BUT I NEED YOU (This Love Hurts Trilogy #2)
 by Willow Winters

Release Date: October 20th   

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Some love stories are a slow burn. Others are quick to ignite, scorching and branding your very soul before you’ve taken that first breath. You’re never given a chance to run from it. That’s how I’d describe what happened to us. Everything around me blurred and all that existed were his lips, his touch… The chase and the heat between us became addictive. Our nights together were a distraction, one we craved to the point of letting the world crumble around us. We should have paid more attention; we should have known that it would come to this. We both knew it couldn’t last, but that didn’t change what we desired most. All we wanted was each other… This is the second book in the This Love Hurts trilogy and This Love Hurts, book one, must be read first.   

“How long?” “How long have I been watching you? You have so many questions that you already know the answers to, don’t you?” All I have to do is remember the first week I moved in when the power went out. There wasn’t an ounce of me that suspected anything. That was years ago… Years. The answer sends goosebumps down my shoulders that don’t stop until a shiver takes over. “I have unusual ways, invasive, I know. But I tried to stay away and let you be. This is how I managed. And then… you kissed him. You fucked him. It … it’s taking a lot of effort to not be jealous. He’s been there for you and you’ve seen it.” I can barely breathe listening to him. “You told me not to be scared, but I am.” I admit the truth out loud because it’s too much. It’s far too real. “You’re a good girl for telling me.” Good girl. From anyone else I would snap, there’s a trigger inside of me wound tight and it would spring free. But from him… He adds, “We’re going to have to work on that. Lie down and let me help you.” “What do you want?” my voice trembles. “Again… You already know the answer.” He’s not wrong. I know what he wants, even my body is aware as my nipples harden against the soft cotton of my nightgown. As if he’s read my mind, his nearly silver gaze drops to my chest. “Fear is a funny thing, isn’t it?” He comments but remains where he is, “I bet you’re hot too, aren’t you?” All I can think about is Cody. Marcus may know things, but Cody may not. And whatever I do here, it could come back on a man who has done nothing but protect me. “Marcus … I’m with—” “I know. I saw it all. I saw you kiss him again yesterday. Really kiss him like you love him. You do, don’t you?” There’s not an ounce of anger, only knowing. “Marcus ---” “I’m not mad. You don’t have to be afraid. But I deserve a chance. I don’t regret much in life, but I regret not taking you when I had the chance.” “When was that?” I question only to allow more time. To give space to the moment.” “Questions. So many questions, my Delilah.” Sitting straighter, his fingers wrap around the arms of the chair, as if he’s holding himself back. “I answered you, I gave you more information than I should.” “You told me not to be scared, but--” “If you’d like, I can make it easier on you.” I can only nod. “Lie down, Delilah.” With trembling limbs I do as he says, slowly, lifting the covers for a moment, glancing at the sheen of light against the gun still within reach. He lets me take his time, all the while I listen. “Close your eyes,” he whispers and they’re the most seductive words I’ve ever heard. If only sinning with your eyes closed saved your soul from the devil. Every little hair stands on edge when I hear the creak of him rising from the chair. My chest rises and falls chaotically, every fight of flight instinct screaming with adrenaline. “Don’t turn around,” he commands and I’m certain his steps are deliberately loud as he rounds the bed, walking behind me and then slowly, the weight of him is felt, the cool air from a raised comforter kisses my skin. With my eyes closed tight, he climbs in behind me and I have to part my lips to inhale. It’s a staggered breath that’s suffocated in his heat as he gets closer, inch by inch. Until his hard chest is nearly against my back. Every breath I barely graze him. With one more adjustment, his erection presses against my ass. A whimper leaves me and it’s then I feel his shadow weighing down on my. His fingers slip the loose hair down my shoulder and he whispers along the curve of my neck. “He likes to kiss you here… I understand the desire.”  


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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Best Selling Author! Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two. In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!  

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