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The Sins of Luther by Ember Michaels


 he Sins of Luther by Ember Michaels releases on May 17th!


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He thought making me pay was the answer.
But he has just as much blood on his hands as I do.


After seven years, Luther Evans came back for me.
He tore my life apart piece by piece, set on evening the score for what I’d done to his sister.
But I had a weapon of my own—the truth, which revealed that Luther isn’t as innocent as he believes he is.
His violence planted a seed of hate.
His callousness pushed me into the same darkness that dwelled inside of him.
And now, I was his perfect little monster to carry out the new part of his plan.
In order to save my own life, I had to make a blood sacrifice.
But I also had a hit list of my own.
The streets of Miami will be stained with blood by the time this is over—and no one would be safe.
Including him.

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SWAN SONG by C. Lymari

🩰𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗟 🩰

𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐂. 𝐋𝐲𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟕𝐭𝐡! 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤, 𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞!

𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲!

  🖤Dark & Twisted ⁣ 🖤Taboo⁣ 🖤 Mouthy little swan & ill-tempered daddy ⁣ BLURB 𝖂𝖊𝖑𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖓𝖈𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖉. 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘯. 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘢𝘯, 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘥, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘴. 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘳𝘭. 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘯. 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺. 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝕿𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖎𝖘 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖘𝖜𝖆𝖓 𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖌. PRE-ORDER NOW! AMAZON ➜ mybook.to/swansongkindle GOODREADS ➜ https://bit.ly/swansongtbr GIVEAWAY To celebrate Swan Song’s cover reveal, C. Lymari is giving away a $15 gift card! Stop by her Facebook page to enter! http://bit.ly/clymarifb ABOUT THE AUTHOR Claudia lives in the Chicagoland suburbs, and when she’s not busy chasing after her adorable little spawn, she’s fighting with the characters in her head. After not being able to keep up with them, she decided enough was enough and wrote her first novel. C. Lymari writes both sweet and dark romances that will give you all the feels. Her other talents include binge-watching shows on Netflix and eating all kinds of chips.   AUTHOR LINKS

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Sex on the Seats by Elise Faber

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I didn’t know what I was doing in a bar at midnight.

On a weeknight.

Certainly not sleeping, even though I had to work the next day. Definitely not open to talking with anyone, or trying to pick up a date.

Surely . . . not paying the least bit of attention to the beautiful bartender with gorgeous hazel eyes and a body built for sin. He’d flash a smile and the women around him melted. He’d chuckle and even I wasn’t immune to the silken way it slid down my spine. And I was singular. I didn’t pay attention to men (and yes, I said that as a filthy, four-letter word).

I existed by myself. For myself.

It was safer that way.

Then . . . he talked to me. Then . . . he flashed that smile my way.

Then he made me want a stranger more than I wanted my careful distance.

Oh. Hell.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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CELEBRITY DIRT by J.D. Hollyfiled

🖤🖤 𝗛𝗢𝗧 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗟🖤🖤

𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗝.𝗗. 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵! 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗻𝘆, 𝘀𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹, 𝘀𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗻-𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲!

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!

BLURB Since day one, working as a gossip columnist at Celebrity dirt, Chicago’s trendiest tabloid magazine, has been cutthroat. Now, after three long years of chasing that big break, it’s finally my turn. It’s simple: Steal an invite, pretend to be somebody else, get the dirt, make a name for myself. Sounds easy, right? That’s until I realized that somebody else is the same person who has a target on their back by Chicago’s most notorious mob boss. But he’s not my biggest problem. No, my biggest problem would be the mob boss’s broody, sexy right-hand man with a serious chip on his shoulder who tells me the only way to survive is to trust and do what he says… Now, I have to figure out how to play by his rules while getting the story and somehow not end up six feet under—or worse, under him. Add to your Goodreads TBR → https://bit.ly/38tgYAV PRE-ORDER LINK Amazon Universal: https://books2read.com/CelebrityDirt   GIVEAWAY To celebrate Celebrity Dirt’s cover reveal, J.D. Hollyfield has a signed paperback up for grabs. Head to her Facebook page to enter! Facebook Author Pate: www.facebook.com/authorjdhollyfield TEASERS ABOUT THE AUTHOR J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or spending time with her family, she’s relaxing with her nose stuck in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own stories to life. Living in the Midwest, she’s currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s. J.D. Hollyfield dabbles in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more! Follow her on all platforms! AUTHOR LINKS Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdhollyfield Author Page: http://authorjdhollyfield.com/ FanPage: www.facebook.com/authorjdhollyfield Instagram: www.intsagram.com/authorjdhollyfield Join Reader Group: http://bit.ly/1dGxSwl Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1vpfOZE Amazon: http://amzn.to/2g4iwJm BookBub: https://bit.ly/2uIz28J TikTok: http://bit.ly/JD-TikTok Color Street: https://www.colorstreet.com/nailenvybyjessica
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Magical Makeover by Brenda Trim


 

Welcome to Maine.
Welcome to midlife.
Welcome to magic.

Magical Makeover by Brenda Trim kicks off the new Mystical Midlife in Maine Series on May 10th!!!


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BLURB:
Divorce comes as a relief when you discover your husband is a walking cliche and having an affair with a woman half your age. When life gives you lemons… give yourself a magical makeover!

One day I’m married, living in the triangle, and working as a head nurse at one of the country’s best hospitals.

The next, I’ve shed a hundred and seventy-five pounds of idiot and find myself encountering ghosts, dragons and pixies while taking care of a sick patient.

Losing my sanity didn’t seem like the worst thing to happen since I moved back home with my mom and nana.

But I have to make the best of this mess for the sake of my children. And I refuse to give my ex the satisfaction of knowing he literally drove me crazy.

I didn’t mind rolling with the punches… I just never imagined those hits would come in the form of magic. Witches, shifters, and Fae don’t exist, right?

This new world I’ve discovered is dangerous. The Tainted want to kill me, innocent paranormals want my help, and the son of Hades needs me to find demons.

Give me an Ibuprofen and watch out. I’m not about to stand by and let someone else ruin my life. I’m a middle-aged woman on a brand-new mission, and nothing’s going to stop me.

About Brenda:
Brenda loves everything paranormal. She has co-authored over twenty-five books in the best-selling Dark Warrior Alliance series, as well as the Hollow Rock Shifters series. She also has best-selling solo titles readers are raving about.

Brenda created worlds that feature dangerously handsome heroes and feisty heroines. With the help of popcorn and candy, she takes dragons, fairies, witches, vampires, and so much more and brings them to life. She lives in Texas with her husband and three kids who fuel not only her heart but her life.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, traveling, or knee-deep in projects with her husband and five sisters. She encourages readers to Dream Big. If your dreams don’t terrify and electrify you then they aren’t big enough!  

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Tease Me by Faith Summers




Title: Tease Me
Series: Dark Odyssey #1
Author: Faith Summers
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance


BLURB

An angel like her… and a devil like me.

Was it wrong to prey on the weak?
Especially when the weak came in the form of this beautiful angel on the doorstep of my club.
My club The Dark Odyssey.
The place where people live out their wildest fantasies.
Here, beneath the mask.
Nothing is off limits and just like Vegas, what happens here stays here.

She’s too angelic for the wild masquerade parties I hold.
She couldn’t possibly know she’s standing at the doorway to sin.

It’s clear she’s here for something else.
I smell desperation and fear…
That’s fine, I’ve already decided she’ll be mine.
I’ve found the perfect toy to play with.

I’m Nick Giordano and I always get what I want.
I want her body.
Obedience.
Submission.
Heart and soul.

I’ll claim her. I’ll break her, and possess her

She’s the perfect distraction from my enemies.
And, the darkness of my world.

Welcome to The Dark Odyssey, Angel Doll.
I hope you enjoy your stay, I know I will.


Tease Me is a standalone, full-length DARK Billionaire Mafia Romance in the Dark Odyssey series. If you love a filthy-mouthed, possessive Alpha you will love this.
CAUTION: Be prepared for one wild, steamy ride. Read at your own risk.



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Faith Summers is the Dark Contemporary Romance pen name of USA Today Bestselling Author, Khardine Gray.
Warning!! Expect wild romance stories of the scorching hot variety and deliciously dark romance with the kind of alpha male bad boys best reserved for your fantasies.
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TESTAMENT OF THE STARS

 

Testament of the Stars

by Alexandra Beaumont

Release Date: April 26, 2021

Publisher: Gurt Dog Press
 Genre: LGBTQIA+ Dark Fantasy

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Synopsis:

Astrologers govern the lives of both the blessed from the plateau of Gemynd and the downtrodden from the farming lands of Rask.

When Einya reluctantly joins the settlement’s ruling star-cult, she thinks only of the rights it will give her: the permission to marry her Raskian lover. Instead she is thrown onto a treacherous path of betrayal and political strife, trapped within the cult persecuting Rask.

Forced to drink the blood of the stars and steal their thoughts, Einya ends up at the heart of a fierce rebellion, caught between a fight for freedom and the strange luring power of the stars.

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Excerpt #1:

Time crept by for Einya Arden. Locked in the astrologer’s cave for thirty days in preparation for this moment, left blindfolded, so she learnt to feel the fallen Stars without seeing them. They were so close, they felt like her own shadow, but she still didn’t feel ready to join the settlement’s star-worshipping cult.

“Initiates, your day has come. Astrologers, enter.”

Einya flinched a little as the clear voice rang out, breaking the long silence. Sounds of shuffling leather shoes echoed through the cavern, breaking the long silence as the established astrologers sidled in. She twitched as bodies bustled by, knocking against her where she knelt. Soft hands brushed her cheeks, before tugging away the blindfold. She couldn’t make out the face of the person who’d done it, as cracks of sunshine splintered around the gap in the door that led into the cave, blurring her vision in the sudden light.

Shadows of shapes slowly emerged, her vision settling. What now? Slowly she stumbled to her feet and tried to slow her breaths, watching the other initiates cluster together.

“Over there,” a voice boomed behind her. Einya jumped again, and turned to see the face of an astrologer looming over her. His strong hands jostled her into a line with the other initiates, the press of their bodies surging all around her. Too close, she stumbled over strangers’ feet clumsily.

A font etched with constellations and two carved faces dominated the middle of the Astrologers’ Cavern. Each initiate ahead of her stepped up to it and lowered their head. What happened then, she couldn’t tell in the darkness. Gulping nervously, Einya shuffled forward in the line until she stood before the font, gripping the stone handles.

She looked up, the Astrologer-Elect standing ahead of her with an imperious glare across the cave.

“Drink the star-blood,” he commanded.

Einya’s breath hitched, and she looked down to avoid the man’s gaze. The ‘star-blood’ undulated with translucent colours in the cauldron. What would happen when she drank it? Behind the stone bowl, two pitted fallen Stars they called the star-rocks dominated the chamber and grinned down at her in the flickering torchlight.

Was this really everything her ten-year struggle had led to? The freedoms of rank were all that she wanted: to marry and live as she chose. But at what cost? Now she stood between the Stars that had fallen into Gemynd a hundred years ago with disappointment tingling through her. Where were the magnificent glowing beacons of truth the Astrologer-Elect proselytised about? All she saw were dull grey rocks.

The rock floor was slick with frost, her bare feet almost slipping as she took the final step up to the lip of the font. She looked up, longingly glancing at the door to the sunlit courtyard beyond.

Egg-shell whites of all the other astrologers’ eyes reflected the low torchlight, hanging like glowing orbs in the darkness.

The clipped voice of the Astrologer-Elect grated through the cavern again; his deep-gouged wrinkles heavy-set in a frown. “Initiate Arden, mix your blood in and then imbibe the blood of the Stars. Become one of us. Do not delay your ascension. There is no choice for you now.”

Einya dragged in a shuddering breath, bile rising in her throat. Her fingers fumbled with the clasp holding her dagger in place as she tugged it free from the frigid leather. She raked the knife across her palm. Plunging her hand into the cauldron, the liquid seared her flesh as she scooped it up and raised it to her lips.

Excerpt #2:

Bri gulped a little, but as directed turned the heavy iron handle and stepped into the musty darkness. Was this a good idea? Little choice now, anyway. He felt the bumps and crevasses in the wall as he ran his fingers along it, stepping further in. A very faint trembling of amber torchlight flickered deep in the cave and Bri stumbled toward it, bashing and scraping his knees on stalactites.

As the cavern finally widened and brightened, Bri gasped, the glittering spire of hewn rock spiking up high above him with gems glowing in the dim distance. In the centre of the mine’s cavern, the star-rock loomed, a pitifully misshapen form with deep drill holes struck down into its very core. Bri coughed a little, an acidic bile rising in his throat at the mining of the star. Who would have thought he could feel sorry for a star-rock?

“Is anyone here?”

“Yes. Admiring our work?” A voice sounded, a haggard woman stepping from the shadows.

“A little. Are you the custodian? I wish to see the star up close.”

“I know, the Mineral Master wouldn’t be here otherwise. Let me show you her beauty. Look here.”

The withered woman pointed at a deep bore hole, and at the centre, a blue glow quivered as if a wind rippled its surface. “That’s the star blood that Gemynd purchases from us.”

“They buy it from you? Why, when they have their own Stars?”

“They don’t know how to mine it. Everything your people do with the Stars is clumsy. They don’t know anything about them because they pride themselves over everything.”

“Can you show me more?”

“Boy, we are rich because of Gemynd’s ignorance. Gemynd’s beliefs are possible because of their ignorance. You see, we’re all too happy with the way things are between us.”

It was then Bri saw two shadows shifting at the edge of the glittering cavern. He turned, tugging the short blade from his boot and tightly gripping its archaic carved wood handle.

The first shadow rushed him, a huge woman armed with a mining pick lurching out of the darkness. Bri ducked as the pick swung into the rock of the star. He thrust his dagger into the woman’s ribs and, even as she howled, he turned to find the other shadow.

The second shadow emerged into a rag-dressed man with two daggers and a gaunt expression. Bri struggled to dart out the way of the whirling slashing blades, parrying the heavy blows as best he could. The man was too fast for him. He wasn’t surprised when he looked down and saw a deep gash in his side, the blood cascading like a waterfall to the floor.

“Fool, she wanted him to experiment on. Not to die.” The withered woman beat the dagger man round the head with her hands until he stepped away from where he towered over Bri, who had sagged to the floor. He pressed his fingers against the wound, but still the river of blood ran free.

About the Author:

Alexandra was raised on fairy tales, folklore and legends. She followed adventures at every turn: exploring the old parts of London, taking part in medieval re-enactments, and writing in every spare moment.

When not writing, Alexandra has a wanderlust for exploring new places, roaming the countryside and taking part in Live Action Fantasy Role Play. (Meaning she’s often covered in mud, grass and leaves.) Her passion for exploring new worlds drives her creative endeavours.

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Website: https://abeaumont75.wixsite.com/home

Publisher: https://gurtdogpress.com/d-b-mckenzie/

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To enter, follow @gurtdogpress & @abeaumontwrites on Instagram, tag 3 friends under one of the tour-hosts’ posts. Extra entry by posting a picture with the book in your feed or stories and tagging the author and publisher.

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Jack by McKenna James

Meet the Vegas Kings!
Jack by McKenna James releases on May 1st!
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Jack Stapleton and his friends rule Las Vegas. They’ve got more money than they know what to do with, and Jack can have any woman he wants­­­­—except Ellie.

JACK

Rejection. That’s what I get for trying to save a girl who obviously doesn’t want saving.

Paying off her father’s debt so she can stop taking off her clothes for other people? That was a no brainer. Obviously, I hoped she’d fall victim to my irresistible charm. My selflessness.

But no.

I’ve offended her independent spirit, and instead of falling for me, she’s doing everything she can to avoid me. I should forget all about Ellie Masters, but I’m a sucker for her sassy smile and that fiery, luscious mouth.

I’m more than willing to take a gamble on this girl, but she’s made it clear I’m going to need more than luck to win her heart.

ELLIE

My momma raised me to believe that I don’t need a man. Except, apparently, I do.

And now that I owe a debt to a billionaire, I feel sick to my stomach.

It’s not like I’ll ever be able to pay him back.

The man is richer than God, and hotter than the Devil. When he’s next to me, I just about melt.

The last thing I want is to fall for a man like that.

The problem is, I think I already have…


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Captivated

Title: Captivated

Series: The Verge, Book Two

Author: A.C. Thomas

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 04/26/2021

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 73400

Genre: Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, sci-fi, gay, nerd/linguist, space pirate, space travel/road trip, abduction/captive, twins, interracial, class difference, tattoos, body mods, humorous, opposites attract, outrageous flirting, sexual banter, undergarments, ribbon play

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Dr. Theophrastus Campbell leads a comfortable life, along with his twin brother, buried in academia. His unique gift for obscure languages goes unnoticed as he teaches University students to conjugate Latin. Everything in his world is just as it should be; restrained, understated, boring. He would give anything to break away. In all his daydreams of adventure, Theo never expected it to arrive in the form of an outrageously attractive Outlier covered in intriguing tattoos. And Theo never thought the price he might pay for adventure would be his own freedom. Captain Park Jun-Seo leads a dangerous life, running a Crew of misfits through Restricted space as he desperately searches for the key to completing his parents’ work. Work that could mean the difference between life and death for countless others. In all of his frantic searching, Jun never expected to find the key in the form of a beautiful professor with more brilliance than good sense. And he never thought the price he might pay for knowledge would be his own heart. Stoic Jun and irrepressible Theo must work together to break the code before their time is up. Falling into bed together is effortless, but their growing connection wasn’t in the plan. Theo charms his way beneath Jun’s skin with every nonsensical move he makes. Jun must decide if he can make room in his harsh, goal-driven life for the unpredictable force of love. Theo begins their journey as a lighthearted adventure—until he cracks Jun’s tough facade to reveal the hero within. Theo must decide if he can risk his battered heart when Jun is risking everything. In the lawless depths of space, can two captive hearts set each other free?

Excerpt

Captivated A.C. Thomas © 2021 All Rights Reserved Chapter One Ding. Ding. Donk. Theo held his index finger up at the uneven chime of the ancient bell over the door—yet another harried university student bustling into his office after hours. It was practically midnight, hardly the time to ask for an extension. Honestly, students were the worst part of teaching. Theo didn’t know why he had taken the TA position in the first place. Okay, yes, he did. But, to be fair, Professor Gladwell looked amazing in his spectacles and fitted waistcoats, and who could blame Theo for going a little glassy-eyed whenever they had private meetings? Well, Professor Gladwell’s wife, for one, probably. Theo finished his note and dropped his pen into the onyx holder on his desk, preparing to give the student his full attention. Some of his attention. Whatever was left over while Theo drifted off on thoughts of the strain Professor Gladwell’s buttons were under on a daily basis as they tried to contain all that athleticism. Those poor, poor buttons. He lifted his head with the bored expectation of finding another skinny, pasty academic struggling to hold armfuls of paper with desperation written all over their ink-smudged face. In other words, someone like Theo. This person was holding a sheaf of papers, and there the resemblance ended to every expectation Theo had. Perhaps it was time to expand his expectations. “I’m looking for Dr. Campbell.” The stranger’s voice curled around Theo’s ears like smoke. Theo smiled up at him, admiring the way the lamplight glinted off of his black hair and deep bronze skin. Stars, but he was a handsome specimen. With a flip of his hair back over his shoulder, Theo marked his place in his notebook by closing a finger in the pages. “Well, you’re certainly in the right place for it! Though I suppose that depends on which Dr. Campbell you are looking for. There are three of us in my immediate family alone. Although, Campbell isn’t a terribly uncommon name, so there could easily be many more Dr. Campbells than I’m entirely unaware of.” The stranger looked like he very much regretted initiating this conversation. Theo was, unfortunately, familiar with the expression being directed his way. The stranger shook his head slightly, as though Theo’s chatter were water in his ears. Something else Theo was extremely familiar with. He leaned in slightly, casting a wide shadow across Theo’s cluttered desk when his bulk blocked out the light beside the door. “Dr. Campbell. Where is he?” Theo traced the impressive line of the stranger’s shoulders underneath his unusual many-layered black leather coat before offering his free hand to shake. “I am Dr. Campbell. Pleased to meet you! My brother is also Dr. Campbell, and my father is Dr. Campbell as well, though they would be less pleased to meet you. Nothing against you, personally, they just aren’t terribly fond of interacting with strangers. Or people in general, to be honest. Sometimes I think they can barely tolerate me!” The stranger winced as if he could relate to the sentiment and quietly responded, “Dr. Campbell has been described as a thin male with green eyes, red hair, and pale skin.” His deep voice sank into Theo’s bones like the pleasant rumble of a hovercoach over cobblestones. Dark, hooded eyes skipped over Theo as his visitor described each feature, as though checking off a list in his head, ignoring Theo’s offered hand. Theo dropped it to the desk with a shrug; the slight couldn’t hamper his enjoyment of this diversion from his research. “I’m afraid that doesn’t narrow it down even the slightest bit. My brother and I are identical twins, and we definitely favor our father, to the eternal dismay of our poor mother. My dismay as well, to be honest. It would have been ever so nice to have her chestnut hair rather than this glaring beacon I’ve got atop my head. I tend to stick out like a redheaded thumb.” The stranger sucked in a breath through clenched teeth, square jaw held tight as his broad shoulders rose and fell in a long, measured sigh. Theo felt like sighing himself at the sight. The man really was uncommonly beautiful. He could happily watch those shoulders move for hours. He even had some suggestions regarding the nature of the movement. His attention was brought to the desk when the stranger slapped a battered manuscript on top of his notebook—an older heatbound copy, of all things. The stranger’s fingers were marked with ink, tattooed on the metacarpals between each knuckle with Hangul letters in beautiful calligraphy. Theo had never seen the like. The stranger put pressure on the hand he held splayed across the document, pinching the finger Theo had left inside his notebook. He yanked it out hastily as the stranger growled at him. “This Dr. Campbell.” Absently shaking his pinched finger, Theo scanned the manuscript. The simulated parchment was stained and rumpled. It appeared to have been dog-eared at the corners over and over again, and the pages bristled with assorted tabs. All signs of a book well loved. He tried to read the cover page, lifting the stranger’s long fingers distractedly with his thumb and forefinger until he was hit by a jolt of recognition, filled to the brim with unexpected delight. “Wherever did you get this? I wrote this years ago during my graduate studies! I’m honestly surprised that anyone outside my thesis committee has even read it. It’s such an obscure topic, after all. I had the most terrible time just—” The stranger’s palm slammed back down on top of the document, missing Theo’s hand by a hair. “You are this Dr. Campbell?” It appeared as though he already knew the answer and was dreading it as he squinted dubiously in Theo’s direction. There was a slight tremble in the man’s fingers as they pressed hard against the sheaf of papers. The stranger’s eyes remained shadowed by his strong brow, but his gaze washed over Theo—a wave of heat, laser-focused and far more intense than the conversation warranted. A frisson of caution tried to nip at Theo’s mind, sounding an awful lot like his brother hissing in his ear about good sense. He shook it off the way he usually did and leaned his chin on his hand to peer up at the stranger through his lashes. “Why, yes, I am. To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking?” The stranger lifted the manuscript, his fingers unmistakably trembling as he flipped through pages with a dry rustle of sim-parchment. He held the document open to a passage of translation Theo had featured in his study of long-dead languages and shook it rather rudely in his face. “This. You can read this?” Theo launched into a recitation of the passage, finishing with a flourishing roll of the tongue. It was rare to find a fellow enthusiast on the topic, particularly one so pleasing to the eye. The stranger seemed unusually passionate about the subject, his breath quickening audibly as Theo rattled off the words of a people long gone. Theo cocked his head to the side and reached for his pen as he opened his notebook. “If you have an interest in the topic, I keep one of my sources here in my office. Just there, on that shelf.” He gestured off to the side where his cluttered bookcase leaned heavily against the wall for much-needed support. “It’s titled An Annotated Glossary of Dead Languages by Dr. Fernsby.” The stranger folded his sheaf of papers into his coat and walked to the bookcase in two decisive strides. Theo took the opportunity to study him further, pen hovering above his open notebook. Quickly skipping past a few dozen sketches of Professor Gladwell standing at his lectern, he found an empty page. As the stranger turned to face the bookcase, Theo caught a glimpse of black ink trailing up his neck to frame his sharp jawline in an odd geometric pattern of thin parallel lines intersected with tiny circles. He attempted to sketch the tattoos onto his paper. Even more ink snaked out of the cuffs of his coat, wrapping around his wrists and stamping all the way down to his fingers with that lovely calligraphy scribed across his knuckles. Theo wrote down the characters and translated them to Core Standard in the margins. Honor on one hand and Valor on the other. Fascinating. Closer examination revealed a design of clustered hexagonal shapes running up the wrist of his left hand. Theo had just begun to sketch them when the stranger turned back toward him, book clutched in his fist. Theo had never seen anyone remotely resembling the man; nothing about him said “Core,” from his sprawling ink to the look in his eye. He gave the impression of someone midway over a rickety rope bridge, unsure of every step but determined to get across. Theo couldn’t help but find his appearance a little bit dangerous as he took in his severely handsome face framed by unevenly shaved black hair, all of it underscored by the dramatic sweep of his coat. The impression was cemented when the man tucked the book away inside his coat and pulled his hand back out with a ray gun pointed in Theo’s direction. Theo’s pen dropped a blot of ink onto his notebook as the man stepped closer. The stranger’s eyes were so dark his pupils disappeared into the black of his iris. His unrelenting stare sent shivers down Theo’s spine that could not be attributed entirely to fear. “Come with me. Now.” Theo chewed on his lip for a moment, considering, and then he turned the page of his notebook to jot down a short list of words. When Theo’s attention fell to his notebook, the man repeated himself at an increased volume. His vowels were clipped, initial consonants rounded, almost like a citizen of the Core world Goryeo but significantly sharper. His words had a cutting edge to them Theo had never heard before. A heavy boot kicked Theo’s desk, and the man’s handsome face twisted in anger. Theo glanced down at the chunks of mud littering his carpet. “Your accent is absolutely fascinating. I need you to repeat these words back to me, if you please.” Pen poised to take down the man’s answers, Theo rattled off his list of words expectantly. The stranger’s scowl slid from his face, his eyes widening in Theo’s direction in the manner people often did when he caught them off guard. It seemed to happen fairly frequently. “I have a gun,” the man said, returning to his original volume if not his original vehemence. Theo sighed, scribbling on his pad with a shake of his head that had his hair falling in his face. “No, no, that doesn’t help at all; that would take me ages to decipher. Repeat the list, if you please.” The stranger gestured with his ray gun, raising it level with Theo’s head. His fingers had finally stopped trembling. “I have. A gun.” Theo used his pen to shove the tapered barrel of it away from his face in irritation. “No, you mustn’t obscure your lips that way. I need to see the movements. Now, the list, if you please.” The stranger’s face did something decidedly odd and incredibly diverting where his features couldn’t seem to decide what direction they wanted to go, so they never went anywhere at all. To Theo’s absolute delight, he actually repeated the first three words on the list before giving his head an emphatic shake, gesturing with the gun once more. “I don’t think you understand. This is an abduction, Dr. Campbell. You’re coming with me.” Theo didn’t turn away from his notebook, busily adding to his notes. He sketched out the pattern the man had shaved into his close-cropped hair on the right side: three intersecting triangles. Theo directed his answer to his notebook, pen flying across the page. “Or else you intend to shoot me, I suppose, is meant to be the implication with the gun?” A large muscle began ticking in the stranger’s clenched jaw. “Yes,” he gritted out between even, white teeth. Theo beamed at him, tucking his hair behind his ear with an excited wriggle. “How thrilling! Just give me a moment to jot off a quick letter for my brother, and we can be off. I must say, this coincides nicely with the due date for that stack of term papers I’ve been putting off marking. Well done, you.” The stranger gave the aforementioned stack of papers a baffled glance as Theo turned to another page to leave a short note for his twin brother, Ari. He was bound to be perturbed if Theo did not make it home in time for tea tomorrow after all. Ari didn’t like it when Theo diverged from their schedule, which was a constant source of conflict as Theo was appallingly bad at keeping to a schedule. The dear thing spent most of their lives nudging Theo back on track— “Enough.” The dark snarl of the stranger’s voice, crackling in the space between them like a bolt of lightning, startled Theo into dropping his pen. The stranger tugged up a hood of soft gray material attached to his black leather coat, casting his face in shadow. He reached across Theo’s desk, plucked him from his seat one-handed, and lifted him effortlessly across his desk, scattering clutter all over the floor. One muscular arm curled around Theo’s midsection, holding his back tightly against the man’s firm chest. Theo ran his hands over the corded muscle of the man’s tense forearm with an appreciative hum as they started to move across the floor. He was quite tall indeed for Theo’s coltish legs to dangle midair. It made Theo want to turn and wrap those legs around his waist. It was evident he’d have no trouble supporting Theo’s weight. Altogether, an absolutely delicious thought. And here Theo had thought he was in for yet another lonely, boring Thursday night. The stranger considered the door for a moment, then reached out with his gun hand to yank at the figured brass handle, prompting Theo into action. “Oh, I almost forgot!” He stomped down on his captor’s boot, showering the carpet with another layer of caked-on mud and debris. The arm across his stomach tightened uncomfortably as the man hissed through his teeth. The ray gun prodded Theo’s side menacingly, but he just turned his head with an apologetic smile. “So sorry about that; I assure you it was quite necessary!” With a noise reminiscent of a lion with a thorn in its paw, the stranger carried Theo out the door and into the cold night air.

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A.C. Thomas left the glamorous world of teaching preschool for the even more glamorous world of staying home with her toddler. Between the diaper changes and tea parties, she escapes into fantastical worlds, reading every romance available and even writing a few herself. She devours books of every flavor—science fiction, historical, fantasy—but always with a touch of romance because she believes there is nothing more fantastical than the transformative power of love.

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