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Dark Desire


Tanner Clarke, the gorgeous billionaire, was bad for her….but Natalie would never stay away!

Natalie Baker, a young dress designer, has an unforgettable sexual encounter with billionaire, Tanner Clarke. The story of their steamy romance radiates off the page…

“There was something in his face. She couldn’t think the thought she grasped for. His skin was pale, and she got the impression he wasn’t out in the sun much. His baby blue eyes were so bright, they appeared luminous. And his dark brown hair shimmered with auburn highlights, here under the blaring brightness of the lobby. He was just beautiful. She’d never known a man could be beautiful, but he definitely was.”

The passion between them ignites a flame that can’t be put out. She discovers her dark desire and her life will never be the same.

Dark Desire, 1st novella in the Touched By You series, is a romantic tale that takes place in New York. Touched By You is a unique love story, with full character development, and added intrigue from the billionaire’s life, that will make each book in the series hard to put down.

 

Reviews


This book kept my attention from the beginning. Natalie is a very sheltered young woman that has not experienced life outside of Oakland, California. Until she meets the mysterious Tanner Clarke at a concert. Sparks fly immediately for the both of them. Can Natalie get over her fears and can Tanner accept her innocence? I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read the next installment. Cassandra

I usually don’t like or even bother reading romance, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The characters were well thought out and the story kept me interested until the end. Natalie N.

Excerpt


Dark Desire – Touched By You 1

Prologue

1 – Concert Night

 

Her upcoming graduation from high school, only weeks away, was bittersweet. She knew she’d miss her friends. They’d promised to stay in touch, but one never knew. Tonight, she was with a group that had escaped prom night for something more entertaining. Natalie had turned eighteen recently, and with senior year ending, wanted a last fling. She was so enthralled with Justin’s somber voice that she didn’t notice the eyes gazing at her from not far away.

Tanner Clarke had her in his direct line of vision. At the last minute, he had secured tickets to hear the group She Wants Revenge, one of his current favorites. And he could hear them just fine. He didn’t need to look at them. A gorgeous young woman caught his eye and he couldn’t seem to look away. He’d come alone tonight. He didn’t know anyone else, personally, that liked the musical group like he did. He had to admit his taste in music was eclectic.

She looked like any other of the hundreds of women her age at the concert. She wore a short denim skirt and jacket. He couldn’t see very well in the dark. Her long brown hair hung midway down her back. The soft curls begged to be touched. His seat was in the balcony and his view of her lovely, angelic face was unobstructed. He couldn’t put his finger on it, but there was something special about her.

What a beauty she was, yet he noted her demeanor was unassuming. So unlike the women he was used to. He let his eyes wander, just a bit, to see if she was with a date, but no male seemed to be with her. The song ended. The little screech she let out pulled his attention back to her. She jumped up and down, clapping. Such childlike joy was foreign in his world.

The lights came up and the intermission started. Tanner slipped out to the tunnel and turned left, just in time to see her exit with a girlfriend. Figuring she’d be headed for a drink and the ladies’ room, he walked in that direction, trying to keep her in sight. Hurrying a little too much, he nearly bumped into her. She stood in a line at a refreshment station, chatting with another girl her age.

Spellbound, Tanner stopped. The soft laugh she shared with her friend touched his ears and he felt it in his heart. Oh, her joy was infectious. Clearly, she was having a good time at the concert. He had no idea how to approach her. Normally, women flocked to him—whether he wanted them or not. Now, the prospect of meeting someone outside his circle of influence was a bit awkward. He wasn’t really the social type.

Natalie felt someone looking at her and glanced to her left to see who it was. She found herself eye to eye with the most devastatingly gorgeous man she’d ever seen. He had to be at least six feet tall. He wore washed jeans that accentuated his lean thighs, a suede jacket that screamed high quality, and a plain white T-shirt.

But that wasn’t it. There was something in his face. She couldn’t think the thought she grasped for. His skin was pale and she got the impression he wasn’t out in the sun much. His baby-blue eyes were so bright they appeared luminous. And his dark brown hair shimmered with auburn highlights, here under the blaring brightness of the lobby. He was just beautiful. She’d never known a man could be beautiful, but he definitely was.

“What do you want, Natalie?” Jenny’s voice broke the trance. “Uh, nothing,” she replied, looking away from her friend. “I’ll be in the restroom.” For a reason she couldn’t explain, Natalie made a sudden move to get away from the captivating stranger. An unexpected feeling of desire consumed her, making her feel nervous and flustered. She couldn’t imagine how she’d explain why she’d been boldly staring at him.

She had to make her escape before embarrassing herself further. Whipping around to make a dash back to the facilities, she walked directly into him, not exactly graceful. Yet he didn’t seem to mind. He grabbed her arms the moment she plowed into him, and held her at arm’s length, looking at her strangely. He must have stepped closer to her when she’d turned to talk to Jenny, and now blocked her path.

She wondered for a second if he was really of this world. There was no doubt that the boys she knew didn’t look like he did. Maybe it was a college look. No, that wasn’t it. The expression on his face was hard to peg, as were his intentions.

He looked at her a bit harshly. “Are you in a rush to get somewhere?” he said in a deep, melodic voice. She could listen to him talk forever. But he didn’t say anything else.

“Ah, I’m…um…going to the ladies’ room,” she stammered.

A slight smile played on his lips, but his eyes were cold. Cold, that was how they looked. That was odd. There was no reason for him to approach her and then be so rigid.

“I’ll wait for you” was all he said, and then he released her. Natalie could think of no appropriate response. She turned and went straight to the ladies’ room with the stranger not far behind, walked to the first stall and shut the door. Only then did she notice she was shaky. Something was happening, but she couldn’t make sense of it. A gorgeous stranger just followed her to the bathroom. First of all, he was too good looking to be following her. She ran her hands down her well-worn jacket and then hugged her arms around herself in an attempt to get centered. She closed her eyes, but all she saw was the image of his face.