CM Radcliff put together quite the disturbing tale in Traces of Her. I am a fan of the twisted, but if you are not, stay far away from this book. Rowena is kidnapped after a horrible event happens in her life that she is trying to deal with and is thrown into a living hell. She is held captive, forced to be someone she is not, raped and tortured. Her character in the book is strong and determined. After her escape she finds herself searching for her place in the world but comes to realize that the hell she has been living continues outside of that house. Through some crazy circumstances, she finds herself in Griffin's possession and that is where our story begins to change. Their dynamic is anything but normal, but man, the way they need each other to survive and battle past demons is undeniable. All I wanted was a happy ending for Rowena and reading about her unwavering survival was my favorite aspect of this book.
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Swaying my hips, I make my way over to him, taking another drink of the whiskey. I put my knees on either side of him and climb on top of him. He grabs the bottle from my hand, slamming it beside the candle on the table beside us. His hands find my ass quickly and he grips them hard pulling me against him. Letting go with one hand, he grabs my head and pulls my face down to his. His breath is hot against my lips. "You're such a fucking tease," he growls and traces my lips with his tongue. "I can't wait to fuck that tight pussy again."
"Rowena," he breathes my name. "You're an enigma encompassed in beauty." His hand travels down my neck, with his fingertips burning their mark into my skin. "A beauty so dangerously captivating." The different shades of brown in his eyes swirl together and the fire within them grows with every word that falls from his lips. His hand rests at the base of my neck. " You're going to be the death of me," he whispers in a hoarse voice.
"Give me all your pain,' she says, wrapping her legs around my waist. "If something hurts, it isn't meaningless."
"This is far from meaningless," I reassure her.
"Prove it, Griffin," she challenges, grabbing onto my biceps, digging her nails in deep. "Destroy me," she growls.
I am a ghost,
a captive stripped of my own identity.
I’ve lived in solitude in the depths of hell until the devil appeared, pulling me out of the darkness and shoving me into the arms of my new prison.
But sometimes a prison becomes a home.
And sometimes that home is within the heart of a man.
I have a debt to pay and my brother’s collecting.
He makes the messes and I deal with the aftermath. Only this time, he went too far and took something that wasn’t his and now it’s my problem.
She’s a liability and the last thing I need.
She’s an enigma and she’s everything I need.
Our separate hells brought us together.
Our personal inferno molded us into one.
The devil reappeared and tore us apart.
I will turn this world upside down until I find her.