Drawing On Love
(Mercenary Hearts 1)
Lessons I learned growing up:
1) Take care of yourself. Anyone else will let you down.
2) People come and go. Mostly, they go. It’s best not to get too close.
3) Lying and stealing are acceptable survival techniques.
4) Hide anything important.
Determined to stand on her own, Jessica Zinn embarks on a journey that will bring her face-to-face to a past she’s forgotten and force her to confront the demons she still carries. Through it all, Jesse’s unwavering love is a beacon that inspires hope in her darkest hours—but is it enough?
Warning: D/s, impact play, bondage, spanking, hard truths
He peered into my eyes and stroked his fingers through my hair. The blue of his irises had darkened, and a flame danced behind them. Suddenly I was seized with the desire to draw him, to capture by my own hand the wonder, need, and possessiveness I recognized there.
He leaned in to kiss me, but I pressed both hands to his shoulders. “Wait. Don’t move.”
“You don’t give the orders, my Brat. Ask for what you want.”
I didn’t want to argue with him. “Ten seconds. Please, Jesse.”
Granting my request, he froze. He watched the way I studied him, noting the faint lines at the corners of his eyes and the smattering of gray mixed with the light brown at his temples. I memorized the flecks of steel and the way light and lighter blues blended in his eyes. He allowed exactly ten seconds, and then his lips captured mine. Bypassing teasing altogether, he annihilated any resistance that might have cropped up due to my stubborn nature.