Eternally His – Captive Read Online Julia Sykes

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Total pages in book: 74
Estimated words: 69398 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 347(@200wpm)___ 278(@250wpm)___ 231(@300wpm)
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Eternally His - Captive

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Julia Sykes

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B09J1JFMHJ
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He’s a cold-blooded criminal. Nearly twenty years older than me. My stern captor. And worst of all...my husband.
I betrayed the cartel. Now, he’ll make sure I can never leave it. To keep me in line, I’ll be forced to spend my eternity with a ruthless criminal.
If only I hadn’t harbored a traitorous, girlish crush for years. If only the way he makes me tremble wasn’t equal parts fear and desire. If only that stern black stare didn’t make my knees weak.
It would be so much easier to defy him.
My unyielding jailor. My husband. My forever.
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Julia Sykes



PROLOGUE

ISABEL

Blood stained the hem of my ivory dress, and three small, ruby red dots winked amongst the crystals that encrusted the bodice. No one seemed fazed by the gore on my wedding dress. Not one of the hundreds of people filling the pews so much as murmured about the violence that’d exploded outside the church only minutes ago.

No one cared that my soon-to-be husband was a cold-blooded killer who’d committed murder to claim me for himself.

I didn’t want to marry Sebastián Castillo, the brutal older man who was waiting for me at the end of the aisle. His black eyes flashed when they met mine, his ruggedly handsome features sharpening with something hungry and possessive.

My slow steps toward him faltered, and my ruthless escort’s grip on my arm firmed, the head of my fiancé’s cartel dragging me along to face my fate. My punishment.

I’d betrayed his cartel, and now I was paying for it. I faced a life sentence, forever captive to Sebastián. He would keep me in line, ensure that I never jeopardized their organization again.

My cheeks flamed at the memory of the last time he’d ensured my cooperation. My bottom still burned with the humiliating memory of his firm hand delivering sharp, punitive strokes. And my body’s unbidden reaction to his harsh touch only deepened my mortification.

Once, I’d thought of him as my savior. He’d protected me when no one else would. No one else ever had.

Now, my fierce protector would be my jailor.

Dread pooled in my belly as I reached the altar. Sebastián’s huge hands engulfed mine. His knuckles were still raw and red from the violence on the church steps, when he’d murdered a rival with his bare hands. All for me. To claim me forever.

The organ music quieted, and the priest began to speak. The words were a meaningless rumble on the edges of my consciousness. All I could focus on was breathing and remaining upright. I kept my gaze downcast, too frightened to look into Sebastián’s dark eyes. I was afraid of what I would find burning in their fierce depths. I was afraid of what it would make me feel.

I hated him. I hated that he was taking my freedom, my fortune. He would take possession of all that was mine, including my body. My virginity.

A shiver raced through me as I recalled the strange ache between my legs when he’d delivered that humiliating punishment. Even now, my fingers tingled in his gentle grip, electricity dancing between us.

One hand released mine to curl two fingers beneath my chin. The priest had stopped speaking. There was a ring on my finger. It was done, the ceremony that sealed my fate was over.

My eyes lifted to Sebastián’s. White-hot flames flickered in the depths of his dark gaze, and the weathered lines that marked his tanned face were drawn with possessive hunger. The golden light that filled the church gleamed over the silver at his temples and in his close-cropped beard. In my strangely detached state, he seemed to shine with an almost ethereal light. Once, I’d thought of him as my avenging angel.

His face dipped to mine, and his warm lips caressed my mouth. A spark ignited between us, and the tingle in my fingers raced through my entire body, making me dizzy with the visceral rush of desire. I gasped, and a low growl escaped him as he took the invitation to plunder my mouth. His big hand cupped my nape, tipping my head back to claim me more deeply, branding me with his tongue in fierce, domineering strokes. He touched me as though he had every right, as though he owned me. And now, he did.

My husband.

My captor.

My eternity.

CHAPTER 1

ISABEL

ONE MONTH EARLIER

One moment, I was curled up in my reading nook, lost in my favorite romance novel, and the next, my peaceful afternoon exploded into a warzone. The short, sharp bursts of bullets flying rent the air outside. My house was under siege.

My heart leapt into my throat, choking the shocked cry that tried to burst from my chest. I’d heard gunfire before, but never like this. Given my family’s involvement with the cartel, the distinctive pop of a single shot occasionally echoed through our courtyard—a quick execution. But this…

A barrage of sharp reports blasted around my house in a deafening, staccato beat. My family home was under assault, and I’d had no warning. Daniel, my cruel older brother, never told me what was happening with the cartel. Usually, I preferred it that way. The violence existed on the periphery of my awareness—always near, but never within my line of sight.

Now, I was caught in the center of a firefight, and I had no idea why. My ignorance enfolded my chest, squeezing like a vise. I’d never been taught how to protect myself. My only choice was to hide.


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