Everyone met Maura and Zeke in A Little Harmless Lie. They were sent by Maura’s brother to check out Dee. It has been hinted in several books that they got together there and had a bit of a relationship. In Prelude to a Fantasy, I tell y’all what really happened.
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From the moment I met Maura and Zeke, I knew that they would be together. There was this buzz whenever I wrote about them. And, the entered into one of my least favorite kind of relationships, the on again/off again types. I have figured that for the most part, if you break up, you should stay that way. But these two love each other so much, they just didn’t think they could give the other what they needed. It was kind of painful to be in their POVs knowing the way they felt about each other. The contest is after the excerpt:
Prelude to a Fantasy
“So, you just expect me to take you back there and watch you wander about to find a man for the night.”
The anger in his voice made her blink. “I-I’m not looking for a man for the night. I just want to look around more.”
She blinked again. “What?”
“I forbid you.”
She settled her hands on her hips and glared at him. “You have no right to forbid me.”
In the next moment he exploded. “You cannot expect me to watch you there, strutting around…I can’t do it.”
The words were ground from some part of him as if it had been wrenched from somewhere dark and dangerous.
He started approached her and she backed up. “You cannot be so cruel to expect that from me.”
She couldn’t say anything. He continued to stalk toward her, his dark chocolate gaze centered on her. It was if she were the only thing in the world. The dangerous tone in his voice scared her a little but it also sent a thrill of excitement coursing through her veins.
She came up against the door leading into her bedroom. She held out her hand but he paid no attention to it.
He placed his hands beside her hand on the door. “I will not allow it. I can’t.”
She tried to swallow but she found her throat dry. “Y-you can’t?”
Without breaking eye contact, he nodded his head. “And I won’t.”
She swallowed. She knew Zeke was lethal and many people were frightened by just the look of him. He was tall, lean, muscled. Add in the dark skin and the dreads and people assumed he was a threat to their safety. But she had never really been scared of him.
Until now. Not that she thought he would hurt her, but he was threatening her sanity. She licked her lips and he moaned, bending his head closer. In that one instant their breaths mingled their lips only inches apart.
“Oh, fuck it,” Zeke said as if making some decision.
She wasn’t left long trying to figure out what he was all about. He crushed his mouth against her. For a second she couldn’t respond. Her brain had fizzled and all thought seemed to drain from it.
He pulled back and he was breathing heavily. “Maura?”
Her lips tingled, heat danced over her nerve endings. She looked at him and noticed her glasses were fogged up. Regret and embarrassment filled his expression.
“Listen, I’ll leave.”
She realized he was stepping back, moving away from her. It was her one chance. That thought pushed her to step forward, grab him by the shirt and jerk him back against her. She pulled off her glasses and threw them on the table next to the door.
“Yeah, fuck it, sounds about right.”
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