Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Guess the Book #6

I think I might make Guess the Book a regular post on my blog. I haven't decided how frequently, but expect to see them more often. They are a lot of fun.

This excerpt is a particular favorite of mine. The scene I really wanted to post was much longer. I had to just take a small portion of it or I would have given too much away. Can you guess which book it came from?

I was almost to the wall. My room to maneuver shrank to nothing.

I smashed my knuckles into his solar plexus. He exhaled in a sharp breath and drove me into the wall. His forearm pinned my left arm. I hammered my right fist into his ear. He growled, caught my wrist, and locked it against the wall above my head.

I had no room to move. Game over.

He crushed me against the wall, bracing me with his body. I strained, trying to break free. He might have been made of stone for all the good it did me. Except he was made of flesh and he was stark naked.

I strained every muscle I had. Nothing. Outmuscling him was beyond me.

"Feel better?" he inquired.

"Lean over to the left, Your Majesty."

"Want a shot at my jugular with your teeth?" He leaned to the right, exposing his thick neck. "Carotid's better."

"My teeth are too small. I wouldn't cause enough damage for you to bleed out. Jugular is better---if I rip it a bit and get air bubbles into the bloodstream, they'll be in your heart in two breaths. You would pass out at my feet." A normal human would die, but it took more than an air embolism to bring a shapeshifter down permanently.

"Here you go." He leaned his head to me, his neck so close to my lips, I felt the heat coming off his skin. His breath was warm against my ear. His voice was a ragged snarl. "I miss you."

This wasn't happening.

"I worry about you." He dipped his head and looked into my eyes. "I worry something stupid will happen and I won't be there and you'll be gone. I worry we won't ever get a chance and it's driving me out of my skull."

No, no, no, no...

We stared at each other. The tiny space between us felt to hot. Muscles bulged on his naked frame. He looked feral.

Mad gold eyes stared into mine. "Do you miss me, K---?'

I closed my eyes, trying to shut him out. I could lie and then we'd be back to square one. Nothing would be resolved. I'd still be alone, hating him and wanting him.

He grabbed my sholders and shook me once. "Do you miss me?"

I took the plunge. "Yes."

He kissed me. The taste of him was like an explosion of color in a gray room. It was a fierce, possessive kiss and I melted into it. His tongue brushed mine, eager and hot. I licked at it, tasting him again. My arms slid around his neck.


Alcott said...

My favorite of the year:

Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews!

Jill D. said...

Wow, that was fast! Way to go Alcott! Magic Bleeds was an awesome addition to the series. I was so happy that the romance totally delivered.

Hilcia said...

Ohhh Alcott got it before me. Kate and Curran of course! :D Looooved this book!

Kaetrin said...

Is Magic Bleeds more a UF than a romance? enquiring minds...

Maija A. said...

OMG, what an excerpt! I've had her books in TBR pile for a long time. The wait is over, you definitely got me so interested that I'll start reading them - today! :)

Kris said...

oh, I knew that one, yay!! that was a great book.

Tricia said...

I loved this scene!

Jill D. said...

Kaetrin - Yes, Magic Bleeds is more UF than straight paranormal romance. The series revolves around Kate and she tells the story from first person point of view. The romance slowly builds - and I mean slowly, up to the fourth book (Magic Bleeds) between Curran and Kate.

But I think the romance is worth the wait and even then there are details that have to be worked out, which is why I can't wait for the next book.

nath said...

Ouch, what does it say that I didn't recognize it?