Sneak Peek at Chaos Burning

Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing June 2012

She narrowed her gaze at his smile. “Why are you being so nice? I already let you kiss me.”

Damn, she made him laugh.

He shook his head. “I’m a nice guy. I’ll take a kiss when I’m ready to. Right now you need to shower and then to eat. Then I’ll see if I can’t get my lips on a few more parts of you.”
She blushed. “Incorrigible.” But she trudged down the hall and toward the room she’d be staying in. “Be out in a while.”

She was in his den. On his land. She’d be safe here and he could protect her. This all soothed his agitation as he went out to check the steaks. He looked out over his land as he thought about going home.

It’d been a year and a half since he’d been back, though he’d been in more regular contact with his brother who lived in San Francisco part of the year so he got news about home on a regular basis.
But it wasn’t the same as being there in person.

He missed it. Missed his father’s house and the sound of his family all around. Raucous and chaotic, his siblings and cousins all over the place. Babies to their elders laughing, fighting, working, living.

He missed it, but he couldn’t fully own his path while he lived there. He’d served his family, his pack. He’d trained and protected and spent hundreds of years in service. But one day he’d woken up and realized he wasn’t satisfied. There was more and he wanted to find it.

He’d had to be away to finally achieve what he was meant to. Where he could build his own history and control his own damned life.

Where he could be his own alpha, which suited him just fine. And he supposed it suited his brothers too because they could be closer again without the constant tension about who was in charge. Who would lead the pack when their father stepped down. He didn’t want that upset. It had never seriously crossed his mind to challenge his brothers or his father for leadership.

But that didn’t mean he was all right with settling for a life where everyone else made the rules either. No, he wanted to be in charge all right. And it wouldn’t have been possible there.

So he came here and created his own pack. The woman in his home right at that moment was more than worthy of sharing this life with. Though he had no illusions it would be easy. Especially at the beginning. She was an alpha too in her own unique way.

It wasn’t that she completed him, or that he couldn’t live without her. It was that she filled his life in ways he knew clearly now that she was in it. Remembered the absence of from before she stepped up to him at Sea-Tac the month before.

Lark Jaansen wasn’t just a female he was interested in for a while. She was it. He’d lived a long time, long enough to stop pretending she was anything less than his heart’s and life’s mate.
She was everything he could possibly want in a woman and he meant to have her. Forever.

He found himself excited by the future for the first time in a long while. Anticipating what he could build with his ass-kicking little witch.

Today’s winner will receive their choice of any of my available backlist in print or digital (when available, some books are digital only). What’s your idea of the perfect week?

46 comments to “Sneak Peek at Chaos Burning”

  1. RebeLovesBooks
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:13 am · Link

    My perfect week would be spent on the beach with lots of books. It would be even MORE perfect if I didn’t have to layer tons-o-sunblock on but maybe that’s asking for too much, lol.

  2. Jeanette Juan
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:44 am · Link

    My idea of a perfect week is doing nothing but sitting at home reading and catching up on tv shows such as Bones.

  3. mariann
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:45 am · Link

    Omg. I cannot wait for this book !!!!!!!
    My perfect week would be one that I was off from work
    And I could read all week. 😉

  4. Jewel
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:55 am · Link

    My perfect week would include no cleaning, good weather & new book releases from my favorite authors. 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  5. Christine
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:31 am · Link

    Every year we spend our vacation in Wildwood we see old friends, we go to the beach, we laze by the pool, go the board walk, go on rides, eat to much, ride bikes and just have a great time. It’s a perfect week.

  6. Carinne
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:36 am · Link

    I’m doing my best to book my son’s birthday week at Disney and Universal for this coming year. That’ll be a pretty awesome week!

  7. Emily L.
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:39 am · Link

    My perfect week has a lot of sleeping in and cuddling with a certain someone, amazing food(mostly dessert 😉 ), and a lot of time to read and watch movies and television.

  8. Rachel Riddles
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:54 am · Link

    My perfect week would be no work : ) My kids behaving and my house clean so I can just relax and read.

  9. Mel
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:55 am · Link

    My Perfect week would be no work. Good weather, and good books!

  10. Amanda P.
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:56 am · Link

    My idea of a perfect week is one where I get to sleep in, read A LOT, do some yoga, ride my Harley, spend some time on my moutain bike – actually IN the mountains, not on the flat roads that I have here in North Texas, and then read A LOT MORE!

  11. Alaina
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:57 am · Link

    me and the BF, no work.. just able to be lazy, watch tv and read.. possibly with warm weather lol

  12. Michelle AB
    December 21st, 2011 at 8:26 am · Link

    My idea a perfect week is purely selfish. I would like a week where I had no one to depend on me but my self. I would be able to sleep as long as I wanted, read without being interrupted,and not have to worry about what time it is. That is my perfect week.

    Merry Christmas!!

  13. Collette
    December 21st, 2011 at 8:33 am · Link

    Hmm, my perfect week would be lots of quiet, lots of reading, lots of sleep, lots of good food. The where isn’t quite so important to me.

  14. elaing8
    December 21st, 2011 at 8:35 am · Link

    My perfect week…is being able to stay home and read and watch tv.not having to run errands,pay bills,go shopping,work..Just to relax and catch up on my books.

    Happy Holidays!!

  15. StacieD
    December 21st, 2011 at 9:14 am · Link

    I would go back to one of my favorite destinations: the North Shore of Oahu. I fell in love with the place. I would replay the week I was there. Lounge around with a fruity drink, a good book and listening to the waves. That was such a relaxing week. I could do that again in a heartbeat.

  16. Diane Mc.
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:16 am · Link

    A week at my parents when the kids stay out at the ranch and the motel has no internet and is peacefully quiet.

  17. Melissa Lamb
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:44 am · Link

    My idea of the perfect week would be that I would get to spend it with my husband and my 3 wonderful children! The week would be a time where we could reconnect as a family and not worry about issues like our money situation, health, or anything else.

  18. CrystalGB
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:45 am · Link

    Awesome cover. Looking forward to this book. My idea of a perfect week would be a tropical vacation where I didn’t have to cook, clean, etc and I could lounge on the beach under an umbrella and read.

  19. Viki S.
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:47 am · Link

    To be at the Ritz Amelia Island FL staying on the Club floor having every one wait on me hand and foot instead of the other way around :).
    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  20. Lisa B
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    A week at a beach a quiet small beach i think. I live close to several beach off Lake Huron in Mi and i never really went to this past summer and when it was a beautiful day with a slight breeze it was great to sit in my comfy beach chair and read. It was a small bit of heaven i didn’t realize i could get so close to home. I can be at the beach that we like the best in 15 minutes so i will be enjoying it again this summer as much as i can.

    Lisa B

  21. Nicole
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    Perfect week?? Hmmmm right now it would be at an all inclusive resort in the Carribean, on the beach with a drink and a Nook full of smutty books to read :). Oh and hit cabana boys to keep refilling the drinks ;).

  22. monikarw
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link

    At the beach!:) ..with lots of books to read if I get bored (tho, I don’t know how I could) ;D
    Happy Holidays Lauren!:*

  23. Kerry Pacious
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:49 am · Link

    The perfect week for me is when I actually accomplish everything in a timely fashion. Kidlets to school,me to work,home from work & school,housework done,homework done, meals cooked, kidlets bathed & bedded, with just enough time left over to relax with Hubby then start all over again! Now that’s pefection to me….it rarely happens, but it would be nice!

  24. Angie M
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Looking forward to this book! Hope you’re having an awesome holiday! My idea of a perfect week is to read a few books and spend time with my friends and family. 🙂

  25. Maryam Salim
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm · Link

    My ideal week is being totally disconnected from work, at a beach with family and friends… and tons of books!

    Happy holidays, Lauren.

  26. Jennifer D.
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:42 pm · Link

    My perfect week would be in a log cabin in the mountains with hot chocolate, a new book and my family to hang out with.

  27. donnas
    December 21st, 2011 at 2:01 pm · Link

    A perfect week would be no work, no obligations. Just time to relax and read and have meals delivered and a cleaning crew come in.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. Julie smith
    December 21st, 2011 at 2:20 pm · Link

    I’d love a week for just my hubby and I with no worries about the kids, money, work, etc…..maybe we can do that for our next big anniversary 🙂

  29. Loraine H
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:26 pm · Link

    My perfect week would be one where all my family’s needs would be met (bills paid, food cooked, house cleaned, etc.) and I would not have to worry about any of it! One can dream, right?! lol

    I would love a print copy of Heart of Darkness! Merry Christmas!

  30. Heather
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:29 pm · Link

    My idea of the perfect week would be a week with my family doing nothing but having fun and being together.

  31. Jane
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:42 pm · Link

    It includes sleeping in, eating greasy food and shopping.

  32. cathyf
    December 21st, 2011 at 4:03 pm · Link

    First of all, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cover.
    My perfect week would be going to Puerto Vallarta, staying at
    an all-inclusive resort with my family. Not having to worry
    about anything other than ordering the next drink.

  33. Amy Kathryn
    December 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm · Link

    I sense a theme that I will go with also….the perfect week would be one with no demands on my time, endless books from my favorite authors, food that mysteriously is missing its calories, and perfect scenery.

  34. Diane
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm · Link

    This is going to be good!!!

  35. Linda
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:24 pm · Link

    My perfect week – a stack of books to be read, good friends to visit or visiting, house is already clean and no meal planning!!

  36. azteclady
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm · Link

    I am one of those people who can’t enjoy days off without thinking about what has to be done after that day off is over, so my perfect week would be one where I am able to effectively turn that off. A week were reading or watching movies or spending time with someone doing nothing didn’t have the constant “what I need to do after this time off” as background noise.

  37. Chelsea B.
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Good weather, chatting with nice people and a good book to read at the end of the day 🙂

  38. JenM
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:15 pm · Link

    The perfect week – just me, at home with my books, not even the (beloved) spousal unit around, since he has a tendency to interrupt just as I’m reading the final 20 pages 🙂

  39. Hailey
    December 21st, 2011 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Reading on a beach somewhere hot! I could do that forever!

  40. Kris M.
    December 21st, 2011 at 8:12 pm · Link

    A week when i have “me” time to be alone and read but also have fun family time. Hard to get both in during a week.

  41. Lindsey E
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Being off work and able to sleep in and read each day.
    linze_e at

  42. Louise
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Awesome sneaky peek!

    My perfect week would be no schedule to adhere to: no school drop-offs/pick ups, no grocery shopping, no studying or exams, just time for me to read what I want, when I want. Oh, maybe watch a movie or two as that’s something I used to do, a lot, BK! 🙂

  43. Ilona
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:24 am · Link

    My perfect week would be someone else doing all the things I do for the MIL and having all the children remember to phone me up to let me know how things are with them.

  44. Anne C
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

    My perfect week would be in a beach house on Hamilton Island Australia. Just by myself…well maybe a pool boy..Sometimes you just need time alone no children or family.That would be my perfect week to recharge and relax.

  45. ClaudiaGC
    December 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am · Link

    My perfect week would be pretty simple. Having a huge stack of books next to me on the couch on one side and my bf on the other. 🙂

  46. Spav
    December 29th, 2011 at 5:52 pm · Link

    In my perfect week I would discover a new place, like Sweden on Kenya. I love traveling.