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I am continuing to post an excerpt from my Book Songbird, and I am returning to the secondary male character, Jake, who is a less likeable character than Harry. He is trapped in an unhappy marriage to a woman who owns and controls his nightclub, and is having an affair with Rosie, a girl who works at the club. He is now starting to think of the consequences of his behaviour, and above all, of his precious daughter, April, whom he risks losing.
After my near escape from the wrath of Corinne over Rosie, I decided I needed to exercise much more caution. It wasn’t that I cared about Corinne’s blood pressure (although my doctor would probably say that I should care a little more about mine), but if she caught me with Rosie, especially in her home, then the whole edifice might come tumbling down, and there would be casualties. As well as her and her father calling in the loans for the club, Corinne might try and prevent me from seeing so much of April. And last, but not least—for I was becoming fond of my little sex kitten—there were her feelings to take into account, too.
I know that a lot of people who know me would say that I was just a dirty old tom-cat, but I am not heartless, and if Corinne made it a condition of continuing to support me financially that Rosie had to disappear, I would genuinely have felt a great sadness. She was such a cheerful and sexy little imp, who kept me sane, and asked for very little in return. If it wasn’t for the fact that my wife—and, more especially, her father—could bankrupt me and probably make me homeless, too, I would have had no hesitation in telling them to take their fucking money and shove it somewhere painful. But the thought of them poisoning the light of my life, my daughter’s mind against me was just too much to bear. I would have to choose April over Rosie, and I vowed, yet again, to try and keep my dick under control in the future.
SONGBIRD is the story of a French singer, whose mesmerising voice and looks attracts Harry like no other woman has before. But she has scars from her past. It is also the story of Harry’s best friend, Jake, who owns the night club where Harry and Pascale first meet.