Well, what do you think? Jack finally gets his story. He's the brother to Rex, the hero in CIRCLE OF DECEPTION. Jack is a hard-ass, cat loving, poetry spouting mercenary who has a bit of a drinking problem when Katerina Savalas goes to him for help.
If you've been reading The Circle series, her name might sound familiar. She showed up in CIRCLE OF DANGER. If only her last name rings a bell, then you remember her dad is the crime boss who strung up Rex, naked, in the opening scene of DECEPTION.
Here's a little excerpt from Chapter 1. Beware: it's rated PG-13.
Pausing for a second to take a deep breath, she [Katerina] then fisted the soft material, yanking it across the pole, making the large metal rings clanked. Then she gasped.
Stretched out on a recliner, head shaved, broad chest bare, pants and black underwear around one ankle with a large smirk on his face was Jack Drago. A shapely blonde sat between his legs with her head bent over his groin.
Face hot, Katerina took one step back but hesitated, squashing the desire to turn and run. She needed his help, and she couldn't put it off any longer. With her decision made, she forced her gaze to meet his, not caring about whatever she intruded on. Light blue eyes examined her with lazy, licentious interest. No matter how uncomfortable his stare made her feel, she refused to look away.
The man was still as gorgeous as she remembered with his grid-defined abs and huge muscled arms on full display. Some type of Celtic design covered one shoulder to wrist and piercings through his nipples, one brow, and a loop in his lip made him look like a pagan god while the woman worshiped his . . . staff?
Warmth, either from embarrassment or something she rather not think about, spread across her face and neck.
“Hey, you look familiar,” he said in the deep gruff voice that she remembered. “I know.” He lifted a stubborn chin. “You’re that Savalas girl. Kristina. No. Katerina. Yeah, that’s it.” He slung a beefy arm over his head; his relaxed pose displaying muscles and toned body like a romance novel cover. “Come over and tell me how she’s doing. She claims to be a pro at it, but I think I’m her first.” He chuckled as he lifted a bottle of Devil’s Cut in his other hand and guzzled a third of it.
Shaking her head, Katerina held up a palm. “No. No. I’ll pass. I didn't mean to interrupt.”
The blonde huffed and leaned back. “I've been doing this for ten years, and I’m a hell of lot better at it than the fellow in Atlanta you were telling me about.”
Fellow? Eyebrows raised, her gaze returned to his face. He swung both ways? Then a mechanical humming stopped. What in the world? Unable to resist any longer, she peeked over the blonde’s shoulder.
She breathed a sigh of relief on seeing the artwork the woman worked on. Feeling a little stupid ― it was a tattoo shop ― she eyed the design.
On the left side of Jack’s groin, a large black ink pattern depicted a fallen angel with wings curled over a bowed head and a bruised, bloody body. Dark feathers brushed Jack’s abs and ended where his thigh and torso met. The design was beautiful and poignant.
When Jack’s cock twitched, she realized where her gaze had drifted, and her face heated again until it probably looked like an overripe tomato.
She twirled around, giving him her back. “Huh . . . I need to talk with you. After you pull up your pants.” The image of his cock would be seared on her brain for the rest of her life.
Sure, she’d seen the male species in their all-together ― her brothers lacked the modest-gene as kids, and she enjoyed the occasional picture on the Internet, and for that matter, she was no twenty-six year old virgin ― but Jack was different. First, her interest in him was in no way family related, and second, he looked ten times better than anything on the Internet or the men she’d dated. As Jack was a mature man, with muscles and tats budging and rippling in places she never imagined muscles and tats could look like that in real life. Oh, yes. The man was sin incarnate and dangerous.
And that was part of the reason she needed him.
Jack has a sleeve of tattoos on one arm (and the new fallen angel near his groin) and piercing at one eyebrow, nipples and the center of his bottom lip (a loop). What kind of tattoo or piercing turns you on? Fantasy or real.
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