Voting’s open for Red in Tooth and Claw!

RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW was chosen as one of the 32 entries in ARe’s Just One Bite Contest.
How can a wolf resist a woman in red?

The voting is open for Round 2.  I made it. yay!

I’m part of pair #4 if you want to vote for me.  Voting is here. (You have to register with All Romance Ebooks to see and vote for the stories)

Here’s a snippet of RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW:

“Red suits you.”

His voice was little more than a growl and it warmed my skin, fluttering excitement deep into my belly. Shadows surrounded the high backed chair in which he sat. Flickers of light from the fireplace caught his sharp profile, shifting, lighting the burn of his silver eyes. My mark wasn’t quite human, I was sure of it. The remote hall, the obvious wealth, the secrecy. He had to be one of the rare preternaturals.

“Thank you.” I didn’t know what else to say. My being in the hall, in this starkly empty room with him was…hazy. The reason was important, I felt it down to the bone and something about that made me glance at the red silk of my cape. It was the only thing I wore. I frowned. I didn’t remember driving up to the hall, slipping out of my street clothes, changing… Heat from the fire warmed the silk, distracting me and the material brushed against my bared legs like the kiss of a lover.

I forced a smile to twitch across my mouth and lifted the thick sheaf of paper in my hand. The splotch of a broken seal gleamed along its edges. Not that I remembered snapping the seal open. I glanced at the heavy copperplate lettering that simply stated my name, a time and that day’s date. “The…agency hasn’t given me your name.”

“Balthasar.”

“Balthasar…?”

“My last name isn’t important.” He sat forward and firelight licked his features.

My chest tightened and I stared. I hadn’t expected him to be quite so…beautiful—all hard male planes and those silver-edged eyes that burned into me. His black shirt clung to his chest, his muscled arms, bare, browned and dusted with hair. Strong hands flexed. A dark ring gleamed on his right hand.

“So…” I took a step towards him, my bare feet soundless in the deep pile of the rug. I wet my lips. “What do you expect of me?”

His gaze drifted down over the length of my body and made me too aware of the brushing silk of my long cape. “I expect to fuck you.”

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