Today I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to be part of the launch celebrations for a genre I don’t usually read – paranormal romance and judging by the extract I have for you, I’m missing out! Rae Rivers’ latest book The Keepers:Ethan was published on 7th April by Harper Impulse and is available on Amazon. Following a short story prequel and two other The Keepers books, Ethan is the third in the series.
The Keepers: Ethan
”Going to Ameera to find Hazel. Stealing the spell … You think you can pull it off?” he asked.
She nodded, not trusting herself to speak.
Just as she thought he’d kiss her, he reached for her jacket and said, “Then let’s go.”
A portal to another world has opened, unleashing dangerous creatures on earth. A dark witch is out for revenge. The stakes are high, a war inevitable.
One person can stop the madness. Jenna. She’s a Keeper to a powerful hybrid witch but she harbours a secret and if Jenna steps through the portal – seduced by the whispers of her hidden past – she may never return.
Fortunately, she has company … infamous Bennett brother and fiercely protective Keeper, Ethan. Their whip-cracking banter makes them perfect sparring partners in training, but how will they manage when their lives and everything they were born to defend are on the line?
When the battle lines are drawn, will Jenna and Ethan stand side by side – as friends, protectors, lovers … or as traitors?
An extract from The Keepers: Ethan
Bennett Estate, Rapid Falls
“I came to ask you something.” Ethan placed both hands on the door, his arms a barricade of muscles on either side of her head. He glanced at her lips before slowly, slowly, lifting his gaze. “The portal. Going to Ameera to find Hazel. Stealing the spell…” His words were a low rumble of sexiness in the quiet room that took her breath away. He paused, allowing his words to take a beat. “Did you really mean all that?”
She nodded, not trusting herself to speak. The man had parts of her fluttering that shouldn’t be fluttering. Not here. Not for him.
“You think you can pull it off?” he asked.
“You can find the portal?”
“I’ll certainly try.”
For a long while, he simply looked at her, like he was pondering his next move. She left him to it, curious, and tried to ignore the heat and energy simmering between them. Anticipation joined the ranks of other sensations already there, the intensity of the moment rooting her to the spot. She considered pushing him away, but even breathing was impossible. Not with him all over her. Her heart pounded, her entire body alive with a zing that seemed reserved for him.
His gaze lowered to her lips, lingered. Pushing forward, he dipped his head closer.
Just as she thought he’d kiss her again, he reached for her jacket on the hook beside her head.
“Then let’s go,” he said softly, his grin softening the heat between them.
She blinked but kept her expression a blank canvas, refusing to expose the flare of disappointment. Instead, she took quiet satisfaction from the flash of heat she’d seen in his eyes moments before he’d smiled.
Raw desire. For her. Again.
“We’re going out?” she asked, the smell of leather filling her nostrils as she pulled on her jacket.
He produced car keys and dangled them mid-air. “Up for a road trip?”
Her eyes widened and her jaw fell. And then she grinned, hope soaring for the first time in so long. “You want to find the portal. I thought Archer shot me down on that.”
“My brother has his opinions. I have mine.”
“This is different.”
“I know.” Ethan gave a sigh of resignation. “Archer’s overprotective and worried. He’s also driven by honour and our code of conduct. It’s clouding his judgement.”
“He’s not wrong.”
“He’s not right either. Neither am I, but this waiting will only end in more deaths. We all know that.”
“If we hunt them down and kill them …”
“We’re nothing like them, Jenna.” His words were spoken louder, with conviction, irritation tightening his expression. Then he relaxed. “Besides, I think your plan of sealing Hazel in Ameera might work. If we’re crafty.”
“I can do crafty.”
The corner of his lip twitched. “Archer’s doing what he thinks is right. I’m doing what I think is right.”
Jenna tugged her hair out from beneath her collar, her body zinging with excitement – and fear. Lots of it. Thoughts of Ameera always did that to her. “But you need an accomplice?”
A small smile broke free. “It’ll be fun.”
About Rae Rivers
Rae’s an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing spicy romance novels. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her gorgeous children and husband and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, she loves family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate. For more information about her books, please visit her website.
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