Three terrifying months. That’s how long Kitty Laughton has been at the mercy of the scientist who experimented on her town, killing over a dozen people and giving the rest of them unique powers. But Kitty doesn’t feel powerful, especially when she learns the crazy man plans to test his research on more unsuspecting people. She refuses to let anyone else die, but trapped with no one to help her she’s out of options...that is until sexy and exasperating Nick Degrassi arrives. Specialops soldier Nick blames himself for Kitty’s capture, and he’ll do whatever he can to free the quiet beauty, but close quarters and a shared secret bring an attraction that neither of them
expected. With the organization that started it all making mercenaries for hire, Nick and Kitty must save themselves and stop a madman...before it’s too late.
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“You don’t know that. You need to be prepared for anything.” That had become the mantra over the past three days. Be prepared. Like she’d joined the Boy Scouts without anyone telling her about it. Prepare for any event. Have an attack ready. Strike as fast and as hard as she could. Fast because speed was her best asset, and hard because she could only count on one opportunity. She’d asked for his help. He’d reminded her of that over and over. After they’d had their conversation the first day, when he’d explained his reservations about teaching her, he’d thrown himself into her training like a man obsessed. But not obsessed with her. In fact, since that conversation—after telling her that he wanted more than friends, that he wanted her—he’d been true to his word. He’d been a complete gentleman. He’d been respectful of her personal space, and he’d never spoken of it again, as he’d promised. He’d even reined in his thoughts, for the most part. His touch had stayed completely platonic, as if they were related or really good buddies. And they’d touched a lot. In fact, they’d spent the last three days wrestling with each other. The more they touched, the more she craved his arms around her. It was maddening. She’d been the one to draw the line in the sand. Yet, she was the one
who wanted to stay in his arms. She was the one who inhaled too deeply when she was
pressed against his chest. She was the one who couldn’t stop staring at him. In that time, she’d only caught something different in him one time. It had been two days ago, the second full day of training. She closed her mind to him when they weren’t practicing, but she needed to hear his thoughts when they were working out so she could learn how to use her power to her advantage. They’d fallen. He’d gone down on his butt then rolled onto his back, and she’d landed on top of him. His hands had been on her waist. Their faces had been so close she could feel his breath on her forehead. His brain had buzzed with wanting. It had been an echo of what was coursing through her...the heat, the need to touch him. They’d frozen like that until he gently but firmly moved her off of him and scrambled to his feet. As he’d moved away from her, she’d see it. Something like longing. His jaw tightened, and his brows lowered. Then, it was gone from his mind, replaced by
his determination. Always his determination. He drove her on and on, teaching with more
patience than she’d ever seen in anyone, forcing whatever was happening between them to the recesses of himself. But in that moment, she’d wanted to reach for him. She’d had to stop herself from crawling to him. She wanted to wrap her arms around him and place her lips on his perfect mouth.
Like so many authors, I’m a huge reader. Reading books that stuck with me and sucked me is what made me want to give others that experience, too. Over the years, I’ve had lots of favorites. There are some books I’ve had on my shelf so long that they’re yellowed and have that well-loved book smell. But, my favorite series of books and my favorite author for the past decade is definitely JK Rowling with her Harry Potter series.
I came a little late to the Harry Potter series. I discovered the books right before the fourth book released. But, after I read SORCERER’S STONE, I glommed the other two over a weekend. (Disclaimer: this was BC—Before Children. I would not be able to read three books in two days now.) Then, I was sitting on my hands and waiting, just like the rest of the world.
After that, I pre-ordered all the other books in the series. They arrived the day the book released and I never made plans those days. I talked my husband into reading them. We went to all of the films within a week or two of release (Note: AC- After Children. Getting to the movies that soon after release is pretty good AC.)
There are so many things to love. Something I find breathtaking is Rowling’s ability to craft her world. I know how difficult it is to breathe life into a world. I’m in awe of her. Between the different creatures, the beasts, the magic spells… All of it is so well done.
Also, her story arc. She started things in the very first book that didn’t come to fruition until the very end. Over a decade of stories, she held Harry’s secrets close and stayed true to her story. I’m so impressed by that. The way that the entirety of the books came together… Completely masterful.
Finally, I thought it was really amazing that the books seemed to mature along with Harry. The first book is almost whimsical. It’s full of the wonder and magic of Harry’s age. By the time we make it to the last book, when Harry reaches adulthood, the stories have become complex. There’s still wonder, but it’s tempered by the reality that comes with adulthood. That is a true coming of age story, complete with a tone that has come of age.
I’m waiting for my older son to show some interest in the Boy Wizard. I can’t wait to share the books with him. And, if he really gets into it, I’m going to make him this sweater. I’m a mediocre knitter, but I’m going to give it a go.
As you can tell, I adore these books. Have you read the Harry Potter series? Did you love them, too? If not, tell me your favorite series/author?
Thanks for having me on the blog today! It was an honor to be here.