Creole Kingpin





  Creole Kingpin

  Meghan March

  Contents

  Creole Kingpin

  Also by Meghan March

  About Creole Kingpin

  Chapter 1

  Chapter 2

  Chapter 3

  Chapter 4

  Chapter 5

  Chapter 6

  Chapter 7

  Chapter 8

  Chapter 9

  Chapter 10

  Chapter 11

  Chapter 12

  Chapter 13

  Chapter 14

  Chapter 15

  Chapter 16

  Chapter 17

  Chapter 18

  Chapter 19

  Chapter 20

  Chapter 21

  Chapter 22

  Chapter 23

  Chapter 24

  Chapter 25

  Chapter 26

  Chapter 27

  Chapter 28

  Chapter 29

  Chapter 30

  Chapter 31

  Chapter 32

  Chapter 33

  Chapter 34

  Chapter 35

  Chapter 36

  Chapter 37

  Chapter 38

  Chapter 39

  Chapter 40

  Chapter 41

  Chapter 42

  Chapter 43

  Chapter 44

  Chapter 45

  Chapter 46

  Chapter 47

  Chapter 48

  Chapter 49

  Chapter 50

  Chapter 51

  Chapter 52

  Chapter 53

  Chapter 54

  Chapter 55

  Chapter 56

  Chapter 57

  Sneak Peek of Ruthless King

  Sneak Peek of The Fall of Legend

  Also by Meghan March

  About the Author

  Creole Kingpin

  Book One of the Magnolia Duet

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  Meghan March

  Copyright © 2020 by Meghan March LLC

  All rights reserved.

  Editor: Pam Berehulke, Bulletproof Editing

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  This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of various products referenced in this work of fiction, which have been used without permission. The publication/use of these trademarks is not authorized, associated with, or sponsored by the trademark owners.

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  Visit my website at www.meghanmarch.com

  Also by Meghan March

  Magnolia Duet

  Creole Kingpin

  Madam Temptress

  (April 2020)

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  Legend Trilogy

  The Fall of Legend

  House of Scarlett

  The Fight for Forever

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  Dirty Mafia Duet:

  Black Sheep

  White Knight

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  Forge Trilogy:

  Deal with the Devil

  Luck of the Devil

  Heart of the Devil

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  Sin Trilogy:

  Richer Than Sin

  Guilty as Sin

  Reveling in Sin

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  Mount Trilogy:

  Ruthless King

  Defiant Queen

  Sinful Empire

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  Savage Trilogy:

  Savage Prince

  Iron Princess

  Rogue Royalty

  Beneath Series:

  Beneath This Mask

  Beneath This Ink

  Beneath These Chains

  Beneath These Scars

  Beneath These Lies

  Beneath These Shadows

  Beneath The Truth

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  Dirty Billionaire Trilogy:

  Dirty Billionaire

  Dirty Pleasures

  Dirty Together

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  Dirty Girl Duet:

  Dirty Girl

  Dirty Love

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  Real Duet:

  Real Good Man

  Real Good Love

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  Real Dirty Duet:

  Real Dirty

  Real Sexy

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  Flash Bang Series:

  Flash Bang

  Hard Charger

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  Standalones:

  Take Me Back

  Bad Judgment

  About Creole Kingpin

  New York Times bestselling author Meghan March goes back to New Orleans and the world of Lachlan Mount with a dangerous and bold new anti-hero.

  The thing about ghosts is they’re supposed to stay dead.

  That’s exactly what I am, but I can’t stay away from Magnolia Marie Maison for one more day, let alone another year.

  We’ve already got fifteen of those between us.

  As it stands, she’ll want to kill me as soon as she lays eyes on me. And knowing her, she’s completely up to the task.

  But I’m a man on a mission, and I’ve got everything riding on this.

  So, here I come, Magnolia. This ghost is ready for whatever you got.

  After all, there’s only one way I want this to end—’til death do us part.

  Creole Kingpin is the first book in the Magnolia Duet. The story concludes in Madam Temptress, which is available for preorder now by tapping on the title

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  Magnolia

  “One card. You know the drill. I’m feeling strong energy coming off you today, Magnolia.”

  I pause midstride between the Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square as Madame Celeste waves me over to her rickety card table. She has a shop a few streets over, but she sets up out here more than I think an elderly woman should. But then again, what the hell do I know? It’s not like I could stop her anyway. Stubborn woman. I guess like recognizes like.

  “You’re only saying that because I didn’t stop to say hi. I’m in a hurry,” I tell her, my eyebrow popping up. Celeste and I go way back. She’s been a fixture in the Quarter for as long as I can remember.

  “Come see. There’s always time for what the cards have to say.”

  My heels click on the stone pavers as I close the distance to her table. “I have an appointment, Celeste. I can’t fuck around today.” When something gleams in her otherworldly pale blue eyes in response, I huff out a breath. “Fine. Two minutes. One card. But I can’t be late.”

  She holds out the deck, and I knock the top and shuffle quickly.

  “Your life is about to change, chère.”

  My brow creases. “You haven’t even flipped over the card,” I say, giving her my best side-eye. Despite my words and the warm, sunny day, chills skitter up my spine, unleashing a raft of goose bumps along my exposed skin.

  Celeste smiles, revealing the gap between her two front teeth. “I don’t need the cards to feel the winds of change. You’ve been out of sorts for too long, Magnolia. The universe feels your energy and the questions you’ve been asking. Your answers are coming. All will be revealed.”

  I tip my head to the side and release anot