For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the final book in the Reign trilogy. This is an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story that seduces, surprises and stays with you.
Playing at forever is a dangerous game…
Torn between two men and surrounded by secrets, Lana is forced to make an agonising choice. But what – and who – does she really want?
National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered Series (Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly and Capture Me Slowly), the Sweet Torment Series (Breathe You In, Only You), and The Chasing Love Series (Chasing Trouble, Chasing Temptation, Chasing Desire).
Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home color coding things. She resides in California with her husband and her two sons. Visit Joya Ryan online
A flash of white caught my peripheral as it whooshed past me and smacked Jack. I stepped back and saw Jack’s left arm covered in snow. Cal was grinning wide and dusting off his snowy hands.
“Maybe you need to lighten up,” Cal called and I didn’t know if he was talking to me or Jack or both maybe? “Having fun isn’t complicated.”
Jack glared so forcefully that the sight alone frightened me. He looked lethal as his intense gaze stayed on Cal and he took a step closer like a cheetah stalking something that it would soon take down.
“Oh…it’s on now,” Jack growled then quickly scooped two handfuls of snow up, smashed them together forming a ball, and chucked it at Cal, beaming him in the chest.
“Ah shit,” Cal mumbled, shaking off the hit and ducking behind the nearest tree. He wasted no time gathering more ammunition. Jack hustled to a different tree, taking cover and threw another snowball. If I wasn’t mistaken, I thought a smile broke free when the snowball splattered against the tree, millimeters from Cal’s face.
“You throw like a pussy,” Cal called, then fired his own snowball, barely missing Jack’s leg.
“Says the guy who couldn’t get it up just now,” Jack said, aiming high for Cal’s face again.
“Oh I have no problem getting it up,” Cal yelled back, throwing another and hitting Jack’s calf as they ducted and ran through trees hucking snow as they went. “Just ask Lana.”
Instead of growling or fussing over his comment, a snowball crashed against my ass. I turned to find Jack smiling and looking guilty.
“What the hell?” I said with a laugh.
“Sorry baby, you’re in between us.” He may be talking about the snow war going on, but his words hit hard. Before I could think further on that, another snowball hit my stomach. Cal.
I glared his direction.
“That’s it!” I scooped my own snow and threw it fast. First at Cal, then another handful at Jack as I ran to take my own cover.
“Oh you’re in for it now,” Jack called from his hideout. A small giggle of delight escaped as ducked low and packed another snowball. I wasn’t anywhere near as big as the guys so the tree covered me pretty well. I took the opportunity to make a few snowballs and stock up. Breathing hard I peek out and caught of glimpse of Cal and Jack, moving and throwing snowballs as they strategically got closer to me.
“Here, kitty, kitty, kitty,” Cal called. Though he may be lighthearted, there was an underlying lust that tainted each word and my nipples responded instantly and my breathing pick up.
Adrenaline was coursing and this was…fun.
With my snowballs in hand, I threw them as I went to gain more ground and better location. Attempting to run and hide at the same time.
Jack caught my movement first and sprung after me. I playfully screamed when his strong arm wrapped around my waist and caught me.
“You’re mine now, baby.” He turned me to face him and trailed his snowy gloves over my lips and chin, the chill surprising my hot skin. I breathed hard and smiled.
“You’ll never catch me,” I panted and spun quickly out of his grip. I made it two feet before meeting a wall of muscle. Cal.
“Caught ya,” he smiled, his big arms wrapping me up. I did the only thing I could. I tossed the handful of snow I had at his face. He sputtered and I laughed. Getting his grip lose enough to ease and I squirmed away. But Jack was right there again and I was trapped between them.
“Can’t get away from me that easy,” Jack said against my ear and bit the lobe. His chest was pressed against mine and Cal’s chest was against my back, his big hands gipping my hips. For one moment, it felt like a puzzle coming together.
I swallowed hard and look into Jack’s eyes, the contact didn’t break when Cal’s cold nose skimmed over the top of my head.
I turned to see Cal’s blue eyes bright and alive. Then he glanced at Jack and shook his head as if dislodging from the moment. Jack move back several paces and Cal’s hands fell from me. I felt instantly cold, colder than even the weather should make me feel.
I had been so close to them. Between them. Yet one thing remained: I wouldn’t choose. Despite how the next week went and our eventual goodbye, I would never choose, for good bad or otherwise, between them. Because it was choosing between my heart and soul.
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