Lines always blur when people fall in love.
Strangers in My Bed, an all-new captivating dark standalone romance full of twists and turns from USA Today bestselling author Jade West, is available now!
It’s an amazing thing, being a wedding planner, when you’ve been dreaming of a big day of your own since being a little girl.
But it’s not so amazing when the love of your life leaves you for another woman.
My dreams have all deserted me, and I’m alone in a new town when I meet him. The stranger at the bar.
Anthony Bradstone is everything I ever wanted. A prince, right from the start. A shining star, successful and loving. Committed, brilliant, generous. Mr Perfect.
But the brightest stars have the darkest shadows, and Ant’s love comes with… conditions.
That’s how one stranger in my bed turns to several, and those several turn into a whole lot more.
I know that lines always blur when people fall in love. People’s depths get deeper, and their shadows get darker, and relationships can get a little… twisted sometimes.
So it’s just as well there’s someone out there who knows my prince well enough to help me untangle him.
They call Ant’s best friend the crusader for a reason.
I’m about to find out why it’s true.
Warning: This is a very dark romance. There are themes of coercion, conflicts of emotions, and difficult situations from the past.
Please proceed with caution.
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We’re on the motorway heading north when my nerves come back with a vengeance. I’m still flying high from the day we’ve had, but I’m terrified. I don’t know if I can be anywhere near as good as the girl on the video.
Ant turns the radio down when I start shifting in my seat.
“You ok, baby?”
I manage a smile. “Yeah.”
“Worried about tonight?” he reads me like a book.
“Just a bit,” I admit.
“Don’t be worried, sweetheart. I’ll be right there with you.” He reaches out and squeezes my hand.
I don’t want to tell him that him being there is one of the main reasons I’m so worried. If it was a case of getting it on with someone until they’d taken their fill and disappeared, it would be one thing, but knowing Ant will be directing me through the challenge of performing like a slut is a whole different game to play.
“Cass,” he says, jolting me back to him. “You don’t need to be worried about anything. I’ll be there to guide you. And you can call time out whenever you want. It’s your choice, princess.”
“You make it sound so easy,” I tell him, “I just…”
“Because it is easy, baby,” he squeezes my hand again. “Trust me. All you have to do is follow my lead, relax, and enjoy it. You can do that, right?”
I only hope he’s still telling me I’m a good girl when it’s all over.
Ant takes the motorway exit at Gloucester and pulls into the car park of a sweet little restaurant. It’s cute and quaint, and I’d usually be exclaiming that he’d chosen well for dinner, but I’m just too edgy. He must feel my hand trembling as we make our way to the pub door, and he stops walking, turning to face me.
“I mean it, Cass. Call time out. If you can’t do this for me, then say it.”
I’m shaking my head as he speaks, and my expression must be as serious as his.
“I can do this, Ant.”
“But do you want to?”
We stare at each other. The tension at an all-time high.
It’s him who breaks it.
“Sorry. I’m not convinced, princess, so let’s call it off. I’ll let our visitor know.”
He pulls his phone from his pocket and carries on walking, but I pull him back.
I’m so scared of disappointing him that my heart is thumping like crazy.
“I want it! I know you’ll make it amazing. You always do. You make everything amazing. This isn’t going to be any different, is it? You’ll make me love it, just like always. I know you will!”
He weighs me up, and I feel on trial. Fuck, I hope he believes me.
Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.
Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.
She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.
She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.
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