Arrogant, bad-mannered, and reclusive.
They call him the Brute.
I should stay away from him… except I can’t.
Not when he reveals his brokenness,
and I glimpse the pain in his eyes.
Not when his touch unravels me,
and the heat between us could set the oceans alight.
But play with fire, and you will get burned.
A fragile heart can easily be broken again.
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through it. Birdsong and the scent of blackberries fills the air. I let Toby
off his leash and he immediately starts foraging for anything edible… wild
fruit being his favourite snack.
up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out.
Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. He’s bare-chested
and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a
fallen tree trunk.
and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it
falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and
wild-looking. But it’s his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the
tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, he’s
beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.
it, Cat. You shouldn’t be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a
brute. You need to keep your distance from him.
and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up
and starts to bark.
I was scared before now I’m practically peeing myself. He straightens himself
to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.
hold of his collar and fasten the lead. “Sorry to disturb you.” I bite at my
lips. “We’ll get out of your way.”
intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.
teeth. “Leave me alone.”
an edgy laugh.
down the pathway, Toby at my heel.