Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer

I’ve learned that not everything is what it seems. If you start to look too close, you uncover things people don’t want you to see. It’s why I hide. It’s why no one knows the real me. But he sees me. He sees the darkness in my heart but he’s not afraid, because he’s like me. They say opposites attract, but we’re proof that like-and-like are a far more potent combination.

Novalee Clarke is hiding from a past she wants to leave behind, and Jacen Kensington is running from his.

The thing about hiding and running is eventually the thing you’re trying to escape catches up to you.

And when it does?

It changes everything.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life.

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The door to the apartment opens and Jace startles. “Nova?” I try to get control of myself but Jack Dawson just died and these things take time. “Who the hell are you?” he snaps, flicking on a light. “Did you hurt her? Answer me!”
“Whoa! Whoa!” Joel raises his hands innocently with Jace towering above him. I still sit on the opposite end of the couch, hardly within touching distance of Joel, but I’m secretly pleased that Jace would come to my defense so easily. “We’re just watching a movie.” Joel points to the TV screen. Jace looks over his shoulder at the TV then to me. “You’re crying because the pretty boy died?”
“Jack was amazing,” I defend. “I haven’t seen this movie before,” I add. “I wasn’t expecting it.”
Jace laughs. “It’s Titanic. You know, based on the actual Titanic catastrophe where a whole lot of people died. I think it’s natural to expect people to die in the movie version.”
“Don’t be an ass.” I toss a throw pillow at his head but he dodges it easily.
Jace’s attention quickly zeroes back onto Joel. “Again, who the fuck are you and why are you in my apartment watching a movie with Nova?”
“I’m Joel—we have class together. We were working on a project and Nova mentioned she’d never seen Titanic so—”
“So, you thought you’d rectify that.” Jace nods to himself and then points at the door. “Get out.”
To me, Joel says with a smirk, “I thought you said there wasn’t a guy?”
Jace growls. “Out.”
Joel grabs his stuff and leaves while the movie continues to play in the background. Jace locks the door behind him and then turns to glower at me.
“No guy, huh?”
“Uh …” I stare at him in confusion as he slowly stalks forward.
He doesn’t stop until he’s right in front of me and then he bends so we’re eyelevel. I hold my breath as he leans in close so he can whisper in my ear. “I assure you, there’s very much a guy.”
I shiver as he pulls away. In a flash, he has my hair wrapped in his fist and he tilts my head back. I moan and his eyes dilate at the sound. “I’m not a jealous kind of guy, Nova. You make me crazy.”
I close my eyes and my tongue slips out to wet my lips.
I feel his lips graze my cheek, the slight stubble on his chin scratching my skin, and my eyes pop open again.
“What will it take for you to see that?”
His hold on my hair loosens and he moves his hand to my neck. I squeak when he jerks me forward so we’re nose to nose.
He stares at me for a moment before his lips crash against mine. I moan again and he presses his lips more firmly against mine.
“Mine,” he growls between kisses. “Remember that,” he whispers. “You’re mine,” he says huskily.

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