EVERYONE HAS A SECRET... SOME MORE TWISTED THAN OTHERS...
BEWARE OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE PERFECT...
Illianna, a sweet, naive waitress, is wooed by the dashing but mysterious Nickolas. What could a handsome millionaire like him possibly want with a simple woman like her?
Ignorant of all the warning signs, Illianna allows herself to fall in love. She lives in his castle, lost in a fairy tale romance, and it was so easy to push away the doubts invading her mind. Nickolas is the epitome of a passionate lover, in and out of bed. Yet, his outbursts begins to show of a violent temper and scars acquired from a dark past that is slowly coming to light. Nickolas is a dangerous man - but is it to her, or to the enemies that threaten the very fabric of her own tragic past that she thinks she has left behind?
The walls Nickolas has built around himself start to crumble as his secrets endanger the very one he is trying to protect. What will his sweet, innocent, fiery lover do if she discovers his true identity? Can she forgive the murderer who has destroyed her life?
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He smiled his magnetic smile again, his white teeth showing. And she gulped. "Well, maybe a freak. Depends on who you ask, I suppose."
The better to eat you, my dear...
No, that couldn't be it, could it? She wasn't a helpless child in the forest with a basket of food for an old woman who lived in a cottage. She felt sure she could tell the difference between a grandmother and a hairy, snarling beast whose only interest lay in placing its fangs deep into her flesh.
He continued, "But ever since I saw you at the coffee shop that one day a month ago... I can't get you out of my mind. That's why I've been coming here every day. I should have asked you for what I wanted from the first day but I was worried about scaring you away. You evidently don't scare easily, though. So..." He sighed. "Look how this turned out."
He hadn't let go of her hand and caressed her palm with his thumb. Chills coursed throughout her body. She couldn't pull away. There was a moment when she felt like she would die if she pulled her hand from his. It felt so good, so right, for it to be there.
"I just want to ask you to go out with me; that's all. A date, Iliana. I'll pick you up tonight?" He said this as though he knew where she lived. Perhaps he did. He didn't even bother asking where to pick her up.
"A-A date? That's what this is all about? You want to go out with me? But, but... why me?..."
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