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Talios

 

Co-written with Aliyah Burke

Totally Bound

December 2011

ISBN #: 978-0-85715-828-4

Series: Kemet Uncovered, Book #1

Genre: Paranormal/Multicultural

Length: Novella

Format: E-Book

Connected Story: Seducing Damian

 

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I am of war and have no home to call my own. Destruction was my closest bedfellow until I was given to a goddess to pay my penance. Now, set free, I am adrift with my nomadic ways. Home for me is just a place to rest until I move on to another. I know I do not deserve a place or anyone to call mine. Yet I cannot resist her.

 

Candace Jermaine is everything I long for but cannot dare to expect for my own. She is a woman whose heart is so big that it shines from her with a sultry innocence that I find intoxicating. A scientist who is so dedicated to her work that she shuts all else out, including me. I question whether this is but another test. Another form of penance for all the destruction I have wrought…but I have found I do not care. She is in my blood. Candace is the other half of my soul. Something I never expected to find. Yet I wonder can I, a god who is newly free of the bonds of my past, find a future with a woman who shakes me to my very core? I need Candace more than I ever expected that I would. My need for her goes outside the bounds of her humanity. I want her to join me in forever and beyond.

 

Talios.

 

 
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Warning: Content below is not suitable if under 18.

 

Candace looked back and her eyes widened.

The man rose from the lake like some mythical god. Water cascaded from his naked, sculptured body. He raised a strong-looking hand and ran blunt fingers through his shoulder-length, black hair. With confidence, he came out of the water. When he reached the shore, he didn’t break stride coming to her. A sudden feeling of being hunted came over her and she backed up, hitting a tree.

He stopped a little distance away from her. At five foot eleven, she didn’t usually feel short, but next to him she did. He was very tall—he had at least eight inches over her.

She studied him. His curly black hair framed an onyx-coloured face that was all planes and angles—broad forehead, high cheeks, full nose, firm chin and full lips. He was extremely handsome…but it was his presence that captivated her. There was a sense of strength yet gentleness about him.

She lowered her gaze. A golden chain hung at his neck, with an oblong pendant covered in symbols. Candace licked her lips at the sight of his broad chest and shoulders. The man made a slight rumbling sound. It snapped her out of her daze.

“Oh, sorry.” Candace turned around.

“It’s okay. You can look now.” His voice was husky and deep.

She faced him. She noted he now had a towel around his waist. Coal-black eyes assessed her. His scrutiny made her shift.

“Sorry, I’m trespassing. I’ll go.”

“That’s okay. Stay. Have some iced tea.” He gestured to a table on the other side of the tree that she hadn’t noticed before.

Candace took a step back. “I didn’t mean to interrupt. I’ve been coming by this place for a while. When I saw the house was fixed up I couldn’t resist coming to look,” she finished in a rush.

Way to go, Candace—making yourself sound nosy.

“You’re not interrupting. Sit and have some tea.” The gentleness in his voice stilled her steps.

He took her hand and led her to the table. The tabletop was made of various stone pieces, creating a mosaic. He seated her and poured some tea for them both, then sat next to her. He raised his glass and took a drink of the tea. Candace watched his throat move. He lowered the glass to the table, then ran a finger down its side. She shivered, imagining how it would feel against her body. Taking a breath, Candace tried to control her uncharacteristic reaction.

 

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