by Caitlin Crews, author of At the Count’s Bidding
Every now and again someone releases intimate photographs—or worse, videos!—to the hungry tabloids, and I cringe. Don’t you? I can’t imagine sharing something so personal, so private. I assume all sorts of terrible, mercenary things must be true about the person who sold them.
When I started writing At the Count’s Bidding, I knew that Paige had to have done something pretty awful for Giancarlo to hate her so much. Given that his mother was a famous star in the Old Hollywood Glamor sense of the term, I knew that this betrayal had to have been something connected to fame or celebrity. And it seemed an easy step to take—that a poor girl in a desperate situation would make the better of her bad choices and do something unforgivable.
And here’s the funny thing about unforgivable acts: they’re only unforgivable without love. Introduce love into the equation and who knows what miracles might happen?
But that’s not to say it’s an easy road to forgiveness…
Here’s a little excerpt:
“Come here.” His voice was a rasp, thick and hot, and it moved through her like joy.
Paige obeyed him and this time, she was happy to do it. She walked toward him, reveling in the way her blood pounded through her and her skin seemed to shrink a size, too tight across her bones. Because he could call this revenge. He could talk about hatred and penance. But it was still the same thick madness that felt like a rope around her neck. It was still the same inexorable pull.
It was still them.
He took her mouth as if he was already deep inside of her. As if he was thrusting hard and driving them both toward that glimmering edge. It was more than wild, more than carnal. He bent her back over her own arms, pressing her breasts into the flat planes of his chest, and he simply possessed her with a ruthless sort of fury that set every part of her aflame.
She thrilled to his boldness, his shocking mastery. The glorious taste of him she’d pined for all these years. The sheer rightness.
Paige kissed him back desperately, deeply, forgetting about the games they played. Forgetting about penance, about trust. Forgetting her betrayal and his fury. She didn’t care what he wanted from her, or how he planned to hurt her, or anything at all but this.
I hope you enjoy this sizzling tale of revenge and forgiveness and love.
Always love, no matter how hard it is to admit it.
About At the Count’s Bidding:
Paige Fielding has waited ten years for Giancarlo Alessi to walk back into her life. But the man she was once forced to betray isn’t interested in asking questions, or hearing apologies…
Shocked to discover Paige working as his mother’s PA, Giancarlo sees his thirst for vengeance reignite. So he lures her to Tuscany, where she will bow to his every pleasurable command.
But the lines between payback and passion quickly blur. And when Giancarlo discovers Paige is pregnant he must ask himself: Is it really revenge he so desperately craves—or her?