The storm brought Sean Castle once more to her doorstep and everything changed.
Sean Castle was her first everything – her first kiss, her first love, and the first man to discover her obedient, sexual passions and dominate them. He was also her first heartbreak. Six years later and he was back in her bed where he belonged.
Someone was following her.
Events begin to pile up that suggest someone is trying to sabotage Sean’s restaurant opening and Kara begins to think someone is targeting her personally. The nature of the subtle stalking suggests the enemy is closer than they think. She’s sure they know her secret pleasures.
Marcus doesn’t want to let her go.
On top of everything, Marcus issues an ultimatum. Stay with him one more night and let him convince her to stay forever or he’ll take Sean’s restaurant from him. She knows he’s powerful enough to ruin Wonderland. To save the dreams of the man she loves, she has no choice but to betray him.
And if Sean finds out, she could lose him forever.
“I care about you, more than I’ve cared about anyone in a long time. However, should you deny me a final night, I’ll stop the opening of Wonderland. Immediately. Tonight. I’ll take it from them. From him.” The corner of Marcus’s mouth quirked. “I guess I’m giving you all the power for a change. Your choice. Your decision. He doesn’t know it, but right this moment you have all the power over him, his future, and me. You have the power to save him and yourself.”
Cold flooded my veins. Marcus didn’t look any different than he had ten minutes ago, but suddenly he was the devil, a monster used to using money and wealth to get his way and control everyone around him. That was his game, to control me even at the ending of our relationship.
Sleep with him and save Sean’s dreams. Sleep with him and break Sean’s heart. He gave me an impossible choice and knew I’d break over either one. His final squeeze of control. Because he could. Because he was a ruthless billionaire who never lost.
How I didn’t see this coming, I don’t know.
And another thought curdled my blood. Was he the faceless nemesis at my back? Not him of course, no he’d never follow me or trash Sean’s apartment or burglarize the Wonderland offices. He’d hire someone to do his dirty work.
I knew, no matter what, he wasn’t kidding when he said he’d take Wonderland away from Sean and Zach. Tonight. With one call.
If I said no.
“One more night?” I murmured, hating myself the moment the words escaped my mouth.
“It’s a small betrayal, pet. He never has to know. I won’t tell him if you won’t.”
“Please don’t do this Marcus.”
He shrugged so casually, as if he wasn’t ripping my heart out of my chest. I squeezed my eyes briefly closed. Opening them was a struggle.
“It’s already done, pet. You won’t believe me, but I’ll be very sorry to lose your companionship. I don’t want you to go.”
“You think blackmailing me will get me to stay? You are sorely mistaken.” I scoffed and looked away. What was I thinking, getting into bed with this man? Men like Marcus Giovanni didn’t understand the world in which they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, when they wanted it. I was a little fool to ever believe otherwise.
“You’ll change your mind. I know you Kara. One taste of what I have to offer and you’ll change your mind.” His eyes twinkled, the bastard, charming even himself. He smiled, knew he had me, knew I couldn’t afford to say no.
Even as my heart dissolved into a million, guilty pieces, I nodded.
He pushed himself to stand, tall but not as tall as Sean. He crossed the space easily and moved in close, too close, so that his cologne overwhelmed me. His shampoo. The smell of Marcus that was so very Marcus. Rich in every sense of the word.
“I promise you won’t regret this.” He tucked a finger beneath my chin and raised it to present my mouth for him. I didn’t pull away, but I didn’t soften either. He kissed me gently, a kiss that would have once melted me into the floor. Not now. Now it seared painfully. “We’re going out tomorrow. I’ll send an outfit by messenger. Wear it. I’ll pick you up at nine.”
I felt sick. I closed my eyes when he let go and did not open them again until the front door closed.
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