Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Wicked Passion by Amanda J. Greene
James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate—an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can’t resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.
Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock dormant instincts within her, an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.
Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and wickedly seductive—his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.
Can Katya’s passion conquer the darkness within his soul?
His gaze dipped to her mouth and again she felt the sparks of desire. Her eyes went wide, excitement spiked her pulse, nervousness fluttered in her belly, and fear whispered over her skin.
He—the vampire, the assassin—wanted to kiss her!
Katya shook her head and would’ve placed distance between them if she could. Kissing was not a good idea and after what had just happened she doubted she could take from him at all.
“I‒We can’t,” she whispered.
He arched a brow. “Can’t?” His lips curled at the corners. “Shouldn’t? Perhaps.” He shrugged. “But we most certainly can.”
“You’re of the Shade. A vampire, protected against magic. You’ll take what power I have.”
She weakly shook her head. “I can’t feed on you. I’ll need someone el—” His rough growl made her snap her mouth shut.
“You can’t take without my consent.”
His jaw clenched all trace of his easy-going nature gone. “You tried to steal from me.”
She glanced away, ashamed by the truth of his words. “Not on purpose,” she insisted.
“Nor did I purposely sap your energy. Your magic triggered my instinctive defenses.” His expression relaxed. “But I want to help you.”
Katya met his gaze again. The intensity of his bronze stare sent heat spiraling through her.
“Your magic is weak and unstable. I felt it and how badly you…” His fingers traced the column of her throat. “I need to help you.”
Her tongue ran over her lips as expectation sizzled up her spine. To know his kiss, his taste, did she dare? A simple kiss, just one, was all she needed.
“Let me hear you say it, dove.”
The darkness of him, it beckoned to her. She couldn’t…she shouldn’t, but…Katya swallowed hard and, finding her voice, she said, “Yes.”
About the author and where to find her:
Amanda J. Greene is the author of the captivating Rulers of Darkness and enticing Under Realm Assassins series. Fans of Nalini Singh’s, Gena Showalter, and J.R. Ward will fall in love with Ms. Greene’s dangerously sexy heroes and strong, kick your teeth in heroines.
She lives in Southern California with her supportive military husband and their two fur babies—a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious black mouth cur mix. Between working full time in higher education and family life, she finds time to write and create detailed worlds with exciting characters for her ravenous readers.
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