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Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.

Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), their only weakness being their body’s need for a mate to carry on the Breed.  So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.

With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

Author Name: Paloma Beck
Author URL: http://http://palomabeck.weebly.com
Author Bio
ISBN: 978-1-61885-352-3
Word Count: 36545
Formats: EPUB, HTML, LIT, MOBI, PDF

4
What a fabulous beginning to a new series from first time author Paloma Beck. She has created a world with new and different paranormal characters with unique abilities. She packed a LOT of story into 100 pages and left me wanting more.

Madden is a member of the Valendite Breed, which is a race of immortals who have some vampire characteristics, in that they take blood to sustain their immortality.

Layla is a member of the Circle of Magdalena a race of women who are the destined mates of the Valendites with powers and a curse all their own. Each Magdalena woman has one of the seven deadly sins as her soul sin and depending on that sin has either had to fight to control it or has never experienced it.

Layla's soul sin is lust and it is a feeling that she has never experienced in her life until the night that she runs into Madden at a bar on a girls night out with her sisters. Panicked, Layla runs from Madden but there is no denying what she feels for him and Madden is letting her get away that easily.

What you think is a love story between two people becomes a rare Tre Adoro between Madden, Layla and Anton, who is a Valendite, but a different kind. They have a symbiotic relationship and one that is so strong no one could survive without the other two.

There are so many layers to this book that you will find yourself at the end wanting much more. I had so many questions that weren't fully answered that if I could I would buy the next book right now just to learn more about these people. It's not just a love story, there are elements of suspense in the TEU storyline that I hope are brought out more in the following books.

If you are looking for something different, gripping and sexy then pick up the first in the Sin Sisters series, Lustful Cravings and indulge.
Originally posted at:http://guiltyindulgencebookclub.blogspot.com/
Date Added: 08/14/2012 by Tyra Berger

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lustful Cravings by Paloma Beck

 

Lustful Cravings Paloma Beck Secret Cravings Publishing
Book 1 of the Seven Sins Sisters
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal vampyric Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.
Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit, an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on both of their powers to get them to their Pronouncement.


Review
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series by Paloma Beck.  It is only 107 pages, but manages to do so much in that span.  The main characters Madden, a member of the Valendite Breed , and Layla, a member of the Magdalena Circle,  immediately interest you in their individual and collective stories.  Layla and her seven sisters are fated to mate with a member of the Valendite breed, a symbiotic relationship because the women of the Magdalena Circle give life and sustenance to the Valendites through their blood, and in return they are given long lives by their husbands’ blood.  Each partner in a mating also has its own powers.  Layla is the youngest of the Seven Sin  Sisters and the least interested in men or mating even though her soul sin is Lust. It was not until she saw the man she was destined to mate that she opened herself to her truly lustful soul.    What follows is a steamy love story of two individual who share an incredible love both emotionally and physically.  In addition, you get to know the personalities of Layla’s sisters and Madden’s close friends and brothers, so you are very excited to see who pairs up next. An excellent beginning to what promises to be a hot and interesting series. 

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RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.  This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.

 

Lustful Cravings - Seven Sin Sisters, Book 1, Paloma Beck, 
Secret Cravings: August 6, 2012
 
GENRE: Erotic Paranormal Romance
ELEMENTS: Menage, Adult Language, Explicit Sex
 


Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.

Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), their only weakness being their body’s need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
 
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

REVIEW:

Say what you will about the paranormal genre being repetitious and overdone - Ms. Beck puts that rumor to rest.  Creating a who new world of paranormal creatures (the Valendite Breed) - a little bit magical, a little bit vampy and a whole lot of alpha male sexy!  Combine that with a race of women (the Circle of Magdalena) with powers of their own, bound by their "soul sin", you have that blissful concept of a pre-destined mate tempered with the modern need to have trust, affection and love earned. 

Never shy about venting my frustrations with the world building that normally occurs with the first book in a new series - Lustful Cravings manages to weave a spell that leaves the reader with a general understanding of who the players are and what their world is about without being overly descriptive or over-divulging as many first introductions are.  Ms. Beck provides the reader with enough information about these Sinster Sisters that every single one of their hopefully HEA stories is a tantalizing morsel one is willing to wait for.  There are still enough mysteries about the Valendite Breed and their covert missions for TEU that upcoming story lines should be surprising and exciting as well.  Thankfully, the next in the series will release soon so the wait wont be terribly painful!

As for characters themselves, Layla is an interesting choice for a first story - the youngest and embodying possibly the most complicated soul sin of lust - she's a virgin who has never felt the need to connect outside her family home because her sin has never kicked in until that fateful night she spies Madden in a crowded club.  Watching Madden go completely alpha to get the mate he wants and needs is sexy and intense. That he actually takes such care to ensure it isn't the traumatic experience it could have been is endearing. 

The added complication of Anton into the mix takes the story from a sexy read to a sizzling read.  The concept of the rare Tre Adoro between Madden, Layla and Anton, a  different type of Valendite Breed, makes for one supremely hot symbiotic relationship. Like the perfect triangle, all three sides are equal and derive strength and support from each other and cannot do without any one piece missing. Find that in a menage relationship and you have the makings of sheer brain candied heaven!

Well written, cleverly crafted, strong but appealing characters and a unique story line with sizzling hot erotic love scenes - this is a new author to watch out for!
 
RATING: Five Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries! This book was given to us by the author for an unbiased review.  Many thanks. 

 

 

 

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Title: Lustful Craving
Author: Paloma Beck
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Publication date: August 6, 2012
ISBN: 1-618853-52-3
Pages: 111
Series: The Seven Sin Sisters, Book 1
Reviewer: Tangie

 

Heat Level:   M/F, M/F/M, oral & anal sex, graphic language
   
Rating:

 

Layla is one of seven sisters who are part of a prophecy.  They are defined by each of the seven sins. Layla’s sin is lust.  This means  she will not feel desire until she meets her Valendite Breed, otherwise known as her mate. 

Madden sees Layla when she is out with her sisters and knows she is the one.  Can he calm Layla's nerves and convince her that he loves her in spite of the prophecy?  Will Layla admit she loves Madden before his enemies strip her of her chance to build a life with him and their third, Anton? 

Lustful Cravings by Paloma Beck is first book in The Seven Sin Sistersseries.  I enjoyed this story by Ms. Beck, she provided her readers with a slow and steady building of this new world.  Her character development was great; I could feel Layla's frustration as she tried to grasp control of her life.  She never thought of having a mate and never felt desire so she struggled to deal with these new feelings.  She struggled to accept the changes that were happening so quickly and Ms. Beck took the reader on her journey. 

Madden is a strong alpha male.  He has waited for decades for his mate and is much more accepting of the changes in his life.  His fears about finding a mate are focused on the danger his job brings to Layla's world. 

If I had one complaint with this story, it was the addition of Anton.  I could not figure out his role.  Was he loved by Layla as well?  Could he have a relationship with Layla that was separate from she had with Madden?  He was a part of their relationship but not really and I found that extremely confusing.  Although I found Anton's part in this story confusing, I enjoyed this story nonetheless.  This was my first time reading Ms. Beck’s work and it certainly won’t be my last.

 

 

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Title: Lustful Cravings (Seven Sin Sisters, Book One)
Author: Paloma Beck
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 96 pages
Genre(s): Erotic Paranormal Romance (M/F/M)
Heat Level: Sizzling

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BLURB
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen… until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.

Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.

With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on all of their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

PG13 EXCERPT

Madden pulled away from her, just slightly, and she whimpered in protest. He chuckled and kissed her nose when he saw her wrinkle it. Struck by the flush of her cheeks, Madden noted the same flush running down her throat and to the very top of her breasts. As she took deep breaths to calm herself, he placed his forehead against hers. But Madden only paused for a moment because he had no intention of letting the emotions he was pulling from Layla subside. He would not let her gain the control she was wrestling for. A woman off-balance was what he needed her to be.

As part of the Valendite Breed, Madden had been raised to know the prophecy, to appreciate the significance of finding your mate and claiming her. He planned to worship Layla until the day they died. The sharing of blood so sacred, nothing could tear them from one another. Not only would their blood bond them together but it would also sustain Madden and prolong Layla’s life so she lived as long as he did.

Madden moved his hands to frame her face and drew her head up to meet her eyes. He brushed a soft kiss against her full lips before speaking, his voice husky with desire. “Take your tongue, Layla love, and touch it to my sharpest teeth. The blood exchange will bind us and I can take you then. Ho bisogno di te. Please don’t make me wait.”

Madden’s words were barely finished when he took her mouth again. Gently his tongue drew hers out, slowing to let her catch up to his need. When he felt the puncture wounds and tasted the first drop of her blood, he moaned low inside himself. He felt Layla tense at first and then soften her body as it settled into his own. Her moans began to mirror his. He could feel her desire as if it was his own, and it multiplied the urge to claim her and demand she submit to him as his mate.

Madden held back with every piece of control he had been trained to possess. This moment required him to remain in control, to ease her in the mating. He felt her pull away. Her body shuttered and a small whimper bubbled up from her throat. He was suddenly struck by her vulnerability.

“What’s happened, Madden? Why do I feel this way?” His Layla was frightened and he wanted nothing more than to comfort her. Her feisty golden eyes now appeared panicked. Madden couldn’t bear it.

“Layla love, we’re bonded now. You will forever feel what I feel just as I will feel the emotions inside of you. It is a powerful thing for mates. It will make the next act we perform even richer than any romance book you’ve ever read.” He rose then from the floor between her legs and pulled her to him, carrying her out of the room.

“Which way to your bedroom, Layla?”

Review:

O.M.G. Yes, O.M.G.!! *wipes brow and picks tongue and jaw off the floor* To say this book was amazing would be an understatement. As most people know, I couldn’t get past the second Twlight book because the whole paranormal/vampire thing being repetitive, unoriginal and boring. If I’ve read about one vampire, I’ve read them all. *yawn* Well, Paloma proved me wrong on so many levels that I’m drooling for the second book in this series.

Layla is a member of the Circle of Magdalena. Its a rare race of women who are the destined mates of the Valendites with powers and a curse all their own. Each woman has one of the seven deadly sins as her soul sin and depending on that sin, Layla’s is lust, has either had to fight to control it or has never experienced it. Layla is the youngest of the sisters and a virgin. Meeting Anton stirs her sin of lust and not knowing what it is she flees.

Madden, Madden, Madden… *sigh* Where can I sign up? He was a total alpha one moment but when he realized that Layla was a virgin and didn’t realize what was going on within herself, he was just perfect. Added to the mix was Anton and wow. I needed a fan. The idea of a menage in a paranormal is nothing new but Paloma’s take and the way she wove into the story was believible and in this reader’s mind, smart. Its not smutty, but sexy and breathtakenly beautiful.

The world that she has created for her characters and the stories to come is brilliant. The suspense element that is woven into the plot is nicely done and well thought out. There are so many layers to the plot, world building and characters that at times I was dizzy but its a good dizzy. I read this book twice and will read it again. Layla, Anton and Madden are multi-layered characters that I came to care about deeply and how their mating effected everyone around them and within themselves. I keep on reading and praying that everything would be alright.

I can’t wait for the next sister’s story and see who she ends up with from the Valendites. Brilliant story, enticing characters and a different take on a menage and this book is a must read for me.

5 Smiles and one of Harlie’s Little Sister’s top 10 reads of 2012

 

Lustful Cravings: Book Blurb, Excerpt and Review

 

Title: Lustful Cravings (Seven Sin Sisters, Book One)
Author: Paloma Beck
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 96 pages
Genre(s): Erotic Paranormal Romance (M/F/M)
Heat Level: Sizzling
 
BUY LINK
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BLURB
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.
 
Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed.  So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
 
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on all of their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

EXCERPT
Madden pulled away from her, just slightly, and she whimpered in protest. He chuckled and kissed her nose when he saw her wrinkle it. Struck by the flush of her cheeks, Madden noted the same flush running down her throat and to the very top of her breasts. As she took deep breaths to calm herself, he placed his forehead against hers. But Madden only paused for a moment because he had no intention of letting the emotions he was pulling from Layla subside. He would not let her gain the control she was wrestling for. A woman off-balance was what he needed her to be.
 
As part of the Valendite Breed, Madden had been raised to know the prophecy, to appreciate the significance of finding your mate and claiming her. He planned to worship Layla until the day they died. The sharing of blood so sacred, nothing could tear them from one another. Not only would their blood bond them together but it would also sustain Madden and prolong Layla’s life so she lived as long as he did.
 
Madden moved his hands to frame her face and drew her head up to meet her eyes. He brushed a soft kiss against her full lips before speaking, his voice husky with desire. “Take your tongue, Layla love, and touch it to my sharpest teeth. The blood exchange will bind us and I can take you then. Ho bisogno di te. Please don’t make me wait.”
 
Madden’s words were barely finished when he took her mouth again. Gently his tongue drew hers out, slowing to let her catch up to his need. When he felt the puncture wounds and tasted the first drop of her blood, he moaned low inside himself. He felt Layla tense at first and then soften her body as it settled into his own. Her moans began to mirror his. He could feel her desire as if it was his own, and it multiplied the urge to claim her and demand she submit to him as his mate.

Madden held back with every piece of control he had been trained to possess. This moment required him to remain in control, to ease her in the mating. He felt her pull away. Her body shuttered and a small whimper bubbled up from her throat. He was suddenly struck by her vulnerability.
 
“What’s happened, Madden? Why do I feel this way?” His Layla was frightened and he wanted nothing more than to comfort her. Her feisty golden eyes now appeared panicked. Madden couldn’t bear it.
 
“Layla love, we’re bonded now. You will forever feel what I feel just as I will feel the emotions inside of you. It is a powerful thing for mates. It will make the next act we perform even richer than any romance book you’ve ever read.” He rose then from the floor between her legs and pulled her to him, carrying her out of the room.
 
“Which way to your bedroom, Layla?”

 
 

 
AUTHOR BIO & LINKS
Paloma Beck is an erotic romance writer in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms. Happily married and living a life of total contradiction, Paloma runs carpool service for her three sons, volunteers in PTA and teaches religious education.
 
Then in the moments when her characters talk to her, she journals their stories - and they are anything but PG. As a natural introvert, quiet time with her characters is necessary to keep sane while writing is the perfect outlet for her creativity.
 
Paloma believes a daily dose of coffee and a good book make any day better.
 


MY REVIEW:
 
Lustful Cravings (Seven Sin Sisters, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I do so enjoy the flicker of a flame and the beauty in its heat...” ~Layla

Paloma Beck has managed to find that sensual place where we all want to be and leaves us basking in it's afterglow over and over again.

The Good: This erotic romance takes an innocent girl, runs her headlong into fate and then grows and develops into her exact destiny. Layla, an introverted and sexually uneducated witch-in-the making meets Madden, a smolderingly handsome member of an ancient Italian Vampire race, and the heat is on. I really enjoyed reading it.

The Bad: There could have been a smidgen more well developed plot, allowing the story to last a few chapters longer but otherwise, I find no fault with this smoking hot read.

The Snuggley: Ah the Snuggley... Yes, there is sex. A whole lot of sex. A whole lot of exquisite, mind-blowingly loving and intimate sex. However, there is not sex just for the sake of sex. It progresses the story and is relevant to the plot. Without it, you would not be able to see the progression in the relationship between Madden and Layla. 

Final Thoughts: Please note that this book is certainly not for anyone under the age of 18 nor is it for those who do not care for Paranormal Romance. The storyline and the characters do draw you in, much as a moth to a flame and before you know it, you do not want to put it down. It is a fast and pleasurable read. Enjoy!

Note: I received no monetary compensation in order to participate in this promotion. A copy of Lustful Cravings as an eBook was provided by author Paloma Beck and CBLS Promotions. Opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: Lustful Cravings (Seven Sin Sisters #1) by Paloma Beck

 
 
Goodreads Summary:
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal vampyric Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. 
Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation,causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen... until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.
Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit, an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on both of their powers to get them to their Pronouncement.
My Thoughts: Wow! Let me just say that this is the first book I have read by Paloma Beck and she has completely enthralled me. I loved the story concept and the characters have such amazing chemistry that I could not put the book down. I literally read this in one sitting. I thought Madden was a  super sexy alpha male and Layla was the perfect mate for him. Add in a second man and the story was utter perfection. I will be reading books 2 and 3 very very soon. I can't wait to see which sister is next.
This is a novella so its easy to read in one sitting. I very highly recommend this title!
Overall Rating: 5*
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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TODAY I'm sharing an excerpt from Lustful Cravings, book one in the Seven Sin Sisters series. 
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find

their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen...

Until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.

Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed.  So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.

With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on all of their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

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“Damn it, Layla. I saw your eyes,” Madden continued pounding on the door as he shouted, “I know who you are to me.” He had the good grace to lower his voice at the final words, but she felt their profound truth.

He needn’t say anymore. At those words, her hands became clammy, her heartbeat accelerated and a warm sensation grew in her stomach.

She knew this feeling simply because she’d experienced nothing like it in her life – that warmth in her lower stomach, that dull ache between her legs. It was one she had managed to avoid for years but still knew instinctively.

Lust. It was her soul sin.

 

Story Excerpt

 The library was her favorite room in the house. Designed as her haven, she spent hours here surrounded by the friends she found in all the books she read. It was simple for Layla to live a quiet life.  Some might say she didn’t live a life at all, but that’s not how she saw it.

Completely aware of her own reluctance to mate, Layla guarded herself against any potential sensual cravings. She was all too aware when the moment came for her to find her mate and her body allowed her to feel lust for the first time, her future would belong to another. She couldn’t lust without sacrificing her soul, and until she had seen Madden tonight, she hadn’t been prepared to make that sacrifice. Even now, she still wasn’t certain.

Layla’s writing career, though unconventional for a member of the Magdalena Circle, fit her perfectly. Alone in this room, she created the most amazing adventures, the most wonderful romances and worlds people typically called fantasy. Only Layla knew better. She wrote of the world she lived in. Now, most certainly, her stories would take on a different flair.

“Your scent is all over this room. I don’t smell the others so strongly here,” Madden looked as if he was trying to solve a puzzle.

“This room was designed for me. We each have our favorites and this is mine. It’s my office.” She smiled at the thought of him already knowing her scent. Her mother used to tell stories of her father being able to discern her in a room filled with women by her scent alone. She craved that kind of love. She was ready to have her mate but so terrified of the unknown. Why hadn’t she taken more care to learn the history as her mother had tried to teach?

“Ah, you like to read,” he smiled down at her.

“Yes. And I write,” Layla paused for his reaction but seeing nothing more than a nod, she asked, “Do you like to read?”

“Yes,” Madden answered as he looked along some of her shelves, “but unmistakably you and I do not read the same things.” He was holding one of Layla’s books with a scantily dressed cowboy on the front, clearly teasing her. His smirk brought light to his pale face and made her laugh aloud. Delight showed in Madden’s silver eyes as he watched her. They flashed green as she looked away. Layla’s heart thundered for a brief second before she regained her composure. She was not going to let Madden control this mating. Who was stronger would be determined tonight.

She walked over to the wet bar she had installed for her convenience and grabbed two bottles of beer. She handed one to him and sat in the chair closest to the fireplace. “How old are you?” Layla asked him.

“Is it important?” Still perusing her bookshelves, Madden didn’t bother to turn to her as he answered. However, when she didn’t answer him, he turned to her.

“To me, it is. I want to know everything about you,” Layla acknowledged, hoping to lure him in to answering her questions.

“I’d prefer not to sit in an interrogation.”

“And I’d prefer not to be mated with a man I don’t know just because I lusted after him. Guess neither of us is going to be happy tonight.” She scrunched up her nose in a way only her father thought was endearing, but Madden didn’t even blink as he walked closer to her. He chuckled once and leaned down to stroke his finger along her nose.

“Not going to work, Layla Love.” He laughed again as she just stared up at him. How’d he know? And why exactly didn’t it work? Would none of her powers work on him? Crap. She never did see her mother use magic on her father. He shook his head and smiled.

“I think I like you,” he said as he turned and moved to sit in the chair across from her.

“What a beautiful thing to say to the woman you’re trying to seduce.”

“Oh, but aren’t you mistaken? There is no seduction necessary. We are destined.”

“Are you calling me easy?” she blurted out without thinking. He was messing with her senses again.

Madden laughed loudly at that, a full belly laugh. His laugh echoed into every corner of the room. Layla liked how she could make him laugh. She actually thought she might like this man, too. Though he was no pushover—on the contrary, he seemed like an alpha hero she liked to write into her books—the challenge he presented her with would be quite frustrating, she was certain.

Once he stopped laughing and realized that she sat stoically waiting for his teasing to end, he said, “I truly do like you, Layla, smart mouth and all.”

She rolled her eyes but kept her smile. “I think I could try to like you,” she teased.

Madden smiled and nodded his head, taking a sip of his beer and watching Layla over the bottle. It seemed that he never really took his eyes off her and it was unnerving. She felt naked or at least like he was picturing her naked. Flushed with rosy cheeks, Layla couldn’t decide which was worse. She adjusted herself in her chair, uncomfortable with such intense attention.

“Are you picturing me naked?” she squealed, her voice sounding high even to her.

He raised his eyebrows, which made him look even sexier. “Why would you ask that?” He sounded so innocent; though his emotions were still new to Layla she could read Madden well enough to know innocence was not a word to describe this man.

“I feel different when you look at me.”

“Hmm. Different how?” He was stalling. She knew it. Why must he answer all her questions with questions? That had to stop.

ADULT EXCERPT

Layla came awake to a marvelous sensation between her thighs that had her moaning. She recalled the dinner they’d shared on the patio the evening before, overlooking magnificent fields of grapes. His housekeeper had laid out a full spread of delicacies for them before she left for the evening. They enjoyed them and each other, talked for hours and watched as the sun set over the vineyard. And she recalled retiring to bed again after dinner and being taken by Madden again, this time with more strength that she matched readily. Layla was again amazed by what this man—this legend—did to her.

“Madden,” she purred.

“My love,” his words were but a breath against her moist folds as he only paused to respond before returning to his feast.

“This is a wonderful way to wake me.” Her stomach cramped as tightness began building. Her pussy clenched at the fingers she felt entering her oh-so slowly and spasmed to grab hold and pull them in deeper.

“Then it is what I will do every morning.” Madden increased the pressure of his fingers until he pressed deeper inside her. Then he licked the edges of her core with his tongue in such tortuously gentle thrusts that Layla wanted more. No, she needed more. “I need more. Please, Madden,” Layla could hear the pleading in her own voice and knew Madden could hear it as well. Still he removed his fingers and she moaned as her need for him rose higher.

“Tell me what you need, Layla love. Tell me what I can give you.” His tongue pumped in and out of her pussy, leaving Layla to imagine his cock doing the same, to imagine the stretch and fullness that left her so content. She was panting and shaking with need, so wet, her juices leaked from her along her thighs.

Layla knew what she needed most from Madden, but she couldn’t speak the words. To voice her needs and prove to him that she truly needed his touch was too much, too soon. “Please, Madden.” She was so wet, so hot and her pussy was so sensitive, it nearly hurt with every stroke of his tongue.

“Love, you need only tell me what it is you would like from me, and it will be yours.” Madden quirked his lip up, grinning, he raised his eyebrow, and waited for her response. He was playing with her. God, she loved it. No, she should hate it.

He perched himself between her legs now and held her wide open to his gaze, but she could no longer feel him on her thighs or between her legs, where she most needed his touch. She needed to feel him. “I want you, Madden.” Layla’s voice was not her own. Who was this vixen he had created?

“But I am already yours.” He was going to force her to say the words and she was certain she was close to giving in. She needed to close her thighs and he wasn’t allowing it. She would get no relief unless she asked Madden to give it to her.

Madden sucked both fingers into his mouth, wetting them. Drawing his fingers up her torso toward her chest, he left his eyes locked on her breasts and licked his lips. Then his damp fingers twisted her already sensitive nipples until they were rosy red and distended. She arched her back towards him and he laughed. “What is it you want, Layla love?”

“Please, Madden. Be inside me. I need you inside me,” the words rushed from Layla’s lips before she could think. And it was just that simple as Madden shifted ever so slightly so that his cock slid inside her and all was right. All was perfect. Their eyes locked. Layla couldn’t look away.

Madden moved in and out of her with such ferocity as Layla strained to clutch him with her inner muscles. So slick, his cock nearly slipped from her with every pull. His thrusts were so determined, so strong, and pleasure and pain merged as he pumped his hips in a quick motion that led her to the very edge of orgasm. She couldn’t catch her breath. She was so close but then he stopped and pulled himself from her.

She whimpered, “No. Don’t stop. Please, Madden.”

He flipped her so quickly onto her stomach, she didn’t have time to process that he was already re-entering her slick core even as she begged. In this position, he filled her completely as she submitted to his taking. Power tore through her body and heated her blood, licking over her nipples and her clit. With no way to move but to push back into his thrusts, Layla simply gave herself to her mate, feeling a sense of joy at how he cared for her.

As her orgasm finally overtook her, her last thought was how she had everything she needed in Madden. Suddenly, she couldn’t remember what life had been like before she belonged to him.

 

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