Sexy Snippet: THE RUBY KISS

It all started with a magic knot, a mystical ring that contains the essence of its owner’s body, mind and spirit, an item capable of bonding two souls as one.

In The Ruby Kiss, the 3rd title in Helen Scott Taylor’s award-winning Magic Knot Fairies series, the fairy courts are off-balance, and only the fated bond between a powerful nightstalker and a fiery mortal can make things right.

Read on for a steamy glimpse into the magnetic relationship between Nightshade and Ruby, guaranteed to leave you wanting more—but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long. The Ruby Kiss comes out later this month!

Warning: this sexy snippet is for mature readers only!

When Ruby had first thrown him out of her home, Nightshade never thought he would see her again, let alone share a bed with her. Yet, now, a few days later, here he was snuggling up with her. The peculiar thing was that he no longer wanted to rip off her clothes and mate with her.

Well he did—desperately—but he wanted to take things slowly. For her.

As he stared at her face, gentle contentment flowed through him. He’d been frantic with worry when she’d been hurt. Now he wanted to make sure she was safe and comfortable. The mating could come later when the danger was over. He just wanted her to be happy.

He drew her hands to his mouth and pressed his lips to her knuckles. When she grinned and returned the gesture, he chuckled.

“Twister’s going to be so put out when you turn him down,” he said.

“I hope so.” She grinned. “He’s not my type. I like men with wings.”

“Ruby…” Nightshade wanted to say more, but he couldn’t translate his unfamiliar feelings into words. Instead, he grazed a fingertip across her lips. Her grin faded, and the air prickled with tension.

He closed the distance between them and pressed his lips to hers. Her arm slid around his neck, her fingers spearing into his hair as they kissed. He wanted to mate with her and bite her, but he also wanted to hold her and keep her safe. Such conflict! If he protected her in the Seelie court, perhaps she’d learn to trust him enough to form a blood bond.

When he trailed his lips along her jaw onto her neck, she tensed.

“I won’t bite you,” he whispered against her skin, and gradually she relaxed. The tip of his tongue found the rhythmic pulse of her carotid artery beneath her soft skin. He stifled a groan of longing. She’d taste sweeter than anyone he’d ever bitten. Yet perhaps it was a good thing Ruby would not let him bite her for the moment…

He eased the bedcovers down, and his lips glided over the top of Ruby’s breasts. Her heart pounded beneath his kiss. He circled his tongue over her skin, imagining the sensation of sinking his fangs into her plump flesh.

The door rattled with a knock, dragging him from his fantasy.

Ruby groaned. “Fantastic timing.”

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