With: Abigail Owen
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When a rogue dragon shifter agrees to find a unique fire creature (though he’s not told what kind) and bring her to a dragon king, complications are bound to arise. Brand just doesn’t expect the problems to start the second he finds her and involve full body migraines that light her on fire and mysteriously affect him to. Or for her to recognize him when they’ve never met…
EXCERPT – BRAND MEETS KASIA
Instinct chose that instant to take over every cell of his body. He needed to be in that room. Now. He shook the doctor off.
“Step back,” he growled, his voice already dark and smoky, even though he wasn’t shifting.
“Wait!” Dr. Oppenheim yelled.
But she was too late. Brand burst into the room and ran at the woman sprawled in the middle of the floor. He dropped to his knees in front of her. “Let me help you.”
She jerked back. Her eyes, blazing with flame to the point he couldn’t see their color, darted around as if she were searching for him in the dark. Right, she couldn’t see. Her mouth dropped open, but he couldn’t tell if it was from fear of him or from panting through what looked like waves of razor-edged agony. He knew the feeling.
“I know I can help you.” He had no idea how he knew, but he did. “Will you let me try?”
She sucked in, a sharp hiss, her face contorting. Then she nodded, wincing as if even that small movement was unbearable.
Urgency moved him around behind her where he dropped to his knees, banding an arm around her waist and pulling her up and against him, his thighs bracketing hers. The softness of her skin registered in his fogged mind, and the edge of his own pain dulled.
Flames licked at his body, the heat intensifying. Thankfully, his control of fire kept her from burning off his clothes. Maybe he could try to contain her fire? He sensed her need for more touch, needing it, too, but didn’t want to take advantage.
“I’ve got you,” he whispered in her ear.
He ran a hand down her arm, and she sighed, seeming to ease, if only a fraction, at his touch.
Then she clenched as another pulse shot through her—he knew because an answering pulse shot through him—and she dropped her head back against his shoulder. A scream that pierced his heart poured from her lips, and the fire burst around them before he could get a handle on it, the reverberation of the explosion ringing in his ears, the power behind it shaking him.
Then, before he could process what was happening, the flames sucked back into her body, a river of angry color disappearing into her skin, like water down a drain, swirling around them both, until all that was left were the two of them in a room gone deadly quiet.
The pain in his body evaporated, leaving behind only a dull ache. Meanwhile, her skin glowed, like a white-hot poker just removed from the kiln.
What the hell just happened?
He glanced down into her face and registered how the woman in his arms was beautiful in a way that snatched the breath from his lungs—long red hair spilled over his arm. Delicate features and an eminently kissable mouth. She reminded him of a tiny bird. One who needed protecting from the world. Who might snap if he held her too tight.
And glowing, like an angel.
“Holy hell,” Brand spat. Kasia was a phoenix. A creature destined to mate a dragon king, making him the High King of the dragon clans, and, according to legend, bringing peace to their kind.
Total crap in his opinion, and not Brand’s primary concern.
This was why Ladon had sent him, because he knew Brand was the only dragon who’d bring her back to him. Because Brand needed Ladon more than he’d need a phoenix. Being a rogue no longer scared him—he knew how to survive that way indefinitely—but he did need the power of a clan behind him in order to take out Uther. He’d waited centuries to kill the King of the Gold Clan.
Giving this phoenix to Ladon would open that door.
The woman in his arms stirred, eyelids fluttering open to reveal eyes so pale blue they reminded him of blues found deep in glacier ice. Eyes like a white dragon. Hypnotic.
“You,” she croaked.
The lingering dull ache disappeared as an unaccustomed stomach-clenching sensation of trepidation sank to the bottom of his gut. “You know me?”
She gave a trembling smile. “That was a damn idiotic thing to do, you ass. I could’ve killed you.”
Then she went limp in his arms.
THE ROGUE KING
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who―and what―she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.
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