Mid Week Tease: Taking away the Man Card with #SlowBurn by Michelle Roth @mroth_author

Happy first day of July! It’s time for a tease. Join me in wishing Michelle Roth a happy release day! Slow Burn sounds fantastic and check out this fun and sexy tease…

Tessa laughed as she pulled him toward the Twirling Teacups.

Rick groaned and asked, “You know they’re gonna take away my man card, right? I just have to give it to the guy taking the tickets.”

“C’mon,” she said, nudging him. “We can’t come to Centreville and not ride the teacups!”

She tried not to laugh as he made a big production out of it. He counted the tickets, then looked at the ride. Then he looked back at her and asked, “I can drive, right?”

Deadpan, she said, “I thought I would drive.”

He raised his eyebrow but said nothing. The slight smirk on his face spoke volumes though. It clearly said, “There is no way I’m letting a chick drive me around in a teacup.”

“Fine. You can drive.”

Rick grinned and handed the tickets to the ticket collector, who clearly overheard her complaint if the smirk on his face was any indication. He just pointed and said, “You folks can have the pink one on the right.”

Tessa laughed and said, “Oh good. My favorite color.”

Rick said nothing, though his look promised retribution. He merely slid into the tea cup and patted the bench next to him.

When she was seated next to him, her thigh brushing against his.

His tone conversational, he said, “So, this is the most emasculating first date I’ve ever had. This is a record.”

“So, I guess that means no carousel?” Tessa teased, as the music started up and the ride began to slowly move.

In answer, he grinned and then spun the wheel so she swayed into his chest. She started to right herself, but Rick put a halt to that when he wrapped an arm around her. Most of her upper body was now pressed against his chest.

The look on Rick’s face was a mixture of both amusement and desire.  As they continued to spin, neither of them manning the wheel, his smile faded. With a look of concentration, he slowly closed the distance between their mouths.

Tessa stretched up, pressing her lips against his. At the first brush of her lips against his, she felt a jolt of awareness run through her. When his hand came up to cradle her cheek, she let out a soft sigh of pleasure. He took the opportunity to deepen the kiss, his tongue exploring her mouth, twining with hers.

She couldn’t stop the soft moan that rose from the back of her throat as his hands cruised lazily along her hips and back. Even through the layers of her sundress and the thin cotton sweater she wore, she could feel the heat of his hands on her body.

His hands moved to tangle in her hair as he gentled the kiss. But instead of backing away as she expected, Rick began to nibble at her jaw and then trace a path down the side of her throat with his tongue.

Tessa could do nothing but tilt her neck and enjoy the sensations as he swirled and nipped at her. Her arousal grew with every hot, open mouthed kiss he placed against her sensitive neck. It was clear he knew exactly what he was doing.

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Mid Week Tease: Opening Lines of Waiting for Wonderful #WIP

Happy Mid Week Tease day! Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost July, can you?

I’ve had lots of fun teasing new releases over the past few months while I’ve been working on something brand new. I’m almost to the end of my Contemporary Romance tentatively titled Waiting for Wonderful (although I’m also toying with Wonderful Smells like Pine and Midnight <~it’s growing on me). What do you think?

Here are the opening lines…

The words “Wake up, honey. We need to talk…” were never followed by anything good. For Jane Keegan, those seven little words sent her perfect world into a tailspin the size of Hurricane Sandy, beginning with the demise of her jar of Creme de la Mer. It happened to be the closest thing within reach, and the perfect size and weight to propel at her husband’s head.

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MID WEEK TEASE: Yours All Along by Roni Loren #MWTease

Hey there! It’s Mid Week Tease time! I’m happy to shine the #MWTease spotlight on one of my all-time favorite authors, the lovely Roni Loren! YOURS ALL ALONG, Book 7.5 of The Loving on the Edge Series, released this week. If you haven’t read this slick and sexy series, reserve the rest of your summer to reading it. You’ll thank me later. I promise!


Book 7.5 – The Loving on the Edge Series 

Male/male erotic romance novella

The new Loving on the Edge romance from the New York Times bestselling author of  Nothing Between Us turns on the heat between two men who wonder how much they’re willing to risk in the name of love. 

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

The Tease:

Copyrighted Material Roni Loren 2015 – All Rights Reserved Berkley Publishing Group


If Hunter had to eat one more bite of cake, he was going to fucking lose it.

Macy held another forkful up to his mouth. “This one has cream cheese frosting instead of

buttercream. I think I like the other one better, but maybe you should try it. It may go better with the strawberry layer. Or maybe we could go with fondant . . .”

He opened his mouth to cut her off, but the iced confection hit his tongue instead, and he inhaled crumbs right into his windpipe. He gagged, choking on his words and the cake.

“Oh, honey,” Macy said, reaching for a glass of water and handing it to him. “I’m sorry. I thought you were ready for it.”

He coughed hard, the water sloshing over the rim of the glass, and hitting his chinos. Ready for it? Ha. Wasn’t that the assumption of the day—of the year.

Macy patted his back as he tried to clear the last of the blockage. The cake lady, or pastry chef as Macy had insisted he call the woman, stared at him, her lips in a disapproving line—as if his choking was some statement on her baking.

He took a sip of water, his eyes tearing up, and finally swallowed down the last of the cake.

“You okay?” Macy asked, her hand now rubbing his back in gentle circles.

He nodded and then managed a hoarse, “Fine. I’m good.”

Macy gave him one last concerned look and then shifted her focus back to the tray of samples on the table. “Okay, so let’s go with the buttercream.”

Cake Lady nodded, made a note, and motioned for her assistant with a flick of her wrist. The younger girl who’d brought in the original tray of samples removed them and came back a minute later with another silver platter full. The girl eyed Hunter in that starstruck way he’d grown used to . . . and tired of. He much preferred the old days when it was only his dad people recognized on the street.

He mustered up a smile since it wasn’t the girl’s fault he was in such a foul mood, but her shift in expression said his smile must’ve come across more as a grimace than friendly.

Madame Pastry Chef waved a hand over the new tray. “Now it’s time to pick out the groom’s cake. Typically, it’s chocolate, but there are some less traditional options as well . . .”

Macy straightened in her chair, her hands folding primly around one of Hunter’s. “Let’s look at the chocolate options.” She sent him a smile. “We like traditional.”

The words, Macy’s always-sweet smile, and the smell of more cake had his skin feeling clammy, the room too small. Another half hour of this and. . . . he launched himself out of his chair, knocking the table with his knee and rattling the platter. “I’m fine with whatever you choose, sweetheart. You pick the rest. I need some air.”

Her brows disappeared beneath her bangs. “Everything all right?”

“Absolutely.” He leaned down and kissed the top of her blond head. “Take your time. I’ll be outside when you’re ready.”

Ready. There was that word again. Like a cymbal smashing against his head, reverberating.
The wedding was three months away. He loved Macy. Shouldn’t he feel ready by now? Would he ever? He headed out of the bakery, trying to slow his racing thoughts and climbing anxiety. Cold feet.

That’s what they called it, right? But he was far from cold. Hot all over was more like it.

For more Chapter 1, click here!  Want YOURS ALL ALONG now? 1-Click it on Amazon here!

About the author:


Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has.

Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars concerts.

She is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the The Loving on the Edge series and other sexy things.

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Mid Week Tease: “…string you up like a piñata.” #TakingOver by @SJMaylee #MWTease

Woo-hoo! It’s Mid Week Tease time! Please join me in wishing SJ Maylee a happy book birthday. Taking Over (Love Projects, 3) hits virtual shelves today. SJ is not only a fabulous authors, she’s a wonderful friend of mine. Happy day, SJ! Check out this tease of Taking Over…

Taking Over (Love Projects, 3) by S.J. Maylee

Gina’s life was perfect, until the day she realized the man she loved didn’t love her back. Her charming life turned upside down as tragedy and cruelty struck her down. She learned to protect her family from those who could cause them pain, but she inadvertently ensured the perfect life would be forever out of her reach.


Marcus has hid his love for Gina for years. His assumptions about her have allowed him to be harsh, but underneath all the anger is a man deeply in love. The tough realities of her life put them in position to see themselves in a whole new light. The second chance is right there and it could take them over the edge into the love they’ve always wanted.


The Tease:

“You’re a tease and I know exactly how to handle you.” He dipped and shoved his shoulder against her belly and the next thing she knew, she was over his shoulder.

“Put me down.” She tried to kick out, but he had a tight grip on her thighs.

“Your choice in the matter is past, subbie.” He turned and moved around the kitchen. Sounds of drawers opening and closing and kitchen gadgets banging around filled the room. “Where can I find rope?”

“You don’t think I’m really going to tell you?”

“You will if you value your ability to sit down.” He walked out of the kitchen. “Forget it. I know where to look.” He made his way towards the walk in closet near the French doors at the front of the house. He’d find everything he wanted in that room, plus several things she never wanted to see again. “Would you look what we have here?” His chuckle was deep and almost menacing. “I do believe I have everything in here to string you up like a piñata.”



S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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Mid Week Tease: Meet BAD LARRY #MWTease

It’s Mid Week Tease time! Today’s **SURPRISE** tease is for M. Levesque’s new release, BAD LARRY AND THE DIVORCEE. How cute is this cover??? I couldn’t wait to show it off to you. Enjoy the tease…


Bad Larry and the Divorcée by M. Levesque

Riya’s divorce gift to herself is to adopt a dog. Bad Larry and Riya meet at an animal shelter and quickly bond over their mutual hatred of men. Riya promises the little dog that she’ll never let anything bad happen to him again, if he promises to make it hard for her to bring any men back to her apartment, in a moment of weakness.

Jaden is investigating the murder of one of Riya’s high school classmates and after a strange first encounter in a public bathroom, he asks her out. She shoots him down but he’s determined to get to know her better, despite her warnings of owning a dangerous, man-hating dog.

Riya has no choice but to let Jaden into her life when she starts getting threatening letters from the killer but are she and Bad Larry ready to give Jaden an honest shot?

He peered at me through narrowed eyes. “I’ll get your purse but just so you know, we’re still going out, at least once. I like you.”

“I can’t, I’m already in a relationship.” I said, desperately. I could feel my resolution dissolving very quickly under his blue-eyed stare. 

“Are you in a relationship with a woman because you just told me you’ve given up on men?”

I chewed my bottom lip and his eyes darted down to my mouth. Just the fact that he noticed my mouth turned me on. What was wrong with me? “No, not with a woman. It’s actually more of a really jealous roommate situation, than an actual relationship.” 

“Cats and goldfish don’t count,” he said, cueing in on my vagueness. 

“Ha, joke’s on you, he’s a Doberman named Bad Larry and Larry likes men less than I do.” Bad Larry is actually a twelve-pound Miniature Pinscher but he really doesn’t like men and he doesn’t really know he’s only twelve pounds and he has a rap sheet to prove it. 

I got Larry when the divorce was finalized. My ex didn’t like dogs so in an act of admittedly impulsive rebellion, I got Larry. Larry was a rescue from an animal shelter and when I saw him for the first time and discovered that he didn’t like men either, we became best friends. I promised to never let anyone hurt him again and he promised to make sure that in a moment of hormonal weakness, I didn’t let any men come back to my apartment. 

I’d witnessed Larry in action twice. Once when the vet was checking him over before I brought him home and once when I was taking him out to pee and a construction worker tried to pet him. Larry is now on a city mandated bad dog list, meaning that he has to behave himself from now on or he could be taken away and put in puppy lifer prison.

Jaden shook his head at me and returned a moment later with my purse in one hand and his phone in the other. “I have to go right now but I put my card in your purse just in case you change your mind about Skittles.”

I winked at him. “You got it stud, but right now I have an emergency date with the box of baking soda currently deodorizing my fridge.”

He smiled broadly at me. “Tell Bad Larry I said hello.” 

“Bad Larry doesn’t need to know about you. Trust me, it’s for your own protection.”

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Mid Week Tease: Meet The Weathermen, A New Series by @RavennaTate

Happy BEA week! Book Expo America takes over New York City this week. I’m heading to the fun tomorrow to see some of my favorite authors. There have been some fantastic new releases out over the past couple weeks and I’m spotlighting one today. This *SURPRISE* tease goes out to Ravenna Tate and her new release, An Appetite for Blackmail (The Weathermen, 1)!


An Appetite for Blackmail by Ravenna Tate

The Weathermen, 1

When Harper Mathews gets drunk with a friend and hacks into her boss’s personal accounts, Arturo (Ace) Charles Easton gives her a choice. Work as part of his secret hacking team, searching for clues to the people who infiltrated a weather control program, or face unemployment and jail. 

But working as part of this team isn’t all that Ace demands from Harper. He also expects her in his bed, when he wants her there, how he decides to make love to her, and for as long as he desires. 

Ace is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth. 

They call themselves the Weathermen… 

He chuckled so softly she barely heard it. But instead of filling her with relief, all the sound did was make her angry. “Oh, I see. So hacking into my personal accounts was the result of large amounts of alcohol. I’m even more impressed now with your skills.”

This time, she did glance up sharply. “I’m not following you.”

“To be able to crack a complicated series of passwords while that inebriated is a pretty amazing accomplishment. So either you’re lying about having been drunk, or your skills are wasted in my analytics department.”

“Meaning what?”

The man had no boundaries, but she’d already known that before his gaze traveled slowly over her face, down to her boobs, and rested on her hands. Those hands were now clasped tightly in her lap. When he finally looked her in the eyes again, his expression had gone hard and cold. Harper braced herself. This is it.

“Meaning I could better use you behind the scenes with those select few from my company who are looking for the bastards responsible for fucking up The Madeline Project.”

Harper stared at him, completely at a loss for words.

“And there are other conditions you’ll have to fulfill, of course.”

The predatory look was back. But first she had to clarify what he’d meant by outlining where her skills could be better put to work. The realization he wasn’t about to toss her out of the building finally made its way into the working part of her brain. “You’re not firing me?”

He chuckled again, but this time it was filled with derision. “That depends on whether or not you agree to the conditions of your new assignment.”

Oh … oh he wouldn’t. Yes, he would. He absolutely would.

She licked her lips again, wishing she hadn’t done so when his gaze turned lustful. She didn’t want him to think she’d just issued an invitation. “What are the conditions?”

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MID WEEK TEASE: “I could use a little spooning…” BOY TOY by Jewel Quinlan #MWTease

Happy Hump Day! I’m sending this *SURPRISE* tease to Jewel Quinlan in honor of the release of BOY TOY (The Cougar Journals, 2). Happy Release Day, Jewel!

Boy Toy by Jewel Quinlan

Left hot, bothered, and disappointed by Grant—the man she had high hopes for—Ava heads out on a ski weekend with a group of friends. Harrison, a twenty-three year old member of the group, can’t help but take notice of her and makes advances. Some of which Ava can’t brush aside when they are stuck sharing a room together. Will she give in to Harrison’s moves or go home and work things out with Grant?

The covers shifted again and I could feel the section near me, behind my back, lifting as he scooted closer. The warmth of his body was settled very close to and almost against mine, mirroring my shape like a puzzle piece. His voice was a low whisper in my ear, a single-syllable question. “Spoon?”

My mind went through rapid-fire calculations. Spoon? What would be the consequences of that? Should I do it? I churned through the outcomes of either saying yes or no but, after a moment, threw my pros and cons list out the window as the conclusion of, what the hell, why not? came to me. He was cute and I could use a little spooning. It wasn’t something I got to do often.

“Mm-hm.” I scooted backward into his embrace.

He slid his hand around my waist, his fingers sliding along my rib cage all the way around until he was cupping my other side. Then he nestled his face in my hair and inhaled my scent. “You smell nice,” he whispered.

“Thanks,” I murmured back. For some reason I kept my voice low as if talking too loud would break the spell. It felt so good to have all six feet of his firm body stretched along mine. Even pressed against my back I could sense the various muscles making contact with me. The slow rhythm of his breath just skimming my ear was nice. I let go of all the typical female questions that rose up in my mind at the scenario and enjoyed the moment.

There had been so many times in my life I had imagined waking up in bed with my husband just like this, feeling a new day awakening with me safe and cozy in my true love’s arms. It was one of those dreams that, now, was becoming painful to replay as my singleness continued to stretch out year after year. In a moment like this it was easy to take it out of the closet, dust it off, and use it as a sort of atmosphere to what was actually going on. When things like this happened it reinforced the fact that I really did want to get married. It was just a matter of Mr. Right showing up. No matter how my logical mind kept trying to force Grant into the shape of that hole, my true self stood back shaking its head and saying, “It’s not going to work. There’s too big of an issue there.”

After a few minutes of laying in silence together with the rise and fall of our chests matching, I could feel myself starting to slip away again into dreamland. But then Harrison shifted his hips, scooting closer to my backside. My eyes shot open as it registered exactly what was pressing against my ass and lower back.

Morning wood!

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MID WEEK TEASE: “…he wanted more.” BOUND TO HER by Michelle Monkou

Happy Hump Day! I’m sending this *SURPRISE* tease to the lovely and talented Michelle Monkou and her new releaseBound to Her. If you’re an OUTLANDER lover, be sure to check out Michelle’s weekly updates at USA Today!

Bound to Her by Michelle Monkou

California beauty, Bethany Rhodes, needs an emergency getaway after a humiliating revelation between her surfer boyfriend and their landlady. She chooses the opposite coast for her escape, along with a four-day, three-night vacation package to the Maine mountainside. A blistering blizzard rolls in to keep her snowbound at the inn where her attention focuses on the grumpy, but gorgeous, innkeeper’s brother…Rock Braxton. 

The brooding lawman, Rock Braxton has his routine and his memories. Still unable to move on since his wife’s death, Rock has kept his heart on lockdown. From the first instant that he meets Bethany, she shakes up his world with her sunny disposition and sexy, bold charm. No matter how hard Rock tries to keep her at arms-length, he feels pulled under her spell. He feels bound to her.

Rock cupped the delicate angle of her chin and gently tilted it upward. The flow of his blood roared in his head. The rush seized him in its clutch and swooped him into a frenetic spiral. Speech failed and so did his knees. He sank in front of her. They faced each other, chests rising and falling to the rhythmic beats pulsed to their stormy passions.

He tangled his fingers through her hair, its softness and curls interlaced with his hands. Her scent continued the invasion of his soul. He leaned in and brushed her hair across his cheeks. The silky curtain of hair teased his nerves. Everything about her was soft and smooth. Every instance of touching her made him glutton for more.

He kissed her, and he wanted more.

He laid her on her back to admire the luscious swell of her breasts and seductive outlines of her hips. Tenderly he kissed the star-shaped birthmark on her shoulder.  Her moan increased the flow of his excitement.

Again, he wanted more.

His mouth explored further places to ravage, settling on her breast. He sucked her in. His tongue teased her nipple. The more he played with the nub, the harder her thighs squeezed his hips, pinning him to her.

And, damn if he didn’t want more.

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MID WEEK TEASE: “Are you offering?” An Unexpected Night by @AuthorLJardine #MWTease

Happy Hump Day! I’m sending this *SURPRISE* tease to new Evernight author, Laura Jardin. I love the sound of her Friends-to-Lovers Romance on the Go, An Unexpected Night…

An Unexpected Night by Laura Jardine

Danielle hasn’t had sex in a long time. Her friend Adam hasn’t had sex in a really long time. So it’s a sensible idea to sleep together, right? It’s the simple solution to both their problems. 

Of course, that simple solution might make everything weird and awkward and ruin their friendship. Or it could be amazing. And maybe it could turn into something more…

“What’s wrong with me?” Danielle muttered.

Adam had a very long sip of his imperial stout. Or whatever the hell he was drinking.

“Sorry,” he said. “Am I supposed to say something here?”

“You’re supposed to tell me there’s nothing wrong with me.”

“There’s nothing wrong with you.”

“It doesn’t sound like you mean it.”

He thought for a moment. “I suppose that’s because there is one thing wrong with you. You’re drinking a rum and Coke when you could be having beer.”

She reached over to swat him, but he leaned out of her reach. As usual.

“Glad I dragged you out tonight?” she asked.

“You didn’t drag me out. I came willingly. Always happy to drink beer. And see your smiling face, of course.”

“I was worried you were becoming a hermit again.”

“When have I ever been a hermit? You just have a strange definition of hermitism. Nearly everyone qualifies in your books.”

Bit of an exaggeration, but he had a point. She used to be a real party girl and rarely spent an evening alone in her apartment. A Saturday night without plans? That would have been unbearable.

“I don’t get out as much as I used to,” she said. “And I haven’t hooked up with someone in a long time.”

“How long is that?”

“Four months.”

He nodded slowly, a hint of a smile crossing his lips.

“What’s so funny?” she asked.

“Who said something was funny? I didn’t laugh.”

Danielle rolled her eyes. “So how long has it been since you had sex?”

“That’s secret information.”

“I told you how long it’s been for me. It’s only fair.”

“Fine.” He put a finger to his chin. “Two years? Yeah, that sounds about right.”

“Two years?” She nearly spit out her drink. Holy shit, that was a long fucking time. “For real?”

“For real.”

“So that’s why you wanted to laugh. Because I consider four months a long time. But two years is … what? Six times as long?”

“Good job on the math.”

She might have made some snarky remark, but she was still trying to wrap her mind around this. It was true that she’d never seen Adam even attempt to pick someone up when they went to the bar together. And it was true that she’d never heard him mention a woman since he broke up with Louise. But she assumed he was getting action somewhere. Hot neighbor, secretary, boss, personal trainer … something like that. Not that she gave it much thought. Adam’s sex life wasn’t something that occupied her brain. At all.

“Anyone here who interests you?” she asked, her gaze sweeping the patio.

He shook his head. “It’s awkward to try to pick up a woman at a bar. What would I say that isn’t a terrible cliché and wouldn’t make me seem like a creep?”

“You won’t seem like a creep when you’ve got a female friend with you. Actually, I think it would be hard for you to come across as a creep. You’re not a creepy sort of guy.”

“Thanks. Best compliment I’ve gotten in months.”

“Always glad to help.”

“Sure you are.”

“Really,” she said. “If I can be of any assistance in getting you laid, I’m happy to help. Anything you need. Anything at all.”

He leaned forward and brushed his hand over hers.

“You offering?” he said, his voice low.

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Mid Week Tease: CAPTIVE FIRE by Erin M. Leaf #MWTease #dragons #shifters

Happy Release Day to Erin M. Leaf! This week’s *SURPRISE* Mid Week Tease is from her newest M/M Sci-Fi, CAPTIVE FIRE. It’s an Editor’s Pick!


Prince Ryuu hates his father, Emperor Midian. When he’s forced to buy a slave, he defiantly chooses Drakon instead of a woman. Because he’s determined to overthrow his father’s empire, he can’t afford to show vulnerability, but Drakon is more compelling than he’d anticipated. For an Arethuza warrior, affection is a weakness that can lead to death. 

Drakon isn’t really a slave—he’s a black dragon, considered cursed by everyone. Despite his people’s distrust, he will do anything to keep them safe, even submit to an Arethuza prince. He never expected to find love, and that complication could ruin his plans to sabotage the emperor’s war campaign. Though Ryuu is his fated mate, their fledgling bond is a secret too dangerous for Drakon to reveal. 

Will their duty tear them apart? Can honor prevail in a war that might be too violent for even the strongest dragon warrior? 

Be Warned: m/m sex, bondage

Drakon lay in bed, listening to Ryuu breathing as he slept. He’d tried to relax, but after the prince threatened to kill him, he’d found sleep impossible. He is right. He could kill you whenever he wants, he thought, depressed. Even shifting to dragon form wouldn’t immediately help. He was trapped beneath the surface of a desert, in a citadel made of granite, among corridors filled with Arethuza warriors. He might be able to kill Ryuu, but he would not be able to escape. As a dragon, he was too large to fit in the underground passages. As a man, he was outnumbered hundreds to one. So he lay in bed, wondering how he could possibly still be aroused, in this situation, and right after Ryuu had threatened to end his life.

“I can hear you thinking,” Ryuu said, rolling over.

Drakon sighed.

“I didn’t say I would kill you tonight.” Ryuu poked him in the arm. “Go to sleep. You’re keeping me awake.”

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