Once with him was never enough.
I am the girl you dislike. The girl you snub at parties. I am the one who flirts with men and knows no boundaries. I am the one you whisper about. The one who has no rules. I am the one who takes and uses without any regret or excuses.
On the outside I am perfect. I have money, looks, and a personality that makes people stand up and take notice, but on the inside I am broken and hurting.
Then I met Cash Marshall.
He wasn’t what I needed, but I wanted him anyway. It was Cash’s carved, muscular body I thought about. It was his cool, confident touch I craved. I swore he would only be a one-night stand, another distraction to take away the pain.
But then our world changed.
Our story is not about love. Love is pretty and sweet and full of niceties. Those no longer exist. Our story is about finding each other again in a world gone crazy. It’s about surviving the impossible when war ravaged our land. It’s about saving each other from the darkness and finding out just how strong we could be.
And maybe, just maybe, along the way, we’ll find love…
Once and for all.
I pulled my arms from his shoulder, untangling myself from him. His eyes were gray pools of emotions as he looked at me, maybe seeing me for what I really was.
A girl that had sex on the first date and in a public restroom.
I had never felt shame before but I did just then. I avoided his eyes and pulled away from him. He let me go, easing out of me gently. I suddenly missed him in me. The thought was terrifying. It was something I had never thought of before when I was with a man. So why now and why him?
He kept his gaze on me as he lifted me off the counter and pulled my dress down. I wanted to cry at his tenderness and beg for it to disappear. I couldn’t handle it. I could barely handle the man that had walked in here – controlling, domineering, and seductive as hell.
I averted my eyes as he removed the condom and threw it in the trash then zipped up his jeans. I had never been embarrassed by such an intimate act but something about Cash doing it affected me. For the first time in my pitiful life, I was embarrassed for the girl I was.
Cash picked my panties up from the floor and offered them to me. I reached for them, still refusing to look at him, but the domineering man wasn’t gone yet.
He grasped my wrist, not allowing me to take the panties from him.
I raised my eyes to his. He gritted his teeth and took a step toward me, trapping me between him and the counter again. His body brushed against mine, making the need he had just extinguish minutes ago flare to life again.
He slid his hand around my nape, drawing me toward him one more time.
“Jesus, Cat,” he whispered, lowering his head and touching his lips to mine.
I stood still as he kissed me, wondering what the hell he thought he was doing. We fucked. It was supposed to be over now. A wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of date. But I was afraid we were far from done.
His mouth was gentle. Tender. I felt worshiped when minutes ago I felt claimed. He kissed me like he cared. Like I was his.
Not just his for tonight.
Too soon his lips left mine and he let go of me, taking one step back.
“Come have dinner with me,” he said in a voice that oozed sex but promised he would be nice. “Please.”
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Gah!!!! I’m so in love with Cash!! Getting to know who he was before only made me love him more.
The story of Cash and Cat was a great continuation to this series. When I read the first two books back in 2013, I feel in love! With the story, the characters and Paige Weaver’s writing. When I met her at a book signing a few months back and she mentioned to keep an eye out for Cash’s story, I. Was. Thrilled.
Paige Weaver did not disappoint. To see a before and after of Cash just proves how events change a person; especially when that change is key to a person’s survival. Deep down, Cash was still the gentle cowboy before everything happened. Things just made him more dangerous and that was exciting to me. Cat wasn’t the only one affected by his changes. Ohh La La!
Now Cat? She was a different story. She too transformed but I didn’t much like her before. She was a bitch. A snooty rich girl with a ‘poor me’ attitude that drove me nuts. She hid her pride and selfishness with acts that she told herself were for others but she eventually grew up and out of that mindset and became a stronger person. After suffering more loss, she became her true self.
Paige did a great job with providing likeable secondary characters as well as a storyline that kept me hooked from the beginning. She focused a lot on the before which I thought was good. I got to really get to know Cash and Cat on a level where I loved them. Even though Cat was annoying, she was still a character I could appreciate. She was the complete opposite to Cash which made their match/union so interesting.
I can’t wait to read the rest of their story.
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We couldn’t exist without each other.”
For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn’t drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect.
But that was about to change.
Ryder Delaney was the one imperfection in my life. He was the bad boy, the black sheep, the one your mother always warned you about. He had only one hard-and-fast rule – Don’t fall in love.
But some rules were meant to be broken.
We were best friends, inseparable since childhood despite our differences. I knew the real man hiding behind the tattoos and bad attitude. He knew all my secrets and dreams. But he didn’t know there was one thing I wanted and couldn’t have…him.
But sometimes Fate has a way of intervening. Soon our world collapsed. War erupted. Darkness prevailed. Alone and on the run, our only goal was to survive and to ignore the feelings we had for each other. But love is powerful…
and so is the darkness.
The epic conclusion of New York Times bestselling book Promise Me Darkness.
“I’m darkness, Maddie. Stay away from men like me. You’ll only get hurt.”
At one time my life was simple. Easy. But that was before the war. Now I was no longer an average college student. I was a survivor. A woman living in a ravaged world. My future was not bright and my life was far from perfect. The war had taken so much from me… but it wasn’t finished yet. It wanted more.
It wanted my heart. My soul. The one person I couldn’t live without.
It wanted Ryder Delaney. My best friend. The bad boy. The one person who could fight like no other and love me like no one else. He was the father of my baby. I watched him walk away one hot summer day and I prayed he would return. I needed him like I needed air to breathe and water to drink. Without him I was lost. A light without her darkness.
Until he returns, I’ll wait for him. And I believe he will return because love is powerful…
And so is the light calling him home.
Paige Weaver is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Many hours of her childhood were spent getting lost between the pages of a book, disappearing into other worlds. That turned into a love for writing at a young age. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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