When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.
Reality is much worse:
A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.
I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:
Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:
Resist and die.
Or submit, and sign my life away
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A hand touches my elbow, surprising me. I start to turn, but the voice I hear stops me cold.
Oh God. It’s him. There’s no mistaking that rich, masculine treble.
What’s he doing down here?
“M-Mr. Stonehart,” I stutter, turning. I curse my inability to hide my surprise. He totally caught me off-guard. I have to look up to meet his eyes. Then up some more.
The face that I find is so striking it should belong to a Greek god. He’s younger than I expected. Late thirties, maybe early forties.
That means he started his company when he was younger than me!
Dark scruff lines his angular cheeks. His jet-black hair is styled in long, natural waves. My fingers itch to run through it.
He has a prominent nose that might be too big on a less imposing man, but on him, it’s perfect.
In short, he’s a package of the purest masculinity I’ve ever seen.
And then there are his eyes. Oh my God. His eyes. They pierce into me like honing missiles. They are the deepest black I have ever seen. They would be frightening if they weren’t so beautiful. When the light reflects a certain way, you catch a glimpse of the purple underneath. They are like midnight sapphires. His eyes reveal a cunning intellect. Those eyes do not miss a thing.
Add all that to his towering height, his wide shoulders, his confident-yet-at-ease posture… and Stonehart cuts an intimidating figure.
My gaze darts to his left hand before I can stop it. No ring. He’s unmarried.
He looks down at me, expectantly. His eyes narrow ever so slightly, and I feel like I’m being dissected, measured up, and tucked away in some small corner of his brain. I imagine this is what a gemstone feels like under the magnifying class of the most critical appraiser.
Stonehart clears his throat. I come to with a start, realizing I haven’t said anything in ages. I open my mouth, but the capacity for speech seems like a foreign concept to my brain. “I—”
Somebody bumps into me from behind. I stagger forward. I’m not used to these shoes, so my heel steps the wrong way. My ankle twists under me, and I start to fall.
I don’t fall far. The hand still on my elbow tightens, and Stonehart pulls me into him.
I plaster myself onto the solid steel wall the man has for a body. I catch a scent of his cologne. It’s a deep, musky smell with a hint of charred spruce that is all male. It scrambles my thoughts even more.
“Sorry!” a rushed voice calls out. From the corner of my eye, I see the postman giving a hurried, apologetic wave.
Although the sequence lasts less than a second, it feels like an eternity. Pressed up against him like that, I don’t want to move. I know that I couldn’t have made a worse first impression.
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I live near beautiful Seattle, Washington. I grew up reading all types of fantasy books before discovering the wonderful world of romances in high school. Now, I spend most of my time writing about sexy men and the women who love them.
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Intriguing, Captivating, and Riveting! This should only be read by adults.
It grabbed my attention and I read it quickly. That being said, this is only one part of the book. The book really was just starting to answer some of my questions and then this part was over! There was an ending but it was far from a conclusion. :-(
I will read the rest of the story but because I dislike cliff hangers, I'll probably wait until all of the "parts" are published. :-( I hope it doesn't take too long!
I really dislike this trend that many authors are opting for. It is bad enough waiting for a whole novel to be released, but waiting for a section of the story just to turn around and wait for a few more chapters, Uggggghhhhhh!
I must mention that I was slightly confused and I am not quite sure of the timeline in this story. You see it is past and present repeatedly and while it was always listed on the beginning of the chapter, I am not quite certain. I get a little dizzy just thinking about it!
Overall I liked it. I am eager to read the rest of the story and find out what is going to happen! I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The only story i've read episode by episode was by Kallysten but those episode were quite long and it didn't end on a cliffhanger so it was agreable . Now i wouldn't have liked if it was short , only a few pages and with cliffhangerReplyDelete
i don't think this book is for me since i'm not fond of slave/master relation but i will wait until all is released to get your opinion on teh whole book^^
I hear you. In this installment, it didn't really get into that. she hasn't signed the contract yet! This was more suspense than anything.Delete
I think I'll wait til it's all release and see how you like the rest. I'm intrigued by how someone can like the whole slave thing. I HATE this trend. I read the Kallysten ones like Miki and those weren't too bad since it was almost like a whole story for each part. But this thing with only posting a few chapters at a time I do not like!ReplyDelete
I don't know about the who slave thing yet. They literally haven't seen each other yet. This "part" was all building up to that. She was trying to figure out where she was, how she got there, and who was responsible. She gets the answer and it's over. Wham, Bam, but not so much a Thank you Mam.Delete
I agree for the most part about the slave thing but this was different. She has been taken and she is fighting him every step of the way so far. This was more suspenseful than sexy.
It sounds like the scary books I read. :) You'll have to let me know how the rest of it is and if its worth getting. I'm just curious how something like this could turn sexy? I mean I sorta understand the BDSM thing but this not so much? So I'm very intrigued.Delete