Release Date: March 19th, 2016
I was driving home to spend the holidays with my family.
But I lost control of my vehicle on an icy mountain road.
I slammed into a tree on the edge of Lake Lucerne.
I barely remember writing my name on the frosted windowpane.
The darkness had swallowed me whole.
I spiraled toward oblivion.
When I awoke from the gloom
I found myself in an old log cabin
With the devil's eyes piercing fiercely into mine.
Up until four days ago, my life was tedious and tiresome.
Until I rescued a dainty girl with golden hair and hazel eyes.
She looks just like the one I'm trying to forget.
Now my life has turned upside down and inside out.
You see, I inadvertently revealed my true identity.
Now, she can never leave.
We will live in hell, until we take our last breaths, together.
Lyra was the one who insisted on playing the game.
But I have a gut feeling, I will be the one to lose...
Ryker“What did you do with my clothes? And why don’t I remember changing into my pajamas?”
Sighing, I carefully set down the tray. Lyra swallows down hard as I come closer.
“Your clothes were soaked by the time I brought you here. Believe me, it was imperative I keep you dry and as warm as possible. It was the only way to bring your body temp back up…”
She frantically shakes her head as her eyes open wide. “Oh my god! You undressed me while I was unconscious? How dare you…”
Without hesitating, I grasp the slats of the king-sized bed right between her head and shoulders. Immobilizing her. Placing one knee on the bed beside her hip, I calmly lean down so we are eye to eye.
“How dare I? Is that what you were going to ask? Well let me tell you something, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if I hadn’t done what I did. Hypothermia had already set in when I found you. One more hour, precious, and you would’ve been dead. Dry, warm clothes and my body heat are what saved your sorry ass. And don’t worry, your virtue is still safe because I love my women with a little more meat on their bones. More cushion for the pushin’ if you get my drift,” I whisper, as I glide my nose from her smooth jawline to her temple.
Unfortunately, my dick doesn’t agree. It perks to life the moment my skin comes in contact with hers. Fuck! Quickly, I push off the bed. “There’s venison stew on the tray along with some crusty bread. You need to eat so you can gain your strength back. I’ll be up later when I’m ready for bed.”
“You’re sleeping with me?” she asks, in a hushed voice.
“Since this is my bedroom, then yes, I’ll be sleeping in that bed with you. Don’t worry, precious, I promise all we’ll do is sleep.” Goading her, I wink before heading downstairs.
Lyra has only been awake for a few short hours and I’m already irritable. Maybe I’ve lived alone for far too long and I’d forgotten what confrontation was like. Well, it doesn’t matter. Now that she’s here, she can never leave. By saving her life, I’ve now jeopardized my own. But as far as I’m concerned, her life is far more precious than mine ever could be.
My feet have a mind of their own when I step inside the bathroom. Unfortunately, it takes my brain a minute or two to play catch up. I don’t care. Not when I can still feel his warm lips skimming along my jaw. I want to be here. God help me, I do. My heart flutters when the steam begins to evaporate. Revealing a muscular physique through the clear curtain. I’m captivated as I witness the water ripple and caress over every taut muscle on his beautiful body. Confirming what I already knew. The water loves the feel of his skin just as much as I do.
I’m nervous, so I start counting.
One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three...
I inhale sharply when Ryker's head snaps up. While his smoldering gaze locks me in place. He doesn’t flinch, or miss a beat as he continues to pleasure himself. Watching me. Watching him. I desperately want to go to him, but I’m afraid he’ll reject me. He must sense my indecision, so he opens the curtain. Letting me make this irrevocable choice. And I know once I’ve crossed the line, there’s no turning back.
My heart’s beating out of my chest when I slowly inch my way inside. I’m hesitant whereas Ryker exudes confidence. So he reaches for my hand and helps me take that final step. Our gaze never wavers as he pulls me into the shower, clothes and all. My body has never reacted like this with anyone. Ever. Not even Gage. Like I’m on fire from the inside out. Ryker’s sexual dominance frightens me. So much so that it causes me to blow out a breath before a whimper catches in my throat.
What the hell am I doing?
He doesn’t say a word when he pulls my shirt over my head. Or when he pulls my panties down around my ankles. And his eyes never leave mine until I’m naked and fully exposed for his scrutinizing stare. I desperately want to cover myself up but he grabs my wrists and holds them firmly in his grasp. I can’t watch as he begins his thorough examination, so I cast my gaze downwards and become fixated on his length, his girth, and...
Music: “Surreal” composed, arranged,
performed and produced by Nathan McCree
Copyright © 2013 Nathan McCree
Video editing and Production by Nathan McCree
IMDB: Nathan McCree (Composer: Tomb Raider I, II, III)
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Connie LafortuneConnie Lafortune is a shift supervisor by day and an author at night. She loves spending time with her family and friends, taking walks along the beach, and listening to music…If she’s not in her office writing, you can bet she’s curled up on the couch with her nose buried in a book. Connie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Alan.Connie is a true believer in love conquering all… This being the reason why she loves writing romance novels. She wants to create a story based on strong, believable characters. One’s that will make you laugh, cry and feel every emotion under the sun. Connie wants to leave you breathless and begging for more…