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284 pages, Kindle Edition
First published August 24, 2021
"Can you believe how we started?"
The little vixen smirks. She knows what she does to me. I didn’t even realize that I’d fallen for her until it was too late. It was nothing more than a game at first. I don’t know when it all changed. As she put it … “this.” I don’t know when it became this, but now that I have it, I don’t want to lose it.
Can I believe how we started? Did I know it would turn into this?
“No,” I give her the answer I know she wants to hear. Her simper and huff of a laugh warms the coldest depths of me, but they’re quick to freeze the moment she hands me the cut crystal tumbler of whiskey.
I sip it regardless, because she wants me to and because as I do, she indulges herself, relaxing and confiding in me. It’s all I want, for as long as I can have it. She has no idea that everything is going to change hours from now. I’m the only one suffering in this moment. I can only imagine the betrayal she’ll feel tomorrow when the headlines reveal the truth in black and white.
She is my safety, my temple of solitude, my everything.
“Do you want to be my whore or my good girl?” he asks me.
“You have a reputation, Adrian.”
“Everyone does, Suzette. It doesn’t mean that’s who we are. One person could tell you I’m loyal to a fault, another that I’m a miserable asshole. Both could very well be honest impressions of me. So, believe them both.”
"He feels dangerous, like he could crush me if he wanted. Yet I find myself wanting to be under his thumb, wondering what he'll do to me."
"She is my safety, my temple of solitude, my everything. At this moment, I'm far too aware of what she means to me."