Watch out, ladies! Balthazar is coming.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 17, 2013!!!
To celebrate the coming release, and to tease all of you a little because I'm mean that way, I have a special excerpt for all of you.
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Balthazar had his eyes closed when he answered, “Back in the day. All work and no play and all that. Solara’s not so bad, if you take away her tendency to eat her lovers.”
Arianne dropped the rose and blinked. Then she shrugged. “Can’t say I didn’t see that one coming. But you survived.”
“Only because I wasn’t stupid enough to stay the night. Niko, on the other hand…” Balthazar stopped suddenly, like he'd caught himself about to say something.
“Niko what?” Arianne’s voice grew very soft. Her chest deflated. When Balthazar didn’t say anything, she rephrased her question, “What about Niko?”
Balthazar opened one eye to look at her before he grimaced. “Slip of the tongue. Forget about it.”
Arianne rushed the couch and thumped Balthazar’s chest, completely forgetting he didn’t like to be touched.
“Don’t growl at me,” she said, but took a step back just in case. Those fangs did look like they could cause some serious hurt if they sank into her skin. “Just finish what you already started and I’ll shut up about it.”
Balthazar tsked before he closed his eyes again and settled back into the couch like he hadn’t been ready to pounce a second ago. He breathed in deeply then exhaled slowly. Arianne waited, twisting her fingers together.
“There are some things you’re better off not knowing, little girl,” he finally said.
“I’m not a little girl anymore, Balthazar. If it’s about Niko then I have the right to know.”
He opened his eyes and locked gazes with her. “No, actually you don’t.”
“I need to know.”
A shiver ran down Arianne’s back by the way he stared at her, like he was measuring her worth. She steeled herself. Whatever he had to say about Niko she would accept without judging. She promised herself that.
Balthazar moved his gaze from her to the ceiling before he closed his eyes again. “Niko frequented this place as much as I did. In fact, we even came together once in a while.”
Arianne’s heart fell into a heap in her stomach. Then she picked the poor thing up and put it back into her chest. She couldn’t judge. Niko was a guy. A Reaper who’d lived countless lifetimes. If he came here to…Arianne couldn’t let herself think about it.
“Don’t obsess, Arianne,” Balthazar said in a grumbly voice, like he forced himself to speak. “Niko’s done far worse things than be at a whorehouse…”
“What do you mean ‘worse things’?”
His lower lip jutted out. “I’d rather not say. If you think he’s a good guy, then maybe he is now. I haven’t seen him since I got banished to the Nethers. Maybe he’s changed.”
“Are you actually trying to comfort me, Balthazar?” Arianne put together her best “aww” face.
“Don’t get all mushy on me,” he barked, but his words didn’t have the same bite. “I’m more the bang ‘em then leave ‘em type.”
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