Title: Divine Passion
Series: Guardians, book 3.5
Author: Valerie Twombly
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Baal is a demon that likes to make his own rules and the thought of being tied down to only one woman makes his skin itch. When he rescues the human Ranata from becoming a sacrificial lamb, he gets more than he bargained for. With Hades insisting his fate is to bond with the beautiful female, he can either resist or risk losing his heart.
One minute Ranata is tending bar in a small hole in the wall, and the next she fears for her life. When a sexy demon comes along and saves the day, his golden eyes and hard body make him difficult to resist. With her sister in the clutches of the enemy, she must plan a daring rescue. Fate however, has other plans. Will she choose the path destiny has laid out for her?
Baal had never been turned down by a woman. Not once. Ever. He stared at the female behind the bar, who’d refused to give him even her name. He’d closed down the place a couple of nights ago with Seth, the guardian he’d been charged with babysitting—or had it been longer ago than that? After taking a couple of those damn pills that helped immortals get drunk, he couldn’t remember. Either way, he remembered craving a piece of the vision who currently gave him the evil eye. He still did. He hadn’t come across a female like her in a long time.
Black hair curled around her shoulders; thick lashes fringed blue, almond-shaped eyes. Add to that high cheekbones and pouty lips, and you had exotic perfection. Not to mention curves he wanted to sink his fingers into while he fucked the hell out of her. “Seriously, why are you working in this shit hole? You should be strutting your stuff in designer clothes and high heels.”
She laughed. “I suppose you’re going to promise me a starring role in your next movie?”
He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out his card. “Nope, but I need a hostess for my casino.” He tossed it on the bar. She rolled her eyes then threw her towel aside and picked up the card.
“Dragon’s Cove?” She eyed him suspiciously. “I’ve heard of it.” She snorted and tossed it back on the bar. “Right, and I suppose you’re gonna tell me you own the place?”
He shrugged. “Okay, I won’t tell you that, but I do.”
“Please, I’m not that stupid. Why would someone who owns a highly successful Vegas club be here in, as you called it, this shit hole?”
“I came to help a friend who’s down and out.”
She reached for an empty beer bottle, rinsed it then tossed it in the recycling. “The dark-haired guy? He seemed like he’d seen better days.”
“He has, but I think things will improve for him soon. Now, back to my offer. I was serious when I said I need someone. You think about it, and if you’d like, I’ll fly you in for an interview and discussion of terms.”
She wiped her hands and picked up the card again. She stared at it while pulling her bottom lip through her teeth. He could almost see the gears turning. “I don’t get it. Vegas has to be full of people qualified for the job. What do you want from me?”
No way in hell could he tell her that what he really wanted was to strip her, toss her on top of the bar and taste every inch of her. He’d have to work his way up to that one. “You desire more than this; I can tell.” No lie there. The ability to read a human’s desire was bred into every demon. It was how the evil spread. Some chose to use it for bad and others for good. In this case, his intentions were for a little of both. “Your beauty shouldn’t be wasted here.”
“I’ve always wanted to leave but never had the means to do so.”
“Well, this is your chance.” He tipped back the last swig of his beer and set the glass on the bar. “I have to leave and head back. You can Google me all night long and see that I’m who I say. Call that number, and I’ll send a limo and my private jet to pick you up. You can have a room in the hotel. I promise; no strings attached.” His charm and demon good looks would bewitch the pants right off her. He just needed the chance.
“I’ll think about it.” She tucked the card into her back pocket, and suddenly, he was jealous of the tiny piece of glossy paper.
He tipped his head. “Fair enough.” Then he headed for the door.
He stopped dead in his tracks and held his breath. Had she made up her mind already? “Yes,” he said and turned slowly.
“My name, it’s Ranata.”
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I had the opportunity to read this book and if you haven’t already read the review, you can check it out here. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to read more about the guardians’ world.
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Interview with A Bookaholic’s Fix:
- What inspired you to write the Guardian series?
I love vampires but wanted to try and write something different so I came up with the Guardians. I like to call them my vampires with a twist.
- Do you find it difficult to keep up with all the supernatural species you’ve introduced?
Sometimes. Note taking is very important, but there have been times I’ve had to sift through a book to find something I forgot to write down.
- So far, which guardian has been the most fun to write?
That’s a hard one. I would have to say Seth, only because it was both fun and a little unnerving getting into his crazy head.
- What made you decide to go with a shorter book for Baal’s story? Do you think we will get more from Baal and Ranata in the future?
I decided to do a novella for Baal because he really isn’t one of the main characters though we do see a lot of him in the series. While I can’t promise, it is very possible readers may see this couple again in the future.
- Who’s story will we get next?
It looks like Lucan is up next. You get a peek at him in Divine Passion.
Awesome. I can’t wait to read the next installment. Now I want to know a little bit about your writing habits so I’ve got a couple of this or that questions.
- Do you prefer quiet or do you need noise?
I often listen to my iPod. Certain music can help me get in the mood.
- Do you plot or just go with it?
I do a little outlining, but I mostly write by the seat of my pants. I never really know where a story will end up. Sometimes I’m as surprised as the readers.
- Are you a snacker or do you basically starve because you lose track of reality?
I’m a snacker mostly, but I try to limit it and eat at mealtime.
About the Author
Award winning and best selling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.
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