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Title: Candy Coated Chaos (Sweet Treats #1)
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: 2/15/18
Cover Design: Murphy Rae
Being with Tavin is like eating those candies that start out sweet and then turn so sour, your eyes water. When she’s happy, her radiance is stunning, but her glow is dimmed by her dark secrets. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on her, sucking on that lollipop, that there was something unique about her. I was right in more ways than one, and while I don’t know the extent of suffering that her life entails, I’ll do whatever I need to, to convince her she can trust me. I just need to hang on to her long enough to do that.
When he wraps his arms around me, and his warmth makes me feel safe, it’s easy to pretend that this is real. I knew going out with him was a bad idea, I just never imagined it would go this far. It was only supposed to be one night. One night to feel like a normal girl. I didn’t plan for this and now, every day that passes puts us deeper in danger. All I can do is make the most of every moment with him, so when the time comes for this to end, then at least we’ll be left with beautiful memories.
***Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering to some readers.
“What do you say we hit another bar? There are a ton of them on this street.” I don’t know why I suggest it. All I really want to do is go home and hear that voice moaning my name.
She smiles and nods. “Let’s go.”
I hold her hand as we walk down the street and look for a promising bar. Flashing lights in my peripheral make me turn, and I see a street carnival. When I look down at her, she’s gawking. Her eyes are all lit up and it’s painfully obvious that she is dying to go.
“What do you say we go check that out?” I offer.
For the first time she smiles a genuine, full on smile. She clasps her hands together and I swear her eyes get bigger.
Her comical enthusiasm forces me to chuckle. “Of course.”
After nearly getting my arm yanked from its socket, she pulls me to the ticket counter while her eyes scan feverishly.
I gesture to our many choices. “Where to?”
Even as I ask, I know she has no idea. You would think she’s never seen a carnival in her life. She’s about to burst. As she starts to head in one direction, something else will catch her eye, changing her trajectory.
“I- uh. Well, um…”
I take her hand to lace my fingers between hers. “We’ll get to all of it, I promise. How about we start with the tilt-a-whirl?” I point next to the fresh squeezed lemonade stand. “That was always my favorite as a kid.”
She has the sweetest little dimple on her right cheek that appears with her grin and she nods. I don’t know her well enough to tease her when she walks past the ‘You must be this tall to ride this ride’ sign, but I chuckle at the fact she is passable by less than two inches.
She picks the pink cart and we climb inside. Bouncing with anticipation, she grips my hand while the technician locks the bar. Once the ride begins to really get going, our cart makes its first fast spin and she throws her head back and laughs. It is such a pretty sound, a true laugh filled with abandon. She giggles the entire time, squealing at every spin. Her excitement is contagious and after it’s over, I run right along with her, hand in hand to the big slide.
We race down a few times, although the word ‘race’ is a bit of a stretch. She is too light and can’t gain enough speed. She wants to beat me so bad, it’s just never going to happen.
“Will you ride with me?” I think she’s talking to me, until I see she is looking up at the idiot in line with her. My initial reaction is to get pissed and immediately I chastise myself because that’s absolutely ridiculous. She grins at me. “I want to win.”
Well of course I can’t deny her that, even if the asshole she asks is a bit too happy to oblige.
Once she finally gets her wish, I take her to the carousel. She’s been staring at it since we got here.
We choose a decorative carriage seat, slowly moving up and down next to intricately carved horses as the ride circles. I look down and her thighs are so sexy, barely parted, with the hems of her stockings peeking over her knees. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to one of these places,” I tell her as I take the initiative and place my hand on her thigh. She doesn’t flinch or acknowledge that I’m touching her at all.
“I’ve never been.” Her eyes are still absorbing the scene around us, apparently for the first time.
“Never?” She shakes her head and I move my hand a little higher. “So how do you know Eric?”
Her face pales before she blinks a few times and chews on her lip. “Oh… um, he’s just… an acquaintance.”
Another blanket response. I don’t want to push the subject because tonight is going so well, incredible, actually. Nevertheless, at some point I’m going to need to find out what she’s doing with him in my building.
I tuck a curled piece of hair behind her ear to see her stunning profile. The ride begins to slow so I change the subject.
“Do you like cotton candy?”
She snaps her head up to look at me as her entire face brightens. “Cotton candy? I’ve never tried it.”
What a deprived life to have never had cotton candy. “Do you want to?”
Not that I need to ask, she clearly does.
We watch as the carnie turns the sugary strings into a fluffy pink ball. When it’s finished, he hands it to her and she tilts her head as she pokes at it.
“Take a bite,” I urge her.
She pulls off a piece and the moment the flavor hits her tongue, her face is hilarious. Her eyes go wide and she rips away another large piece and shoves it into her open mouth. I laugh at her enthusiasm as I order a lemonade from the carnie. When I turn around to offer her a drink, the paper handle is bare and she is licking the cotton candy remnants off her fingers.
Good thing I didn’t want any.
He hovers over me, his blond hair soft beneath my fingers as I brush it away from his face. His strong and gorgeous face. I touch his cheeks so softly I wonder if he feels it.
“Can’t we just enjoy this? The right now? I don’t want to think about anything past tonight.”
His eyebrows narrow as his jaw ticks and it’s like he thinks if he looks into my eyes deep enough, he’ll get the answers he thinks he wants.
“That’s what I’m talking about. Whenever you say stuff like that it feels like every moment with you could be my last. You have this way about you, as if you see something the rest of the world can’t. Sometimes you feel almost… magical.” He presses his forehead against mine and laces our fingers together before pulling our hands above our heads. “Please don’t disappear,” he whispers against my lips.
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Charity B. lives in Salem Oregon with her husband and ornery little boy. Candy Coated Chaos is her debut novel and has more titles preparing for release in 2018. She has always loved to read and write, but began her love affair with dark romance when she read C.J. Robert’s The Dark Duet. She has a passion for the disturbing and sexy and wants nothing more than to give her readers the ultimate book hangover. In her spare time when she’s not chasing her son, she enjoys reading, the occasional TV show binge, and is deeply inspired by music.
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