Title: Fated Bliss (The Bliss Series, #2)
Author: Cassie Strickland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Those gold eyes were the first thing I noticed. I wanted more than
anything to get lost in them, drown in her, to let go of my fears and
doubts my past had left behind.
But it wasn’t just me I had to consider.
My son came first.
She's a force to be reckoned with, though. She was everywhere, in my
dreams even, tempting me to throw caution to the wind.
And I was weak.
I gave into my clawing desire and let myself enjoy one night with her,
having no clue she’d change me forever.
Once wasn't enough. I became addicted. I craved her – her scent, her
skin, her smile, her eyes…her love.
I need Samantha.
My life was uncomplicated. It was free and easy.
Then I met him, the man with the blue-violet eyes that entranced me.
I had a feeling I was making a big mistake when agreeing to one night
of carnal bliss, but I was unable to walk away. I just couldn’t have
foreseen how big of one it was.
He turned my world upside-down, working his way into my heart
until it beat only for him. Now everything is complex, and there are
secrets he’s not telling me.
Will he ever let me in?
Time would tell, but one thing is sure – I’d walk through hell and
back, feel the blistering lick of each flame against my flesh, for just the
promise of Ben.
Not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen due to language
and sexual content.
Note from the author:
Fated Bliss is the second book in The Bliss Series, and though it is
recommended to read Finding Bliss first, it’s not needed. Fated Bliss
is a standalone novel with an HEA.
Ben cleared his voice, breaking the silence. “Is this you?”
I hadn’t realized we’d stopped outside my door.
“Oh…yeah.” My hands shook as I slipped my keycard from my clutch.
I smiled at him as I opened the door. “Come on in.
There’s a fully stocked bar inside.”
I didn’t give him a chance to say anything and ambled inside,
expecting him to follow. I threw my purse on the dresser and
continued to the bar, turning on lights as I went.
“Nice place,” Ben remarked behind me, closing the door.
“I know. My brother hooked me up,” I replied, grabbing two beers
and opening them.
With my heart in my throat, I discarded the caps and spun around.
Ben was standing at the mouth of the hall leading into the room, his
shoulder to the wall, seemingly unsure. I continued to him and passed
him the beer.
“Why don’t we have a seat,” I suggested, waving to the couch in front
of the floor to ceiling windows.
Why was I so nervous?
You already know why, Sam.
You. Do. Not. Do. This!
Before I could turn back around, Ben grabbed my hand and plucked
my beer from my grip. He placed the beers on the dresser next to my
clutch, slowly maneuvering me until my back was pressed against the
wall. I swallowed thickly and peered up at him. With two hands next
to my head, he caged me in and crowded me.
He sighed slowly and then played with a strand of my hair between
two fingers. “Samantha…”
I felt like this needed to be said, so I blurted, “I don’t do this.”
He flashed me his pearly whites and replied, “I know. I can tell. But
you’re not the only one out of your element here, sweetheart. This is
the first time I’ve followed a woman back to her place.”
My forehead scrunched with shock and disbelief. “Really?”
His head descended, and though I expected him to kiss me, he merely
rested his forehead against mine. I could detect a hint of beer on his
breath, but surprisingly, it was tantalizing. I wanted to close the
distance so badly that I'd sell my soul for just one sip from his lips.
Ben groaned, “You weren’t supposed to happen.”
“Why not?” I whispered, confused.
Talking was the last thing I wanted to do. Everything in me ached for
“When I came here…” He leaned closer and pressed his cheek to
mine, inhaling deeply. My legs shook. “You weren’t in my plans. I
couldn’t have foreseen such a stunning,” he placed his lips to the
underside of my ear, “captivating,” his teeth nipped my jaw,
“completely tempting woman.” His tongue snuck out as he nibbled
down my neck, causing my knees to turn to rubber. “You’ve knocked
me on my ass, Samantha. I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing.”
I shuddered, letting my head fall back, opening myself up for his
exploration. “I wasn’t expecting you either, Ben. I’m in over my head,
“We don’t have to do this,” he stated, his voice jagged, though his
actions were contradictory. His hands traveled down to my waist, his
fingers digging in deep to keep me anchored in place. “I can walk out
of here. All you have to do is tell me.”
No chance in hell.
“Don’t you dare, Ben.”
“I want to make promises. I want to say I’ll see you tomorrow and the
next day and the next. I want-”
“Shhh. Don’t, Ben. Don’t say those things to me.”
Promises were the last thing I needed. My heart couldn’t handle it
once this was over if he made any.
“See… I know you’re not the type of girl that does this.” He drew the
shell of my ear between his teeth and bit down lightly. I whimpered.
“You’re sucking me in, sweetheart, just like I’m doing to you.
Something’s bound to go wrong, and the last thing I want to do is hurt
Shamelessly, not wanting him to move, I wrapped my arms around
his neck and held tight. “Nothin’ needs to go wrong. I don’t expect
anythin’ after tonight, so you can’t hurt me.”
I might be slightly sore once this was over, but he was worth it.
Just for the night…
“You’re lying, sweetheart.” He pulled back a little, taking his lips from
my skin, and peered down at me, his eyes ravenous. “We’re both
going to be bruised and bloody come tomorrow.”
“Why, Ben?” I questioned.
“Because, baby girl, I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want you.”
His words had power over me, and breathlessness left me
lightheaded. “Ben…” I moaned, and my lids fluttered closed.
“Fuck it,” he growled, and then his lips crashed into mine.
About The Author
Cassie Strickland lives in East Texas with her husband, her daughter,
and her Jack Russell terrier. With the support of her family and
friends, she recently changed her career path to something new and
exciting, something she loves to do - writing.
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