Hello, sweeties. I'm at it again.
Bound to Liberty, Bound series book 5 is coming out next week.
As part of the countdown, I'm going to start teasing you from the first few chapters until the book is out in the shops.
So strap on your seatbelts and get ready for a beautiful ride.
Chapter One - Part One
JAMES COKER had a sure thing.
The notion roused a playful grin on his face as he leaned into the supple black leather sofa of the VIP Lounge and took in the view ahead of him.
Afrobeats music played by the house DJ blasted out of loudspeakers. Revellers gyrated and crammed the main floor one level below.
Always packed, Bold nightclub opened less than a year ago and became one of the most popular party venues in Victoria Island, Lagos. Alcohol flowed constantly. People wore scant clothing—men and women. Even the arctic air blowing from the air conditioners didn’t stay cold for long as bodies ground against bodies, generating heat.
“The place is rocking tonight.” James raised his voice so he could be heard above the thumping baseline.
“You can say that again,” Kezie Nwobodo replied from his perch on the sofa next to James.
Party scenes and clubbing got predictable and boring.
James didn’t mind being here, though. He would happily go wherever Kezie led.
He tilted his head and swept his gaze over his best friend and secret lover of a decade.
Dim lighting caught the brandy colour of Kezie’s eyes under arched dark brows. For a moment, James drank in the sight of the man—strong jaw, oblong face, twisted locs piled in a man bun, fitted long-sleeved black shirt hugging broad shoulders and chest, and long legs in charcoal trousers extending to feet covered in black and white leather sneakers.
This, right here, was the reason James had a sure thing.
A smile curled his lips, and tingles sizzled down his spine. His heart rate thudded along with the beats of the music.
Unlike many of the people in the club hoping to score and go home with a partner, James didn’t have to preen and pose to get anyone.
His man sat beside him.
Not near enough to touch.
Nor as close as James would like.
Granted, he didn’t have everything he desired.
Still, he had a splendid life and celebrated his blessings.
He’d recently landed a promotion at his brother’s construction company, which was partly the reason he’d come out tonight.
As the new Director of Design, the team relied on him to take the business to the next level of expansion as per their long-term strategies.
The new job proved an incredible vote of confidence from his older brother, Henry, who had worked hard to build the company from scratch and had employed James, first as an intern while at University, and then as full-time staff upon graduation.
James had always wanted to compensate his sibling in any way he could for the continued love and support Henry had shown him throughout his life.
As such, he wanted to be part of the success of Coker Constructions because that was Henry’s dream, and he loved his brother enough to make his wish a reality.
While James lived his brother’s ideal career, he harboured a personal dream of having a man who would love him and only him.
The man sitting right next to him had been in his life for fourteen years.