by Elaina John
Lily Malloy’s life changes forever the night a dark stranger shows up at her door. She soon finds herself growing increasingly attracted to this mysterious man. When Lily is forced to rely on him to find her sister after she goes missing, Lily discovers a secret that could mean life or death.
When Dex’s planet, Jheta, is destroyed, he and his people travel to Earth for a new home. By chance, he stumbles upon fascinating, beautiful Lily. Haunted by the truth of his identity, Dex knows he can never have her. Yet that doesn’t stop his attraction to her. When a threat jeopardizes the lives of Lily and the Jhetans, Dex must fight to protect them, even if it means his own life.
When Lily finally managed to get her moment of privacy, she found herself staring at a photo of Dex. She didn’t know when Shay had taken it, whether it was posed or simply a random moment captured on film. What she did know was that it was magnificent. The entire night she found herself glancing at the picture from wherever she was in the gallery.
It was a rare black and white shot since Shay loved color photos—a weird thing for a past Goth who used to adore black and white. In the shot, Dex was lying on the ground with his eyes closed, leaves and grass surrounding him and dirt smudged on his cheek. Despite the grayness of the photo, Lily loved how the sunlight hit the hard planes of his face, giving allure to a raw, animalistic masterpiece.
She nearly reached out her hand to touch it before she thought of how silly she would look stroking a work of art. Instead, she took another sip of champagne.
“I don’t understand the appeal of this photo,” someone stated from behind her.
“It’s too weak, too inadequate. This photographer has many stronger pieces. You should gaze at some of those.”
Lily smiled to herself. “I disagree. This is one of her strongest. This photo displays strength and vulnerability simultaneously. A rare feat for a photographer to capture them both.”
“I suppose the next thing you’ll say is you like it.”
“How could I not? It’s incredible.”
“There is only one thing I like about it.”
“What’s that?” Lily wondered.
“It’s black and white.”
“Gray. Like your eyes.”
Lily turned around and sucked in a hard breath. A man dressed in Armani like couldn’t hold a candle to how Dex looked in a pair of dark jeans and collared black shirt.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elaina John is an author from Chicago. She began writing after graduating college and discovering she’d rather write books than work in the corporate world.
Along with Rising Flame, the first book of the Jhetan Chronicles, she is also the author of the States Trilogy and a couple short stories.
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