Series: A Dark Necessities Prequel Book Three
Author: Felicity Brandon
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Dark Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2019
ðŽð§ðœðž ð®ð©ð¨ð§ ðš ðð¢ð¦ðž, ðˆ ð°ðšð¬ ðš ð¦ð¨ð§ð¬ððžð«.
A predator who seized women just to get my kicks.
And then along came Lily. Lilyâ€”the light that chased my demons away.
Consumed with love for her, I finally put the sins of those torrid times behind me, until one dark day, everything changes.
Iâ€™m lured back into the shadows, the monster awoken again and now it will take every ounce of Lilyâ€™s submission to pull me back from the brink.
ðŒð² ð›ðžðð«ðšð²ðšð¥ ð¬ðžð§ðð¬ ð¨ð®ð« ð¥ð¢ð¯ðžð¬ ð¢ð§ðð¨ ðš ð¬ð©ð¢ð«ðšð¥ ð¨ðŸ ððžð¬ð©ðšð¢ð«, ðšð§ð ð°ð¢ðð¡ ð£ð®ð¬ðð¢ðœðž ð¥ð¨ð¨ð¦ð¢ð§ð ð¨ð§ ðð¡ðž ð¡ð¨ð«ð¢ð³ð¨ð§, ð¢ðâ€™ð¬ ðð¢ð¦ðž ð°ðž ðŸðšðœðžð ð“ð¡ðž ð„ð§ð.
â€œNow, as to the matter of my tail lightâ€¦â€
Panic gripped her belly at Ethanâ€™s sudden change of tact, her throat drying.
â€œWant to tell me about that?â€
Lily panted as his question lingered in the air between them. â€œI was terrified,â€ she conceded, sucking her lip between her teeth in response to the bubble of energized arousal now simmering at her core. â€œIâ€™m sorry. I didnâ€™t know what else to do.â€
Ethan smiled wryly. â€œYou couldnâ€™t just do as you were told, I suppose?â€ he proffered. â€œFor once.â€
She blew out a breath. â€œYou said yourself that you overstepped the mark with the trunk, sir.â€
â€œMaybe.â€ His gaze flitted to meet Lilyâ€™s for a moment. â€œOr maybe I just need to bind your ankles together and make sure youâ€™re secured the next time, eh?â€
There was a dark twinkle in his eyes as he glanced back to the road that sent a dark, delicious tingle of apprehension running down Lilyâ€™s spine.
There was that desperate, breathy tone again, the one he could conjure with just a few dark words and a glower.
His lips curled. â€œI know you hated it.â€ His voice was quiet now, but somehow, the sound still caused Lilyâ€™s nipples to harden. â€œBut admit it; a part of you loved it, too, didnâ€™t it? The peril, the powerlessnessâ€”it drives you fucking crazy.â€
Lily gulped. â€œI didnâ€™t love it,â€ she insisted. â€œThatâ€™s why I broke the light, sir. I was desperate.â€
Ethan laughed, that ominous timbre Lily recognized all too well. â€œYou always say youâ€™re desperate,â€ he reminded her. â€œThat youâ€™re at your limit, that you canâ€™t take anymore, when what you mean is you just need someone to push you over it. Make you take more, Make you love it.â€
Her heart thundered at his words. Was he right? Was that would she needed?
â€œMe,â€ he clarified. â€œYou need me, little one.â€
â€œBut I canâ€™t live that like,â€ she replied, though Lilyâ€™s voice was so weak that even she was unconvinced by the response. â€œAlways on the edge. Always afraid. Alwaysâ€”â€
â€œAroused?â€ Ethan interjected, his eyebrow arching in that way that always sent her thoughts scattering.
â€œRight, sir,â€ she murmured, her gaze lowering. â€œI canâ€™t function like that.â€
Ethanâ€™s voice was still quiet, but there was an edge to his tone now, and it wasnâ€™t lost on his wife.
â€œSir?â€ Lily lifted her chin to look at him again. â€œWhat do you mean?â€
â€œI mean, who says you canâ€™t function like that?â€ Ethan repeated. â€œWho made the rules about how you should liveâ€”how we should live?â€
Lily tucked her hair behind her ear, her gaze shifting to the road ahead.
He had her there, because she didnâ€™t really have an answer. Who did make those rules? Where had Lilyâ€™s expectations about what their marriage should mean derived from? Her own parents, perhaps, but then that couldnâ€™t be right, could it? Lily had spent years pushing against their rules and vowing sheâ€™d never become her mother, spending her evenings ironing and knitting to the sounds of her fatherâ€™s crackling radio.
â€œSo, who then?â€ he pressed. â€œIf not your parents, then who?â€
She swallowed. â€œI donâ€™t know, sir, and thatâ€™s the truth.â€
Ethanâ€™s hand reached for her, brushing over her fingers lightly. â€œAnd thatâ€™s the point,â€ he said evenly. â€œThere are no rules, Lily. We can live however we like.â€
Lily gazed down at the large palm so easily encasing her digits. â€œSo long as we donâ€™t break any laws?â€
He snorted at that, the sound making Lily smile.
â€œSo long as we donâ€™t get caught,â€ he corrected her, throwing Lily a wink as he pulled into a service station.
â€œRight,â€ she mumbled. â€œMy mistake, sir.â€
Felicity Brandon is a top 100 Amazon bestselling author. She loves the darker side of romance, and writes sexy, suspenseful stories, with strong themes of bondage and submission. You’ll find her either at her laptop, at the gym, or rocking out to her favourite music.