Excerpt from Captivated, Book 1
After Mindy’s childhood best friend, Dean Aiken, shuts her and everyone else out of his life, she learns to move on. Years pass and she gets used to the fact that he’s no longer a part of her life, but things begin to change…
Mindy’s new best friend, Markus Medina, witnesses Dean kill two people behind a club. Mindy has a hard time believing him, especially when he mentions that the bodies disappear. Poof! Into thin air. Markus decides he has to follow Dean around in order to get evidence that he’s been killing people, so he doesn’t sound like a nut to the police.
Despite Marcus’ crazy theories about the possibility of Dean not being human. And not to mention the fact that he’s dangerous. Mindy can’t help that she may be falling in love with him. Even after hiding their feelings for each other from the world. Dean and Mindy being together stirs up dangers that neither of them could ever imagine. When she finds out about what Dean really is and the world he tried to keep her away from…it’s already too late.
“What do you want from me?” I demanded. Dean examined my eyes and looked disappointed in what he saw. “Do you remember anything?” He asked with hope. “What are you talking about? I was with Shane, then I woke up here! He’ll kill you for this!” I warned.
Dean threw back his head and laughed. “That little mosquito can try.” Then he lowered his eyes and cocked a smile. “I dare him.”
The way he gazed at me was intense. I felt butterflies frantically flying in my stomach and up my chest.
“What do you want from me?” I demanded, as I pretended not to feel a rush of excitement from his close presence.
“Do you remember anything from your human life?” Dean asked and tilted his head to the side.
“No.” I responded immediately.
“Are you sure? Think really hard.” Dean insisted.
“I don’t. I’ve already tried thinking really hard. Why is this so important?” I asked.
Ignoring my question, Dean asked, “Do you remember your friends? Family?” He hesitated and nervously rubbed the back of his neck. “Maybe a boyfriend you had?”
After being turned into the one thing Dean hates most in his life of tragedies, he has to cope with his new life and his old memories that he wishes to forget. Dean is not alone in thinking he is an abomination, the slayer world he was once a part of, is now after him and anyone else aiding in his survival. Dean will stop at nothing to have Mindy in his arms again and to protect her from the fate being forced upon her.
In the third installment to The Affliction Series, friendships will be tested, rivalries will unite, and love will dominate his hate.
“What are you going to do? Shane? Just drive! Get us out of here!” I demanded.
“I’m looking out for you. Remember that. I’m always looking out for you.” Shane said with a smile.
“Stop it Shane! Just drive!” I screamed.
“Trust me when I tell you this.” Shane reached up and grabbed the sides of my face. He smiled a fake smile to ease the situation. “They will take care of you and protect you from any threat. Even from those two slayers out there. They’ll keep you alive.”
“Why would they want me? Why would the slayers want to hurt me?” I asked. “I don’t understand any of this!”
“It’s because you’re too important.” Shane said as he carefully lifted up my hand and brought it up to his lips. “I’ll find you again. I promise.”
“I just totally love this book..I love Dean. I have been on his side from the very beginning.. Many great surprises. I even liked Mindy this time around. She worked my nerve in Unattainable. She has redeemed herself. Plenty of action and great characters. This is a great paranormal read. Go grab it and happy reading!”
“Amazing book! I really love the story line. I thought Dean's character was even more incredible. It is so hard to see him suffer. I like that there are other heroes in this book.”
“Markus!” Dean roared.
The way he shouted my name was spine tingling. I had never been afraid of Dean quite like I was in that dreadful moment. Trying to keep my composure as I trembled out of complete fear, I turned slowly to face him.
“Come closer.” Dean demanded.
I hesitated. Dean was terrifying in beast form. His eyes resembled the red heat from erupted lava, emanating pure rage targeted directly at me. He flexed his ridiculous muscles against the chains that were keeping him from ripping my head off. The metal links grinded together as Dean grew bigger from the heat coursing through him.
I stepped closer, careful not to be within his reach.
“Closer.” Dean growled from deep within his chest.
I leaned forward, keeping at a safe distance.
“Closer.” Dean ordered with a menacing growl.
I hesitated, not wanting to get dangerously close to him. I did something wrong. I betrayed him and I didn’t want to aggravate him any further. I let out a huff in defeat and got closer, until my face was in breathing range of his own.
Without warning, Dean head budded me. I lost balance and fell against the concrete floor beneath me. The sharp pain in my face spread throughout my skull like some cracking effect upon impact. Warm trails of liquid trickled from my forehead, dripping onto my shirt. I pressed my forehead and brought myself back to my feet.
“I’ll find you Markus.” Dean warned.
I met eyes with his. I had never had his rage directed at me. I deserved it for what I had done, I couldn’t deny that. My teeth chattered and I clenched them to make it look like I wasn’t afraid. “I know you’ll find me.” I responded with a broken voice.
“And it’s gonna be a world of hurt for you.” Dean promised with a deadly growl.
The sound of his threat was a thing of nightmares. I silently gulped and brought my blood drenched hand back down from my forehead. I pressed my lips and nodded before turning my heel and leaving Dean to stew in his rage.