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Because You Are Mine (Because You Are Mine #1)

By:Beth Kery

"You've always been a smug French bastard, thinking you could lord it over me," Mario bellowed. He roughly grabbed Elise's upper arm. "Well, you can't fire me because I quit! Come, Elise. Let's get out of this devil's hole."

Elise kept her feet firmly planted and jerked when Mario yanked on her. "Nobody tells me what to do," she exclaimed. Lucien clamped his fist around the other man's forearm and squeezed. Tight. Mario yelped in pain.

"Let go of her," Lucien warned. He saw the flash of aggression in Mario's expression and resisted rolling his eyes in exasperation. He really wasn't up for this tonight. "Are you sure you want to start something?" he asked mildly. "Do you think it's wise?"

"Don't, Mario," Elise warned.

For a brief second, Mario hesitated, but then the alcohol he'd consumed must have roared in his veins, giving him courage. He released Elise and lunged, fist cocked. Lucien blocked Mario's punch and sunk his fist beneath his ribs.

One, two, done. Almost too easy, Lucien thought grimly as air whooshed out of Mario's lungs, followed by a guttural groan of pain.

Lucien shot a "this is all your fault" glare at Elise and then put his hands on the shoulders of the now-hunched-over Mario. He grabbed his jacket off the bar stool and urged the gasping, moaning man toward the front door of the restaurant with a hold on his shirt collar.

When he returned alone a few minutes later, Elise still stood next to the bar, her chin up, her carriage every bit as proud and erect as her aristocratic ancestors. Her gaze on him was wary. He walked toward her, unsure if he wanted to shove her into the back of a cab like he just had Mario, shake her for her foolishness, or turn her over his knee and punish her ass for the infraction of peering into his private world.

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About the Author

Beth Kery lives in Chicago where she juggles the demands of her career, her love of the city and the arts, and a busy family life. Her writing today reflects her passion for all of the above.

Because You Are Mine

PART I: BECAUSE YOU TEMPT ME

PART II: BECAUSE I COULD NOT RESIST

PART III: BECAUSE YOU HAUNT ME

PART IV: BECAUSE YOU MUST LEARN

PART V: BECAUSE I SAID SO

PART VI: BECAUSE YOU TORMENT ME

PART VII: BECAUSE I NEED TO

PART VIII: BECAUSE I AM YOURS

Berkley Sensation titles by Beth Kery

WICKED BURN

DARING TIME

Berkley Heat titles by Beth Kery

SWEET RESTRAINT

PARADISE RULES

RELEASE

EXPLOSIVE

One Night of Passion series

ADDICTED TO YOU

(writing as Bethany Kane)

EXPOSED TO YOU

One Night of Passion Specials

BOUND TO YOU

CAPTURED BY YOU

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