Why hadn't I resisted him? Because he was too strong, too determined, too beautiful. And because I was hopelessly, helplessly head over heels in love. He had made me fall apart and fall for him.
Brought to new heights of sensuality and passion, Gloria Long, the stunning, self-made CEO of Gloria's Secret, the world's largest retailer of lingerie, has succumbed to the seductive spell of sexy, dominating billionaire ad guru, Jaime Zander. But the man whose first name means "I love" in French is a player and may be incapable of love. And involved with someone else.
Back at her Los Angeles headquarters, Gloria faces unexpected deceit, intrigue, and danger and must make a heart-wrenching life-or-death decision that will cost her not only her empire but also the man she loves. Revenge is the only solution. But will she find the strength to confront the demon from her past who harbors the dark secret that can shatter her world?
This steamy and suspenseful conclusion to Gloria’s Secret is intended for mature readers 18+.
With a yank of the shower door, all six foot three inches of his gorgeous nakedness stepped inside the stall. I gasped.
“What are you doing here?”
He snorted. “What does it look like? I’m taking a shower.” He moved in closer to me so that we were face-to-face, sharing the hot, pounding water.
I eyed him from head to foot. There wasn’t one bruise on that god-like body. Not a single one!
He reciprocated by giving me the once-over. A maddening, roguish smile spread across his face. “Those are some pretty gnarly bruises.”
“You should say you’re sorry!”
He arched his brows. “Sorry that I saved your gorgeous ass?”
I clenched my teeth and my fists. Still clutching the sponge, I wanted to slap him with it. Before I could, he grabbed it out of my hand.
Gently, he circled it around each breast. I could feel my sensitive nipples pucker, sending the tingling sensation of arousal once again to my core. My breathing grew shallow.
I sucked in air between my teeth. “Stop it!”
Still washing my tender breasts, he leaned into me, strands of his drenched hair falling into his hooded eyes. “Come on, you don’t really want me to stop, Gloria.”
He was right. I stood paralyzed as the sparks inside me intensified. I could feel his erection pressing against my middle. He was turning himself on as he turned me on.
“I’m sorry about the bruises, angel.” There was genuine regret in his voice. “But no imperfections can mar your beauty…not even this one.”
I stiffened as he bent over and tenderly kissed my scar. The scar I wished I could rip off my body and throw away with the memories it held.
He released his mouth and his eyes lifted to mine. “It’s from a gunshot, isn’t it, Gloria?” I quivered as he ran his fingers gently over the shiny, raised flesh. It no longer had any feeling, but the ache it left in my heart never went away.
The spray of the shower cascaded over us like a summer thunderstorm. A bolt of lightening flashed through me, searing my nerves. “How do you know that?”
His eyes grew murky blue with pain. “My father. Remember, he put a gun to his head. I’m the one who found him. I’ll never forget what that bullet hole looked like. Never.”
“I’m sorry,” I murmured. I genuinely was. No child should have to endure that tragedy. Filled with both shame and sadness, I bowed my head. My eyes gazed down at the hideous scar just above my left breast. His long index finger continued to rub it gently.
“It almost pierced your heart, didn’t it?”
I said nothing. Emotionally, it did pierce my heart. The hole it left deep inside my soul had never closed up. Madame Paulette’s words rang in my ears.“Ma chérie, the scars that you don’t see are zee hardest to heal.”
Finally, I broke my silence. “I don’t want to talk about it. It has to do with something in my past that I’m trying to leave behind.” Tears threatened to spill from my eyes.
“Ah, the past that makes you who you are, Gloria. The past that you must let go of to move forward.”
His profound, insightful words tugged at my heartstrings. I hoped there’d come a day when I could close the door on my past but knew that was wishful thinking. It took all I had not to cry. I bit down on my quivering lip.
He gently tilted up my chin with his other hand. I met his soulful eyes--the eyes he rarely exposed but I loved most. I lost control. Tears escaped my eyes and mingled with the spray of the shower.
He tenderly brushed them away with the pads of this thumbs. “You’re crying, aren’t you?”
With a sniffle, I nodded. “I’m sorry. It’s just too painful to go there.”
“We all have our secrets, Gloria. Even I have mine. When you trust me with yours, I know your heart will be mine.”
LOVED it!! I got it all in Gloria’s Revenge. Heartbreak, joy, love, hate and humor. It picked up exactly where we left off in Gloria’s Secret. And, that was with Jaime giving Gloria a gorgeous diamond. Unfortunately, he threw me for a loop when he said it wasn’t “that” kind of ring. Yes, I know that haven’t known each other very long but dang! The way he was acting, I really thought he was popping the question!
Obviously, this has Gloria feeling hurt and very confused. She decides she needs to refocus and get back control. They have to work together to make the new campaign a success and getting it on every time they see each other is not going to get the work done. But, once she gets home from Paris she finds that Jaime Zander is the least of her worries. Someone is determined to make Gloria step down. She created the company; this is her and Kevin’s baby! So why are the stocks dropping and who is selling shares? And that nasty little *insert bad name here* Vivien is up to her games again. I would just love to slap her botoxed face! Don’t forget about Viv’s father Victor. He just gives me the creeps!
Every morning Gloria wakes up to more bad news. But Jaime is not going to let her go through this alone. He wants to help her succeed and he wants to be by her side the whole time. He’s hiding something though. And the only thing Gloria can get out of him? Trust Me. Trust isn’t something she gives freely but is willing to give him this. That is, until she walks into a restaurant seeing him and Vivien in each others’ arms!! Shut the front door! Cue the steam coming out of my ears! I had no idea what was going to happen after this and luckily Nelle didn’t make me wait tooooo long.
I have to say I loved the surprises that she gives us. Twists and turns all throughout the book! I had to take a Tums when I finished reading, I was so in knots. I fell in love with Nelle’s writing several books ago and I cannot wait to see what she has for us next! I give Gloria’s Revenge 5 heart-pounding and steamy stars!
1. I co-created the hit TV series Power Rangers and produced the first 100 episodes. I also wrote a few.
2. I also write under the pen name, E.L. Sarnoff. HINT. HINT. Read my other books--Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen… and the sequel, Unhitched.
3. I was voted “best-dressed” in high school. Sadly, I mostly wear PJ’s now when I write.
4. I love Paris. If you’ve read my books, I’m sure you know that about me already.
5. I’m a flea market/estate sale junkie. I collect oil paintings of fashionable women from the 1920’s through the 50’s.
6. I’m techno-challenged. Technology hates me! L
7. I cannot bake to save my life. I was the only one in my high school cooking class who didn’t get jam for their thumbprint cookies because there was no thumbprint. Bitch cooking teacher!
8. I’m fire-phobic. I can barely light a match.
9. My book, Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire, was inspired by true events. *Sigh* I still have a crush on him.
10. I went to my husband’s first wedding (the ex) and to his second. (mine).
11. I love 1940’s retro jewelry. Eva Peron and I have the same taste.
12. I hate snobs and despise arrogance.
13. I’m a total animal lover. I brake for squirrels.
14. I sleep with my canine love boy, Pepper the fat rat terrier, on one side of my knees, and my feline admirer, Socky the Cat, on the other.
15. I’m well read. My favorite authors are Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, and Ernest Hemingway.
16. I cry so hard at sad movies people ask me to leave the theater. Fuck them.
17. My husband is convinced that I was once a witch. That’s probably why I fear fire and wrote Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen.
18. I’m totally uncoordinated. I cannot follow steps. But I do other things well.;-)
19. I have few talents but I think I’m funny.
20. I LOVE my girlfriends. And my readers!
Nelle L’Amour is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author who lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, twin teenage princesses, and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. A former executive in the entertainment and toy industries with a prestigious Humanitas Award to her credit, she gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago, but still enjoys playing with toys…with her husband. While she writes in her PJ’s, she loves to dress up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty. She aspires to write juicy stories with characters that will make you both laugh and cry and stay in your heart forever.
Her other books include the bestselling erotic love story, Undying Love, Gloria’s Secret and the erotic romance series, Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire. Writing under another pen name, she is also the author of the highly rated fantasy/romance Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen and the sequel, Unhitched.
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