Day 1 of 9 excerpts from Craving: Forbidden
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While on the run, mob enforcer, Earl Pirelli meets an angel. At least he thought he had until learning the truth about Daisy. She’s the daughter of his rival, sent to track him down. Will she lead him to his death or prove that guys like him can have a happily ever after?
Excerpt from Made by A.J. Norris
A warm hand clamped over her mouth and an arm went around her waist from behind.
“Don’t move,” Elmo growled in her ear, yanking her backward so she was pressed against his body. “Who are you?”
“No one,” she said, but with his hand covering her mouth the words sounded muffled. Her heart pounded.
“I don’t believe you.” Elmo marched her into the villa and sat her in the living room chair. “Stay put.” He closed and locked the doors, then sat on the ottoman parked in front of her. “I’m going to ask you again. Who are you? And don’t lie to me, because I’m not in the mood for bullshit.”
“Daisy. I wasn’t lying about that.”
“Why are you sneaking around in the dark?” He narrowed his stare. “Who’s paying you?”
“No one. I was curious about you.” Well, that was half true.
“You expect me to believe that?”
“Y-Yes. It’s the truth.” She buried her face in her hands.
“What’s the job?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, I was worried about you.”
He exhaled and glanced at the ceiling. “Have you told them anything?”
“Told who what?”
“Where I am. Kilpatrick’s men. How long have you been watching me?”
“I haven’t been watching you, I swear it. I came by to tell you that you left your flip-flops at the bar.” She said the first thing that popped into her head.
“Okay, so you thought sneaking up on me at night to tell me this was a good idea?”
“Well, all right, you’re here now, so give me the shoes.” She bit her bottom lip. “Um…”
“You don’t have them, do you? What’s the real reason you’re here?” Elmo smoothed his hair back with his fingers, groaning under his breath. He mumbled something that sounded like why did you have to be so beautiful?
“What did you say?”
“My father always told me a beautiful woman would lead to my death one day.”
He thinks I’m beautiful? This was probably not the most important part of that sentence. Except it was all she was focusing on at the moment.
“So why are you here if it’s not the shoes or a job?”
What was she supposed to say? Hey, I just wanted to know more about you before I signed your death certificate. Not stalking you or anything. “I forgot them?” she eked out.
“Is that a question?”
“No?” She squirmed in her seat.
He snort-chuckled without humor. “Your cover story isn’t well thought out, is it?”
“It’s not a story, I swea—”
“Yeah, I got it, you swear. Listen, can you at least give me a head start?”
“I’m telling you the truth on my mother’s life.” Okay, blatant lie. Sorry, Mom. Her mother passed away two years ago.
“Well, in that case…how long she been dead?”
“She’s not. I wanted to see you, all right?”
“Why? What turned you on, was it my excessive drinking?”
Daisy smiled. “You’re not drunk now. I thought you looked sad when I found you on the beach and I wondered why. Maybe I can cheer—”
“Believe me, Daisy, I’m not someone you need to be cheering up. You don’t know me.” He rubbed the back of his neck and left shoulder.
“I can help you with that.” She stood and inched out from between the chair and ottoman.
“Hey. What’re you doing?” His body tensed when she placed her hands on his shoulders from behind and started massaging.
“Oh, God, that feels…” he breathed. He grabbed one of her wrists. “This isn’t a good—”
“Shhh. It’s only a massage.” What was she doing? There were a million reasons why this was a bad idea. In fact, she couldn’t think of one good reason it wasn’t. If she lay with him one or both of them would end up shot in the head. And she wasn’t so sure if she would die by his hand or one of Kilpatrick’s goons.
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