Authors: Tatum Throne
Enslaved & Enticed
Archaeologist Rylie Sawyer unknowingly unearthed a cursed pendant that seduces and kills. Desperate to keep others safe, Rylie plans on using her empathic abilities to steal the pendant back. The day of the heist, she discovers she isn’t the only one going after the pendant.
Trey Masters has secretly watched Rylie from afar for the last two years. He will stop at nothing to protect Rylie, even entrapping her with his abilities. All he needs to do now is keep her out of the game while his team acquires the pendant.
From the moment they meet they have an intense and otherworldly bond. Together, they must use their powers to destroy the pendant. Caught by the scars of the past year, Rylie knows she must trust Trey with her life. As the secrets Trey is keeping are revealed, will she trust the man she’s fallen hard for or run away?
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Rylie Sawyer wasn’t a thief, but she was about to become one.
Her heart hammered as she stared at the pendant through the downtown store window. She was the archeologist that unearthed it in Jordan a year ago. The window vibrated as though it were alive. Rylie reached out and smoothed her fingers across the silky, wet glass. A shiver whispered across Rylie’s chilled skin. She smoothed the wetness between her fingers. It felt like her honey spreading over a man’s cock.
The sound of Cincinnati’s evening commute faded to a low rumble in the background.
The ruby’s deadly power to seduce was its charm, its envy. Even now, Rylie could feel the undercurrent taunt her closer. The force was so strong it had her opening the door to the high-end jewelry store.
Warmth blew down from the heating vent.
Everything came into sharp focus. She remembered the first time she put the pendant on. She had an orgasm as soon as the stone settled into the nook between her breasts.
She licked her lips nervously as her nipples tightened into aroused, sensitive peaks from the memory. She was going to steal it tonight.
A shot of adrenaline pumped through her body. Rylie’s light-blue irises caressed the bloodred ruby pendant. Light caught the sparkling gem and danced. Diamonds circled the ruby and flounced romantically up the chain.
It was a mistake to go inside before a robbery. She’d be captured on their surveillance cameras. A worker took the pendant from the locked case and brought it to a private table for a couple to see.
Rylie took two steps toward that table before she stopped short. Fear raced over her skin. They were going to buy it before she had a chance to take it.
Darkness clung to the piece. The piece wanted to find another victim. The curse was still alive, and it knew she was here. Its power to allure was an intoxicating, sexual rush like no other Rylie had ever experienced. Even knowing what it was, she wasn’t immune to the power it had.
She headed toward the case nearest the pendant. A flutter rippled over her skin as she moved. Rylie glanced over her shoulder and saw a man standing at the end of the case. He was watching her closely. Their gazes locked. Surprise filtered through his gaze before he shut it down.
Another shiver moved through her body. It was as though she knew him intimately and always had. Who was he?
Wet, black hair curled around his ears and the nape of his neck. He was shockingly handsome. The kind of man that made her aware of her being a woman who hadn’t had sex in over a year. He was all alpha male and by the looks of things just over six foot tall. Perhaps he was even taller up close.
Rylie was suddenly aware
that she hadn’t bothered to put on any makeup when she ran out of the hotel this evening.
She felt suddenly self-conscious of the fact that her jeans were on their second day and that her shirt was an out-of-season special. Her thin navy-and-polka-dot rain jacket wasn’t much to keep out the Autumn chill.
His smile was a wanted distraction, but not for long. The woman at the table started gushing over the pendant as it was draped around her neck.
“It’s perfect, Tom! I absolutely love it! I have to have it.”
“I don’t know.”
The woman frowned. “What do you mean, you don’t know? It’s
The husband had a right to his trepidation. Sunlight glinted off the diamonds as though it were stealing the soul of the sun or the wearer. Rylie circled around the display case just as pain shot through her temple. Rylie flinched. Fate wanted in again. Not now. Not when she was so close to putting a stop to the cursed thing before it took another life.
She winced. There was little time before she’d lose all control. She had to get out of there before the psychic event left her immobile and more importantly, vulnerable.
Rylie rushed out of the store and onto the Cincinnati sidewalk, tossing one last glance at the pendant. They were taking it to the register. The pendant was getting away again. Rylie groaned as pain shot through her head like a crack of a whip.
She stumbled down the alley, grabbing her head.
Quiet enveloped her being. City traffic noises faded. Panic spiraled through her as her hearing went first. She had to get control of herself. She tried the deep breathing exercises her therapist suggested. They weren’t working. She cringed. White-hot fire seared her mind, leaving it sluggish and fogged. Oh,
. It was starting. There was nowhere to go.
Gravel mashed under her heels. Panic enveloped her as her vision went out. She fumbled as she ducked further into the alley. Two more steps and she wouldn’t be seen by anyone. Rylie made it one more before she collapsed to the ground.
She stopped breathing, her heart slowed to every third beat. Images flashed in blues and grays of the couple inside the jewelry store. They were arguing. Time flipped again. The heavy weight of the ruby lay within the woman’s right palm and a knife was in her other. Her husband was dead on the floor.
The vision stopped, but she was blinded. She moaned. She had the sensation of movement, of warmth, of searing heat spreading through her body. Her entire body was like ice. This was not normal.
Rylie knew she was dying, but there was nothing she could do to stop it this time.
She rushed from the jewelry store as though she were being chased. Trey followed quickly behind.
Trey Masters made a major mistake in expecting Rylie to go on with her life. This minor miscalculation was going to cost him his chance to acquire the pendant tonight. That wasn’t the only mistake he made tonight. Letting Rylie get too close to the pendant was the second. He hadn’t counted on her being so sensitive to the presence of the pendant. There wouldn’t be a third error in judgment this evening.
He was not about to let Rylie get hurt again.
She was out cold. Trey rushed to her side, lifting her up from the wet pavement. She was limp and lifeless within his arms, but her eyes behind her lids were moving frantically as though she were having a nightmare. This was no nightmare. This was a brutally cold vision that was triggered by her proximity to the cursed pendant.
Hold on. I’ve got you.
Trey whispered the thought in his mind, hoping it would reach her core thoughts. He should’ve stopped her from getting so close, but he’d been caught off guard by her presence in the jewelry store. It was the first time they’d ever been within a few feet of each other. All this time, he’d kept his distance. Now, he knew he’d made a mistake. She obviously hadn’t moved on with her life since the pendant took her family.