In a family of cold-hearted black sheep, I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest.
My father has hated me since the day I was born. The feeling was mutual. In the shady underworld that was my legacy, Cleo McCarthy became my light. She was beautiful, passionate, and my whole world. So naturally my father had to destroy us. First he sent me away. Next he claimed Cleo as his own. But now I've returned, and nothing will stop me from taking back everything that is rightfully mine.
He was the love of my life - when my life was still my own.
We were young enough to believe we would last forever, Axel and I. But neither of us realized how cruel life - and our families - could be. Now I'm trapped in a gilded cage: desired by Axel, who must never know the full truth, and controlled by his father, who would sooner see me dead than free. And I wouldn't even care, except that it's no longer only my life at stake.
Cox's second Dark Desires erotic contemporary (after I, Porn Star) is a sizzling, kinky retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Childhood sweethearts Cleo McCarthy and Axel Rutherford both come from ruthless crime families. When they fall in love as teenagers, they think their love will last forever until their love affair is destroyed by Axel's malevolent father, who claims Cleo for himself. When he sees her again years later, Axel at first can't forgive Cleo for choosing his father over him, until he learns that Cleo really had no choice at all. Despite his background, Axel has a conscience, and the life he took at his father's insistence haunts Axel so much that he founds the Punishment Club, a private facility where masochists gather for the punishments they think they deserve. Axel doesn't know the identity of the person he killed, but Cleo does, and that bombshell may transform their relationship. Cox's blisteringly hot prose is as sweetly addictive as caramel popcorn and as spicy as a hot pepper. Cleo and Axel's tale will captivate Cox's existing fans and win her new ones.