Today is the weekly Blog Hop at Paranormal Love Wednesdays – one of those sites that does exactly what it says on the tin. You can find links to lots of hot paranormal romance fiction, both published and unpublished, and it offers a showcase for those who want to get their witches, werewolves and all manner of otherwordly creatures a run-out.
As part of this week’s hop, here’s a short but sweet extract from The Pride of Amsterdam.
“So what happens now?” Kees had become aware of a growing tension as they discussed their shared past. The feelings of hurt and regret were fading, replaced by an atmosphere he could only describe as sexual. He looked at Arjan’s fingers, long and elegant, and wished they clutched his cock rather than the almost empty wine glass.
“Now?” When Arjan smiled, a hint of the beast within him seemed to emerge. “Well, I did plan for dessert. I have a nice butter cake in the kitchen that I picked up from a little bakery on the Keizersgracht. But, with your permission, I would very much like to take you to bed instead. Reacquaint myself with that gorgeous body of yours. Prove to you that all I have told you is true.”
Kees knew he should refuse. Tomorrow, he would be starting work on the Excelsior project, and he ought to be getting back to his own apartment. After all, he hadn’t as much as unpacked his case yet. Just like that first night with Arjan, things seemed to be moving a little too fast for him. Did the man really think that after fifteen years, a few words of apology, however heartfelt, could erase all the pain? All the nights of lying awake, wishing and wondering what might have been, if only things had worked out in a different fashion?
Yet he didn’t make his excuses and reach for his jacket. He stood, pushing back his chair, and said, “I’ll let you lead the way.”
Blurb: When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.
Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.
Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.