Hope your weekend is going well. I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today, and since the theme is ‘sexy shifters’ then today’s excerpt just had to be from my fairy tale inspired book – Scarlett Legacy. Hope you enjoy 🙂 Don’t forget to check out the other excerpts here:
For a long moment, he just stared at her. “I don’t think you’ll believe me if I tell you, so it’s probably better if I show you. Please try not to be frightened though.” He suddenly bent in front of her, squeezing her hand hard and gazing deep into her eyes, his gaze desperate. “I swear it’s still me and I would never, ever hurt you.”
Her palms started to sweat and her heart beat a little faster. He was so obviously worried about her reaction that it couldn’t be anything good, but she wasn’t immune to the pleading look in his eyes and she found herself nodding. She couldn’t argue the connection between them. It felt as though she knew him, and, although that was probably stupid on so many levels, with that knowledge came the belief that he was an inherently good person, that he wouldn’t hurt her. In fact, he’d gone out of his way to look after her, to be there for her. She nodded again, more decisively now.
“Show me, please.”
Slowly letting go of her hand, he moved back, a good ten paces away from her before he stopped, his eyes never leaving hers.
She sat there as though frozen, anticipation running through her, unable to take her eyes from him. Waiting. There was an odd tingling in the air, a shimmer that seemed to move toward her in an invisible wave. She frowned, feeling it as an unconscious brush on her skin, when Damian suddenly threw his head back, his hands clenching at his sides and his whole body tensing. He looked as though he was in pain and her first thought was to go to him. She actually shifted as though to move.
Then, an odd shudder seemed to run through him. She stared in shock as his body began to contort. Muscles almost seemed to be popping, his limbs stretching, deforming, his face lengthening, narrowing, and thick hair covered his body. He bent over double, and then she realized that he was now on all fours, and the fours were paws and his clothes had been replaced by thick white and grey fur, and his face lengthened into a muzzle. He shook himself, and then looked up, straight at her, that amber gaze shockingly the same, and yet totally alien and feral in a wolf’s face.
Natalia’s jaw dropped. She was unable to move, unable to speak, her eyes simply gazing in shocked horror and complete disbelief. This really could not be happening. Any minute now, she was going to wake up in her bed after drinking way too much wine at the party, and this was all going to be a messed up dream. The huge wolf stepped toward her, his lip drawing back over rows of jagged white teeth, and she gave a squeak of fear.
Run. The command ran through her mind, overtaking everything else, and she mindlessly obeyed it. Picking up her skirts, she whirled on her heel and fled, racing through the trees, heedless of the branches that tugged at her cloak and the roots that made her stumble. The only conscious thought left in her mind to get as far away as possible. When she finally stopped, her legs ached and her chest burned as she tried to catch her breath, sinking to the ground as sobs ran through her.
If you want to check out the rest, you can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:
What if the fairy tales were not only real, but had it all wrong? Come meet a Big Bad Wolf like you’ve never seen before.
When Natalia rents a holiday cottage she is looking for peace and quiet, a place to reassess her life and recover from her failed relationship. Instead she finds a man who turns her world upside down.
However, people and things are not as they seem, and Natalia begins to find that legends are real and fairy tales have a basis in reality. As she grows closer to the enigmatic Damian she finds herself tested as danger and passion go in hand in hand, and everything she thought she knew about the world will be questioned.
After years of waiting Damian had given up hope that he would ever find his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who has no idea that his world even exists. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people.
Have a great weekend x