Excerpt from Steel Embrace
Steel’s features remained rigid. She didn’t belong here. She seemed
clueless. Of what? And if our lifestyle wasn’t her true nature, she could end
up hurt. Considering the obvious terror, it wouldn’t take much to spook her
away despite his strange urge to make her stay. He sensed something utterly
submissive about her, yet there was that strength she displayed with Mave,
an inner resilience, possibly born of promises broken and past abuse. Yet, he
found her tugging at the dominant in him. It unnerved him, and he didn’t like
being unnerved. It would be best to simply send her away. Perhaps if things
were different he wouldn’t feel this way, but they weren’t different. His life
had been upended and she was adding to that upheaval.
Fawn took Raina’s wrist and walked to the corner. Fawn spoke in
hushed tones. This allowed Steel’s thoughts to drift. It had been four months since he took possession of his brother’s club. Before that, Steel had been the silent partner. Then to complicate things Titane disappeared, leaving a note saying he needed time away. Steel took charge to both protect himself but more so his brother, Titane.
This wasn’t the first time his brother had distanced himself from
reality, but his timing was dreadful. Steel believed Titane wouldn’t have so
abruptly left with their father’s health failing so rapidly from leukemia.
Something was awry. Titane wasn’t the type to abandon his responsibilities,
his remaining thrall and his family, without at least leaving some contact
information. Since his brother had mostly associated with club members,
someone had to know Titane’s whereabouts. Steel, under the subterfuge of
managing the daily business, was also clandestinely unraveling that mystery.
What scared Steel the most, though, was that he couldn’t help wondering if Titane’s absence had anything to do with the artist’s murder. Was his brother the murderer? Steel believed it had to be someone else. So then was his brother fleeing? Fleeing for his life? Did he know something?
The incident happened over a hundred miles away, but the girl wasn’t just
any artist, she was also one of Titane’s thralls, his favorite.