Excerpt: Pursued by the Desert Prince + Win a FREE Book
by Dani Collins, author of Pursued By The Desert Prince
Are you as fascinated by the idea of twins as I am?
Back when I was brainstorming what became my popular baby swap duet, I had initially thought to do something with twins. That stuck with me, and I wound up creating a Kardasian-like family with two sets of identical twins. Welcome to the Sauveterre Siblings quartet…
The Sauveterres didn’t seek their fame. They loathe that they were anointed by the media for being so adorable and alike. They even blame that notoriety for Trella being kidnapped when the girls were nine. The trauma left scars on all of them.
Angelique is the shy, introverted twin, and the heroine of Book One, Pursued By The Desert Prince. Kasim thinks she’s having an affair with his sister’s fiancé and arrives to put a stop to it.
Kasim wound up with a family secret I didn’t see coming until Angelique broke up with him in Chapter Eight. I won’t spoil it here. You haven’t even seen how they get together! I hint at it in the snippet below, though. Kasim has given Angelique an ultimatum about his sister’s fiancé and turns to leave. Here’s what happens…
“Wait!” She leaped forward and grabbed his arm.
He froze, gaze locking onto her hand on his sleeve for one powerful heartbeat before he lifted his eyes. His face was filled outrage and something else, something glittering and fiercely masculine.
“Have we arrived at that level of familiarity, Angelique?” He pivoted in a swift move to face her, taking her own arm in his opposite grip.
It was the sudden dive and snatch of a predatory bird catching prey in its talons.
They stood like that in what seemed like a slowdown in time. Her heart pounded so hard her lungs could barely inflate against it.
“We’re not finished t-talking.” Her voice came out painfully thin. She knew she should release him and step back, but she was quite blown away by the masculine interest that flared to life in his gaze.
She wasn’t falsely modest. She knew she was beautiful. It was one of the reasons camera lenses so often turned on her. Men looked at her with desire all the time.
There was no reason she should react to this man’s naked hunger. But she did.
A very animalistic sexual reaction pierced deep in her loins, flooding her with heat and… Yes, it was reciprocal desire. He was looking at her as if he found her appealing and she certainly found him as attractive as they came. There might even be something chemical here because her gaze dropped involuntarily to his mouth. Longing rose within her.
His lips quirked.
She knew he was reading her reaction and was amused. It stung. She felt raw and gauche. It was the bane of her existence that she couldn’t always stop whatever feelings were overtaking her. This was so intense it was unprecedented, touching her at all levels. Physical, mental, emotional… He held her entire being enthralled.
“We are finished talking,” he said, while his arm bent against her grip. His hand arrived at her waist, hot and sure. His other hand tightened slightly on her arm, drawing her forward a half step, commanding. “If you would like to start something new, however…”
Don’t, she ordered herself, but it was too late. His mouth was coming down to hers and she was parting her lips in eager reception.
Pursued By The Desert Prince is on shelves now. I’d love to send a signed print copy of Book Two, His Mistress With Two Secrets, to one lucky person in the comments anywhere in the world. Tell me about twins. Are you one? Do you have siblings who are twins or even triplets? Are you as intrigued as I am by the dynamic of siblings who shared the womb?
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About Pursued By The Desert Prince:
To ensure his sister’s successful marriage, Kasim, Crown Prince of Zhamair, must stop Angelique Sauveterre’s alleged affair with his future brother-in-law. But when Angelique denies any involvement, Kasim can’t resist the chance to make the feisty beauty his!
Angelique is tempted by Kasim’s offer of a fling—always compared to her twin sister, she’s never allowed to just be herself. They couldn’t be from two more different worlds, yet Angelique blossoms under Kasim’s touch and surrenders to the desert prince. But can he give her more than passion and precious jewels?