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Yes, I did it myself, and I love it. The lovely sexy male on this cover was photographed by None other than Jenn LeBlanc, from The Illustrated Romance!
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Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.
Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. when she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of the sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn't count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his.
Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate’s life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war.
And how about an excerpt?
It wasn’t the body falling from the 734 transport to Thebes that caught Ariston Dago’s eye, or the arms and legs flailing in the moonlight just before it crashed into the deep water beyond Venice’s inner harbor. It wasn’t the first time that had happened, and he knew that soon enough one of the salvage teams would fish what was left of the body out of the water. No, what caught him was the voice in his head that sounded like an alarm
Ari shook his head, trying to clear it. It wasn’t the first time he had heard voices and it probably wouldn’t be the last. The thing was, you had to know what voices to listen to, and this one, this one was new to him. Powerful and demanding. He took notice.
“Shit.” he motioned to the splash. Even though it happened, it was rare, and they knew better then to try and save the person, the majority of the time they were already dead and were food for the darker things that resided in the waters.
Tobin nodded. “Yeah, not alive, it looks like a woman. Human too.” He offered and lowered the binoculars. “You wanna take this one, or should I?”
Now why would the voice demand he save her? It bore looking into; especially since he knew without a doubt it wasn’t that bitch Calendula’s voice urging him into some sort of ambush. No, this was a male’s voice, faint, like a whisper, but commanding.
Ari shrugged. “I think I should…” he said before he dove into the murky waters and swam towards the body that was sinking fast. A human wouldn’t be able to handle the rapid decent, not with their underdeveloped lungs and lack of gills. Yes, the voice was right, he had to save her.
This was the hard part about being a Sentry. You never knew what was going to fall into the ocean, friend or foe. And with humans, you doubly didn’t know. Not that human beings were eager to infiltrate the area or be eaten by the mega leviathans that called the deeper depths around Venice home and acted like a natural line of defense.
His problem was that while he was a Sentry, he was also chosen by the gods in ways he never quite understood. So things were never quite cut and dry.
Whoever the woman was, it wasn’t going to matter unless he made it to her first.
He propelled himself through the water, his eyesight sharp as he scanned. The impact had triggered the underwater lights, providing him extra illumination to locate her. And as fast as he was going, he couldn’t find her.
He scanned again, darting his eyes from the large strands of seaweed that rose from the depths. Nothing. The smaller schools of fish played in the lights and the reflective metal that lined the shelf to help keep the waters bright were doing their job, but he still didn’t catch any movement. It was then that he saw her rapidly descending form, almost out of sight of the lights.
Once she crossed the lower threshold, if the pressure didn’t kill her, she would wish it had. The lights did more than help the Sentry’s see… it kept the monsters that prowled these waters at bay.
I see her! Shit something is strapped to her.
Bomb? Tobin asked mentally.
Don’t think so, it looks like a keystone or some sort of weight. Someone is trying to kill her.
Grab her. A reported death in our waters would fuck everything up. If we have to dispose of the body…You know what this will do to us otherwise.
Ari did know. His people were already having issues, they didn’t need more. He dove, calling on all his reserves of strength. He had one shot, to get under her and catch her before they did, otherwise it was going to be one fucker of a day.
He rode the current, letting it push him and he slipped just under the lights and then turned, letting his body shoot him up like a rocket through the water. He felt the disturbance before he saw the threat and hauled ass, determined to get to the girl.
A mega angler, its jaws open, sped from the opposite direction, intent on grabbing the prize first. Ari was not going to lose to a goddamn fish and pressed off, getting ready for battle, knowing full well it was going to be a close call on two levels, and he didn’t have anything that would handle the fucking coming for them.
Toby, shoot a pulse cannon toward the southwestern quadrant, and quick.
He had one shot to do this right.
He felt the explosion as it hit the water, the shockwave hitting the angler just as he was about to reach the girl. The angler stunned, it gave Ari the second he needed. He grabbed her and shot a smokescreen of ink, confusing the fish as he ascended, quicker now as the girl in his arms was awake and fighting for air.
He turned her towards him, seeing her face surrounded by a cloud of red hair, her eyes dark and filled with terror, her hands tearing at what was strapped to her abdomen as she fought to break the surface. Pretty didn’t cover it when it came to this one. For a human she was stunning.
He looked up. Even at top speed he wouldn’t make it, not without damage to his extremely beautiful damsel in distress. She was going to die if he didn’t do something. He just hoped what he was going to do wasn’t going to get him slapped.
Ari looked her in the eye. Trust me... he projected to her as he moved closer and kissed her, opening her mouth as he did. She struggled, losing the rest of the air she had, and then he exhaled, filling her with the oxygen he expelled when underwater.
Seconds went by as he breathed for two, and she calmed, her body molded to his and he felt a shot like lightning through his body. They broke the surface a minute later, and he pulled away so she could breathe on her own. He got a good look at her, her hair silken like a sheet behind her head, her features almost elfin in the moonlight. Sweet lord…
She sputtered, coughed, which was normal for anyone going from the more pure O2 that the Dagonites manufactured when underwater to the tainted air of the surface world.
“Calm… I got you female… calm.”
She coughed again and shook her head. “Get it off!” she weezed. “Dragging me down…Off!” She coughed again.
He was happy to oblige her, ripping at the binding that was still weighing them down with several of his tentacles, letting the offending weight fall. Whatever it was, the underwater probes would find it, and figure out what the issue was.
“Thank you,” she said before she leaned in and kissed him full on the mouth, and promptly passed out in his arms. Again, the feeling, like lightning, zinged through his body, making his chest hurt and his tentacles curl. This was not what he needed right now, not with a human.
Saw that. You think she’s going to freak when she finds out your not human?
I don’t think it’s going to make a difference either way. It might have been gratitude, but I think I just found my female.
And you just happened to save her, with the glorious help of your brother, from being food for a leviathan? Yeah that doesn’t seem right. Fate doesn’t play like that Ari… nor does it give Dagonites humans as mates.
Well his brother was right on that end of it, but the feeling, the growing need… Yes he was a Sentry, and yes, he rescued people for a living, but in all the years he had been at the job not one woman had elicited such a response from him on such a primal level.
Words whispered through his head, the voice again, and he knew now, without a doubt who it was.
Ariston… protect her… she is special… she is unique…
Dagon rarely spoke to his children, but they all wished to hear his strong voice in their heads, guiding them to their purpose. Ari felt humbled, and energized with a new sense of being. He didn’t question, but answered his god by clutching the female tighter, and swam back towards his post. If his god said he was to protect her, then that was what he would do.
Well? What do ya think? Will ya be picking it up in October? Dont forget to ADD it to your TBR pile at GR!