Wild Ride (Alaska Wild Nights Book 5) by Tiffinie Helmer

Wild Ride (Alaska Wild Nights Book 5) by Tiffinie Helmer

Author:Tiffinie Helmer [Helmer, Tiffinie]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2018-06-19T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter 9

Dare knocked on her door right at seven.

She’d chosen another sundress, this one in fuchsia with creamy hibiscus flowers, grabbing a wrap at the last minute to ward of any possible chill. Slipping into sandals, she opened the door to find Dare dressed more dapper than usual. He wore a newish button-down shirt in forest green which highlighted the Wilde green eyes, and jeans. She didn’t notice any holes in his clothes or stains.

“Wow, you look nice,” Dare said.

“So do you,” she returned.

He smoothed down his shirt. “Stole some clothes from Ryder’s closet. His are in better shape than mine. Shall we?” He offered her his arm and she took it.

She needed to talk to him about Ryder, but also needed the right opening.

Dare carried on a stream of conversation about this kid Fox Maiski in Chatanika who raced dogs on the way to the Pump House, making it impossible for her to break in and discuss the Ryder situation.

When they were nestled into a booth and had ordered their dinner and were sipping drinks, she broached the subject. “Have you talked to Ryder lately?” she asked, hoping that he had.

“He’s been swamped with cleaning up the damage to one of his job sites.”

“What happened?”

“Probably some kids messing around. Broken windows, paint splatters, that sort of thing. He’s been plagued with this new construction. It caught fire a couple of months ago, and he ended up trapped under a beam, broke his leg.”

“Oh my goodness. Do the police have any idea who did this?” Why hadn’t he told her when he’d texted?

“Not a one. But knowing Ryder, he won’t give up until he catches whoever it is. Enough about him. I want to hear what you’ve been up to.”

She really couldn’t talk about that without mentioning Ryder. “Just more cleaning and planning. I do need to talk to you about Ry—”

“Hey, you guys,” Her dad interrupted, a beaming smile on his weathered face. “Been seeing you two together a lot lately.”

“Hi, Dad,” Gabi said, picking up her wild raspberry beer she ordered. She’d fallen in love with the refreshing drink the night she shared a six pack with Ryder and had made a point to let Avery know.

“Good evening, Mr. Waterman.” Dare rose and offered her dad his hand.

Luke shook his hand and slapped him on the back. “No need to be so formal, son. Not with you dating my daughter.”

Dare retook his seat, looking uncomfortable.

“Dad,” Gabi warned. “We’re friends.”

“Of course, any great love affair needs to start out with friendship.”

Dare choked on the sip of his beer. Coughing to clear his throat, he said, “Would you like to join us for a drink?”

“No, he would not. Would you, Dad?” she stressed through clenched teeth when he seemed ready to pull up a chair.

“Sorry, can’t. Meeting Jack over there and some of the other guys.” He indicated a table with four other men. “I’ll catch up with you two later. You have a good night.” He winked at Gabi.

Dare took one look at the table her dad indicated and groaned.


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