After five years of separation Melody and Adrian are together once again and along with their daughter, Adrianna, are planning a happy future. Adrian’s band, Lightning, is a worldwide success and Melody is on her way to becoming a doctor.
However, Adrian’s plans to take time off from music to get reacquainted with his family are thwarted by a contractual agreement he must fulfill. With the band forced to hit the road again, the couple’s world begins to spin out of control as Melody becomes the object of desire for one of Adrian’s longtime friends. Adding fuel to the fire is Adrian’s former lover who will stop at nothing to get back into his bed. As the tour moves from city to city, the doubts and mistrust build. Suspicions turn into arguments. Arguments turn into fights. Fights into separations.
Adrian and Melody’s relationship is tested in the cruelest possible ways.
Will their fiery love survive? Or is it destined to turn to ash?
For the readers, please be warned that there are very sensitive subjects in this book. These include sexual content with dubious consent, and deaths that may be difficult for some readers.
Adrian didn’t let Melody go until they were in the dressing room.
“Are you out of your mind?” she asked when he finally set her free. “I’m going to have bruises all over me.”
He said nothing. Instead he paced, fists clenched.
“Why are you upset? You embarrassed me. I should be upset with you.”
More anger swept over his face as he stopped and glared at her.
“Do you want him?”
Melody’s mouth dropped open. “What?”
Adrian closed in on her. “You heard me. You ran to his rescue. He’s always running to yours. What the fuck is going on with you two?”
“Ringo was hurt. I’m going to be a doctor someday. Doesn’t it make sense to help him?” Melody tried to turn from him, to put some distance between them.
He wouldn’t allow it. He grabbed her roughly, drawing her back to him. “Tell me you don’t want him.”
“You’re full of it.” She pushed at him, clearly agitated. “Let me go.”
She broke free, sat down on the couch, and sank her head into her hands.
“I won’t let him have you, Melody. You’re mine.”
She looked up, her face turning as red as her dress. Tears began to fall. “I’m not your possession. Stop treating me like one.”
Looking down at her, he folded his arms over his chest. He couldn’t find the words to say how he felt—how seeing her with Ringo, tenderly touching his face, had made him want to kill his friend.
“I’m your wife, Adrian. I love you. That will never change.”
She grabbed a box of tissues from an end table and dabbed her face dry. He stared at her, scowling.
“Ringo loves me,” she said softly before standing to face him. “I wish he didn’t. I spoke with him this morning, told him we can only be friends. He seemed to accept it, but I’m sure it didn’t make his feelings suddenly disappear.”
His face twitched slightly, but he remained stoic.
Throwing her arms around him, she hugged him tightly. “I’m sorry. I wish I could change things. You have to know, you’re the only one I want. If you don’t know that by now, you don’t know me at all.”
Adrian stood frozen, Melody wrapped around him, her glorious body pressed tightly against his. All he could think of was how much he loved her. As he felt her tears wet his face, his anger crept away. As the realization of tonight’s events sunk in, he began to feel like shit. He’d hit one of his best friends in a jealous rage. Even worse, he thought as he took Melody’s arms in his hands, he’d physically hurt his wife.
Melody watched as he examined the marks on her arm. “I’ll be fine.”
He felt horrible as he saw the damage he’d done to her skin. Already she was starting to bruise. Ringo? He’d carry a scar for life. And Adrianna? He’d put fear into his child’s eyes. How could he ever erase all the wrong doings of the night?
First things first, he thought as he gently brought Melody close to him. He comforted her until her tears subsided.
A soft knock sounded at the door. They both turned to see Kat enter, Adrianna’s sleeping form tossed over his shoulder. Carefully, he took his daughter from Kat.
Kat’s eyes were questioning.
“Let’s discuss it later.”