Love Resurrected (Second Chances #1)
by Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
Release Date: April 27, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 84,728
It’s never too late for a second chance at love.
Keiran McDermott has lived by one simple rule for over a hundred years: keep a safe distance from humans at all times. He knows from experience that close proximity to them can lead to disasters and more often than not, end up badly. But when the need to explore a nearby town places him directly in the path of a woman being stalked by two foul predators, the instinct to protect the young beauty from the men intent on causing her harm forces him to break his self-imposed law.
However, once she’s safely away from her attackers, Keiran finds himself locked in another battle. He knows his weakness can kill: it did so in the past. But how can he find the courage to stay away, when the image of her lovely face torments his mind?
When a new threat forces him to come to Celine’s aid again, will Keiran be able to fight temptation long enough to keep her alive and protected, even from himself?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
There was nothing Keiran wanted more at that moment than to take Celine into the spare bedroom and make love to her until they were both exhausted and completely satiated. But he knew the risks, and he feared them like he feared no enemy.
After a few minutes of deep kissing, he pulled away.
“And you are not afraid by that fact?” he said, admitting perhaps a bit more than he intended with that question.
She shook her head. “This might sound crazy, but I have the feeling you have a good reason behind your silence.”
“I do,” he replied. “And you’re not going to tell me what it is?”
He planted a quick peck on the top of her head before saying, “No.”
“Why?” Damn, she’s an inquisitive female. But he had to admit that he liked that about her.
“Because then I would have to reveal too much about myself.”
Taking a step back, Celine glanced up at him in alarm. “You didn’t kill those men, did you?”
He shook his head.
“No, I did not.” He hated to see the doubt in her eyes, but then again, what could he expect? After all she had been through, it was only right that she remained cautious, and she really did have reason to doubt him and his intentions – she just did not know it.
“Then I believe I have yet to thank you properly.”
“How does one do that?” he asked, already pushing his arousal toward her.
“I don’t really know.” Suddenly shy, Celine looked away.
At her sudden shyness, he smiled. “A simple ‘thank you’ is enough.”
Keiran could think of a dozen or more ways she could thank him, but it was better he move away now, before things got out of hand. Every time he kissed her, the risks increased. Keeping himself at a distance, however, was pure torture, and he often lost the battle to stay put and not reach out for her. Reminding himself to stay under control proved even harder, but he needed to get a grip on himself. Otherwise, the consequences could turn out to be too great, especially for her. He cared too much about her to let anything bad happen, and right now, he was the biggest threat.
In spite of his desire to kiss her senseless, Keiran withdrew.
“Are you still up for that nature walk tomorrow afternoon?” he asked, already regretting the short distance that separated them. However, even though he wanted nothing more than to touch every curvy inch of her body, he felt it best to hold his ground.
He was a lot better at getting back on track than she was. Even as he took several steps back, he could see how she brought her hands together and interlocked her fingers. He noticed how fast her heart beat, how the skin on her face, neck, and upper chest reddened as she stared up at his eyes. She no more immune to him than he was to her, and that pleased him.
“Fantastic.” He took her small hand in his big one and planted a brief kiss on it before releasing it. “Good night, Celine.”
“Good night, Keiran.” She hurried inside the bedroom and he hurried to his.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As a child, she used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, Kristy gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect. She’s always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most so when she found herself with some free time on her hands, she decided to pursue her passion. As it turned out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another. As she keeps moving along in achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between her four children and her very understanding husband.
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