A Dirty Business (Kings of New York #1) Read Online Tijan

Categories Genre: Contemporary, Forbidden, Mafia, New Adult, Romance, Suspense Tags Authors: Series: Kings of New York Series by Tijan
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Total pages in book: 129
Estimated words: 126580 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 633(@200wpm)___ 506(@250wpm)___ 422(@300wpm)
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From New York Times bestselling author Tijan comes a raw, tempestuous romance between the criminal underworld and a parole officer that paints a thin line between right and wrong.

When Jess Montell meets Trace West at a hockey game, she doesn’t know his name or occupation. What she does know is there’s an instant attraction that’s impossible to ignore—or forget. And forgetting is exactly what she wants to do when she learns he’s not just a successful Wall Street suit but the heir to one of New York’s biggest Mafia families.

The last thing Trace needs is a romantic anything with law enforcement, and parole officer Jess has trouble written all over her. Too bad he likes trouble. Especially when it’s a brunette bombshell with attitude and legs for days.

She’s an absolute spitfire, and he wants to stoke that flame.

Trace didn’t ask for the Mafia life. Jess doesn’t want any part of it. They both know it’s safer to stay away, but the temptation is too hard to resist—no matter how great the danger.

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CHAPTER ONE

JESS

Beer and hockey.

That’s where it’s at.

I didn’t know what “it” was and where “it” was, but I was currently sitting at the hockey arena, a beer in hand, watching some holy hottie hockey gods on the ice, so yeah, I was thinking I was where “it” was supposed to be. Life was good. Beer and hockey.

“I gotta take a piss.”

I stifled a grin because only my roommate, who looked like a real-life Barbie, talked in a way that in no way was Barbie-like at all. Made me love her even more for it.

I gave a nod. The second period was ending, and I glanced at my beer. It was a third empty.

I made a decision, right then and there. Because I was decisive—it’s a word that I had to recently explain to a parolee of mine, and I had to explain in detail to the nth degree. She didn’t know what setting goals was or what being decisive meant. I’d enjoyed the conversation. Her eyes were glazed, and her drug test was negative, so I knew it was the topic boring her. Too bad. We both had to endure that conversation, though it wasn’t her that had me needing my current beer. It was the three parolees after her that I checked on. All of them together made me need the last beer, and my next beer was being dedicated to the two home visits I’d be doing tomorrow.

Not looking forward to those, but it was part of the job. So as Kelly was making her way to the stairs, I went right behind her.

Kelly drew the eye. Platinum-blonde hair. A slender and almost model-like body. Blue eyes. Barbie, like I said. She got looks from males and females, and I understood, especially after her recent boob job. She’d been my roommate since college and after. The only time we’d taken apart from each other was when she’d moved in with a boyfriend-turned-fiancé, who was now an ex-husband. He’d cheated on her, so she got a decent-size settlement from him, and I got my best friend back. Score for me, sucked for him. But the thing I loved about Kelly was that she was flexible. I came home and told her I needed a drink, and she said she won two tickets to the New York Stallions hockey game. It was meant to be, the way I was figuring.

She glanced back, saw me following her.

I tipped my cup up and drained it to her unspoken question.

She turned, going the rest of the way with a laugh. Almost like we’d done this before (because we had), she went for the bathroom, and I went to the beer concession stand.

“Oh, ho, ho, ho. Hey there.”

The jovial greeting sounded out from one of the workers, a big burly guy. I had to take a second to appreciate what I was seeing. I knew this guy. He’d been a parolee in the past, not mine, but I’d been in the hallway a few times he had a disagreement with his current parole officer at that time. He liked to go by the name Jimi Hendrix, but we all called him Jimmy. And with Jimmy, unfortunately, there’d been a lot of disagreements.

So, he was on parole a lot.

“Jimmy.” I was scanning him up and down. He’d lost thirty pounds, which I caught because I needed to know that for my job, but on him, it was barely noticeable. The guy was six five and 310. Or now, 280? I was also noting the beer he was serving. “How are you doing?”

He caught my tone, and his grin upped a degree. “I’m off parole. You don’t need to be worried about reporting me. Finished it, got a good place to live, and got this job. I’m working at a grocery store, bagging groceries, too, Miss Jess.”

That was another thing about Jimmy. I was normally Officer Montell, but Jimmy somehow got away with calling me Miss Jess. A couple of his coworkers were checking me out like I was his ex-lady, and I saw the speculation in their eyes. I had no interest in dating either of them.

“You wanna beer, Miss Jess?”

“Uh . . . sure.” Felt odd taking a beer from a past parolee, but okay then. As he was pouring, still seeing some of the interest from his coworkers, I reached into my purse for my phone and my badge. The badge got hung around my neck. I didn’t need to brandish it here, but they saw it, and it did the job. The interest fell flat, and I got a couple sneers instead.

I pulled up Travis, a coworker, and sent him a text.

Jess: Jimi Hendrix is off parole?

He buzzed back almost right away.

Asshole Coworker 1: Yeah. Why?

Jess: Just wondering, saw him. He looks good.



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