Every man who meets Rainey wants her. Having lived a life of sex, drugs and manipulation, she is a temptation with far too many secrets.When psychologist, Justin Redding, is assigned to Rainey’s case, he has no way of knowing the tale of debauchery he will encounter.
On a twisted path of love, loss and murder, Rainey leads Justin through the events of her life.
Death follows Rainey…
Justin fights to discover her secrets…
But will he discover the secret of THE FIVE in time to resist Rainey’s ultimate seduction?
“This book deals with sensitive subject matter that may be upsetting to some readers.”
“No, Rainey. Let me look at you. I love looking at you. Even when I close my eyes, all I see is you.”
I dropped my arms, my legs trembling. This was Rowan, the sweet, kindhearted boy I loved. Yet, in that moment I feared him. The adrenaline was wearing off and I was suddenly so cold.
His lips parted as he stared at me, those blue eyes I knew so well slowly taking in my body as heat blazed behind them. He’d grown so large, twice my size at least, and it had never occurred to me how strong he was until now. Nobody would pick on him anymore. Not without getting their asses handed to them in a fight.
“Can I touch you, Rainey?” His eyes lifted to mine. “Is that all right? For me to touch you?”
“Always,” I whispered, unable to put any strength in my voice. “You can always touch me.”
He stepped forward and I stepped back out of instinct. He would never hurt me. Not Rowan. But what I saw in him now was the predator that had always lingered just beneath the surface. He wasn’t a monster like his family or David. Not him. He was something else entirely.
Pain shot through his eyes when I moved, his hands fisting at his sides. “Do I scare you now?”
Shaking my head, I forced my mouth to move. “No. It’s just -“
“You’re different, Rowan. A man, I guess. You’ve grown.”
Blue eyes held mine, the darkness in them seeping away, but not entirely. His lips pulled into a tight smile. “You need a man. I’ve become exactly what you need. For you, Rainey. Not anybody else. Just for you.”
I drew in a rattling breath. “Touch me.”
Rowan moved forward and I held my ground, craning my neck to look up at him. He was shaking, his skin so cold that I knew I had to fix him somehow. “Rowan?”
“Will you kiss me?”
I have missed Lily’s writing!! The Five is a book that will suck you in from the beginning. It unravels ever so slowly and I wasn’t sure what to think at first. But as the story unfolds, I came to realize the pacing was necessary to set the stage for what is one of her best twisted stories she has written. I thought that I had the story figured out, but in typical Lily White fashion, I found out I didn’t really know anything. I went back and forth on what to think of the characters. Some were irredeemable, some I was on the fence about. I loved that the story was told the way it was. We get Justin’s perspective on Rainey, and Rainey’s perspective on the events that happened. So we got to understand his confusion, attraction, and empathy. Rainey is a paradox of sin and innocence. Is she a product of her environment, or a cunning young woman who took advantage of certain situations?
As with most Lily White books, to say any more would spoil the book. If you love psychological twists and turns with your romance, then you need this book.
Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.