“You… You’re not mad that I’m not wearing the dress?”
He laughs and the sound rolls over me, silk over gravel. “No. I wouldn’t get mad if you said you didn’t want to do something I asked you to.” He grins and leans closer. “I would instead make it so that you didn’t want to say no.”
His finger strokes along the back of my neck, a light touch that awakens my nerve endings all the way down my back. I have to fight not to visibly shudder. Stupid carnal needy body. I can’t deny that a part of me wants to say yes to him. But he can’t know this. I have to regain my control over this conversation and myself.
“Ha!” I scoff. “You’re so sure of yourself.”
“You think I’m being unnecessarily arrogant.”
“You just think that because you don’t know what’s coming.” He leans his face in close to mine. So close I can feel his breath rushing around my cheeks. His green eyes crackle with fire. “You’ll say yes to me, kitten. You’ll say yes to me and only me. You know how I know?”
I shake my head, trying to swallow but failing. The heat rolling off him is so intense it has caused my mouth to go dry. With his nose he nudges my cheek to the side so he can access my neck.
His voice, so low and hot, fucks my ear. “I’m going to make you feel so good it’ll ruin you for all other men.”
Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes − unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I’m not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it’s only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It’s the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.
Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don’t know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn’t scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop.
I know he’s hiding something. But that’s okay. I am hiding things, too. Like my real name and… who I really am. But what we have is enough. Sort of. And everything works…
Until one day, I follow him.
Soon our dark pasts will collide and I will discover just how much we are both bound by lies.
Adult romantic suspense. +18 years.