HIGHLANDER’S CHARM, Highlander Heat #3.
I can’t wait to bring you HIGHLANDER’S CHARM, book three in my Highlander Heat series. This book will release late September 2014, so it’s coming soon. And for some more delicious Highlander Heat news. I’ve just wrapped up book four in the series, and Highlander’s Guardian has a tentative release date set for January 2015.
In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from Charm which I hope you enjoy.
Lila strode along the thinning, scrub-lined path. At the edge of the loch, a hundred shirtless warriors wielded swords in a battle of strength against one another. Another hundred swam toward a small island in the middle of the waterway.
Among the half-naked men, Calum swung his two-handed claymore down on his opponent’s. His shoulders and arms were thick, strong, and packed with muscle. A healthy sheen of sweat glistened across his glorious abs. He shoved forward and the force of his move sent the warrior he fought against stumbling backward. So impressive.
Yes, one quick goodbye with Calum and then she’d be away.
She threaded through the battling men, all far too intent on killing each other. It was as if they were each other’s mortal enemy, and if this was training, she shuddered to think what an actual battle would look like. She darted through then fell in behind the one she was after. “Calum, I—”
He jerked around. “Lila? What are you—”
“Behind you.” The warrior he battled raised his sword.
Calum whirled, barely catching his opponent’s blow. “Get back, Lila.”
A blade whistled past her ear, and hot air pulsed all around. She was blocked, on every side. “Get back to where?”
“Hold onto me.” Calum scooped her against him then dodged through his warring men until they reached the edge of the flat.
“I’m so sorry.” She plastered her face against his chest, her heart beating so loud it pounded in her ears. “I didn’t know that would happen.”
“They cannae see any but their opponent when their blood roars for the fight.” He gripped her hand and tugged her into the thick copse of surrounding pine trees. Nesting birds twittered within the highest branches. “How did you manage to slip past the tower guardsman?”
“I was with Margaret and we didn’t have an issue. I needed to come. I had to see you.”
“Then speak.” He slid his claymore into the sheath strapped to his bare back.
Oh, now she had to find a way to say goodbye without actually coming out and saying it. “You left so quickly this morning.” Okay, a good start.
“That is hardly an adequate reason for the risk you just took with your life.” He backed her against a wide trunk, his gaze dropping to her lips.
“I wanted to thank you for saving my life and pulling me from the loch.”
“You did that last eve.” He dipped his head, urged her lips apart and from one heart-stopping breath to the next, swarmed her senses with a ferocious kiss. Every inch of her sizzled, burned and throbbed.
“Once didn’t seem enough,” she said when he finally eased back.
“My apologies. I had to kiss you.” He caressed her sides, roamed down and scooped her bottom. He lifted her higher and pressed his hard length against her belly. “Do you feel our connection?”
“Yes.” She seized his powerful biceps and held on. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do about it though.”
“I do. In the cave, I saw a vision of your beautiful hair spread like black silk over my tartan. I’ve wished since for that vision to come true.” He kissed her again, so deeply their breath mingled as one, his hardness a hot brand and making her want more.
Although it was more she couldn’t have, not when she had her own mission ahead of her. She had to find her grandmother, not duel with Calum.
Yes, it was time to go.
Look out for the cover reveal in just a few weeks. It’s coming soon.
I wish you all a wonderful week. 🙂