Series: Beast & Beauty Duet #2
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2022
I thought I could escape the Beast … but he already devoured my heart.
When the Beast took me and dragged me back to his cell, I thought my life was over.
In the darkness, he watched me.
Yearned for me.
He loved my scars, called me a beauty …
Made me irrevocably his.
Until his owner finally let him out …
And his final task was to destroy my father.
The only thing that stood between them was me.
Faced with an impossible choice, I run.
But even the beauty can’t escape the claws of the Beast.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1, BEAST
“I’m here now,” he murmurs against my lips. “I’ve found you, and you belong with me.”
He keeps kissing me even though he’s still holding that flower, and I am terrified of ruining it, of destroying the only thing that’s kept him going for all these years.
But I don’t want him to stop kissing me either.
His kisses are like oxygen. I need them to survive.
But he still pulls away, even when I struggle desperately to hold his mouth with mine.
Suddenly, he swoops me up into his arms, and I shriek from the surprise. “What are you doing?”
“Giving you what you deserve …” he replies, and it makes me feel tingly in all the right places.
When was it that I began to feel so much for a beast like him?
Was it before or after he first touched me? Kissed me? Made sure I knew I was his?
Days and nights blurred into one in that dark, damp cell, and my body adjusted, but my mind … my mind is still playing catch-up.
He carries me into the bedroom and heads straight for the bath, where he puts me down and starts tearing off my clothes. Shirt first, then my pants, as well as my socks and shoes. Not that they were mine, to begin with, but still … it makes me self-conscious because I’m naked once again.
I protect myself with my arms, despite knowing my hands are visible to him. But he doesn’t seem to be paying even the slightest attention to them as he throws my clothes in a corner and turns on the faucet.
The warm running water feels like bliss compared to the lukewarm shower we had back in the cell. But it feels wrong to be the only one to enjoy these simple things.
“You deserve a shower too,” I mutter, not knowing what else to say.
He plants a single finger on my lips and opens the faucet even further until the water starts gushing out. “My woman always comes first.”
Why does that make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside?
I huddle into the warm blanket of the water, trying to hide my blush beneath the bubbles he poured in. It all smells so lovely, and it’s a nice way to rinse off the nastiness from being in that mansion.
There was only ever one highlight, and it was always when he came to my rescue.
When he spread his arms and shielded me from their evil.
And I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me, for us … fighting his way through the pain to get us to safety … that I feel like he deserves this more than I do.
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he's a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.
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