Cover Design: Tracie Douglas, Dark Water Covers
when the devil has you in his sights?
You show him that you can play his game.
Austin Lowes is new to town. She’s running from a mom who hates her to her dad
who cares nothing about her. Only a few months and she will be free, or at
least, that’s what she hopes … until she meets him.
blood, and he wants her soul.
I ask, wanting to get this over with.
bottle from my hand and brings it to his lips, taking a big gulp. His Adam’s
apple working as he swallows.
over my chest, trying to look unaffected. But I’m having trouble breathing.
thinking …” he says, rubbing his chin.
be a part of our group,” Deke finishes his sentence.
five of them and start laughing nervously. “You’re joking, right?”
Deke says, shaking his head.
say and turn to the door. I twist the handle and start to pull it open, but a
hand slaps on the door above my head, holding it shut.
look at Cole. He leans against it casually, getting comfortable and blocking my
only exit. “It wasn’t an offer, Austin.”
him. “What makes you think I want anything to do with you guys?”
says, lifting the bottle to his lips again.
see Deke step up to us, his phone in his hand facing Cole and me. A video
plays, and it’s of me driving Cole’s car away from the warehouse after he stole
the red car.
that?” I demand.
placing the phone in his pocket. “I don’t kiss and tell, baby.”
him calling me baby. I turn back to
face Cole. “You’re blackmailing me. Again.”
carelessly. “You can call it whatever you want.”
what it is,” I snap. “You know damn well that I had no idea what you had
wall and leans down, his face inches from mine. I can smell the cinnamon on his
lips and can’t help the shudder that runs through me. “I dare you to prove it.”
join,” Deke interrupts me, “you have to pass a test.” He crosses his arms over
his broad chest.
be involved with whatever fucked-up shit you guys are in.” How many different ways do I have to say it?
Kellan says, but no one listens to him.
“You have to fuck one of us while we all watch.”
to pound at his words. And my eyes widen when he takes a step toward me.
It has to be.
in challenge when I just stand there staring at him. “You want me, baby? I’m
ready.” He licks his lips as his blue eyes settle on my legs. Then he reaches
down to his jeans and unbuttons them.
their usual anger as they glare down at me, but a slow, devious smile spreads
across his face, and the guys start laughing. “Well, there’s your answer, man,”
one of them calls out from behind me.
“I don’t want to …”
orders, interrupting me. And like the trained sheep they are, they all walk
out. I can still hear their laughter as they walk down the hall, the door
slowly shutting behind them.
one of the lounge chairs, trying to slow my racing heart. “You can’t force my
hand, Cole. Not with this.”
where I sit. Reaching out, he runs his busted knuckles along my cheek. I swat
his hand away, afraid of what will come out of my mouth if he touches me.
hair and yanks me to stand. I cry out as he shoves my back
closed door. He towers over me, pushing his body into mine. I’m panting while
he holds me still. He dips his head to whisper in my ear. “Are you a virgin,
hands come up to push him off me, but he grabs them and pins them above my
head. I whimper, and my thighs tighten.
He sighs, and his breath skims across my skin making me shudder. “I like to
take pretty, innocent things and destroy them.”
doesn’t deny it. “But that doesn’t make you want me any less. I saw the way you
stared at me in the car. The way you licked your lips when I thought about
kissing you. The way you whispered my name. How you stared at me when I got out
of the pool. And let’s not forget the way you allowed me to touch you last
night. Tell me, were you disappointed when I didn’t throw you on the bed and
fuck you right then?” I moan. “I bet you’re wet right now.”
his name, not wanting him to see how right he is.
warning. “You wore red for me again, sweetheart. You wanted my attention, and
you got it. Now what are you gonna do with it?”
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