It’s time for Snippet Saturday! Each week has a theme or is author’s choice. This week the theme is Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Love Hurts.
This week my snippet comes from Unleash (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #6).
In this scene, the heroine, Aurora, has veiled herself so no one can see her and is spying on Snow, and feeling a little bit jealous…
Her gaze tracked Snow through the room. He settled himself into a corner, leaning against the wall there with one boot planted on the wooden floor and his other knee bent and that foot resting against the cream wall.
She wanted to go to him and wondered if he could sense her presence. He had sensed her in his room when she had been shrouded. She took a step forwards with the intent of crossing the room and mirroring him by leaning against the wall near to him, but paused when a female approached him.
She looked radiant in her dark green slinky dress with her long chestnut hair sleek and straight.
Snowâ€™s lips curled into a smile when he spotted Lilah.
She didnâ€™t like that look. It was one thing for him to smile and laugh with babies, and completely another for him to smile at beautiful women. She checked herself. It was none of her business who he smiled or laughed around, and she would do well to remember it.
Even if it did irk her for some reason.
She skirted the edges of the room, moving closer. She wanted to hear their conversation. She had to avoid several vampires, ducking around them and feeling them turn as they felt the air shift as she passed. None of them sensed her. Her heart pounded and she edged closer to Snow and Lilah.
She paused and leaned against the pale wall just a few metres from them.
They were deep in conversation and if Snow could sense her, he didnâ€™t show it.
â€œI am sorry you felt you needed to return to the theatre early,â€ Snow said, genuine regret in his tone.
Lilah touched his arm and smiled. â€œDonâ€™t be. As soon as we heard what had happened, we decided to come back and be here for you. We couldnâ€™t celebrate while we knew that you were unwell, and we knew Antoine would need us. We knew you would need us.â€
Snow smiled at her. â€œI am sure Javier was not so thrilled about having to return. I am sure he resents me for ending what should have been a long joyous celebration.â€
â€œIt was a good celebration.â€ Lilah leaned closer to him and dropped her voice to a whisper. â€œIâ€™m not going to complain about having to end it early. Believe me, a few weeks with my in-laws is more than enough. Donâ€™t tell Javier, but they were beginning to drive me crazy. I was longing to come back to Vampirerotique after the first week.â€
Lilah giggled, eliciting another, broader smile from Snow.
â€œIt will be our secret,â€ he whispered.
She didnâ€™t like that the two of them shared secrets with each other, or the way Lilah kept touching Snowâ€™s arm, as though they were very close. Dark claws curled around her heart, gently holding it but ready to squeeze any positive feeling from her.
Snowâ€™s pale eyebrows met in a frown and his ice-blue eyes scanned the room.
Had he sensed her?
She moved back a step, trying to elude his keen senses. His frown hardened and then he went back to speaking to Lilah. She wished he hadnâ€™t.
â€œYou look beautiful tonight. Javier is crazy to let you out of his sight.â€
The claws holding her heart tightened their grip and she glared at Lilah. She was pretty, she supposed. The only thing stopping her from revealing herself and trying to steal Snowâ€™s attention for some ridiculous reason was the fact that he wasnâ€™t looking at Lilah with desire.
Not as he had looked at her.
She had seen the fire in his eyes whenever he had glanced at her and had witnessed the evidence of his arousal. He desired her.
Why did that please her?
She cursed her feelings, hating the way they flip-flopped when it came to Snow. Part of her despised him and she felt certain she would always hate him. The rest of her felt softer feelings for him and was drawn to him in a way she had never experienced before.
Her eyes moved back to him, studying his lethal beauty.
He was large compared with Lilah, powerful and like a warrior, his broad thickly muscled build making her appear tiny.
His crisp black shirt stretched across his chest, the cut emphasising the breadth of it and how narrow his waist was in comparison. He had left the top few buttons undone, revealing his collarbones and a hint of his defined pectorals. Black jeans encased his long legs, almost as tight as a second skin, and his black leather boots wrinkled their bottoms, adding a twist to his appearance.
Only Snow would pair scruffy army boots with an expensive shirt, and keep them sticking out of his jeans too. Even Payne hadnâ€™t gone that far.
Her gaze delighted in roaming back up his powerful legs and over his torso to his face. He shoved his fingers through his white hair, dragging the long strands out of his eyes. He was handsome but radiated darkness and danger. Alluring.
She blushed as she recalled how aroused he had been after taking her blood, his body hard and primed, because of her.
When he had bitten her, she had experienced an incredible surge in feelings from deep within her, heat that she didnâ€™t understand and urges so wicked and dark that they had shocked her.
They still shocked her now.
So had her reaction when he had subtly pointed out that he lusted after her.
Images of him naked and hard had sprung into her mind, immoral fantasies about him stripping before her and then removing all of her clothes and touching her. Her throat dried out and she swallowed, trying to wet it.
Her body quivered as those images invaded her mind again, hotter this time, a vision of them naked and entwined, his powerful body braced above hers as he made love to her, kissing her and devouring all of her, body and soul.
Snow frowned again and scanned his surroundings, and she gasped. His gaze shot towards where she stood shrouded by her powers, invisible to his eyes. He inhaled deeply, his pale blue eyes darkened with desire, and he pushed away from the wall, coming to face her.
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More about the book:
A powerful vampire lost deep in his bloodlust, Snow is a savage animal, mindless with rage and a thirst for violence, and trapped with no hope of awakening from an endless nightmareâ€¦ until a song draws him up from the abyss, restoring his sanity but leaving him haunted by the sweet feminine scent of lilies and snow, and fragmented familiar lyrics.
When the mysterious and beautiful songstress reappears in Snowâ€™s room at Vampirerotique, she awakens a fierce protective streak and stirs dark desires that drive him to claim her as his female, even when he knows his touch will destroy her innocence.
A single forbidden taste is all it takes to unleash emotions in Aurora that she shouldnâ€™t possess, tearing her between duty and desire, and luring her into surrendering to her wildfire passion and embracing hungers that burn so hotly they threaten to consume them both.
One act of kindness can lead to one thousand acts of sin though, each a black mark against the bearerâ€™s soul and another grain of sand that slips through an hourglass. The clock is ticking and time is almost up. Can beauty save the beast?
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Mandy M. Roth