keeping a secret from the world. At nineteen, he nearly committed the most
horrific of crimes—murder in cold blood—and narrowly escaped the assigned task
with his life. When a stunning young woman crosses his path wearing the
insignia for the underground organization that recruited him, he vows not to
let fate get a second chance. But when the enchantress gives him a kiss that
leaves him spellbound, Alec realizes the power she holds is greater than all
his strength and fortitude combined…
and practicing the craft of the devil. But when her new friend Jack tells her
to stay away from Alec Westwood, the man she believes her fiancé hired to track
her down, and the handsome stranger she kissed in a tavern, Lena vows to take matters into her own hands. Alec may have the charm, but
she’s calling the shots this time, even if that means resisting the man
responsible for giving her the most intimate kiss of her life, a man who’s eyes
and touch rob her, literally, of sense…
in the woods with the man she’d been warned to stay away from seemed most
was smiling softly, no longer criticizing. His eyes were full of intent. They
suggested one thing. Come with me. And your desires will be fulfilled.
into warmth. Warmth became security. They began to walk together along the
could hurt her. Not when she was with Alec. Her skin tingled with warmth as he
brushed his thumb across the surface of her hand.
to be surprised, don’t you?”
her anxious demeanor.
he’d done so far. A part of her was still afraid, but a larger part wanted very
much to know where he was taking her. Alec stroked her knuckles as they walked.
The feeling was intoxicating, like sweet, dark chocolate. The longer he did it,
the more it seemed this simple touch was no longer enough.
red-and-blue-checkered picnic blanket and slung it over his shoulder.
us tend to”—he cleared his throat—“dress up a little more than others.”
hand around hers, she was almost appreciating his wit. “I guess some of us do.”
didn’t like it.” He gave her hand a squeeze. “It’s just past those trees. No
peeking. I want you to be surprised.
her spine when she realized he was kissing her cheek.
breath as she walked forward, unable to see what was in front of her. Keeping
her arms at her sides, Alec moved her in slow steps. She was taking quite a
risk, allowing him to lead her along like this. He could do anything he wanted
to her with her eyes closed like this. Oddly enough, the idea was more exciting
than it was frightening.
stopped. “All right,” he said. “Open your eyes.
looking out at the biggest, most beautiful lake she’d ever seen. It was vast in
size, extending out as far as the trees that surrounded it. Moonlight shined
against an uneven surface. Dark ripples glittered beneath a starlit sky.
beautiful, Dr. Westwood.”
softly. “I love the way it sounds when you say it.
she did this, there was no going back. It would break the unspoken barrier
between them. But how could she deny him anything when he was looking at her
the way he was?
Her pulse quickened. He tucked a lock of hair behind her ear, tightening his
hold on her.
At two years old, Jessica became a devoted fan of both
listening to and reciting the books her parents would read to her at night. When
she was a little older (about four), she sought a greater challenge in her life,
and began making up stories of her own, acting them out with her dolls. “When
the dolls got “boyfriends,” she says, “I knew I was getting too old for
As a romance novelist
and a reader alike, Jessica is most intrigued by dark heroes, who have many
demons to conquer…but little trouble enticing female companions into their beds!
She feels that the best romances are those where the hero is already seducing
the heroine from that first point of contact. “Isn’t it the hero’s job to
seduce?” she says with a grin.
Jessica loves to see
the sparks fly when a stubborn, domineering hero crosses paths with a bold,
feisty heroine, and uses the combination frequently in her stories.
When she’s is not
writing, Jessica enjoys listening to as much 80’s music as possible, watching
the same re-runs of Smallville over and over, shopping for exceptionally unique
cameos, and taking long walks in nature where she can daydream about anything
romantic. Though she resides in Central New Jersey, her heart belongs to the
White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
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