Queen of Thorns Extended Excerpt – The Elevator

Queen of Thorns (Mice and Men Book 2)

Blurb:

With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet. 

And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul. 

Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…

But what will be left of her in the end?

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

Extended Excerpt – The Elevator

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That’s it. No other reason could explain her boldness… Like wanting me to see her. She wouldn’t even know what to do with me if I did lose control.

To prove it, I shove her back, pressing her small body into a corner. It’s too easy. Just for a second, I let my brain off its leash, relishing her reaction—a shudder. A swallow. A wary glance at my hands. 

I flex them, unconcerned by the threat the gesture might convey—the complete opposite of my “you’re here willingly” spiel to her. This is a lesson she needs to learn. Power, and who between the two of us truly has it. 

I do. 

Aware of that, her teeth clip together, the only audible sound she makes as those eyes dart fearfully up to mine, her fingers flying to my chest to push me off.

“Do you think I won’t do it? Touch you?” To prove the opposite, I reach out, ghosting the top of her shoulder. “Do you think that just because you’re in on this game, I won’t force you to play your role if I have to?”

Her eyelids flutter, her cheeks pink.

Satisfied, I start to pull back. “I thought so—”

Her fingers find mine before I’ve gone a full step. Boldly, they curl around the width of my hand—but her nails graze the flesh deliberately. Hard.

A grunt revs in my throat as everything leaves my skull but this—she’s testing me—purposefully testing me. I try to wrench my hand back. She bears down harder. Tighter.

A question rips from my throat, “Do you really want to fight me?”

I jerk my head around just to see her response—more defiance. She squares her chin without an ounce of fear.

It’s the worst thing she could do.

After a decade spent claiming a throne for himself in the seething violence of the criminal underbelly, all Donatello Vanici craves now is peace.

Only a union forged between his heir and the most powerful mafiya family in existence could ever be strong enough to end the bloodshed for good, but the Stepanov head resists his overtures at every turn… 

Until tragedy strikes, and forces Donatello’s hand.

Haunted by a past that dogs her every thought, Willow Stepanov will do anything for the man who adopted her—until a chance encounter with the enemy lands her right in the middle of a dangerous power struggle and a war that grows more violent and vicious each day.

But it’s not just her future her captor holds hostage.

He is a man with nothing left to lose—while she may just lose everything. 

Her life, her family, and her heart…

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet. 

And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul. 

Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…

But what will be left of her in the end?

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

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