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CATHEDRAL by USA Today Bestselling Author Addison Cain
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I sold my soul to win her.
First to her devil of a father, then to the true devil himself. The price exacted nothing less than eternal fealty. A boon I’d gladly relinquish a thousand times over to possess the love of my dark Princess.
Though she may hate me. Though my desire chars my bones black. I will love her forever.
Virginal, devious, cruel, kind, she’s desperate for freedom. Used, wounded, coddled, and spoiled—the only immortal who can walk in the sun—will be mine.
So long as I can remove her father from his ancient throne and place something far worse upon that seat of power.
Publisher’s Note: Cathedral is a standalone novel in the Cradle of Darkness series featuring in an HEA. The horror prequel, Catacombs, will enrich the experience of this book but is not necessary.
Excerpt from Cathedral:
And yes, I loved her. I loved her with my entire being. For a century I’d watched her every breath and counted the beats of her heart. I’d broken her, I’d hurt her, and I’d done every evil thing possible to keep her alive.
Because my Jade was so young and so foolish. So goddamn blind.
If she only knew what I’d sacrificed, what I still gave, to keep her safe. What do I care if she hates me? Jade doesn’t need to love me back. I love her enough for both of us.
“You will eat now.”
“Get out, Malcom!” Crouched down at my feet, she tore at her hair as if to erase my touch, ruining the sleek ponytail she’d worn to mock those she secretly wished would accept her. And, again, I loved her enough to make up for every last immortal’s loathing of their princess.
“Your father, your king, decreed that you are mine tonight. A specific period of time, Jade. The sun won’t rise for many hours yet. You will eat. You will bathe. You will converse with me.”
It was as if I had said something utterly inconceivable. Blue eyes ringed in red, bloodshot from crying, and unbearably beautiful, turned up. She looked at me. Right at me. And could not see what stood before her.
And I knew why. I knew what tricks Darius played. How many times he’d written and rewritten what memories this female possessed, how many times he’d altered her and coerced the ugliest parts of her psyche to come forth.
And even those parts were beautiful.
She was a creature of his twisted design, as selfish and proud and cruel as he could make her. But even he could only push so far. In the wreckage of his mental machinations, under all of it, Jade was still Jade.
Who for the first time in almost a century, I got to have for the night. To have, not to guard. Mine until sunrise. All because I understood the games and she did not.
“You may feed from me.” I straightened, imperious and imposing as those wet eyes measured my stature. “Or I can summon another.”
Without thinking, without understanding the true reason why she picked cruelty, why she chose exactly as I knew she would, Jade named, “The fresh-changed male from the hall. I want him.”
What she wanted, deep down, was to irritate me. Because no matter what her father stripped from her memories, she knew. Somewhere in that mess, she knew she was mine, and desired a display of my regard.
Spying from the shadows, I’d seen the way she’d salivated for the male. And yes, I was envious—black blood boiling jealousy I’d never expose. Not where the Devil might see.
Here minds must be kept blank. Here one never lied.
After all, the truth could conceal far more than any subterfuge. Jade was too free with her feelings, those fleeting childlike things.
Even that I loved about her.
My blind little mistress still had her panties caught around her thighs, I could almost see a sliver of her beautiful cunt. I certainly could smell it.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Her whip-like snap, her embarrassment and anger… even after all her lovers, she was still so innocent.
“You’re beautiful, Jade.” Especially when she blushed.
Finding her outrage and pulling it about the sad, frightened, and cracked parts of herself, she filled weakness with rage. Glue settled into a damaged spirit, my princess lashing out. “I hate you.”
“That can’t be helped.”
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Meet Addison Cain
USA TODAY bestselling author and Amazon Top 25 bestselling author, Addison Cain is best known for her dark romances, smoldering Omegaverse, and twisted alien worlds. Her antiheroes are not always redeemable, her lead females stand fierce, and nothing is ever as it seems.
Deep and sometimes heart wrenching, her books are not for the faint of heart. But they are just right for those who enjoy unapologetic bad boys, aggressive alphas, and a hint of violence in a kiss.
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