Author: Ady Anes
Series: Scandalous #6
Published by Self-Published
Release Date June 21, 2019
Genres: New Adult Romance
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Can you surrender your body without surrendering your heart?
Nicholas Reed, the proud owner of Hedonism, where everything you desire can be found under one roof. Andrea Johnson is everything he wants.
Beautiful. Submissive. Willing to be his.
Andrea knew the moment she met Nic nothing would be the same. He’s offering everything a girl could want, himself. So, what’s the problem? She’ll never have his heart though he’ll likely keep a piece of her forever.
Can she still be his without surrendering all of herself?
Series: Scandalous #6
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs
Author: Ady Anes
Release Date: June 21, 2019
I stare at the computer screen finally finishing the major assignment due for class. Regret and uncertainty swirl together. It isn’t anyone’s fault but mine that I’d chosen to give up the chance to go to a nationally accredited school for interior design for senior year of college and possibly pursue a Master’s. I was the one who weighed the options and decided to stay. But the what ifs occasionally plague me.
What if I had gone?
Would we all still be as close, even hundreds of miles apart?
Would Nicholas have even noticed my absence?
Doesn’t matter now anyways…. What’s done is done. I roll my shoulders trying to ease some of the tension. I love majoring in interior design. I intend to follow in my mother’s best friend, Rowan’s, footsteps. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to color schemes, placement of furniture and objects, windows and lighting, minute details, and thought-out themes. I was the kind of little girl who focused more on her Barbie’s dollhouse and the layout than the actual dolls and what they were wearing.
I close my laptop pleased with the final product. I love mastering concepts with the computer-aided design software used in classes. The days of sketchpads are slowly being replaced with software programs and design applications. I love both forms: by hand and by computer. I want to excel in every facet of interior design. Fortunately, I’ve shadowed Rowan most of my life. Even before applying for college I had hands-on experience with bidding on new projects, sketching preliminary design plans, using computer applications, and overseeing design implementations. Yeah, that isn’t everything involved in the process from start to finish but damn I know more than most even now as a college senior. Had I stayed in Chicago, I would’ve had a guaranteed internship with Rowan. Hell, I could’ve gone back home during the summer, but instead opted to stay and work at Scandalous with the girls. Rowan will always be there, but I’ll probably never get another opportunity like the gig with the girls. It also doesn’t hurt that Nicholas is the owner.
“Are you done yet?” Desirae bellows from the hallway. That girl is so impatient. It won’t take her long to plow through the door. I put my things away. It’s Thursday night which means we’re going out to dinner. Carina’s men, Valentino and Marco, own several nightclubs including the highly sought-after, Club 69. The line to get into that club always wraps around the building. We try to have dinner together once a week, typically Wednesday or Thursday night, since the weekends are so hectic. If the guys aren’t working, we’re performing at Scandalous, or completing school assignments. It’s amazing we consistently find time to spend together with this size group.
“I’m starving” Desirae whines the moment I exit the room.
“Keep your panties on” I roll my eyes at her. Carina, Desirae, Sati, and I all live in a four-bedroom apartment right on campus. It’s near impossible to get any size apartment in this complex but thanks to our connection with Jaxon Wright, who so happens to be the nephew of the Dean… well, life is good.
“You know on most days that’s questionable” Desirae suggestively waggles her eyebrows.
“No, I don’t want to find out” I cut her off knowing she’d damn well show me too. “Where are we eating tonight?”
“Griffin insisted on some Hibachi place” she shrugs her shoulders while herding Sati and Carina. “He said he’s still scarred from the last place we suggested.”
I snort with the memory of the overenthusiastic waiter who couldn’t contain his excitement at so much eye candy in one room. And it wasn’t the girls he was eyeing either. Marco ate it up, completely comfortable with his bisexuality while Jaxon and Griffin were on the edge of their seats ready to take off if the waiter made one wrong move.
“Did the guys make a reservation?”
“Yep” Carina replies, “Beatriz can’t make it though.”
“Again?!” I’ve accepted the fact that Ariel is no longer associating with us after the fallout from Carina’s attack but as each day passes we wonder if Beatriz is following in her footsteps too.
“I think Bea was trying to visit Melissa” Sati quietly interjects. Unlike Ariel, Beatriz is trying to remain friends with everyone. Our core group used to contain eight girls PLUS the guys. Now it’s all changed. The dynamics within the group have altered too. We’ve gone from having Carina and Desirae as the nucleus with me, Beatriz, Sati, Ariel, Chelsea, and Melissa as part of the group to having Chelsea and Melissa getting kicked out and Ariel following them. It left Beatriz trying to balance a friendship between both groups while remaining impartial to all parties involved. It’s not an easy thing to do considering that Chelsea had been intimately involved in a series of events that ended up getting Carina assaulted and her naked image plastered all over the internet. Melissa was a knowing accomplice which immediately got both girls banned. Ariel still believes they’re incapable of something like that despite the damning evidence. And since she’s known Chelsea longer than us she’s chosen to disassociate herself. Beatriz on the other hand doesn’t want to lose Ariel or Melissa as a friend and is trying her best to remain close with everyone.
“Did you hear that she was sent to a rehabilitation facility or something?” Sati questions. Melissa was the most susceptible to Chelsea’s manipulations and unfortunately brunt most of the aftermath of everything that happened. She testified against Chelsea and Pete, the assailant involved in Carina’s attack, with the stipulation that she had to seek help. No one’s spoken to her since then.
“I wish her the best”
“I hope she rots in hell” Desirae scoffs, instantly disagreeing with me. “You’re making me lose my appetite even thinking about those cunts. Let’s go before I change my mind.”
Carina and Sati sigh but don’t reply. Desirae has no qualms about letting her true feelings be known. Hell, if anything after the attack Desirae had gone after Chelsea and beat the shit out of her. I would never dream of crossing her.
“Still I don’t want to lose Bea” I firmly state. Desirae may be intimidating as hell, but there’s no way I’m going to bite my tongue on this. Technically, Des and Carina came into our group and shook everything up. And although I’ll gladly admit that it was for the better, they were technically the additions to the group.
“I for one am glad that we have Leticia” Desirae pipes up. The loss of Chelsea, Melissa, and Ariel were worth it with the addition of Leticia. “Beatriz isn’t going anywhere Drea… I respect the fact that she’s a loyal friend.”
Our eyes widen with surprise. Des isn’t exactly known for her compassion and empathy. If she doesn’t begrudge Beatriz, then it says a lot about her respect for the girl’s loyalty towards her friends.
It only takes a moment to feel that spark of attraction…
Carina Lobos, the beautiful, sexy, and fun-loving freshman is looking forward to her first year on campus.
Jaxon Wright, captain of the rowing team, popular junior, and stud-that-can-have-any-girl-he-wants looks forward to another unforgettable year.
From the moment they lay eyes on each other, they can’t deny the attraction between them.
But when a sexual encounter goes viral, things spiral out of control. As Carina attempts to push Jaxon out of her thoughts, Valentino DeLuca, the magnificent owner of Club 69, captures her attention… but Jaxon won’t be dissuaded. While Valentino provides a sexy distraction, Jaxon’s relentless pursuit causes her to question if they can have more…
What happens when you can no longer resist the irresistible?
The men vying for Carina’s attention and heart.
If things aren’t already complicated enough, Marco Soriano, Valentino’s business partner and best friend, throws a wrench in things.
Jaxon may be Mr. Wright, but he’s all sorts of wrong for Carina.
Jaxon on the other hand disagrees. Their chemistry is undeniable and explosive. He’s determined to win Carina back.
As great as Jaxon is in bed, Carina isn’t as willing to give her heart. Can Jaxon prove to be too irresistible and ultimately win her heart, regardless of the competition?
This is Jaxon Wright’s story. Popular senior in college. Math major. Rowing captain. Beloved man-whore… Temptation incarnate.
Jaxon was king of the campus until Carina Lobos walked into his life and knocked him down a peg… or two.
A year later and a lot has changed. Carina is a prominent figure in his life although their relationship is nothing like anyone expected. He’s lost his pack of hyena friends; they aren’t taking it well. Meanwhile someone new has joined their close-knit group and she may change everything.
From the moment Marco Soriano met Valentino DeLuca he yearned for a love he thought was unattainable.
I fell in love with my best friend.
Truth-be-told he was saving himself for the day Valentino finally noticed him as something more than just his closest friend.
But then she came along and changed everything because Valentino was falling for her.
Valentino DeLuca spent years trying to decipher his feelings for his best friend, Marco Soriano.
I don’t deserve you, but I’ll spend forever trying to prove it.
Valentino didn’t notice men. He wasn’t attracted to them. He loved women; specifically, his Spanish beauty, Carina Lobos.
But all of that changed when Marco became his anomaly.
Diego Lobos is every mother’s dream. He’s handsome, smart, athletic, and well-mannered. Diego attends an Ivy League college and manages to keep a near perfect GPA. Mothers want him as their future son-in-law. Girls swoon at the mere mention of his name. Guys want him to be on their team. Everyone wants to be friends with Diego Lobos.
He’s the guy everyone loves… And rightly so. But is he right for me? Can Diego fill the voids within me? Those vacant spaces that have been dark and empty for so long that I’d forgotten they existed until he stepped into my life… Diego is charismatic, charming, and genuine. He’s sexy without being an arrogant ass.
What more can a girl ask for? In my dark world, I need more. I have a need most can’t fill. I demand certain expectations that have guys cupping their balls and running in the other direction. Yes, I’m broken but I refuse to part with the little bit that’s left of me.
Love me or hate me. I don’t care. But everybody loves Diego… So why would he work so hard to be with someone like me?