Author: M.V. Freeman
Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Release Date: December 16th, 2014
Available in eBook and Paperback
When fire meets a force of nature an Incandescent is born.
Laurie Hudson gave up “normal” a long time ago. Isolated from friends and family, she becomes a bartender for an upscale restaurant while she fights to suppress her strange affinity for fire. Around new owner Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Now she finds all of her hard won choices being taken away as she is catapulted into a world of Mages, Darks, and mysterious Elementals, all working just below the surface of humanity. As she learns to survive, Laurie realizes her freedom could mean the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.
A formidable figure in this strange world, Tri-Elemental Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.
They both lay still for a moment, panting. The power that had surrounded them so completely and violently now brushed against them in a feather light kiss on overheated skin.
With deliberate gentleness, Mikhail withdrew and stood up.
“What the hell was that?” Laurie gasped as she tried to stand on rubbery legs.
“Do I really have to explain it to you?” He teased. “Next time, I’ll go slower so you can follow along.”
“Shut up.” Laurie’s voice held no heat. “That’s not what I meant.” She didn’t bother to look for her ruined thong in the wreckage of the dining room. She pulled on her jeans and avoided his eyes.
“Balanced Elementals deal with their emotions in many ways, Laurie. One is by sex,” he said smoothly, adjusting his pants as if having impromptu sex on a sideboard was an everyday occurrence.
Laurie scowled. “So, you do this often, then?”
“Not often enough.” He smiled and gestured for her to precede him out of the dining room. Embarrassed and at a loss for words, Laurie nodded and moved to leave, suddenly wanting to get as far away from him, and the scene of their crime, as possible.
She walked passed him. Mikhail grabbed her arm. She turned, and he captured her mouth in a hungry kiss. She returned it, her tongue tangling with his. She tore open his shirt, buttons popping across the floor, determined this time to touch him the way he’d touched her.
“It’s happening again,” Laurie groaned into his mouth.
He broke the kiss and gave her a dangerous smile. “Miliya, we’re only just beginning.”
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M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee. You can find out more about her here at: www.mvfreeman.com
Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/