Published: September: 19th, 2015
How far would you go to set yourself free?
Drake Blackwell is successful, controlling, and hiding a violent family past. He just made his latest investment: Noriko.
Imported from Japan and wed to a stranger, Noriko struggles to stick to the rules of a Good Wife. Drake can’t seem to love her, not the way she wants to be loved. She dreams of freedom beyond the gates of Blackwell Manor.
She meets Keir, a passionate young gardener who shares her desire to break free. He gets under her skin and ignites a fire in her she can’t ignore. In the midst of her quiet desperation she thinks she has found happiness. And a glimpse of hope.
But this affair can’t last…can it?
There is a darkness lingering, but not how you’d expect. There are monsters, but not as you usually know them. The truth is, in this story, no one is completely innocent. And it’s always darkest before the dawn.
Although part of a series, this is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger. WARNING: For ages 18+. There are scenes in this novel that infer or allude to physical violence.
He stared at me, his mouth slightly parted; the only sound coming from him was his breath drawing in and out of his lungs.
“What? No veiled insult, no smirk or scowl for me?” I said. I was trying to pick a fight. I was suddenly terrified of the cloak that seemed to have fallen around us both, shielding us from the world and pulling our bodies, our eyes, lips, everything, closer together.
He looked down at our hands, still joined, our fingers laced. I hadn’t pulled them away. He wouldn’t be deterred by my cheap tricks.
He looked back up to me and I was caught in the pull of his gaze again. “Noriko, if I ever say anything to try to repulse you it’s only because…I’m scared of you.”
“Scared of me?”
“Yes.” His eyes burned into mine, begging me to understand. “Scared of how you make me feel things that I know I shouldn’t feel.” His eyes flicked down to my lips. Suddenly my mouth felt full of cotton. He leaned into me until his mouth hovered inches from mine. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t move. “And you make me want to do…” his words came out in a hush, “things I shouldn’t do.”
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Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can't write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things and choose love above everything.
Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland - everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She's planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.