CAPTIVATED – Meet Julian

Julian Marsters is one of the heroes in CAPTIVATED – he’s a warrior, a man who is hard and strong, a man who has lost people he loved, a man who battles his need for revenge and all the rage bottled inside. He softens for VIncenz, who understands him and accepts him, darkness and all. And then Hannah…

Julian worked out as he thought about the way she’d felt against his body that morning. Each pull-up, the burn in his muscles, the stretch and strain of his upper arms and across his back meant he’d be strong enough not only to protect himself but to protect her as well.

He wasn’t able to protect Marame, who’d always been so invincible to him.

But he wouldn’t make the same mistake with Hannah. He and Vincenz would never give any opportunity for anyone to get a shot at her.

Vincenz had pushed her that morning, no doubt.

The moment she’d retreated into the bathing suite they’d been on each other, a mess of teeth and nails, cock to cock, writhing, sweating and in the end, he’d rolled to his back, breath heaving, fingers entangled still with Vincenz’s and with the knowledge that things had changed for not only the two of them, but for the three of them.

There was suddenly something else, which complicated matters considerably. But without which he’d be lesser. He wasn’t sure why or how it was that way, but she was part of his life, part of his life with Vincenz. Beautiful, skittish Hannah with her delightfully odd reactions to things they did. Any other woman, or man for that matter, would have run after a few days with them. But Hannah, though she didn’t know it herself, was made of sterner stuff.

She ignored the way he and Vincenz bickered as they worked. Never so much as flinched if one of them turned to her mid-conversation to argue a point. She rolled her eyes and waved it away if Julian got grumpy or short.

The way she accepted him did something to him. Disarmed him. Charmed him. Made him feel understood and appreciated. So many people he knew and loved were afraid of his reaction after Marame. They were right to in some ways. He’d gone off the rails and if it hadn’t been for work, and Vincenz, he may have fallen apart. The need to avenge her death had driven him hard, filling him with so much anger and darkness he stumbled his way through some days, barely hanging on. But Hannah wasn’t afraid of his reactions. When she was around she filled his empty spots, made it all right to feel the desolation of loss. Without judgment.

He had no idea what that could feel like. Had no concept that such a seemingly simple thing would be a revelation. About himself but also about Hannah.

Humming to himself, he did the last set and hopped down to mop his face off.

Things had changed. But they’d be all right.

In my head, as I worked, it was Jamie Bamber I saw as Julian…

He’s intense. He loves Vincenz and Hannah with a ferocity and protectiveness he’s scared by, but can’t stop himself. I hope you all love him as much as I do…

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47 comments to “CAPTIVATED – Meet Julian”

  1. Tracey D
    April 27th, 2012 at 3:31 am · Link

    Is it May 1st, yet?

    I’m looking forward in learning more about Julian, VIncenz, and Hannah.

  2. Amy Kathryn
    April 27th, 2012 at 3:49 am · Link

    The excerpts are driving me crazy. I want to read the book now! But don’t stop since they are the only thing I can get at the moment.

  3. Carrie F.
    April 27th, 2012 at 4:51 am · Link

    come on may get here already

  4. Lori
    April 27th, 2012 at 5:24 am · Link

    I heart Julian. This post totally reminds me I need to write my review! A reread is in order. Oh darn.

  5. Diane
    April 27th, 2012 at 5:33 am · Link

    Certainly enjoying these snippets you keep giving us!

  6. IP
    April 27th, 2012 at 5:59 am · Link

    The way she accepted him did something to him. Disarmed him. Charmed him. Made him feel understood and appreciated…………. When she was around she filled his empty spots, made it all right to feel the desolation of loss. Without judgment.

    Siiiiiigh!!! Who wouldn’t want unconditional love like that???? And only three more days to go!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Christine
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:24 am · Link

    Loved the excerpt about Vincenz. Can’t believe it’s only a few more days.

  8. CrystalGB
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:27 am · Link

    Great excerpt. Nice choice for who Julian looks like. Jamie Bamber is a cutie.

  9. becky jean
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:40 am · Link

    he sounds yummy!!!

  10. Maryam Salim
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:52 am · Link

    Loved the insight into Julian and so looking forward to the book.

  11. ElaineSay
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:56 am · Link

    I can’t wait!!!

  12. Vic
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:30 am · Link

    Yummy pictures and loved the snippet. I think I’m going to be checking my kindle every few minutes after midnight on release day! Wonder if I can take Tuesday off… or have a morning doctor’s appointment. :mrgreen:

  13. Kimh
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:37 am · Link

    Sounds great great pic

  14. Louise
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:44 am · Link

    Wow! I really need to start reading this series!

  15. melanie J.
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:57 am · Link

    Sigh. What a charmer. I can’t wait for the book!

  16. Ana
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:18 am · Link

    I cannot wait for this book with every sneak peek you give us I fall more and.more in love with the characters and can’t wait to read their story.

  17. Melissa Lamb
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:48 am · Link

    I love the introduction of Julian and the excerpt was great. I can’t wait to read this book.

  18. Melissa B
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:14 am · Link

    <3 <3 <3 I just love me some grumpy males…and sexy, sexy! I want this NOW!

  19. Blanche
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:28 am · Link

    Thankfully we don’t have to wait too much longer!! Great excerpt!

  20. StacieD
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:48 am · Link

    I had no idea Jamie Bamber was your inspiration. I approve! Love me some Apollo.

  21. Viki S.
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:50 am · Link

    Good choice – I think he’s a great pick.

  22. cathyf
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:03 am · Link

    Really enjoyed this series so far. Can’t wait for this book to come out.

  23. Yadira B.
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:33 am · Link

    I love the way Hanna accept the way the are…and the way they help her without expecting nothing in return …. But her health
    and finding the 3 of them so confident with each other …. The way they get thru an argue because the 3 of them can’t be apart…
    Makes me love and envy … In sort kind of way the deep relation ship of the characters in your book… I couldn’t imagine a better ending for CAPTIVATED! 😀 …

  24. Mariann with Belle's Book Bag
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:40 am · Link

    I can’t wait for this book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!! 😕

  25. Michelle Bledsoe
    April 27th, 2012 at 11:24 am · Link

    Tuesday is getting closer. I can’t wait for Captivated…

  26. Jamie Birdwell
    April 27th, 2012 at 11:27 am · Link

    Aghhhh I can’t wait no longer…lol You are killing me with all the teasers but I love them 🙂

  27. azteclady
    April 27th, 2012 at 11:46 am · Link

    I really–reeeeeeeeeeeeally–can’t wait for this book. *sigh*

  28. Jordan H
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Now I really can’t wait to read this book *grins*

  29. Danielle West
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:47 pm · Link


  30. Janet K
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:09 pm · Link

    So looking forward to this book.

  31. Deb
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Love the visuals accompanying the excerpt! I have been looking forward to the book ever since you announced it as next in the series. The excerpts have been so fun to read when they appear…keep them coming!

  32. Jane
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:39 pm · Link

    I can see Jamie as the inspiration for many heroes.

  33. Pamiam
    April 27th, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Link

    😉 *sigh* That’s all I can say

  34. Lin
    April 27th, 2012 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Am so looking forward to this book. I love the entire series.

  35. bn100
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Really nice excerpt and picture.

  36. Lisa
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:58 pm · Link


    The first pic is my favorite. The expression on his face says it all. 😀

  37. Jen B.
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:15 pm · Link

    I wouldn’t haved picked Jamie Bamber but that first picture has me sold!

  38. Shannon R.
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Thank you….love the excepts, helps make the wait tolerable. 😛

  39. OrielaJ
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I’m so impatient…. I want this book like last year lol. Thanks for the excerpt.

  40. Cheryl McInnis
    April 28th, 2012 at 5:57 am · Link

    I’ve never seen Jamie Bamber before, but I am intrigued 😉 He kinda reminds me of Kiefer Sutherland…maybe the jaw and beautiful eyes?

  41. Susan
    April 28th, 2012 at 7:29 am · Link

    Your snippets and tmblr pictures are the first thing I go to when I get in from a hard days work – well worth the wait!

  42. Aurore
    April 28th, 2012 at 7:37 am · Link

    Thank you for the snippet.
    Jamie Bamber has some beautiful eyes!

  43. elaing8
    April 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm · Link

    oh he’s a cutie 🙂

  44. Angie
    April 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm · Link

    April 30th is my birthday and this book will be a treat to myself when it comes out on May 1st!

  45. Cathy M
    April 28th, 2012 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Oh yes, I love the visual, he makes a perfect Julian.

  46. Heather
    April 28th, 2012 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Julian is one of my favorite heroes of yours.

  47. cait045
    April 29th, 2012 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I want to meet Julian!