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448 pages, ebook
First published October 20, 2012
Note to authors: putting a Black man and a white woman together with a rape whistle on the same page is indicative of both a conscious and unconscious bias on your part. Either make Black people normal or simply continue to exclude them as you’ve done for eons.
As to the plot and characters? You might as well just re-read FSOG because then at least you’d get some semblance of a story along with the ubiquitous sex. 🙂
1: He scowls at me good and proper. ‘Like I said, I don’t have to explain myself to you. Let’s go.’
2: ‘Hey. Let’s get one thing straight, lady. You don’t dictate when and where I kiss you, or for how long.’ He’s deadly serious.
3: ‘Listen to me, lady. You’re not going anywhere. I’ve told you repeatedly, so get fucking use to it!’
‘I’m outside Kate’s kicking the door down,’ he snaps, ‘Is it too much to ask that you answer your phone the first time I call you?’
‘I was in the shower.’
‘Well, take your phone next time.’ he orders.
“He shakes his head. ‘You’re different. I told you, Ava, I’ll trample anyone who tries to get in my way. Even you.”
“You added yourself to my contacts list?’ I gasp. When did he do that? I mentally sprint through our meeting, settling on my visit to the toilet when I left my portfolio and phone on the table. I can’t believe he went through my phone!
‘I need to be able to get hold of you.”
“I’m having Ava withdrawal.’ I melt a little on a sigh. He can be so domineering, bossy and unreasonable, and in the next breath, completely soppy and lovely.”
“I can be quiet,’ I whisper. ‘Gag me if you must.’
He smirks. ‘Trust me, you’ll be screaming. No gag will stifle it.”
“I’m talking about how much easier we’ll get along if you accept who holds the power.’
Oh, I can’t bear it anymore. ‘You do!’
He releases me immediately. ‘Good girl.”
May I present to you... *drum roll*... My Jesse!
'He brings out the worst in me too. He hates me swearing, so I do it more. he has issues with exposing my flesh to anyone other than him, so I wear shorter dresses. he tells me not to get drunk, so I do...'
"Lady, you're mine forever"
The modern man needs to catch on to the fact that women want to be treated as equals, but only when it suits us. the modern woman's fierce need for independence doesn't mean we want to pay for our half of a meal, or that we don't want a man to hold a door open for us. We still want to be looked after, but on our terms.
"Ava, the sexual tension batting between you and that man was so fucking super charged, even I was horny!"
"Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava." His voice prickles at my senses, and I find my eyes travelling up the leanness of his body until our stares meet. His face is serious, but still stunning. "How loud do you think you'll scream when I fuck you?"
"You'll always need me, Ava. I'm going to make sure of it. Now, let's see if we can fuck some sense into you."
Especially, since he had NO PROBLEM at all when he was the one swearing (which he did a lot of times for that matter).
Granted, Jesse was HOT and he could also be really sweet sometimes...
"Is that all you rang for?" "No, I wanted to hear your voice." he says softly. "I'm having Ava withdrawal."
‘Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava.’ His voice prickles at my senses, and I find my eyes travelling up the leanness of his body until our stares meet. His face is serious, but still stunning. ‘How loud do you think you’ll scream when I fuck you?’
I drop my head. I can’t look at him. What can I tell him? That I’ve fallen in love with him? Perhaps I should – he might freak out and leave me alone. I shrug instead.
"Met the Lord, have we?"
"Oh good God. My heart crashes against my breast bone and my nervous breathing rockets to damn right dangerous levels. I suddenly feel light headed, and my mouth is ignoring my brains instructions to at least say something. I just stand there staring at this man, while he stares back at me. His husky voice halted me in my tracks, but the sight of him... well, that's just turned me into a non-responsive quivering wreck."
Ava, you should know that once I've had you, you're mine.