Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cheyenne and Darian's First Kiss

Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Genre: Romance / Paranormal Romance / Time-Travel Romance
Format: ebook & print

According to ancient prophecy, a woman will come from Earth to bear a child who will end the warring between the Ramekah and Andreas clans, warring that has plagued the hold folk of Zandar for hundreds of years. On the tail of a magical zephyr, Cheyenne, a young Native American woman, is swept through the doorway of an interplanetary portal and whisked away from Earth in a dazing blur of motion. She's deposited, alone and half-naked, in a valley between the grassy knolls of the Rhian Mountains and the dreaded Goetic forest, just inside the boundaries of Andreas Territory.

It's there that Lord Darian Andreas, ruler of the mighty Andreas Clan and master of the powerful Andreas Territory, finds her. Although Darian is a just man who exercises kindness and incorporates mercy into his method of rule--which, in the barbaric world of Zandar, are rare qualities for a man--he's also used to getting what he wants, one way or another. And from the moment Darian lays eyes on the dark-skinned beauty, he knows she's meant to be his. If the Gods are willing, he'll make it so...
Calm doon?

Cheyenne wanted to scream. She didn’t care how cloody the water was. I’m sure you got an eyeful of more than just the soap!

She struggled a moment longer and then fell still. It was a lost cause. She knew he was too strong. Instead, she turned her efforts to glaring at him through narrowed eyes. She was getting pretty good with her I hate you look, but he wasn’t paying any attention. His gaze was cast lower.

Cheyenne looked down and gasped in horror. They were no longer standing in deep water. Here the surface only came to the bottom of her ribs. Her breasts were completely exposed, and he took no shame in staring.

With renewed strength, she struggled vehemently. “Let me go!” She wrenched her arms, trying to break free.

Darian ignored her. Pulling her against him, he circled one thick forearm around her body and pinned her wrists behind her back. Then he lowered himself down into the water and began to wade out farther, dragging her with him.

He took her out to the deepest part of the pool, behind the pillar of rocks, and successfully concealed them from any other onlookers. “I found this spot earlier,” he declared triumphantly. Then he released her and stepped back, as though waiting to see what she would do.

Cheyenne stretched her toes downward, reaching for the bottom. But the water was too deep. “I…can’t…touch…here,” she choked out between mouthfuls of fluid. She was so nervous she could barely keep her head above the surface.

He rewarded her with a knowing grin. “Hmm…” Wrapping his hands around her waist, he held her up so she wouldn’t have to continue treading. “Is that better?”

Not knowing what else to do, she put her palms on his shoulders. “Why’d you bring me out here? You promised to stay away.”

Cheyenne knew she was babbling, but she couldn’t help it. She was scared to death. This was a dangerous situation, one in which she was nearly helpless to escape. Suddenly, the water felt icy cold around her, and she began to tremble.

Her heart hammered in her chest, her breaths became gasps, and her mind was in a dizzying whirl of alarm. He’s too close. This was a bad idea. You never should have trusted him.

“I want to—”

“Hush.” It was more a lusty request than a harsh command.

Darian’s hands slid down the curve of her lower spine and cupped her bottom. Pulling her up against him, he leaned his head down and captured her lips.

Cheyenne didn’t know what was happening. Her mind told her to run, kick, scream, anything to get away, but her body was determined to respond. A soft moan formed in the back of her throat as his tongue darted in and out of her mouth, bravely tasting her essence. Finally ignoring her head, she gave herself up to his skillful rapture.

Her whole body eagerly leapt to life as if it had been dormant, patiently waiting for the right man to release the passions deep inside. He’d awakened feelings of longing and desire she never knew existed within her. This new experience was alarming and exciting at the same time, making her eager to know more. Suddenly, she wanted…no, needed to know what making love could feel like.

Primal hunger surged through her veins, making her heart pound with the erratic rhythm of mounting passion. Instinctively, she wrapped her legs around his waist and pressed herself even closer. He was so warm, so hard, so strong. She didn’t care if she hated herself later, right now, her whole being yearned for fulfillment, and only he would suffice.


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Shannon Leigh
Amber Quill Assistant Review Coordinator
"Giving readers the O in their erOtica."


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Debby said...

Great kissing excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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mnjcarter said...

I'm so glad I came to the party today! Another new author for me. Your website is incredible, I like it ALOT!

Great excerpt!

Shannon Leigh said...

Thanks you for the wonderful comments. I'm so glad everyone is enjoying their day.