The Luna Moth
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by Melissa Harlow
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance/Romance
Description: Regina worked her entire adult life as a stripper, until a fight with cancer left everything in ruins. Now she is scarred, not only from the loss of her breast, but because the man she loved could not accept it. Broke and alone, she returns to the strip club where she once worked, after her former employer offers her an apartment above the club. She learns that someone has been looking for her, a customer who she can't quite remember. This chance meeting leads her on a journey to the mountains, and to the one man who could just be everything that she needs. The Luna Moth is a powerful novel of passion and romance with a simple message. If you can see yourself through another's eyes, the eyes of someone who really loves you, you can change your life. Melissa Harlow breaks new ground with this unique and compelling romance.
eBook Publisher: Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions,
eBookwise Release Date: November 2010
2 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [142 KB]
Reading time: 97-136 min.
Regina's shoes crunched on the gravel of the unpaved parking lot. It was beginning to rain, and she could smell wet dust in the air as the droplets splashed on the ground. She slammed shut her car door and looked over at the building. This wasn't where she wanted to be. In fact she'd promised herself a while ago she would never have to come back, and yet here she was. Even out here she could hear the music playing. She closed her eyes and thought about getting back into the car, driving, never looking back.
A fat raindrop plopped on her nose and she opened her eyes.
With a heavy sigh she walked toward the building. Might as well go inside and get it over with. Lauren and Vance were expecting her, and while the idea of being here was unpleasant, standing out in the rain wasn't doing anything except making her hair more of a mess.
A few large moths fluttered around the light fixture at the club entrance. One brushed by her head and gave her an eerie chill. Regina watched as it flew around her and landed on the rough brick near the doorway. It was a Luna moth. She'd only seen them in photographs, none of which could compare to the spectacular creature clinging to the side of the building. It was beautiful, bright lime-green, with tawny antennae that looked like long silky feathers. There were markings on its back that seemed like eyes staring back at her.
The moth rested there for a few moments then fluttered past her face. Regina sadly watched it vanish into the dark sky, wishing she had her own wings to fly away with it.
It was hard to tell if the rain was on her face or if she was crying. It was the rain, she decided, there would be no more crying. She walked slowly toward the door, pausing in front of it, lingering for a moment beneath the red striped awning, listening to the rain and the buzzing of the big, blue neon sign behind her. Glancing back, just beyond the sign she could see the moon hanging low in the night sky. It was almost full, big and bright, and despite the heavy clouds it was clearly visible. She stopped and looked up at it, wondering if there was anyone else in the world right now looking at this same moon and feeling the way she did. In a world full of people she was completely alone.
Her hand lingered on the cold brass handle, until finally she took a deep breath and tugged open the heavy door. As she walked in she tried not to look around, tried not to see anyone's faces, or see if she recognized anyone. Her gaze straight ahead she walked toward the bar, focused only on Lauren who was working behind it.
It had been a long time since she'd seen Lauren. They'd spoken on the telephone a few times, but Regina really hadn't given much thought to actually coming back here -- not to work, and especially not to move into the studio apartment upstairs.