Monday, November 10, 2014

Tempted (A Nightshade Novel) By Brenda Tetreault EXCERPT Included!

Tempted: A Nightshade Novel (Nightshade #1)

He spotted her in club Nightshade, a beautiful goddess among the mortals, and from that moment on she was his everything. She tempted him. She intrigued him. He wanted her.
Sabrina Donahue knew she was playing with fire from the moment their lips met, but something about Roman Arceneaux made it difficult for her to care.
Sensual and darkly intense, Roman is every woman’s fantasy come to life. One by one, Sabrina’s reservations fall prey to his skilled seduction, leaving her dreaming of a future she never imagined.
When monsters and mayhem intrude upon their lives, Sabrina’s fragile existence is threatened and Roman is left to wonder if their love will survive.
*For mature readers only due to graphic language and sexual situations*


“…The phone rang four times, and she was about to disconnect the call when she heard the voice she’d both dreaded and needed to hear.
His voice was rough and sleepy sounding, and in her mind’s eye, Sabrina saw him, wearing nothing more than black pajama pants, his chest and feet bare, silhouetted against the windows of his living room, a coffee cup in one hand.
“Hello, Roman.”
Her voice was almost a whisper, but Roman heard her just fine. “Good morning, baby,”
He listened to the soft sound of her breathing and waited her out, not pressuring her to talk.
“I almost hung up,” she said and heard him take a sip of something. Coffee? Her mental image of him reinforced itself, and she smiled; definitely coffee. She sipped her own brew.
“I’m glad you didn’t,” he replied, taking another gulp of the lukewarm brew in his cup. It seemed getting Sabrina to talk was going to be like pulling teeth, but he was willing to be patient, remembering Morgan’s advice to not rush her or force her.
“Morgan is taking me to meet my parents this morning,” she finally told him, and with that admission, the flood gates opened, and Roman simply allowed her to talk. Beneath her ramblings one thing became apparent: she was terrified of being rejected again. When she finally wound down and she sank back into silence, Roman reassured her.
“Baby, they have searched for you all of your life; they want you in their lives, and they won’t turn their backs on you.”She didn’t say anything for several moments, and he worried that the connection had been lost. Finally, he heard her sigh.

“Thank you.”

He smiled gently at the sweet sound of her voice and replied, “Anytime, baby.”
“I better go,” she hedged, and he wondered if it was reluctance he heard coating her words.
“I love you.”
He winced and almost slammed his head against the wall for letting those words escape; what if it was too soon? What if he’d just scared her away for another week or, damn it, longer? He held his breath, waiting for her reply. When it came, he felt the bitter bite of disappointment;
“Goodbye, Roman.”
The line went dead, and Roman was left, alone and cursing into the cold light of the winter morning, without even the knowledge of her love to sustain him…”

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