#Selfie (Hashtag Series Book 4)

By: Cambria Hebert

Chapter One




Braeden

Ass was everywhere.

Round ass, perky ass, ass you wanted to grab, and ass you wanted to smack.

I guess you could say I was an ass man.

And there was definitely no better place to partake in the view than on a beach where the ladies liked to strut their stuff in tiny bikinis.

There were some ladies that probably needed more coverage than a teeny bikini, but I still looked. Ass was ass. I wasn’t about to discriminate.

Besides, confidence was sexy, too.

Even with all the eye candy on display, my eyes kept wandering back to one particular booty. Every time it happened, my teeth clenched and I mentally told myself I was a fucking moron and I’d better get my head on right before I did something I would regret.

To help distract myself from the ass that just wouldn’t quit and my wandering eyes that didn’t want to listen to my brain, I drank beer.

It’s not like I had to be anywhere other than right where I was.

The sand. The surf. The sun and my family. Nothing else I needed.

Except maybe the ass I kept eyeing to grow warts and a tail so I’d quit looking.

Yeah, I said I didn’t discriminate, but even a guy like me had standards.

“You okay, man?” Romeo asked from my left. We were chilling in some beach chairs in the sand.

I glanced his way. “Do I not look okay to you?”

He smirked. “You’re looking a little buzzed.”

“All hail Corona!” I said and held up my bottle.

Romeo laughed. Down by the water, Rimmel shrieked, and we both watched as she ran from the surf as it crashed against the shore.

“How’s she doing after everything?” I asked, still watching her. Missy and Ivy were in the water with Trent, who was trying to teach them how to surf.

I gave the guy credit. He had way more patience than me. Rim wasn’t surfing or swimming. In fact, she hadn’t even gotten her toes wet. Not that I could blame her for the aversion she had to water.

“She’s hanging in,” Romeo answered and took a sip of his beer. “This week’s been good for her. No drama.”

The reason we were all even here enjoying this fine Florida beach for spring break was because Romeo wanted to give Rimmel something besides all the drama they’d been plagued with since they got together.

I mean, seriously. The two could fill an entire season of some old lady’s favorite soap opera with all the shit they’d been through.

“Hey, man. If I haven’t said it, thanks for inviting me. And for paying for our sweet-ass house on the sand.” I jerked my thumb over my shoulder toward the beach house Romeo rented for the week.

He shrugged. “We’re family.” He pulled his eyes away from Rim and glanced at me. I could feel his stare even through his shades. “Which is why I know something is up. There a reason you’re already buzzed and it’s just past lunchtime?”

“Should I start calling you Mom?” I asked but averted my gaze.

“You know I could give two shits if you want to drink. Hell, I got a beer in my hand. It’s spring break. But I know you. What’s up?”

I muttered a curse under my breath. “It’s nothing.”

“I could call Rimmel over here to badger it out of you,” he threatened.

I groaned. She would too. Good God, she’d be like a damn dog with a bone. I had a weak spot for my little sis. She’d drag it out of me.

I couldn’t let that happen.

Shit would hit the fan.

“Fuck no.” I groaned. “Look, I got some stuff on my mind is all. Nothing I care to say out loud. I’ll handle it.”

Romeo was silent a moment. “I can respect that,” he said. “You know I got your back, right? Just say the word.”

“Yeah, I know.” And I did. Romeo wasn’t just my best friend. It was like he said. We were family.

Rimmel came walking up the sand, and I could almost hear Rome’s pulse spike in reaction. I didn’t even need to look to know he was taking in the way she looked in her bathing suit—which was not a bikini, thank God. Sisters and bikinis did not mix.

Setting his beer in the sand, Romeo held out his arm. Rimmel climbed into his lap and threw her feet over the side. Sand from her toes fell all over my arm.

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