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Publication date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Rule #1: Never disobey master’s commands.
Rule #2: Always strive to please your master.
Rule #3: Don’t ever kill your master.
Breaking the rules is the ultimate sin.
All I am is a servant. Rules like these keep me alive. They’re all I’ve ever known.
My new master: Marcus Knight, the charismatic and ambitious leader of an underground empire.
A man with a history he vows to destroy.
With his newfound ownership over me, he seeks to atone for his crimes … and to satisfy his wicked needs.
With love, he shows me what it means to belong to him … and it makes me question everything.
I don’t know why he chose me, but it feels too good to be true.
And it is.
Because I’m going to break all the rules.
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT #4:
The helicopter feels so small and moves violently as we go up into the air. Mister Knight can’t seem to take his eyes off me, though. His smirk makes him unbelievably handsome, unlike any other person I’ve ever met. His continued staring makes me blush as I rub my lips and hide my face yet again. I don’t know if I should say anything. Mister Knight told me I could speak without being fearful of reprimand, but I’ve never had approval before. I don’t know how to deal with it.
“Tell me what you’re thinking,” he yells into the microphone.
I take a quick glance out the window, seeing the deep forest up ahead. “It’s beautiful.”
“Gifford Pinchot National Forest. A vast terrain with steep mountains, dangerous cliffs, and trees as far as the eye can see.”
“Where is that?” I ask, hoping my question isn’t out of line.
“Washington State.” A smile tugs at the corner of his lips. “It’s where my home is.”
I listen to him, but my eyes can’t stop gazing outside at the magnificent view. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Such raw nature, unkempt. It’s a vast difference from where my Master lives.
I frown, realizing that I’m so far away from home. I wonder what my Master wants from me, what I am to do out here. Why is this man taking me here? What is the purpose of this visit?
“There.” Mister Knight suddenly points at a cottage in the middle of the forest, not far up ahead. It’s huge, from the looks of it, and made completely out of wood. At least, on the outside, it seems to blend quite well into the environment.
“What is that?” I ask.
“It’s my home.” His tongue quickly darts out to lick his lips. “And it’s also the place where you’ll be staying.”
“You live in the forest?”
“I not only live there,” he says, gazing out the window, as if he’s pining away, “I own it.”
He grins. “Everything.”
My eyes slightly widen from that statement, although I shouldn’t be surprised. My Master has many, many rich friends.
“The forest is mine, so I can do what I want with it.”
“So you live here?” I clear my throat. When he doesn’t answer, I add, “I’m sorry if I’m asking too many questions, Mister Knight.”
“There’s nothing to apologize for, Ava. You’re just curious, that’s all. But you will find out soon.” He smiles and then turns his head. I guess the conversation is over.
Not soon after, the helicopter lands on a pad right next to his home. He jumps out of the helicopter, but when I get up, he holds out his hand. It takes me a second filled with hesitation to take him up on his offer. I grab him and immediately feel the warmth flowing from him to me. He’s strong but gentle as he helps me off, holding my hand as if I’m a delicate flower he has to protect.
“Here we are,” he says.
The helicopter man waves at him and he waves back. Then he’s off.
“Come.” Mister Knight pulls me with him toward the house.
“It’s … huge,” I mutter.
“Mmmhmm, but there will be plenty of time for you to explore.” He takes out a special card and holds it to some kind of electronic device that turns green. The door makes a clicking noise. “You’ll be staying here for a while.” He pushes the door open, allowing me to peer inside.
However, the question I feel I should ask is more important to me right now than looking around his home. “Mister Knight, can I ask you …”
“Anything,” he says.
I look up at him. “How long will I be staying here for?”
“Does it matter?”
My forehead creases. “My Master may be displeased if I stay here for too long.”
He muffles a laugh and rubs his nose. “To be honest, I don’t really care what he thinks or feels.”
My lips part, but I don’t know how to respond.
And when I thought his words couldn’t confuse me anymore, he goes and breaks the norm, overwhelming me to the point of not knowing what to say.
The hand that grips mine tightens. “You will not be going back to that place, Ava.” He places his other hand over mine, emphasizing his hold on me. “This is your home from now on.”
“But why?” I swallow away the fear that rushes through my veins.
He leans in closer and whispers delectably dark, promising words into my ear. “Because I am your master now.”
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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, and Stalker. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
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