From New York Times bestselling author J. S. Cooper comes an enovella prequel to the Swept Away series, best read after Illusion.

Bianca is determined to avenge her father’s death, but to do that, she must get in bed with his enemies . . . 

When Bianca’s father died, she was left with nothing but her memories—and a box full of secrets. Had her father really been squeezed out of the company he founded? And could his betrayers have something to do with the death of Bianca’s mother years before? 

Bianca will do anything to find out—even pursue the heir to Bradley, Inc. But the road she’s on is a dangerous one, and if David Bradley sees through her charade, it could be deadly . . .


PG-145887-Charade-XOXOAfterdark3 Excerpt

“Would you like to wear my t-shirt to bed?” He held up a t-shirt in his hand as I stood there in his bedroom.

“That would be nice, thanks.”

“No need to thank me.”

He threw it to me. “I’m not thanking me, I’d rather you sleep naked.”

“That’s not going to happen.”

I shook my head and watched as he pulled his shirt off. His chest was as muscular and tan as I’d imagined it being, with a very light sprinkling of hair across his chest. Then he pulled his pants off and I stared at his muscular legs and the bulge in his white briefs. He looked over at me and grinned as he adjusted himself.

“I guess I’m going to bed hard then.” His voice was almost a growl and my eyes dropped to his package again. It was an impressive sight, even through his briefs, and I swallowed hard. This was going to be a long night.

“What can I say?” I gave him a half-smile and looked toward the bathroom door. “I’m going to go in there and change.”

“Okay.” He grinned. “I’ll be in the bed, waiting for you.”

“Okay.” I hurried to the bathroom and closed the door quickly and took a couple of deep breaths. “You’ve got this, Bianca,” I mumbled to myself as I pulled my clothes off. I left my bra and panties on and pulled David’s t-shirt over my head. I groaned as I realized that it barely covered my ass.

Of course, he couldn’t have given me a super long t-shirt. I splashed some water on my face, gathered my clothes up, and opened the door.

The bedroom lights were now off and I could see David in the bed waiting for me.

“My t-shirt suits you,” he said as he sat up slightly. I walked to the bed quickly, placing my clothes in a pile next to it. There I saw his white briefs on the floor. Oh, God!

“Thanks.” I slowly made my way into the bed, heart beating fast.

“Thanks for staying.” David reached out and pulled me to him as soon as I settled under the sheets. “I’ve been hoping to spend a night with you since I met you.”

“That wasn’t that long ago.”

“It’s been too long.” His lips fell to mine. “It’s been too long.”

He kissed me lightly at first, stroking my hair as his tongue slid into my mouth. It was warm and searching and I felt myself kissing him back and enjoying it. David was a good kisser and I lost myself in the moment as his hands fell from my head to my back, quickly moving my t-shirt up so that he could touch my skin. I melted against him and moaned as I felt his hardness pressing against my bare stomach. He groaned at the touch as well and I felt him unclasping my bra before I even realized what was happening.

“You’re so beautiful.” He gazed down at my naked breasts with lust and his fingers ran down the valley between them to my stomach.

“Thank you.” I gulped as I stared up at his handsome face.

My brain felt hazy and my body was shivering with anticipation as he lowered his lips to my right breast and started sucking. I closed my eyes as a surge of pleasure filled me.

My hands made their way to his back and my fingers dug into his skin as he positioned himself on top of me. He sucked my nipple eagerly and I could feel his hardness rubbing between my legs. I shifted on the mattress as he moved his mouth over to my other breast and his fingers slid down my stomach towards my panties.


X-Rated Excerpt

“You’re so beautiful.”

His fingers ran down my neck and then down my breast to my stomach. He slowly unbuttoned my shirt and pulled me up so he could slide the arms down. I sat there in my bra and waited to see what he was going to do next. He reached behind and undid my bra, and I held my breath as he threw it to the ground.

“Just beautiful.” He breathed heavily as he played with my nipples. I gasped at the cold touch of his fingers and he grinned, thinking I was gasping in pleasure. I reached up to his face and pulled him down to me so that I could feel his chest against mine. You can do this, Bianca.

My hands ran down his back as his lips crushed down onto mine and his tongue entered my mouth seeking a home. I heard him groan as I sucked on his tongue and I could feel his hardness pressing into my stomach. After a few minutes he pulled away from me and I felt his lips kissing down my neck. I closed my eyes as I felt his teeth nibbling on my right nipple.

My body squirmed on the bed as he sucked on my breast. I moaned as I started to feel the waves of pleasure running through my body. The waves made me feel both dirty and excited. My moans seemed to excite him because he increased the pressure of his sucking and I felt his hands on the button of my jeans. I froze as I felt him pulling my pants down, along with my panties.

My brain started screaming at me not to let the night go too far.

“So beautiful and sweet.” He grunted as he pulled them both off and threw them on the ground. His hands spread my legs and he bent down and lowered his head between my legs.

“I want to taste you so badly.” He looked up at me before placing his mouth down on my wetness and trailing his tongue up and down.

My body shuddered at the touch of him in my most private place and my legs closed instinctively, even though it felt good. David’s hands once again reached for my legs and spread them.

“Let me make you feel good, Bianca,” he muttered against my clit.

“David,” I moaned, and then cried out as his lips closed in on my clit and sucked roughly.

“Oh,” I moaned again as my entire body began trembling. My legs relaxed and I closed my eyes as he continued to suck. Then I felt his tongue entering me slowly. I felt myself having a small orgasm as his long tongue filled me and f*cked me. Oh sh*t, this felt better than I could have imagined.

“Oh, David,” I cried out as he increased his pace, using his tongue more skillfully than some men used their c*cks.

“I want to make you come, Bianca.” He pulled his tongue out of me and smiled. “I want to make you come so hard and fast that you’ll wonder why you ever waited so long for it.”

He moved up and kissed me roughly, his tongue entering my mouth as his fingers moved down to my wetness and took over from his tongue. I could feel my walls clenching on his fingers as he moved in and out of me.

“Do you like your taste, Bianca?” he grunted against my lips. “Do you like the taste of you on me?” He moved his fingers faster and I cried out at his touch. I felt feverish and I couldn’t think about anything other than the pleasure coursing through me.

“Let me f*ck you, Bianca,” he grunted, breathing heavily. “I need to be inside of you. I need to feel you on my c*ck. Let me feel your sweet juices on my c*ck.” He groaned and pulled his fingers out just as I was about to come.

“Oooh,” I cried out, and he positioned himself on top of me. I stared up at him as he adjusted his c*ck and placed it at my wet entrance.

He gazed down at me and rubbed my clit with his hard c*ck. “I want to fill you up. I want our two bodies to become one.”

“David,” I moaned as I felt the tip of him start to enter me.

“Bianca.” His eyes were dark and filled with desire and I knew this was the moment.