Momma's Got a Brand New Jag: BBW Shifter Romance (Seaside Shifters Book 1)

BOOK: Momma's Got a Brand New Jag: BBW Shifter Romance (Seaside Shifters Book 1)
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Seaside Shifters: Momma's Got a Brand New Jag

by Dinah Del Mar

This is work of fiction. All characters and events reside solely in the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual people, alive or dead, is purely coincidental. All characters are eighteen years of age or older.

© 2015, Dinah Del Mar. No portion of this work can be reproduced in any way without prior written consent from the author with the exception of fair use for review and editorial purposes.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Seaside Shifters: Momma's Got a Brand New Jag

Chapter One

Czarina Salinas was having one hell of a bad day. In the morning on her way to work, she’d gotten a flat tire. No one had bothered to stop on the highway to help her, but then again, she hadn’t really expected anyone to. She was a curvy girl, and no damsel in distress—she’d known how to change a tire by herself since her dad had shown her how when she was 15 and learning to drive.

To make things worse, she’d been late for her shift, which wouldn’t have been a big deal if her unit hadn’t been scheduled for an audit today. The hospital she’d worked at for years had recently been bought out and the new corporate overlords had sent out memos reassuring everyone that nothing would change, but that auditors would be systematically checking out every department just to see how they did things. Rina wasn’t stupid. She knew that meant they were looking to cut costs wherever they could. It was only about the bottom line. Nevermind the fact that she’d never been late until today, or that her patients called her their “angel” since she was so good with all of them. She’d explained about the flat tire, but the auditor had given her a disapproving look and made ‘tsk, tsk’ noises while checking something off and making notes on a clipboard. Rina had wanted to shove his pen right up his supercilious ass. She’d become a registered nurse because she wanted to help people, not suffer through bureaucratic nonsense. At least the benefits were good.

At lunch, the sketchy-looking ham and cheese sandwich she’d decided on for lunch had gotten stuck in the revolving tray of the vending machine. She’d used the last of her cash on it. The antiquated machines at the hospital only took cash, and the cafeteria had been closed for inventory, so Rina had dug through her purse until she found some old, lint-covered cough drops and sucked on those throughout the day.

At least she’d be able to see her boyfriend Jeremy tonight. He’d been gone for the past two weeks visiting family back home. His mom had needed surgery for a heart condition and he’d wanted to be there for the procedure and to help with her recovery. Rina hadn’t heard from him much, but she’d figured he’d been busy with family matters and thought it was best to give him some space and not make demands on his time. She’d called and left voicemails about her day every day he’d been gone, but he had only texted her sporadically while he’d been gone. She allowed herself to fantasize briefly, imagining him proposing to her once he was back. She’d read in Cosmo that men sometimes got weird and distant right before proposing.

Finally, her shift was over, and she headed home. She couldn’t wait to curl up in bed with her boyfriend, maybe see what was new on Netflix, but definitely order in some food. She opened the front door of their apartment to find him sitting on the couch with his suitcases still packed. Rina rushed over to his side.

“What’s going on? Is something wrong? Oh my god, is it your mom? I can call out for the week if—”

“Rina, stop,” he said quietly. “We need to talk.”

Her heart sank. That was never a good phrase to hear.

“Are you breaking up with me?” she asked. Her heart thudded painfully in her chest. She was afraid she already knew the answer, and it wouldn’t be good.

Jeremy looked like he’d rather be anywhere but here. “I…yes. I had a lot of time to think while I was gone and I’ve decided that this is for the best.”

Rina shook her head, her ponytail swinging from side to side between her shoulder blades. “What do you mean ‘you’ve decided’? Don’t I get a say in this? I don’t understand. Everything was fine before you left to go home. What happened?”

He took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “Look, things haven’t been right for awhile with us, and deep down I think you know that. I just…I think you want things that I can’t give you,” he said.

“What the fuck does that even mean?” Rina’s fingernails dug into her palms, but she was too heated to feel the pain.

“You’ve been pressuring me to ask you to marry me, and—”

“We’ve been dating for five fucking
years
, Jeremy! There are people who get married after five months. Hell, probably even five minutes, out in Vegas,” She knew it was a weak argument, but it was all she had. “I mean, what’s the point of dating if it doesn’t lead to something more?”

Jeremy didn’t answer. They’d had the same tired argument for the past two years now. Jeremy was a few years younger than she was, so she’d tried to give him the benefit of the doubt when they’d first started dating, that maybe his biological clock wasn’t as timely as hers. After their three year anniversary she’d started to suspect maybe he didn’t have one at all.

Speaking of suspicions, a thought occurred to her.

“Wait. Do you even want to get married?” She stood with her arms folded underneath her chest.

“I don’t know,” he said.

“How can you not know?” she said. “After all this time…” She trailed off as Jeremy looked down at the floor, not meeting her eyes.

“I just don’t know, okay?” he mumbled.

“Unbelievable,” she said.

Jeremy remained silent, not looking at her.

Rina couldn’t take it anymore. “I think you should go now,” she said and Jeremy let out a sigh before nodding and picking up his suitcases.

“I’ll come back to pick up the rest of my things later this week,” he said. Then he was gone.

“And just when I’d thought the day couldn’t get any worse,” Rina said to her empty apartment.

Chapter Two

“Bring you the usual, ladies?” Han had seated them at their usual booth and anticipated their order. He was their favorite waiter and they always left him a big tip.

It was Tuesday night, which meant that Rina was out getting dinner and drinks with her two best friends, Jocelyn Torres and Kristine Reyes. They’d been best friends since elementary school and because they were the only three Filipina girls at the school, eventually their families had even become friends.

Ni Hao Mao’s had opened after they’d all moved back to their hometown after graduating from college. They came here for dinner at least once a week. The restaurant had recently added a half-price happy hour special on Tuesdays and the cheap drinks were just a bonus as far as they were concerned since they already loved the food.

The three of them had ordered their usual—seafood pan fried noodles, crispy Peking duck, and beef with broccoli, all with extra steamed white rice, and were splitting them family style. The dinners also came with vegetable spring rolls and soup.

Rina mixed some sweet and sour sauce with some duck sauce and dipped her spring roll into it before taking a big bite. It had been a little over a week since Jeremy had left.

“So, Jeremy still hasn’t come by to get his things,” she said. “I don’t want to get my hopes up, but…I’ve got my hopes up.” She was about halfway through her spring roll.

Cely and Kris exchanged glances. Kris was the most timid of the group. She pushed her dark red frames up her nose.

“Will you just tell her already?” she asked Cely.

Rina put down her spring roll and wiped her hands off on a napkin. “Tell me what?” she said with a frown.

“We just found out about this right before you got here, so don’t get too mad at us.” Cely pushed her egg drop soup to one side.pushed it to one side. “We’re just the messengers anyway, and you know what they say about messengers…” She pulled her phone out of her designer handbag and swiped her fingers on the screen, cueing up a video. Cely handed her phone across the table to Rina.

The video was grainy and shaky, as though it had been taken with a really shitty camera phone by someone who wasn’t used to shooting videos. The audio wasn’t on, but Rina didn’t need or want to hear it anyway. It was clear what was going on. Jeremy was down on one knee in a restaurant proposing to a tall, slim girl she didn’t recognize. The restaurant she definitely recognized though. It was Solstice, the restaurant they’d gone to on their first date and where they’d gone for their anniversary dinners every year they’d been together. That piece of shit.

She handed the phone back to Cely and calmly resumed eating her spring roll. Cely and Kris exchanged glances again.

“Uh…stupid question, but are you okay?” Kris asked with a worried look.

Rina shrugged. “Just because I’ve got a broken heart doesn’t mean my stomach has to suffer, too.” She finished her spring roll and started on her wonton soup.

She’d always comforted herself with food, ever since she was a little girl. Her mom had tried to make her feel ashamed and guilty over food, telling her that she needed to eat a lot less if she ever wanted to get married, but thankfully her grandmother had intervened. Her lola had told her she was beautiful no matter what and always made sure to feed her whenever she was upset or sad. If her lola hadn’t passed away years ago she would have headed there tonight for sure.

“He’s such a bastard,” Cely said, and Kris nodded in agreement. Cely was the diva of the group, and had never gotten along with Jeremy. Kris hadn’t liked him much either, but was less vocal about her dislike.

“I’m pretty sure calling him that is an insult to bastards everywhere,” Rina cleared her throat. “You know he never once got me off by himself? In five years?” Normally she didn’t encourage Cely and Kris openly bashing Jeremy, but after what she’d just seen, it was open season as far as she was concerned.

Cely snorted derisively. “Girl, you should have kicked his ass to the curb a long time ago and replaced him with a Magic Wand.” Cely had an impressive collection of sex toys and never hesitated to recommend them whenever someone talked about less than stellar sex.

“Still haven’t tried it out, but there’s no time like the present!” Rina winked as Cely laughed and Kris blushed. Cely had given Rina a Magic Wand for her birthday last year. While Rina had found it hilarious, Kris had turned beet red when she saw what it was. Jeremy had been furious, insulting Cely and picking a fight with Rina in front of everyone. The fact that it was her birthday didn’t seem to matter to him.

The girls began digging into their entrees. Ni Hao Mao’s had never let them down. The food was consistently delicious and fresh. The table was silent for a few minutes as the girls enjoyed their dinners.

“I can’t believe what a selfish prick he was. He never deserved you, not for a second,” Kris said. Cely nodded in agreement.

Rina knew it was true. Logically, she knew that. It was just a matter of time before her heart followed suit, but it still hurt. She forced herself to smile. “Thanks, guys…I mean it. I don’t know what I’d do without you.” Cely rolled her eyes, saying ‘don’t make it weird’ while Kris smiled in return.

Rina looked down thoughtfully at the giant platters of food. “I guess all this delicious food would be mine, and mine alone…” She started to playfully pull them all toward her.

“Oh no you don’t, you bitch!” Cely pretended to stab her with a fork. The trio erupted into laughter again as they finished the last of their entrees.

Han came by to refill their drinks and ask if they wanted dessert. They didn’t always get dessert so he always made sure to ask. The girls passed, and handed their check cards over to him before he left. They didn’t need to see their checks. Han never made a mistake and they always ordered the same things so they knew how much it would cost by heart.

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