The Beast had Belle.
Killian Black has me.
How I got here doesn’t matter, even though he says it does. Says it was my choice. He doesn’t get it, though. It wasn’t ever a choice for me.
And now, he’s changing the rules.
The agreement was one month. For thirty days, I’d be his. He’s no longer satisfied with my body alone, though. He wants my soul, too. Wants every part of me. And even though I can pretend I’m safe when I lie beneath him, this man does something to me. Something wicked.
A thing that will break me.
Cilla made the choice. She offered the deal. I just took her up on it. So what if I changed the rules half-way in? I’m not apologizing for it.
See, Cilla and me, we’re the same. She’s dark. As dark as me. Something happened to her. Something bad. It damaged her.
But it’s not a hero she seeks. It’s an avenging angel. A dark knight. That, I can do. I’ll slay her dragons, but it’ll cost her, because in return, I want everything. And I’ll take it.
The monsters of my father’s world weren’t ever supposed to enter mine. I was safe from them.
Adam swept into my life on a whirlwind, a dark knight, a predator stalking his prey.
He’d been hiding in the shadows all along. Waiting for me to fall into his trap.
And I fell.
I fell hard.
This wasn’t ever supposed to be about her. She wasn’t ever supposed to matter.
Her father needed to pay for what he’d done and there was one sure way to do it.
Take what he loved best.
I just didn’t realize that in the process of destroying the girl, I’d destroy myself.
Please note: Retribution is a steamy, dark read with intense scenes. The story is worth the ride, but know going in it's a very bumpy one.
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
I'm a hit man, an assassin. A deviant by all accounts. I never pretended to be the good guy.
She was the opposite.
But the minute she pulled the curtains back and saw my face, watched me screwing the blonde who happened to be my next mark, she sealed her own fate.
There could be no witnesses, ever.
I let it go on a few days though. Never closed the curtains, gave her one hell of a show. I liked it, liked seeing her get all hot and bothered. Her face so innocent, so…corruptible. And all that time she was watching, she had no idea I'd seen her, that I was watching her too.
But all good things must come to an end.
Imagine my surprise when I turned up to take care of her only to find two goons breaking down her door, weapons in hand.
Turned out she had a price on her head. Her stepbrother wanted her and he wanted her alive. I'd never been one to pass up an opportunity to collect the kind of money he was offering, especially if I could have some fun while I was at it.
It just never occurred to me she’d be anything more than my next mark.
Curiosity killed the kitten.
I'll never forget the look in his eyes when he said those words.
When I watched them from the window, I didn't suspect for a moment that he'd seen me, that he was watching me back. Not while he was doing what he was doing to the woman on her knees before him.
But then she turned up dead, and he turned up in my hotel room, waiting for me in the dark.
I didn't think for one second him being there that night would save my life. I'd been on the run for two years, but my stepbrother had finally caught up with me. Or his two thugs had.
Finding out I had a quarter-of-a-million dollar bounty on my head convinced Julien I was more valuable alive than dead. But to collect it would mean returning me to my stepbrother, who had sworn to make me pay for what I'd done.
Julien was cruel. He was merciless. He scared the crap out of me. But there was something else, something he never wanted me to see. Inside, he was broken, like me.
My stepbrother was wrong if he thought I'd ever let him get his hands on me again. I had no intention of allowing that to happen, even if it meant I'd have to sleep with the devil to survive.
And I had no doubt Julien was the devil.
I’m dark, dangerous and powerful. I have to make her mine the instant I see her. Innocent and afraid, she does not belong here.
Yet, here she is. Standing on the podium, being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
I pay good money for her. The contract is unbreakable. She has to do everything I want tonight. But I don’t want just sex. Oh no…I want so much more.
Tonight, there are no rules…
Praise for Charlotte Byrd
“The story is dark and enticing, taking me deeper into a world from which I never want to emerge.” - Lover of Alpha
“Addictive and damaged, their love burns slowly but deeply.” - Heroes and Alphas
“Their chemistry sizzles right from the beginning. He’s the gorgeous and dangerous stranger we all need in our life.” - Making Words Up
“Her words made me fall in love. It slayed me!” - Sizzling Books
“Left my head spinning! I never wanted it to end!” - Heartbreakers and Heroes
“Her words make me ache and yearn for more.” - Dancer in the Dark
I knew nothing of Raphael Amado’s past with my family, but when he turned up on our doorstep demanding restitution for an old debt, my grandfather quickly conceded. That restitution? Me.
Six months later, on my eighteenth birthday, Raphael came to claim me. This is where our story begins.
Author's Note: Dishonorable is a steamy standalone enemies-to-lovers dark romance in the Amado Brothers' world.
“5 Five-Alarm, blazing stars for Dishonorable. Riveting, suspenseful, emotional.” The Read Report
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It all started with a contract signed by him, then by me, while our families watched. While my father sat silent, a man defeated, giving his daughter to the Benedetti monsters.
I obeyed. I played my part. I signed my name and gave away my life. I became their living, breathing trophy, a constant symbol of their power over us.
That was five years ago.
Then came the time for him to claim me. For Salvatore Benedetti to own me.
I had vowed vengeance. I had learned hate. And yet, nothing could have prepared me for the man who now ruled my life.
I expected a monster, one I would destroy. But nothing is ever black or white. No one is either good or evil. For all his darkness, I saw his light. For all his evil, I saw his good. As much as he made me hate him, a passion hotter than the fires of hell burned inside me.
I was his, and he was mine.
My very own monster.
I owned the DeMarco Mafia Princess. She belonged to me now. We had won, and they had lost. And what better way to teach a lesson than to take from them that which is most precious? Most beloved?
I was the boy who would be king. Next in line to rule the Benedetti Family. Lucia DeMarco was the spoils of war. Mine to do with as I pleased.
It was my duty to break her. To make her life a living hell. My soul was dark, I was hell bound. And there was no way out, not for either of us. Because the Benedetti family never lost, and in our wake, we left destruction. It’s how it had always been. How I believed it would always be.
Dominic: a Dark Mafia Romance
I was the boy who would never be king. The monster who could never be loved.
Gia was just a job. Just another girl caught in a world of monsters.
It didn't matter that I liked the look of her.
I didn't care that she cringed when she saw my soul.
I liked it.
I liked her fear.
And I wanted her.
Monsters didn't get to live happily ever after, though. I knew one day I'd have to go back. Because time neither forgave nor forgot.
And neither did I.
Old debts needed to be settled. Enemies punished. It was past time I returned to the family business. I'd been gone far too long.
All my life, I believed in fairy tales. Not the Disney kind. Never those. I always knew life was darker than that.
I was the daughter of a foot soldier. The sister of a snitch. A nobody.
Monsters had been part of my life for as long as I could remember, but none as dark as Dominic Benedetti. None as cruel. None as broken.
I had no illusions about what he was. I had no desire to save his soul. And I couldn't care about his bleeding heart.
But love isn't always beautiful. It could be a twisted, ugly bitch.
I'd always known this was the kind I'd find. The only kind that could touch me.
Because some of us, we belonged in the dark.
And Dominic and I belonged in the dark.
Author's Note: This duet contains both Salvatore and Dominic's stories. These are steamy, dark mafia romances where the happily-ever-afters are heard earned. Intended for mature readers. NO Cheating.
I was prepared for what was coming — as prepared as one could be when vanishing into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection Program.
I just wasn’t prepared for him.
For ex-Navy SEAL turned mercenary Lake Freeman, escorting Lily Cross into the Witness Protection Program was just another job — until a better offer came along. Lake couldn’t have cared less about the life he’d been hired to protect. After all, she was a part of the very organization that had cost him so much already.
At least he never expected to care.
But when forced into a decision he never thought he’d have to make, the mission became one of survival for himself and his beautiful charge. Lake knew that in order to protect her, he’d need to bring the feisty and unpredictable Lily to heel — he couldn't keep her safe if he couldn't keep her under control.
But that protective urge quickly turned into something else, something dark ... and his need to conquer, to claim, overrode all else.
He would keep her safe. He would keep her protected. But he would make her his, as well.
Now, all he had to do was figure out how to keep them both alive long enough to do it...
Publisher's Warning: Intended for mature readers. 18 and over only!
This is a MF BDSM **dark** romantic suspense. If dark romance is not for you, then you should pass this one by.
Themes include: graphic sexuality, pervasive D/s, exhibitionism, spanking, bondage, anal play and other BDSM activities. If such content might offend you, please do not purchase this book.
Word count: 66,328 words
Keywords: dark romance, captive fantasy, capture fantasy, abduction, mafia romance, organized crime thriller, psychological thriller, psychosexual thriller, BDSM, erotic romance, Stockholm syndrome, spanking, caning, strapping, forced exhibitionism, humiliation, alpha male, military hero, well-endowed hero, bondage, sensory deprivation, sadomasochism, HEA
My fiancé was one of those monsters, but by the time I learned the truth, it was too late for me. What he didn’t know was that his betrayal would send me into the arms of his fiercest enemies—two brothers who would stop at nothing to bring him down.
Now a pawn in a deadly game, I became Gabriel and Syn’s captive. First at a camp deep in the woods, then in a beautiful, secluded mansion. One moment they were my jailors, the next, my lovers. I didn’t know who to trust, how to survive.
They shared me. Made me theirs in every way. But in the end, would they, too, betray me? Because there were no good guys in this game.
He warned me to be careful. That my brother wasn’t who I thought he was. I didn’t believe him though. Not until it was too late.
And it cost us both everything.
Betrayed is the free 7500 word prequel to the intensely emotional dark standalone romance, UNHINGED.