Friday, 12 December 2014

Chapter One: Part 4 - Island Bound Christmas #romance #ASMSG #amwriting

Catch up on Island Bound Chapter One excerpts
Read Chapter One - part one HERE
Read Chapter One - part two HERE
Read Chapter One - part three HERE
Now on to part four...

She glanced up at him, her face creasing in a frown. If the situation wasn’t so serious, he would’ve smiled. For years, he’d allowed Christy free rein over their relationship. The only child of wealthy parents, she’d had a privileged upbringing. Joshua hadn’t quelled that tendency, wanting to provide all she desired. Watching the delightful smile on her face had always given him pleasure.
This time, granting her wish would destroy everything he’d—they’d—worked hard to build over the last few years. He couldn’t let that happen.
Time to reverse the trend.
“Do I need to repeat myself?” He lowered his tone by another octave, ensuring she didn’t miss the authority in his voice.
The confused expression didn’t leave her face as she walked toward him. Her bewilderment was no mystery. That he’d ignored her for three months didn’t mean he didn’t know how to push her buttons. Or that he’d lost a sense of himself.
He was still in command of his life and their relationship. His role was to care for her. She would have to get used to it.
She halted before him and tugged her lip some more with her teeth. With slumped shoulders, she heaved a sigh—the slow drawn out breath weighted with resignation. His heart clenched at the sight of a seemingly subdued Christy. He ignored the appealing ache begging his concession. He couldn’t allow any distractions now.
“Kiss me,” he said.
Panic swam in the depths of her eyes as she searched his face for something he wasn’t sure of. “Joshua, I don’t think—”
“You don’t have to think. All you have to do is obey me…if you want the divorce.”
She brushed her hair back, giving him a glare that should’ve set his blood on fire. Suppressing a smile, he maintained a stern demeanor, refusing to back down. Here stood the Christy he knew. She shifted her weight from one leg to the other with her arms akimbo.
“If I do what you want, you’ll consent to the divorce?”
“Yes. If you do everything I say.”
“Within reason,” she retorted.
“Of course.” He shrugged. “I’m a reasonable man.”
She nodded. Then she put her hands on his shoulders and lifted herself on her toes. The speed of her assent baffled him. Christy didn’t usually give in so quickly if she didn’t want something.
Perhaps she’d yearned to kiss him all along.
From the moment she brushed her soft lips against his, the world around them combusted. The stockpile of desire from the past few months overwhelmed his body, setting his blood on fire. He couldn’t remember a time when things were different between them. When they didn’t have this raw heat of burning passion that consumed both of them with need for each other. No other woman ever made him feel this way.
Even after the separation, their ardor hadn’t waned. He didn’t think it’d ever change.

Read Chapter One - part one HERE
Read Chapter One - part two HERE
Read Chapter One - part three HERE

Marriage has stripped their relationship of its thin, rose-tinted coating, and bared their monochromatic existence for what it was. Will Joshua and Christy get a second chance this holiday season?

When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she’s determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes for Christmas.

However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.

But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?

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