Today marks the kickoff of my first contemporary romance series… Surrender is a candid look inside the world of a Texas strip club.
Welcome to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where the air is heavy with desire . . . and sometimes dreams come true.
Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.
There’s one last thing I want before I leave this bedroom, this house. I want to look him in the eyes. I want to remember his face. His smile. The shape of his perfect lips. I lift my gaze, ashamed to face him. He’s still sitting on the bed—seemingly immovable. Immune to me. Free of me. Finally. “Can you ever forgive me?” I ask a last time.
His molten gaze penetrates me. My whole body shudders. I hate this silence. It’s torturous. I want him to scream. Any response would feed my hunger right now. Hate is better than nothing. It means there’s still something alive in him for me. A spark is a spark no matter where it comes from. “Can you?”
“Can you ever love me, Robyn?”
He spoke. I didn’t hear the words, though—only the sound of his voice. The power it wields over me is mind-boggling. “Can you?” he asks.
“Can I what?”
He sighs. He’s not going to repeat it. Not now, not ever. I draw in a deep breath. Tears fill my eyes again. I turn away, too guilty and embarrassed to face him any longer. I’m through the door. The house is eerily quiet. The hallway light provides a pathway for my escape. Back to my little protected world. Away from anything Garrick. Away from happiness and hope. Away from passion and love. Love. I pause on the second stair. I’ve never told him…
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