He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…Cole Mauricio.
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I shouldn’t have remembered him.
He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn't know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.
But I could feel him.
The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.
The second time was different.
He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.
That was just the beginning.
He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…
Whoa!!! This book was completely epic and mind-blowing!!! I am in awe over this book. Cole is the first book that I have read from Tijan even though I have been wanting to read her books. I have no clue what has taken me so long to read her books, but after reading this one, Tijan has a new fan!!! This book turned out to be so much more than what I thought it was going to be. Even though it has some dark aspects, there are also the heart felt moments that it contains. And those heart felt moments moved me in so many ways.
Addison and Cole weren't perfect characters and I loved that about them. I loved seeing their soft and vulnerable sides, especially from Cole. Cole is deadly and dangerous. But with Addison, he is vulnerable and I loved seeing that side of him. I was really pulling for these two characters! I wanted them to be together so badly, but each of them pulled back for their own reasons. Cole's life couldn't include Addison, because of who she is. Addison would have to make a choice, and Cole couldn't share those secrets until that choice was made. Addison still loved Liam so much. She still felt the raw pain every day. Moving on is a really hard thing to do, and I understood Addison there. I really felt for her. She didn't want to betray Liam.
Addison has suffered so much pain. When she lost her husband, she died that day as well. Cole was the first person that made her feel again. Brought light into her life. She didn't want to let that go so she jumped and lived in the moment. She was loyal and never judged anyone. She looked at who the person was and not what they did. I loved that about her. She is character that was easy for me to relate to. I felt her pain and love for Liam. I felt her confusion of being ready or not or if it was the right thing or not to move on. That would be a very hard decision for anyone to make.
Cole was a very dangerous man. After losing his whole family at a young age, he disappeared but came back as a deadly weapon. What he does shocked Addison and me as well. But she accepted him job and all. There are some secrets of his that she didn't see coming at all. Secrets that could destroy what they have. Addison stirred feelings inside of Cole that he hasn't felt in a long time. He loved his relationship with Addison. I loved how he would sneak in bed with her and go to her for comfort. When she was hurt, he was so afraid to leave her. He stayed by her side the entire time. He was definitely a dark avenging angel. I loved how protective and fierce he was.
There are so many secrets revealed. So many twists and turns that left me completely breathless. I was right there along with Addison and Cole and couldn't believe what was happening. That is another thing I loved about this book. Its unpredictability!!! It sure did take me for an emotional ride. And that ending with Cole!!! OMG!!!! That gave me butterflies!!! Loved it!!
Cole was a riveting story from start to finish. I was pulled in from the very first page, and I could not put this book down. I can't wait to read some other books by Tijan!! Especially Carter Reed! After a few appearances in Cole, I now need the infamous Carter Reed stories! He was as intense as Cole! Tijan did a fantastic job with this story. The plot was intriguing and the character development was spot on. I still can't get this book off my mind. It is an unforgettable story that made me feel so many emotions. It is a definite MUST read!!
Once inside the elevator, I stood to one side, watching him. He returned my gaze.
We still did not touch.
My chest tightened, hoping no one would call the elevator at that moment. We sailed past the lobby, the second floor, and stopped at mine. I put in the code, and the doors opened to my home.
I drew in a breath, filling my lungs again. God, it was time.
Stepping out with shaky knees, I bypassed the light switch. The full moon lit up my entire floor. I went to the kitchen and paused at the island. “Did you want something to drink?” I caught sight of the tequila and wine on the counter. There was more than enough.
Cole stepped up behind me and followed my gaze. “Were you going to have a party?” he asked, his breath coating the back of my neck.
I shivered, closing my eyes for one delicious moment. “I stocked up. I thought a friend was coming over tonight.”
His hand rested on my back, nudging my sweater aside to touch my skin. “He?”
“She. Sia.” I looked over my shoulder. He was so close. “She stood me up for a date.”
A faint smile showed. “I need to send her a thank-you card.”
“Please don’t sign it.”
I turned around, easing my back against the island. Cole placed his hands on either side of me, trapping me in place.
“Because she’s slightly obsessed with you, though she’s in love with someone else now. She could circle back,” I joked.
“We saw you one night.”
“When?” He leaned away, but his hands remained on the counter. It was like he was giving me breathing space on purpose.
“At Gianni’s. We went there the night I moved in.”
He didn’t move, but I could feel him pulling away. A protest started in my head, but I bit back the words. He didn’t reply. He was waiting for me instead.
I continued, “You came in with a bunch of men and went upstairs. That was it.”
His eyes narrowed. “Did you talk to anyone?”
“What do you mean?”
My forehead wrinkled. “Sia networked with the hostess. They exchanged cards. Sia said the girl was a model. She recognized her from the Gala. That was it. Oh, well, another server sat with us for a drink later on. But they mostly talked with Sia about the Gala and about photographers—stuff like that.”
He relaxed, his hands loosening their hold on the counter. I was scared to ask what he was so worried they’d told us.
“I don’t know who you are.” I lifted a hand, placing it on his chest. His heart was racing, just like mine. My mouth parted in surprise. “If that’s what you’re worried about.”
He glanced down at my hand and held still. He was thinking something over. I held my tongue, worried it was me, that he was second-guessing this night for us. I wanted to tell him there was nothing to worry about, but it sounded ridiculous. I really had no idea. So I waited it out, my heart pressing against my rib cage.
When he looked back up, the hunger was in his eyes again—dark, primal, and more evident than ever. He took my hand and leaned in, closing the distance between us. With his other hand, he cupped the side of my face. “I wasn’t second-guessing this. I want you to know that.” His touch was tender.
“What were you thinking about?”
“Something else, but it wasn’t you.”
“This is one of those moments where you wish you could tell me, but you can’t? Not yet?”
The corner of his mouth lifted. His eyes moved from mine to my lips. “Something like that, yes.”
“Mmmm-hmmm,” I started to tease, but then his head dipped down, and his lips were on mine.
I gasped. The pleasure was immediate. His mouth was gentle, but as he felt my body’s reaction, he applied pressure. His touch grew more demanding, then I was kissing him back. I wanted more. Someone groaned. That was me.
His hand slid around to the back of my neck. He held me in his grip as his mouth explored mine, opening over me and slipping inside. My hands grasped his shoulders, just holding on. All I could focus on was his tongue. I met his with mine and reveled in the sensation. But it wasn’t enough. Need shot through my whole body.
My hands slid under his shirt and moved over his back and shoulders. His body was just as powerful as his presence. I felt the shift of his muscles. They trembled under my hands. The feeling was intoxicating. I had power over him, and I wanted more. I wanted to see how much power I actually had.
Pulling back, I studied him.
He was panting lightly. So was I.
I could see him wondering what I was going to do, so I reached back to the counter and started to lift myself. His hands caught the backs of my thighs, and he lifted me the rest of the way. Now sitting on the edge of the island, my legs parted, and he was back between them. His mouth went right to mine.
I couldn’t get over what I was doing. I didn’t care.
I didn’t think I would care the next day, the day after, or however long this lasted. I had no clue. I only knew I had one night. One long night.