Jake’s a member of an elite club, the Candy Apple. Years ago, it used to be a gentlemen’s club, but now it caters for other needs. When he first sees Ellie sitting alone at one of the tables near the dance floor, he makes it his business to find out about her.
Jake’s enchanted by Ellie. He wants to give her what she needs.
Ellie takes him up on the offer.
The trouble is, Ellie’s needs will shock Jake and set him on a quest to find her, when after a night of passion and rescue, she slips away into the night.
Finding Love–a contemporary, erotic romance/suspense with a twist of darkness and an HEA.
What would you do to find love?
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Jake didn’t wake up until midday. As he turned over and checked his cell phone for the time, he remembered Ellie was in the next room. It brought a smile to his face. He saw the time and leapt out of bed. The towel dropped to the floor and he scooped it up. He ran into the bathroom and splashed cold water onto his face. He cleaned his teeth, and then ran his hands through his hair. He dragged on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
He made coffee and put waffles to toast. They were frozen but not bad if you loaded them with fresh strawberries. He poured orange juice and warmed the dishes for the waffles as he rinsed off a tray of pre-hulled berries. When breakfast was on the table, he stood back and surveyed it. He looked forward to seeing Ellie. Happiness buoyed him. He smiled as he went to the guest room and knocked softly on the door. He’d knocked a few times before he carefully opened the door in case she was sleeping, but all the same wanting to check she was okay.
When he saw the bed not even slept in and Ellie’s duffle bag gone from the low table under the window. His heart flipped and then started to race. He went into the room and opened the blind. He checked the bathroom and then stood in the middle of the guest room with sadness and concern vying for first place in his head.
He went back to the little dining alcove and sat at the table. He picked up his cup of coffee, then he put it down again. Not even a note. Nothing. She must have gone as soon as I was asleep. Jake’s disappointment at Ellie’s leaving was so acute he couldn’t eat breakfast. He scraped the waffles and berries from the dishes into the trash, and poured the coffee away. He put the crockery into the dishwasher, and stared out of the kitchen window. I really liked her. Bet she’s run from that nutcase boyfriend again. I would have kept her safe. I would have beat the crap out of him if he showed his face. Poor Ellie. What a shame. Fucking hell, I hope he doesn’t find her again, wherever she ends up this time.
Jake didn’t feel like being at home, but he hung around for a couple of hours wondering if she’d change her mind and come back to his place. Around three-thirty he pulled on a jacket and went for a walk. He’d usually take a run and maybe visit the gym for an hour when sadness or loneliness struck, but this time sadness weighed heavy on him and he wandered despondently around the park until he got to the pond. He stopped there and watched some kids feeding the ducks. They clamored and scrambled for the food racing with their tail feathers wagging as they ducked their heads to snatch up the bread before it sank deep beneath the water.
I hope she’s safe. He couldn’t keep thoughts of Ellie away. He walked home.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2016 Hot Ink Press
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Themes: flawed characters, love at first sight, women’s issues, love story, banishing your demons, HEA, relationships, what people do for love. Triggers, bullying, abusive relationships.
Please note this book is erotic romance 18+ only