Even the strongest fall...
Mason’s always lived each day like it was his last, but everything is nearly taken from him when he’s injured. The only thing he can focus on is making sure the ones who hurt him pay with their lives.
Ryeissa can feel the wall Mason has built around himself. Being his nurse means she’s there to give him support, but she can see the darkness festering inside of him and fears he’s lost to his anger.
As the two become close, and Mason’s bear demands he take Ryeissa as his mate, he struggles with the need to shelter her not only from the violence and revenge he has to exact on the men who attacked him, but also from himself.
Can he push away his need for vengeance in order to be with her, or will he end up ruining the only chance he has of making her his?
He stared at her, looked into her blue eyes, at the fact she’d left her hair down and with the wind blowing it created this hot fucking scene. Her blonde hair moving along her shoulders and cheeks, the scent of her fruity shampoo filling his nose … all of it had his cock hardening. But he didn’t bring her here to fuck, although that was certainly on his mind. No, he’d brought her here to show Ryeissa that he wasn’t just a man, but an animal with every part of him.
“I really want to kiss you,” he said in a deep, but low voice.
She was breathing harder after he spoke, and he noticed that she looked down at his lips. They hadn’t done more than brush along each other, despite how much he’d wanted to kiss her, touch her, and do a hell of a lot of things to her that were far from being gentlemanly, but that’s who he was.
“Then why don’t you?” she asked just as softly.
“Because I want to take things slow with you, do this right.”
She lifted her gaze to his, and they stared at each other for several long seconds. “Maybe I don’t want slow, Mason.”
He groaned, his bear pushing forward, wanting to agree with her. The beast didn’t want slow either, but the man wanted to make this last, didn’t want to scare her away with how rough he could be.
“I want to do this right because I’m not just a man, Ryeissa, but an animal, too. I want you to fully know who and what I am before things—” And before he could finish speaking she had her mouth on his.
With her lips pressed to his, their breath mingling together, all Mason wanted to do was … do everything with her. He pressed her back to the side of the SUV, opened his mouth and took control of the kiss. He couldn’t help it, and neither could his bear. He wrapped his arms tighter around her, securing her to his body as he probed her mouth with his tongue. They stayed locked in that embrace for several seconds, both panting, moaning, and getting lost in this kiss. He was hard, so damn hard his cock ached, and his balls were drawn up tight. He knew if he didn’t stop he’d lose all control. He finally pulled away, looking at her, breathing hard, intense.
“Why’d you stop?” she asked breathlessly.
“Because if I didn’t I’d be liable to tear your clothes off and do things that you’re probably not ready for.”