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Captivated by You, p.2
Part #4 of Crossfire series by Sylthrough Day
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“Christ, Eva.” I pressed harder, flattening my body versus her. “How am I not meant to feel threatened by that?” “You’re expected to trust me. I told you bereason I didn’t want you to obtain weird vibes and jump to conclusions. I wanted to be hocolony around it so you wouldn’t feel threatened. I recognize I’ve obtained some stuff to job-related out in my head. I’m going to check out Dr. Travis this weekfinish and—” “Shrinks aren’t a cure-all!” “Don’t yell at me.” I battled the urge to slam my fist into the plaster behind her. My wife’s blind belief in the healing properties of therapy frustrated the hell out of me. “We’re not running to a damned physician eincredibly time we’ve obtained a difficulty. It’s you and also me in this marriage. Not the goddamned psychiatric community!” Her chin lifted, her jaw taking on the identified slant that drove me crazy. She never before provided me an inch unmuch less my cock was inside her. Then she offered me every little thing. “You might think you don’t need help, ace, however I recognize I execute.” “What I need is you.” I cupped her head in my heads. “I need my wife. And I require her reasoning about me and not some various other guy!” “You’re making me wish I hadn’t shelp anything.” My lip curled in a sneer. “I kbrand-new how you felt. I’ve seen it.” “God. You jealous, crazy . . .” She moaned softly. “Why don’t you understand just how a lot I love you? Brett’s acquired nopoint on you. Nothing. But honestly, I don’t want to be about you best currently.” I felt her resistance, the pushearlier of her trying to gain ameans. I clutched her favor a lifeline. “Can’t you see what you’re doing to me?” Eva softened in my arms. “I don’t acquire you, Gideon. How can you simply flip a switch and turn your feelings off? Knowing just how I feel around Corinne, just how might you throw her in my challenge prefer that?” “You’re the reason I breathe, I can’t revolve it off.” I slid my mouth throughout her cheek. “I think of nopoint yet you. All day. Every day. Everything I perform, I execute with you in mind. There’s no room for anyone else. It kills me that you have room for him.” “You’re not listening.” “Just stay the hell away from him.” “That’s avoidance, not a solution.” Her fingers dug right into my waist. “I’m broken, Gideon, you recognize that. I’m piecing myself back together.” I loved her just the means she was. Why wasn’t that enough? “Thanks to you I’m stronger than I’ve ever before been,” she went on, “but tbelow are still cracks, and once I find them, I have to number out what made them and exactly how to seal them up. Permanently.” “What the fuck does that mean?” My hands pushed beneath her height, seeking her bare skin. She stiffened and pumelted at me, rejecting me. “Gideon, no . . .” I sealed my mouth over hers. Lifting her off her feet, I took her to the floor. She struggled and also I growled, “Don’t fight me.” “You can’t simply screw our difficulties ameans.” “I just want to screw you.” My thumbs hooked right into the waistband of her shorts and shoved them down. I was frantic to be in her, possessing her, feeling her surrender. Anypoint to drvery own out the voice in my head telling me I’d fucked up. Aobtain. And this time, I wouldn’t be forprovided. “Let me go.” She rolled onto her stomach. My arms banded approximately her hips as soon as she tried to crawl amethod. She might throw me off as she’d been trained to and she can reduced me off via a word. Her safe word . . . “Crossfire.” Eva froze at the sound of my voice and the one word supposed to convey the riot of emotions she shattered me via. It remained in that eye of the storm that somepoint snapped. A fierce and also familiar quiet exploded within me, silencing the panic shaking my confidence. I stilled, taking in the sudden lack of turmoil. It had been a lengthy time given that I’d last felt the dizzying switch in between chaos and also control. Only Eva can rock me so deeply, sfinishing me hurtling back to a time as soon as I’d gone to the mercy of everything and also everyone. “You’re going to soptimal fighting me,” I told her calmly. “And I’m going to apologize.” She went lax in my arms. Her submission was complete and also swift. I had the top hand also aget. I pulled her up and ago, so that she was sitting on my thighs. Eva necessary me in manage. When I was reeling, she scattered, which only shook me more. It was a vicious cycle and I had actually to obtain a better grip on it. “I’m sorry.” Sorry for hurting her. Sorry for shedding my command also of the instance. I’d been edgy after the nightmare—something she’d intuited—and acquiring hit via Kline automatically after hadn’t provided me time to get my shit together. I would resolve him. I’d keep a tight grasp on her. Period. Tright here were no various other alternatives. “I require your assistance, Gideon.” “I need you to tell him you’re married.” She leaned her temple versus my cheek. “I’m going to.” I shifted her to sit throughout my lap and also leaned back against the wall, cradling her cshed. Her arms wrapped about my neck and also my people righted itself aobtain. Her hand slid down my chest. “Ace . . .” The coaxing note in her voice was one I knew well. I was difficult in an instant, my blood hot and thick. Submitting to me turned Eva on, and that reaction from her fired me up like nopoint else. I puburned my hand also into her hair and also fisted the soft gold strands, watching the means her eyes flourished heavy-lidded at the feel of the gentle tug. She was restrained and at my mercy, and she loved it. Needed it, simply as much as I did. I took her mouth. Then I took her. — WHILE Angus drove Eva and also me to work, I scrolled through my appointment calendar and also assumed of my wife’s eight-thirty trip. I glanced at her. “You’ll take among the jets to California.” She had been looking out the home window of the Bentley, city-scoping with her usual eager interest. She turned her gaze to me. I was born in New York. I’d grvery own up in and also near the city and ultimately began to make it my own. At some allude, I’d stopped noticing it. But Eva’s fascicountry and also delight through my hometvery own had reintroduced it to me. I didn’t examine the city via the intensity she did, yet I experienced it via fresh eyes all the very same. “Will I?” she challenged, her eyes betraying her countering attractivity to me. Her fuck-me look retained me redlined constantly. “Yes.” I closed my tablet case. “It’s much faster, even more comfortable, and also safer.” Her mouth curved. “All ideal.” That hint of teasing amusement captivated me, made me desire to execute every little thing wicked and also raw to her till only complete surrender remained. “You acquire to tell Cary,” she went on, switching the cross of her legs and revealing the lacy edge of her stockings and also a peek of her garter. She was wearing a red sleevemuch less shirt and also a white skirt via strappy heels. A perfectly acceptable businesslike outfit that was elevated by the body inside it to underproclaimed sexiness. Electricity arced in between us, the instinctive acknowledgment that we had actually been made to fit together perfectly. “Ask me to come via you,” I sassist, hating the believed of her being ameans from me for a whole weekfinish. Her smile faded. “I can’t. If I’m going to start informing civilization we’re married, I have to start with Cary, and also I can’t execute that with you roughly. I don’t desire him to feel prefer he’s on the external of a life I’m producing via you.” “I don’t want to be on the exterior, either.” She attached her fingers through mine. “Spending private time with friends doesn’t make us any type of much less of a couple.” “I like to spend time with you. You’re the many interesting person I know.” Her eyes widened and she stared at me. Then she exploded right into activity, hitching up her skirt and also straddling me prior to I realized what she was doing. Cupping my challenge in her hands, she pressed her gloss-slick lips to mine and also kissed me senseless. “Umm,” I moaned, as she pulled away breathlessly. My fingers flexed right into the generous curve of her gorgeous ass. “Do that again.” “I’m so hot for you ideal currently,” she breathed, rubbing my lips clean via her thumb. “I’m excellent with that.” Her huskies laugh slid all roughly me. “I feel so awesome ideal now.” “Better than you did in the hallway?” Her joy was contagious. If I could’ve quit time, I would have at that minute. “That’s a different kind of awesome.” Her fingertips tap-danced on my shoulders. She was . . . radiant when she was happy, and her pleacertain brightened every little thing around her. Even me. “That was the finest compliment, ace. Especially coming from the Gideon Cross. You fulfill fascinating civilization eincredibly day.” “And wish they’d go away so I deserve to gain back to you.” Her eyes glistened. “God, I love you so a lot it damages.” My hands shook and I dug them into the backs of her thighs to hide it from her. My gaze wandered, trying to latch on to something that would certainly anchor me. If she only knew what she did to me through those three little words. She hugged me. “I desire you to execute something for me,” she murmured. “Anypoint. Everypoint.” “Let’s have actually a party.” Seizing the possibility to relocate on to various other topics . . . “Great. I’ll put up the swing.” Pulling ago, Eva shoved at my shoulder. “Not that sort of party, fifinish.” I sighed. “Bummer.” She gave me a wicked smile. “How about I promise the swing in return for the party?” “Ah, now we’re talking.” I settled earlier, enjoying her immensely. “Tell me what you have actually in mind.” “Booze and also friends, yours and mine.” “All right.” I considered the possibilities. “I’ll view you your booze and friends, and raise you a quickie in a dark edge somewright here throughout.” Her throat operated on a quick swpermit and I smiled inwardly. I kbrand-new my angel well. Indulging her clocollection exhibitionism was a complete 360 turnapproximately for me, and though it still amazed me as soon as I believed about it, I didn’t mind in the leastern. Tbelow was nopoint I wouldn’t carry out for those moments as soon as the just point that mattered to her was being filled via my cock. “You drive a hard baracquire,” she said. “Exactly my intention.” “Okay, then.” She licked her lips. “I’ll see you your quickie and also raise you a hand project under the table.” My brows rose. “Clothed,” I countered. Somepoint that sounded like a purr rumbled in the air between us. “I think you must revisit and also revise, Mr. Cross.” “I think you’ll must work-related harder to convince me, Mrs. Cross.” She was, as constantly, the a lot of invigorating negotiation of my day. — WE separated on the twentieth floor, wbelow she exited the elevator into the Waters Field & Leaman foyer. I was figured out to get her on my team and also functioning for me. It was an objective I strategized eextremely day. When I reached my office, my assistant was already at his desk. “Good morning,” Scott greeted me, standing as I approached. “PR dubbed a couple of minutes back. They’re fielding an inexplicable amount of inquiries about a rumored engagement in between you and also Miss Tramell. They’d prefer to understand how to respond.” “They should confirm.” I passed him and checked out the coatrack in the corner behind my desk. He adhered to. “Congratulations.” “Thank you.” I shrugged out of my jacket and also slung it on a hook. When I glanced at him aget, he was grinning. Scott Reid tackled myriad tasks for me via quiet care, which led others to regularly underestimate him and enable him to go unnoticed. On even more than one occasion, his comprehensive monitorings of individuals had prstove very insightful, and so I overpaid him for his position to save him from going all over else. “Miss Tramell and also I will marry before the finish of the year,” I told him. “All intersee and also photo repursuits for either of us must be routed via Cross Industries. And tell defense downstairs the exact same. No one should acquire to her without going through me first.” “I’ll let them recognize. Also, Mr. Madani wanted to be educated as soon as you gained in. He’d prefer a couple of minutes with you prior to the meeting this morning.” “I’m ready once he is.” “Great,” Arash Madani said, walking in. “Tbelow provided to be days as soon as you were right here prior to seven. You’re sdoing not have off, Cross.” I shot the lawyer a warning look that brought no warmth. Arash lived to job-related and also was damned good at it, which is why I hired him ameans from his former employer. He’d been the toughest counsel I had actually ever before run throughout, and also in the years because, that hadn’t readjusted. Gesturing at one of the two chairs in front of my desk, I took my seat and also watched him take his. His dark blue suit was easy yet bespoke, his wavy black hair domesticated by a precision cut. Sharp intelligence noted his dark brown eyes, extending to a smile that was even more warning than greeting. He was a frifinish and also an employee, and also I valued his lack of bullshit. “We’ve obtained a respectable bid on the home on Thirty-6th,” he sassist. “Oh?” A tangle of emovements hosted my reply for a moment. The hotel Eva hated stayed a difficulty as lengthy as I owned it. “That’s excellent.” “That’s curious,” he swarm earlier, establishing one ankle on the opposite knee, “considering exactly how slowly the market’s recovering. I had to dig with numerous layers, yet the bidder is a subsidiary of LanCorp.” “Interelaxing.” “Cocky. Landon knows the following highest bid is a ways off—about ten million ways. I recommend we pull the residential or commercial property off the sector and also revisit in a year or 2.” “No.” Sitting earlier, I waved ameans the suggestion. “Let him have actually it.” Arash bconnected. “Are you shitting me? Why are you in such a hurry to eliminate that hotel?” Due to the fact that I can’t store it in my holdings without hurting my wife. “I have my reasons.” “That’s what you shelp when I advised you to sell it a couple of years earlier and you made a decision to sink millions in renovations right into it rather. An cost that you’re simply finally breaking even on, and also now you want to offload it in a still-shaky market to a male that wants your head?” “It’s never before a negative time to sell real estate in Manhattan.” And certainly, never before a poor time to dump somepoint Eva dubbed my “fuck pad.” “Tbelow are much better times, and also you understand it. Landon knows it. You market to him, you’ll just be encouraging him.” “Good. Maybe he’ll up his game.” Ryan Landon had actually an ax to grind; I didn’t organize it versus him. My father had actually decimated the Landon fortune and also Ryan wanted a Cross to pay for that. He wasn’t the first or last businessman to come after me bereason of my father, yet he was the most tenacious. And he was young sufficient to have actually plenty of time to dedicate to the task. I looked at the photo of Eva on my desk. All other considerations were secondary. “Hey,” Arash sassist, lifting his hands in mock surrender, “it’s your company. I just have to understand if the rules have adjusted.” “Nothing’s changed.” “If you think that, Cross, you’re even more out of the game than I assumed. While Landon’s plotting your ruin, you’re off at the beach.” “Sheight kicking my ass for taking a weekend off, Arash.” I’d do it aobtain in an immediate. Those days I’d spent via Eva in the Outer Banks had been eincredibly fucking dream I’d never before allowed myself to have actually. I stood and also walked to the home window. LanCorp’s offices were in the high-climb two blocks over, and Ryan Landon’s office had a prime see of the Crossfire Building. I suspected he invested more than a couple of moments eextremely day staring at my office and planning his next relocate. Occasionally, I stared earlier and dared him to lug it harder. My father was a criminal who’d ruined plenty of stays. He was also the guy who’d taught me exactly how to ride a bike and also to sign my name through pride. I couldn’t conserve Geoffrey Cross’s reputation, yet I can damn sure defend what I’d built out of his ashes. Arash joined me at the home window. “I’m not going to say I wouldn’t hole up through a babe favor Eva Tramell if I can. But I’d have actually my goddamn cell phone through me. Especially in the middle of a high-stakes negotiation.” Remembering just how melted cocoa tasted on Eva’s skin, I assumed a hurricane could’ve been ripping shingles off the roof and also I wouldn’t have offered it a second’s attention. “You’re making me pity you.” “LanCorp’s acquisition of that software set you back years in research study and breakthrough. And it’s made him cocky.” That was what really acquired Arash’s blood up, Landon’s pleacertain in his own success. “That software’s alongside worthmuch less without PosIT’s hardware.” He glanced at me. “So?” “Agenda item number 3.” He faced me. “It sassist To Be Determined on my copy.” “Well, it states PosIT on my mine. That game sufficient for you?” “Damn.” My desk phone beeped, followed by Scott’s voice projecting from the speaker. “A couple points, Mr. Cross. Miss Tramell is on line one.” “Thank you, Scott.” I headed for the receiver through the thrill of the hunt coursing through my blood. If we acquired PosIT, Landon would be back to square one. “When I’m clear, I need Victor Reyes on the line.” “Will do. Also, Mrs. Vidal is at reception,” he went on, stopping me in my tracks. “Would you choose me to postpone the morning meeting?” I looked out the glass partition that divided my office from the rest of the floor, also though I couldn’t check out my mother from that distance. My hands clenched at my sides. According to the clock on my phone, I had actually ten minutes to spare and also my wife on the line. The urge was there to make my mother wait till I could fit her in my schedule, not hers, yet I shoved it down. “Buy me twenty minutes,” I told him. “I’ll take the calls through Miss Tramell and Reyes, then you deserve to bring Mrs. Vidal back.” “Got it.” I waited a beat. Then I picked up the phone and hit the promptly blinking switch.