With a father who is compulsive gambler and stinking drunk, Reine is constantly stuck trying to correct his mistakes. So when debt threatens to drag them in, she has no other choice than to leave the town she has known her whole life to the city, hoping to find a job.Her search is unsuccessful, but then she meets Jax, who offers her an insane sum of money to pretend to be his fiancée. It is with little hesitation that she accepts, hoping to guard her heart. Jax has been given an ultimatum by the board of directors; settle down or lose all he has worked for. When he overhears Reine’s conversation, he pins her as a golddigger, a thought further solidified when she accepts his offer to be his pretend fiancée.Both thought they would come out of the experience totally unscathed, but the more it goes on, the more attached they become to each other and the harder it is to let go.View More
Jax stared at Reine with a fascinated look on his face. There was no more pretending that he was not completely obsessed with this woman. And the more the days went, the more he felt like she was made for him. It was a few weeks after their truce and after a dinner home, they had ended up in the bedroom. Reine was standing naked in front of him and he had apologized beforehand because he didn’t think there was going to be anything gentle about the sex they were about to have. Jax placed his cold fingers on Reine’s aching nipples. Reine gasped and looked up at him. "Jax?" she let out breathlessly. "Shhh," Jax said, then bent his dark head and slipped one nipple into his mouth. Reine arched her back involuntarily and clutched at Jax so she wouldn't stumble and fall.
JaxI stared at the expectant look on Reine’s face. I didn’t know what exactly she was expecting me to say but I knew she thought it was nothing good. For what seemed like the thousandth time, I wondered who exactly had hurt her to the point where she didn’t trust anybody at all. I stared at her in silence for a while, marveling at her beauty.I couldn’t even deny it at this point. I had feelings for this woman, no matter how much I had tried to turn them off. I hated the fact that she was keeping secrets from me and I had wanted to punish her for it by being distant.I didn’t know how to even start asking all the questions I had. I shook my head to clear my thoughts. There was a clearly questioning look on her face, and I knew she expected me to speak.
I almost couldn’t believe my ears. After I had spoken out for him, defended him, even though my heart had been racing, he was treating me so coldly. I was beginning to hate the fact that I had growing feelings for this man. I was a little numb. Rejection had never had me feeling this way. If anything, before I had been used to it so it was never something that I particularly dreaded. But with how Jax’s tone switched when we got into his office, I wondered just how much I had attached myself to him, how much importance I had given him. Because the way my heart had shattered in that moment was not healthy. I was definitely going to cry tonight. I had pushed the tears away enough. It wasn’t even healthy at this point. Honestly, I couldn’t explain why exactly I was so hurt by Jax’s rejection if anyone asked. It wasn’
JaxI stared at Reine as she stood next to my desk, my mind racing. I didn’t know what to make of her demands of the previous day. Of course, it was part of the contract that she got whatever sum of money she asked for, so long as it was a reasonable sum.For some reason I couldn’t explain though, yesterday had put things into perspective. No matter how great the relationship between us was, it was still business. She and I were using each other to attain our objectives.I had no idea what she needed the money to do and after the previous night, I had almost given in to the temptation of calling Dylan and getting him to send over what he had found on her. But I had told Reine I wouldn’t pry into her life and I was going to respect that promise.She looke
The next morning was terrible. Sandra had come to check on me and I had muttered something to get her to leave. I wanted to be alone. I had sent the money to my dad as soon as Jax had sent it and there hadn’t been as much as a thank you.I had called him and he had confirmed that he received it.Jax on the other hand, I had texted him and told him I had received the money, with a thank you attached to the text. I don’t know what I expected after his sudden change of attitude but it was not for him to ignore my message so blatantly. I felt so embarrassed.But I asked myself why exactly he had kissed me.I had to admit that my mind had gone to the kiss more times than I wanted to process. It had been very short, with minimal contact. Just his lips and the tip o
ReineI stared at Jax then looked away. I didn’t know how exactly I was going to tell him I needed money. I had thought about it a thousand times and still no damned idea. The best thing was to just ask directly. If the esteem he had for me, if he ever had any at all, dropped, I was going to have to accept it. Just like I had accepted every other terrible thing that had happened to me.“Jax…” I started.He furrowed his brows and leaned towards me. There was worry written all over his face and I felt it was genuine.“What’s wrong? Talk to me,” he said.I resisted the urge to let out a bitter chuckle. In that moment, I could not explain how much I hated my father. I had never imagined t
JaxFascination.I couldn’t explain it.I couldn’t explain how Reine occupied my thoughts, I couldn’t explain how much I wanted to strip her of all her defenses and know all of her thoughts. I knew it was impossible, given how long we had known each other. But it would happen eventually.I still didn’t even understand why I wanted to go beyond business with this girl. And I didn’t know if I was trying to console myself when I thought the fascination was nothing but novelty and that it would disappear with time. I was going to hang on to that hope anyways. The last thing I needed was an emotionally unavailable woman with lots of baggage.We were supposed to meet in the evening and it dawned on me that we
And agonize I did. I wondered what exactly Jax had meant by that. Did he appreciate me as friends? Or was it something more? I was so confused. I had to admit that the past few days had been amazing with him. But I felt a sense of foreboding, like something was going to come and ruin everything. And I was right. My dad called me a few days after Jax’s cryptic words, and his first words were, “So you forgot me, huh? Went to the big city and forgot that you had a father you owe everything back here.” My mood got ruined instantly. My dad had that thing about him that no one else could match, he could get me low with one word and in literal seconds. Which was why I avoided talking to him. I hated this feeling. Honestly, the more I thought about it, the more it made
Silhouette is a romance novel focusing on the theme of finding love when you least expect it. Reine's father is a drunkard and compulsive gambler, so she has to constantly fix his mistakes. When a sudden debt is about to drag them in, Reine leaves the town to find a job. Although her search is unsuccessful, she eventually meets Jax. He offers her a great amount of money in exchange to be his fake fiancée which she accepts. But after he overhears Reine's conversation, Jax immediately regards her as a golddigger. Still, with time, the two start developing feelings for each other. Read the novel to learn how the story continues.