In Deep and In Deeper by Kella McKinnon @KellaMckinnon
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In Deep and In Deeper
by Kella McKinnon
“I never thought it would go this far… that a man with such terrible secrets would steal my heart and make me want him so much, when his life of danger and lies should have made me want nothing more than to turn and run. I understood him, you see. I knew that beneath all of that money and power, and yes… violence, was a man in desperate need of love. So desperate that he took from me something I wasn’t ready to give: my future.”
Brielle Dalton thought the few months in Vegas she needed to finish her dissertation would also be a chance to have some fun before ‘real life’ took over. But she never counted on meeting Cristos Vicario, the irresistible but troubled owner of the Adagio casino. The attraction was instant and all-consuming, but in the beginning neither knew that their lives had crossed before, and the result had been nothing short of tragedy. By the time Brielle discovers who Cristos really is, and what he has done in a reckless attempt to keep her, it’s too late. She’s already in too deep.
“Jake…” I tried to reason with him. “I’m an adult, and I’m certainly not a virgin…”
“I can vouch for that”, Criss interrupted.
I turned to glare at him, but when our eyes met, his gaze was full of a little mischief and a lot of heat, and when he winked at me, I smiled. I couldn’t help myself. He looked adorable and sexy, and I just wanted to touch him and kiss him.
Criss stood and walked over to me, taking me in his arms and kissing my cheek, something he rarely did. “I have a meeting, baby. I just came back to get my laptop, but I’m glad I got to meet your brother.” He was being sarcastic, and I glared a warning at him. “You two seem to have some things to talk about, anyway.”
As soon as Criss left, Jake rounded on me. “So… about this new boyfriend of yours… I don’t like him.”
I rolled my eyes. “I noticed. What was that, some sort of epic testosterone battle?”
“You’re my baby sister, Brie. I need to look out for you.”
I sighed and slumped a little in the chair I had sunk into. “Yeah, I know. And I really appreciate that you do… I’m sorry. Criss can be a little intense sometimes.”
“Mmm, you don’t say. I take it he’s the jealous type? Maybe even, oh I don’t know, possessive? A complete asshole?”
I ignored that last part. “Honestly, I don’t think we’ve known each other long enough for him to be… possessive.”
“But you already slept with him?”
“Jake! I am not discussing my sex life with you. I’m almost twenty-six years old and as we’ve already established, not exactly a virgin anymore, and haven’t been for some time, by the way.”
I heard my brother groan as if he was in pain. “Brie… I don’t even want to think about that.”
“You’re the one that brought it up”, I pointed out.
“Well, forget I did. I just want to know that you’re safe with this guy. He seems like a real prick.” Jake crossed his arms and stared at me, waiting for me to defend my taste in men, I suppose.
“Yeah, you’re right”, I said. “As far as I can tell, Cristos does exactly what he wants and expects the rest of the world to just get out of his way. He’s hard to handle, but I like a good challenge. And it’s not serious, Jake. I’m just having fun while I’m here. There’s no way this will last once I leave town.”
My brother looked somewhat mollified by the impending end of my fling. “Listen”, he said. “Why don’t I take you out for dinner later, and we can finish catching up then. I have to be at a seminar in half an hour.”
“Okay. How about if I meet you somewhere? Marlo’s? It’s just down the street from here, right on the Strip.”
“All right. Six-thirty good with you?”
“I’ll see you then, big brother.” I grinned as he backed out the door and I saw him scrub his hands through his hair in consternation all the way to the elevator.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself. Though I used to work in Boston in the biotech industry, I’m now loving life on a small farm in New England where my husband and I are raising our three children and lots of animals. Between taking care of chickens and goats and shuttling the kids to dance class and piano lessons, I find the time to pursue my own interest: writing. I relish creating stories and bringing my characters to life on the written page, and each book is a labor of love.
I’m passionate about the romance genre because of the emotional journey a well-written novel can take the reader on, and my goal with each of my books is to do the same for my readers. I would love to hear from you at kellamckinnon.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org