Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he wants revenge.Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, adored by fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her for driving him away. This time round, he doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he’s not a man who breaks his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must put his skill as necromancist to the ultimate test.