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Wow, wow, WOW! The second book in Ms. Danann’s Exlied series is outstanding! I loved Crave, and Dandelion is an amazing lady. Their story is filled with love and heartache, sorrow and success. It’s a roller coaster from the very beginning, and never slowing down. Crave is a man troubled and uncertain of who or what he is. Dandelion is a brave woman, striving to overcome the tremendous obstacles standing in the way of her happiness. I loved her determination, even in the face of certain defeat. I adore Crave as well, and his fierce drive to overcome his demons. This is a fantastic novel that would make a great beach read. I would recommend reading the novels in order. I did receive a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by: Deviant Diamond
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If you love paranormal romance, you cannot miss the ultimate HEA follow up to Carnal.
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Crave surpassed the limits of mortal endurance and survived years of torture by the Rautt. He’d been isolated, chained in darkness, kept in filth, starved, taken to the point of death only to be restored so that his enemies could begin the cycle again. His family thought he was dead, but the woman who’d held his heart and his promise never gave up hope.
After his rescue, his memory and sanity gone, Dandy will plumb the depths of love to bring him back from hell, while his community sets out to prove that he’ll never be alone again.
8 years earlier
Dandy and Crave had taken the hike up the western mountain to the waterfall pool. Everyone knew where it was, but few people went because the effort to get there was worth mention.
The pool was small, only fifteen feet across, but the water was beautiful and clear. It was also cold since it began its journey higher up as snow melt. Crave thought it was the prettiest spot in the world, surrounded by pink granite outcroppings, aspens and evergreen trees.
They’d removed their clothes and jumped in, Dandy shrieking about the cold while he pretended to be immune and laughed at her. They swam and splashed, but after a time ended up kissing and exploring each other’s postpubescent bodies.
In many ways Dandy thought those first shy touches were the most erotic things that would ever happen to her. It was then and there that Crave had also declared.
“I love you, Dandy. You’re my Promise.”
She laughed. “You can’t just say I’m your Promise, Crave. You have to ask me. Don’t you know that?”
He looked a little hurt, but started again. “Dandelion. I love you. Are you going to be my Promise or not?”
“I will.” She smiled showing off her white teeth. Then she grew serious as a thundercloud. “But I’d better never catch you with another female.”
Crave was offended at the suggestion. Even in his fantasies, the only female he could imagine mounting was Dandelion. “I wouldn’t do that.” Understanding flitted across his boyish features as he considered the implications and his expression changed to a look of worry. “Same for you. Right? No other males.”
Dandy smiled a perfectly coy female smile and drew closer. “I would never, Crave,” she breathed. “You’re my Promise.”
His forehead smoothed as he relaxed then promptly dunked her under with a mischievous grin.
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author of thirteen romances. Victoria’s Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES THREE YEARS IN A ROW. Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.
Her paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on “imaginary” creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and, occasionally, enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, werewolves, hybrids, psychics, or past life therapists. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners… usually.
The rich characterizations come from being a lifelong student of behavior, casually, and a serious student of behavior academically. She also studied comparative religion, myths, and Dark Ages history.
Victoria lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.