Title: Dragon Heart (Rocky Mountain Shifters)
Author: Susan Arden
Genre: Paranormal Romance 18+
Publication Date: November 10, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family’s political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or claim her life and her sexuality for her own. She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man – a dragon shifter who’s too dangerous to resist…
Former Navy SEAL Drake O’Connor personally guaranteed he’d protect his buddy’s daughter to the death. But when his explosive chemistry with Shay finally boils over and they end up in bed, her family’s political enemies are the least of their problems. Because although Shay doesn’t know it, she’s crossed a line with Drake that will alter their future for an eternity…
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Even if her experience was nil, sex was sex. Sure Drake was frickin’ hot. Sex with him was probably off the charts … but still sex. Wasn’t it?
She stammered, “We’re not mating. So you’re wrong about lasting out the full moon. We can do it once. We’re hardly two shifters falling head over heart hard. No one said anything about you claiming me as your mate. As long as you keep your fangs clear of my neck, we’re kosher. Okay?”
He stared back at her like she’d just announced she had the power to walk through walls. “Shannon, there are still irrefutable issues. This is a no-win situation for both of us,” he whispered, closing his eyes as though that might sever the bond between them.
“Why?” she demanded. “Because you served under my dad a million years ago. So what? And now, who gives a rat’s ass if you work for my parents? I’m not looking for forever, just once.”
He opened his eyes; fire and heat swirled in their depths. “Is that what you’re telling yourself or trying to get me to believe? What would you have me do? You don’t understand the gravity of us in bed. We’d be on the run. Penniless.”
“I get that this is going to torrentially rain on some plans. I don’t care about the money. I’ve got my own destiny.”
“Kitten, with your Prada purses, designer lattes, and chauffeur driven Bentley, how far do you think you’ll get without your daddy’s credit card? Ever made your own bed, fixed your own meal … shot a gun?”
Her eyes widened. “Stuff. Details. I’m not afraid.”
“Your parents—hell, the justice councils on two continents would hunt us down. Not to mention Shawn and Richard. Collectively your brother and father will go ballistic.”
What Drake said had a sliver of truth, but eventually Mom and Dad would get over her not marrying Dimitri. And the justice councils didn’t matter diddly-swat. She and Drake weren’t breaking any laws. In six months, this would blow over and la-de-da, everyone would forget about this idiot idea of using her as leverage to join forces with the Mediterranean Council. Let them find another leopardess to broker—someone who actually had political aspirations. She would be happy, single, and have her accounting career. And Shawn, he’d understand. They were close as siblings—felt each other’s life force.
No way she’d marry Dimitri. This was her life—her way. A one night fling and voilà. That was her happy ever after, minus the lovey-dovey goo. Getting hitched—in love or not—was so not her plan. Leave that to the other leopardess shifters in her family.
“I’ll learn to take care of myself. You can teach me.”
“Big talk for a little girl who goes around with a security team. Sweetheart, wake up and smell the Folgers.”
~ About the Author(s) ~
Time to come clean about Susan Arden. This is a team effort between a husband and a wife. One was a teacher, now turned into writer, and just got into cover and interior book design which is a whole other fascinating world. The other is a business owner of a successful environment remediation company.
Two heads are better than one when it comes to writing fiction. Susan Arden is just one of the pen names of this pair. Romance, YA fiction, and soon suspense fiction. Check out the Susan Arden team's blog to keep up this sweet & spicy romance world. Stay in touch.