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Finding Forgiveness

by C.J. Baty

Xavier Knight lied and now his past was catching up to him. Sebastian Brady meant everything to him. Losing him wasn’t an option Xavier was ready to accept. Ghosts from his past threaten to open up a secret that needs to stay hidden. He wasn’t going to let Zach Brady or anyone else take his happiness away from him.

Zachary Brady had lived in the shadow of his father his entire life. He’d lost his family, his job—everything. What happened between him and Xavier Knight was long ago and best forgotten. He wasn’t going to allow it to sabotage his chance to be accepted by his brothers and sister as family again.

Neither man realizes that they don’t hold the key to their peace of mind. And when the truth is revealed, it will shake their worlds. Family isn’t always the one you are born into, sometimes it’s the one you create for yourself.

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Xavier had to learn to control his temper when Zach Brady was around. It was hard to walk into the club and see him standing there smiling with his brothers and sister, talking with them like everything was fine and he wasn’t an asshole.

“Either your mind is somewhere on another planet or I’m losing my touch,” Seb said. He nipped the inside of Xavier’s leg before he sat up.

Damn it. What the hell was he doing?

“I’m sorry, baby. You haven’t lost anything. You’re still the sexiest man that ever lived,” Xavier said as he pulled Seb up to lay on his body. He hugged him tightly.

“Well, something is wrong. Has been wrong for weeks now,” Seb said. He nudged his cheek into Xavier’s neck. “What is it? Let me in, Xavier. I want to help.”


Guilt washed over Xavier again like it had every day since Zach Brady had walked back into their lives. If only he could tell Seb the truth, but the fear in his gut of losing him was too strong. He was quiet for too long.

“Okay. Change of subject,” Seb said pulling away to sit beside Xavier in the bed. He clasped their hands together. “Did you know that Malachi is going to help Phillip find out what happened to his mother and who his biological father is? You missed that last night when you wouldn’t join us at the bar.”

Xavier’s heart began to race. No. There was no way Phillip could find out anything about Madeline. Shit! Was Zach there when they were talking about it? If he says one word about Madeline, Xavier would kill the bastard.

“Was Zach there when Phillip was talking about her? What did he say?” He tried to stay calm, but he didn’t want Zach to open his damn mouth.

“That’s a funny question. But now that you mention it, Zach did excuse himself when Malachi brought up the fact that the only information, he had come up with was her name. Madeline James. Did you know her very well?”


About the Author

CJ Baty lives with her very patient husband and two encouraging adult children. The recent move to include a second home in Tennessee has fulfilled one of her life long dreams. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected. Publishing her own stories has been a highlight in her life. It just goes to prove, you are never too old to follow your dreams!