by Michelle A. Valentine
ÔÇ£WhatÔÇÖll it be, Anna Cortez? Are you in, or are you out?ÔÇØ
One momentary loss of control has now ruined everything Xavier Cold had going for himself. With his world unraveling fast, heÔÇÖs willing to do anything to save not only his job but his relationship with the only woman heÔÇÖs ever loved.
Anna Cortez, still reeling from shock, tries desperately to save the man thatÔÇÖs consumed her heart, body and soul. SheÔÇÖll have to dig deep and find courage she never knew she possessed to help Xavier fight demons from his pastÔÇöa past thatÔÇÖs even more haunted than she ever imagined.
ÔÇ£You tired?ÔÇØ he asks.
It doesnÔÇÖt hit me until he mentions being tired on how exhausted I actually am.
TonightÔÇÖs been stressful, and IÔÇÖm sure, if I allow myself to close my eyes for even the briefest time, IÔÇÖd fall asleep on the spot.
But I refuse to let go of Xavier. When I thought they would lock him up and throw away the key, the opportunity to hold him against me anytime I wanted felt like it was quickly being ripped away. So, for now, I choose to stay here, in his presence, breathing him in as much as I possibly can.
I tilt my head up and stare into his light-blue eyes. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm ready for bed, but I donÔÇÖt want to sleep just yet.ÔÇØ
For the first time since the chaos of the day began, Xavier smiles, but itÔÇÖs not just any smile. ItÔÇÖs the heart-stopping one-sided smirk that drives me out of my ever-loving mind.
ÔÇ£Have I turned my good girl naughty?ÔÇØ
I give him my best wicked grin. ÔÇ£Afraid so. I canÔÇÖt seem to get enough of you.ÔÇØ
His large hands cradle my face. ÔÇ£Glad to hear it because IÔÇÖm fucking addicted to you.ÔÇØ
His lips press on mine, and IÔÇÖm immediately lost in his kiss. The stubble on his face scratches my fingertips as I trace his jawline.
ÔÇ£I need you.ÔÇØ
A wicked gleam is in his eyes. ÔÇ£Is that so?ÔÇØ
Xavier bends down and nips my lower lip. ÔÇ£You donÔÇÖt know how much it turns me on when you ask for it. It takes every ounce of willpower in my body to stop myself from throwing you down on that bed and ravaging every inch of your body for my pleasure.ÔÇØ
At the very thought of what that would be like, my pulse races under my skin.
ÔÇ£WhatÔÇÖs stopping you?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre too sweet for that.ÔÇØ He leans in and runs his nose along my cheek, causing my entire body to quiver with anticipation. ÔÇ£And because youÔÇÖre not ready to go thereÔÇö to allow me to have full controlÔÇö yet.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£How do you know?ÔÇØ
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