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Risks of Temptation

Innocent and quiet is how everyone sees her. I did too. 

But the world has underestimated her.

She can’t stand any man’s touch—except mine. 

Once she has it, there isn’t anything else she craves. 

And I’m unable to resist any of her wishes. 

But powerful men see her innocence. 

They will do anything to have her. 

And there’s nowhere to run except straight into the pit of the fire. 

We’ll both have to do things we despise. 

No amount of training can prepare for the evil in front of us. 

And I have to break her. 

She knows it. She agreed to it. 

She convinced me it’s the only way out. 

Somehow, we have to survive, escape, and put each other back together. 

Hopefully, all the pieces fit again.

Risks of Temptation-Prologue

Malin Cox

Someone wise once said all things connect. What they failed to add is that the connection only happens when the end is near.

For the last few years, I felt the shift happening. I continued my role, hiding who I am and what I'm doing from my brothers. We aren't blood like Gustave and me. But it doesn't diminish our bond. They are the only people on earth I trust besides Gustave. But no one could know what I was involved in. And their roles were vital, they just didn't know it. The missions we took part in were essential to furthering Gustave's and my agenda. My brothers' ignorance of what I'm a part of was a critical component to get to the end.

Deals made behind closed doors were coming to fruition. All secret alliances of the Global Leaders were running with all the fuel they had. Each side was making moves to be the first to get to the top. It would end the marathon of blood and greed, at least until the wave of their leadership around the world began.

Then Emilia showed up.

It wasn't part of the plan. Santiago wasn't supposed to kidnap her. She was innocent, and it put a wrench in everything meant to happen.

The days leading up to meeting her, there was a buzzing in my blood. I couldn't understand why I felt what I did. I didn't expect her. It's as if my body knew I was about to collide with the only missing piece that could make me whole.

As much as I wish she could, she couldn't stop the role I had to play. And I should have endured the ache, but the risk of giving in to the temptation of her won.

The moment I saw her, I got dizzy. It was only a photo. But I still didn't anticipate the intensity of our attraction or the pulsing temptation that would overpower my every attempt to resist her.

She's ten years younger than me. An entire decade of innocence yet to be tainted by the sins of the world.

And I hate that I'm part of an accelerated trajectory of her education into the underworld.

She shouldn't even have to know about the depths of sadistic greed. Her past already shed light on the evil existing in the world. As painful as it was for her, it was only a sliver of what's out there. Now, every day, I take her farther and farther into the current. And once you're in it, there's no going back.

I should have delivered her and kept what she learned to a minimum. I had every intention to do so. When Andre and the other guys made plans to meet in Omoa, I was heading there with her. I would take her to Omoa and wherever else my brothers and I decided was safe. Once she was delivered, and the others were able to protect her, I would resume my role and work on putting in place everything that needed to be set up for Gustave to take over.

But I wasn't strong enough to resist her advances. My actions tainted her naivety.

One plea to give her the thing she needed was all it took. I told myself I couldn't deny her. In hindsight, I couldn't deny myself. She was a ripe piece of fruit. Once you bit into it, you couldn't just toss the rest of it away. You had to have all of it. I suppose that's how Adam felt when he took the bite of the apple from Eve.

Pandora's Box opened. She got a taste of things she never had before. Then she needed more.

I needed more.

Even now, her insatiable desires aren't something I stand a chance against. I couldn't when it started, and I can't now. She's a cat grabbing a ball of string, and watching her run with it is fascinating.

And dangerous.

The risks only get higher. Whenever I think she can't handle it, she surprises me. It's as if her sweetness is a shield to fool those around her. Underneath her sugar is the need for sin. I've seen it. I understand it. I've been living my entire life with it.

The more power she gets, the stronger her cravings become. For years, she's kept them at bay, not tapping into them, creating a drought in her soul. It's only made her thirstier. Now, every sip comes with a longing for a bigger and more potent one.

I shouldn't let her have any more. But once a tap is turned on, it's hard to shut it off. And she has an uncanny ability to take all my rationale away. 

Deep down, I know the real problem is that she's mine and I'm hers. Once together, there's no separating the yin from the yang.

In a normal world, life would be starting for us. But sometimes, to get to the future, you have to survive the end and blow it up into millions of pieces. Only then can rebirth begin.

Those who pull the trigger risk everything to survive. And when the finger is pulling it back, there's no stopping it.

But ma belle is in too deep. The only option is to keep moving forward. And I wonder how much fate plays in her role.

Scholars have debated for years whether a person is who they are due to nature or nurture. I always believed you're genetically predisposed to be the person you are. 

Then I fell in love with an innocent girl. Everything I've done since has unveiled the woman who's been trying to escape and bloom into who she's meant to be.

Without the nurture side, she wouldn't be able to pull out what nature gave her. She'd still be living how she was. And that's where my real battle lies. Would it have been better for her to continue running from the darkness, or going full speed toward it, ready to take it on?

When I close my eyes at night, holding her, her innocent expression fills my mind and makes my heart swell.

Then I'm reminded of all I've exposed her to. It doesn't matter that she wants it. I shouldn't allow it.

I only want to see our future.

I can't.

Until the truth is unveiled and a new order can dominate, dreams can't become a reality. She can't move past the rush of the darkness and into the light. I can't stop the secrets and lies that take us from one day to the next.

When I open my eyes and stare at her, her innocence is engraved in my mind. But I also see the part of her no one else does. It's everything opposite of what she shows the world.

Both parts of her make my head spin. I wonder how so much opposition can exist within her. And how I'm going to keep her sinful ambition fed once this is over.

"I'm sorry, ma'am. I forgot they were on. Don't mean to be rude." I remove my night vision goggles and lock eyes with her. "Hi."


Her blue eyes remind me of the Mediterranean on a sunny day. They're deep, but there's a sparkle in them. It's something I have a feeling most people miss. I first saw it when she defied Naomi by the Jeep.

"You have stunning eyes," I tell her.

Her face grows hot, and she bites her lip again.

This girl is going to send me to my grave.

She's not a girl. She's a thirty-five-year-old woman.

I grab a blanket off the bed. "Let's go in the corner. I'll hold this up so you can put my T-shirt on."

"Okay. Thank you."

I want to ask her what happened that her shirt is ripped, with no buttons left. But my gut tells me I need to spend some time with her before she'll tell me.

We go to the corner of the tent. I hold up the blanket. She quickly puts on my T-shirt. It hangs to her knees and slides off her shoulder. Her blue bra strap matches her eyes. I hold myself back from slipping my finger under it and moving it down so I can kiss her creamy shoulders.

I need to stay away from this woman.

The mission is clear. Get in, get out, deliver the targets. Move forward with Gustave's plans.

She points at my goggles, which I slung over my arm. "Do your goggles really help you see in the dark?"

"Yes. I can see everything perfectly with them."


"Yeah. When Andre gets back, do you want to go outside with me and try them on?"

Find out what happens next in Risks of Temptation

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The pieces of the puzzle and the clues that have emerged throughout the previous books have finally come to an explosive conclusion."-Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This one, kept me on the edge of my s'est, from the first sentence to the last! I wish I could give more than 5 stars."-Reviewer


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