Series Title: The Vitruvian Man
Author: Cate Masters
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Erotic
Length: 30,298 words
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Marketing Tags: contemporary, erotic romance, chimera, witches, Venice, Carnevale, masquerade, paranormal romance, fantasy, magic, Tease, Allure.
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Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera—the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity, and intimacy.
Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. Her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.
Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met but has never seen.
Be careful what you wish for
Did your parents ever tell you this? (Over and over again, like mine, lol) Be careful what you wish for – you just might get it.
Telling that to a desperately lonely woman is a waste of breath! Those long hours of working in a lab make her imagine the guy she’d love to meet – tall, dark, strikingly handsome. Alpha male, of course. Intelligent would be great. And cultured. A guy who appreciates hard work as much as fun and humor.
My dad used to have another saying that stuck with me – don’t wish your life away. So true! I spent way too much time as a kid dreaming about what I wanted. Dreaming is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. Without dreaming, I’d never be a writer. All those daydreams brought to life stories and vivid characters that now seem like dear old friends. And while I was wishing and dreaming as a kid, I was also writing. Some dreams just stay with you.
I know what I’ve been wishing for lately – release day for Cursed! And now it’s almost here! It’s a dream come true. Seriously, I don’t know when I’ve been more excited for a release. And this is just the first of three books (so far) in this series.
Here’s a peek at Cursed!
Light danced in his dark eyes. “I must admit, your fire dancing fascinated me. What made you choose such a dangerous skill to master?”
“The thrill of the challenge, I suppose.” It balanced the rest of her mundane life, to a degree. His gaze intensified. “Mistakes must be very painful.”
“I practiced a long time before I worked up the nerve to actually light the wands. I found the fire great incentive to focus, however.” God, her grin must be goofy, the way he stared. What gorgeous eyes, such a deep brown they almost appeared black. He probably had rugged features, if his large hands provided any indication. Too bad he wore gloves, another barrier between them.
“Yes,” he said, “I imagine so.”
“What about you? What other magic do you know?” Oh please, could she get any more ridiculous? It sounded like a line from a bad chick flick.
The crinkle around his eyes was the only evidence of his smile, but enough to charm her. “Lifetimes of studying the dark arts have provided me with many tricks.”
He stiffened in her arms. “Pardon?”
She watched him carefully. “You said ‘lifetimes.’ Plural.” And what the hell did he mean by “dark arts”?
Graceful movements became rigid. “I’m sure you’re mistaken.” He stared over her head as they whirled to the music.
Mistaken my ass. How very strange. More strange that the question upset him. He’d clammed up, and his muscles were so tense she expected him to bolt. Better to drop it. For now. “Must have been a slip of the tongue.”
“Yes.” Relief sounded in his tone, though guarded. This man had something to hide. How intriguing.
About the Author
Multipublished, award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem, and romance! When not spending time with her family, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company.
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