Sneak Peek

After Sundown: Illumination

Book 3 in the After Sundown Series

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate:
only love can do that."

~Martin Luther King Jr.

Rebecca could only stare.

No words came to mind. She knew her mouth was probably hanging open, but she couldn't help herself. The man standing in her doorway took her breath away.

"I'm Jason. I'll be handling the night shift."

His voice was deep and sexy. Rebecca couldn't respond. Her mind just didn't want to wrap around the idea of speaking. It was too busy wrapping itself around the hunk in front of her. She had woken up a few minutes earlier, and discovered she had slept most of the day away. Just as she was trying to decide what to do, a soft knock had sounded at her door.

She had called out a welcome without another thought.

"Come in."

As the door opened, she had gotten an eyeful of one incredibly good-looking man. Unfortunately, she had also somehow lost the ability to form coherent thought in the process, as if the very sight of the guy had caused her to become a bumbling idiot.

Jason’s expression grew puzzled. He looked back at the room number on her door, then returned his gaze to her.

"You're Rebecca Vanderhoss, right?"

Rebecca wanted to answer, she really did, but she just couldn't seem to bend her lips to form the words she wanted to say. She finally managed to nod her head silently. The man was absolutely gorgeous. That was the only word she could think of, and one she had rarely used when referring to a guy. His midnight black hair, hanging just past his very broad shoulders, surrounded a face made up of hard angles. His face was all male, no soft curves found any place but one.

His lips.

Just looking at them made Rebecca wonder at their soft lushness. Those full lips were made for kissing a woman, and not just on her lips. All over her body, over and over again, if she had her way about it.

What was she thinking?

A slow heat crept up her neck.

Great. She was blushing. Now what would the guy think? That she was acting like a silly schoolgirl instead of an adult woman, that’s what. She needed to get a handle on her libido, and fast.

Rebecca tried to clear her mind, wondering how it had gotten lost so quickly along this wayward path, but at that particular moment the man shifted slightly, leaning his weight against the doorframe.

Her attention was immediately drawn to Jason’s body.

And if she was getting heated up before, now she was down right boiling.

His muscular build bespoke many hours of hard work, yet he moved with an unusual grace belying his size. He was taller than most men, especially next to her petite 5’4 frame, she had to look up and up and up to meet his gaze. And what a gaze it was. His unusual silver eyes shined so bright it almost hurt to look at them, yet she was drawn back to those liquid silver pools again and again. His searching stare called her closer, while delving into her very soul. The end result left her feeling attracted, restless and vulnerable, all at the same time.

Jason’s gaze lowered and he began a slow perusal of her from head to toe.

Rebecca resisted the urge to cover herself. Maybe it was because his eyes were gentle and he took his time, oblivious to the fact that she was quite aware of what he was doing. Or maybe it was because each spot his stare caressed started a slow burn that heated her up in ways she had only dreamt about. Whatever it was, instead of crossing her arms defensively against her chest, she held her shoulders squarely back, raised her chin proudly and let him look his fill.

She wanted Jason to see her, to be as attracted to her as she was to him.

This was no easy accomplishment for Rebecca, because while growing up she hadn't been very confident. She had become acutely aware of her plump, curvy and well developed body as her teenage years arrived and the boys around her starting taking notice. It had taken her a long time to come to terms with not only her own body, but also what the boys around her wanted.

Rebecca gasped and took several steps backwards, almost stumbling as the back of her knees hit the side of her bed. She sat down. She had just remembered something more from her past! The memory from her high school years had come easily, surprisingly clear in her mind.

Jason walked to where she sat, squatted down in front of her. Despite this, she still had to look up to meet his stare. His brow knit in concern.

"Are you okay, Rebecca?"

As their gazes met, Rebecca felt a tingling sensation shoot through her that started at the top of her head and ran down to the tips of her toes. It was as if she had gotten a light electrical shock. She could tell Jason felt it as well because his eyes widened with awareness and his jaw clenched tightly. He searched her face then. It wasn't a casual glance either. It was intense, as if he thought he would find the solution to some great puzzle in her features. When his piercing silver stare ended on her lips, they began to quiver. It felt like fingers were lightly skipping along them, tauntingly, teasingly causing them to swell with anticipation of a deeper touch.

Rebecca’s eyes closed without thought and she tilted her chin up, closer to his mouth. Just one kiss, that’s all she wanted. All she needed. If she didn't get it she would die, she was sure of it.

Jason moved closer.

She could feel his warm breath brush her face as he whispered words she didn't understand.

"M’Tali. Ti sa movra."

His voice was filled with wonderment and surprise. It was as if he couldn't believe he was saying the strange words. She didn't recognize the language he spoke, yet the sound of it resonated deep inside her, as if she had been waiting a lifetime to hear it. She let the feeling flow through her. The rightness of it filling her with intense happiness. Startled by such a strong reaction, Rebecca opened her eyes to stare into his beautiful gaze once more, but found he was gone.

She was alone, again.

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