Some nightmares hide inside a dream come true.What happens when the man of your dreams becomes your worst nightmare? College student Brenna Carlson has fallen madly in love with the new man in her life, Sterling Bronson. When she awakens, naked and chained in Sterling’s basement, his deviant plans for her become clear. Brenna must choose between playing along with his savage game, or risking her life to escape.
A soft noise caught my attention. I looked up, wiping at my eyes with the edge of the stiff blanket. The door to my right opened and Sterling entered.
“Oh, my God, Sterling,” I said. “Are you okay? Where are we? What happened to us?”
My heart sped up and I ran toward him, but he stood in the doorway, just out of reach of my arms. I stopped before the chain could pull me up short again. My brain scrambled to make sense of what I could see and feel .
“I see you’re awake,” he said. “How is your head? Throbbing a bit?” He leaned against the door frame, folding his arms across his chest. He was dressed in a black tee-shirt, black pants, and cowboy boots with silver tips on them.
“Did they hurt you?” I asked, but even as I said it, it sounded ridiculous. My eyes scoured his face for signs he’d been injured or that he was panicked and worried.
He rested against the door frame, his muscles loose and his expression flat.
My mind spun trying to gather the information around me, looking for reason, for logic, for something that I could absorb and make sense of. This had to be some sort of a joke, I decided. “This isn’t funny,” I said, and the panic returned to my voice. I pulled the blanket tight around me and grabbed the chain.
“Take this off me, Sterling.”
He looked at me with a subtle smile at the corners of his mouth. “Don’t you like your new necklace?” He looked me up and down. “I admit it’s not as pretty as the earrings I gave you, but it complements your wardrobe so nicely.” His smile stretched into a smirk.
I caught my breath. What do you mean? Why are you being so cruel? “Sterling, please let me out of this. I just want to go home.”
“This is home,” he said, and he extended his arms, gesturing to the room. “You’ll learn to love it.”