I hope you enjoy this #StarkOnSaturday excerpt from Have Me, A Stark Ever After novella, coming November 4 in the US and the UK!
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He smiles, soft and easy and full of promise, then pulls me to him. With practiced ease, he lifts me up and then gently places me into the tub. The temperature is perfect, and I sigh in ecstasy, letting the slightly oiled water sluice over my skin. I scoot back to lean against the smooth side of the tub and make room for Damien to join me.
Except, of course, he doesn’t.
“Damien,” I protest.
“Hush. Let me take care of you.” He takes the champagne and opens it, very deliberately letting the cork fly out of the room, and sending foaming bubbles splashing down upon me.
I laugh. “Isn’t that the uncouth way to open champagne?”
“Perhaps,” he says. “But it’s much more fun.” He fills the two flutes, then hands one to me before picking up the second. His eyes skim over me, but the humor I’d seen only moments before is gone, replaced by something both soft and deep.
His eyes meet mine, then, and I see the heat—and the love. He raises a glass in a silent toast. “You are my heart,” he says, his gaze never leaving mine. “You are my blood. You are the air that I breathe and the strength inside me. You are not just my wife, Nikki, you are my soul. You are my world. You are my life.”
I draw a shaky breath, nodding foolishly as if that will keep the tears at bay. “And you are mine,” I say, then extend my flute to clink with his. “I love you,” I add, wishing that I had his eloquence, but knowing that he understands what is in my heart even if I can’t quite find the words.
“I know,” he says as he moves to kiss the top of my head.
“Will you join me now?” I ask. I want his touch. I want him wrapped around me, lost with me in this warm and wet embrace.
Instead of answering, he picks up a glass container and pours some scented oil onto his hands. Then he moves behind me as I make a low noise of protest. But not as adamant as I could have—while I do want him in the tub with me, I certainly can’t deny the appeal of being bathed by Damien.
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