Caress of Pleasure: A Dark Pleasures Novella
by Julie Kenner
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
I'd thought that he was mine, the dark, arresting man who commanded not only my body but my heart. Dante had swept into my life, and I'd succumbed to the burn of passion in his arms.
I'd believed we had a love that would last forever, but he'd shattered my dreams and broken me into pieces when he'd walked away, taking a piece of my soul with him.
Now he has come back seeking my help, and though I try to keep my distance and protect my heart, I cannot deny that the fire between us burns hotter than ever. And I cannot help but fear that this time our passion will reduce us both to ashes.
I also know what I fear because I will not survive being tossed away again.
I turn to see Dante propped up in bed.
“Are you okay?”
I shake my head. “I should probably go.”
He stands up and comes to me. “Talk to me.”
I raise a brow. “Talk to you? What is there to talk about? You almost said you loved me—no, don't try to deny it. But, dammit Dante, you've also told me you're going to walk away. You told me that day at the Algonquin, and nothing has changed. And I don't want to lose you again. Dammit.”
I didn't mean to spill all of that, much less these damned tears. But it's the truth, and I have no interest in skirting around my feelings. Not now. Not when I have him back in my life.
“I know,” he says. “But it can't work,” he says, and the pain I hear in his voice is so sharp it feels like a knife that is cutting me to ribbons.
“Why?” I demand. “How the hell do you know if we don't try?”
“Try?” He slides out of bed and comes to stand beside me. He clutches tight to my arms. Almost too tight. “Try?” he repeats. “There's no room for risk in this game, Brenna.”
I shake my head, not understanding.
“Dammit, don't you get it?” He is still clutching my arms, so tight I anticipate bruises. “I want you, Brenna. I've wanted you from the moment I met you, and I still want you. I want you, and I don't ever want to let you go.”
“Don't do this to me again,” I say, tears flooding my eyes. “You told me that in London. You said we had an eternal love. A love that spanned time and distance, and all sorts of pretty words. But then you left, goddamn you. You just left.”
“Because it can't work,” he repeats. His words are so harsh it sounds as though he is spitting them.
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About J. KENNER
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.
Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.
J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. http://juliekenner.com/
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