💙👀𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔀👀💙
𝓑𝔂: Lily White
𝓖𝓮𝓷𝓻𝓮: Standalone, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Suspense, Stalker Romance
𝓡𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓪𝓼𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓽𝓮: April. 22, 2020
You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.
While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.
How many times must I remind her?
It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.
The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets
She’s mine. Always has been.
I’m the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.
He had his chance to make her happy.
He didn’t see how she was dying inside because he couldn’t know her.
Not like I know her.
I am her stalker.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.
𝓐𝓭𝓭 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓽𝓸 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓣𝓑𝓡
💙👀𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓯𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼 𝓞𝓯 𝓐 𝓑𝓲𝓫𝓵𝓲𝓸𝓹𝓱𝓲𝓵𝓮 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀👀💙
❝𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑟. 𝐴 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟. 𝐴 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝐼 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑎𝑤 ℎ𝑒𝑟; 𝐴 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑒𝑟. 𝐴 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑.❞
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝟓/𝟓 𝓞𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: The Danger You Know is a full length standalone by Lily White. Told in dual point of view you don’t want to miss this dark and suspenseful stalker romance filled with unexpected twists. I have NEVER read a stalker romance quite like this one, and I am loving it!! Seriously, one of the best stalker romances I’ve read to date. I couldn’t get enough of Ari and Adeline, and let’s not forget Lincoln too! The Danger You Know is far from your average love story, it’s a unique tale about a stalker and his obsession.
❝𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑔𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑙 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡. 𝑂𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟, 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒. 𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑎𝑚. 𝐴 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟. 𝐴 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡, 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑎𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤.❞
Lily White is a new to me author and I must say, I’m intrigued! I am completely dumbfounded as to how I’ve missed her though! If you follow my reviews you already know that dark reads are my jam, sooo how in the world did I miss this amazing author? I have no idea but now that I’ve found her, I’m binging everything! I’ve read many stalker romances but NOTHING quite like The Danger You Know. White surprised me with this one and that’s no easy feat.
❝𝐼 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑚 ℎ𝑒𝑟.
𝑇𝑜 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟.
𝑇𝑜 𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑤𝑙 𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒.
𝐼 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑦𝑒𝑠.❞
For years Ari has watched from afar over the wild and free-spirited Adeline Kane. Protecting her without her knowledge. But when Ari starts to see that Adeline’s spirit is being dimmed by someone in her life… he decides it’s time to finally come out of the shadows…
But with as many secrets as Ari keeps some of them are bound to come to light…
❝𝐼’𝑚 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑏𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑, 𝑎 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑧𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑟𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒.❞
💙 (𝓗) 𝓗𝓮𝓻𝓸: Ari is an assassin/ killer for hire. He’s also a stalker who’s obsession knows no bounds. When Ari first starts stalking Adeline, she’s a wild child. Acting out in her own way after the loss of both of her parents. But her spirit catches his attention and over the years his obsession with her has only grown over the years and although he’s tried to walk away, he can’t.
❝𝐴𝑟𝑖 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑔𝑎𝑚𝑒, 𝐼 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑒. 𝐻𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑑, 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑒.
𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑦 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡, ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑔 𝑚𝑒 𝑘𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠.❞
Ari has stalked Adeline for years from the shadows. He knows everything there is to know about her, down to the minute details. Ari has stopped at nothing to protect her, even going as far as to… Uhm… remove people from her life if he felt they were a threat to her well being. He may be a stalker but he’s devoted to her and you have to admire him for that.
❝𝐻𝑒’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑚𝑒.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑠 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑢𝑟𝑡 𝑚𝑒.❞
Ari’s the kind of character you aren’t supposed to like but you can’t help but love. I LOVED that there were points in the story where Ari literally told readers F*** YOU if he felt they would judge him for his actions or for Adeline and his relationship. Ari is surely not a hero, and he may not be a good guy… but sometimes… a girl needs a villain in her life.
❝𝐴𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑤.
𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑒𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑔𝑜.
𝐼’𝑚 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑜 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦. 𝑁𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡. 𝐼’𝑚 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑏𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜𝑜 𝑓𝑢𝑐𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔…❞
❤️ (𝓱) 𝓗𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓲𝓷𝓮: Adeline ‘Little Bird’ Kane spiraled out of control at sixteen years old, after the death of her parents. But after years of living life on the edge, she meets a man who offers her stability and the kind of life she thinks she’s supposed to lead. Unfortunately, Adeline loses herself and her spirit in the process.
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑎 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑜 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑤𝑜𝑜𝑝 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑎 𝑣𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓.❞
I wasn’t really sure what to think of Adeline at first… she was a bit of a wildcard but as her character evolved and grew up, I eventually really liked her. The whole sleep disorder that Adeline suffers from was a nice little twist in there and just another way that I think kind of emphasized how “aware” her self conscious really was of her “shadow”. Adeline always felt like there was something just out of her reach but she never could have guessed what she was feeling was real.
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 𝟓/𝟓 𝓢𝓽𝓮𝓪𝓶 𝓕𝓪𝓬𝓽𝓸𝓻: Although their connection is a bit messy and to some, hard to understand, Adeline and Ari just fit. I love damaged characters and both Ari and Adeline are damaged but the two of them together bring out the best in one another. Ari was the perfect person to pull her out of the shell that she had fallen under. The steam… SMOKING HOT! Ari is freaking HOT and after that up against the wall scene… I want my very own stalker ya’ll!!
❝𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑏𝑒𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒. 𝑊ℎ𝑜 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟. 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑡”…
“𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑖𝑚,” ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠. “𝑂𝑟 𝐼 𝑔𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢.❞
❥𝟚❥ 𝓢𝓮𝓬𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓪𝓻𝔂 𝓒𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓬𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓼: Lincoln Major. *SIGH* Lincoln is Ari’s right-hand man and the only person he trusts to look after Adeline when he’s not around. I loved his little jokes and wisecracks towards Ari. The camaraderie that he had with not only Ari but Adeline as well was awesome and made him that much more endearing. Lincoln NEEDS his own story and I will NOT be happy until he gets it! (HINT, HINT LILY WHITE!)
🌪 𝓒𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓯𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: Nope, no cliffhanger. Although I most definitely would like to have Lincoln’s story, Ari and Adeline’s story wraps up beautifully.
❝𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑘 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑢𝑝𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑓𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑢𝑝 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑎𝑛𝑒.❞
⚠️ 𝓣𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: The Danger You Know is a DARK romance. There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. E.g. cheating, physical abuse, mental manipulation, etc. If you would like to know more about those subjects, feel free to DM me!
❝…𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑢𝑙, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑓𝑢𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔.❞
If you enjoy a good dark stalker romance, with unapologetic characters and twists that you won’t see coming then you don’t wanna miss The Danger You Know!
❝𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙, 𝐴𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢, ℎ𝑒’𝑙𝑙 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑜.❞
𝓖𝓻𝓪𝓫 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓽𝓸𝓭𝓪𝔂!
𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐔𝐒: https://amzn.to/34MsfsV
𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐔: https://amzn.to/2XHWhNb
𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐔𝐊: https://amzn.to/3blRPYr
𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐀: https://amzn.to/3ao2Sid
I feel deflated by what he’s telling me, by how close I’d come to being hurt or worse because of the constant partying when I was younger.
Ari’s hand moves so that his palm is warm against my cheek, a gentle touch. “If protecting you was wrong, then it is what it is. You were wild, Adeline-”
“Which is why I needed to grow up!”
He blinks at the interruption. “Which is why you needed to be smarter, but you were young. I saw past that. I watched out for you.”
“You stalked me! How can you not see the problem with all of this? What kind of devil are you that you can think any of this is acceptable?”
Grey eyes glimmering, he brushes a thumb over my bottom lip, his gaze locking to it for a moment before lifting to mine again.
Ari’s voice is a deep vibration over my skin when he answers, “I guess that’s the thing with enticing a devil to love. We’ll go to the depths of Hell for you without any concern for whether it’s right or wrong.”
Another brush of the pad of his thumb over my mouth and I shiver at the feel of it, my anger bleeding out while something else takes over. I’m suddenly hyperaware of the feel of his fingers on my wrists, the masculine scent of him that is a balm to my soul. The weight of him against my body, the heat that rolls over my skin from where he leans over me.
I want to hate him. Fear him. Be angry at him for what he’s done.
Ari has always been a presence I wasn’t aware I knew about. A freaking shadow hovering over me, fighting for me, watching out for all the other dangers staring me in the face.
Tears roll down my cheeks, partly because of the adrenaline still choking me, but also because I shouldn’t feel this way about a man who has done so much wrong.
But I can’t help it. I can’t deny it. Parts of me burn when Ari touches me. The anxiety quiets and it feels right in a way that is so utterly wrong.
He stares at me silently, his gaze tracing the lines of my face.
“Are you done fighting me now?”
I want to be. But there’s something inside me that won’t stop. Something that keeps telling me this is so insanely wrong that I’d be an idiot to accept it.
“No,” I whisper, both hating and loving how the answer returns the smile to his face.
“Good,” he croons, his voice a seductive purr. “I like it when you fight.”
His mouth brushes mine and I snap my teeth at him. It only makes him smile more.
Fingers locking over my jaw to keep me from doing it again, he bites down on my bottom lip, licks the sting before kissing me so deep that I’m helpless to the slide of his seductive tongue against mine.
𝓐𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓐𝓾𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓻
Lily White is a bestselling author who likes to dabble on the dark side of romance. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and The Five.
When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, and Because of Ellison.
Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.