Titles: Beast & Beauty
Series: Beast & Beauty Duet
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Dates: September 1, 2022 & September 8, 2022
He has a beastly instinct to devour everything in his path … until her.
I am the giant, menacing monster, known only as the Beast.
Sold to the mafia as a kid and trained to hunt, my life revolves around brutality and carnage.
My home is a cell made of concrete and iron bars.
And there is nothing I won’t do to be free.
The innocent black-haired girl with pretty pink lips, whose father I was supposed to hunt, dares to get in my way.
But when I grab her and look into her eyes, I can’t bring myself to finish the job.
She makes me feel hope. Greed.
And a frenzied desire to touch her.
Make her mine.
I was supposed to destroy everything in my path.
Instead, I took her … and consumed her whole.
When our eyes connect I instantly know …
I want to keep her.
I step forward, but just that single move makes her crawl back until she hits the wall.
Still scared, even more than before.
I pause and watch her from my corner, tilting my head for a better view.
The door at the top of the stairs is closed and what light remains filters through a tiny hole underneath the door, barely enough to illuminate even a speck of dust.
But I see her.
In the darkness I come alive.
My eyes have grown used to the shadows that inhibit this cell. The scents. The sounds.
And I definitely smell and hear her.
Lemon zest with a hint of honey. A perfume that wafts through the air every time she so much as flinches because of one little look.
But I won’t stop looking.
Her soft breaths are like music to my ears and I close my eyes so I can enjoy it more, the sound making me groan with delight.
Oh, I can’t fucking wait to hear more.
I lick my lips and approach her slowly. She’s cowering in the corner, desperately trying to get away, but there is no escaping this hell of mine I call home. This cell is where she belongs now. And maybe what that guard said was true.
Maybe she is a toy for me.
A plaything sent by my owner.
A gift to make up for his violence and to make me more compliant.
A wretched smile forms at my lips at the thought of making her mine. Of touching her, using her body, making her yield until she whimpers just like before.
My cock tents in my pants, but I will it down as I inch closer. All she does is stare up at me with widened eyes, like a deer caught in headlights. And I can’t help but kneel in front of her and lean in to touch her face. There’s a red mark from her fall when the guard pushed her, and the mere sight of this blemish on my pretty toy makes me want to rip off his limbs and eat them while he watches.
But the guard is gone now and all that remains is us.
I’m so close, I can almost taste her, my heart beating faster and faster. I can think of nothing else but to touch her, and I don’t understand why. Why I feel this need growing inside me.
My hand slides down her face and she shudders in place as I grip her chin. She turns her head, but it won’t stop me from inching even closer, reveling in her scent right at the base of her neck. She smells so nice and it makes me want to bury my nose in her hair and lick the salty droplets of sweat off her skin.
Suddenly, a hand rises out of nowhere to slap me, but I grip her wrist just in time. She glances at me through the corner of her eye, her body shaking underneath mine as I tower over her.
I don’t know why she tries to fight me.
Doesn’t she feel the very same thing I do?
Veins pulsing with heat, desperate to find out why?
She whimpers again as my grip on her wrist grows tighter. “Please …”
And for some reason it makes me pause.
I never pause.
Not with any of my victims.
But she … she’s not my victim.
She’s a prize.
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her cutie pie son, and her two crazy but cute dogs. In her free time, she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.
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