I thought I was done.
I couldn’t take my eyes off her as the bullet tore through me, leaving me with nothing but the hope that I had done enough to save her. The darkness tried to engulf me—to brand me as its own and drag me to my fate.
Waking to see her tear-stained face above me was enough to make my heart stutter. I was alive and free from that place—but not from the toll it had taken on my mind and body.
My story should have ended, but one woman kept standing in the way of that. The only way I could have her was to find a way to put the darkness to rest.
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“Did you force her to have sex with you?”
My hands clenched at my sides twisting and curling the thin hospital sheets. “Not then.”
I tried to think about anything else, but my mind betrayed me and jumped straight to that night. My heart went into overdrive, fueling the anger that already tainted my blood and sending it to the deepest part of my brain.
That first day. It seemed like it had happened years ago, only because so much had changed since the day I’d first seen her in the basement of the Retreat.
“When? Another day—or night,” Dr. Combs continued prying.
“Second night—only because it would’ve been Ross if not me.”
“How did she react to that?”
I blew out a puff of air. “I got her off if that’s what you’d like to know.”
Dr. Combs scowled.
“See there,” I said, laying my arm over my eyes. “You don’t really want to hear about it any more than I want to talk about it.”
“Be crude all you want. I’m not judging—”
I slammed my hand down on the bed to stop her lie. “Don’t fucking give me that. I was there. There is no fucking way in hell anyone hears about the things I did without some kind of opinion. I’m the bastard, the abuser, rapist, villain, liar, thief—and I get away with it all as far as the law and any official judgment are concerned. I’d be utterly convinced that I’m guaranteed a spot in the deepest pit of Hell if I wasn’t holding on to the slim hope that the time I’ve already spent there was enough to burn away my sins—at the very least it might have burned away my soul, in which case it won’t matter much once I die because there won’t even be anything left.”
She smiled—of all the fucking reactions in the world, she smiled at that?
“Finally getting an honest reaction. I do believe that’s the most you’ve said all week.”
I scowled, the distasteful sting of bile assaulted my mouth. “You’re a gem, you know that?”
“Back to the topic. Tell me what happened.”
“When?” I was done fighting, only because the smile told me that she was quite possibly more sadistic than me.
“Pick a night.”
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About the Author:
Skye Callahan was born and raised in rural Ohio and has had an insatiable love of reading and writing since she was young. Thanks to the encouragement of teachers, family, and friends, she has found her passion in immersing herself in the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head.
Most of her early stories were paranormal, and although the paranormal world still has a special place in her imagination, her interest in BDSM and dark romance has led her to expand her writing endeavors.
Before she began writing full-time, she earned a M.A. in Public History and worked for a non-profit business consulting center. When she’s not indulging the voices in her head, she’s enjoying life with her husband and two ferrets.
Damages by RJ Van Cleave
The MacLanes – Book 2
Justin & Mary
Damages is the second book in the MacLane Family series. It is the story of Justin and Mary, and can be a standalone. Due to ‘adult content,’ this book is best suited for readers 18 years of age and older.
Justin MacLane had it all, except for good luck when it came to women. He had money, good looks, and a great, down to earth personality. He was the youngest MacLane executive at Anderson-MacLane industries, but his connections and wealth were more impressive than his work ethic. Justin was just too nice and too giving, and women used him only to get ahead. That made Justin realize that he’d rather be alone, than be a stepping stone for the next Hollywood sensation.
Mary Andrews had a hellish childhood, and only had bad luck when it came to men. The physical and sexual abuse she suffered as a child, eventually led Mary to the biggest mistake of her life – Carson Matthews. After years of living with an abusive husband, she finally got out. Getting out, however, was the easy part. That made Mary realize she would rather be lonely, than ever trust her heart, or her body, to another man.
When Justin crosses paths with Mary, it takes only one look from her to know she is different from the others. Her razor sharp tongue and conservative dress protects her from the world, and Justin realizes Mary isn’t going down without a fight. Mary is totally and utterly unimpressed with Justin, his fat bank account, or his flashy Porsche. When his gentle manner stirs up feelings that she’s never felt before, Mary realizes she’s facing the biggest fight of her life. Sometimes, risking it all on the right person can help you finally heal the damages inflicted by others…
Book 1 – Demons
R.J. Van Cleave was born and raised in a small town just east of San Diego, California, where she still resides today. From the time R.J. was a small child, she wanted to be a doctor or have babies. In the 6th grade, one very special teacher, and a nun to boot, ignited a love for science in her that is still there today. Then in high school, one phenomenal English teacher introduced her to American and British literature, and her love for books and writing took off. High school was also when she met, and fell in love with, the young man who would later become her husband.
R.J. graduated from the University of San Diego in 1994, with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and a minor in English Literature. When she was told not to put off having children, she opted not to go onto medical school. Instead, she got a job in the biotech industry as a virologist working on feline vaccines, and finally married her high school sweetheart. They welcomed their first daughter in 1998, and in 1999, R.J. decided to become a stay at home mom. The arrival of fraternal twin girls surprised them in 2006. Obviously, the doctors were wrong about the ‘not putting off having kids’ thing.
2011 was the turning point in R.J.’s life. Her mom, and mentor, died suddenly from un-diagnosed lymphoma, and that rocked her world. She inherited her elderly father and her mother’s two dogs, and life changed dramatically. In June of 2013, R.J. decided to finally follow the advice her mother had given her years ago – to write down the stories of the characters that had taken up residence in her head. A three-part series and at least ten more books in the works were the result.
R.J. enjoys watching TV shows such as Castle, Big Bang Theory, CSI, Rizzoli & Isles, Mike & Molly, and pretty much and other police/crime/comedy that she can record on her DVR. Not one for coffee, she’s addicted to English and Irish breakfast tea (which she drinks ‘British style’ just like her mom), and Tazo Chai tea lattes (homemade is good, but the Starbucks baristas make them SO much better). She would love to hear from her readers, so please, drop her a line, and introduce yourself.
R.J. can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RJVanCleave
kids. Along with their college addition, Rob, the four friends have an exciting
life in NYC. In fact, Emma Sloan appears to have it all.
announcement leaves Emma questioning whether she is truly content with her
life. With her thirtieth birthday fast approaching she vows to find her
‘perfect’ man any way she can. But Emma will soon discover that the path of
true love never runs smoothly and that sometimes, instead of chasing love, you
have to wait for love to find you…
twenty-somethings. He lives in New York City, surrounded by his closest
friends, has a job in a field he loves, and remains unattached—able to flit
from one lady to the next without responsibility. Only problem is, Tyler isn’t
in his twenties anymore…
start a family, Tyler is left wondering what will become of his life. So when
life hands Tyler his happy ever after, he struggles with his conscience. Can
something be right when it’s so very, very wrong? Because everyone knows that
two wrongs don’t make a right. In fact, most of the time, they just make things
a whole lot worse.
yeah, I remember.
York City and I don’t really remember any of them. There’s only ever been one.
give a damn. It’s not going to change my life, so why the hell should I care?