Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairy tale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.
After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth… there is always a price to be paid.
To her surprise, Eli was already in her room, seated in his chair looking out into the garden while he waited. He turned and standing, smiled as soon as she entered the room. Tori could feel her heart pounding, a slight smile teasing the corner of her lips before she could wipe it away. Eli reached down to pick up a single pink rose wrapped in plastic that lay on the table, and handing it to her said simply, "This is for you."
Tori stared down at the bright pink petals in awe for several seconds, not exactly sure what to do with an actual flower. Finally, she raised her eyes and shrugged, which gave Eli a short fit of laughter, and he set off into her bathroom to search for something to put water in for the rose.
Returning shortly with a plastic cup of water, he showed her how to unwrap the bloom and stand it in the cup. "Ideally," he explained, "you should trim the stem a small amount so that it can take up water better and last a bit longer."
Tori stared back at him, trying desperately not to allow her excitement at the gift to show…