Exclusive Excerpt from Forsaken
by Sloane Kennedy
I couldn’t stifle my cry of relief when Mav’s mouth closed over mine. He hadn’t said a word, hadn’t pointed out that what was about to happen was a one-time thing, that it wouldn’t mean anything. And the kiss…
God, I felt everything in the way his lips caressed mine. He was both gentle and insistent, but there was no rush in the way he kissed me. One of his hands came up to caress my neck as the other pressed against my lower back, urging me closer to him. I lifted my arms to wrap them around his shoulders and felt the dampness of his hair which was hanging loose. I let my fingers tangle in the softness of it and when Mav released my mouth long enough to skim his lips along my jaw and down my throat, the emotion became too much and I had to bury my face against his shoulder. I hated that I couldn’t get a grip on myself, but if Mav noticed, he didn’t say anything. He just held me tighter and kept pressing soft kisses to any part of me he could reach without having to relinquish his hold on me.
I didn’t know how to tell him how afraid I’d been that I’d never have this moment with him. This moment where it was just the two of us. This moment where he made me feel whole without even trying.
So I didn’t say anything. Instead, I searched out his mouth and tried to tell him that way. He met every one of my kisses with the same gentle sweetness, but his hands were busily stroking all over my back and ass. Our cocks brushed against one another every time we shifted even a little bit and within minutes, our kisses turned deep and needy. Mav’s fingers curled around my ass and lifted me and I instinctively wrapped my legs around his waist. The position felt awkward at first until I realized the move had put my mouth just a little higher than his. I took complete advantage and stole into his mouth with my tongue. I used my hands to brush his long hair back from his face and when I ended the kiss, he tried to follow me. I let my fingers roam over his face, testing every texture. His brow, his nearly perfectly straight nose, the little bit of facial hair covering his jaw, his smooth lips. And then I held his eyes with mine as I leaned in and brushed my lips over his in the briefest of kisses. I did it over and over, never taking my eyes off of him. And I knew the instant he saw what I’d wanted him to see, because he sucked in a sharp breath and pulled back just a little to study me a second before he slammed his mouth down on mine and took complete control of the kiss, of me, of everything.
I had no fear as Mav walked us both to the bedroom and I barely noticed when he laid me down on the soft comforter because his mouth was consuming mine. I still had my legs wrapped around his waist as he settled his weight on me, but the second I hit the bed, his hands found mine and he linked them together with his and held them above my head. His hips rocked against mine feverishly as he kissed me over and over and I knew it wouldn’t take much to push me over the edge. I had no idea if Mav sensed how close I was or if he was in the same boat, but he suddenly released my hands and lifted off of me enough to limit the contact between our groins.
“No,” I whispered before I could stop myself, the neediness in my voice off the charts. Fuck, I was such a raw mess of need that I was certainly going to scare him off, especially considering this whole thing was just supposed to be about sex. I bit into my lip hard to keep myself from begging him not to leave me.
Mav watched me for so long that I began to truly worry that I’d ruined the whole thing. But instead of stepping back, he reached out and used his thumb to free my lower lip from the death grip my teeth had on it. The rough pad swiped over the tender flesh several times, easing some of the sting. And then he leaned over me, bracing himself on his other arm. Our mouths were mere centimeters apart, but he didn’t kiss me.
“Don’t hide from me,” Mav said softly and then he did kiss me. A quick brush of his mouth over mine. “You don’t see it, do you?” he asked.
“See what?” I somehow managed to get out.
“How fucking beautiful you are…how perfect.”
I felt tears sting my eyes at his words. I didn’t even realize I was shaking my head until he said, “Yes,” and then kissed me again. Longer. Deeper. “Tell me what has you so afraid,” he breathed against my mouth.
Maybe if he hadn’t been brushing his fingers through my hair as he said it or if he hadn’t kept pressing tiny kisses against my lips, I could have held it together. But his words, his touch – they cracked open something deep inside of me and I couldn’t stem the tears that fell. “I’m afraid you’ll leave me,” I whispered as I closed my eyes. “I’m afraid this will all be some cruel dream and I’ll wake up any second alone again…”
Abandoned. Abused. Betrayed.
Ex-cop Maverick “Mav” James needs only three things. His Harley, an open road and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can’t.
Family? They left him long before he left them.
Friends? A liability.
A place to call home? Doesn’t exist.
Mav’s motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn’t matter. No emotional connections. Simple.
Until he meets him.
Alone. Hiding. Broken.
At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that and eight years later, he’s well on his way to having the life he could once only dream of. He’s been accepted into medical school and he’s finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don’t share his blood, but are the only family he’s ever really known.
Only things aren’t what they seem and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences.
One final chance at a real future.
Guys like Eli just aren’t Mav’s type, period. Yet he can’t deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there’s something else in those eyes too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav’s learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he’ll offer.
Because anything else would just cost too much.
Available at: Amazon
About Sloane Kennedy
Although Sloane Kennedy always dreamed of being a writer as a teenager, she didn’t take the plunge until March of 2015 when she released her first novel as an independent author. Since then, she has released more than a dozen books including the Amazon best-selling “Barretti Security” series, “Finding” series and “Protectors” series. While she initially began writing M/F romance, she found her true passion writing gay romance and all four of her most recent releases reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Gay Romance bestseller list and Freeing Zane, her final book in the Barretti Security series, made it to Amazon’s overall bestseller list. Sloane was born in Germany and grew up in Virginia and Wisconsin. Although she currently lives in Wisconsin, the place where she has always felt most at home is Seattle and many of her books take place in the Emerald city. Although she is unmarried, a menagerie of 2 dogs and 3 cats keeps her busy enough and 3 young nieces take care of the rest of her free time. Sloane loves being able to share her passion for romance with readers and she is truly humbled by all the support she’s received from fans and fellow authors alike.