She has found a following that seems very engaged and passionate about Christian Grey and all things 50 Shades. I was not completely sold on this series, . See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey. In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams. E L James is currently working on the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey and a new .. No man has ever affected me the way Christian Grey has, and I cannot.
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CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a. [PDF] Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey) James,lesforgesdessalles.info Grey. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian, also referred to as Grey, is a erotic romance by British author E. L. James. It is the fourth.
Raising the ordinary to extraordinary. I loved the book, but I would've loved it so much more with a bit more in it. My tastes are very singular. Perfect teeth bite down on her lip. It has my cell number on it.
It was supposed to come out February of this year. My sources have told me that all books "As told by Christian Grey" have already been written. So the waiting for the book is pretty much just for the suspense and build up. They're already written, so why make us wait that long? I was all for building up the release date, but is utterly ridiculous. BkBfLvr "Delayed gratification", wasn't it what Christian said???
Kassandra Marie E. L James said hopefully , but she gotta write the book first , but she did a little part of the book for Ana Birthday. But the latest is the …more E.
But the latest is the beginning of I guess it all depends on how fast she writes the book and how long it will take to put it up for release. See all 82 questions about Darker…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Dec 17, Kai marked it as never-in-my-life. I'm against burning books. People should have access to any book they want.
I'm just not sure what people would use this book for? I hope they rip out the pages and blow their noses or wipe their private parts because - to be honest - it's sad to see paper wasted like this, so at least they're putting it to good use in the end. Toilet paper has a better plot though AND isn't sexist so if you consider buying this or toilet paper always be safe and choose the latter.
View all comments. Nov 27, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: Like many, Fifty Shades Darker is my favorite book in the trilogy. Because of this, I was nervous about reading this book. There are certain scenes I needed in Christian's POV, but they had to be done just right to satisfy me.
I loved being in Christian's head, but it did feel a lot like reading the original over again. Not that it's a bad thing, I adore the original. I just wish we got a few new scenes from Christian's POV. I think that would have made this that much better! Overall, I 4 stars! Overall, I very much enjoyed listening to the audio book of Darker. Zachary Webber does a fantastic job bringing Christian to life. If you enjoy audio books, this is one I would highly recommend!
View all 19 comments. OMG this gave my fangirl heart all the feels! I can't wait for the movie to come out! So This will be me when I get this book!! View all 14 comments.
Nov 23, Cristina CristiinaReads rated it it was amazing. Not much can be said about it since I already knew the story itself, but reading it from his perspective has been an enlighten touch to my adoration and love for this wonderful romance novel. View all 12 comments. Pop Sugar Reading Challenge El siguiente libro de una serie que ya has comenzado. Pero en ese momento que se Pop Sugar Reading Challenge El siguiente libro de una serie que ya has comenzado.
Porque sabes que la pasaras bien, por un rato. Funciona, por supuesto. Christian y sus inseguridades, encajan perfectamente con el personaje.
View all 17 comments. Feb 05, Sophia Triad rated it really liked it Shelves: After I read this book and then I read a few reviews about this book, I do not wish to write a review. I just want to point out three things: If you don't like the first book in the series and give a rating of 1 star, you don't have to read the second book in the series. Not much will change. So, obviously you will give 1 star again. And if you don't like the second book in the series, you really After I read this book and then I read a few reviews about this book, I do not wish to write a review.
And if you don't like the second book in the series, you really don't have to read the third book in the series. There is no point.
You only torture yourself. And if you don't like the third book in the series, for heaven's sake, don't read the forth book in the series. And if you still read the forth book in the series why??? Nobody will force you. Nobody will blame you. You are free not to read it. Which brings me to my 3rd point. This series has opened a new world to me. And I believe I am sensible enough to understand -What is right and what is wrong -What is incorrect and what is under particular standards -What is reality and what is over the top fiction Thanks!
View all 34 comments. I have to be honest, I skimmed through most of it. Christian was too much of a sap and desperate for Ana's affections. Actually, the both of them with the same insecurities became monotonous.
Christian was constantly afraid that Ana was going to leave him again and Ana was afraid she wasn't enough to keep him satisfied. There were a couple of things I did like. I liked that we got to see what happened to Ros and Christian after Charlie Tango crashed. Also that we got to see how Christian handled Leila after she threatened Ana in her apartment.
I think it's probably best if a third book comes out that I stay away because I don't want my love to be ruined by his POV. View all 24 comments. Can you believe the spanish edition has almost a hundred more pages than English edition? I think is fascinating to be again inside Christian Grey's head, specially in this second book, which is my favorite of the series.
Christian Gray is a person with serious psychological and affective problems, who falls in love with Anastasia and feels an almost physical terror of losing her. It only remains to wait for at least another year until the last book comes out. View all 4 comments. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo happy!! James Ilysm!
View all 7 comments. Oct 19, Kelly and the Book Boar added it Shelves: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me five times? Hell to the nah. Sep 20, Sandra rated it did not like it Shelves: No, thank you. I had hoped this fuckery would be over at some point. Apparently not. This is book two in Christian's pov of the story Fifty Shades of Grey.
I will admit that I have a terrible memory, so all the little details, and even a few scenes I had totally forgotten, which meant it was almost like reading a new book. Of course, all of the main scenes It is basically like reading the same exact book!!! There are no new scenes, just all of the same but in Christian's head There were some things that were interesting to know I really do despise her!!!
Also, how deep down, Christian really was a very insecure man who deep down just felt unloveable. The big question is Am I glad that I read it?! I have to say that I am I think it is because after Fifty Shades has been out for awhile, there have been a lot of amazing books that have come after these I found there were a lot of times where I was bored In the past few years, I have read some books that have extremely passionate sex I just didn't get butterflies this time from Christian and Ana Please don't get me wrong though.
I still adore Christian Grey View all 22 comments. Nov 28, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: Since book 2 was my favorite out of the FSoG series, I just had to give this one from Christian's pov, a go. Not bad I must say, but just like with "Grey", I found there was too much repeated from the second book.
Sure we get Christian's thoughts, which I was very curious about, especially because of the parts with Elena and Leila, but for me it was still like reading the same book again View all 16 comments.
November 28th Panic knots my stomach once more. Today, I have to negotiate a bigger deal. I want her back. No one can love a monster, no matter how compassionate they are. My guardian angel.
Ever present but not intrusive. My heaven. She makes me question everything. She makes me feel alive. And I know what it is. I want to tell her I love her. All of her.
Her body, her heart, and her soul. Brought light into my life. Light and love. We slow in the shadows. We stop in the dark. View all 11 comments. Mar 10, Caitlin marked it as couldnt-pay-me-to-read-this. No no no no no no no goodbye. View 2 comments. Another 50SOG book? Trees are being cut down to print this shit ya know? Save the planet: View all 3 comments. Any idea when the third book comes? He is smarter, more mature and just its a bliss to read. I'm actually looking forward to the third book in his POV.
This book is WAY better than Grey and FSoG because quite frankly only after reading this do you realize his head is so much better, no unnecessary drama.
View all 8 comments. Mar 10, Elise TheBookishActress marked it as zzzzz. Nov 30, Gi's Spot Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: A www James really us gave plenty of new and insightful moments, that just made me love these two even more!
I so need it NOW! This woman who has dragged me into the light. This woman who loves me in spite of my past, in spite of my wrongdoings. My girl. My Ana. My love. For full review, check out my Blog post, http: I devoured this book!!! Letting her walk ahead gives me the space and time to admire her fantastic ass. Her long, thick ponytail keeps time like a metronome to the gentle sway of her hips.
She really is the whole package: But the million-dollar question is, could she be a submissive? She probably knows nothing of the lifestyle—my lifestyle—but I very much want to introduce her to it.
You are getting way ahead of yourself on this deal, Grey. It makes me want to laugh. Women rarely make me laugh. Her face falls, and I feel like a shit.
Is she laughing at me? But how to start? Maybe with dinner, rather than the usual interview…now, that would be novel: We arrive at the cable ties, which are arranged in an assortment of lengths and colors. Absentmindedly, my fingers trace over the packets. I could just ask her out for dinner.
Like on a date? Would she accept? I select the longer ties. They are more flexible, after all, as they can accommodate two ankles and two wrists at once. Engage her in some conversation. Unlike some people, I do my research.
Christ, this girl is shy. I follow her eagerly, like a puppy. She bends down and grasps two rolls, each a different width.
As she passes it to me, the tips of our fingers touch, briefly. It resonates in my groin. She pales. I groan inwardly, trying to chase away the image of her suspended from the ceiling in my playroom.
A tremor runs through her fingers, but she measures out five yards like a pro. Pulling a utility knife from her right pocket, she cuts the rope in one swift gesture, coils it neatly, and ties it off with a slipknot. The usual. The classics. British literature, mainly. All those romantic hearts-and-flowers types. What else would you recommend? I want to hoot with laughter. Oh, baby, DIY is not my thing. I nod, stifling my mirth. Her eyes flick down my body and I tense. I put her out of her misery.
Heaven forbid I should ruin any clothing. Christ, she does things to me. She looks up and gives me a brief relieved smile. Miss Kavanagh. Publicity stills, eh? I can do that. It will allow me to spend time with the delectable Miss Steele. Work from a hotel. A room at The Heathman, perhaps. I give her a brief nod. Yeah, I want to spend more time with you… Steady, Grey. It has my cell number on it. The thought depresses me. His eyes are all over Miss Anastasia Steele.
Who the hell is this prick? My blood runs cold. Get your fucking paws off her. They fall into a whispered conversation. Maybe this guy is her boyfriend. She seems embarrassed, shifting from foot to foot.
I should go. Then she says something else to him and moves out of his reach, touching his arm, not his hand, shrugging him off. Grey, this is Paul Clayton. His brother owns the place. This woman has really gotten under my skin. Of Grey Enterprises Holdings? In a heartbeat I watch him morph from territorial to obsequious.
I watch him disappear. How can I ask her? Am I ready to take on a submissive who knows nothing? Closing my eyes, I imagine the interesting possibilities this presents…getting there is going to be half the fun. Will she even be up for this? Or do I have it all wrong? Look at me, damn it! Finally she raises her head. She packs the items briskly. This is it. I have to go. Until tomorrow, perhaps.
This is good. I sling the bag over my shoulder and exit the store. Yes, against my better judgment, I want her. Now I have to wait…fucking wait…again. Utilizing willpower that would make Elena proud, I keep my eyes ahead as I take my cell out of my pocket and climb into the rental car.
My eyes flick to the rearview mirror, where I can see the shop door, but all I see is the quaint storefront. I press 1 on speed dial and Taylor answers before the phone has a chance to ring. And Charlie Tango? So I have a few hours in Portland while I wait to see if this girl is interested in me. What to do? Time for a hike, I think. Maybe I can walk this strange hunger out of my system.
What the hell was I thinking? I watch the street from the window of my suite at The Heathman. I loathe waiting. I always have. The weather, now cloudy, held for my hike through Forest Park, but the walk has done nothing to cure my agitation. When have I ever chased a woman? Grey, get a grip. At least Taylor has arrived and I have all my shit. The prospect of a night alone again is depressing. While I contemplate what to do my phone vibrates against the polished wood of the desk and an unknown but vaguely familiar number with a Washington area code flashes on the screen.
Is it her? I answer. Well, well. A breathy, nervous, soft-spoken Miss Steele. My evening is looking up. How nice to hear from you. Where would be convenient for you, sir?
Just you, me, and the cable ties. Shall we say nine thirty tomorrow morning?
Leaning back in my chair, I gaze at the darkening skyline and run both my hands through my hair. How the hell am I going to close this deal? Last night I dreamed of her. I wonder what Flynn would make of that. The thought is disconcerting, so I ignore it and concentrate on pushing my body to its limits along the bank of the Willamette.
As my feet pound the walkway, sunshine breaks through the clouds and it gives me hope. Maybe I should take her for coffee.
Like a date? Not a date. I laugh at the ridiculous thought. Just a chat—an interview of sorts. Sitting down to breakfast in my sweats, I decide to eat before I shower.
I open it and Taylor stands on the threshold. They ready for me? One glance at the louche fucker in the mirror and I exit to follow Taylor to the elevator. Room is crowded with people, lights, and camera boxes, but I spot her immediately.
Her hair is loose: Are jeans and chucks her signature look? While not very convenient, they do flatter her shapely legs. Her eyes, disarming as ever, widen as I approach. She turns her delicious pink and waves in the direction of her friend, who is standing too close, waiting for my attention. With reluctance I release her and turn to the persistent Miss Kavanagh.
That thought makes me feel a little more benevolent toward her. How do you do? Anastasia said you were unwell last week. I wonder why these women are friends. They have nothing in common. Is it just me who makes her blush? The thought pleases me. Is this the boyfriend? Are they fucking? He likes her. He likes her a lot. Well, game on, kid. Rodriguez, where would you like me? She likes to be in charge. The thought amuses me as I sit.
As the glare recedes I search out the lovely Miss Steele. Does she always shy away like this? Hmm…a natural submissive. I regard Miss Steele as she watches both of us. Our eyes meet; hers are honest and innocent, and for a moment I reconsider my plan.
But then she bites her lip and my breath catches in my throat. Back down, Anastasia. Good girl. Katherine asks me to stand as Rodriguez continues to take snaps. His antagonism makes me smile. Oh, man…you have no idea. Seize the day, Grey. I mutter some platitude to those still in the room and usher her out the door, wanting to put some distance between her and Rodriguez.
In the corridor she stands fiddling with her hair, then her fingers, as Taylor follows me out. Her long lashes flicker over her eyes. Thinking about all the ways I could make her stop is distracting. Now can you join me for coffee? She looks directly at me, eyes bright. I have a date! Opening the door, I let her back into the room as Taylor conceals his puzzled look.
I watch him with narrowed eyes as he disappears into the elevator while I lean against the wall and wait for Miss Steele. What the hell am I going to say to her? Steady, Grey. Taylor is back within a couple of minutes, holding my jacket. How long is Anastasia going to be?
I check my watch. She must be negotiating the car swap with Katherine. My thoughts darken. As I catch up with her my curiosity is piqued about her relationship with Katherine, specifically their compatibility. Ana is clearly devoted. She came all the way to Seattle to interview me when Katherine was ill, and I find myself hoping that Miss Kavanagh treats her with the same loyalty and respect. At the elevators I press the call button and almost immediately the doors open. A couple in a passionate embrace spring apart, embarrassed to be caught.
As we travel to the first floor the atmosphere is thick with unfulfilled desire. I want her. Will she want what I have to offer? The thought is disheartening. In our wake we hear embarrassed giggling from the couple. Miss Steele seems that innocent, just like them, and as we walk onto the street I question my motives again.
In the coffee shop I direct her to find a table and ask what she wants to drink. She stutters through her order: English Breakfast tea—hot water, bag on the side. I have to wait in line while the two matronly women behind the counter exchange inane pleasantries with all their customers. English Breakfast tea. Teabag on the side. And a blueberry muffin. Is she checking me out? A bubble of hope swells in my chest. She jumps and turns red as I set out her tea and my coffee.
She sits mute and mortified. Does she really not want to be here? I watch her dunk the teabag in the teapot. She fishes it out almost immediately and places the used teabag on her saucer.
My mouth is twitching with my amusement. Get a grip, Grey. At me. At me! Does she like me or not? Oh, sweetheart, he wants to be more than a friend. The boy is smitten. Okay, so the lust is one-sided, and for a moment I wonder if she realizes how lovely she is.
She eyes the blueberry muffin as I peel back the paper, and for a moment I imagine her on her knees beside me as I feed her, a morsel at a time. The thought is diverting—and arousing. She shakes her head. Why is she so jittery? Maybe because of me? I told you yesterday. I remember how uncomfortable she seemed when the kid at the store put his arm around her, staking his claim.
They really are beautiful, the color of the ocean at Cabo, the bluest of blue seas. I should take her there. Where did that come from? She should. Does she like me?
Which is it? I just wish I knew what you were blushing about. That will goad her into a response. Popping a small piece of the blueberry muffin into my mouth, I await her reply.
Have I offended you? In all things. And I remember her leaving my office in the elevator—and how my name sounded coming out of her smart mouth. Has she seen through me? Is she deliberately antagonizing me? I change the subject. I want to know about her. My stepdad lives in Montesano. Her lips soften with a fond smile when she mentions her stepdad. Her expression is clear and bright, and I know that Raymond Steele has been a good father to this girl.
Which is great, but not what I want at the moment. Oh, Miss Steele. Game on. You asked me if I was gay. She starts babbling about herself and a few details hit home. Her mother is an incurable romantic. I suppose someone on her fourth marriage is embracing hope over experience. Is she like her mother? If she says she is—then I have no hope. I ask about her stepfather and she confirms my hunch.
Her face is luminous when she talks about him: She preferred to live with him when her mom married the third time. She straightens her shoulders. They live in Seattle. I give her the short answer that Elliot works in construction and Mia is at cooking school in Paris. She listens, rapt. Have you been? Of course. Miss Steele wants to travel. But why England?
I ask her. To add insult to injury, she looks at her watch. But should I? Giving her my most dazzling smile, guaranteed to disarm, I offer her my hand. Maybe this could work. I like them accessible. Her pupils dilate and I know I could fall into her gaze and never return. She takes a deep breath. My fingers caress her cheek. Her skin is soft and smooth, and as I brush my thumb against her lower lip, my breath catches in my throat.
Her body is pressed against mine, and the feel of her breasts and her heat through my shirt is arousing. Closing my eyes, I inhale, committing her scent to memory. She wants me to kiss her. And I want to. Just once. Her lips are parted, ready, waiting. Her mouth felt welcoming beneath my thumb. I close my eyes to blot her out and fight the temptation, and when I open them again, my decision is made. I want to hold her for a moment longer. I slide my hands to her shoulders to ensure she can stand.
Her expression clouds with humiliation. I shudder to think what could have happened to you. She shakes her head, her back ramrod stiff, and wraps her arms around herself in a protective gesture. A moment later she bolts across the street and I have to hurry to keep up with her. When we reach the hotel, she turns and faces me once more, composed.
She disappears into the building, leaving in her wake a trace of regret, the memory of her beautiful blue eyes, and the scent of an apple orchard in the fall. My scream bounces off the bedroom walls and wakes me from my nightmare.
Sitting up, I put my head in my hands as I try to calm my escalated heart rate and erratic breathing. I have two major meetings tomorrow…today…and I need a clear head and some sleep. And I have a round of fucking golf with Bastille. I should cancel the golf; the thought of playing and losing darkens my already bleak mood. Clambering out of bed, I wander down the corridor and into the kitchen.
There, I fill a glass with water and catch sight of myself, dressed only in pajama pants, reflected in the glass wall at the other side of the room. I turn away in disgust. You turned her down. She wanted you.
And you turned her down. It was for her own good. This has needled me for days now. Her beautiful face appears in my mind without warning, taunting me.
If my shrink was back from his vacation in England I could call him. His psychobabble shit would stop me feeling this lousy. Grey, she was just a pretty girl. Perhaps I need a distraction; a new sub, maybe. I contemplate calling Elena in the morning. She always finds suitable candidates for me. I want Ana. Her disappointment, her wounded indignation, and her contempt remain with me. She walked away without a backward glance. Perhaps I raised her hopes by asking her out for coffee, only to disappoint her.
Maybe I should find some way to apologize, then I can forget about this whole sorry episode and get the girl out of my head. Leaving the glass in the sink for my housekeeper to wash, I trudge back to bed.
This is ridiculous. The program on the radio is a welcome distraction until the second news item. Even the news reminds me of little Miss Bookworm. But then so do I, but for different reasons. Of course! This is it! This is what I can do. Both are bleak books, with tragic themes. Hardy had a dark, twisted soul. Like me. I shake off the thought and examine the books.
And Tess does exact revenge on the man who wronged her. I like to possess things, things that will rise in value, like first editions. Feeling calmer and more composed, and a little pleased with myself, I head back into my closet and change into my running gear. I read the book years ago and have a hazy recollection of the plot.
Fiction was my sanctuary when I was a teenager. My mother always marveled that I read; Elliot not so much. I craved the escape that fiction provided.
The young receptionist greets me with a flirtatious wave. Every day…Like a cheesy tune on repeat. Ignoring her, I make my way to the elevator that will take me straight to my floor. Andrea is on hand to greet me.
Ros wants to see you to discuss the Darfur project. Get me Welch on the line and find out when Flynn is back from vacation. Get Olivia to make it for me. I give her a smile. Three minutes later she has Welch on the line. Anastasia Steele. Studying at WSU. I remember. Anything else? I need to find a quote. But our contacts on the ground are hesitant about the road journey to Darfur. Fucking red tape. You know the tax breaks in Detroit are huge.
I sent you a summary. But God, does it have to be Detroit? It meets our criteria. That was quick. What news? Andrea answers immediately. She trembles as she puts it on my desk.
Tuna salad. She also places three different white cards, all different sizes, with corresponding envelopes on my desk. Now go. She scuttles out. I take one bite of tuna to assuage my hunger, then reach for my pen. A warning. I made the correct choice, walking away from her. Not all men are romantic heroes. I buzz Andrea. Will that be all? Find me a set of replacements. First editions. Get Olivia on it. Why is she smiling? She never smiles. Dismissing the thought, I wonder if that will be the last I see of the books, and I have to acknowledge that deep down I hope not.
As I shave, the asshole in the mirror stares back at me with cool, gray eyes. She has my number. Jones looks up when I walk into the kitchen. Thank you. What the hell does my big brother want? I need to get out of Seattle this weekend. You would know if you had any. We could go this afternoon. Stay down there. Come home Sunday. In the chopper, or do you want to drive? I owe you. Elliot has always had a problem containing himself. As do the women he associates with: What would you like to do for food this weekend?
I may be back on Saturday. Poor fucker must be fried. Working and fucking: He sprawls out in the passenger seat and snores. As we cruise down I-5 my excitement mounts. Have the books been delivered yet?
Why did you send them in the first place? Because I want to see her again.
Remember when Dad used to take us? My father is a polymath, a real renaissance man: But before I hit adolescence we had a bond. He used to love taking us camping and doing all the outdoor pursuits I now enjoy: Puberty ruined all that for me. You know that. No strings. Anyway, enough of me. Beneath his somewhat casual exterior my brother is an eco-warrior. His passion for sustainable living makes for some heated Sunday dinner conversations with the family, and his latest project is an eco-friendly development of low-cost housing north of Seattle.
It will mean all the homes will reduce their water usage and their bills by twenty-five percent. Give your dick a rest and watch baseball.
He tears down the trail with the same devil-may-fucking-care attitude he applies to most situations. But riding at this pace I have no chance to appreciate our surroundings. Her warmth, her breasts pressed against me, her scent invading my senses. We check our phones in the elevator as we head up to the top floor. The thought depresses me: Or that often. The Mariners are in the lead and it looks like it might be a blowout.
Elliot and I clink beer bottles. Elliot glances at me, so I get up off the sofa and out of his earshot. You sound strange. Who is she with? The photographer?
Where are you? Anxiety blooms in my gut. Will she drive? Tell me now. In any other situation I would find this charming. But right now—I want to show her how domineering I can be. I stare at the phone in disbelief. No one has ever hung up on me. What the fuck! Do you want to come? With a chick?
This I have to see. Barney is the most senior engineer in the telecommunications division of my company. But what I want is not strictly legal.
Best to keep this away from my company. I speed-dial Welch and within seconds his rasping voice answers. It makes me feel old. Elliot has followed me in through the front door.
Scanning the room, I spot Katherine Kavanagh. She looks at me in surprise when we arrive at her table. The three guys at the table regard Elliot and me with hostile wariness. What an exasperating woman.
Elliot, Katherine Kavanagh. She has eyes only for Mr. That way. Pushing through the throng, I make my way to the door, leaving the three disgruntled men and Kavanagh and Elliot engaged in a grin-off.
Ironically, it leads to the parking lot where Elliot and I have just been. Walking outside, I find myself in a gathering space adjacent to the parking lot—a hangout flanked by raised flowerbeds, where a few people are smoking, drinking, chatting.
Making out. I spot her. For a moment I want to rip his head off. With my hands fisted at my side I march up to them. He releases Ana and she squints at me with a dazed, drunken expression. Ana heaves, then buckles over and vomits on the ground. Oh, shit! Fucking idiot. With my arm around her shoulders I lead her away from the curious onlookers toward one of the flowerbeds.
She can puke in peace. She vomits again and again, her hands on the brick. Once her stomach is empty, she continues to retch, long dry heaves. Releasing her, I give her my handkerchief, which by some miracle I have in the inside pocket of my jacket.
Thank you, Mrs. Gone is my fury at the photographer. She puts her head in her hands, cringes, then peeks up at me, still mortified. Turning to the door, she glares over my shoulder. Being sick. Do you make a habit of this kind of behavior? The thought is worrying, and I consider whether I should call my mother for a referral to a detox clinic.
Ana frowns for a moment, as if angry, that little v forming between her brows, and I suppress the urge to kiss it. But when she speaks she sounds contrite. She might pass out, so without giving it a thought I scoop her up into my arms. Too light. The thought irks me.
I want to drive her home. Christian, please, I need to tell Kate. What kind of friend is she? The lights from the bar illuminate her anxious face. As much as it pains me, I put her down and agree to take her inside. One of the young men is still sitting there, looking annoyed and abandoned. Ana collects her jacket and purse and, reaching out, she unexpectedly clutches my arm.
I freeze. My heart rate catapults into overdrive as the darkness surfaces, stretching and tightening its claws around my throat. And suddenly the darkness disappears and the pounding in my heart ceases. I roll my eyes to hide my confusion and take her to the bar, order a large glass of water, and pass it to her.
My mood sinks. And I think of what just happened to me. Her touch. My reaction. My mood plummets further. I like the connection—me touching her. Hmm…flowery, Grey. She finishes her drink, and retrieving the glass, I place it on the bar. She wants to talk to her so-called friend. I survey the crowded dance floor, uneasy at the thought of all those bodies pressing in on me as we fight our way through.
Steeling myself, I grab her hand and lead her toward the dance floor. This I can handle. I weave us through the crowd to where Elliot and Kate are making a spectacle of themselves.
He nods and pulls Kavanagh into his arms. Let me take Miss Drunk Bookworm home, but for some reason she seems reluctant to go. Amazingly, I manage to get her into the front seat and strap her in. The smell emanating from her clothes is already noticeable. Yeah, tell yourself that, Grey. I need to get her out of her jeans and her shoes. The stale stench of vomit pervades the space. In my suite, I drop her purse on the sofa, then carry her into the bedroom and lay her down on the bed.
Briskly I remove her shoes and socks and put them in the plastic laundry bag provided by the hotel. Then I unzip her jeans and pull them off, check the pockets before stuffing the jeans in the laundry bag. I sit her up and she opens her eyes.