TITLE: Kiss Your Scars
AUTHOR: Avril Ashton
SERIES: Loose Ends, book 3
RELEASE DATE: Feb 21, 2018
AVAILABLE: Kindle Unlimited, $3.99
This is book three in the Loose Ends series, but can be read as a standalone
Being the king of Atlanta’s underworld used to have its perks, but lately all undercover agent Renzo Vega has seen is the downside. Someone is auctioning off women in his city, and he’s damn sure not about to let that offense stand. Just as he’s set to make a move, Renzo’s club is ambushed and he’s shot. Unsure of who to trust, he turns to the one man he definitely knows wants him dead.
Yanked from his bed, blindfolded and spirited away in the middle of the night, Lowell Scott is shocked to find the darkly gorgeous Renzo bleeding and in need of his help. The very last thing he wants is to come to the aid of the man responsible for his cousin’s death, but the knife at his throat doesn’t give Low much options.
Close proximity doesn’t temper the hatred Low harbors for Renzo, it only brings up new problems. Like the vicious attraction Low struggles to control, and bullets that won’t stop flying. It’s a tough sell to believe there’s anything good in a man as unapologetically dangerous as Renzo. And even if Low could forgive the unforgivable, Renzo is still shadowed in secrets. When they’re exposed, those secrets will bring far-reaching consequences that could sever not just their shaky bond, but Low’s family ties as well.
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The lights stayed on.
All of them, in every single room of the house. Bathrooms, too.
The two table lamps he’d placed at either side of his feet didn’t budge as he stomped on the pedals and banged away on the piano. It wasn’t so much about making music. It was about creating noise. Sounds.
Music also drifted overhead from speakers craftily hidden from the naked eye. Something loud and pounding, inspiring visions of sweaty bodies moving in slow motion cloaked in clouds of hypnotic smoke.
Anything to drown out the heavy, oppressive silence that gaped endlessly inside his head.
Sweat dripped down his back, dampening his shirt as he hunched over the piano. He stopped long enough to strip it off and the cool breeze hit the moisture on his skin, eliciting shivers, blanketing him in goosebumps.
He needed this. Noise and light. Needed it sometimes more than food.
Had this been any other night, he’d be at his club, Club Ȇxtase, surrounded by the very thing he craved: people, noise, lights. It was the perfect place for him, but this was Monday night. They were closed on Mondays.
Almost thirty-seven hours without sleep, and his body ached.
Sleep was a last resort. In sleep he was powerless, a willing captive to the nightmares. They had no mercy, those nightmares. Even after all these years, they were what scared him most. Within the black shifting walls of his nightmare, Monster called for him. Even after all these years, he feared he’d answer. He feared he’d succumb to the promises Monster made.
In the throes of his worst nightmares, he forgot Monster wasn’t around anymore. He forgot he’d escaped captivity. He forgot there wasn’t anything to fear.
When he slept, he forgot he was no longer Mauricio.
He was Renzo Vega now. Undercover FBI agent. Powerful and dangerous. Untouchable.
But in his dreams, he was nothing but a terrified little boy, huddled against cold bricks as his teeth chattered, eyes wide in inky, tangible darkness, crying out for his father.
His father never came.
Monster came, though. Every single time.
Twinkle, twinkle little star. One of the first songs he’d learned to play on the black grand piano. He played it now, burning eyes almost shuttered against the glare of all the lights.
So many lights.
They were better than the alternative.
He preferred staying busy, for the most part it kept his mind off things. But like it often did, the lack of sleep handicapped him, lowering his mental shields, letting his mind wander. Which was why he sat there half-naked, sweat dripping down his spine, surrounded by lights.
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES-Free Kindle Unlimited
All These Hidden Scars: A Loose Ends Prequel #0.5: http://bit.ly/HdnScrsKindle
Scars and Secrets, #1: http://bit.ly/SecretsZON
Scars and Ruin, #2: http://amzn.to/2dZYZsg
Series Page: http://avrilashton.com/?page_id=2840
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A Grenadian transplant, Avril now lives in Tucker, GA, with a madly tolerant husband. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who’s pretty meh about reading and school. Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing the plot points of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother.
Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. She’s been nominated for numerous awards, including Best Author, Best series (Brooklyn Sinners), and Favorite All-Time Author. In 2013 Avril won Evernight Publishing’s Reader’s Choice Award for the LGBT (Male/Male) category. Recently she took home the Golden Ankh award for best Male/Male romance for her bestselling novel, Sinner’s Fall.
Addicted to cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Gay and Erotic Romance with happy endings; she remains a believer of love in all its forms.
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