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Shackle.exe: Episode 1 by Van D Vicious

In the wake of the biotech boom, the gap between the haves and have-nots grows wider by the day. Ashton Westworth is a disowned heiress whose only desire is to create. Leather and functional wings dominate her dreams, but to succeed in the moguls' world, she needs money. Lots of it. The shadowy crime lord Alpha offers her a future—his money for her submission; now Ash is struggling to pay the price. Corporate son James Buchanan is stuck under his abusive father's thumb. When he’s only as good as the marriage he secures, James can’t reconcile his own desires against his father’s demands. Every weekend, he stalks the darkest corners of Pittsburgh’s tech-heavy underbelly in search of flesh and fun. But the illusion of control will never be enough… When Ashton and James meet, sparks fly, but neither of them is willing to fan the flame—not when it means breaking a billion-dollar engagement or ending up in crippling debt. But attraction transcends the bounds of contracts, and theirs runs deeper than most…right into the Pittsburgh underground, and it threatens to expose secrets better left buried.

Shackle.exe: Episode 2 by Van D Vicious

n a world run by oligarchs, money can buy anything…for the right price. Socialite Marissa Lancaster is the darling of the family empire. She has it all—pre-fab future and the man of her dreams. Well, the man of someone’s dreams. Rissa would trade it all for an unscripted life. But when her parents control everything down to the food she eats, a taste of freedom looks more like attrition. If only she was brave like her cousin... Ashton Westworth embraces her outcast status and thrives despite the loss of money and power attached to the Lancaster name. Unlike her cousin, she has a plan: college, design business, escape her name. But she pays for that opportunity the only way she can—with blood. College should have been a chance for them to reconnect, but when Rissa’s fiancé turns his sights on Ash, the cousins’ shaky bond crumbles. James Buchanan knows all about Ash’s double life, and he’s dead set on buying her contract. At least he would if it didn’t draw his abusive father’s attention. James can’t have his cake and eat it too. Without their engagement, James and Rissa lose everything; if Ash accepts James’s help, so will she. But when the alternative means drowning in addiction or selling skin for a future? Choices have consequences, and this time, money can’t buy a happily ever after.

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