In the Land of Gods and Monsters Media Packet
Title: In the Land of Gods and Monsters, Part II
Series: Gods & Monsters
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Dark Romance
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Photo: Sara Eirew
Release Date: February 25, 2019
In the land of gods and monsters, she was set free.
Left, lost, forgotten.
Cast out of the only world she remembers, Pet now answers to a new name—victim.
Ares walked away without a backward glance and left her desperate for safety, desire, and the freedom she found in his cruel touch.
But in the end, Pet discovers nothing is ever free.
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Everything is the same, and yet it’s all different. He’s not here. Just the ghost of the man who used to own me. My gaze catches on the gilt birdcage. I move closer, tears already springing into my eyes. The cage is no longer hanging from its frame, but instead, lies open on the floor. The door has broken off its hinges, the feeding tray and water bowl upturned, and their contents have left a sloshy, reeking mess on the hardwood floor. The birds, those sweet little creatures who got me through some of the darkest days of my life, are gone. Dead or set free—I don’t know. They vanished into thin air, just like him. Did he kill them, squeeze their tiny little necks until their bones snapped, their frantic wingbeats ceasing along with their heartbeats? Did he set them free, and are they out there now, waiting to get back in their cage like me?
I sink to my knees. A strangled scream tears free from my throat. Everyone is watching me. I feel their eyes judging, pitying. As if I’m a freak. They don’t know. They could never understand what it means to return to this place with no Ares, no Master, and no little birds.
He stiffens. Gone are the sweet caresses of swollen lips and idle hands. Instead, they’re replaced with violence, and darkness, and a hand around my throat. I swallow hard, and fight back tears, my only weapon against the brutality of his touch. “I do not want to hear another word. You’re mine. He can never have you.”
“I’m willing to do this.”
He exhales sharply, his lip curling into a sneer. “Why?”
“Because I know what it’s like to be caged.”
He releases my throat and shoots up off the mattress, stalking toward the glass doors and flinging them wide. He walks out onto the balcony and leans against the railing, his hands splayed, his head bent, and his powerful naked body casting an even larger shadow in the moonlight.
I climb out of bed, as naked as he is, and pad slowly over to him. I wrap my arms around him, and he removes one of his from the railing and presses our joined hands against his chest.
“I can’t give you up to him. You don’t know what you’re asking.”
I’m panting and writhing in his lap. I fling my hand back to ease the sting of the next blow, but he interlocks his fingers with mine, folding my arm behind my back and keeping it steady. He leans into the beating, his heavy forearm holding me down while the other hand smacks my ass.
I count. I count and I long for that sweet abyss to swallow me up, but it doesn’t. I close my eyes and squirm as Violet touches me between slaps. I swivel my hips, trying to both get away from his painful beating and the infuriating pressure on my clit. I hate this feeling. I love this feeling. I love being held down. I love the attention, and if I close my eyes and block out the sounds of Atticus and Violet, I can almost imagine it’s my Sir’s hand punishing me, bruising me, marking me as his while he brings me to the brink.
“I meant it when I said you were mine. I let you go, but that didn’t mean you could fuck other people.”
I scramble off his lap and turn to face him. “So, I was just supposed to wait forever for you?”
“Exactly,” he says through clenched teeth. “That’s the point of you being mine.”
“You threw me away!” Silence settles between us. His eyes are dark and livid. “I wasn’t yours anymore.”
“Don’t you ever fucking say that again.” He lunges for me and slides his hand into my hair, yanking me forward. My hands fly to his wrists. My nails dig into his flesh and he grunts, but his face is mere inches from mine. “You are mine. You will always be mine. Until your heart stops beating and even thereafter, you belong to me, Pet.”
Then he surprises me by kissing my lips. His tongue plunges deep into my mouth until I can’t get enough air, only Ares. He’s all I breathe. He has been since the day he took me. Since the first time he touched me.
He pulls away, his chest rising and falling as rapidly as my own. “I belong to you too, Pet.”
Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.
A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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