I am so pleased Rosanna Leo has offered this Tuesday Treat for you all.
Thank you once again to Daisy for hosting me here and sharing her time with me.
It’s a pleasure to be here for her Tuesday Treats Firsts series because I think this is a topic to which we can all relate. We’ve all enjoyed “firsts” in love, whether they have been kisses, touches or grand passions. We all know the rush such experiences can produce.
In my latest paranormal romance, Predator’s Claim, Gemini Island Shifters 4, we also see some notable firsts. My hero Bart Cairo is a wolf shifter who must lead his pack for the first time, a role in which he never envisioned himself despite his obvious leadership qualities. However, the first I’d like to tell you about is the all-encompassing passion he feels for the woman destined to be his mate, Charlotte Moffatt.
Both Charlotte and Bart have been around the block a few times. As wolf shifters with tremendous libidos, these characters are not blushing virgins. However, while in Charlotte’s presence, Bart grows tongue-tied. He says the wrong things. And Charlotte is no better. Driven by fierce hunger for a man she always saw as a friend, her world is turned upside down when their passion flares.
Unrequited love, once requited, is very much a first. Their whole dynamic changes. Their banter is now laced with eroticism. Each movement, choreographed by insane hunger. And the need to mark and protect each other fills them both with emotion they’ve never known.
I enjoyed telling the story of this “first” love. I delighted in creating these head-strong characters and watching their sparks fly. I hope you will enjoy their romance too.
Predator’s Claim – Gemini Island Shifters 4
For years, wolf shifter Bart Cairo has harbored secret feelings for his co-worker, Charlotte Moffatt. Even though he thinks he’s been discreet with his affections, everyone at Gemini Island’s Ursa Fishing Lodge knows he and Charlotte, a fellow wolf shifter, are meant to be mates. Everyone but Charlotte.
Charlotte couldn’t be less interested in mating. A free spirit, she wants nothing more than to succeed at her new career in the big city and leave small-town Gemini Island behind. However, she can’t deny Bart stirs up unwanted emotions inside her. Emotions she swore she’d never feel again.
The occasion of Bart’s family reunion compels him to assume new responsibilities, and to consider a role he never envisioned for himself. Family tensions rise to the surface as a new Alpha is proclaimed in his pack. And when old grudges escalate, Bart must stake his claim.
Charlotte resists as he stakes a claim on her as well. But when he begins to employ sexual tactics of temptation, she wonders if the only solution is submission to the enticing wolf man. Can she trust her heart again? And can they find their happy ending before an enemy cuts their story short?
He pushed aside one of the suitcases in his way and backed her up against the sitting room wall. He put his hands on either side of her head, closing her in, and leaned toward her. Soaking up the scent of her talc-scented skin and her womanly heat, he inhaled deeply, knowing she was hot for him. “Did our kiss mean nothing to you?”
She blinked. As she stared at him, tears threatened, pooling at the corners of her eyes, but she banished them with another punishing series of blinks. “Nothing.”
Oh, she was good, but he was better. No kidding a kidder, after all. He wet his lips and pinned his gaze on hers, which were now trembling ever so slightly. “You’re fooling yourself.”
“I’m not,” she said on a gulp. “I’m not…”
“Oh yes, you are,” he warned, his voice low and deep. “But that’s gonna stop here and now, Charles.” He moved his face closer to hers, bent his head, and dragged his tongue up the length of her neck. When she gasped, he felt her hold her breath and moved his tongue as slowly as possible. He ground his hips against her, and his cock thumped violently against her belly.
She slammed her hands against the wall behind her, clearly trying to get purchase on anything but him. Even still, her hips rolled against his in obvious invitation. “I want you to stop,” she cried. Her chest jerked as the plaint escaped her, and her tears finally tumbled down her cheeks.
He moved away, just millimeters so she could breathe. Cupping her face, he stared her right in the eyes. “Say it again, and maybe I’ll believe you this time.”
“I want you to…” she squeaked.
“What was that? I can’t quite hear you, princess.”
Her lips wobbled and her eyes crinkled in what could only be agony of the worst kind. “I want…Oh God! I want you.”
He let out the breath he’d been holding and shots of heat radiated through him.
He took her mouth in a savage kiss, meant to illustrate his dominance over her. He nipped at her lips, none too gently, and felt them swell under his touch. Good. That’s how he wanted her. Plump and overcome and ready for him. Always.
As he drove his tongue into her mouth, tangling it with hers, he heard her groan. Ecstasy made his cock riot in his pants, and he would have done anything in that moment to strip her of her clothes and plunge into her sweet moisture. His Charlotte. His woman. He’d make her his in every sense of the word, and soon.
Predator’s Claim is available at www.lsbooks.com , ARE, Amazon, Kobo and other e-outlets.
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books who lives and breathes paranormal romance. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Night Owl Romance and Two Lips Recommended Reads. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair. www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com