Finally. Finally the part I have been waiting for. Or at least part of the part. Let me explain.
Because I Need To starts directly after Because You Torment Me. Ian and Francesca are in bed together and have a rare moment of closeness and sharing. Ian opens up to her in a way he has never done. Francesca is hesitant to ask him questions for fear he will close up but she knows this is a chance she might never see again. They share parts of the past and present with each other and we see how vulnerable Ian really could be when it comes to Francesca.
“Do I wrong you, Francesca?” he demanded toughly. She didn’t answer for a moment, but he knew from the somber expression in her eyes that she understood he’d meant not just tonight but everything- his inability to resist this vibrant, talented, beautiful woman despite the fact that he’d inevitably taint her brilliance with his darkness….eventually make her turn away in hurt. The thought of seeing rejection of him on her beautiful face sliced deep at him.
“Does it matter?”
A spasm clenched his facial muscles at her soft reply.
The next morning, however, Ian is back to being closed off. Francesca wakes to being told he is leaving. He won’t tell her why or where he is going. They fight and Ian walks out on Francesca’s last words of telling him they were finished.
While he is gone Francesca moves on with her life. She completes her driving exams, including the motorcycle test Ian wanted her to take. She has decided that she will follow through with these things if only for herself. She at least has Ian to thank for a new sense of independence.
When Ian returns he approaches her almost immediately. I don’t think he ever had any intention of staying away from her. He simply can’t. He asks her to return to his penthouse so he can show her something. Reluctantly Francesca joins him and is stunned by what she finds. I will admit Ian’s gesture to Francesca made me sigh. What he did for her was beautiful and really spoke to his true feelings when it comes her. Francesca must have felt the same way I did because they spent a fun, carefree day together. And then a fun, carefree several weeks together.
Of course, each installment has to end at a part that makes me yell. This one was no different. After a such progress in their relationship, Ian up and leaves again. He doesn’t tell Francesca he is going even though she is at his penthouse when he leaves. He has gone back to London again with the woman Francesca saw him with. She doesn’t know who she is but she is going to find out.
“Francesca? Is everything all right?” Mrs. Hanson asked anxiously, making her wonder what the housekeeper had seen on her face.
“Yes, I ‘m fine,” she squeezed Mrs. Hanson’s forearm in reassurance and let go, starting to back out.
Just how much would a ticket from Chicago to London cost?
“But I think I might have to leave town for a few days as well.”
One more installment!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!! How will they do this? How will they find a way to be together???? Is there a HEA here? Guess we all better stay tuned!!
Why did she have to find him so irresistible? He was like a drug in her system, but it was worse than that kind of addiction. Worse because her soul was involved. Worse because she couldn’t help but see a part of Ian’s soul as well….couldn’t help but be haunted by it.