Publisher: Breathless Press
Her magic has been reawakened. But will her
heart let her follow her destiny?
Jules Hume lives in a world where magic is a
myth and supernatural creatures are fiction. Or so she thinks. Her boyfriend Ian
would have to disagree. When Jules discovers the man of her dreams is not only
a vampire, but a vampire king who’s tasked with saving the world from a demon
attack, life as she knows it ends. Can she accept her fate and take her place by
Ian's side as ruler of the paranormal world? Or will she close her mind and her
heart to the chance at love and adventure?
I loved the way that Carie combined real life issues with her Fantasy world.
Watching Jules try to balance her life as a single mom and the responsibilities that comes with that with the reality that something unlike she could have imagined is slowly pulling her in. How does she continue her role as a mom when she is being pulled into that world and starting to believe things she never thought were possible?
Ian was the perfect counterpart for Jules. It truly seemed like he was her other half. The way the romance developed was believable and felt real from a readers perspective. I love how he was persuasive without being overly pushy. That was just what Jules needed.
I look forward to reading more from this author!
He kissed me passionately, parting my lips with his tongue, tasting me,
exploring me until my head was spinning and I had to come up for air. He
leaned his forehead against mine and traced my lips with his finger. "I love you,
Juliann…Now, let me help you dress."
Before I could say any more, my shirt was on the floor, and he was working
on my pants. He easily slipped them down over my legs, and I stepped out,
heading to my suitcase to get a strapless bra. Good thing I'd packed one. Ian put
his hands on my shoulders and examined the back of my bra.
"This is not so difficult. He undid the hooks and slid the straps over my
shoulders. "I'm a fast learner." He grinned and held out his hand for the strapless
one, so I gave it to him. He wrapped it around me, hooking it in the back.
"I really do know how to dress myself," I said. He turned me around to face
"But, I enjoy helping you so much." He ran his finger along the top edge of
my bra. "I like to pamper you."
"Okay then. Pamper away." That made him smile. He had such a striking
smile. Actually, everything about him was beautiful. And he made me feel
He carefully took the dress from the bed and held it out for me to step into.
Then he laced up the back and tied it.
"Well, what do you think?" I spun around.
"It's perfect. You are perfect."
I looked in the mirror, and it was a stunning dress. I was supposed to be a
queen, but in that dress, I felt like a princess.
"It's missing something, though." He grinned and held out a little burgundy
box. I opened it and found a spectacular diamond encrusted hair comb. It looked
very old, but it was exquisite and strangely familiar at the same time.
"Oh, Ian this must have cost a fortune."
"It did." He shrugged. "A very long time ago. It is yours."
I took it out of the box to get a better look. "I love it; it's so beautiful. I feel
like I've seen it before, though. Why is it so familiar?"
He took the comb and carefully put it in my hair. I turned to look in the
mirror, and it was perfect. The diamonds caught the light just right and sparkled
in a million colors.
"It was my gift to you," he said as he held me from behind, and we admired
it in the mirror. "You wore it on our wedding day."
"I…you…kept it? For this long? Oh, Ian!" I turned to him, buried my face
in his chest, and cried. I wasn't usually an overly emotional person. Really. But,
Ian tended to have that effect on me. And, he kept my hair comb for a thousand
years. My heart filled with joy.
"Did I do something to upset you, my Jewel?"
"No." I sobbed. "I'm just so happy. You just…you're amazing, Ian. I love you
He held me close and whispered softly in my ear. "Shh…Come, my love.
Do not cry. We will never be apart again. I am nothing without you."
We stood there in each other's arms as I got my emotions under control. So
much love filled me, it felt like my heart was going to burst. It almost hurt. I looked
at him, tracing my finger along his jaw line and across his lips. Then he playfully
bit my finger and sucked on the tip as I pulled it out of his mouth. I smiled and
"Just let me go freshen up a little bit; then we can leave. Okay?" The sun
had set, so I wasn't worried about him getting sick any more. I supposed my
blood did energize him. I briefly considered telling him about my new ability, but I
got distracted with my makeup and forgot about it.
I freshened up my lipstick and added some extra eye shadow and blush
to go with the dress. Ian waited patiently for me in the bedroom, finally allowing
me to do something for myself. Not that I minded all the pampering. That was
definitely something I could've gotten used to. Makeup application just wasn't his
When I came out of the bathroom, he held out his arm to me in an elegant
gesture. "Shall we? We must get to the Summit early to ensure your safety."
I took his arm, but paused when he mentioned my safety. "What's going to
happen tonight? I'm scared."
He turned to face me and kissed my forehead. "I will keep you safe. Do not
worry about that. As for what will happen tonight…I'm sure everyone will be as
enamored of you as I am."
"Right," I mumbled as he escorted me out the door.
Carrie Pulkinen has always been fascinated with
the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next
door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are
hard to ignore. Pair that with her passion for writing
and her father's insatiable love for monster movies,
and you've got the perfect recipe for an exciting
Carrie spent the first part of her professional life as
a high school journalism and yearbook teacher.
Now she's able to channel her love of the English
language into stories of amazing sex with devilishly handsome men. In her free
time, Carrie likes to read, take pictures, and play with her kids. She invites you to
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