I fisted her hair and yanked back, her soft black curls tangling in my fingers. She yelped at the sudden pain but didn’t fight me. At least not physically.
Defiance was in every twitch of her body, every blink of her eyes, each clench of her fists.
“You don’t know me at all, Naomi. You only know what I’ve let you see.”
I shouldn’t have been doing it, but I couldn’t stop myself. I pulled her closer until my chest bumped against hers. With my free hand, I slid it along her hip to her back, keeping her against my body.
There was something about her warmth I couldn’t get enough of. Every moment she was close to me, I could feel my heart beating again, momentarily unfrozen.
“I’m not a good man,” I whispered to her, needing her to understand. I wasn’t what she thought I was.
She shook her head, as much as she could with me holding her still. “I don’t believe that. You wouldn’t do anything to harm another unless you didn’t have a choice.”
I scoffed. My gaze lowered to her mouth, those pretty pink lips that were untouched by the horrors she’d undergone so far. “There is always a choice.”
Her entire body shuddered as I leaned down toward her, my breath fanning the little dark strays of hair from her face. “A choice to surrender. A choice to fight.”
I smiled, but the irony wasn’t lost on me. I hadn’t felt like I’d had a choice in years. With Kala gone, something dark and unknown had risen inside me. That something wanted Naomi in that moment, and I wanted so bad to give in to it.
“What would be your choice, Naomi? Surrender, or fight?” I whispered the words centimeters from those pink lips. She shuddered again, from her shoulders down to her toes. She could be defiant, but I saw the desire rising in her as clearly as she thought she saw my soul.
Her heart pounded against my chest, fast and abnormally unsteady. But I saw no fear in her eyes. Maybe that’s what I needed to see. Maybe I needed to take control of this situation more than I thought.
Want surged through me like an electric current, waking up every delicious sexual nerve inside me. The sudden sensation knocked me away from her before we touched.
I stared at her, my chest heaving with exhaustion I shouldn’t have felt. God, she put herself right out there. There was no fear, no secrets in her eyes. She wanted me to kiss her.
Suddenly, her eyes turned to fire. She straightened, slid her fingers around my neck, and pulled me to her. An explosion of pleasure sent delicious licks of flames searing through my body as soon as our lips touched. Her body molded to mine as sure as I felt my own surrender to her.
I resumed my grip on her hair, tightening my hand into a fist with her dark locks once again tangled in my fingers. With my other hand, I pressed against the small of her back, holding her soft body against mine. Jesus, I was hungry for her. Feeling her relax against me, I parted her lips with my tongue, thrusting into her velvety warmth, much like I wanted to do to other places of hers.
It was like a duel between our bodies, each of us fighting to control the other, and surrendering at the same time. Like we couldn’t decide that simple choice to surrender or fight.
I wanted to surrender. I wanted to fight. I wanted it all.
I brushed my hand over her deliciously round ass, my fingers digging into the soft flesh over the sweatpants she wore.
She gasped into my mouth as I lifted her into my arms, still pressing her back against the wall. I wasn’t sure it was a painful gasp or just surprise, but I didn’t stop. My focus narrowed to her, just her and the way her fingers dug into my shoulders.
I released her hair, and with her legs hooked around my waist, I grabbed both her wrists and slammed them against the cool metal wall behind her. Her legs squeezed tighter to keep from falling, the warmth of her crotch pressed against my hardening cock.
Jesus. How long had it been since I’d reacted like this to a woman? I wasn’t a monk, but sex had become about filling a secondary need. With her, I needed everything she had to give. The physical, the emotions built up between us, coiled around our bodies like a snake, squeezing us until we couldn’t breathe.
I broke the kiss, groaning loudly, and still panting and out of breath. I pressed my forehead against hers, and closed my eyes. Every breath I made, she shuddered softly.
“We can’t do this. You’re asking too much.”
She freed her wrists from me and cupped my face. I opened my eyes to meet hers. “I’m not asking for anything.”
I dropped my head to her neck, smelling both the stink of her day and her natural delicious scent. It shouldn’t have turned me on, that scent. But it just wound me up tighter. Then she squeezed her legs together, which only made my cock get harder.
Fuck, this was such a huge mistake.
But I couldn’t stop.
“Perhaps you don’t even know that you are.” My teeth closed on her soft skin, not hard enough to break it, but enough that I knew she’d have a mark there later, a reminder of us. I had to have her. All of her. Delicious tingles slid through my nerves straight to my toes, searing heat that just rocked me straight to my cock.
“Oh, God…” she groaned out as I captured her mouth again. Jesus, I never wanted to stop. I didn’t care about anything else in that moment. I didn’t care that the Pattersons would use this against me later when they saw the recording, or that I shouldn’t be standing there making out with a new recruit. Nothing penetrated that haze of sexual energy surrounding us, binding us together.
Her eyes seared me when she opened them, an unbridled fire cutting my chest deep like a laser, melting the ice that encased my heart.
She pressed her pelvis against me, squirming against my cock. Surely, she could feel how hard I was. God, I wanted nothing more than to feel how wet she was.
Jesus. I was losing it.
“Stop!” I ordered. She froze. “You’re killing me right now.” I pressed my cock harder against her clothed sex. “Do you feel that?”
“Mm, yes,” she whispered, melting just a little more against me. “Please.”
I glanced up and saw the camera above us. Although I knew they were there, seeing it there, watching us was like being doused by cold water. Fuck. What was I doing? Everything was recorded here, and I knew that. They had enough on me with Jet. The last thing I needed was to let them use Naomi against me too.
I let go of her like she burned me, so fast she almost fell to the ground except that she managed to get her legs unhooked from me and under her before she did.
I stepped back, my clothes rumpled and disheveled. Her cheeks were as flushed as mine felt. Oh, my God, I’d just made a huge mess of things. “We can’t, for a multitude of reasons. We shouldn’t be doing this.”
Even as I said the words, I felt the stab of ice returning to my chest. She didn’t say anything, didn’t give me a clue as to what she thought of the situation.
Her dark eyes were rimmed with exhaustion though, something I hadn’t really noticed earlier. Did I exhaust her? Or had I just been too involved with my own feelings to consider hers?
“Naomi…” I whispered.
“Don’t.” She shook her head and put her face in her hands, obscuring it from my view.
We stood in silence, neither of us really knowing what we should say to the other. We were both panting hard, like we hadn’t been able to breath for a long time.
“Naomi—” I stopped when loud, booming vibrations filled the air around us. Ceiling tiles fell from their spots above us, forcing dust to fall around us.
“What the fuck was that?” I spat out. I turned in a confused circle, glancing all around us.
Shit. That was a bomb.
And there was only one person I knew that would set off a bomb in the middle of Section Five.
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