by Jen Colly
Pub date: 4/25/2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sometimes survival means surrendering everything . . .

Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to

find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the

hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his.

Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and

mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a

lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the

throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be

his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the

children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre

in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of

protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard

when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy

like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to

surrender to the force of love . . .

Peace. He didn’t care for the word, didn’t believe in its existence. The

concept seemed possible, and certainly desired, but he’d yet to witness it

in his own life. Even when Balinese had been under Lord Navarre’s rule,

the city prospering and harmonious, Devlin Savard had not been at peace.

Savard glanced over his shoulder for the second time tonight. Something

had him on edge. He scanned the tree line at his back. Nothing.

From where he stood, high on a hillside, the impressive château below him

seemed somehow benign. Yet it concealed the entrance to Balinese, a vast

underground city of vampires. The forest surrounding the château took it a

step further, cloaking the stone structure from any who might wander near.

Winter was well on the way, and though snow had yet to fall, it would

come soon enough. The château had been sealed and prepped months ago,

and only in the last few weeks had the chill of the night permeated the

ground and seeped into the city below.

Savard cocked his head slightly. A low ripple of energy in the air sent

his senses on high alert, rousing survival instincts that had refused to fade

over time. Someone, or something, approached.

He curled his fingers around the hilt of his sword, but then the shift in

energy became substantial and settled at his right side. Heavy, like waves

on the ocean. Then, though the air around him was already cold, a chilled

patch of air pushed toward him.

“Report,” Savard commanded. Keir dropped out of his invisible Spirit

form and appeared at Savard’s right.

“You’re damn hard to sneak up on,” Keir said, and then suddenly

thinking better of his words, he raised his hands in mock surrender. “Not

that I was sneaking.”

Savard nodded, but said nothing. It was best others didn’t know how

Savard’s talents worked, especially when he knew of no other who possessed

a similar gift. In Spirit, Keir moved with a certain high-energy fluidity,

something Savard had yet to encounter in another vampire, and was

easily recognizable.

Finally glancing at the man who had joined him, Savard asked,

“What did you find?”

“Nothing,” Keir said, supremely confident in his own abilities.

Savard simply nodded.

“I give you the same answer every night. Seven years of nothing. You’re

not paying me to say ‘nothing’ to you every night.” Keir scratched his chin,

the goatee darkening his already sinister look. “You bought my loyalty.”

“Have I?”

Keir cracked a grin. “Yeah, you have.”

“Perhaps.” Savard looked over his shoulder, once again peering deep into

the forest, but still finding nothing amiss. “One day your answer will change.”

“And when it does?”

“Then everything will change,” Savard said, his tone even, expectant.

Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who

rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now

she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing

her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write

about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her

weaknesses are pirates and vampires. She lives in Ohio with her

supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued