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Now that we’ve got all that said, lol, let’s get to the fun! Below you will find an excerpt from Blood Bound. This scene snippet continues beyond what you will read and shows the inner working of both characters well. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing.
a House Millar novel
Áine P Massie
Geas Publishing | NA Paranormal Romance
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Summary of Blood Bound
How many ways can a hearts true love be shared?
After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.
Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.
Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.
“I have a sinking suspicion that you have no idea what got them all riled. Do you?” he asked gently. Louie looked gorgeous, of course, but his perfect features were marred with worry. It was sometimes hard to look into those divine pale ice-blue eyes though; they reminded me so much of Braden’s.
“No, no one would answer my questions.”
“Now that I understand what they were actually asking – still can’t believe they managed to keep it hidden this long – I’m not sure my previous counsel would be the same. But, I also know you, once given, you never back out of a promise,” Louie continued unhappily.
“I thought you supported Nicholas. Why are you unhappy?” Could he please get to the point?
“It wasn’t Nicholas I supported the other night. I was supporting you and what I thought would make you happy. I told you that. However, what you said about not being able to undo it is more accurate than you thought. This ritual and charm actually link you on a more fundamental level. In Nic’s case I’m not that worried. But, he wants to link you both with Declán. That’s really the part concerning us.” Louie reached out, taking my hand between his. He kept his eyes focused on our hands as he played with my fingers for a minute.
“Why is your worry for Declán? I mean, is it dangerous to him or something?” He had me scared. I wouldn’t do anything that would endanger Declán . . . Nicholas should know that!
“No. It’s not him that I fear for,” he explained. “It’s you, your heart and mind that worry me. I know how hard it was for you to lose Braden. Twice. But when Declán passes, if you have done what they are asking, it might literally kill you.” The pain in his voice was terrifying.
My mind chose then to shut down. I knew Louie was still talking, but I had no idea what he said. I couldn’t handle discussions of Declán’s eventual death right then. My mind kept replaying the life fading from Braden, over and over. (I may be a vampire but I never willingly killed a human, those that served Marcus notwithstanding.) But watching my husband die nearly killed me before, mentally anyway. Now Louie was suggesting that this bonding would make it even worse when Declán died? I barely maintained my hold on sanity most days as it was . . .
“ . . . Anya,” Louie snapped. I had a feeling he had been calling me, especially since he had a hold of my arms and was shaking me. “Anya?”
“A rún?” Blinking and looking around I realized Louie was on his knees in front of me, that same look of panic etched into his face that was becoming all too familiar lately. He stopped shaking me but didn’t let go. He was staring into my eyes with such force I wanted to retreat from the power of his gaze. “I-I’m sorry.”
“Anya? Are you back with me now?” His hands were gripping my arms so tightly his fingers bit into my flesh, painfully.
“Um, ow,” I complained, pulling my arms out of his grip. “It’s bad enough when I draw my own blood, but come on, no one else gets to do that!”
Louie broke his focus and looked down at where he’d held me. His pale ice-blue eyes went wide. “Oh, God! I’m sorry.” He moved back, looking horrified. His fingers had gouged in pretty good.
Sadly, even though it hurt, I, as usual, found it mildly interesting and amusing. “Huh, guess even healthy I can bleed. Weird,” I murmured as I twisted my arms a little to inspect the wounds. “Good thing I heal fast, huh?”
Poor Louie did not find it amusing. “I am so, so sorry. I just panicked . . . I’ve been saying your name for a while now,” he said reverting to French in his panic and unease. He looked down at his own hands, not meeting my eyes as he spoke. “I can’t believe I did that,” he choked.
Gently I put my fingers under his chin to raise his eyes back to mine. “You’re a vampire, blood shouldn’t bother you. . .”
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