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“No,” Donovan snapped. “Do you love us, Kitty Kat?”

I looked up at him, at his expressive eyes. I saw everything there. Heat, need, frustration. Love.

A smile spread across his face and his hand hooked behind my head, pulled me in for a kiss. God, his mouth felt so good against mine. Soft and warm, bold and wild.

When he pulled back, my mind was fuzzy and my fingers were curled into the front of his shirt.

“That’s all that matters,” he murmured, kissing my forehead. “Because I love you.”

“And if he’d get out of the way, I’d show you how much I love you, too,” Nix added, bumping Donovan’s shoulder to make him move.

I released my hold on Donovan and Nix swooped in, pulled me into his arms. Kissed me senseless.

“We haven’t solved anything.”

“I’d say loving each other is a pretty fucking good start,” Nix said.

It was, but the same problems remained.

I met Donovan’s gaze after I processed his words. “Why? Oh, Donovan, no.”

“And I told my boss about us. I’m not on Erin’s case anymore.”

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“But the murderer is in jail. Miranski said so.”

“He is,” Nix confirmed. “My quitting has nothing to do with the arrest.”

“I quit before the guy turned himself in,” Donovan said.

“Again, why?” I asked.

“Because you gave us up to protect us. It pissed us off to know you were protecting us from you.”

I looked away. “I was,” I admitted.

Nix practically growled, set his hands on my shoulders and made me look at him. “We. Protect. You.”

“You made us realize what’s important. I don’t want to be a pawn for my dad any longer. So I walked away.”

“I can be a meter maid if you’re by my side,” Nix added.

The image made me smile.

“There’s my girl,” Donovan murmured, cupping my cheek again. “We knew you were innocent. Now everyone else does, too.”

“Won’t you miss your job?” I wondered.

He shook his head. “I’ll start my own business. Know anyone who might be able to plan a grand opening celebration?”

With that, my heart opened back up. The misery lifted like morning fog in the sunshine. I loved these men. They loved me.

“We want everything, Kit,” Nix said. “No more sacrificing yourself. We’re in this together.”