Excerpt: When Ashes Fall - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

“When Ashes Fall is a tautly written, complex, and emotionally-charged love story that takes the reader on an unforgettable, unexpected, and deeply moving journey.” —USA Today 

It’s been said that you can’t love two men at the same time.
You can’t split your heart, soul, and body in half.
But I’m here to tell you, you can.
Dylan Cole is like ice, sharp and unpredictable, the thunder inside a tumultuous storm.
Smith Reid is warmth, soft and gentle, perfect like a sunny day.
Both are mine.
But I can have only one.
There are two sides to this tale.
I’m here to tell you mine.
If you think this story is about a cheater, you couldn’t be more wrong.

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Excerpt: When Ashes Fall
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Excerpt: When Ashes Fall

The buzz on WHEN ASHES FALL by Marni Mann has been fervent and loud, and I can’t wait to read this emotionally charged love story myself. Heartwrenching, intense and beautifully written, this romance is out tomorrow, but I’m thrilled to be able to give you a sneak peek!

“Alix …”

I needed her eyes on me to see the way she would look at me, how she would respond to the sound of my voice.

That would determine if I could reach for her right now or if I’d have to wait.

Her stare slowly lifted and landed on mine.

Shyness was peeking through her expression.

Still, every sign was there—the desire in her glare, the increased breathing, the way her tongue was swiping across her lips. It wasn’t frosting she was licking off because there wasn’t any there.

I dropped the small box of cake on the ground.

She didn’t watch it fall, but when she heard the sound, I saw the hunger in her grow.

I took a step.

She did, too, in the opposite direction at the same time she dropped her cake.

She said nothing as I continued to move toward her, backing her up to the side of the building until her body was pressed against it.

As I stood inches away, I lifted my hands to the top of her head where they pushed into the brick. “You can stop me.”

Her voice was soft, not weak, as she looked up at me and said, “I’m not sure I can.”

She’d responded the same way when I met her at the train station.

I had known what she meant then.

And again here, especially when her fingers went to my sides, holding them, using them to pull me toward her.

My head dipped.

My mouth sought hers.

Our lips touched.

A feeling came across my entire fucking body.

I couldn’t let go of her.

That was why both palms dropped to her face, and I held her cheeks so tightly. Why, with every inhale, I kissed her even deeper. Why my hard-on was throbbing inside these suit pants.

She was the reason for every reaction.

My tongue found hers.

Her back arched, and her body leaned into mine.

My hand dropped to the side of her neck.

I took in her scent. It was a clean smell that had a hint of lemon.

I dragged my lips away but pressed my nose against hers.

I felt myself reaching for air, unable to get enough in.

She was doing the same.

“Fuck,” I whispered.

I hadn’t been prepared for that.

There was no way to summarize how the taste of Alix Rayne running through my body had become the most incredible sensation.

All I knew was that I needed more.

But more just couldn’t happen here.

I pulled my face away, keeping one hand on her cheek, the other on her neck.

Her eyes gradually climbed from my chest until they locked with my stare.

I shouldn’t take her home.

I should wait a few weeks, get to know her better, make sure she was comfortable with me.

I had all the time in the world.

But that wasn’t me.

When I wanted something, I wanted it now

“Do you want to get out of here?” I asked.

She nodded.

“I’m going to take you to my place.”

She nodded again, and her hand tightened on my waist as though she were reminding me it was there.

I hadn’t forgotten.

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