He bent toward her, wrapped one arm around her waist, the other around her back, buried his face in the crook of her neck, and inhaled. Exactly what he wanted, exactly what he needed. Holding her close, giving in to what he wanted, he forgot why he shouldn’t hold her, comfort her.
After a moment, she pressed her full
lips against his cheek.
It was an innocent kiss. There was no passion behind it, but an unconscious, consuming need, one he’d never felt, swelled inside him—desire. Exciting, overwhelming, and terrifying, blocking logic and reason.
All he wanted then—a kiss, a real one. How would her lips feel against his?
And in concluding this, he realized he wanted her not only to be his, but he wanted her in the way a man longed for a woman.
To want what he did and feel what he felt was absurd, ridiculous, and confounding.
Carnal desires were for others, for all others except his breed, and yet he felt it so deeply it seared him.
The desire that gripped him didn’t release him, even after she unhooked her arms from around his neck and the warmth of her body melted away.
There he stood, immobile, battling the desire she’d ignited. He didn’t want to leave yet knew he had to before he did something he’d regret.
He willed his body to move. Finally, he placed one foot behind the other, stepped back, turned, and strode away, praying the yearning he had no right to feel for a woman who’d never be his would fade.
About the Author:
J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in South Florida where she still lives with her sons.
As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal, and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.
It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was first published in January 2013.
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