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In search of a distraction, I turn my attention back to the freezer and rummage through the prepackaged meals. “I think I want chicken,” I declare, deciding for us both.
Dutifully, Vadim places the platter in the oven while I stand on tiptoe to rummage through the cupboards above his head.
“I also think this occasion calls for a little daytime wine. Yes?”
He shoots me an amused look that makes my breath catch.
“I think I should buy shares in this company,” he says while reading the label of my cherished vintage. “You must singlehandedly keep them afloat.”
I simper. “What can I say? It’s in my blood—” *******
****** “It’s too cold to swim, anyway—”
“It’s heated,” Vadim says. *****
**** I barely notice the muffled thud of advancing footsteps until the front door trembles beneath a thudding blow. Another. Then, as we all watch, the door flies open to reveal a hulking creature resonating so much rage he almost seems inhuman.
Maxim. His dark eyes fly to Vadim as he forms his hands into fists, and boldly crosses the threshold.
“Is this a game to you?” he demands, his accent so thick I can barely understand him. “Buying this house. Flaunting your ownership. To taunt me? I should—”
He plows into the foyer ****
“Get out,” he growls, ******. I’ve never seen him like this—eyes flashing, expression lethal. “Now.”
Maxim falters, his body deflating as shock disrupts his furious features. He blinks, looking from Vadim, ****, and then me.
“You sick son of a bitch,” he says incredulously. **** He breaks off, and I have a sinking suspicion why. ****
I can’t describe the expression that befalls him next. As if struck, he staggers back a step, his massive body swaying before he manages to right himself, his gaze puzzled.
“Get out,” Vadim snarls. “Now, so help me God. Don’t make me resort to other methods. Leave.”
Maxim’s nostrils flare as his lips open and close wordlessly. Then, without so much as a parting threat, he turns and barrels through the remains of the door.
“Ena,” Vadim calls the second his brother disappears from view.
The stout bodyguard enters the foyer as if conjured from thin air, his expression gruff. “Now I secure perimeter?” he asks in his halting drawl. Simmering anger laces his tone, and I suspect I’m witnessing the tail end of an argument. Something to do with the property and securing it. Maxim had been able to waltz right through the front door—because Vadim had intentionally kept his security at bay?
Whatever his reasons for doing so, I assume they’ve quickly changed. “Yes,” he says with a nod. “No one comes close without you handling them personally.”
A desperate divorcee on the hunt for some no-strings kinky fun.
A brooding, sexy billionaire with a penchant for manipulation and mind games…
What could possibly go wrong?
Brother of the fiercest crime lord in Fair Haven, Vadim Gorgoshev has survived horrors most men couldn’t imagine in their nightmares—and he’s learned to thrive in the chaos.
But the master of control meets his match when a fiery redhead crosses his path.
Will the obsessive Vadim maintain the upper hand or will the reckless Tiffany turn his world upside down?
With Vadim’s control stretched to its breaking point, he aims to turn the tables by enacting Tiffany’s wildest fantasies—whether she wants him to or not.
The harder she finds it to resist him, the more she becomes swept into his growing family, forced to reassess her previous boundaries.
But when Vadim’s past comes back to haunt him, the chaos threatens to ignite their budding relationship…
And destroy it for good.
When a ghost from Vadim’s past returns to haunt him, he resorts to his worst instincts—putting his relationship with Tiffany to the test.
With no end to his paranoia in sight, Tiffany is forced to decide once and for all whether to conquer their shared demons together…
Or protect her heart by walking away for good.
Vadim’s books are a new trilogy in the Club XXX world. Vadim’s trilogy can be enjoyed without first reading Maxim’s trilogy or read as a continuation to Maxim’s series.