As Lily and Ry are reunited, the lovers are caught in a tragedy that changes their lives forever. Boldly sensual and deeply inspiring, this installment in the Candlemoth series will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to its soaring finish.
EXCERPTHis mouth slack with desire, red with kissing. Ry bent to my neck, his hand fucking me expertly, relentlessly. “Oh, oh, you’re so fucking hot I can’t even-” “What’s that?” Ry said, his voice a raspy purr. “I, oh-” “What’s that, Lily?” His steady, deep, hunting rhythm. He had me right on the edge. His touch strayed back along my cleft to rest alongside the tight bud of flesh at my back. I tried to squirm away but had nowhere to go. “Hey, you’ve got me between a rock and a hard place, here,” I said, laughing nervously. Ry slowed, still exploring. He circled pressingly, his free hand wrapped around the side of my hip, pinning me where he wanted. I loved how big his hands were, but the very bigness of Ry meant he could pin me like a butterfly. Worst of all, it felt wonderful. Even as shame began to lick at me hotly. I felt ragingly shy. “I can’t…” Ry wouldn’t let me go. My eyes sparked on his. “Please, I can’t-” Just when I thought I couldn’t bear his strokes any longer, Ry moved sideways, massaging the inner muscles of the back of my ass. The thumb of Ry’s hand at my waist still stroked me soothingly. I wrapped my arms around him, trying to let myself go, to float in him. But whenever I thought about what he was doing, what he was trying to do and where he was doing it, I’d get so embarrassed I’d squirm away from him again. The sunlight throbbed. “Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know, I just don’t want to-” “I love your crazy talk when you go out of your mind.” Ry kissed my cheek hard, and then found my mouth, working me open. Soon I was panting into him again, my hips lifting for his. Pleasure strobed as we drank, sucking, our tongues shamelessly wet. “You trust me, baby?” Ry said. “Ohh…” His touch tipped inside me, pulsing. I felt myself open; flowers gasped candent in the sun. “I could watch your face forever,” he said. “I’d die, you feel so good, you feel too good-” “Ssh, ssh, relax, just let it. Just let me know you.” The sound of Ry’s voice curled through me as his touch slid, a metronome of desire. Quickening in me. This overwhelming fullness. Ry covered me with kisses. “You’re so, so soft. I love touching you all over.” He grinned. “Staking my claim.” He moved back, lingeringly, to stand above me, his frame commanding even as he was dwarfed amongst the hugeness of rock and forest, the mountains in the distance. He began unbuckling his jeans for me, teasingly slow.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
A bold and independent free spirit from the foster system of small town South Carolina, Lily is a survivor with skeletons in her closet. She knows what she wants and how to get it. And a spoiled rich playboy is not part of her plan- but Ry is irresistible.
Steamy, exciting and beautifully written, this dramatic romance will appeal to fans of Sylvia Day.
Book One in the Holy City Romance series about a wild and fun-loving group of twenty-somethings in Charleston, South Carolina.
BLURB“The masterpiece of my life was having learned how to glass myself inward, burying my heart so deep I didn’t even know where it was buried.” - Lily Inoue Lily is a bold, passionate free thinker from small town South Carolina. Fiercely self reliant, the same strength that helped Lily survive a traumatic upbringing makes it difficult for her to trust anyone, especially Ry Calhoun. When Ry’s political obligations and Lily’s rising notoriety in Charleston threaten their relationship, Lily arrives into her most reckless act yet- and at incredible cost. The scorching second installment in the Holy City Romance series of steamy romance novels about a wild, fun-loving group of twenty-somethings in Charleston, South Carolina.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pauline West is a bookworm, trail runner and bourbon lover. Her hobbies include mild hypochondria and ill-advised matchmaking. For more romantic stories about Charleston, follow West on Pauline-West.com and Amazon for news on the Candlemoth: Holy City Romance novels, as well as her upcoming series, Evening’s Land: a Gothic Fantasy.
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