Release Date: August 13, 2018
Cover Design: Covers By Combs
He’s sexy as sin and hotter than hell and—oh wait.
What would you do to save a loved one’s life? Make a pact with the Devil?
In Diana Kingston’s defense, it was the middle of the night in the deserted hospital chapel… surely it was just a dream. She hadn’t really sold herself to a brooding stranger to save her father’s life, right? Then she wakes and her father is fully recovered and a mysterious letter arrives from the tall, dark, handsome—um, Devil? Yep, it was right there on the contract, Lucien Star, aka Lucifer Morningstar, that had been his name in the dream… Gulp. What would the Devil himself want with her? Sex. Three months of hot, sweaty, Friday night sex.
Ooookay. Breaking a pact with the Devil doesn’t seem like a smart move. So she’ll do it—but she won’t like it. Not much anyway. But she starts liking it – a lot—and every night they spend together, she likes it and Lucien a little more. Being with him allows her naughty side to come out and play, but Diana starts to see more than just a sexy-as-sin, rock-hard … er…Anyway, he might be Satan, but even he was an angel once. Kind. Noble. And she sees glimpses of that man still inside him… But how in Heaven’s name do you save the Devil from himself?
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“You agree to make a deal with me, and I will give you something in return.”
She put a hand to her chest as she looked up at him.
“You can…save my dad?” Part of her wondered if she was dreaming. She had to be. There was no way she was talking to the devil about making a deal to save her father’s life.
“But you said you didn’t save lives.”
The man… No, the devil slowly smiled. “I said I don’t look like I save lives and as a general rule I do not.”
“Then why help me?” Diana got to her feet but sat down in the nearest pew. The devil strode to the stained glass window, tilting his face up, the light playing upon his skin.
“Because you are a pure soul and I hunger for corruption. I need to corrupt you.”
“Corrupt me?” She shuddered at the dark word. When she thought of corruption she thought of stealing, of hurting people, of unlawful things she’d never do.
The devil turned to face her again and the shadows pooled around him, his eyes suddenly glowing with a soft ruby red gleam.
“I want to own your body, to own your soul, to show you the pleasures of the dark side, I want you to tell me every wicked fantasy, the worst ones, and I want you to let me act them out with you. When I claim a pure soul through pleasure and bring it to the darkness, that soul then belongs to me in every way.”
Her darkest fantasies? She struggled to think, but she didn’t have any…
“Everyone has fantasies Diana. Even pure souls like you.”
“You… You said you make deals, right? What would our deal be?” She couldn’t believe she was considering this, but if it meant saving her father how could she not listen to what the devil offered? He would own her soul, was her father’s life worth letting him drag her down into eternal darkness?
“You would come to me every Friday night at midnight and I can do with you as I please until dawn, then you can leave.”
“For how long?” She tried not to think about what the devil would do with her.
“Three months. It will be a delightful gift to myself to celebrate the anniversary of my fall from grace. When you die, whenever that may be, your soul will be fully mine, trapped forever in that nothingness I showed you.”
Twelve Fridays? She could survive whatever that the devil wanted for her father’s sake. She wouldn’t think about what happened when she died someday, and how she’d be trapped…in hell…with him. “How … how do I know you won’t let him die after you’re through with me?”
The devil’s grin was scary, not because he was scary but because that sexy grin promised all sorts of sins, ones she didn’t think she could handle. “I may be the devil, but I’m not a liar. I get what I want and I promise on my black heart you’ll get what you want.”
She didn’t immediately respond. Diana wasn’t stupid. She’d seen movies about deals with the devil. There was always a catch and the trick was finding out his.
“What about my mom, or any other friends or family? You’ll save my dad but let someone else that I love die instead right?”
His eyes widened the slightest bit and then he smiled as though pleased she wasn’t simply agreeing.
“That is called cosmic balance, you clever child, and no, I do not have to bend to the will of cosmic balance. By saving his life, you won’t face anyone else’s death because of our little deal.”
Diana couldn’t ignore the possessiveness that seemed to emanate from him as he gazed at her. Was her soul really worth it to him? If so, then she had one heck of a bargaining chip and she refused to waste it.
“I want you to promise no one I love gets hurt and my dad gets totally healed forever.”
He waved a finger at her. “Now, now, you can’t demand —”
“Do you want my pure soul or not?” The second she issued her challenge, invisible electricity sparked between them. The heat burning between them held a promise of what was to come, and it scared the hell out of her. She had to make this deal, but only on her terms. If he didn’t agree, she still had the power to walk away and she would.
When he didn’t respond, she stood up and started toward the chapel door.
“Fine,” he growled the word as he came up behind her. She turned to look at him, stepping back instinctively as he came too close. “I can give your other loved ones extra protection, but if the other side makes a decision, that’s on your precious angels, not me. I don’t have control over what those winged idiots do. But I swear nothing I do will cause them harm.”
“Okay… So three months of my submitting to you and you heal my dad.”
“Submitting?” He laughed. “That’s a rather interesting word. Is that one of your fantasies? To have me dominating you?”
Diana shuddered at first, but then an inner voice whispered, “Yes. Dominate me.” A voice she’d buried every time the desires surfaced, one that filled her with shame. It was that voice she didn’t listen to, the one she buried, the one that filled her with shame. “Is that the deal?” she repeated.
The devil merely grinned. “Yes. That’s the deal.”
“Do we … shake on it or something?” She held out her hand. He eyed it and then took her hand in his and tugged. She fell against him, surprised at the feel of his warm body against hers.
Before she could push him away, he bent his head and whispered, “You always seal a devil’s bargain with a kiss.” And then he slanted his mouth over hers, burning her lips with his as he ravaged her mouth, his tongue seeking hers. She was too stunned at first, but as his mouth softened on hers, she melted into him.
A frightening sense of falling forever in the darkness and fluttering black wings surged through her, but he held her, banding his arms around her and tethering her so she wouldn’t vanish in the nothingness.
She tried to banish her fears, praying for one spot of light in the darkness as they kissed. There was a brilliant flash of bright, the feel of soft downy feathers brushing against her cheek and then she glimpsed a shining city in the clouds.
Then it was gone. The nothingness remained…
His lips left hers and the warmth of his body faded. Dimly, she heard only in her mind, his silken whisper. “You are mine now, Diana…”
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About the Author
Emma Castle has always loved reading but didn’t know she loved romance until she was enduring the trials of law school. She discovered the dark and sexy world of romance novels and since then has never looked back! She loves writing about sexy, alpha male heroes who know just how to seduce women even if they are a bit naughty about it. When Emma’s not writing, she may be obsessing over her favorite show Supernatural where she’s a total Team Dean Winchester kind of girl! Emma’s first book Midnight With the Devil will be released in 2018! Stay tuned for details.
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