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…

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“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.

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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:

Excerpt: Pursued by the Desert Prince by Dani Collins + Win a FREE BookTo 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?

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. Colleen C.
    March 8, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    I always wanted to be a twin… there was a set of twins on my grandmother’s side, but the twin did not survive birth. Always enjoy stories of twins! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dianne
    March 8, 2017 at 10:32 am
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    I also like stories about twins because I have a twin sister. Yes we did switch places once. My husband still laughs over being tricked by my twin. His going joke is did he marry the right twin.

  3. Laney4
    March 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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    No history of twins in my family, but I have always been interested in the link that some twins (and I presume triplets) feel with each other. I don’t know if that would be a good thing; I guess like most things in life, it can be both good and bad.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Gladys Nason
    March 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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    I think being a twin or a multiple could be fun and/or very hard. It would be cool to have someone who knows you so well, but also very hard to feel like an individual. Sure would be fun though in some circumstances.

  5. Laurie Bodshaug
    March 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    My mom and her brother were twins. They were born in 1929, and weighed about 3 pounds each. Back then they were lucky to survive at that size. My grandmother said that she had to keep them by the fireplace to keep them warm, because they were born in November in Wisconsin and it was so cold. I always wanted to have twins, or for my boys to have twins(No luck on that so far!) There was a set of identical twin boys that I grew up with, they used to trade places and get in trouble, especially at school. Even tho I am not a twin, my mom and Grandmother liked to dress me and my 11 month younger sister alike, something I always hated because I always got blue everything and she got the pink!

  6. marinel prince
    March 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm
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    i have always wish i was a twin cause i didnt have any siblings younger than i growing up. My brother has twins how i wish it was i but i only had single children and so your story of twins have me longing for a read

  7. bn100
    March 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    not one

  8. Traci
    March 9, 2017 at 8:52 am
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    My Dad is a twin! There are also twins on my mom’s side of the family as well.

  9. Brittany
    March 9, 2017 at 10:46 am
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    My grandpa is an identical twin. Would love to have twins myself. 🙂

  10. Marcie R
    March 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    No twins and I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with a twin. So I’d be very curious what it’s like.
    I have watched the Property Brothers on HGTV and they are fun to watch.

  11. Debra F
    March 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Because there were twins back a few generations in my family, when I had my first I would have loved to have twins. But with my second, I hoped I wouldn’t have twins.

  12. Dani
    March 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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    Great twin comments! Love the switch with the husband. The hero of Book Three (Ramon) tries to trick Cinnia, the heroine in Book Two, that he’s her lover, Henri. I’ll let you wait until April to find out how that goes in HIS MISTRESS WITH TWO SECRETS.
    Thanks for coming by everyone!

  13. Elissa
    March 27, 2017 at 9:32 am
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    This contest is now closed, and congratulations to our winner by random draw, marinel prince. Please check your inbox for an email from me. –Elissa from Harlequin

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