Welcome to Day 2 of October Frights Blog Hop! Be sure to enter the giveaway for a book of your choice from my Fierce Hearts series or a copy of short story, Finding Finn. Today I’m going to introduce you to Cravings, Book 2 in my Fierce Hearts series.
I love all the characters and their stories in the Fierce Hearts series. Each on is my favorite, including Cravings.
Here’s an excerpt:
Kennedy lay flat on the surgical bed, listening to her mother’s griping. It turned her stomach.
“It won’t be long now, Kennedy. All I’ve given you, everything I’ve done for you, has been for this moment.”
The sedative she’d been given was showing signs of wearing off, thanks to the escalated metabolism of her were-cat physiology. Kennedy could pull reasonable thoughts through the fog in her head. She voluntarily submitted to her mother’s will for the sake of protecting her brother’s colony. Images of Asher’s clear yellow eyes gleaming back at her made her breath catch. His sparkling attitude and his lazy grin made her heart hurt. She did this for him. But she probably would never see that face again. And if she did, she likely wouldn’t recognize him as a friend, thanks to her mother’s plans.
“You didn’t do anything for me.” The words off her tongue were crisp, direct.
Her mother scoffed. “You ungrateful little bitch.” Her mother’s look was wild-eyed. “You should be thanking me. I’ve trained you to help The Nexus Group repower the world, starting right here in Laurelwood.”
“Really.” Kennedy didn’t try to hide the sarcasm in her voice. Noises came from somewhere inside the building. Roaring and growling that made her skin dimple. It didn’t sound inviting.
But her mother ignored it. “Yes, really. You’ll first become a respected aide to Senator Daren Sage. With your special talents, you’ll help him position for the vice presidency.”
“My special talents? To what are you referring?” Subdued rage began pumping through her veins.
“You’ll see. After you have the implant, it will all make sense to you.” Her mother smiled down at her. “You’ll help Daren eliminate his opponents. You’ll use your computer skills to help him gain control of financial sectors of the city. You’ll do that and more. And it will bring you prestige and happiness.”
“I won’t do it. I won’t do anything you demand of me.” She could see clearer now. This woman and her husband and all the crazy people in The Nexus Group were wrong. Wrong about her and all the things they felt entitled to.
“Oh, but you will. After the implant is inside you, the first time you shimmer it will activate. There will be no going back after that.” Her mother grinned a smug expression that raised reason in Kennedy’s body. She did not belong with these people.
The door slammed open, and Kathryn’s eyes went wide. “You!”
Kennedy craned to see who’d entered the room. It was Asher. Beautiful, determined Asher. Hope pierced the terror in her body, replacing it with will to survive on her own terms. But fear for him made her strain against the bindings on her legs and arms. “Be careful!” He traded a long look with Kennedy.
“Yes, it’s me, Kathryn. Let Kennedy go,” he demanded, punctuating with a rolling growl.
Book Blurb: Kennedy, just Kennedy, recently dropped down into the rabbit hole complete with no surname and landed in an entirely different life than the one she’d been living for 22 years. That’s when she learned her parents were people who had been given the job of raising her and keeping her from the truth—her real parents were alive and she had been groomed to progress the plans of a secret group. It was also the day she learned her life was in jeopardy and she could trust no one, except maybe the brother she hadn’t known she had, Casey Mitchell, and his colony of were-lynxes.
Always a charmer, Asher Monroe, a were-bobcat who belongs to Casey’s colony, is willing to help her investigate her past. As a sports writer, he is skilled at ferreting out the truth. He’s also willing to use his special ability of “nudging” others to do what he wants so he can learn as much as he can about Kennedy and her life before. He needs to discover whether she is a threat to the colony or simply a lost soul.
As their needs for truth take them into escalating danger, their individual woundings expose what really brings them together and pulls them apart.
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