Book Title: NEVER, NEVER
Author: Brianna Shrum
Tiger Lily looked directly at him, and he thought what he saw in her eyes was guilt. Panic overtook him. This was it. She had come to end it for good. His throat constricted.
“Don’t say it,” he said hoarsely, unwilling to hear what he knew she would tell him in moments. “Please, don’t.”
A better man could have handled it. A stronger man would have heard her out and sent her away and slept off the pain, or drunk it off. Clearly, he was neither better nor stronger. With the girl in the room, he was nothing but vulnerable and raw. He hated it at this moment, more than ever.
“James,” she said, taking a step toward him.
James turned away from her. He was fully aware that his actions were those of a child. But the pulse pounding dangerously in his throat and the sweat breaking out all over him made it impossible for him to react in any other way.
“Please, James, just-”
“No,” he pleaded, “Pease, don’t even tell me. I cannot hear it from you. “
Tiger Lily made a sound of exasperation and forced her way in front of him.
“You fool pirate,” she said, and she grabbed his head and kissed him. The feel of her mouth took his breath away and at first, he didn’t even kiss her back, he was in such shock. But, he quickly came to his senses and kissed her with everything in him.
Tiger Lily pulled away for a moment. “What did you think I’d come to say?”
His voice was husky. “I thought you’d come to tell me you were leaving me.”
“I’ve made my choice, James Hook.”
“I cannot spend my life loving a…a child”
James’ pulse quickened.
“And can you spend it loving a pirate?”
Tiger Lily stared up at him. Both of them were frozen, it seemed, heavy breath the only sound in the room. But Tiger Lily broke the spell. She brought his mouth to hers, and James encircled her body with his powerful arms, forgetting about the blanket, letting it fall to the floor. He breathed into her, a low, guttural groan that came from the depths of him, and he let go of all the passion he’d been restraining for so long.
He pressed his chest hard against her and pushed her into the cabin wall, and she gasped. James tangled his fingers in her hair and kissed her over and over, deeper and with more longing than he’d ever done. The touch of her was exquisite, overwhelming. He was reluctant to pull back from her lips, but he had a greater need to explore the rest of her.
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