Excerpt: In Deeper by Kella McKinnon

In Deeper by Kella McKinnon

In Deeper

Part Two
by Kella McKinnon

eBook ISBN: 9781502560032

[ Contemporary Romance ]

Brielle
What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?
And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?
I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…
I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. No one knew what a dark and dangerous world he lived in, and when I finally saw him for what he was, it was already far too late. I found myself inextricably tied to him forever. The course of my life altered. My entire world changed forever as he took away my freedom and gave me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.
How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without? And all I had to do was forgive him…

Cristos

I was only living for one thing, one goal, one endgame… until I saw Brielle. And when I touched her, it was all over for me… I just didn’t know it yet. Not until I broke all of my rules for her, one after another, and that still wasn’t enough. I wanted more.
I wanted it all. Yeah, what I did to her was pretty much unforgivable. I know that now. Some small part of me might have known it then, too, but it didn’t matter. I had to hold on to her. I would have done anything to keep her… and I did.
Now I’ve put her in danger, dragged her into my world, and I don’t know whether to push her away or hold her tighter. Letting her go would be the right thing to do… but every time I try to do the right thing… I can’t.
When I take her, it’s always hard and desperate, as if she’ll disappear if I can’t make her feel the same things I feel… if I can’t force her to care about me enough that she’ll look past everything else and see into my heart.
Last night, after she fell asleep, still wrapped in my arms, I rested my lips against the top of her head and inhaled the scent of her as she slept. Trusting me, even though she shouldn’t. “I don’t deserve you”, I whispered. “But I want you. God, I want you so badly.”

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I took another deep breath. “Whatever it is, you can tell me, Criss.”
He looked over at me, and I could see the pain and confusion in his eyes for the first time, plain as day. It gutted me.
“No, I can’t, Brie. It’s not just that I don’t want to. It’s dangerous, and the less anyone but me knows, the better. Can you understand that?” He was watching me closely again, like he had last night, as if he was looking for even the slightest reaction.
I sat back a little, stunned, but not really surprised. I had guessed a long time ago that he might be tangled up in some sort of questionable activities, but dangerous? For the life of me I couldn’t imagine what he could be involved in that had him this uptight. The mob? A loan shark? No, he had too much money to owe anyone anything. Drugs? I’d never seen him use any, or seen any signs that he ever had… and… well, I just couldn’t think of anything else.
“Okay… What do you want then? Do you want us to be over?” I knew I should be running in the other direction as fast as I could right now, but instead every single cell in my body was hoping he’d say no.
“No, Brie.”
Thank god. I think.
I took a deep breath. “Why would you think I was out to get you? Why would I be spying on you? I never even knew who you were until Lexi told me.”
“I just… I’ve been burned before, that’s all. And I never saw it coming.”
“I see.”
“Look… I know it’s wrong and I know that when all is said and done you’ll probably end up hating me, but no. I couldn’t stand for us to be over. It would kill me.”
“Then that’s all I need to hear, for now anyway. Just promise me that when you can tell me things, you will.”
He nodded, but his eyes shifted away from mine. He might never tell me, but for right now, I’d take what I could get. And what I wanted most in that moment was to hold him and touch him and breathe in the warm scent of his skin. If it wasn’t love that I felt for this man, it was getting awfully close. The question remained though, if I ever got to know the part of him he was hiding from me, would I feel the same?
“Take me back to your place, please, Criss.”
He looked over at me, then picked up my hand and squeezed it. “Thank you, for understanding. It’s more than I should ask of you.” He gave me a sad smile and then started the car, shifting into gear and pulling away from the curb. This time, the ride was much calmer.
We went straight up to the penthouse and he took off all of his clothes, then undressed me slowly, pausing to kiss each part of my body as he uncovered it.
All but my lips.

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Author Bio:
Author Pic: Kella McKinnonHello 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.

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