When I was seventeen, I fell in love. It was incredible, earth shattering, but most of all, it was heartbreaking. He walked away without an explanation. Without saying goodbye.
He was simply gone.
But five years later, I walk into a room and he’s there. He had been only hours away from me all these years. I often imagined how a reunion between us would be. Would I run into his arms, kiss him and tell him I still love him?
No, I slugged him.
I knew the day would come when I’d have to face Skylar. I made a decision years ago that I’ve always questioned. Always wondered if it was the right choice. I was torn between the woman lying in my bed and the best friend who was giving me the opportunity for a better life.
Skylar deserved better than me. I chose the Royal Bastards MC.
Now, she’s here, having been brought to the club for protection. Our reunion didn’t go as I imagined it would. There was no sweet embrace, no words even exchanged. She marched right up to me and punched me in the face.
I knew right then and there, I never stopped loving her. Thing is, the Royal Bastards have rules. I live and die by them. If I break them, I’m out. I’ll lose my patch and lose the family I have.
Alpha Death Hunter, Lennox Bartley, has kept the shifter world safe from rogues and exposure for years, making an enemy or ten along the way. Though something had always been missing in his life. Then he met Jade Cross.
Jade is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, despite her disfigurement. She is a successful and creative entrepreneur but also the most submissive wolf he’s ever known.
As the alpha, Lennox needs a strong, confident female or the Death Hunters will eat her for lunch. Plus, when his enemies learn he has a mate, her life will be in constant danger.
Jade has the choice to follow her heart or her head. One will keep her in her sheltered, safe world while the other will lead to the love of her life and almost certain death if she doesn’t find the inner strength to help herself.
Paige Murphy is your typical type-A, over the top, sexually-repressed, nerdy girl. Born into academia, she comes from a long line of strict, overbearing librarians. A poster child for the Never-Been-Kissed Fan Club, Paige’s life is one of banality and conformity.
If not for her childhood best friends, Kathy and Sarah, providing comic relief, she would have succumbed long ago to the bland, starched life of cardigan sweaters and tucked-in white shirts with going pantyless on workdays her only form of rebellion. Freshly graduated from NYU, Paige has just landed her dream job at The JP Morgan Library and met the man of her dreams on her very first day!
Nicolas Bennett is a newly-minted history professor at NYU. Single, with dreamy good looks and riveting blue eyes, he has a smile that has left Paige in a constant state of erotic daydreaming. Now she finds herself torn between playing it safe and longing for a life she has never known. When a mysterious package addressed to Paige arrives at the library, she is drawn into an ever-deepening mystery revolving around the good professor. Will she find that love is not for everyone, or in her case is she Mint to be Loved? — with Elias Raven.
The Hunters Awakening (The Death Hunter series book 2)
Haven Winters hates her life in the Winter Coven. She escapes with only the clothes on her back. She would rather die out in the world alone than stay with the evil mages. The only problem, she’s headed straight into the town of Death Hunters—the coven’s archenemy. If they find out who she is before the mages locate her, she won’t have to worry about saving her soul.
Cosmo Fitzgerald, beta Death Hunter, feels it; something is coming. What he discovers turns his world upside down. Then he recalls words from a crazy fortune-teller: if he takes a mate, she will die.
When his alpha tells the Death Hunters to prepare for battle against the coven who’s come to claim Haven, he realizes he’d do anything to protect the one he thought was dead. This time, he may not be able to keep her alive.
The Hunter’s Protector (The Death Hunters series book 3)
Hot male shifters and kick-ass females resistant to their charms. Love, suspense, and danger. What more can you ask for? Greer O’Neill has been on the run and hiding her entire life. She holds magic that can dominate the paranormal world. After everyone she’s ever loved has been killed by mages hunting her, she stumbles into the only place that can keep her safe—the home of the Death Hunters. There she meets Reed, a sexy Death Hunter. Every bone in her body aches for him. But if she loves him, he will be killed, perhaps by her own magic. Reed McDaniel thinks life is great as a Death Hunter. He has a new home, a job he loves, and friends who would die for him. But he’s never known real fear until he set eyes on the one they call the White Bear. One look and he knew Greer was his mate. Convincing her is a problem and protecting her could cost him his life. Now an ancient evil knows where she is and danger threatens every life in New Hope.
Jason stared helplessly at a blank piece of paper after the teacher was done explaining their first lesson in androgyny. This class is too advanced for me. He could draw stick people. Hell, he could draw graphs full of figures and parabolas. He could even draw the mathematically correct plans for a simple architectural structure. But this… Forms and lines, shading and curves… He was lost.
Thank God it was only the first week of classes and he could quit this one and find another.
In the meantime, he was caught by the androgynous wo/man reclining on the block in the center of the room. Aaron — or Erin — wouldn’t be his first crush on a not-quite-male-or-female person, and surely s/he wouldn’t be the last. There was something beautiful, artful about an androgynous human being. In a way that had nothing to do with the androgyny of buildings and animals, people who could be either male or female, or maybe some alternative to these two opposites, were simply nature’s gift to the world.
Jason concentrated on one of the model’s eyes and drew that. The shape wasn’t exactly circular, but starting from a geometrically perfect arc helped him keep the basic curve. He made the pupil and iris before drawing the outside. It was far from perfect, but he thought he’d caught the slight upturn at the corner that seemed to reflect the model’s smile.
When Jason sat back, he realized he was sweating. Shaking his hair out of his eyes, he looked at his picture. It didn’t look exactly like the eye before him, but it did at least look like someone’s eye. Then he glanced at the clock and saw thirty minutes had passed. How was he possibly going to finish the rest of the drawing?
He cursed under his breath. That single eye took up most of the top half of the page.
On the platform, the model adjusted position, leaning on elbows that looked near as pointy as a protractor’s needle. In fact, all of the model’s features — face, arms, legs, chest — were narrow. They had a chin like a triangle and cheekbones like two half circles. That doesn’t sound flattering at all, but damn if s/he doesn’t look hot with those features.
Giving up on squeezing the rest of a face onto the first sheet, Jason put this one at the bottom of his stack. Then he tried drawing the angle of the elbow on the block and the shadow under it.
This drawing failed miserably. Too bad they’re aren’t as easy on the pencil as they are on the eyes. Jason smirked in spite of his failure and shuffled this drawing also to the bottom of the pile.
The model’s eyes sparkled as if s/he knew what Jason was thinking.
By the time the class was over, Jason had six failed drawings and no progress.
“If you check the class website on Poster –” the SUNY Besker website “– you can choose one of Aaron’s poses to draw. Your first drafts are due Wednesday.” And the teacher began packing up.
Jason got up and approached her. “I wanted to let you know I’ll be dropping this class.” He realized he’d brought two of his drawings with him and showed her, feeling shamefaced.
She took the pictures, studied them for a moment, and then said, “I think this class is too advanced for you.”
Everyone else was leaving. Jason nodded.
“Don’t give up on it, if art is what you really want to do,” she told him. “But learning to swim by falling into the deep end is really not the best way to go.”
Jason winced. He returned to his desk to collect his failures. What was I thinking, working with live models?
“You didn’t draw anything?” the model asked from behind him.
Jason groaned and covered his face. “Yeah,” he told the unknown voice because he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, “but it all looks like shit.”
“Let me see.” A delicate hand with long fingers took Jason’s stack of paper and shuffled through. “I like this one.”
Jason looked up into the guy’s face, knowing the model was male because of his voice. His narrow face held a pair of hypnotic, dark brown eyes. “Which one? They’re all pretty terrible.” That was an understatement.
Aaron retreated to the raised platform in the middle of the room and hiked one skinny hip up onto it. “I like this one,” he repeated, and then showed Jason the drawing of his eye.
Jason shook his head. “That one’s okay, but it’s not small enough. If I could even fit your nose in there it would be a miracle.”
“You just need a bigger piece of paper.” He slid off the edge and returned the drawing. “You haven’t taken an art class before?”
“Is it that obvious?”
“Not from your work, from your face.” Aaron grinned. “Let me see that page again.”
He bent over Jason’s eye drawing, flipped the paper over, and wrote something on the back with one of Jason’s pencils. “Here. Try this book. It’ll make your life easier, especially if this isn’t your passion.”
Jason read the underlined title and frowned. “It sounds like a biology book.”
Aaron laughed. “It’s an art book. I promise. But it’s more enjoyable and less technical than most.” He headed for the door. “I’ll see you later, Jason.”
Don’t let this one go. Jason blinked, unsurprised and a little annoyed to hear his friend, Shawn’s, voice in his head. But he called, “Hold up a minute. I’ll walk out with you.” He shoved his paper together, grabbed his pencils and the bag everything had come out of, and rushed to join Aaron at the door.
“I’m headed upstairs to do more work,” Aaron said. “But you can walk me as far as the stairs if you want.” He said this without looking at Jason, and there was something chilly in his tone.
Jason kept pace. “You’re an art major?” he asked just to be saying something.
Aaron nodded but didn’t ask anything in return.
I’m losing him. “You’re a great model. You really know how to, um, hold still?”
That got him the flash of a smile. “Thanks. It’s harder than it looks. Especially if your nose itches.” They’d reached the stairs and Aaron said, “Bye,” as he went up.
Jason stood at the bottom, retreating a little as other students rushed around him. He watched Aaron’s ass in the tight jeans until other asses, most less attractive, cut off his view. Then, mildly disappointed, he headed away from the stairs and toward the front of the building.
A place to call home. A place without vampires. Funny how life can suck you dry! Riley Milton, in her tiger form, killed a vampire sent by her pride alpha to bring her in. With female shifters disappearing, she fears she will be next. To keep her safe, her brother covertly moves them to New Hope. A place that offers protection and friendship. A place she can call home. A place with no vampires. The plan is foolproof then Riley meets her mate who is. . .wait for it. . .a vampire. And not just any vamp, but the most powerful one in existence—Calum O’Keefe. Calum O’Keefe has been on earth so long, he has lost count of the years. Life has become boring and money’s no object. The only place that offers any excitement is Death Hunter’s territory. And lookie, lookie who he finds—Riley Milton, a timid shifter who makes his ancient heart beat again. Life is looking up until his family is attacked and Riley goes missing. What’s a vampire to do? Rescue the girl, make her his mate, and kill anyone who tries to stop him. Amazon US – https://amzn.to/33r4SEI Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2TYRKn5 Amazon CA – https://amzn.to/2Qsdeqe Amazon AUS – https://amzn.to/2WpHtlM Amazon FR – https://amzn.to/38YRCZb Amazon DE – https://amzn.to/3baaaqD Amazon ES – https://amzn.to/3d9748a
From USA Today Bestselling author KL Donn comes the third book in her Task Force 779 series, an all new military romance series with heart, heat, and suspense.
Nightmares and monsters are supposed to remain in the dark. Thought of, frightened from, but never seen.
Lola Bishop has suffered more tragedy in her short time on this earth than most have in an entire lifetime. She lost her parents when she was young, consoled the members of her brother’s elite team when they thought a member was dead, and finally found her best friend’s body.
How much more could she possibly take?
Theo Burkhart excels at all he tries. Most sought after recon sniper in the Marines, he joined Task Force 779 with his best friend to become a part of something bigger. He wanted to make an impact on the world.
Not fall in love with his commander’s little sister.
When he gets the call that Lola needs him, Theo drops everything to be at her side. She’s strong, yet fragile in so many ways. The girl he’s loved for years is begging to find the good in the world, and he’s only too happy to help.
The only question is, will it be enough when one more obstacle is thrown their way or will Lola crack for good this time?
Just a heads up: While my stories carry their share of violence and adult situations, this one, in particular, touches on some socially prevalent issues that may be upsetting to readers.
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