Title: FLAME (#2, Fierce Series)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: May 8th 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance (18+)
When trust is challenged and desire takes control, is love enough to conquer fear?
When geeky book nerd Autumn Blakewood falls for the cocky, confident fighter Hunter Bane she knows she’s in for life. Their undeniable connection, fueled by the desire to protect, grows stronger every passing second. However, the need to feel cherished threatens her college graduation, family bonds, and future, tearing her apart, but she won’t give up on Hunter so easily …
After he was abandoned by his family, Hunter Bane struggles to cope with daily life. Having a learning disability turns every task into a challenge. With his brother now free, Hunter feels the pressure to succeed and take care of the people he loves, forcing him to choose between college and a job. Hunter’s devotion to Autumn keeps him on the right path. His infatuation with her turns lust into passion, drawing out his alpha tendencies. But with affection comes admission, putting a strain on their relationship as secrets are exposed and unforeseen circumstances spiral out of control.
Being complete opposites, their love is flaming hot, but it burns away all inhibitions, unveiling the fears that were locked deep inside. As past and present collide, difficult choices must be made. Can Autumn and Hunter’s love survive this ultimate test?
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With reddened eyes he stops in front of me, barely inches away from me. His half-mast eyes pierce my soul as he looks down at me. We’re both silently staring at each other, saying with our eyes what we can’t seem to express with words. His fingers draw toward mine like magnets pulled by the inevitable connection between them. We’re on a course toward collision, both fighting the urge to evade and crash. The choice devastating. Impossible.
As his fingers entwine with mine he opens his mouth. “I’m sorry.”
It’s so soft and subtle, and yet so ground-shaking to me.
“I’m so fucking sorry,” he murmurs again. “I should never have said that.”
I sniff, trying to keep the tears at bay, but it’s no use. “I don’t want to move on.”
“You don’t have to.” He inches closer and presses a gentle kiss on my forehead. “Oh god … don’t leave. Please don’t leave me.”
“But you told me to choose …”
“No, you don’t have to,” he says. “It’s my fault. I should’ve told you sooner what I was doing.”
“I tried to call you …” I whisper. “I needed you.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” he says, pulling my hands behind him so he can wrap his arms around me and pull me into his embrace. “I was trying to think of a way to tell you. I was so afraid. Now look what happened.”
I bury my face in his chest, his shirt growing wetter by the second. Neither of us cares about the rain. Right now, all we need is to hold each other.
“I never wanted you to leave. I just felt so powerless. God … I feel so fucking bad about what happened.”
“Me too …” I whisper.
“You have to believe me when I say I’m not just fighting for the sake of it. I’m trying to earn enough money to … to pay for your mother’s medical bills.”
Gasping, I look up into his brilliant grey eyes and blink a few times, unable to comprehend what he just said. “Are you serious?”
“Yes …” He licks the rain off his lips. “I know how much you need your mother … I don’t want you to have to go through that anymore.”
My eyes turn watery again and I burst out in tears.
“Hey, don’t cry,” he says, cupping my chin with his index finger and thumb. “It was supposed to be a good thing. A surprise.”
I chuckle a little. “I can’t believe it. I feel so guilty now.”
“Don’t be. I should’ve explained it sooner. Fighting is the only thing I’m good at, so when me and my brother discovered that this was a gold mine, of course we went for it. Still, I’m a fuck up. All I can do is fuck with people. I can’t do anything worthwhile. Nothing to make you proud … And that’s what made me hesitate to tell you. I want you so badly. For you to look at me and tell the world that I am everything you ever dreamed of, even after all the shit we’ve been through. That I can still rock your world.”
“You still do,” I murmur hugging him tight. “After all of this, I feel incredibly fortunate to have you in my life. Don’t ever say about yourself that you’re not worth it. You’re fighting for my mom. I mean, how big is that? It can’t get any more perfect than that.”
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