When Jess packed up her belongings and fled her small hometown in Kansas, she never looked back. Free from her family’s dark past she was finally able to pursue her lifelong dream as a professional dancer. She never expected to find herself at his door…or at his club.
Nikolas was unlike any other man she had ever met. Sexy…Alluring…Predatory. Dangerous. The kind of man with more secrets than even she had. Every instinct warned Jess against knowing him further, but she always did like playing with fire…
Nikolas Roman took one look at Jess and knew she was trouble from the very start. But something about the defiant twist of her mouth and the wide, haunted eyes of a damaged soul touched him in places he had long ago thought dead. He knew he needed to stay far away from her for his own sanity, but like a moth to a flame he was helpless to resist…
Working at Takers Gentleman’s Club was the last place Jess thought she would find herself, but she quickly learned how the game was played. See what you want, take what you can get…but at what cost?
Fallen Angel – Part I
Time to face the music. Do or die this time.
She had tried everything at this point. Knocked on every door. Stood in every line. Went to every audition.
Don’t call us. We’ll call you.
She was so sick of that shit. If she heard it one more time, she would scream bloody murder.
It had been over six months since she arrived in New York. Her money was close to non-existent. If she didn’t do something soon, she would be completely broke.
Thank god her best friend Allison lived there. She would have been homeless otherwise.
“What the hell am I doing here?”
Allison wrapped her arm around Jess’s shoulders. “It’s no different than dancing on a Broadway stage. You’ll make a ton of money, and you have the rest of the day for auditions. What’s not to love?”
“Right. And tell me you’re not just trying to make me feel better.”
“Well…yeah. I am.” Jess punched her arm.
“What? It’s true.” Allison laughed, yanking her hair.
“Trust me. How long have I been here, Jess? I know we had different plans when we were kids. But plans change. This is how it has to be for now, ok? Just for now. Until that first gig comes through. So come on. Don’t chicken out on me. I told him you’d be here. He’s expecting you.”
They walked through the doors of Takers Gentlemen’s Club. Jess scanned the room to see who was there.
The place looked empty, thank god. Her eyes darted around quickly, nervously, taking it all in. The stage, the tables. The VIP Room.
The club definitely looked less seedy from the inside. It wasn’t Broadway, that’s for sure. But it helped.
“I cannot believe I am here right now.” She muttered under her breath. Allison must have heard her. She shot her a look. Urging her to shut up.
Jess ignored her. “Allie…I need a line. Some kind of rush to make me go through with this. Hook me up?”
“Jesus, Jess. If Nick catches you-”
“Allie, just give me some coke, will you? I need it to calm my nerves.”
She sat down on the edge of the stage, dipping her pinky finger in the bag Allison held out. She sniffed, feeling the rush up her nose. Instantly feeling ten feet tall. Like she could fly.
Much better. Her nervousness depleted, but not entirely.
She continued scanning. Looking for a reason, any reason at all, to run like hell. And not look back.
That’s when she saw him.
His dark looks gave him a dangerous, yet vulnerable air. Making her want to take him in her arms and hold him…and seek her own protection.
He wasn’t exactly what you’d call beautiful. But lord, the man had something about him.
He walked across the club to where they were standing. She took in a deep breath as her chest tightened.
She literally could not breathe.
Jesus. Get a fucking grip.
“Who do we have here?” His voice was deep. Confident. Sexy. Used to being obeyed, without question.
“This is the girl I told you about, Nick. The one auditioning for the open slot.”
Allison pushed Jess forward. She glared back at her. She felt like she was on display at an auction block.
He looked Jess up and down. She could swear she saw him lick his lips.
Yep. No reason at all to feel that way.
“Where you from, kid?”
“Really. New York, eh?” His tone was mocking.
Jess cleared her throat. “Kansas.”
“I wasn’t trying to lie. If that’s what you were thinking.”
“I wasn’t aware you were a mind reader.”
“Then how do you know what I’m thinking?”
Jess bristled. “I don’t. If you recall, I said, if that’s what you were thinking. Never said that’s what you were thinking.”
Nick eyed her sharply. Jess willed herself to watch her smart mouth. It always managed to get her in trouble. Allison looked like she was turning a shade of green.
“So what’s your name?”
“Why do you care?”
“Jess!” Allison shot her a look she ignored. She was irritated. Tired of feeling so defensive.
It reminded her of her father.
“Because I own the fucking place, that’s why.”
“Again, why do you care?” She gave a humorless smile that didn’t meet her eyes. “All that fucking matters is that I get onstage and take my clothes off, right?”
“You got a massive chip on your shoulder. Anyone ever tell you that?”
“Anyone ever tell you that you ask too many questions?”
Nick stared at Jess for a few seconds and finally burst out laughing. She had nerve, that’s for sure. He’d probably killed men for less. She almost wanted him to spare her the same mercy.
Anything would be better than her shitty life.
(transposed to the third person at an attempt to appear more mature *grins cheerfully*)
well…alisa did stuff and is still doing stuff. only now she has two boys crazy enuff to want her as their mommy. hey, at least she tried to warn them, so her job is done. she doesn’t like to capitalize, partially because she likes how lower case letters look visually, but mostly out of laziness. please don’t judge. it could be you. and she would say, hey. you’re alright, buddy. you’re ok in my book. now c’mere for a hug. the hug might be pushing it. air kiss? you are strangers, after all, with only a mutual love of poor grammar.
she lives for a world full of controllable anatomically correct, android men programmed to meet her specific feminine needs (wink, wink, nudge, nudge with a big waggle of the eyebrows). who look like the rock. and ian somerhalder. and idris elba. and that’s it she promises. variety. gotta have variety, right?
but alas…apparently that exists only in johanna lindsey’s genius mind. so until then, she enjoys her incredibly warped sense of humor. she reads tons of erotica and romantic, drippy goo that makes her heart go pitter patter. then she thought, hey. what, she said to herself. (softly, of course, so no one finds out she is indeed, 2 nuts short of a fruitcake) maybe you should write this stuff too. maybe someone will like it and maybe buy it. so she said, huh, you think? then she said, well…yeah, i wouldn’t have suggested it…(inserts sarcastic tone) and then she was like lose the attitude, ok? then she was all, would you just shut up and write, already? sheesh! and she did. 🙂
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