Authors: Ava Lore
(The Billionaire's Muse #3)
Copyright 2013 Ava Lore
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His Inspiration: The Billionaire's Muse
Dubrovnik, it turns out, is in Croatia. I did not know this. I
didn't even really know where Croatia was. I only stopped long enough at my
apartment to grab my passport before running back down the stairs and throwing
myself into the car. Malcolm smiled to see me frantically buckling up and
throwing my hair out of my face. My little blue book, unstamped but for a trip
to Barbados I'd taken with Felicia last fall, sat in my hand, its slick cover
slightly slippery with the nervous sweat that I didn't want to acknowledge was
seeping from my palm.
“You didn't pick up clothes,” Malcolm said. “Good.”
“You told me not to,” I said. I would do anything he asked of
me, frankly, as long as he didn't ask me about the scars beneath my tattoos. I
was happy to go wherever he wanted. I was happy to run away from the feelings
he had stirred in me. Very mature, I know, but sometimes you have to run away
so you can live to run away another day.
“I did,” he mused as the car pulled away from the curb and
jetted into the city streets. “I just didn't quite expect you to obey.”
I scowled at him. “I'm not obeying, I'm taking your suggestion.
Although I don't know what I'm going to wear in Dubrovnik.”
“You will wear what I dress you in,” he replied. “I require it
for my art.”
I suspected that he actually did not require it for his art, but
I wasn't really going to argue with him. I didn't want to ruin the illusion
that we were lovers jetting off to a romantic getaway, leaving behind the hustle
and bustle of the city to lose ourselves in each other's arms.
Then Malcolm did his part to continue the illusion by reaching
over, unbuckling my seatbelt, and pulling me into his lap. He spread my thighs
over his hips and buried his hands in my hair, drawing my lips down to his.
I sighed, letting the warmth of our attraction chase away the
cold that had settled in my gut. His lips and hands traveled over my body, here
and there until I was gasping and sighing at his touch, my pussy rubbing
against the bulge of his cock in his jeans. I still hadn't given him an orgasm,
except for one messy handjob beneath a restaurant table, and I wanted to give
something back to him. The car seemed like as good a place as any, squeezing it
in before we clambered onto a plane. I didn't know if we were taking a
commercial flight or a private flight. I didn't know
I didn't want to know anything. I wanted to forget. I wanted to
lose myself in the moment with him. Glancing over my shoulder, I checked to
make sure the privacy window was up between the back seat and the driver's
seat. It was. I slid out of Malcolm's lap and wedged myself into the space
between the driver's seat and his hips. He gazed down at me, his dark eyes
growing wider and darker with desire.
I smoothed my hands over his thighs. I wanted him naked. I
wanted to see him. Reaching out, I began to work the button of his pants, my
mouth watering in anticipation.
His hands closed around my wrists.
“Stop,” he said.
Seriously? He was asking me to stop? I almost flashed him a sly
glance and kept going, but remembering how he stopped immediately for me gave
me pause. I raised my eyes to his, trying to gauge how serious he was.
A muscle leaped in his jaw as he stared down at me, but his
hands were firm on my wrists. Warm and large. I wanted to curl up in the palm
of his hand and let him warm me through and through.
“Why?” I asked. “Don't you want me to?”
He used my wrists to draw me up and set me on the seat beside
him. “I don't know,” he said after a moment.
Stung, I scooted away from him, the leather of the back seat
making it easy. I wished it weren't so easy. Again the distance, again the
strangeness from him. Malcolm Ward intrigued and frustrated me. I wanted
nothing more than to peel away his layers and figure out what made him tick,
but for every layer removed, it seemed he scraped away ten of my own. I was too
pliable towards him, all because I wanted him to get in my pants. And yet I
hadn't even achieved that yet. And maybe I never would because he didn't even
know if he wanted to do so.
His tongue on my clit, tenderly probing my quivering inner core,
and the huge, aching cock that resulted from those activities weren't enough to
tell him he wanted to fuck me. What was?
Perhaps I could be forgiven for what I said next. Perhaps not.
But I tell you this: it came from a very honest place.
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” I demanded. “Why can't I suck
your cock? I suck great cock. What the hell?”
His brows rose at my crude words. I didn't care. I wanted to
shock him. “Sadie...” he said. I saw him searching for the right words, and I
crossed my arms, waiting. I suddenly didn't want it to be easy for him. I'd
been easy for him for the past two days. I wanted him to be easy for me for a
change. Or at the very least throw a wrench in his works.
Stop playing with me,
I wanted to say.
hot and cold, you enormous fuckstick tease.
Even I knew that saying something like that was probably beyond
the pale, so I bit my lips together and waited for him to tell me why he didn't
want to fuck me.
“I don't know,” he said again. He drew back, his shoulders
straightening, his face smoothing. He seemed puzzled, and then a strange look
passed over his face. It was almost... sad. “You do things to me, Sadie,” he
said at last. “I don't know if I'm comfortable with them.”
I knew what he meant, but I said it anyway. “I don't do anything
to you,” I replied. “That's the point. When am I going to get to make
His brow smoothed, and a small smile tugged at his lips. “You do
make me happy,” he said, and then the smile faded, replaced by shock. “You
make me happy.”
“Well don't sound so surprised by it,” I said crankily. “You're
going to give me a complex.” I tossed my hair and looked out the window,
meaning to stare out at the cold February day in a huff to let him know I was
really totally mad at him, okay?
His hand on one of mine, warm and uninvited, shattered that
resolution. Before I could stop myself, I was gazing at him from the corner of
“Sadie,” he said. “I want to fuck you. I want to fold you up and
fuck you until you scream. But I won't yet. I don't want to ruin it.”
His words made me dizzy. “Ruin what?”
“My masterpiece,” he said. “You will see what I have in mind
when we get to Dubrovnik. It will be perfect. And I will give you everything
you want when we get there. Until then...”
He trailed off and drew my hand down into his lap, mere inches
from his straining erection, but he kept his hands between my fingers and his
cock. Gently, insistently, he stroked the back of my hand with his thumb,
reminding me of how he had plunged into my core with that very thumb during our
photo session. “Until then what?” I asked finally.
“Until then, I want to keep you coming.”
Just accept it,
When are you
going to find another guy who just wants to give and give?
“Fine,” I said. “I grudgingly accept.”
His eyes met mine. “I don't want you to accept,” he said. “I
want you to submit.”
I swallowed. Submitting. The idea was strange, foreign to me. I
didn't lie down and die for anyone. I didn't lie down and take it.
And yet there was a trembling note of need in his voice.
me to submit. I didn't need to be his puppet,
his plaything, his far-off muse come to earth to inspire him. He
“All right,” I said.
He ran his fingers over my cheek, sending shivers down my spine.
“You will be the most brilliant thing I have ever done,” he said as we pulled
up to the airport. “You will see.”
He had a private jet, of course. And the moment we took off, he
had me standing in the middle of the floor, taking my ruined, paint-stained
clothes off. Smears of color covered my skin, making me look like I'd rolled in
a Jackson Pollack painting. Malcolm sat in one of the leatherbound swiveling
chairs, watching me. “You are startling,” he said when I finally stood before
him, completely nude except for his own markings.
“Thank you,” I said.
I licked my lips.
“Lie down on the floor,” he commanded.
I glanced down dubiously at the fine carpet. Wouldn't the paint
ruin it? But hey, I wasn't a freaking billionaire, what did I care? I did as he
bade, stretching out, my arms above my head, my toes pointed towards him.
“Open your legs,” he said. Then he reached down and opened a bag
I hadn't seen there, withdrawing a familiar-looking tin. A box full of charcoal
“Where'd you get that?” I said.
“What did I say about speaking?” he asked me.
I clammed up.
“Spread your legs,” he commanded again.
God. I'd never known how much I liked to hear a man talk dirty
to me. My breathing picked up as I let my thighs fall open, exposing my inner
flesh to his gaze.
“Yes,” he murmured. “Like that.” And he left his chair and knelt
down between my legs as he opened the tin of charcoal.
I wanted to ask what he was going to do. I didn't think he'd be
so amateur as to stick charcoal inside me, but you never knew with some people.
He didn't though. Instead, he took one stick of charcoal out and
held it lightly, poised to draw on my skin. Tilting his head to one side, he
took me in.
“You aren't finished yet,” he said, more to himself than to me.
“But how will I know when enough is enough?”
I could have told him that sometimes you never do, but then he
lowered the charcoal to my belly and began to write. Not draw. Write.
The tip of the stick tickled me, and it was all I could do to
stifle my giggles as he dragged it over my stomach, dipping it inside my navel,
letting it wander and swirl around my hip. Swift cursive letters flowed into
each other as he scrawled something across my flesh, branding me with who knew
what. Then his other hand alighted on my pussy and without preamble he pushed
his way inside. I was slick and wet and ready, but it still surprised me, and I
“Don't move,” he said. “You will make the letters all wobbly.”
Curling his finger inside me, he ran the pad over the sweet,
aching spot at the top of my tight passage that I knew could make me come.
Technically. I technically knew that. I'd never had an orgasm from that before.
I wanted to see if he knew how to do it.
“'I have gone out,'” he said suddenly, his voice rich and dark
as he rubbed his finger in circles over my g-spot, making my toes curl and my
back arch. “'A possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night.'”
Something began to build deep in my belly. A heaviness that I
had never felt before. It was almost uncomfortable, a dark, lurking experience,
waiting to be released, and I couldn't stop it. The circling of his finger
inside me was relentless. I quivered and quaked around it, knowing that he
could give me things I'd never known.
The charcoal continued down my thigh. “'Dreaming evil,'” he
murmured slowly, and I realized he was writing the words on me. I could barely
concentrate on his voice. The thunder of blood in my ears was almost too much
for me to bear. It was a poem I had never heard before, but it sent the hairs
on the back of my neck on end even as my body twisted and thrashed, out of my
control. The terrifying feeling in my belly mounted, growing larger and larger.
I didn't know how much more I could take.
“Malcolm,” I pleaded, my voice shuddering in my chest. My arms
had come down, of their own volition, and crossed over my breasts. I cupped
them in my hands, rubbing my palms absently over my nipples as my lower lip
found its way between my teeth.