Series: Beautiful Ashes, Book 2
Author: Lora Ann
Genre: Dark Romance, Erotic Thriller
BlurbThe highly anticipated continuation of Keeley and Tar’s journey has arrived and battle lines have been drawn. Keeley’s world goes pitch black when she's caught in one too many lies that destroy the only man who ever loved her. Taunted by the demons of addiction and pain, she fights to become the woman Tar deserves. Every fiber of Tar's being wants to rip things to shreds. Driven by rage and anger, he's damn sure there's nothing he can change to fix it. And it doesn't alter the facts...Keeley has done the one thing he isn't sure he can ever forgive. Tar and Keeley need love and light, but when a ruthless cartel takes Tar’s brother, he and Keeley must come together in the ultimate battle against the darkness … but it has other plans. *Please note: You must read Dark (Beautiful Ashes Series, Book 1) first. *WARNING* This is a dark, erotic, romantic thriller that contains elements which may be disturbing and offensive. If you are bothered or triggered by violence, torture, and abuse, please read with extreme caution. For a mature audience only!
Excerpt 18+Keeley reached forward to smooth out that deep V between his eyes and heard his deep intake of breath. So much to say but she wasn’t sure how long her voice would cooperate, or if he’d be able to hear her raspy whisper. Frustration filled her, spilling down her cheeks, which brought more worry to his brutally handsome face. “I’m sorry. So, so sorry for hurting you.” She wiped the flowing tears away and continued, “Sorry for lying to you. I sh-should…” “No. No. No should’ve. It’s not all your fault, Keeley. I owe you an apology, too.” She leaned within kissing distance and he sweetly pulled out of range. Next, he hit his knees before her but never broke eye contact. “I failed you. I let you down. I broke a promise. A man is nothing without his word. I violated that in the most dishonorable of ways.” More tears streamed down her beautiful face as she shook her head. “Yes, I did. You know it’s true.” His hand was now above her left breast against her heart. He felt it beating harder. “You feel it,” not a little awe in his voice laced with hope. “Let me make it up to you. Show you how sorry I am. Prove to you that your love is enough. That we can work through this and be stronger.” Her breathing hitched but she was still shaking her head. “Your darkness doesn’t scare me, Tigress. Please, can I have another chance to prove that to you?” He waited on baited breath. This was it. That question determined it all. Their future. Their love. She held his heart in the palm of her tiny hand. God, the man was breathtaking. She did not deserve him. The kind thing to do would be to set him free. But her heart, her soul refused. “I’ve made mistakes. Some…unforgivable.” Her head dropped while she stared at the floor. Firm fingers lifted her chin. “Look at me, Keeley Ann Kincaid.” She didn’t want to. Had no desire to see his disappointment or chastisement. Again, she focused in another direction. He sighed heavily. “You’re killing me here, Viper. Please look at me,” he begged. That got her attention and brought her tear filled gaze to his. What she saw stole her breath. Unadulterated love danced in his gorgeous emerald eyes. Brighter from the unshed tears he held at bay. She couldn’t help but study how they clung to his thick raven lashes. For her. He was pleading for her forgiveness, for her love. For a second chance. “All that is shattered can be mended,” she barely whispered and locked her little fingers around his large ones on her chin, shifting them away.
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Lora is a Missouri native who relocated to California as a teen. She spent several years as an international flight attendant for a major airline before taking on her greatest job ever, a stay-at-home mom. Now she resides in Kentucky with her family and has taken on her newest adventure, writing.
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