Dangerous Temptation (Dark Dream #1) Read Online Giana Darling

Categories Genre: Contemporary, Dark, Romance, Taboo Tags Authors: Series: Dark Dream Series by Giana Darling
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Total pages in book: 81
Estimated words: 76576 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 383(@200wpm)___ 306(@250wpm)___ 255(@300wpm)
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(Dark Dream #1) Dangerous Temptation

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Giana Darling

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
9781953553423
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He arrives all dressed in black. Diamond cufflinks. A watch on his tanned wrist that cost more than we would ever see in a lifetime of work. He carries a single red rose for my mother.

Months later, Tiernan Morelli lays red roses on my mother’s grave. That same day, he tells me that he is my new guardian.

I should have known from the very start that he had more in common with the thorns than the rose. Now I know the truth: I’m a pawn in his dangerous game of revenge. I was too young and naive. Now it's too late to save myself from his clutches. I belong to him.
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Dark Dream Series by Giana Darling

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Giana Darling



“But he that dares not grasp the thorn

Should never crave the rose.”

—Anne Bronte

Playlist

“The Night We Met”—Lord Huron

“Power”—Isak Danielson

“bad guy”—Billie Eilish

“Castle”—Halsey

“Power over Me”—Dermot Kennedy

“9 Crimes”—Damien Rice

“Put It On Me”—Matt Maeson

“Feel Again”—Kina, Au/Ra

“Out of the Darkness”—Sleep Thieves

“Violent”—carolesdaughter

“Let Me Down Slowly”—Alec Benjamin

“He Don’t Love Me”—Winona Oak

“Go Fuck Yourself”—Two Feet

“Lips On You”—Maroon 5

“Body”—SYML

“Feels”—WATTS, Khalid

“To Build A Home”—Cinematic Orchestra

“Splintered”—Aisha Badru

“Start A War”—Klergy & Valerie Broussard

Bad Dream

If you already read BAD DREAM separately, you can skip ahead to DANGEROUS TEMPTATION. If you’re new to Tiernan’s story, turn the page to start reading.

Chapter One

Bianca

There was no reason to suspect that my life would change that hot, southern night with the arrival of yet another man on my mother’s doorstep.

It started the same as any other Friday night in the Belcante household. My mother, Aida, was in her bathroom with her hair up in fat pink rollers doing her face in the reflection of the old-school Hollywood-style vanity we’d been able to salvage from our old house. Frank Sinatra crooned loudly from the rickety record player perched on the edge of her pink bathtub. I knew all the words to all his songs by heart, and I was sick of them.

As sick of her favorite love songs as I was sick of her countless rotation of lovers.

It had been exactly one month since she kicked the last one to the curb, but she was already dating a new man.

Even at forty-five years old, my mother was unusually striking. The combination of her deeply tanned olive-toned skin, a gift from her Italian father, with her pale cloud of curled blonde hair, and dark blue eyes was instantly arresting. And then there was her body. Curved like Venus in Botticelli’s famous painting, Aida Belcante had been dressing to highlight her lush form since she was just a girl and middle age had only perfected her style.

I sat beside the record player on the rim of the bathtub and watched her apply powder to her cheeks with a fluffy brush, wondering how many hours in her life she must have spent beautifying herself for men, but I was too lazy to do the math.

“Brandon had an episode today,” I reminded her lightly, because if she sensed a “tone” to my words, she became irrationally angry with me for back-talking. Every good Italian girl knows back-talking is the familial equivalent of blasphemy. “He’s really weak. I think he’d love it if you wanted to stay home tonight and watch Marvel movies with him.”

Mom laughed, light and feminine, as curated as the notes in the Chanel perfume she sparingly spritzed to each wrist and pulse point on her neck. It was the last of the bottle my father had given her, and she’d already watered it down as much as she dared.

“Bianca, cara mia, this is why he is so very lucky to have you in his life,” she praised dramatically, doing a half-twirl to face me, her pink-painted lips puckered as she blew me a kiss. “You are such a saint.”

It was a Friday night, I was seventeen years old, and I was spending yet another evening at home with my seven-year-old brother. It didn’t depress me as much as it might have if I hadn’t spent my whole life caring for Brandon as if he were my own kid. In a life that hadn’t given me much, God or something like it had seen fit to give me the best brother in the entire world.

So, I wasn’t angry with my mom for saddling me with babysitting duty again.

I was angry with her for not giving a single shit that Brandon had another seizure, the second in as many weeks. They were happening with increasing frequency, and we desperately needed to get him to a specialist, but we didn’t have the money for one.

“If you stayed home some nights, I could get better hours at the diner,” I suggested. “We could afford some new dresses, maybe another bottle of Chanel.”

And a visit to a specialist, I didn’t say aloud.

Aida paused, as I knew she would. Nothing intrigued her more than money and beautiful things.

Not for the first time or even the thousandth, I wondered what my father had ever seen in her beyond her pretty face and form. He’d been terribly flawed himself, but at least he’d been a man of substance.

“Don’t worry yourself, cara, you’ll get wrinkles. Besides, I have everything under control. This man I’ve been seeing, he’s very wealthy.”

I rolled my eyes as she turned back to the mirror and began to carefully unroll her hair from the curlers, fat sections of honeyed blonde falling around her full breasts.

She was always trying to fix our problems by hooking up with some man who would inevitably spoil her, love her for a time, and then leave her heartbroken and destitute once more.


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