(#2 of North Security)
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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The spotlight lands on Samantha Brooks. Years of practice build to the opening night of a global tour. She plays her heart out, but there are darker forces underneath the stage.
There are eyes watching from the wings.
Liam North fights to keep her safe with every weapon he owns. She’s his greatest pride—and his greatest weakness. The danger comes from somewhere no one expected. Betrayal threatens to destroy everything he’s built. His business. His family. His life.
When the curtain falls, only one of them will be left standing.
Excerpt . . .
I touch my fingers to her temple and stroke her cheek. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that everything will change. Don’t worry about your future. Do this because you love it, right now. Play. Compose. Perform. Sometimes all you have is right now.”
My hand trails down her jaw, until the backs of my fingers rest against her throat. Her vocal cords vibrate as she speaks. Ripples of pleasure and pain resound through my body.
“I’m not performing right now,” she whispers.
I have her tucked into the ivy, as deep as she can go. I’m blocking her with my body—keeping her within reach, keeping everyone else away. It’s the only way I’ve ever been able to breathe.
A knot forms in my throat. “What do you want?”
Right now. The words move between us like the cool night breeze.
It shouldn’t be possible for her to live up to the image in my head, the perfection that I’ve been imagining every goddamn night. Except it doesn’t even do her justice.
She’s living breathing perfection.
Somehow, I’m leaning close. Is it only me who wants this? Her breath brushes over my lips. What do you want? I asked her. “This,” she whispers, and then she closes the centimeters between us.
Four weeks. That’s how long I’ve been apart from her.
It might as well have been four years. A lifetime of silence. The moment her lips touch mine I’m suffused with music, thousands of notes that she’s played for me, a million heartbeats.
By the time she pulls back I’m breathing hard. I can run a marathon barely breaking a sweat. Being near this woman is enough to break my body into pieces.
While Samantha begins to become a woman and stand up for herself, in many ways, she is still a young, sheltered naïve girl. But I think she is learning and growing more and more each day. Liam is trying to place distance between himself and Samantha but it isn’t working as well as he hoped. He is determined to keep her safe even if that means risking his own life. Josh shows some interesting sides to himself in this story. He riles up his brother in order to get a reaction for him and force his hand. But he is the one who recognises more than anyone the power Samantha has over Liam.
Dark shadows are lurking and no on can be completely trusted. More secrets are revealed from the past and the reader learns more about Liam’s tragic past. I think these words get a heartstring the most: “That’s what life is about,” he says, his eyes darkening to emerald. “Trying to find a moment of happiness in the face of overwhelming human suffering.” It’s like a kick in the gut because even though Liam said this, I don’t think he truly believes he deserves happiness and that’s heartbreaking.
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