Charity’s Secrets By Maya James
Release Day: December 18, 2013
The unbridled heat continues between the beautiful Charity Powers and her gorgeous and passionate assassin for hire, Justin Collins. He exists only to love her and keep her safe, but that’s not so easy when she is such a force of life. Charity makes it her mission to heal Justin’s wounded path, but to do it, she must hide terrible, dangerous secrets from him that risk their entire relationship.
The holidays arrive filled with wonderful sentiments that leave each of these lovers closer than ever, but just as the celebrations come to a close, one of their dearest friends is brutally attacked. There needs to be retribution, and both Justin and Charity deliver it. In the process, evidence of a traitor is discovered on the Panther team, jeopardizing not just everything they’ve worked for—but their very lives.
Discovering Charity’s secrets devastates Justin, but his broken heart is no rival to the fury of learning that his beautiful obsession is being hunted. Rescuing her leads him to the truths of this past.
Nothing can contain Justin’s devotion and intensity. Charity has to be kept safe. The traitor and their enemies, personal and political, must be eliminated if they are going to survive.
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Behind me, the door swung shut quietly in its hinges, locking itself after it clicked into the jamb.
There’s no answer. Maybe he’s not home yet.
I’m putting my bag down when I hear the voice behind me. “Get up against the wall—NOW! Put your hands out,” he demands.
There’s no point in resisting. I step up to the foyer wall and nervously place my hands against it, waiting to see what the next move will be. My pulse is a loud whomp in my ears.
The sound of his footfalls fill the small space, approaching on me slowly, deliberately, until I see his feet on the floor between mine, his bare feet and bare legs. Strong hands lift the heavy coat off me and toss it to the floor beside us and then return to my shoulders where they begin to coil up my hair. A familiar hardness presses into the small of my back.
“I’ve been thinking about you all day,” Justin whispers into my ear, making my knees weak.
“And what, exactly, were you thinking about?” I breathe, praying for his magical hands.
His left hand pulls my hair, turning my face toward his. “I thought about making you cry with pleasure. It’s the only way I can tolerate your devastating absence.” He quickly bites my lower lip, tempting me. “I love you, Warrior. And I need you.”
Justin’s right hand slithers around to the front of me under the bottom of my shirt, rising up between my breasts to grab my bra like a handle. Then both of his hands pull me tightly against him, molding me into his warm body.
My lips ache for him, my hunger for the taste of his tongue spills over. “Kiss me, please!” I beg. “Touch
me like a man should touch a woman.
“I’m going to do everything to you that a man should,” he growls.
His mouth finds mine, the pleasure of it searing all of my senses. He tugs my hair a little more and completes the seal between our lips, circling his tongue around mine. Underneath my shirt, his powerful hand lets go of my bra and gently grabs my breast, pressing the fleshiness between his fingers. He lets me hear a low moan deep in his chest. It’s more felt against my body than it’s heard by my ears.
It doesn’t matter that I want more, that my clit is throbbing for his touch, Justin makes me wait for it. He releases my hair and my breast, both hands moving to the bottom of my shirt where he pulls at it uncaringly, ripping it over my head and tossing it on top of my coat. My bra comes off me with the same ease, and he spins me around to face him, pushing my back against the wall.
“My fucking God! I will never get tired of looking at you,” his deep voice confesses while his eyes widen with lust.
There’s no misunderstanding him. My own eyes were taking in his fully unclothed body with the same excitement and enthusiasm. The thick muscles of his chest rise and fall with his heavy breathing, and his well-defined shoulders beg me to claw my nails into them.
Christ! How does he stay in that shape?
Fuck it—I don’t care!
Fun Facts about Author:
I usually go to Key West in the spring and fall for writing time, but Charity’s Secrets came out so fast, both the first and second drafts were completed between visits.
The outline and first two drafts of Charity’s Secrets were completely written on a Droid phone
After a full day of writing on my phone while at New Hope, PA, without any backups in weeks, a glass of water was spilled directly on my phone. Everything was ok, but lesson learned!
I’ve spent nearly every single weekend waking up before everyone in my home, including our dog, to get a few hours of writing in peace.
Indie Author with my first Romance novel, Charity’s Warrior, and now the second in the series, Charity’s Secrets, publishing on Amazon Kindle, Creatspace, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
I’m very passionate about writing stories full of love, lust, eroticism, and strong characters entwined around each other in an interesting, suspenseful journey.
East coast born and raised, I’m married, extremely happily, with 4 kids, 3 of which are now young adults (not sure when that happened).
I’m a COO in my technology-based “day job,” which requires a mix of technical and creative writing for both internal and client-facing materials, but it was not satisfying my artistic spirit. Writing the “Charity” series has been absolutely fulfilling and exciting.
My favorite writing takes place on my phone while lying on the Southernmost Beach in Key West, where I try to go at least twice a year.
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