More from WILD DARKNESS (and a contest!)

Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing November 5!




“I need to stop at my house to grab some clothes,” she said as she got in the car.

He drove the fifteen minutes to her apartment, noting that the warding was still in place and holding. The building was owned by a Clan family and was guarded, not quite as openly as the enclave he lived in, but it was a magickal fortress so he approved.

“I shouldn’t be too long.” The wards recognized her, flaring to life as they admitted her and Faine, re-knitting in their wake. “Sorry about the mess.”

He laughed at that; unless she described a glass on the counter as a mess, he had no idea what she meant. The place was ruthlessly neat and orderly otherwise. “I’ve seen how your sister is. This is positively orderly.”

She shrugged. “She’s a slob. Sort of an anomaly as most witches are orderly. But Simon is a neat freak so I’m sure she works to keep it in check. Mostly.” There was affectionate amusement in her tone but he knew things between the two hadn’t always been so easy.

He wanted her to share that story with him. Of how she and her sister had ended up falling away from one another for the last few years. He knew the details from Lark’s perspective, but he wondered how the story went from Helena’s point of view.

“Make yourself at home. I’ll be out in a few.”

She grabbed a suitcase from the hall closet and disappeared into her bedroom. He contented himself with wandering the living room, looking at her books and the pictures on her shelves.

The woman won a lot of stuff. There were blue ribbons tucked here and there. Not really on display, but in and amongst her things. Statues and plaques. Pictures of her on graduation day, with her arm around Lark, her parents standing with them.

She’d been a swimmer. A runner too. Certainly a prolific reader if her shelves were any indicator. Books were everywhere, and of all types and genres. All in ruthless order by subject and even in like spine colors.

But there was nothing on her walls. They were all the same basic white as most apartments. No pictures hung. No open books sat on the arms of the chair or couch. She lived there, but the space didn’t feel like a home.

Helena came out shortly with a suitcase, a weapons case and another smaller bag; given the scent, probably her toiletries.

“Your weapons case is larger than the suitcase holding your clothes.”

She laughed and the sound of it tightened things low in his belly.

“A girl needs priorities. Also, I have clothes in Sacramento. I’ve got a room there, at the Gennessee building I mean. Weapons? Well, those I keep with me because I have favorites. I can buy four of the same shirt in two colors, but my guns? Well, they’re a lot more expensive and I’m partial to how they fit my hand.”

He sucked in a breath and the moment between them stretched. “There’s a lot to be said for a woman who appreciates a weapon the way you do.”


He nodded but refrained from saying anything else. They needed to stop at his place and to get on the road. And he sensed the immensity of anticipation between them. Something was going to happen but it wasn’t the time, no matter how much he wanted it to be.


Want to win a copy of WILD DARKNESS?  I’ll choose a winner for a signed copy or a digital copy come release day and announce it tomorrow morning, November 1 – from the comments to this post- who are some of your favorite paranormal romance heroes?  Mine: Rule Turner, Lucas from Slave to Sensation, Dimitri from Archangel’s Blade, Dageus MacKeltar from Dark Highlander (just a few, my list is loooooooong!)

17 comments to “More from WILD DARKNESS (and a contest!)”

    October 31st, 2013 at 7:42 am · Link

    Paris, from Lords of the Underworld, Wrath, from BDB, Styxx, from DH, and William, from Amoveo.

  2. Mleanie J
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:11 am · Link

    Mine are: Dimitri from Archangel’s Blade and Simon Leviathan Chaos Burning

  3. Amy R
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:17 am · Link

    Raphael, Dimitri and Bluebell from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series and Damon from J.C. Daniels Blade series.

  4. CrystalGB
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:32 am · Link

    Zsadist from the BDB, Hawk from the Psy-Changeling series and Zarek from the Dark Hunter series.

  5. Texas Book Lover
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:33 am · Link

    My list is huge! So to name a few: Barons from the Fever series; Bones & Vlad from Night Huntress (& spinoffs); Lucas, Hawke & Riley from Psy/Changeling; Raphael, Dimitri & Bluebell from Guild Hunters & All the brothers except Phury (he just never did it for me). Oh and I also love Raphael and Duncan in DB Reynolds Vampires in America series!

    I could keep going but I think that is a good start…

  6. Viki S.
    October 31st, 2013 at 9:40 am · Link

    Wraith Seminus from Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series is my all time fav. hero. He saved the world after all 😉

  7. Timitra
    October 31st, 2013 at 10:05 am · Link

    Dageus MacKeltar is definitely one of my faves so too is Rhage from BDB, Tarik Jordan from A Breed Next Door and also Drustan, Circenn and Cian MacKeltar!

  8. Barbara L.
    October 31st, 2013 at 10:35 am · Link

    So, so many. Top 4 would be Raphael from Guild Hunters, Bones from Night Huntress, Dragos from the Elder Races series, and Simon from Chaos Burning. 🙂

  9. Janice Unger
    October 31st, 2013 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Rule Turner is definitely one. I also like Lucas and Hawke from the Psy-Changeling series. Then there is Bones from the Night Huntress. Dragos from the Elder Series. The list could go on and on. Oh, I also like William from the Edge series.

  10. Haley N.
    October 31st, 2013 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Almost every single Carpathian male from the “Dark” series, Hawke from Kiss of Snow,

  11. Susan T.
    October 31st, 2013 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Zsadist and Vishous from Sherrilyn Kenyon BDB.

  12. rhonda
    October 31st, 2013 at 12:57 pm · Link

    Bones, jean Claude, luc, Louis,

  13. Elaine G
    October 31st, 2013 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Bones from Night Huntress series, Zsadist from BDB, Ethan from Chicagoland Vampires,Quinn from Riley Jensen series.

  14. Carol Schaffer
    October 31st, 2013 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Bones from Night Huntress Series 😈

  15. Ashton Clay
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Jonas from Lion’s Heat, Simon from Chaos Burning, Julius Notte from vampire interrupted. there are so many more

  16. Karin Anderson
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:27 pm · Link

    1. Adam Hauptman from Mercy Thompson
    2. Ian MacKenzie from Highland Pleasures
    3. Richard Cypher/Rahl from Wizard’s First Rule
    4. Acheron from Dark-Hunters
    5. Maddox from Lords of the Underworld

  17. Spav
    November 1st, 2013 at 7:32 am · Link

    Rapahel from the Guild Hunter series, Curran from the Kate Daniels series and Barrons.