Dante Stark has a dark secret--a legacy left to him by his father which
is both a blessing and a curse. A traumatic experience as a small boy gave him
special powers of healing, but it comes with a price. Destined to wander the
world alone to heal others, he's accepted his fate. Until Selina Rogers forces
him to confront his deepest fears, erotic desires, and question his capacity to
Selina Rogers has made a name for herself at Inferno Enterprises. She's
tough, confident and prepared to succeed. She's also built a world she believes
is safe, until she's attacked and then saved by a masked stranger. As he helps
her heal physically and emotionally, she becomes fascinated by his overwhelming
power and gentle touch. Determined to show Dante the love he's been denying
himself, Selina surrenders her heart, and dreams of a future with the
mysterious man who completes her.
But will his dark legacy destroy them...or save them both...
deep, gravelly voice cut through the darkness. Selina flung back the covers and
sat beside her bed. Dressed in black, with the fabric mask covering his face,
he seemed like a superhero-gone bad. But he was hers. A deep longing rose
inside of her for more of this man. More knowledge, more connection, more
do you get in my apartment?"
laughed, and the memories of Daniel’s laugh beckoned. She pushed the guilt
aside. Dante was a mythic figure of the night. He didn't belong in the day, or
to reality. She'd stopped searching for logical answers. Selina just knew she
Why are you crying?"
swiped her cheeks. "I feel like an idiot. I can't stand for anyone to
touch me. I don't think I'll ever get past this."
reached over, took her hand, and rubbed her cold flesh between his warm
fingers. She relaxed and surrendered to his presence. "You're letting me
touch you right now," he said.
face flushed. "That's different. It's a friendly touch." Selina tried
not to fidget. "I meant sexually."
of your business."
laughed again. Then tipped her chin up. "You've been violated. This is a
normal process and it takes time. It takes trust. But I can help you, if you'll
can show you how to trust a man's touch again. I won't do anything you're
uncomfortable with. But you need to learn to let go, to surrender. Do you trust
nodded. "Yes." This was the man who had saved her, helped her night
after night, and held her hand while she cried. Yes, she trusted him on a basic
level she’d never experienced before.
well." He stood up, and with one smooth motion, stripped off his t-shirt.
mouth fell open in shock. He was beautiful, lean and muscled, with a flat
stomach. Dante reached over and pulled back the sheet, revealing the simple
t-shirt and shorts she normally wore to bed. Selina hesitated as her belly
clenched in fear. Embarrassment at being exposed made her squirm inwardly. She
couldn't remember the last time she was in bed with a man, let alone in her
grungy clothes and not a piece of lace in sight. At least she had brushed her
waited for him to climb into bed and prayed she wouldn’t act like a scared
command was dark, seductive, and demanding. Her skin prickled as awareness
trickled through her. He never moved, never blinked, just stood before her like
a gorgeous vampire from the night.
lower lip trembled. “Why?”
this is your choice. Every move I make, every touch, is because you allow it.
Your body and surrender is a gift to me. You have all the power, Selina.”
as simple as that, some of her confidence was restored. He’d never push her to
past her comfort zone. She trusted him.
About the Author
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years
old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped
writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a
house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue
two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole
crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never
be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street
Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was
thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books
for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new
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