Sophia Ava Valentine and Noah Parker are in love with each other for over three years. The lovebirds had nothing to worry until Sophia's father arranges her marriage with a ruthless billionaire playboy, Irwin Pierce to seal their business partnership. When Irwin discovers her love with Noah Parker, he makes it his mission to ruin his life and that of Sophia's friends. Sophia accepts his proposal with one condition - Irwin must leave her friends alone. Now, it's up to Noah & her best friends to save her from Irwin and his not so innocent schemes.View More
~SophiaTrixie barked at the television when Noah’s voice rang through the living room in one of the commercials. She missed him. I found myself smiling as I leaned further into the couch, adjusting to find a comfortable position. We were going strong and steady for five years now.Noah has become a celebrated football player. I still didn't understand most of the terms used in football, yet I never missed a single match he played. It meant so much to him and the flying kisses he sent my way after scoring each goal was all worth it.Now, I was watching his game live on TV as I couldn't travel with him for this tournament. Trixie lay partially on my lap, her head positioned over my belly. The commercial ended and the game started with Noah’s team chasing the ball.I cheered as Noah sent a ball into the enemy territory and it hit the mark. I giggled when he sent flying kisses directly to the camera. I couldn't imagine how many g
~RileyThe back of my neck ached as the stress mounted. I rubbed it, attempting to relieve the stress. But, it wasn't working.What am I worried about? It wasn't just about the wedding. No. I didn't want to see my mother or the man who calls himself my father.All those memories from the days of my childhood sprang forward just at the thought. He was there when I faced the humiliation and said nothing. Hector had consoled me several times when I cried, yet he never admitted he was my father.I still remember that day during my high school. Once again, I was bullied and they called my mother a whore. They even went far as to suggest my mom is having an affair with Uncle Hector.That was the first and last day I got into a fight with them. When I went home, Hector was visiting again. He tended my broken nose and took me for a walk.What hurt me
The morning was warm and pleasant as usual. A thrill coursed through my veins when I thought about my wedding with Noah. We hardly had two days left. We haven’t met mostly due to his practice, and we also kept Riley’s warning in mind.Our nights were usually spent talking, sexting and what not’s. A smile tugged at my lips when I thought about Noah’s sensual messages. We won’t meet until the very moment of the wedding itself. Something about the bad omen. Though we would travel in the same jet, I wondered how our friends would keep us apart.A knock distracted me and my frown deepened wondering who would come at this time of the day. It was still early–9:30 in the morning. Mom has left for work while Grandpa and Grandma has already left for Hawaii with Noah’s sisters and parents to supervise the wedding arrangements.My frown turned into a scowl when I came face to face with Irwin. “What are you doing he
The stranger swallowed and shifted on her foot, not answering my question. I’ve seen her before, though not in person. Her face was familiar. “Who are you?” I asked again.“Miss Valentine?” Her voice wavered, her eyes shifted with discomfort.“That’s me.”“My… I…” She stuttered, her hands fiddling with her coat.“Why don’t you sit first?” I suggested, and she nodded before moving to occupy the single couch beside the table. By now, my friends had filled out the living area with puzzled looks.“I’m Madison. Madison Brooks.”That name rang a bell. “Wait, Madison as in the girl who caught photographed with Pierce.”“Y-yes.” Her uneasiness grew while I wondered what she wanted to do with me.“Why are you here?” Noah asked and came to sit beside me. The living room was soon occupied with m
"Trixie! Are you ready, girl?"A bark came as a reply from the living room, drawing a chuckle from me."Grandma, I am going to Alec's place. I'll message mom on the way.""Sure, honey. Will you be back for dinner?""I'm not sure, grandma. I'll call you, okay?""All right, my dear. You take care now.""I will. Don't forget your medicines.""I won't."I kissed her cheek before leaving the warm comfort of her home. She followed. "Where's grandpa?""Oh, it's Saturday. He went to meet his old buddies in the diner.""That's great. See you later, grandma.""Bye, sweetie."I hopped in mom's car and tightened the seatbelt around Trixie. Mom gave me her car since Nolan mostly dropped her at the office. I expected her to move in with him as soon as the divorce was finalized.I picked Tracy and Sana from the B2 bus station before continuing onwards. The drive towards Alec's home took thirty minutes throug
When we reached the venue which was once again Irwin’s mansion I loathed, the media surrounded us like hawks. Lightning flashes and clicks enveloped us, yet there was no warmth.“Miss Valentine, who is the gentleman with you?”“Is he your friend?”“Is he your boyfriend?”“Are you breaking up with Mr. Pierce?”“Are you calling off the wedding?”I shook my head at the meaningless questions that deafened us before being securely led away by the securities on duty.“That was crazy,” Riley whispered.“Tell me about it.” I rolled my eyes, wanting nothing to do with the attention.The huge ballroom I danced with Hector earlier was transformed for the night. Red curtains embellished with gold embroidery flowers hung from the ceiling. Everything from the red carpets to the mountain of foods showcased the wealth the Pierce’s possessed.
"Why are you looking at me like this?" Riley asked with a suspicious look.I bit my lip, averting my gaze.How am I going to ask him?“There is something we need to ask you?” Noah drawled as I cast an uneasy look at him. He pulled out his phone as my frown deepened. I watched as his fingers typed away on the keypad. “Here,” Noah slid the phone to Riley. “Have you seen this man before?”My posture relaxed and stiffened simultaneously at this question. Relaxed because we wouldn’t offend Riley if he isn’t Hector’s son. Stiffened wondering what if Riley is, in fact, the illegitimate son of Hector?"Yeah, that's Uncle Hector. Mom's friend," Riley said, returning the phone. "Why do you ask?" His eyes swept through everyone in the room before locking with Noah’s.Our eyes were glued to his face, unable to believe that we had the heir among us all this time. That explained why
The walk back to home was relaxing. Noah intertwined his fingers with mine, his thumb running circles in my palm. Everything felt natural with Noah.I didn't have to worry or get self-conscious every time I looked at him. He loves me for who I am and I think that was important when you are in a relationship. Life with Noah was something I could imagine and be happy about.“I found something.” Noah’s gentle voice drawled as he pulled a rolled newspaper from his coat pocket.“What is in it?”“See for yourself.”Billionaire playboy Irwin Pierce caught cheating on his rich fiancée.Disgust crawled under my skin before I returned the paper to Noah. I didn’t want to read any more than I already did. “Why do you keep this?”“You can call off the wedding. Irwin can’t do a thing about it.”I rolled my eyes. “Calling off the wedding is nev
"Noah, stop... we are late for our classes.""I am not in the mood to attend classes today. Besides, I am in the middle of something important," Noah replied, kissing my neck, and I chuckled in response."You-" The sudden ringing of my mobile interrupted us and Noah released me with a scowl.A deep frown marred my face noticing the unknown number. "Hello," I asked hesitantly, wondering if it was Irwin. Maybe he called from a different number because I don't respond to his calls or messages."Sophia, this isHector."Each hair on my body stood on attention as I mouthed Hector's name to Noah and put the phone on loudspeaker mode. "Oh, hey, Hector... How are you?""I am fine, thank you, Sophia. I waswonderingif we could meet for a coffee."My heart raced at his words. "Oh, sure. I am free today. How about we meet at Mason's cafe in about thirty minutes?""That soundsgood. I will see you
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