Series: S.I.N. #3
on October 4, 2016
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All eyes are on us . . . and there’s nowhere to run.
Everyone has their own ideas about Dallas Sykes: He’s a reckless billionaire, a devilish playboy, a man who gets whatever he wants the minute he wants it. But I know the real Dallas behind the money, bravado, and power—and he’s completely, blissfully mine.
We carefully guarded our secrets, and in each other’s arms we sought refuge from our dark past. Our pain became our pleasure, our control within the chaos. But we could only hide from the truth for so long.
Now we’ve let loose our inhibitions and are ready to face the future. And no matter what people think or say, coming clean is its own sweet reward.
Sweetest Taboo is intended for mature audiences.
“But not now. I don’t want to talk about any of it right now.”
Hope warred with fear inside him.
“I just want—oh, please, Dallas. I don’t want to talk. Right now, I just want you to kiss me.”
And that was it—that was the moment she broke him. He felt himself shatter, the fear that had hardened inside him like glass breaking into a million tiny pieces. He reached for her, then cupped her head and closed his mouth gently over hers.
Immediately, he became drunk on the taste of her, aroused by the feel of her.
He wanted to crush her body against his, to feel her heat, her heart. He wanted to bruise her mouth with his kisses and close his hands tight around her arms. He’d come so damn close to losing her, and he couldn’t stand the thought of ever letting her go.
But he didn’t—he couldn’t. She was too fragile, and the possibility that he might hurt her—more, again—ate at him. So instead, he littered soft kisses on her face, her neck. He stroked her. Touched her. Hell, he worshipped her.
“Dallas?” Tentatively, her fingers brushed his face.
He blinked and focused on a space over her shoulder, knowing that he’d come completely undone if he looked into her eyes. “I thought I’d lost you. First, when you walked out. And then—and then—”
The words caught in his throat, too horrible to even voice. “Christ, Jane. I can’t lose you.”
Gently, her fingertip stroked his lower lip. Even more gently, she took his chin and forced him to look at her. “I’m right here.”
“And thank God for that.”
Their eyes met and held, and for a moment there was no time, no space, no world that judged them. There was just them.
Then she lunged, her mouth closing over his with such firm finality that it both broke the moment and had him laughing. “This is how I want you,” she said, and he answered her silently but enthusiastically, pulling her hard against him, slamming his mouth against hers. Taking. Consuming. Until he was nothing but heat and need, an ache building in him that he couldn’t quench no matter how tight he held her, how hard he kissed her.
He was lost in her, drowning in the sensuality of her fingernails digging into his back. Of her teeth claiming his lips. Of the way her pelvis ground hard against his erection.
With a low, needful groan, he slid his hands down and grabbed her hips, craving an even closer contact. He tightened his grip, pulled her toward him, then immediately released her and stepped back when she released a soft, sharp, “Oh!”
She stood before him, breathing hard. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
He frowned. “I hurt you.”
“No. No, I’m fine.” She shook her head, but he knew better. “Dallas, please. I don’t want—”
“Distance.” She dragged her teeth over her lower lip as if she was unsure about how he felt.
“Oh, baby. No. Never.” He held out his hand. “Come here.”
She cocked her head, then narrowed her eyes. “Where?”
“Do you trust me?”
The speed of her reply sang in his heart. “Then let me take care of you.”
The corner of her mouth twitched. “If you’re thinking about putting me to bed, you can just stop that nonsense right now. I’ve been in a hospital for almost two days. Between boredom and sedatives, I’m all caught up on my sleep.”
“I promise, sleep is the last thing on my mind.”
That was a little bit of a lie. She’d protest, he knew, but she needed more sleep. Good sleep, not with nurses popping in and out and a sterile bed with the scent of hospital disinfectant permeating the room.
She’d sleep, all right. But he intended to make sure she was ready for it. That she would drift under, safe and warm and content in his arms.
Gently, he drew her into the bathroom, her favorite room in the apartment. The previous owners had knocked out a wall, turned the small second bedroom into a closet, and used part of that space to make room for a steam shower and an oversize whirlpool tub. The day they’d moved in, Jane had told him this bathroom was a little slice of heaven.
He turned the water on, cranking up the heat the way he knew she liked it, then he stood her on the dense, white rug that filled most of the space.
“Are you tending me?” Her voice was as teasing as her expression, and it was all he could do not to gather her close and sigh with contentment. Yes, he knew she was still aching and sore. No, they didn’t know who her attacker was. Yes, her birth father was locked in a cell, and Dallas was the one keeping him there.
But none of that mattered. Not then. All he cared about—all he could hold in his head—was Jane. That she was alive. That she was his.
That she’d come back to him.
“Damn right I’m tending you. Now put your hands up,” he added with mock sternness.
She complied, and he peeled off her scrub top, delighted to find that she wore nothing beneath it. Her breasts were perfect, round and firm, and as he watched, her nipples tightened and her areolae puckered. He wanted to roll her nipples between his fingers. He wanted to taste her breasts and feel her arch back and moan, her tits hard and hot in his hands as he licked and sucked, taking her so far that she came in his arms simply from the pressure of the desire building between her legs.
Not now. Not yet.
Instead, he met her eyes. Then he lowered his gaze to her chest, watching it rise and fall as her desire heightened to match his. Her pulse quickened in her throat, another spot that he wanted to lick and tease.
Slowly, he reached for the drawstring of her pants. His fingers brushed her abdomen as he did, the touch so light it was almost negligible. It was enough, though, and he felt the shock of that connection all the way down to his cock. He was rock hard and straining against his jeans. And when her pants slid over her hips to the floor—when she stood before him completely naked—he had to fight the battle of his life not to step forward, slide his hand between her thighs, and feel the creamy heat of her arousal.
Instead, he simply stood and stared and wanted, his gaze caressing her. Reviewing every curve, every nuance. He knew her body as well as he knew his own, and the bruises he saw on her thighs and hips started a slow burn inside him.
He was going to kill whoever did this. No doubt. No question.
- prohibited or restricted by social custom.
“sex was a taboo subject”
synonyms:forbidden, prohibited, banned, proscribed, interdicted, outlawed, illegal, illicit, unlawful,restricted, off limits;
“Wrong. Dirty. Sinful. She was the best part of his life, and yet all that the world reflected back to them was the dirt and the shame.”
In a world where it’s difficult to make friends, let alone find a person you can love, is falling in love ever a bad thing? What if this love doesn’t fit into the realms of what society deems permissible? Dallas Sykes and Jane Martin were brought together in childhood by a series of unfortunate circumstances, and an extremely traumatic event in their adolescence. In Sweetest Taboo, the third book of the S.I.N. Series by J. Kenner, we see the culmination of their complicated journey. In a story of forbidden romance, we’ve watched their tragic and tortured relationship suffer a series of disastrous events and looming threats. Is their love strong enough to survive the demons of the past and the insane foreboding of their future?
“We’ve been forged in the fire, and we’ve come out stronger.”
An illicit story about strength, survival, and second chances, that through a chain of twists, turns, and a tumultuous ride, the vial, evil, and unorthodox becomes a bittersweet, intensely intoxicating, steamy passion. This book neatly ties up all the loose ends, giving answers to all of our inquiries. The ever present question of “the woman” is brought to fruition. Fall-out and flawed lives are delivered full circle. This is a series riddled with lust, suspense, angst, vengeance, and deceit, but above all, it’s layered with romance and love.
In typical Kenner style, this was a well written narrative with an astute plot. Developed and layered charters permeated the pages and I fell in love with the supporting cast almost as much as the mains. It was nice to see Damien and Nikki Stark again, as they feel like family. The attention to detail placed the reader directly in the heart of this story. You couldn’t help but fall for these characters and yearn for their HEA. Although the ending wasn’t a surprise for me, it was well done, and I loved it.
“I will love you for the rest of my life and beyond. I don’t want to spend a day without you. You inspire me. You humble me. You’re my best friend and my deepest passion. The other half of me. The best part of my soul.”
Love is love. Plain and simple. To each his own. I happen to agree with Great Britain on this one. In the case of adoption, if you have two consenting adults? It’s merely a formality. Should a piece of paper trump love? I know that I for one, would love to have the King of F*** love me. Paperwork be damned.
“You’re mine, Jane… You were my dirtiest secret… Now you’re my sweetest taboo.”