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Welcome to my post for the Caressed by Shadows book tour! I have an excerpt coming up, as well as a giveaway for the complete series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:
Release date: April 19, 2014
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series: Rulers of Darkness #4
Black Knight, Falcon Kenwrec is powerful, relentless, and fiercely loyal, his only allegiance – to his king. But he is torn between duty and desire when the war between the vampire clans and the Red Order hunters escalates and the enemy captures the one woman he longs to claim as his own, Sonya Rebane, Queen of the Voidukas Clan. Falcon will risk everything to save her, even if it means forsaking his king.
After weeks of imprisonment, Sonya is stunned when the chivalrous knight that she has secretly loved from afar appears outside her cell. As they fight and struggle to elude their enemies, they must battle their overwhelming attraction for each other and their love that is forbidden.
As every perilous moment draws them closer together, every smoldering kiss drives them to the brink of a passionate destruction. Will they be able to resist temptation? Or will their love be their ruin?
He crossed to the bed. She lay on her back, making it impossible for him to inspect her wound. If she had taken his offering, the bullet wound would be gone.
Kneeling down, he brought himself eye level with the sleeping queen. She displayed no traditional signs of life, such as a pulse, her head was slightly tilted to the side. Though she did not breathe, her skin was softly tanned and her pink rose lips were moist. He brushed her hair away from her face and tucked it gently behind her ear, revealing the slender curve of her neck.
His lonely heart warmed and beat with pride. She was wearing his clothing. His scent cloaked her.
As it should.
He shook his head at the absurd thought.
It wasn’t as if he deserved her.
How could he have not noticed she had been injured?
He should have scented the gunpowder or her blood. Had he been so consumed with getting them to safety to notice? Or was it his sexual attraction that clouded his judgment?
Either way, there was no excuse; he should have known Sonya was wounded.
I should never have come after her, he thought.
Sonya was a queen amongst his people, but she was not his queen. His allegiance is to Hadrian Lucretius, the Chieftain of the Validus Clan. He had abandoned his king and his clan in a time of need to chase down a woman he could never and would never have.
Ashamed, he turned away.
What would his clan think of him? More importantly, what were Hadrian’s thoughts and feelings towards his brash actions? His king had only just returned and, though his condition had improved immensely, Hadrian remained on the edge of madness.
Falcon scrubbed his face with his hands as he walked back to the living area. With a heavy exhale; he collapsed back onto the sofa.
His head hung low, he rubbed his brow. Falcon prayed he hadn’t disappointed his king.
For centuries, Hadrian had been his leader, his mentor, his brother in arms, and his closest friend. Unbeknownst to all, Hadrian had found him on the brink of death and granted him immortality. On that day, Falcon had sworn his fealty to Hadrian; he would proudly trade his soul for his king. Yet, he had abandoned his post at his king’s right hand to rescue a queen of another clan.
“I’m sorry, Hadrian,” Falcon whispered to the silence.
He would never know what compelled him to turn his back on his duties.
When Gwendolyn had announced Sonya’s abduction, something inside him snapped. His only thought, his only focus and purpose was to bring her home.
Rage had exploded within him a force unlike any he had ever felt before. It turned his blood to acid and as the hours turned to days and the day into weeks, the rage corroded his honor, attacking his loyalties until all he could think of was Sonya. And he needed to call Hadrian. He had to report in, let everyone know he had located the queen and that Sonya was now in his possession.
A short laugh escaped him as he shook his head. Sonya Rebane, Queen of the Voidukas Clan would never be in his possession.
Up for grabs are e-copies of the full Rulers of Darkness series.
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