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She titled her head. “What?”
“Don’t even give them one drop of your blood.”
“Why? Because I should give it to you?”
Yes. Over and over again. “Only when you’re ready.”
“Not gonna happen, Irish. You look terrible, though,” she said while bunching the sheets in her fists. “I could go out and get you—”
Keller placed his index finger to her lips. He nearly shook as a rush of power raced along his skin. “No.”
Brows drawn together, voice barely a whisper, Josie asked, “What are you doing?”
“Showing you something.”
A passionate new world. Everything. Heaven. “That you want me every bit as I want you.”
She shook her head. “You’re so far from the truth on that one, you’re practically on another planet.”
He could work with words like practically. The door might not be wide open, but she hadn’t slammed it in his face either. “Prove it. Just one kiss, Miss Hawk. One kiss to show me how very wrong—or right—I am.”
At least thirty heartbeats passed before she spoke. Keller counted each one. “That’s it? One kiss—no fang action included—and you’ll leave me alone?”
Keller bit the inside of his cheek to keep from smiling. He swallowed and swore he tasted the sweet flavor of victory. The shadows cast by the lone candle seemed to dance. “If I’m wrong.” If he had more time, he would take this slow, court her the old-fashioned way, the way his father had taught him. As it were, he ran the risk of alienating Josie by pushing too hard too fast. That was a risk he had to take.
Smug smile firmly in place, Josie said, “Then prepare to be on the first bus out of Nashville.”
Neither moved. Eyes locked, they stared, a challenge accepted on both sides, both ready to claim the prize. Keller moistened his lips and willed his fangs to retract. A promise was a promise after all. He wanted so badly to pull her against him, to possess her in one swoop of uncontrolled passion, to taste her blood and thereby her mind. The fact that Josie would expect just that forced him to go slowly.
Chest constricting, arousal spiking, he slid his palm along her arm, over the smooth skin of her elbow, inching up until his hand wrapped around the back of her neck. Pleasure surged within him, knowing he was responsible for the racing of her heart, the upsurge of her body temperature. Applying slight pressure with the pad of his thumb, he eased Josie toward him, meeting her halfway. His lips brushed against her pouting mouth, just the lightest of touches…
Ears roaring, heart pounding, skin tingling with renewed energy, Keller’s world shifted, changed forever by the barest of kisses. The color red washed over his vision, blinding him from everything but the woman he would soon claim.
About Elle J Rossi
Elle J Rossi grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by great people, a huge family and more animalsthan she could count. Sadly, there were no vampires or shape shifters lurking about in the woods behind her house. What's a girl to do? Seek them out, that's what! The sights and sounds of the world beckoned, so she left her small town to escape into a creative world full of music - and hopefully rendezvous with a vampire or two. As a full time singer she was able to lose herself in a thousand different songs in a hundred different places, all the while scanning the crowds for those ever elusive beings of the occult.
After meeting the love of her life and settling down, she yearned to find a new and fulfilling creative outlet. Overly fond of the happily ever after, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters lead her down dark and twisted paths. The very first word on the very first page sealed her fate. She'd found a new love. She'd found her escape.
Now along with weaving haunting tales about the journey to love, she's creating cover art for authors around the world and loving every second of it. For fun, she cranks country music to take her back to her roots, and sings karaoke anytime she gets a chance. Her husband, two children, and three cats that rule the roost keep her company along the way and guarantee she doesn't get lost in the enchanted forest. She wouldn't have it any other way. And, yes, she is still on the lookout for real-life vampires.
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