fingernails. “I don’t know. Having a little mini-me running around sounds a hell of a lot better than paying you thousands of dollars each month in child support. Just think of the things he could learn from me.”
Rage rose within Ivy. She lunged at him. “You bastard! How could you do this? I’ll never let you have him. You hear me? Never!” Luke held her back.
Zeke laughed. “Why don’t you let her go? That way our son can see how crazy his mother really is.”
Luke frowned at him. “Why don’t you just leave?”
“I’ll go when I’m good and ready to. Just because you’re getting the benefit of my sloppy seconds doesn’t mean you have what it takes to step to me.”
Luke let Ivy go and stepped up to Zeke. “Anytime you want to put that to the test, you let me know.”
The two men squared off, then Zeke smiled. “Yeah,” he said, “I’ll be sure to do that one day.” He turned to his entourage. “Let’s roll.” They walked away.
Luke put his arms around Ivy. She laid her forehead against his chest and closed her eyes. “I can’t believe I went after him like that. I could have killed him.”
“Nothing like a mama bear protecting her cub,” he said.
She looked up at him and smiled. “I wasn’t the only protective one there.”
He looked at her innocently. “Oh yeah? Who else was being protective?”
Ivy laughed.
“Mommy! Mommy!” Omari shouted. He ran over to them with Shayla trailing behind. The ride was apparently over. “I rode the horsey! It was fun! Can I do it again Mommy? Please?”
Ivy looked down into her son’s adorable little eyes and her heart melted. She picked him up and gave him a kiss. “Of course you can go again, darling. Let’s get in line. Mommy will go with you this time.” 
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