In a world where there’s only one woman for every twelve
men, a lottery is the chance for five lucky men to win the prize of a lifetime…
her hand in marriage.
All Charlie ever wanted was to protect his sister. But when they are separated
and Charlie is imprisoned in an enemy camp, Charlie’s tortured by thoughts of
what might be happening to her.
Until one day, a beautiful servant named Shay starts bringing him his meals.
Even her name sounds like a sigh. Shay.
For the first time in months, Charlie has someone else to think about other
than his sister.
Where did Shay come from? Who’s giving her those bruises on her face? And how
can he protect her when he couldn’t even protect his own sister, much less
When Shay breaks him out of his cell with promises of reuniting him with his
sister, Charlie has no clue just how much his protective instincts are going to
be stretched to the limits. Because the township where his sister lives? Turns
out they have a law that every woman must marry five men. And His. Sister.
Married. Five. Guys.
What’s worse? Shay’s the next up for the lottery.
When will I meet the last one? My last fiancé?”
Rafe exchanged a glance. Even Jonas had opened his eyes and stood up straighter
Henry said, drawing out the word, “we were thinking about having dinner tonight
all together. Over at the house. The one that will be ours once we are
feel Charlie’s blood boiling from across the room.
in before he could erupt. “But if that’s too much at once, babe, we can wait.
There’s no r—”
shook her head, though, waving their concerns away. “When does the marriage
significant glance was exchanged.
was apparently done holding his opinions to himself. “This is insane. There’s
no way we’re letting them force you into any of this—”
Shay said, loud enough that it stopped his tirade before it really got legs. “I
want to hear what they have to say.”
going to happen her way or not at
all. The sooner she got them all on an equal playing field, the better.
ground his teeth together, a vein standing out in his neck.
deep breath and looked back to Rafe and Henry. “Well?”
out a hand for Henry, like this one’s all
yours. Henry narrowed his eyes in return, but he spoke up, looking back to
Shay. “The wedding usually takes place a few weeks after the lottery. After
we’ve all had a chance to get acquainted with each other and feel comfortable
enough to share a living space.” Henry held up a hand like he was anticipating
resistance. “That doesn’t mean we’re expected to share a bed right away,
expected eventually,” Charlie growled, turning on Henry.
shrugged reluctantly but Shay spoke over both of them.
that’s ridiculous anyway.”
everyone’s attention. They all looked her way. Charlie was smiling, while Henry
just looked confused. Shay couldn’t read the expression on Jonas’s coolly
appraising face and Rafe simply looked interested.
Henry started to ask but Shay spoke over him, impatient to have this part done
ridiculous to wait that long. We should get married as soon as possible.
Tonight even.” The moment the words came out of her mouth, she knew it was
exactly what she wanted.
Charlie exploded. “What the hell are you thinking?”
out a long breath and walked over to him. She took both of his hands and looked
up into his worried, green eyes.
your sister.” She felt his flinch, but
it had to be said. “I don’t need you to protect me. I knew what would be
expected of me before we even left Travisville. And I was fine with it. I still
more than fine with it. Looking between the four of them, she felt the quiver
start deep in her sex. Wrong as it probably was, she looked forward to fucking
these four men. And the fifth who was still a stranger.
tonight. She squared her jaw. Jason wouldn’t be anywhere nearby as she took
these men into her body. Tonight she’d belong to herself. And she’d take as
much as she gave. More, maybe.
just kept stubbornly shaking his head back and forth. He leaned down and
whispered fervently in her ear. “We don’t have to stay. I’ve seen Audrey. I know she’s alive. I can get you out, get
you somewhere safe, then come back for her and—”
out an exasperated huff. Why wouldn’t he listen
to her? Men never listened. They just assumed they knew best and, because
there were more of them, they got to run everything. It was crap.
Charlie. “So everything you said last night in the Commander’s office—about how
a woman should be able to choose. Was that just bullshit?”
course not. That’s my whole point. This lottery system gives you no ch—”
him. “Sex isn’t a big deal to me. If it is to you, fine, you don’t have to join
us—but that’s your problem, not mine. I want you there, but if you can’t handle
it, let me know now.”
mouth dropped open. “Shay…”
just shook her head. “What’s waiting around for three weeks going to get me?
It’ll just drive me crazy. I know what I want and I’m ready. So we do it tonight.”
over to Jonas. “You’re a preacher, right?”
dark, intense look. She couldn’t tell if it was disapproval or attraction.
hand. “Whatever. Can you still do wedding ceremonies?”
you to perform the ceremony. Just something small and intimate. Only the six of
the eye. “But we get married tonight.”
2018 Stasia Black
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a freezing five-year stint in Minnesota, and now is happily planted in sunny
California, which she will never, ever leave.
biking after a twenty-year sabbatical (and has the bumps and bruises to prove
it). She lives with her own personal cheerleader, aka, her handsome husband,
and their teenage son. Wow. Typing that makes her feel old. And writing about
herself in the third person makes her feel a little like a nutjob, but ahem!
Where were we?
to see beneath people’s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted
motives, and their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters
that make readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles
across the room, and then declare they have a new FBB (forever book boyfriend).