Friday, September 20, 2013

Sempre Cover + FAQ

Posted by JM Darhower Friday, September 20, 2013, under | 15 comments


A question I frequently got when Simon & Schuster took over the rights for the Sempre series was if the cover from my self-published version of Sempre was going to change. My answer at the time? Yes. And no. Frankly, I didn't really know. My answer now? Yes... and no.


Okay, okay... confusing. How about instead of telling you, I *show* you? How's that sound? Ladies (and gentlemen), I present to you the lovely (newish) cover of Sempre:

Like I said, yes and no. Same basic cover, but tweaked, with more color, and different font, and I don't know about you, but I FREAKING LOVE IT. The folks at S&S did such a wonderful job of taking my theme and making it SO MUCH MORE. *happy author alert*

I've also been getting quite a few questions in regards to the books (and other stuff) so I'm including a little FAQ here to clear some things up.

1. I thought this book was already out!
Okay, this isn't a question, but I get this a lot. The rights for Sempre (and Sempre: Redemption) were picked up by Pocket/Gallery, a division of Simon & Schuster, so the version I released previously is no longer available for purchase (and hasn't been for awhile.)

2. Why the hell is Amazon showing Sempre costs a few thousand dollars? Are you CRAZY?
Ugh, yeah, I don't know. I've seen it. I have NOTHING to do with it. The price has fluctuated from two hundred bucks to fourteen thousand and everywhere in between since it went out of production. This is because the self-published version is no longer available. I don't know if that's a computer reaction to it as sort of a placeholder since there are no copies available or if idiots are really trying to sell it for that much. Either way, yeah, no, just ignore that craziness.

3. When will Sempre and the sequel be available?
Sempre will release in ebook format on November 25. Sempre: Redemption will release in ebook format on December 23. As far as the paperback goes, those dates are February 25, 2014, and April 1, 2014 as it stands right now. Other formats, like audio... can't really say right now, because I'm not sure yet (as far as translations go, there are none in the works currently, but if that changes, I'll let you know)

4. What's Sempre: Redemption about?
Sempre: Redemption is the continuation and completion of Carmine and Haven's story.

5. Completion? Does that mean this is it? IT'S OVER?
Yes... and no (this seems to be my answer for everything). Sempre and Sempre: Redemption comes full circle. Their journey is indeed complete. However, I recently finished the manuscript for a prequel story, which I referred to as Corrado's book, which I think confused some people into thinking this was the sequel. No, this is a third book. I have no details about this one in regards to publishing or anything. No idea what will happen to it. If anything happens, I'll be sure to let you know.

6. Just how different is the new version of Sempre coming out?
It's gone through extra editing, so the word count has decreased and the plotline is tighter, and the sex scenes that previously faded to black no longer do that pesky fading thing. I know some of you will be elated about that.

7. Can I pre-order the books?

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Paperback
B&N Nook
BAM ebook
BAM Paperback

Sempre: Redemption
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Paperback
B&N Nook
BAM ebook
BAM Paperback

DID I MISS ANYTHING? Feel free to ask if I did. I'm happy to help! And thank you all SO MUCH for all of your love and support (and patience!) Without you, there would be no me.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Book Winners

Posted by JM Darhower Friday, May 03, 2013, under | 3 comments

Book winners from the last blog post were:

Maria, who offered her first born and some NYC pics
Jackie M, who offered to sell her soul
Jessica Crespo, who had a Corrado/Vincent daydream

I've heard from Jessica. The other two have until Monday to contact me ( If I don't hear from you by then, I'll have to choose someone else.

Thanks, lovelies!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sempre News!

Posted by JM Darhower Thursday, May 02, 2013, under | 145 comments

Soooooo some of you already know this, but a lot of you don't, so I'm going to go ahead and officially announce it:

*clears throat*

The rights to Sempre and the forthcoming sequel have been sold to Simon & Schuster!


Okay, okay... enough celebrating. This actually happened months ago but we've been sitting on the details while the kinks were worked out. I know, I know... sooooooo sorry to keep you waiting. I've really been waiting just like you. But I can now tell you that I have a beautiful editor by the name of Kiele Raymond who is hard at work on both books (yes, she's editing BOTH BOOKS).

Sempre will be re-released November 4th as an ebook with revamped content. ACK! Don't worry, those who already own it... we've worked hard to make sure the plot isn't affected by the srs bsns editing we're undertaking on that bad boy, so your copy is just fine *pets self-published copy*. It'll just be more tightened and focused when it's re-released (and may or may not have some extended content of the sexual nature... but yeah... MOVING ON... DON'T KILL ME... I LOVE YOU).

As for the sequel, it's slated to be released a month later.

Okay, on a serious note... I know some of you will be upset by this news. I get it. I do. This means more waiting. But the end is near! There is a light at the end of this tunnel. The sequel is coming, and from an amazingly awesome publisher I'm honored to be working with. The ebook price will not change, so don't worry, and I'm venturing to guess the paperback will be significantly cheaper than I could ever sell it for myself.

So for now, Sempre is no longer available for sale, but will be back with the sequel in tow ;)

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Seriously. I'm sorry to be all shouty-capping you, but I'm so, so, so very humbled and honored by your love and support of me and this story and Carmine and Haven. They're so near and dear to my heart, my mafia prince and his hummingbird... *sigh*

Oh, right... I have three self-pubbed copies of Sempre I need to get rid of ASAP. I'll sign them for you and throw in some bookmarks. Leave a comment telling me what you'd do for a Klondike bar, and I'll randomly pick three of you (via one of those randomizer sites) and ship the book to wherever you want me to (to you or someone else... I'll throw in a Klondike bar, too, if you insist, but it'll probably melt and fuck up the book during shipping.)

*throws confetti*
*waits for someone else to clean it up*

Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Serah and Luce!

Posted by JM Darhower Monday, April 29, 2013, under | 5 comments

As (I hope) you know, I have a new story coming out this summer titled Extinguish. I'm super excited about it (and admittedly a bit nervous)... it's my foray into a supernatural world after tinkering around with all humans for pretty much forever. I'm so happy with how it turned out and I truly think you'll enjoy it. I've grown to know the characters these past few months while writing, and wanted to introduce you to them :)

Serah, one of the many warrior angels, has brunette hair and deep brown eyes. She appears fragile, almost vulnerable, with her small frame and 'colorless' skin, but she's feisty and extremely strong-willed by nature. She sees the good in everything and everyone around her. Nothing means more to her than family and innocence.

Luce, the stubborn, sarcastic "King of Hell," is frankly rather bored and holds a grudge against his family. Sturdy and tan, he's covered in scars and dark marks that keep him imprisoned down below. He enjoys toying with people and playing little games, pushing the limits and testing the water, so to speak, to see how much he can get away with.

The two are truly opposites on the surface, but deep down, they share a common trait: the desire for more. Serah has questions... ones she comes to realize only Luce can answer for her. As they grow closer, all Hell breaks loose... literally.

Ahhhhh! *pets screen* So how about a little teaser? Yes? Fuck yes?

He inhaled deeply, tilting his head back as he closed his eyes. A coinciding vortex of wind gusted by, stirring the dirt and the bottom of her dress as it whipped her hair into her face. She brushed it away as the air calmed down, his eyes slowly reopening. "You smell like my brother. His scent is all over you. It reeks."
Serah stammered, stunned by those words. "I, uh. . ." He could smell it? "Look, Satan. . ."
"Stop," he said, the scathing tone harder in his voice. "My name’s not Satan."
She hesitated. This wasn’t going well. "What would you rather be called? The Prince of Darkness?"
"I’d prefer my name."
A hint of a smile ghosted across his lips. "You can call me Luce."
"Lucifer," she said again. "I just came here to ask—" 
"To ask me to stop the fighting? To give peace a chance?" He laughed bitterly. "I know why you came here, and you can just turn around and leave right now. I won’t have someone walking into my territory and disrespecting me, treating me like I’m nothing, calling me that filthy word like it's my name. You want to talk to me, angel? You want to have that conversation? Come back when you don’t stink so fucking much." 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Extinguish tidbits

Posted by JM Darhower Sunday, April 21, 2013, under | 2 comments

Hey, guys!

So, in case you missed it, the Forever 17 Books blog unveiled the cover and synopsis for my new paranormal romance novella Extinguish yesterday. EEPPP! So exciting! I'll include them below, but here's a link to the blog... go show her some love (she's a lovely lady).

Forever 17 Books

If you have a book blog, or if you're an active book reviewer, and would like to be considered for an ARC of Extinguish, there's a form you can fill out. I'll link it below. They should go out within the new few weeks. You'll be contacted for your format-of-choice whenever they're ready :)

ARC form

Also, YAY, Extinguish is up on Goodreads! Add it to your shelf, 'k?

Extinguish on Goodreads

Over the next few weeks, as we wait on the release (and on Sempre news, of course, which I still promise is coming!), I'll introduce you to the characters and release a teaser or two (or three lol).

Yay? YAY!

One… Two… Three… Four…
I Declare War

Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah's brother from her life, she's given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it's too late.

Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.

Lucifer—or Luce, as he prefers to be called—has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he's just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah's willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?

As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice—a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.

Serah has questions. She wants answers.
Luce just wants to play a game.

Monday, April 15, 2013

P stands for Pretty

Posted by JM Darhower Monday, April 15, 2013, under | 6 comments


Yes, you. You there. You're pretty. Is that a new outfit? It looks spectacular on you. Honestly.

Now that I've sufficiently creeped you out, I'll get to the point... the point of which is you. I mean, let's be real... without readers, writers are pretty pointless. Even if no one read my words, I'd still write them, because writing has always been therapeutic for me, but you guys are who truly make it worth it. Your passion helps fuel my passion. Regardless if you love my work or hate it, if you're indifferent to it or even on the fence, just the fact that you pick up a book/story that I poured my soul into and you give those words a chance, that you allow them to simmer inside of you, bouncing around your brain and maybe seeping into your heart, is truly a dream come true for me. So thank you. Truly. For taking a chance on my characters.

I do have some tidbits of news for you. Firstly, my paranormal romance novella has a new name! It's officially titled Extinguish and has a tentative release date of June 1st. That may change due to some publishing conflicts, but that's what I'm aiming for. A cover reveal and synopsis, along with a small excerpt, will be released within the next two weeks or so. I'm super excited about this story, and I KNOW it won't be everyone's cup of tea, so to speak, but hopefully you'll give it a chance while you wait on "The Unnamed Sequel".

As for Sempre, news to come soon that will (hopefully) explain the delay. I still promise it'll be released in some form by the end of the year. As far as a Sempre movie (something I still get congratulated on almost daily), I want to be absolutely clear one more time: there is no movie deal. There is no studio, and no script, and no contract, etc. etc. etc. There was a plan, and a hope, and there's still a hope, but not-so-much a plan, and definitely not a deal. And again, as I've said before, that's okay. I'm okay. You're okay. Sempre is okay. Haven and Carmine are okay. Vincent's, well, he's Vincent, and Corrado may or may not be okay, I can't really say. You'll have to ask him.

I do, however, know he's pretty. Really. Here's how I see him, in case you haven't seen the other 273554829873 pics I've posted over the years:

That's Italian actor Raoul Bova. He's very pretty. Right? RIGHT??

Now that I've wasted a few minutes of your time, I'll go slink back away to my writing cave and work on Corrado's story some more.

Friday, March 15, 2013

O stands for Okay...

Posted by JM Darhower Friday, March 15, 2013, under | 10 comments

AKA Lil' Nuggets of Info, Yo

Perfect GIF is perfect.

I know, I know... you guys have been waiting for a long time for information about #TheUnnamedSequel. Some of you have even been waiting patiently (lol). I get it, I promise I do. I appreciate it so much. And I can't even express to you how absolutely honored and humbled and excited and freaking "asdfghjkl; ahhhhhhh!!1!" I am about people reading my work, and loving it, and being enthusiastic about it. Without you guys, there really is nothing. I write because I HAVE to write... I write because I can't go a day without characters and plots invading my mind and creating these stories that my fingers ache to put into words. But without you, it would be a lonely, lonely place, where all of those words find themselves crammed in a faded old composition book in the back of my closet instead of out there in the world, being seen. Writing is my dream... you readers are sorta like my dream weavers.

And I love you for it. Truly. I wish I could meet all of you and take you for dinner and take you back to my place and--

I'll stop there before it gets creepy.

Having said that, my dear lovely readers, I have some good news and some bad news.

Good news? I have tickets to see Maroon 5 in a few weeks. I also have tickets to see Imagine Dragons in May. And tickets to see One Direction in August. Oh, yeah, and I have a brand spankin' new novella coming out somewhere within that time span.

Whhhaaaattt?? Right?! I'm SUPER EXCITED about it. It's unlike anything I've ever written before, but at the same time it's classic me (you know I love the angst, right?). It's titled "Bleeding Out" and my foray into the paranormal genre:

“She gazed into the eyes of evil…
…and what she found there was unbearably beautiful.”

I'll release a full blurb and a cover and a tease, along with announcing a definite release date, and goodies and giveaways in the next few weeks/months leading up to it.

Alas, I KNOW it's not why you're reading this, but I'm so excited about this new project and hope you guys are willing to give it a chance.

Soooo.... the bad news? *sigh*

I really don't have any. But it's not-as-good news, I suppose.

I was hoping to be able to spew a whole lot of info to you today, but alas, I can't. I CAN, however, confirm that you WILL get #TheUnnamedSequel in 2013. That bad boy will most assuredly be released by the end of this year. And over the next few weeks/months we'll be announcing the title (*I'm* not even sure about the title now, as we've gone back to the drawing board on it), and a more definite release date, and details from the publisher and a whole lot of exciting goodies and tidbits and SEMPRE-related stuff and contests. You know, the fun shit! You've been waiting for the second part of Carmine & Haven's story for awhile now, and there is an end in sight (Think: Merry Christmas! lol). I'm excited for you to be able to read it. The story means so much to me, and I hope you find it worth the wait.

I'm seriously sorry I can't tell you more yet, but soon. Very soon. I swear. Just as bad as Carmine.

Again, I adore you guys. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Posted by JM Darhower Thursday, February 14, 2013, under | 15 comments

Ladies and Gents and Bitches (and Non-Bitches, for the quick-to-be-offended type of bitch),
When I was first asked to do this blog, telling you what I think about Valentine’s Day, my immediate response was: “Fuck Valentine’s Day.” Seriously. Fuck it. What’s so important about it? Why do we need a day set aside every year for us to remember to tell people we love them? Are we so goddamn selfish and ignorant that we can’t remember to do that shit every day? What’s so hard about picking a flower and giving it to your girl on the 13th, or the 15th, or the 18th or the 19th? It takes all of thirty seconds. Just pluck that bitch from the ground or steal one from your neighbor’s rosebush and hand it to her. I promise she’ll appreciate that shit any day, not just the 14th. Hell, she’ll probably appreciate it more other days, because she’ll know you didn’t feel fucking obligated to do it.

And this is coming from a guy who used to think buying strawberry flavored motion lotion for a girl to use when they sucked my dick constituted a dinner date (as long as they swallowed, of course).

So, okay, I know what you’re thinking: “You dumbass, there’s history behind the holiday.” And you’d be right (about the history, not about being a dumbass… fuck you for that). So go ahead, tell me what it is… tell me the history… I’ll wait… *taps foot* *looks at watch* *sighs dramatically* *grumbles impatiently*

Yeah, you don’t fucking know, because nobody knows. I watch the history channel (when my TiVo turns that shit on and I can’t find the remote). Even those motherfuckers can’t agree on the history. And I bet some of you even started thinking about the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, didn’t you? *shakes head* Regardless of which story you believe, none of it has any goddamn thing to do with giant teddy bears and musical cards and lingerie and champagne and boxes of overpriced disgusting ass assorted chocolates with no labels so you gotta bite that motherfucker to see what’s inside. Why the fuck do they keep making them, anyway? I swear we’re all masochists for buying it. And don’t get me started about chocolate covered cherries. You bitches are ruining the cherries. Just throw those fuckers in a glass of coke and be happy.

So that’s why I said no, I didn’t want to talk about Valentine’s Day. Fuck Valentine’s Day. But then I thought about it (in other words, Haven said “you should think about it” and like a good boyfriend, I listened to my girlfriend and I fucking thought about it, because that’s what we’re supposed to do, so here I am, doing what I said I wouldn’t do… talking about it).

My parents were married on Valentine’s Day. Haven and I made love for the first time on Valentine’s Day (SPOILER ALERT…. but if you don’t know that, why the fuck are you reading this? Stop creeping on my shit, troll). So maybe none of that other shit means anything…. the cuddly, ooey-gooey, lovey-dovey, buying flowers and chocolate bullshit on a day where it might be about a dude who was beheaded but might not be because no one really fucking knows what they’re talking about… but to me, February 14th has true meaning, and that meaning has nothing to do with a fucking guy in a diaper shooting arrows at people. It’s the best day of my life, and I know it was the best day of my father’s life, too, because it was the day someone looked at us and said, “hey, this jackass might actually be worth keeping”.

So because I’m feeling generous, and because you made it this far in my pointless rant, the HBIC says I need to give you a little teaser. This is from that book that has no name that. I don’t know what the fuck is up with it, or why you’d want to read a book with no name, but here it is.

Happy Fucking Valentine's Day,
Carmine Marcello DeMarco

"Do you remember the first time we made love?" she asked quietly.
"Of course I do."
"You worshiped me that day," she said. "Actually, thinking about it, you worshiped me every time. You were so attentive and always made me feel your love, but I never really had the chance to do the same. I tell you I love you all the time, and I do... I love you so much, Carmine... but I don't show you enough."
"But you--"
She held her hand up to silence him before he could object. "Just shut up, okay? Why do you always have to talk?"
He cocked an eyebrow at her, a surprised chuckle escaping his lips as he waved for her to proceed. Sassy.
"I don't show you enough," she repeated. "You do so much, you go through so much in life, and you need to be shown love, too. You deserve to be worshiped."
Carmine remained right in front of the door, not daring to move. He held his breath, watching intently as Haven removed the rest of her clothes and stood in front of him completely naked. He slowly scanned her, drinking in every drop of her petite frame, his eyes tracing her soft curves. The silvery scars that coated her skin glowed under the moonlight, intricate patterns that told countless stories--some of which only he would ever know. They were secrets she'd told him, secrets he would take with him to the grave, whether that be tomorrow or a century away.

Monday, January 28, 2013

N stands for Nothing

Posted by JM Darhower Monday, January 28, 2013, under | 2 comments

AKA I have no idea what to say

Right?! I know... so lame. You should probably, like, close the window now and go do something else. Read a book, maybe. I suggest Warm Bodies, since it's amazing and you should read the book before the movie comes out this weekend (and you should also go see the movie this weekend, since it, too, is amazing). You could watch a movie now, too, if you don't want to read. I recommended Django Unchained if it's playing anywhere near you. That movie... that fucking movie... if it were a person, I'd make out with it (although it would likely be messy and ugly and maybe violent, IDK. You know how Tarantino movies are... crraazzzyyyy). If you don't want to do either of those, you could go for a run (hahahaha not me) or take a nap (TOTALLY ME) or go goof off on twitter (um yeah...).

Are you still reading this? Hmmmm... okay, then I guess I'll keep babbling. So, let me tell you what I've been up to lately. Last week, I signed a contract for something amazing. I can't spill details yet, but suffice to say I'm SUPER HAPPY and honored and elated and stoked and a whole bunch of other words that all mean the same thing... I'm fucking excited.

I can't wait until I can finally tell you about it so we can be all asdfghjkl; together about it. Hopefully (always the cautiously optimistic one).

Hmmmm... what else... well, I started writing a Corrado-centric book within the SEMPRE world. It's a prequel of sorts, spanning his early life and beginnings in the mob. Other characters will, of course, make an appearance. Their lives are all sorts of intertwined. I'm excited about it. Corrado is one of my favorite characters to write.

As far as the sequel to SEMPRE goes, it's simmering for the moment with my people, sent off for editing and the sorts. I don't yet have a release date or an official name or a cover or anything I can offer except my promise that the second I'm given the go-ahead, I shall shout all of those answers from the rooftop (and then I'll post it online, because I live in practically Narnia, so you won't hear me no matter how loud I scream).

What else, what else... I started working on two other new stories. I have no idea where they'll go or what will happen with them, so I don't know why I'm even talking about them. I'm just tinkering around with a few new genres (paranormal romance, horror). There's also this thing sorta in the works that starts with screen and ends with play that rhymes with "mean day", which I think Monday should be renamed to, because Monday is the meanest day of the week *glares at hands still covered in super glue from where I glued my hands together accidentally this morning* But whatever, yeah... one of those may or may not be potentially tinkered with at the current moment.

Let's see... I'm wearing Zayn Malik socks, I'm watching The First 48, and I'm eating Arby's curly fries (told you, no idea what to say). I'm backed up on mail and owe a bunch of people swag, which I will get out to them within the next week or so. I PROMISE.

Uhhhhh, and if you'd like to contribute, producer Giovanni Agnelli is still wanting videos from readers of SEMPRE telling why you love the story/what it means to you. It doesn't have to be long, or detailed, or anything... just honesty and passion is what he needs. If you make one, be sure to let me know so I can add you to the list of people I need to send some swag to this week. You can link me to the videos via email ( or by tweeting them to him at @GiovanniAgnelli.

I think that's all I got *stares blankly at screen*

OH OH OH... Happy Birthday to my friend Sarah (@Bellasexeqtner on twitter). Wish her a happy birthday, will ya? And send her pictures of penguins. She LOVES THEM. *snickers*

M stands for Mothers

Posted by JM Darhower Monday, January 28, 2013, under | 1 comment

AKA the first loves of our lives

(this is how us mamas often feel)

In SEMPRE, one of the themes I focus on is the relationship between a parent and a child. It's touched upon in the relationship of Carmine and his father, Vincent, as well as Haven's "relationship" with her "father" Michael (yes, I use those words very loosely here). But the issue is explored deeply when it comes to Carmine and Haven and their mothers. Maura and Miranda gave their all for their children, struggled and sacrificed and never gave up hope, no matter the circumstances. It's because of that love, because of that dedication, that Carmine and Haven grew up to be who they are. With the situations they found themselves in, the cards life dealt them, they could've become vastly different people, but that positive force in their lives from the beginning is what kept the two of them from essentially giving up. Through their grief, through their heartache, they still held on to that person their mothers believed them to be.

I sympathized with Carmine and Haven. To lose that positive force from their lives, to grieve so deeply such a tragic loss... my heart hurt along with theirs. But it wasn't until I'd been there that I truly understood.

As some of you know, I lost my own mother a few months ago after a battle with lung cancer. She fought hard, and she stayed strong, giving us well over a year with her after getting an initial prognosis of only a few months. It was one of the hardest things I've ever been through, and I know she's now in peace, and she's not suffering or struggling, and for that I'm grateful, but losing her was difficult... more difficult than words can say. It's a loss I'll grieve for the rest of my life, a void I'll feel forever. She was my best friend, my inspiration. I've always wanted nothing more than to make her proud.

Needless to say, I get my characters a bit more now. I always knew what they felt, but now I feel it too. It's something you never get over, but something you learn to live with in time.

I'm a mom...  and being a mother is a blessing. I wouldn't trade it for anything. And I'll be the best mother I can possibly be. I like to think I learned from one of the greatest.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sequel teaser

Posted by JM Darhower Friday, January 11, 2013, under | 53 comments

Been promising this all day, so without further ado... Corrado sex scene!
(FYI: This is from the first draft and may not appear in the actual book) 

Corrado led her to the bed and slowly, carefully stripped her out of her clothes, caressing every inch of bare skin. He took his time, not stopping until she was writhing beneath him, arching her back as she yearned for more than just his light touch.
His lips found her skin, licking and sucking on the bare flesh, leaving small red splotches across her chest. Moving further down, Corrado gripped her hips and locked her in place on the bed as he spread her legs. He trailed wet kisses up her inner thighs, nipping at the sensitive skin with his teeth, before reaching her aching center. He savored it, licking and touching, caressing and tasting, while she moaned and shivered from built-up desire.
Her hands made their way into his hair, tugging on the dark curls as a silent plea for more friction. Corrado knew her cues, knew her needs and desires better than he even knew his own. He gave her exactly what she wanted and it didn’t take long before her legs started to tremble, her body shaking as if caught in an earthquake. Orgasm rocked her body not once but twice, waves of pleasure hitting her back to back as she called out his name in a choked voice.
He pulled his lips away from Celia once her body grew calm again. She relaxed back into the bed, still panting. A tinge of pink covered her body from head to toe, her breasts heaving as she took in deep breaths of air. Corrado watched her for a moment as he reached into his pants and pulled out his throbbing erection, memorizing the look of her—her hair messy and splayed out on the bedspread, her eyelids heavy with lust. He drank in every drop, every freckle and every curve, as he stroked himself in his palm.
“What’s gotten into you?” she asked breathlessly, gazing up at him.
“A need.”
“What kind of need?”
“A need to get into you,” he whispered, leaning down to kiss her mouth. He nipped at her bottom lip, eliciting a loud moan from her throat. The sound rocked through him, consuming every inch of his body with a fiery passion.
He didn’t even undress. He didn’t have a moment to spare. He needed her, would die without her. Maybe not physically, but emotionally… his connection with Celia was his last piece of humanity, the last bit inside of him that really felt alive. They were far from a normal couple—he a savage murderer, she a woman who harbored secrets no woman should know, but together, and alone, it felt like they were untainted and whole.
Corrado pushed inside and filled her completely, her warmth enveloping him as she tossed her head back. He kissed the dip in her throat before finding her lips, their tongues mingling together as he started pounding into her fervently. His strokes were deep and hard, over and over, as he lost himself inside of her before pulling back away. It was passionate and powerful, an agonizing pleasure that struck down to the bone, one that left a mark deep inside of his dark soul.
Celia’s cries were loud, bordering on screams of ecstasy, as he gave her every ounce of himself he had left to give. He held nothing back as his hips slammed into hers, forcing her legs further apart with each deep thrust. She tore at his clothes, ripping them away as she clawed at his back, her fingernails digging into his skin. It burned as she scratched his flesh, drawing blood to the surface, but the pain only spurred him on.
He kissed her long and hard until neither one of them could breathe; then he groaned into her neck as he slid in and out of her again and again. He could feel the pressure building inside of him, slow and heavy, forcing its way from the pit of his stomach out through his limbs. Tingling shot down his spine before his body let loose, a strangled growl reverberating from his chest. It was feral and laced with a ferocity he could hardly contain, but with her, he did. For her, he did it. He kept it pushed back, forced down inside of him, the beast not allowed out to play.
Slowing his thrusts, he spilled inside of her before stopping his movements completely. Celia laid beneath him, clinging to him tightly, her nails practically embedded into his back as she panted, the two of them sticky and soaked with sweat.
They stared at each other for a while as her hands slid up his back. She twirled the curls at the nape of his neck with her fingers as her lips twisted into a mischievous smile. “We should shower,” she said.
He shook his head. “I’m nowhere near done getting you dirty yet.”

Thank you guys for everything. Leave a comment here (or on Forever17Books) and I'll pick four people tomorrow morning to receive LOVE146 shirts!