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Never get between a wolf and his mate…
Billionaire. Casino owner. Tall, dark and deadly. Cristaldo Luceres is a potent force and a dangerous wolf to cross. Head of the House of Luceres, he’s used to fighting—literally—off any threat from rival houses. Wealth and women are his, but the one thing missing from his life is his mate.
Cristaldo’s on full alert when trouble comes to town in the beautiful shape of one Miss Everly Affini. The talented musician won a shot to play at the coveted Nero’s in Cristaldo’s Glittering Palace… and she could be the one, Cristaldo’s Forever Mate.
One problem is that she doesn’t think so—and isn’t shy about telling him—and another is that Rocco, an enforcer for the House of Ribelle, the Luceres’ sworn enemies, thinks she’s destined for him. Oh, and it’s the most powerful Super Blood Wolf Moon of the century, meaning chaos is unleashed.
Too bad. Once Cristaldo has a scent of his Forever Mate, he’ll fight for her…to the death if necessary. Everly doesn’t stand a chance.
Read an Excerpt
I stared out at the night, the pull of the waxing moon yanking hard. Taking a gulp of my Dalmore 62, the finest single malt whisky ever produced, I raked a hand through my hair. The need to run free was building, growing stronger by the hour. I needed to let the clean, dry desert wind blow everything else away.
Blame it on the blood moon, an ominous potent to all my wild forbearers, scheduled to rise over Las Vegas’s towering skyline in a matter of days. All my billions couldn’t stop that trickster from wreaking havoc on my kind. Not that I would trade places with any otherworldly creature. Nothing beats being a werewolf. Nothing. Especially being a billionaire werewolf, with more money and possessions than any other wolf or human on the planet.
I savored the final gulp of the fragrant whisky with its drumroll and smooth finish. It would prove amusing to see what my rivals at the House of Ribelle had planned during the event, necessitating me showing those mongrels their low rank in the pecking order. My wolf bristled at the very idea, prepared to strike.
I dropped my glass onto the proofs of the recent interview I’d done for Business Leader Quarterly. The founding of the Royal Bank of Luceres and the recent expansion of our casino enterprises into several new countries was the stuff of legend and warranted a huge center spread in the magazine. Amusing really, humans being unable to see more than what was right in front of their noses. My photo stared from the piece, all GQ to the public, but the slick surface hid a beast, ready to burst forth at a moment’s notice.
And that beast, bored and weary at the sameness of the days, needed a change. Where was the excitement? The new challenge? Having gathered all the riches the world had to offer didn’t fill the deep void of longing, growing stronger by the day, of wanting something more. Only to myself would I admit that my life was lacking, that surrounded by so many, I was lonely.
Maybe it was time to choose a mate? Even if she wasn’t the famed Forever Mate so valued by the pack, at least I would have company at night. Someone to share my victories with. No. I wanted the real thing. A true mate at my side, anointed as being the chosen one of destiny. I raised my head and closed my eyes, catching a sense of change on the wind. Something…was coming.
My office door slammed wide open, causing a low growl of warning to escape my throat before I caught sight of the intruder who’d broken my concentration. Ah, Lucius. My identical twin. He’d come bearing dubious gifts, by the look of it.
Two frightened young women preceded my brother inside the penthouse offices of the Glitter Palace casino. They should be scared. Lucius might have been named for the light, but his heart was filled with darkness.
Let me just tell you that this book is hawt! Off the charts hawt. Not taboo but the smexy times are imaginative and frequent. That said, Ms. Bain makes good use of the scenes to show how Everly and Cristaldo evolve as a couple in both the love that they develop between each other and how Everly comes to face her fate in life. Everly is a trip. Mouthy, sassy, and a complete non-believer in werewolves, she is a force to be reckoned with in terms of dealing with Cristaldo. She had me laughing out loud at times and trust me, I don’t typically laugh in a paranormal romance. Ms. Bain does a great job of balancing the paranormal with the normal in the book.
I will admit that I didn’t like Cristaldo at first. Look, I love a billionaire hero just like the next person but it really wasn’t until about the second act of the book that I finally warmed up to him. After that, I was rooting for him in the end. He just needed to let Everly figure some things out on her own and he didn’t like that one bit. And he made no mistake of letting you know that either. But he needed to grow as the alpha pack leader and Everly gave him that opportunity without her even knowing it. Brilliant writing. I have a feeling that reading Lucius’ book is going to anger me but in the end, I’ll end up loving him, too.
The world that Ms. Bain has set up for the rest of the series is interesting and I’m not talking about Vegas. I loved how she brought Roman Mythology into the story and her use of the history of Rome to set up the 3 houses (packs) and how they are related to each other. Not to mention to Everly but I will leave that there for you. One of the things that I really appreciated in the story is how Ms. Bain didn’t rely on the shifting, etc. that most authors use to tell a paranormal story. She lets us imagine what that world is like. That said, I loved when Everly was in the neutral site and her new “best friend” comes in to do her makeup and dress her and tells her the do’s and don’t of their world. Witches bad. Oh my word…I was in love with that girl. I want more of her.
I really enjoyed getting to know Cristaldo and Everly. Their story isn’t finished and I can’t wait to follow it in the rest of the series. We aren’t done with the other houses and it should be a lot of fun to watch it all play out.
About the Author:
January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full-blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination.
If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.
If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…