A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
A VERY HOLLAND VALENTINE
BLURB: Valentine's Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can't wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing.
Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother-in-law, and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.
Zack sighed. He
loved his mother-in-law, really he did. However, living with her for the last few
months was starting to wear a little thin.
Since their house
was currently undergoing major reconstruction, Zack, along with his mate and their
daughter, and Brian, Marcus and their boys had all moved in with Maryanne and
believe how lucky that had turned out to be. There was no way he would have
been able to stay home and hide himself away from all the construction workers while
pregnant. He shuddered to think of what would happen if one of them should see
“Are you sure I
can’t get you anything?” Maryanne asked him for what seemed like the thousandth
time that morning.
Zack reached down
and placed a hand on his swollen belly. “I’m sure. We’re just fine,” he
Simon and Zack had
been completely surprised by this little bundle of joy. They'd been trying for
nearly six months when Hayley had sat them down and asked for a brother or
After the first
couple of new moons with Zack not falling pregnant, he had started to get a
little worried that there might be something wrong. He and Simon had decided to
keep their attempts to themselves so they could surprise the family when and if
he fell pregnant, and if it didn’t happen, then he wouldn’t have to share their
disappointment with everyone.
that Zack was indeed expecting came as a complete shock. Zack hadn’t been like
Jason, Brian and Rick. He hadn’t had an ounce of morning sickness. He’d woken
up one morning, in the room he and Simon were sharing at Maryanne and Joe’s. It
was the last week of school for the year, less than two weeks till Christmas,
and Zack was looking forward to the holidays. He’d started to get dressed, only
to find out his favourite pair of jeans were extremely tight. Zack turned to
Simon, who was also getting dressed for his day at the office.
“Do I look fat to
you?” he asked.
Simon stared at
him, wide-eyed. “Is that supposed to be some sort of trick question?” Simon
asked him, looking Zack over warily.
Zack giggled at
how careful his mate was being. “No, you smarty, my pants aren’t fitting. Do I
look like I’ve put on some weight?”
Zack lifted his
shirt so Simon could take in his body and twisted this way and that. Simon
sucked in a breath, walked up to him and dropped to his knees. Holding Zack
still, Simon leaned forward and placed a kiss against his belly. “Yes, love. It
looks like you’ve put on some weight.”
Zack stared at his
mate for a second before his actions clicked. “You mean…” He stared down, his
hands holding his shirt rucked up under his chin, at the small protuberance he
could see in his belly. “But… how? I haven’t…”
Simon kissed his stomach
again and whispered, “Love you, thank you for making me the happiest man on
earth. Love you too, little one. Can’t wait to meet you.”
Zack wiped at the
tears gathering in his eyes, then placed one hand on the small bump and
threaded the other through his mate’s silky locks.
That had been
seven weeks ago, his principal, Donald Murphy, hadn’t been happy about the late
notice of their supposed surrogate giving birth and Zack needing time off.
Hopefully he’d given enough notice in December for his boss to find a
substitute; he didn’t think it would be a problem with the six-week school
holiday period. Classes were just starting back up now in the last week of January,
and Zack missed his students.
Thinking about his
students also made him think about something else he missed. Home. Thankfully
the construction work should be finished soon, and they would all be able to go
home. He loved Maryanne and Joe to bits. But the woman fussed like there was no
tomorrow. He knew she did it out of love, but sometimes Zack hid in his room
just to get a moment of peace and quiet.
Of course he
couldn’t tell his mate that his mother was smothering him. All the Holland boys
thought sun shone out of their parent’s butts, and most of the time, Zack
though this was the fourth pregnancy in the family, none of the other three had
had to live with Maryanne. Yes, she had visited, but she always had to leave as
well. There was no leaving for either Zack or Maryanne at this time. He really
couldn’t wait to get home.
“You hungry, Zack?
I can make you something to eat if you’d like,” Maryanne asked as she walked
back into the living room not even five minutes after she’d asked him the last
“I’m fine, thanks.”
Just then, his stomach grumbled. Okay, maybe he was a little hungry. “A sandwich
might be nice if it’s not too much trouble,” he conceded.
“No trouble at
all. I’ll be back in a minute.”
It had been all right
at the start of the school holidays, but as soon as he started to show more
than he could reasonably cover up, Zack was confined behind closed doors.
Hayley was also
missing during the day now. She had gone from a half day at kindy last year to
a full school day at prep. Zack hated that he wasn’t there for his girl on her
first full day at school. Simon was dropping her off in the mornings on his way
to work and Maryanne picked her up in the early afternoons when school finished
and brought her back. Another hour or so and Zack could see his little girl
again. He missed having her around during the day. He’d gotten so used to
having her right there during the school holidays.
She was growing up
so damn fast. Some days he felt like he blinked and she’d changed on him. Zack
knew it was all a part of growing up, but that didn’t mean he had to like it.
“Here you go,
honey. You let me know if there’s anything else you need. Are you cool enough?
It’s supposed to be a scorcher out there today. I can get you a fan if you
like.” Maryanne handed Zack his sandwich and then immediately turned and to start
looking around, for the fan, Zack assumed.
He sighed quietly.
“I’m fine for the moment. Thanks for the food.” He smiled at her before taking
a bite. Maryanne studied him for a second before she reluctantly nodded.
“Do you want me to
turn the television on? Are you comfortable? How’re your feet today? Any swelling?”
Zack really was hard-pressed
not to roll his eyes. Seriously, the woman needed to calm the hell down.
chewing and swallowed his mouthful. “I’m fine, thank you. I happy here with my
book.” Zack held up the iPad he was reading a book on and then placed it back
on the arm of the couch. “My feet feel fine as well. Nothing Simon can’t take
care of tonight when he gets back from work.”
mischievously and winked at Maryanne.
She chuckled, then
fussed a little with her clothes. “If you’re sure.”
Maryanne, truly. If I need anything, you’ll be the first person I call.”
“Good.” She smiled
at him, nodded, and then thankfully left him alone.
Zack sighed in
relief, turned his iPad back on and ate his sandwich. A hard kick to his
stomach had him rubbing at the offending area. “I know, little one. Not long
now and you too get to deal with the awesomeness that is your grandma.”