Beautiful Ashes Series
by Lora Ann
Genre: Dark Romance, Supernatural Erotic Thriller
Cover & Graphics by Sabre, Gray & Bane Cover Studio
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Tar’s lost in the halls of his own mind.
His body haunted by desires, his heart burning with a strange, familiar fire.
All he can think about is tasting her, knowing her, owning her.
But especially remembering her.
Trepidation filled her as she approached him, sleeping. She was cautious, leaning over and whispering in his ear, “I’ll always love you,” before kissing the side of his mouth. Shock filled her when a big hand fisted her hair and locked her lips to his. The kiss saying everything. Both pulled away breathless. Tears streamed down her cheeks. Tar reached up to catch them. “What’s wrong, Beautiful?”
“Oh, my God, you don’t remember!”
His face hardened. “I remember you giving up on us!” He pushed her away.
She crossed her arms over her chest. “What the hell are you talking about? I didn’t give up!” Her voice rising on the last two words.
“The fuck you didn’t,” he growled. “You. Let. Go.”
Her wide-eyed gaze on his. “I couldn’t hang on. Are you actually blaming me for that?”
Her finger tapping along the brace to make her point. “I sorta had a good reason!” she yelled, bringing Nik, E, and Lacey into the room.
E carefully eyed them. “Hey, you two need to lower your voices.”
“None of your fucking business, E,” Tar warned.
Nik stepped up. “Calm the fuck down.”
Tar’s eyes darted between the two brothers now standing in front of Keeley, forming a protective wall. A part of him respected the hell out of them for it. Another, wanted to beat the ever-loving shit out of them for stepping between him and the woman he loved. No matter how pissed off he was at her, he’d never hurt her. Didn’t they know that? He looked between them and settled his gaze on Keeley’s. “How’s your arm?”
She swallowed hard, still bewildered it was halfway healed and that she wouldn’t need the brace for long. The doctor informed her that he didn’t see any complications arising if she took care of herself. She recalled how, once more, he was amazed by the unexplainable phenomenon. But Keeley knew the reason behind it all, her guardian angel. And as she stared at Tar, she knew he too received healing. Or did he? “What happened earlier?”
“Ladies first.” His annoyance coming through for having to speak to her with bodyguards between them.
E glanced over at Nik, nodding. They stepped to the side but close enough to help if Keeley needed it. That was not lost on Tar as he shot both a fuck-you look, earning him a deep chuckle from the brothers. Keeley took a step closer to the bed. “It doesn’t hurt. Breaks are clean and healing.”
“That’s odd. I would’ve thought you’d be in that brace for a good six weeks.” He angled his head trying to figure it out.
She huffed, “Don’t look at me like that.”
His brow raised. “Like what?”
“Like I’m a freak! And what about you?” Her irritation came through loud and clear.
He reached for her hand, lightly stroking. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you feel foolish.”
Her other hand was gently caressing his hairline. “Your head’s okay?”
A cough interrupted them. “Listen, Tar. You promise to be a good boy?” E quirked a brow at him.
“Yes, Dad,” Tar retorted.
Nik added, “You better.”
E chuckled and nudged Nik out of the room.
Lacey was still sitting in a chair. “Okay if I go?” she asked Keeley.
“We’re good,” Keeley replied, gazing into Tar’s amazing emeralds.
Lacey politely closed the door behind her to give them privacy.
“Come here,” Tar’s voice rumbled low as he pulled Keeley to him.
She was now on top of him looking down at his handsome face. “Are you going to explain?”
He cupped her jaw. “Just a concussion, which brought on a killer headache.”
“Why were so many people in here then?” Her fingers threading his hair.
“They thought I was a danger to myself.” He leaned up to tenderly nip along her lips.
Her breathing hitched. “More like to me.”
His tongue softly stroked the outside of her mouth. “That too.”
“And the flash back you had?” She parted her lips more to give him access.
“Common,” he growled before accepting her invitation.
With each slide of their tongues, grip of their hands, Tar and Keeley were forgiving each other. Love mingled with need. Bodies demanding their union. Neither caring that anyone could walk in on them. The moment belonged to them and them alone.
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About Lora Ann
Lora is a Missouri native who relocated to California as a teen. She spent several years as an international flight attendant for a major airline before taking on her greatest job ever, a stay-at-home mom. Now she resides in Kentucky with her family and has taken on her newest adventure, writing.