Monday, July 10, 2017

The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost ~ Excerpt & Giveaway


Now Available from Harlequin Books






The breathtaking second novel in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny series finds Ivy and Adrian rekindling their alliance—and passion—as the struggle for the fate of the world begins…

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn't sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who's decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he's vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…






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I shouldn’t have taken that brief moment to celebrate. Even with a knife sticking out of his face, he was still deadly. His hands closed over my ankles, yanking hard. I lost my balance and fell backward, twisting away at once to avoid his immediate tackle. He landed on sand instead of me, but then his fists smashed into my lower body. I doubled over, feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. He held on and started to crawl up my body, his grin visible even through the streams of blood coming from where the knife stuck out of his face.
I couldn’t break his grip, so I didn’t try. When he made it up to my thigh, my knee smashed into his face with all the extra­human strength I had in me. Pain reverberated up my leg, but this time, I didn’t spare a single second before attacking again. I grabbed his head and yanked it to the side as hard as I could. A crack sounded and the minion’s whole body went limp.
I managed to roll away, my knees and ribs throbbing so much that vomiting felt like a good way to celebrate. Still, I was exultant. Looks like those fighting lessons had really paid off! In fact, Costa had trained me so well, my actions had felt more like muscle memory instead of a conscious decision to kill some­one. I had killed the minion, though, and he wasn’t the first one, although he was the first one that I’d taken on by myself with only a normal weapon.
Being a killer hadn’t been anywhere on my list of life goals six months ago, when I’d been a junior at WMU. Since then, I’d had to learn how to do that as well as do a lot of other strange, unpleasant things. Thank you, unexpected supernatural lineage. You are the gift that keeps on giving.
With a suddenness that still startled me, the minion’s body dissolved until nothing but ashes remained. They began to blow away in the same ocean breeze that whipped my hair around like dozens of dark brown scarves. The way minions and demons turned to ash after death was the only considerate thing they did.
Even though everything hurt, I heaved myself up from the sand. Bruised and battered or no, I still had to find Brutus.
I was in the process of brushing the sand off me when my surroundings changed in an instant. The sand turned to sheets of ice, the light became pitch darkness and the sounds from the surf ceased with such abruptness that the new silence was omi­nous. The worst part was the cold. My teeth began to chatter, and the frigid air felt like it scattered razors across my skin.
Just as quickly, the dark, frozen world disappeared, leaving me back on the beach with a warm, salt-scented breeze and mauve-colored shades of dawn starting to paint the horizon. Still, I felt stiff from more than the cold that seemed to linger on the air. That hazy, alternate version of this area wasn’t a full-on sen­sory hallucination, although all of my former doctors would’ve sworn otherwise. Instead, it was a glimpse of a realm that hov­ered right over this one.

Physicists call it M theory—the idea that different dimen­sional layers existed next to each other. I called it a shitload of trouble, because that sunless, icy world was a demon realm. My lineage gave me the ability to catch glimpses of these deadly realms, but for some reason, I hadn’t spotted this one before. If I’d known that a demon realm existed right on top of this place, I would’ve never walked this beach at all, let alone by myself before the sun was fully up.









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25 comments:

  1. I have a very active list of Paranormals that I'm reading right now. I just finished these two.
    Cold Reign – Faith Hunter and Thirteen Chances – Cindy Miles

    From there I'm moving on to:How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days – Kerrelyn Sparks and Burn for Me – Ilona Andrews. I have other books not from the library in the FIVE BOXES of books I'm working my way thru. Some of them are from authors I read but didn't get to since 2013.

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  2. Re-reading The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout this summer. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Shadow Rider and Shadow Reaper to name a few.

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  4. Really like reading paranormal stories. Enjoyed the description of the books, sounds like a great reads.

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  5. Really like reading paranormal stories. Enjoyed the description of the books, sounds like a great reads.

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  6. I'm in between book's right now and having a hard time deciding what to read next!

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  7. I'm hoping to get to Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series soon and I also have Karelyn sparks embraced books to start, but of course i have a bunch of others too

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  8. Thank you for sharing The Sweetest Burn.

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  9. If the alternative is a broken heart give me more realms to conquer.

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  10. I'm reading The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward.

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  11. I cannot wait to get started on this series! I love Jeaniene Frost!

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  12. I just finished A Hero's Death Aris Crow Vampire Legend by Rachel Mcclellan and it was amazing. Thank you

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  13. This series sounds awesome! More books to add to my ever expanding TBR list.

    Good luck with the launch!
    Michelle :)

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  14. Wow, the cover for The Sweetest Burn is hot! I love the blurb, sounds like a really great paranormal romance read. Adding to my list of wants.

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  15. I haven't read any PA this summer but I do love it. Jeaniene seems a great place to start!

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  16. I've read Leopard's Fury by Christine Feehan. Absolutely love that series

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  17. Thanks for featuring this excerpt for the tour!

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  18. I'm actually reading Mia Downing's Twisted Luck right now,featuring Demons. I am looking forward to starting P.T. Macias' Angels Of The Fallen series over the summer

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  19. I'm reading Cry Of The Pride by Lacey Thorn.

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  20. I just read Wildfire and now I'm reading The Unyielding!!!

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  21. So far I haven't really read any paranormal romances. Been super busy with life and barely able to get 5 minutes to read.

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  22. I'm currently reading Blade Bound by Chloe Neill.

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  23. I'm not currently reading any paranormals but I plan on grabbing Milly Taiden's newest.

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  24. I love paranormal romance! I am currently reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, and it's awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I'm reading The Sweetest Burn right now -- which is especially awesome since I have an autographed copy I got when Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews did a signing in Orlando.

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