Title: Keeping Secrets
Author: Kiru Taye
Series: The Essien #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.
Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.
She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?
“That shouldn’t have happened.” Her whispery voice sounded strained.
Disappointment punched his gut. Scrubbing a hand over his face, he dropped his head and closed his eyes.
“Why?” The one-word query torn from his lips, grated over open sores.
Head lifted and eyes opened, he stared at her stiffened back, her green gold-embroidered tunic draped over round hips and thighs in skinny black denim. Those bum cheeks had cushioned his thighs moments ago. Staring at them now, his arousal spiked.
If he pulled her back into his arms, would she let him spread her out on the bed and taste everything she had to offer?
Not by the way she shunned him with her back and arms wrapped around her mid-riff.
“Ebony.” Her name rolled off his lips, an entreaty.
“Felix, I can’t do this.”
Bending her knees, she picked up the discarded book, tote and walked toward the door.
Desperation. Pride. Sheers bullheadedness. Whatever. Something made him stand despite doctor’s warning against it without support. Pain shot up his body. Sweat beaded his forehead.
He swayed, grabbed the bar at the bottom of the bed to steady as support.
Ebony swivelled, eyes wide as saucers.
“Felix! What are you doing?”
“I can’t let you leave just like that,” he gritted past the pain turning his body feverish. “Don’t go. Please.”
The cooled air from the air-conditioners had no effect on him. Perspiration dripped down his face and back.
“I’ll stay. Please sit down.”
“You first.” He nodded to the chair she’d vacated.
She complied, placing her bag on her lap like some kind of shield to protect against him. At least that’s how it seemed to him as he lowered his body back onto the bed.
A ragged breath whooshed out of him and his eyes watered in relief as the pain receded.
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