A modern day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”
***Recommended for ages 18+ due to multiple, creative, detailed, steamy, sexy-time adult situations.***
For a thousand years, Chace has searched for a way to break the curse placed on him by a jilted lover. He’s a dragon shifter, one who can’t control when the magic will force him into a different form. He’s already lost everyone he ever cared about a few times over and doesn’t know how much longer he’s meant to suffer.
At his wit’s end, he makes a deal with a mysterious figure that offers him what he wants most – an end to his misery – in exchange for everything that’s his: His life, his power. His heart.
The next day, he meets Skylar, a modern day dragon slayer whose mission is to cage him – or kill him. Sexy, witty and brave, she is the yin to his yang, the woman destined to break the curse, balance his magic and make his broken heart whole.
Except it’s too late. Not only has he sealed his fate, but an innocent one-night-stand with Skylar has dragged her into the middle of a deal with the devil, one she won’t escape, if he can’t convince her that dragon shifters aren’t her enemies.EXCERPT
CHACE GLANCED UP FROM THE GLASS OF AMBER BEER AS HIS CLOSEST FRIEND, GUNNER, APPROACHED THEIR USUAL TABLE IN THE CORNER OF THE BAR. UNLIKE CHACE, WHO WAS A DRAGON SHIFTER, GUNNER WAS ABLE TO TRANSFORM INTO A PANTHER THE SIZE OF A CAR. HE HAD DARK HAIR AND ALMOND-SHAPED, BROWN EYES, A MUSCULAR FRAME, A GAIT WORTHY OF A CAT AND TWO PINTS IN HIS HANDS. HE SAT AND PLACED ONE GLASS DOWN BESIDE CHACE’S UNTOUCHED DRINK.
“You ate your pizza, which means you can’t be too sick to drink your beer,” Gunner observed.
“THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR WASTING GOOD PIZZA,” CHACE REPLIED. “JUST NOT THIRSTY.”
“YOU REALLY DID IT, DIDN’T YOU?” GUNNER GUESSED.
“Yeah,” Chace replied. “I talked to him.”
CHACE’S EYES SWEPT AROUND THE SHIFTERS’ BAR, THE ONLY SAFE HAVEN FOR A DYING RACE OF SUPERNATURAL CREATURES THAT WERE BEING HUNTED AND KILLED OFF. THE TABLES, CHAIRS AND FLOORING WERE ALL MAHOGANY, WORN BUT POLISHED AND CLEAN, THE CEILING AND LATTICE WORK ON THE PILLARS RESEMBLING THOSE OF AN ENGLISH PUB RATHER THAN A TYPICAL BIKER BAR. THE WALLS WERE DECORATED WITH AUTOGRAPHED CLASSIC ROCK POSTERS, AND SHADOWBOXES WITH GUITARS, DRUMSTICKS AND OTHER ROCK CURIOS PERCHED ABOVE THE ROW OF PLUSH BOOTHS ALONG ONE WALL.
THE BAR FED OFF HIS MAGIC AND WAS FULL THIS EVENING, THOUGH ITS PATRONS WERE TENSE. THEIR TALK CONSISTED OF WORRIED MURMURS AND THE OCCASIONAL CURSING.
“He’ll give me what I want,” Chace replied. “Doesn’t seem to be any strings attached. Just wants me and everything I own, which is basically just my bike at this point.”
GUNNER SAT DOWN, FROWNING. “WHY CHACE?”
BECAUSE I’M TIRED OF WATCHING PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT DIE AROUND ME. CHACE DEBATED WHAT TO TELL HIS FRIEND, WHO HAD BEEN WITH HIM THE LONGEST OF ANYONE STILL LIVING.
“You remember Steven?” he asked.
“YEAH. HE BUILT YOUR CHOPPER, RIGHT?”
“YEP. I USED TO TAKE IT TO HIM FOR MAINTENANCE EVERY YEAR FOR FORTY YEARS, AND HE CHECKED UP WITH ME MONTHLY TO MAKE SURE IT WAS WORKING WELL. HE BUILT IT BY HAND,” CHACE MUSED. “HE LOVED THAT THING LIKE IT WAS HIS OWN.”
“USED TO. I CAN GUESS WHERE THIS IS GOING,” GUNNER SAID. “HE PASSED?”
“Last week. I got an email from his son. He left me spare parts in his will.” Chace chuckled. “Think he liked the bike more than me, but he was …”
“… THE LAST HUMAN FRIEND WHO HADN’T DIED. I GET IT.”BIO:
Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
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