Demon Within is an epic fantasy romance filled with plots, schemes and secrets, and not to mention sizzling sex. Here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite
“These candles represent truth from within, and by giving this to your future spouse, and taking this ceremony, you are committing to them in body, mind and soul. There will be no lies between a man and a woman as they join together.”
Teila stood to the side and held out a lit taper to Kai.
“Take this, and light your candle.”
She held it in her hand and waited for Kai to bring the flame to the candle, once lit, she handed it to him. Directing Eloise to repeat what he’d done, Eloise and Kai stood facing one another, both holding their lit candles.
“Do you willingly give yourselves over to the test of truth?”
Eloise nodded and quickly glancing to Teila, smiled.
“Yes.” Kai confirmed.
“Very well, we shall begin. Remove your robes and enter the pool.” Turning, she placed the candles by the edge of the water.
“Kai, you will enter first. You’ll find a ledge under the water line where you can sit and wait for Eloise.”
Feeling her cheeks flush, Eloise took a deep breath and fumbled with the cord on the side of the robe. Hesitating and trying to avoid Kai’s gaze, she didn’t want to undress.
Eloise watched Teila walk around the edge of the pool to the opposite side and sit in a chair, then noticed two other figures on either side of the pool, stood inside the shadows. At least she couldn’t see their faces and hoped their view was limited.
Kai saw the hesitation in Eloise and leaning forward, his soft voice made her smile.
“I promise not to look.”
A quiet giggle escaped and catching his stare, Eloise took a deep breath.
“I’m sorry, it’s just… I’ve never…”
“Shh.” Kai’s fingertip pressed to her lips. “I know.”
Stepping back, he began to untie the robe around his waist. “Slaves have no privacy. We’re always naked.”
Kai slackened the cord on the robe and it started to fall away from his body. Watching Eloise and seeing her eyes lower, he turned his back towards her slowly as the fabric fell to the floor.
Grinning at hearing the gasp behind him, he entered the pool, following Teila’s instructions on where to sit.
The dim lighting didn’t hide the horror when Kai turned his back. Scars tarnished his bronzed skin with reddened welts across his back and shoulders. Eloise clasped her hands over her mouth to silence the gasps as she winced at the scars. Thinking about Kai’s words, not having any privacy, she couldn’t begin to imagine how much suffering he’d endured as a slave; and yet, he still preserved his dignity.
Before Kai lowered his body under the water, Eloise quickly released the cord on her side and undressed. Instantly shielding her body with her hands, she entered the water. Watching Kai, she hurried towards him, and as he turned, she lowered her hips beneath the water. Despite the caressing warmth of the pool, she trembled. Still guarding her breasts with crossed arms against her body, Kai took hold of her hands. Resisting as he pulled her towards him, he smiled at her.
“Eloise, I can’t bathe you if you don’t come closer.”
It was a struggle for her to relax and submit but Kai’s warming smile and tender gaze made her comply. Edging forward and feeling his skin against hers as his hands brushed her shoulders; she leaned close and braced her palms against his chest.
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