Keep reading for a sizzling excerpt from Claimed By The Warlord by Maddie Taylor.
It releases January 8th!!!
One people, divided by treachery and greed.
A fiery Warlord, as ruthless as he is honorable.
An ethereal Princess, as beautiful as she is loyal to her people.
Though as different as fire and ice, they are drawn together by an intensely intimate connection.
This pair of unlikely lovers wields the power to mend the rift between their worlds, but an unknown entity wants her dead. Can he keep her safe while uncovering the insidious murderous threat? Or will it wrench them apart and bring their people to the brink of war, yet again.
Claimed By The Warlord is a sexy standalone sci-fi romance!
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“And how long will I be your guest?” she asked, somehow managing not to twist the last word with her skepticism.
“Until I’m satisfied it is safe for you to return.”
“Don’t you think this is an extreme measure? Aeldor is my home.”
“Where you were abducted and almost sold into slavery. Beyond that, I do not want to consider your fate if we hadn’t arrived when we did.”
Neither did she. The realization she could right now be the property of the red devil made her voice shrill when she asked, “Why do you care, Darios?”
He pulled the mask from her face as he leaned closer, his elbows propped on either side of her head. When he replied, his eyes glowed with a golden fire. “Because I don’t believe in coincidence. Three of my own nearly shared the same fate as you. I Plan to find out how and why, and who is behind this. Then I intend to make them pay for what you suffered, for every moment of fear, and for the pain you’ve endured, and for every cut, bruise, and cough. Until then, I have claimed you, Aurelia, and will do everything in my power to keep you safe.”
“But why? Not so long ago our people were bitter enemies.”
His head dipped closer until the warmth of his breath brushed her lips. “You know why, Aurelia. Even though you don’t feel it through your gift of touch, I know you can sense we have a connection.”
“I don’t – ”
“Do not lie to me,” he warned. “I will always know when you do. But even without using my gift, I am a man, and I know when a woman responds to my touch.”
Face burning with embarrassment that he had read her so easily, she tried to excuse her reaction. “You took me by surprise. I thought it was just me, or a fluke.”
“Tell me this is a fluke,” he growled as he closed the scant distance between them and his lips smothered hers with a fiery kiss that demanded a response.
She gave it, opening her mouth to him without a thought of protest.
His tongue swept inside, sending swirls of heated desire coursing through her. A whimper sounded from far off, but Aurelia knew it came from her throat. It changed to a cry of disappointment when he pulled away.
“I must go and prepare for our arrival.”
She bit her lower lip to keep from begging him to stay.
“No,” he murmured as his thumb swept over her mouth, releasing the grip of her teeth. “Such abuse I will not allow.” Lowering his head, he soothed the sting with his tongue before taking her mouth again with the utmost tenderness. “Rest well, princess.”
A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.
Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.
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