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AVAILABLE NOW ~ Title: Wrecker, Series: Fallen Lords MC #4, Author: Winter Travers, Genre: MC Romance, Release Date: July 29 2018

Title: Wrecker
Series: Fallen Lords MC #4
Author: Winter Travers
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: July 29 2018
Cover Model: Chad Lemons
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill @ MG Bookcovers

Wrecker lives for the Fallen Lords MC. The club is the only thing he cares about. Until her.

Alice’s world is spiralling. The one person she thought she’d always have is gone, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her own shattered heart. Except, the only way she can find to do that may ruin her.
When Wrecker gets the call to check in on Alice, the woman he finds is just a shell of the outspoken crazy lady he knows her to be. That guts him. He wants the real Alice back, and he’ll stop at nothing to pull her out of the darkness.
 

Winter Travers is a devoted wife, mother, and aunt turned author who was born and raised in Wisconsin. After a brief stint in South Carolina following her heart to chase the man who is now her hubby, they retreated back up North to the changing seasons, and the place they now call home.

Winter spends her days writing happily ever afters, and her nights zipping around on her forklift at work. She also has an addiction to anything MC related, her dog Thunder, and Mexican food! (Tamales!)

Winter loves to stay connected with her readers. Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact her.

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PRE-ORDER/RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: Indeed, Author: Amabel Daniels, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: July 30, 2018  

Title: Indeed
Author: Amabel Daniels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2018

 

Ready to indulge her wanderlust, hotel server Louie finds herself stuck in Miami with a broken-down car. Her plans to skip town are foiled until a disheveled, handsome man makes her an offer she can’t refuse—five grand to act as his arm candy for the night. No strings attached.

Desperate to get a promotion to VP, but sabotaged by his bachelor status, Marc panics and asks one of the workers at the company’s banquet to stand in as his date for the evening. Lying isn’t his forte, but with Louie at his side, he hopes he’s leveled the playing field.

Louie figures it would just be an adventure to laugh about later. But when his boss also insists she come along on their business cruise, Marc invites her, excited to see her again, even though they are only pretending at love. Charmed by his clumsiness and intelligence, she agrees, only to regret her decision when something continues to build between her and Marc. Something neither can consider acting on because…he’s paying her…and neither is willing to mix money with love.


Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddlers, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, or wondering how to negotiate with her mightily independent two-year-old daughter, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ REVIEW LINK INCLUDED 👇 ~ Title: Takedown, Series: A Fighting Love Novel, Author: Nikki Ash, Genre: MMA/Single Parent, Romance (Stand alone) Release Date: July 28, 2018

Title: Takedown
Series: A Fighting Love Novel
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: MMA/Single Parent Romance (Stand alone)
Release Date: July 28, 2018
Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera @ Jersey Girl Designs
Cover Image: Shauna Kruse @ Kruse Photography 

 


 

Mila

Pregnant and married at the young age of eighteen, I settled into my life not knowing there could ever be more.

Until Mason, with his cocky smirk and magnetic baby blue eyes. With a single look and a few words, he made me feel sexy and alive. But as quickly as he came into my life, he was gone, leaving me wanting more.

A few days later my mom died, and her final words of advice—life’s too short to settle—are what I vowed to live my life by. Not even a year after her death, I was divorced and ready to find the one.

Only I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find someone who could make me feel the way Mason did. Five years later, and I’m still single, looking for my forever.

Mason

I’m the guy who fights and f*cks. The guy who goes fishing but never keeps what he catches. The responsibility that comes with commitment isn’t for me.

Until Mila comes back into my life making me want things I’ve never imagined wanting. Now, the man I’ve always been is quickly losing the fight against the man I want to be.

I’m supposed to want the woman who wants the right now. Yet, I’m falling for the woman who wants the forever.



“Mason!” Mila screeches. “Stop staring at me like I’m a piece of meat!”
I smirk, imagining Mila splayed out in my bed, her legs spread wide open while I feast on her like she’s my last meal.
“I wouldn’t call you a piece of meat. More like a piece of mouthwatering fruit.” I bridge the small gap between us. “Mmm…like a strawberry. I bet one bite into your sweet cunt and I would be addicted to your taste.” There’s a knock on the door and Mila moves away from me.
“Well…” She gulps loudly. “It looks like you’ll need to find yourself some other fruit to bite into because this strawberry has a date tonight.” She swings the door open and standing in the doorway is the anti-touch jackass from the other night at the art studio.
She says goodnight and they’re both out the door as quick as he came in.
“What a prick.” I sit on the couch next to Charlie.
“He’s okay.” She shrugs. “He’s a good dad and makes a good living. A little stuffy, maybe…”
“He told his son tag was too violent. He’s a pussy.”
“Hey! Don’t be hating on pussies. They’re tougher than you think. Just ask Betty White.” I grab the remote and click on the television, giving her a side-eye. “You know…because they can take a pounding.”

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#FREEBIE ALERT!! ~ Babyjacked (The Payne Brothers #1) by Sosie Frost is currently free.

 

 

 

Remington Marshall is the kind of gorgeous who turns a smoldering glance into foreplay.

He’s the man of my dreams. The love of my life.

…And he’s the prick who burned down my family’s barn.

But, suddenly, the sparks are rekindling between us.

He’s cocky. He’s sexy. And he’s returned home after five long years to take care of his two young nieces.

So, of course, I offer to help nanny the girls. After all, it’s purely professional, right?

I should have known better.

When a man doesn’t deserve a second chance…
He’ll just steal a woman’s heart.



Babyjacked is the first novel in a brand new romantic comedy series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Sosie Frost! Love stand-alone romances set in a connected universe? The Payne Brothers are sexy, deliciously tempting, and, like a real family–they can’t stand each other. Fortunately, these small-town women know how to handle their men. Hearts will heal, one romantic comedy at a time.

Babyjacked is a complete standalone! This BWWM romantic comedy is 100% safe, contains no cheating or cliffhangers, and is guaranteed a heart-warming Happily Ever After.

“Give me one good reason why you can’t be their nanny,” he said.

I’d give him the best one. “We’re not even going to talk about the kisses?”

Wrong reason.

Rem’s voice lowered, a dark and caramel growl that layered me with regret and shivers and memories.

“Must have been some good kisses if you remember them after all this time.”

I didn’t look at his lips. “You mean you forgot?”

“I made myself forget.”

“Why?”

“Because thinking of that night is the reason I had to put three thousand miles of uncut wilderness and five years between us.”

In the past twenty-four hours, this man had made my heart ache so much I considered popping some of Dad’s leftover beta-blockers. I wasn’t about to let Rem twist me up any more.

“No one asked you to leave,” I said. “No one told you to go. It’s not heroic, Rem. It just hurts.”

“Good thing I’m a changed man.”

I’d never wanted him to change, only to be honest. “How can I trust you?”

“I’ll prove it. I got the kids. I got the bank account. The cabin. The responsibility. I’m different.”

“You’re still chasing me.”

His hound-dog grin should have run me up a tree. “Can’t blame a man for trying. It’s lonely in these woods. Gets real dark and cold at night. I’m looking for someone to warm me up.”

“And that’s why the answer is no. We have a history together.”

“Do we?”

The sadness kicked me in the gut. “We might have had a history.”

“Do you think there’s still a chance?”

“How could there be, after all that happened?”

He surprised me with a wink. “Then what’s the problem? Are you attracted to me?”

“No,” I lied.

“Then work for me.”

“I can’t.”

He smoothed that beard. Easier to see his smile. Harder to resist wondering how it’d feel scratching all over me. “What if I show you that this could be perfectly platonic?”

“How?”

“Kiss me.”

I poked him away with the broom. “And what would that prove?”

“That there’s nothing between us,” he said.

“That’s like leaving my credit card in the street to prove there’s no thieves around.”

“Not trying to steal anything from you, Sassy.”

That’s because there was only one thing left to give him, and I’d mercifully avoided that roll in the hay. “You’re out of your mind.”

“One kiss,” he said. “We’ll settle it once and for all.”

I focused on cleaning and scrubbed my way into the kitchen, hoping my hips didn’t sashay with every brush. He watched me, his gaze boiling over my skin.

“Why not?” Rem asked.

I didn’t have to lie. “Because it took me five years to get over our last kiss. I can’t spend the next five forgetting this one.”

“One kiss.” He edged too close for me to breathe, think, or defend my honor. “One little, teensy, tiny nibble of a kiss. I promise—I won’t even make a good one.”

“Is that possible?”

“I don’t know. I’ve never kissed bad before.”

“Then I can’t afford the risk.”

“For all we know, every kiss of mine becomes a five-year memory.” He towered over me, leaning in, his whisper playful and tempting. “And that’s just the kiss. Imagine what I could do with a touch. A lick. One night with me, and you might never forget it.”

“Or forgive it.”

“Good thing I’m only asking for a kiss.” He bumped my chin up with his fingers. “One kiss.”

“To prove there’s nothing between us…or to torture us for the rest of our lives?”

“You tell me, Sassy.”

He leaned in, capturing my lips with a playful, deliberate swipe. I gripped the broom, heart raging, pounding, attempting to crash through my chest and knock my head back into sanity.

Heat swirled between us, suffocating me in that woodsy, fresh-cut pine scent. Earthy and tempting and so much more than he was before. Everything was more. His words meant more. His eyes saw more. His touch offered more.

And his kiss…

Conquered and overwhelmed. My body pooled into softness. A murmur accidentally parted my lips. His tongue swept in. Gentle. Teasing. Wonderful.

His kiss was every perfect moment I’d imagined in the last five years. Every flirty nibble. Every sensual bite. Every casual, quick peck people took for granted.

In five seconds, he’d revealed everything he might have offered in those lost five years.

And I hated him for it.

And I melted for it.

And I was so much trouble.

 

Sosie Frost is no stranger to quirky, embarrassing, and wild situations, and she’s channeling all that new adult angst into fun romances.

From marching at the high school homecoming game without her trumpet (a punishment for forgetting the instrument on the band bus), to regretfully tucking her prom dress into the back of her tights before pictures, and even accidentally starting a chemical fire in the college chem lab, Sosie has the market cornered on crazy stories.

But hey, writing is a better outlet than therapy right? 😉

If you want funny, charming, and steamy romances, you’ve found the right author!

Sosie lives in Pittsburgh with her hubby, her two cats, and thrives on a near constant stream of gummy bears.

 

BOOK BIRTHDAY COMING UP! ~ Gridlocked: Bounty County Book Three by Maren Lee. 🙌 One of my favorite books, ever! 🎉😍💜✨

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Gridlocked (Bounty County Book 3)
by Maren Lee
Gridlocked: amazon.com/dp/B074SJG8LG
Blurb:
Wesson Campbell always says the wrong thing at the wrong time when under pressure. Because of that, he has a reputation for being a bit of a dumb meathead. He has book smarts and is a master marksman, but his common sense and English language skills (for a third generation American raised in Montana) are lacking. Because of that, Wesson can’t keep his foot out of his mouth or his mind off of Dr. Molly Mooney.
Molly Mooney is usually the smartest person in the room. And she’s almost always the most beautiful, but she doesn’t seem to realize it. After years of school and residency, Molly made the decision to open her own psychiatry practice in Imminence. With brand new contracts with the Imminence City Jail and the Montana Department of Corrections, Molly’s practice is becoming lucrative and much more interesting, but much more dangerous. On top of that, Molly has a secret and she decides Wesson is the one to help her.
When a client of Molly’s threatens her practice, her livelihood, and her freedom, Wesson and the rest of the Bounty County crew have to circle the wagons to help.
Will Molly’s secret be too much for Wesson to handle or will he step up to the plate? Will Wesson ever be able to say exactly what he means at just the right moment? Will the two of them find love in the only place they weren’t looking?

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📝Review ~ Gridlocked: Bounty County #3 ~ by Maren Lee📝

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: Sell My Soul,  Author: Jade West, Genre Contemporary Romance ~ Book One in a Trilogy ~ Available Now!

 

Title: Sell My Soul 
Author: Jade West 
Genre Contemporary Romance 
 
 

 

 

 
Sixty days of total submission.
No safe words. No limits. No holds barred.
Sixty days of your body being used and abused and pushed to extremes.

Then you were free to go, no further dues, thanks and goodbye. 
And your bank balance looked seriously healthy for the experience. 

I should never have been tempted. Not for a second.
I should never have even thought about putting myself up for sale for sixty days, not after hearing the brutal tales of what happens to you. 
But I had to.
My sister desperately needed the money. Needed Me. Needed more than I could ever give her.

I’d just never have guessed in a million years that soon enough I’d be needing him.
The beautiful stranger. 
The dangerous monster.
The guy who’d be responsible for my pleasure and pain and everything between for sixty days straight.
And the man who’d want my very soul along with my body. 

No holds barred doesn’t even come close to his requirements.
But I’m willing to give him everything. 

First full-length novel in a trilogy.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted. Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile. She lives in the Powys countryside with a couple of hounds. She has a zebra print living room, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.
 

 

 

 

📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Title: Coalescence, A Welder Romance ~ Author: J.C. Hannigan ~ Genre: Contemporary/Single Father Romance ~ Release Date: July 26th 2018 ~ “Loved this book!”

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COALESCENCE

A Welder Romance

By

J.C. Hannigan

Genre:  #Romance #ContempraryRomance #SingleFatherRomance

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Publication:  July 26th 2018

Read:  July 23rd 2018  (ARC)

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

Kindle Edition:  267 pages, Currently .99cents on Amazon and #Free on #KindleUnlimited

Add to Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38396452-coalescence

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Synopsis:

After the betrayal of her ex-boyfriend, Gwen has sworn off men.
Her sister’s upcoming wedding and her new single lifestyle serve as constant reminders that she’s not where she hoped she’d be in life.
At the urging of her sister, she steps out of her comfort zone with a girl’s night out. Counting on disappointment, the one thing she never saw coming was the handsome stranger with capable hands, who lit a fire in her after a steamy ‪one-night‬ stand.
Love-wary single dad, Alaric, is starting over.
In an effort to be closer to his daughter, Alaric has sold everything, including the business he inherited from his father.
After all the upheaval he’s experienced lately, the last thing he’s looking for is another complication, but that’s exactly what he gets when he discovers the daughter of his new boss is none other than his latest one night stand.
Their co-working relationship is only one of the obstacles keeping them apart, but when their insane attraction causes sparks to fly, will Gwen and Alaric deny their chemistry, or will they coalesce into something even greater than their individual parts?

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My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars…..

Wow!
This was my first book by this author. And definitely not my last. I just loved everything about this book. The writing was perfect. The pace was smooth and steady. Never was I frustrated or annoyed with any aspect. I had complete respect for both H/h. All around this was a very enjoyable read and I’m so glad I came across it.

Alaric and Gwen…..
Both these characters have trust issues. Both for very good reasons. I understood their wariness and hesitation to become more than a “one and done.” Fortunately, life has other plans and as a result we get a truly enjoyable and heartwarming story. In addition to the sweetness, there is a whole lot of heated moments. Yep! This book was a perfectly balanced, all around great read and I recommend it.

Gwen was betrayed by her ex. As a result, she lost confidence in herself and motivation to do anything more than find comfort in her favorite foods and her couch. Luckily, her sister takes control and forces Gwen to get out of the house. So she goes out and surprisingly has a great time with a guy she meets at the bar.

Alaric is a single father who has justified trust issues when it comes to women, all thanks to his ex. I won’t go into details because there is a reason for everything and as the story unfolds, we will learn the “why” of things.

In the meantime, Alaric and Gwen will soon find themselves thrown together despite the fact they only wanted the one night together. I loved how the story unfolds, how their relationship develops and grows. Everything aspect of it was perfect and believable. This book is written with both perspectives which I appreciate more than I can tell you. Being inside both Alaric and Gwen’s minds helped to be inside their hearts as well. They are both amazing, loyal and lovable characters. I’ll say it again, “I absolutely recommend this book.”

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Title: Takedown ~ Series: Fighting For Love #3 ~ Author: Nikki Ash ~ Genre: Sports/Single mom Romance ~ Release Date: July 28th 2018 ~ “🙌Absolutely loved this book! 🙌”

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TAKEDOWN

Fighting For Love Book Three

By

Nikki Ash

Genre:  #Romance #SportsRomance #SingleMomRomance

My Rating:  Absolutely 5 Shining Stars!

Cover:  5

Publication:  July 28th 2018

Read:  July 23rd 2018  (ARC)

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

Series:  Fighting For Love:  Tapping Out; Clinched; Takedown

Check out series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/231135-fighting-love

Synopsis:

Mila
Pregnant and married at the young age of eighteen, I settled into my life not knowing there could ever be more.

Until Mason, with his cocky smirk and magnetic baby blue eyes. With a single look and a few words, he made me feel sexy and alive. But as quickly as he came into my life, he was gone, leaving me wanting more.

A few days later my mom died, and her final words of advice—life’s too short to settle—are what I vowed to live my life by. Not even a year after her death, I was divorced and ready to find the one.

Only I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find someone who could make me feel the way Mason did. Five years later, and I’m still single, looking for my forever.

Mason
I’m the guy who fights and f*cks. The guy who goes fishing but never keeps what he catches. The responsibility that comes with commitment isn’t for me.

Until Mila comes back into my life making me want things I’ve never imagined wanting. Now, the man I’ve always been is quickly losing the fight against the man I want to be.

I’m supposed to want the woman who wants the right now. Yet, I’m falling for the woman who wants the forever.

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My Review:

Takedown (Fighting Love #3)Takedown by Nikki Ash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars…..

Every book I read by Nikki Ash becomes my favorite! That’s right! Takedown is my newest favorite. But of course I know that will change when I read another of her amazing books. I’m so happy, that while I have read several of this author’s books, there are some I haven’t. I can’t wait to for the opportunity to read them. Nikki Ash has an amazing talent for writing a story that not only tugs at your heartstrings, but brings you sexiness, romance, angst, vulnerability and the sweetest of happily-ever-afters. Totally swoon-worthy endings!

Mason and Mila…..
We’ve met both these characters in previous titles. I liked them then and I love them now. Both Mila and Mason have different personalities. Mila is a single mom looking for a happily-ever-after. While she is attracted to Mason, that’s all it can be because he is definitely not “night in shining armor” material.

Or is he?

Mason doesn’t want to depend on anyone. And he most definitely doesn’t want anyone depending on him. He is not looking for a relationship, ever. He will never put himself in a position where someone would have to count on him. In my honest opinion, Mason was way too hard on himself. My heart ached for him. I want to add right here that Mason had his faults but I found him to be a loving, caring, loyal man. He was a gentlemen in every sense. The author is amazing at giving us not only Mila, but Mason’s perspective. I can’t tell you how much better this story was, how full of depth and complexity I found Mason’s character to be, having had a front seat to his thoughts. I won’t go into details because bits and pieces of Mason’s past are revealed throughout the entire book. And I loved that. I was too busy being engaged in the story to worry about the angsty parts. Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of angst but I know that a great book will have a perfect balance of it. Takedown was perfect in that aspect.

In addition to a great story, we also get to visit with past friends from previous books. There are always friends and family present on the pages. This was another favorite for me. I recommend you check out the “Fighting For Love” series. While each book can definitely read as a standalone, you will enjoy the experience twice as much if you can read them in order. Nikki’s writing pace is smooth and steady so you can devour these books in no time at all.

As always, I look forward to reading more by this author.
This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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COVER REVEAL ~ Title: Enthralled, Series: Orion’s Shield – Book One, Author: Elizabeth Jordan, Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance, Release Date: August 2, 2018

Title: Enthralled
Series: Orion’s Shield – Book One
Author: Elizabeth Jordan
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Release Date: August 2, 2018
Cover Design: Edie Keith


 

Lady Caroline Alton is young, beautiful and in London for her first season. She is excited about her first foray into society, but family secrets seemed to be piling up around Caroline more and more each day. She thought she might discover the great secret in her own life one day, except when she did, she had a feeling that it just might change everything. When she meets Lord Thomas Steele at her home in London, she is immediately intrigued by the handsome, dashing young barrister, who is a friend of her father. Each time she sees him, she becomes more and more aware that he, too, is deeply involved in the secrets that surround her, and she sets out to prove to him that she has the courage to face whatever it is, and to stand beside him as he confronts the evil that threatens him.

 

Thomas, the youngest son of a Marquis, has been fighting an uphill battle against vampires most of his life. London is under attack and Thomas is the captain of the guard of Orion’s Shield, a clandestine group of vampire hunters sanctioned by the Prince Regent himself. Having been attacked and bitten by a beautiful and seductive vampire at a young age, Thomas struggles against the forces of darkness that have never stopped trying to consume him. An ancient and powerful evil has come to England, and a physical battle, as well as a spiritual one must be waged against it. If the battle is lost, it will leave Regency England vulnerable to hell on earth. And yet in the middle of the fray, two souls try to find their way both to the light and to each other before the darkness destroys whatever happiness they may find.… Can love truly conquer all, or will evil consume them both?
Enthralled is a debut novel by Elizabeth Jordan. It is a clean and sweet historical regency romance novel of approximately 62,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers and a guaranteed happily ever after.
Lord Thomas stopped abruptly in the doorway and gave the young man sitting on the settee an incredulous look. He’d met Julia’s father around back near the stables, and he’d made no mention of any male visitor, not had her cousins just outside the door. The fact they had been sleeping could have allowed someone to slip past them, but then how had the man gotten into the house in the first place? The servants had been ordered not to allow entry to anyone not a relative or a Shield member. It was a mystery and Thomas hated mysteries. He moved as casually as possible to place his body between the two ladies and the young man.
“Lord Thomas, how very good to see you,” Caroline said, rising quickly to her feet. “May I present Mr. Montgomery? He is a friend of Miss Mason’s and has come to inquire about her health.” Turning back to Montgomery, she gestured toward Thomas. “Mr. Montgomery, Lord Thomas is a friend of the Masons and my own family.”
Montgomery stood and gave him a stiff half bow. Thomas’s nostrils flared as he picked up the vampiric scent even more strongly. It was extremely subtle—just the slightest hint of moldering decay, but since Thomas had been bitten he was able to detect the odor right away. The detestable scent had hit him almost as soon as he stepped in closer to the man.
“Montgomery, is it?” he asked tersely, not returning the man’s bow.
“That’s right.”
“What is your Christian name, sir?”
Montgomery raised one eyebrow before replying. “Andrew.”
“And how are you acquainted with Miss Mason?”
Montgomery bared his teeth at him in a semblance of a smile. “We met at her family’s party at Christmas of last year.”
“How odd. I met Mr. Mason outside, and he made no mention of any gentlemen callers. Nor did her cousins at the door mention your presence here. In fact, Miss Mason is not allowed visitors at this time, sir. I’m not sure how you managed to slip in, but I’m sure you’ll understand if I ask you to leave. I wonder that you got past her relatives at all. They have been most diligent in screening all Miss Mason’s guests up till now.”
“Oh, I can be most…persuasive when I put my mind to it. Actually, I’m glad to make your acquaintance, Lord Thomas. Your reputation precedes you.”
Thomas raised one eyebrow. “How so?”
“We have an acquaintance in common, I believe. Mrs. Dubois? I must tell her I’ve met you just as soon as I can. She’ll be most intrigued.”
Thomas felt his face stiffen with shock and fought to keep his composure. Mrs. Dubois—Marguerite Dubois. The creature he tried so hard to forget. The one who had made his life unbearable for so many months. Dear God, was she in England?
The undead thing in front of him was actually flaunting his acquaintance with the vampire. In effect, announcing that he was one as well. Was he taunting Thomas? Montgomery made an effort then to enthrall him. Thomas felt it as thin, steel-like threads, attempting to wrap themselves around his body.
“Will she?” Thomas replied and casually reached under his collar to pull out the large gold cross he wore around his neck at all times. Instantly the tightening threads fell away and the vampire shrank backward. Thomas arranged the cross to lie visibly at his throat, just at the top of his collar. Holding it in his grasp, he whispered a short Latin phrase. “Crux sacra sit mihi lux. Vade retro me.” The vampire recoiled visibly and took a step backward.
“I-I fear I must be leaving, Miss Mason.” His eyes flickered over to meet Thomas’s and he gave him an intense and spiteful glare, raising his chin defiantly. “I’ll return soon to…check on your progress.”
Thomas took a menacing step toward him. “That might not be advisable,” he said in a soft voice.
“Oh, Andrew,” Julia cried out to the vampire, obviously in some distress, interrupting the exchange. “Must you go so soon? I was enjoying your visit very much.” She held out her hand to him.
He smirked at Thomas and then made as if to step around him to take her hand and return his attention to her. Thomas moved with him, blocking him. Montgomery had to settle for peering around Thomas’s shoulder, and he did so with a huff of breath that made Thomas wince. The smell was like carrion left to rot on the side of the road.
Montgomery suddenly turned his attention to Caroline. “It was nice to see you again as well, my lady,” the creature said, giving Thomas a smug glance. “I hope to see you again very soon, Lady Caroline.”
“That wouldn’t be advisable,” Thomas said, cold menace in his voice.

 

Mason gave Thomas an oily smile that never reached his dead eyes. The idea of this creature even holding Caroline’s name in his mouth made Thomas feel ill.

 

Elizabeth Jordan is the pen name of two award-winning co-authors, who write in other genres of Romance, but who both share a love of Regency and Georgian England and the best traditions of Romance. They live in the American south and both are happily married with children. Both of them believe in happily ever afters. 

 

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