4.67The night before their wedding, her fiancé ran off with his mistress. Out of frustration, she grabbed the man standing in front of the Civil Affairs Office, "President Mo, your bride has not arrived and my groom has run away...May I suggest we get married?" Before marriage, she said, "Even if we were to share the same bed, nothing would happen between us!" After marriage, he said, "If we don't try, how would we know?"
Miles, a young painter enjoying his privacy in the Italian countryside, must choose between the simple life he loves or being successor to a clan of wealthy, influential purebloods contending for power in the new world order. Should he fulfill his family's wish? Or will he be able to escape his predetermined fate: a life of deceit, chaos, and deadly encounters with the Italian and Russian mafia? °°° After moving out of town, Kel finds herself a new friend and renewed self-worth as she tries to leave her troubled past behind. With Miles' help, she puts her career first to help her family, putting herself out there while trying to enjoy adulthood and a newfound sense of normalcy. All seems well and routine until someone from her not-so-distant past decides to show up one day -- only to ruin the illusion. Can she hide from him and the truth? ••• DISCLAIMER ••• Scenes, some places, events, and characters in this book are all invented. This story contains mature themes, profanity, violence, and other content not intended for young readers. Read at your own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this story or plagiarism of any kind is prohibited by the law.
Veronica, a French-born musician in a band, finds herself on a sticky wicket when she realizes her relationship with the man of her dreams—a famous model, at that—isn't all moonlight and roses. After a fiasco with her bandmate, she struggles to meet deadlines as they try to patch things up, leaving her with no other choice but to face the music. Caught in the midst of indecision, gorgeous models, and failing friendships, will she have to choose between her career and her best friend? ▬▬▬▬▬▬ DISCLAIMER This is a work of fiction. Places and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination, or are used fictitiously. Scenes and dialogue involving the featured public personages are of course invented. This story is rated PG-15 for language, some violence, drug usage, and sexual references. Read at your own discretion. • • • • • • EXCERPT • • • • • • Steel-gray doors slid close before them with a click. "What?" he said. A flash of a scowl put curious lines on his tan face. The question sounded more like a complaint. Her total silence was beginning to irritate him, she guessed. His hand stayed clamped around her arm until she felt the tightness of his grip and pulled back. "I-I thought you weren't coming." "F-cking traffic," he mumbled, eyes darting around the small elevator. Aggravation sharpened his expression. "Why didn't you text back?" Their stares locked. The look on her face must have been one of pain because he let go of her then. "Sorry," the guy muttered. Now he faced front. For a moment he caressed the side of her arm that hurt a bit. The gentle stroking held her complete attention. Her tongue-tied self couldn't stop admiring his face, him being so close. Her nose also loved the familiar cologne — it was his fresh, soapy scent. He continued to frown, which only made her more uneasy, even if she didn't want to look it. The guy pushed the button numbered '3', and his tired blue eyes never left her face after that. The warm elevator trapped them in—though only for several seconds—all the while her brain racked to take in everything. Cheap flippin' wine. A full glass didn't even relax her at all. And he continued to stare. Something was happening to her. At first she thought and hoped it was the useless wine finally kicking in. But it wasn't it. It was him. Just him. • • • • • •
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