I truly hope yours are happy. Amidst the bustle and shopping and cooking and wrapping, take a few moments to breathe. And steal a few more moments to read. We all know that’s the best way to escape, right?
Have a Merry One!
So you may have had opportunity to download a free copy of Moon Kissed. Have you read it? Did you like it? Severo is one of my top-five favorite heroes. When I wrote that story for Nocturne it ended the way I wanted it to, but I often wonder what happens next for my characters. And at the time, I had opportunity to explore that with a short story titled AFTER THE KISS. It’s what happened next for Severo and Bella. You can find it at most online retailers!
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And of course, their family grew. (I know of two sons that Severo has). To learn more about his son Beckett, look for GHOST WOLF.
Ever wish you had a list of all my books? I used to have a handy-dandy downloadable pdf but that’s gotten a bit crowded and I haven’t had a chance to create a new one. So for now, here’s the list! (Under Paranormal Romance, if they are not part of the Beautiful Creatures world I’ve noted below)
Taming The Hunter (6/17)
The Venetian Vampire (1/17)
The Vampire’s Protector
Her Werewolf Hero
Captivating The Witch
Enchanted By The Wolf
The Vampire’s Fall
Moonlight & Diamonds
Beyond The Moon
The Vampire Hunter
This Wicked Magic
The Werewolf’s Wife
Ashes of Angels
Moon Kissed (read After The Kiss following this)
The Devil To Pay
His Forgotten Forever
Kiss Me Deadly
Familiar Stranger (this is NOT set in my Beautiful Creatures world)
From The Dark
Seducing The Vampire
Her Vampire Husband (read Moonspun after this)
Follow The Night
Wicked Angels (read Dark Rapture before this)
Hark The Herald Angel Falls
The Boss’s Moonlight Secret
The Dark’s Mistress
This Soul Magic
Claiming The Wolf
The Reaper’s Heart (not Beautiful Creatures)
Moonspun (read after Her Vampire Husband)
Night of the Living Wed (not Beautiful Creatures)
Monsters Don’t Do Christmas
The Sin Eater’s Promise
Playing With Fire
This Glamorous Evil
The Ninja Vampire’s Girl
After The Kiss (read after Moon Kissed)
Racing The Moon
Dust Me, Baby, One More Time (not Beautiful Creatures)
A Kiss of Frost
The Forger (8/17)
The Thief (4/17)
Once A Thief
In The Event of My Death
The Geek Gets The Girl
The Unforgiven: Athos
Follow The Night (Beautiful Creatures)
My Lady Madness
Here Is My Heart
Tame Me Not
Betray Me Not
Enchant Me Not
ROGUE ANGEL series (Alex Archer pseudonym)
The Bone Conjurer
The Other Crowd
The Matador’s Crown
The Devil’s Chord
EROTICA written as Michele Renae
The Paris Secrets Trilogy, which includes:
Do you make it here? Did you stop in daily to read a chapter or did you use the Book Breaks app to read it all at once? Either way, I hope you enjoyed Blaise and Cady’s story. They are a part of my Beautiful Creatures world. And if this is the first time you’ve read something by me stop in tomorrow for a complete list of all my book titles. (You won’t run out of reading material, I promise!)
Read the final chapter below and then check out the sneak peek of the cover for my next release (late November). RACING THE MOON is a re-release, but since so many readers are just discovering me it could be new to you!
Blaise put up a hand as Cady started to follow him to the edge of the forest. She paused. A cool fall breeze shivered through her light T-shirt and made her skin a conductor for every sensation of lust and desire, but mostly apprehension.
He was methodical in taking off his shirt and pants and folding them. She supposed he must ruin a lot of clothing if the shift came on him suddenly. Like when he hadn’t remembered what he really was. And now that he did remember? It must be such a relief to him.
Good thing she had a talent for sewing. She foresaw brushing up on her seamstress skills in the future.
She’d seen Blaise shift a few times now, and marveled that in that short time she’d come to accept the man—werewolf. She had. Mostly?
“Slow,” she whispered. “I do love him. Always have.”
But knowing what she now knew added a new dimension to her emotions that had to be tendered carefully. And, she needed to stand before his werewolf and look into his eyes and…accept.
So when his body transformed, and fur grew over his bulging muscles and his head took on the shape of a wolf, she shivered at the incredible realization that something she’d always thought fiction was real. And then she couldn’t stop herself from walking forward, to meet the hand—paw—the werewolf held out to her.
He smelled like fur and field and wild. His maw revealed brilliant, sharp teeth and his ears rotated as she stepped up. Black leathery nostrils flared to take her in. The werewolf then thrust back its shoulders and howled, long and loud. The sound carried through the forest and was answered by what she suspected could be a natural wolf. Then he dropped to one knee before her and nuzzled his nose and face aside her thigh.
Cady combed her fingers over his fur and even dared to brush them over his ear. So soft. Yet the beast was strong and powerful, and she decided he could rip a man apart with but a tug.
“I’m not afraid of you,” she said. “I love you, Blaise.”
The werewolf stood, drawing its nose along her side until it touched her hair. It wasn’t a sexual touch. He was just familiarizing himself with her while in his shifted shape. Gold eyes were rimmed with brown stars. So much empathy in his gaze. There lived a man behind those eyes.
A man she loved.
“Go,” she said. “Run and howl at the moon. You’ve given me your wild. Now take it for yourself.”
The wolf loped off into the forest. She stood there until it howled again. Cady fancied he’d just called her name…in wolf.
Now here’s a sneak-peek at the cover for RACING THE MOON!
So how’d you like Werewolf Month, eh? I hope you took advantage of all the free wolves I have to offer. Keep reading the daily story below. And then be sure to check out Harlequin’s offer when you sign up for their newsletter you can download a free copy of HER WEREWOLF HERO (or any of the 17 titles they offer). As well, when you sign up for my newsletter you get a free download of MOON KISSED. Whew! That’s a lot of wolves. But I’m not done with wolves this year. More on that tomorrow. 😉
Blaise paced the living room before the couch. Cady lingered in the kitchen after the supper dishes had been washed and put away. Was she organizing the fridge?
No, she was avoiding him. He knew it as he knew the shift beckoned to him even as he fought it.
Damn it, he wanted her to accept him, and to not feel forced into anything. Like having a romance with an animal. Cady was strong and proud. So sexy. And yes, she probably was the wife he didn’t know he needed.
He did need her. He wanted her.
“So are you going out soon?”
He spun to spy her fiddling with the ends of her hair. Reluctant. Not so strong and proud.
Blaise dropped to his knees before her and kissed her hands. “Tell me that you can love me,” he said. “I need you, Cady. As more than a glorified secretary. I need you here.” He slapped a palm over his heart. “But you don’t want that, do you?”
“I do,” she said with surprise. “Oh, Blaise, stand up and hold me. Be my big strong lover.”
“With a tail and moonlight howls?”
She bowed her forehead to his and nodded. “I was avoiding you just now. But only because my thoughts have been conflicted lately. ‘Does he really love me?’ ‘Can I love him?’ And you know what?” She straightened and directed him to stand before her. “I’m in love with a werewolf.”
“You don’t have to say that because you think it’s what I want to hear.”
“I’m not. I’m in this for all the full moons to come. Think you can handle that, boss man?”
“I thought you wanted us to take it slow?”
“We will. But making slow love is the best.”
He kissed her. “I agree.”
He did make it. Just barely. Blaise walked Cady down the sidewalk to his car, passing troops of costumed children along the way. The adults were out and about in all kinds of costumes and levels of drunkenness, as well, Some had started to get into the party mode early.
He just wanted to get Cady home and then tug off that tail and… He’d let her keep the ears on. The idea of it rocketed up his horniness.
He opened the car door for her just as a trio of sexy Elvira vampires haunted by. Behind them, a mangy-looking werewolf leaped and sent the vamps fleeing in a fit of giggles.
Blaise felt Cady’s hand tense in his. She didn’t get in the car, but instead stood there staring at the silliness with the most frightened look.
He could smell her salty fear. Damn. He’d made a mistake. She couldn’t handle this. What had he been thinking?
“Oh.” She startled out of the stare. “Uh…right. Your place.” She tugged off the cat ears.
“Cady.” He clasped both her hands gently. “Are you cool with us or not?”
“That pause tells me you are not.”
She sighed and tilted onto her toes to kiss him. “We’re taking a big step tonight. I need you to go slow with me.”
“We don’t have to do this.”
“Yes, we do. I’ve already seen you shift. And I admire you.”
“Nothing will happen that you don’t agree to. I promise.”
“You’re such a honorable man,” she whispered. “Do you know I’ve always considered myself the wife you didn’t realize you needed?”
“Uh, I’m not sure what to say to that.”
“I wasn’t implying anything. Just that…” She kissed him softly. “I like taking care of you, and I want this relationship to work.”
“So do I. Love you.”
He kissed her, but realized she hadn’t replied that she loved him. Hell, was he doing the wrong thing with her?
Halloween fell on a Wednesday, so Blaise had to work. Which meant no dashing out to the cabin to shift tonight. He and Cady had appeased his werewolf last night. Over and over. But on the night of the full moon? The werewolf would need to be let out.
And on Halloween, of all days. Should he count that as a blessing since a furry man loping about the city might not earn a second glance on such a holiday?
He snickered to himself, then caught a glimpse of Cady through the half-open doorway as she entered the office and dropped her purse on the desk, while juggling two coffees. What was she wearing? His cock instantly hardened. And yet… Really?
Three eager strides took him into the reception room. He studied the black velvet cat’s ears on her head, and then turned her by the shoulders to make a show of checking out the long black tail sprouting from her short black skirt.
She wiggled her derriere, setting the tail to a bobble. “I’m always a cat on Halloween. Oh.” She preened one of the ears. “Do you have a problem with cats?” She glided a hand up his suit to his tie, where the blue-striped silk wasn’t quite so tight as usual. “Does the big bad wolf fear one little pussycat?”
He grabbed her by the ass. “This wolf is going to show the pussycat just how wild he is.”
“You already have.” A nudge of her thigh against his erection made him hiss in restraint. “Just friends at the office, remember?”
“How long until quitting time?”
“Eight and a half hours.” The purring cat wiggled away from him and cast a wink over her shoulder.
“I’ll never make it,” Blaise muttered.
Sign her up for the challenge of keeping the man sexually sated! On the night before the full moon, the twosome hooked up at Blaise’s place. After wine, popcorn and only fifteen minutes of the corniest action movie from the ’80s the man could find, they didn’t even make it down the hall into the bedroom before their clothes were stripped away.
As Blaise knelt before Cady and kissed her mons, dragging his tongue in wicked slowness about her aching folds, she pressed a hand to the wall to steady herself. His dark tousled hair and the beard rubbing softly against her thigh reminded of when she’d seen him in the forest as a wolf. Wild.
“Will I ever get to formally meet your werewolf?” she said on a sudden gasp as his tongue found the perfect spot and did not relent in giving her pleasure. “Hold that thought. Oh, yes. Right there…”
An hour later, Blaise shoved the sheets off the bed because they were only getting tangled in them. The man’s penis was exquisite, and she couldn’t get enough of it. Stroking, squeezing, licking, sucking; it was all good. For a few moments, such actions gave her the control over such a powerful man, and she realized that feeling was necessary to alleviate any lingering fears.
The man grasped her hair gently, and came with a shout and a growl. The animal part of him always emerged to have its say when he was at his most vulnerable and yet also most powerful.
When she snuggled beside him and he kissed her on the nose, he said, “You asked about meeting my werewolf. You sure about that?”
“I think so. Maybe?”
“I’ll wait until you’re sure. It could get intense. My werewolf will want to claim you.”
“Okay, not ready for that. Yet. But I trust you, lover. Completely.”
“I’ll make you mine. Someday. I love you, Cady.”
“I think it’s like you knowing you wanted me from the moment of the job interview. I think I’ve always loved you.”
That had been a forthright confession. But something kept Cady from responding in kind.
Days later, back at the office, they dove into work, but remembered to close Blaise’s office door when stolen kisses and some between-the-legs groping could not be avoided. It was just the two of them in the office, but clients walked into reception all the time.
“Save it for home,” Blaise muttered even as he kissed Cady silly.
“I agree.” It took all her determination to tug down her skirt and move to the opposite side of the desk. “Full moon in two days.”
“I expect you won’t be waking on a stranger’s lawn wondering what the heck is up?”
“I’m glad I got that knowledge back. No telling what would have happened if someone had seen me shift.”
“You got your wolf back.” She winked at him. “And I got myself an alpha lover.”
Blaise hiked a thigh onto the corner of the desk and ran fingers through his hair. “So this is what happens on the full moon. The day before and after the full moon I’m compelled to shift. But shifting so often is not cool when living in the city. I can either head for the cabin, which isn’t always possible when I have work demands. Or—there is something a werewolf can do to suppress his urge to shift those two days.”
“Does it involve chains?”
He gave her a startled shake of his head. “No. Uh…no? Are you into that stuff, Cady?”
“No. But if you were, I might give it a try.”
He chuckled. “I like sex to feel good, not hurt.”
“Me too. So what do you have to do to keep back your werewolf on those days?”
He leaned in so his lips brushed her earlobe. “I have to have sex until I’m sated.”
…sometimes that makes writing a sex scene difficult. Especially when the chapters average 320 words. But you get the idea, right? 😉
Blaise tugged on his pants and left the rest of his clothing beside the door. He wanted to get to Cady before she fell asleep. But he needn’t worry; she stood right inside the doorway, waiting for him.
Without a word, she slid a palm up his bare chest, igniting a sensual shiver through to his bones. She tilted onto her toes to kiss him.
“I’m not that tired,” she whispered against his mouth. “And the fire is so inviting. On the rug, over there.”
He could respect a command when he heard one. Blaise carried Cady over to the rug and laid her down. Kneeling over her, he kissed her until her sensual moans drove him mad with want.
Their clothes were shed with ease. He couldn’t get enough of her skin beneath his mouth and tongue. Her fingers danced down his abs and circled his erection. He growled and then laughed heartily.
“Tonight you’ve managed to tame my wolf and yet all this time you’ve only wanted me to set the wolf free.”
“Yes, but taming is the most dangerous part,” she said with a biting kiss to his jaw. “Show me your wild, Blaise. Take me.”
His kissed her breasts, leisurely teasing each nipple while gliding his fingers down to her wetness. Her heat made him growl hungrily. While in human shape he thought, dreamed and acted as a man. Yet now he felt an animal need to fill her and take her as she demanded.
Cady gasped as he entered her. Hilting himself in her lush heat, Blaise thrust quickly, finding a rhythm that brought both to panting, shouting orgasms within minutes.
And as he settled onto her, resting his head against her pounding heartbeats, he closed his eyes, thankful that she had trusted him, and accepted his wolf.
“We’re just getting started,” she said. “Upstairs on the bed for round two?”
He took her into his arms and made the stairs in four seconds flat.