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Lila Jenner left her family to start a new life away from Ramsey Pierce. After decades of rejection, she needs the chance to discover who she is without him. Helping to rebuild relationships between tribes of Svatura is just the opportunity she needs.
Determined that the fire raging inside him will never harm Lila, Ramsey denies the magical bond that could be theirs alone. But when an old enemy resurfaces and Lila disappears, he realizes he’ll do anything to win her back and make her his.
However, Maddox, driven by a centuries-old quest for revenge, is stronger than any of them ever imagined. Friends and enemies must band together against this shared threat. Even then, they may discover too late that one dragon is not always enough…
He kept moving without acknowledging her. Her heart started to race. She maneuvered herself so that, still holding onto him, she was positioned in front of him, walking backward. His face, a solid mask of rage, terrified her—the man she’d loved almost all her life was nowhere to be seen. But her fear wouldn’t help anything.
He kept going.
Lila knew what she had to do. Taking a calming breath, she closed her eyes and pulled on every ounce of the power within her. She pictured a mountain stream; peaceful, cool, and soothing. Then she pushed those feelings inside Ramsey, directly into the center of his soul.
Desperation clawing at her, she did the only other thing she could think of. She wrapped her arms around his neck and laid her lips against his, pushing her calming effect through the more intimate connection. At first he didn’t respond, but gradually, his steps faltered, slowed, and then stopped. And the lips under hers changed from unresponsive to drugging in a nanosecond. Joy surged as he kissed her with a passion equal to the rage that had held him captive only moments earlier. He wasn’t in control. Not yet. But closer.
With a groan, he jerked back to stare down at her with wild eyes, still not fully focused. Underneath her hand, she could feel the frantic beating of his heart, like a bird trapped in a cage. She reached up and took his face in her hands. He looked down, and his eyes slowly focused, recognition lit the green depths.
“Lila,” he gasped.
Relief flooded through her, but she could tell he still struggled. She had to distract him. Get him to focus solely on her.
She closed her eyes, got up on her tiptoes, and pulled his head back down. Then she gently lay her lips on top of his, pouring all her emotions into the kiss.
At first he didn’t move. Then he wrapped his arms around her waist and picked her up so that her feet no longer touched the ground, his lips eagerly responding to her scorching kiss.
Ramsey pulled back and gazed into her eyes. Lila wasn’t sure if his eyes were blazing with desire or just with the reflection of the fire still surrounding them.
Then he grinned and Lila’s heart stuttered in her chest. His smiles—rare as they were—always had that effect on her. With a rushing sound like ocean waves, the flames around them all extinguished leaving deafening silence in their wake.
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