An Unexpected Bonding by Lilly Rayman
For centuries there has been hatred, bloodshed and killing between the vampire and wolf nations.
Now, events that have been foretold by the faerie are finally coming. Livvie, daughter of the Romulus pack’s Alpha has been living away from the pack in Texas for the last ten years. After running the cattle ranch she inherited from her late fiance is she ready to embrace the changes that the arrival of Darius at Thunder Hollow heralds?
Darius, a wandering vampire and son of the Egyptian Sun God Ra, is restless. Even he does not understand the magnetic pull from the beautiful women he ends up working for. It’s only when she is taken from him, that he recognises a bond that is stronger than all others. The truth of that bond will shake him to his core.
Will the unexpected bonding between wolf and vampire be enough to overcome the centuries of hatred and bring peace and unity to all?
Will the wolf and the vampire overcome their own heartaches to accept their bonding and let romance evolve?
Best Work and Most Popular Work in the iParchment writing rally 2014.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had been reading a lot of books that were becoming to cliche, and it was and starting to annoy me. So, I thought I would start writing again, something I hadn't done since I was a teenager. I had an idea of where I wanted An Unexpected Bonding to go, but as I wrote, the characters took over and re-wrote the whole plot as I typed. In its unedited format, An Unexpected Bonding won Most Popular Work and Best Work in an online writing competition, and I was inspired to pursue publishing.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters introduced themselves to me as I wrote. They are fun and quirky with lots of history for me to explore as I write. I'm happy that they are all real, down to earth characters who could be anyone that you would meet out on the street.
Livvie couldn't help but smile as a roar of approval emanated from the den. Lifting her eyes up from where she was peeling potatoes in the kitchen, they locked onto the laughter-filled grey eyes of Nate's mother. "Sounds like the Cowboys have scored again." Her smile was genuine, and it set Livvie's nerves at ease at meeting Nate's family for the first time. "I do hope all those boys of mine don't scare you off, my dear. They can get loud and boisterous, but they're harmless I assure you."
Livvie laughed, her memory was thrown back to her childhood growing up in the large pack. She was certain the boisterous play of Nate and his four brothers was mere child's play to what she had witnessed. "Oh, don't worry about me, Mrs Sloan. I grew up in a large family, most of them boys. Some days you'd swear they were a pack of wild dogs the way they behaved."
"Who are wild dogs?"
Livvie spun around at the deep sound of Nate's voice as he entered the kitchen. Livvie felt her cheeks dimple with the grin she couldn't keep from her face as she gazed at him.
Mrs Sloan brushed past her to reach up at Nate. She pinched at his cheek as if he were a young boy again. The image made Livvie laugh, to see a five-foot-nothing woman stand on the tips of her toes to pinch the cheek of her six-foot son. "Never you mind who we were discussing. When women talk in the kitchen, it ain't nothing to do with the men-folk!"
"Okay, Mamma. Whatever you say. You're just happy not to be the only lady at the dinner table." Nate leant down to drop a kiss on the silvering curls of his mother. She opened her mouth to speak to him when another roar drifted in from the den. Nate's face dropped, and he twisted on his heel. "Darn it! I missed it!" He headed back out of the kitchen, stopping briefly to call back. "Excuse me, ladies."
Livvie laughed as Nate's mother rolled her eyes. "I bet he came in here for more beer. Would you mind taking them in for them, my dear?"
"Sure thing, Mrs Sloan."
"Emily. Call me Emily." The voice came from behind the bar fridge door as she fished out six bottles of beer.
Livvie nodded. "Okay, Mr–Emily." She placed the paring knife next to the couple of potatoes that were left and wiped her hands on a dishcloth she had tucked in her pocket as she moved towards Emily. She took the bottles handed to her and moved off through the kitchen door, following the sounds of happy men watching their favourite team win the Thanksgiving game.
"Oh, you are an angel! Nate, my boy! You keep a hold of this girl."
Livvie flushed at the frankness of Wyatt, Nate's father, as she handed him a bottle of beer.
Nate's hand slipped around her hip as he pulled her towards him where he sat on the end of a sofa. "Oh, I intend to," he responded as he flashed his winning smile up at her.
Livvie rolled her eyes, but inwardly she felt her heart flip. She felt a sense of rightness. Even the jeering of his brothers as they made fun of them felt so like home to her.
Pulling out of Nate's embrace, she stepped over his long legs stretched out in front of him. She let out a little squeal as she fell onto his lap as he pulled her to him. Like a deer in the headlights, she was caught in his gaze, to the point she didn't notice the beers being pulled out of her grasp. It was only the cheers of another welcomed score that broke them both from their moment.
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