Availability date: 01/06/2016
Summer Dawn Riley’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a woman’s weapon’s class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer.
Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has.
Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?
Getting to her feet, she brushed the dust from her black yoga pants, tugged at the bottom of her bright orange tunic, and flipped the light switch on. A soft glow of florescent lighting flooded the large room, soothing Summer’s nerves. Guess she would never be the same carefree individual she was before the incident. Oh, shake it off. You’re safe and it’s time to get on with life. “Come on Pip, let’s get this place open.”
A massive stone fireplace towered in the corner. She picked up an arm full of wood and flung it in the general direction. Logs landed in the fire pit and neatly arranged themselves in a tepee shape. With a magic flick of her finger toward the hearth, flames raced up the aspen logs. “That’s better.”
She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat.
Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.
“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered. “What are you doing here?”
“Call your guard dog off and I’ll tell you.” The corners of Devlin’s mouth curved up into a smile, a faint light twinkled in the depths of his dark eyes.
“Piper, leave it…come.” The dog gave Devlin a last sideways glance, trotted back to Summer, and sat at her side.
“Beautiful Chow, and well trained too.”
“She is. Now, what can I do for you?” This is the last thing I need this morning.
“I found my schedule flexible this morning, so swung by to see if you could join me for a cup of coffee. We can discuss the special offer you extended.” Devlin’s smile turned seductive, causing her to blush and look away for a moment. She breathed in his woodsy scent, with just a hint of citrus. Unusual, but quite masculine and refreshing. She liked it.
“Can’t, I’m sorry. It’s my turn to open the studio this morning.”
“A bit prickly in the morning?”
“No.” She paused. “Well, maybe.” There was something about this man. “Could I get a rain check?” She held his gaze for a couple of beats then averted to the tangle of mats.
Piper remained close to Summer’s side eying Devlin suspiciously.
“You’re free to join any yoga class I’m teaching.”