Fear and Desire
Publication date: February 7th 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Romance
Dan has sacrificed everything, including his soul, for this covert op. All that’s left is Laura.
He prays every night that when this nightmare is over she’ll be waiting for him, and she’ll help him get through the guilt that will plague him for the rest of his life.
Then Laura is ripped from her safe world and thrust into his. Now she’s a part of the darkness and despair. He must say things to her, and do things to her, that she might never forgive him for.
And when the carefully scheduled mission goes terribly wrong and she’s stolen away from him, he must track her down on the other side of the world before she disappears forever into the shadows.
“Laura, I am so sorry you got mixed up with this. You know I’m undercover, right? Please tell me you don’t think I’d actually do this kind of thing?”
He let out a relieved breath.
“But I can’t let you go, and I can’t treat you any different from the others.”
“Dan, please, get me out of here!” She was shaking. She’d wanted to be brave, but her fear was rapidly overtaking her resolve.
“I know you’re scared. But I can’t get you out of here. This place is crawling with guards who are absolutely loyal to DeLeo. They’ll shoot us if they suspect anything. But in a little less than a month there’s going to be an auction, and this will all be over,” he said. “You’ll have to stay until then, but if you don’t ever want to see me again after that, I understand.”
“Don’t say that! You can’t do anything that would make me hate you!”
“Laura… you have no idea how bad this is going to get. I’m going to have to punish you harder than I would punish the others, to prove that I’m not affected by your presence here.”
The small hope she’d still carried was crushed. She had no choice but to remain here, and she wept silently as she struggled with the words she needed to say, that he needed to hear.
“If I have to stay,” she stuttered, “then I need you to do whatever it takes to get through this, and I don’t want you to feel guilty about it later. If you have to hurt me, do it.” She couldn’t put any more burden on him than he already bore.
“Laura, you don’t know what I’m going to have to do.”
“It doesn’t matter. I’m giving you consent.”
Hi there! For years, I wrote and hid stories in the computer, convinced that no one would be interested in the twisted musings of my mind. When the internet showed me that there were others who were just as twisted, I decided to come out of the closet.
My men are strong, even when love makes them tender. My women are fierce and independent and will not surrender until they are respected. My stories are about negotiating the dance between the two, until he claims her heart in the end.
Right now, I split my time between being mother, wife, overworked employee, and servent to the cat’s every need. Most evenings will find me hiding in my office cave to write, where I only care about my internet signal and the strength of my coffee.
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