(Shadow Pact, #1)
Publication date: April 21st 2022
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Sometimes the most enchanting monsters are the ones you can’t see, only feel…
I am a survivor. For the past ten years, I’ve been forced to give every part of me to sinister vampires in a feeding community. But when I touched an ancient book and recited a spell out of sheer desperation and zero arcane knowledge, a dark entity came to me. Rescued me. Mrak helped me escape.
I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into. But Mrak has been at my side for the last three months—well, inside me, anchored to my existence and lovingly tender with his ethereal touches. It’s not quite possession, not quite a haunting. But it’s real, it’s sexy as hell, and he’s mine. Or I’m his. Either way, we’re now in this life together.
Mrak is distracting, seductive, and powerful, but he’s also keeping a secret. One that’s now put me in immense danger despite his claims he’ll do anything to protect me. Because the cops have come calling. Bodies have turned up. And despite his reassurances, I’m starting to wonder if Mrak has a hidden agenda that he’s somehow kept secret from the inside.
My life might be in my monster’s debt. My body might be his for pleasure. But my future is mine no matter how much he wants and uses my body. I’m no longer the weak woman he saved from a vampire lord, and it’s time to take my body—and my life—back.
MONSTER INSIDE is the first of a M/F paranormal monster romance duology.
I quickly shampooed my hair and lathered soap all over my body, removing any trace of last night’s scuffle outside the bar. I kept washing until long after the water stopped running red just to be sure, and even then, didn’t stop until I felt Mrak’s presence join me in the form of those loving tendrils curling up my sides again.
Sometimes he could manifest familiar touches—hands, fingers. Other times, it was these tendrils that slid across my skin, leaving caresses and raised goosebumps along the way. They spun around my chest now, hitching my breath and sending me teetering forward at their touch. I pressed a hand against the shower wall to steady myself. “Mrak.”
“I’m going to make it up to you for going against your wishes.”
“You saved me.” I’d thought we’d covered this. Also that Mrak didn’t really need an excuse to touch me like this. I’d welcomed him—all of him. Not at first, but slowly over time. Now, I’d wanted nothing more than to return that pleasure and affection to him. To make this, whatever this had become, reciprocal. But I couldn’t. However Mrak interacted with me left nothing physical for me to interact with in return.
“I will always save you,” he said as the sensation of his lips ran across my shoulder blades. “Protect you.” The tendrils on my chest slid lower, teasing my hips and thighs. I couldn’t stifle the moan that ripped from my lips. “Serve you. It’s our pact. It’s what you desire. It is what I desire.”
It so was what I wanted. I wanted all of Mrak, but the most of what I got was this—his kisses, his caresses, his ministrations. His presence and love and lust, but nothing physical. Not really. Not in return. He could touch me, manipulate enough of his form to pleasure me, even take over my body, but he couldn’t manifest his own form. His own existed not fully in this plane.
“Aisling…” he whispered in my ear. “You’re thinking too much again. Just feel.” The tendrils between my thighs curled at his words.
I groaned as pleasure tore through me like a mighty wave and keened forward. I had both palms pressed flat against the wall now, holding me up as my body once more became a toy for Mrak to do as he pleased with—as I pleased with. Despite his unique dominion, it had always been consensual. And I knew no one, never in a million years, could ever bring me to the edge, screaming in pleasure, the way Mrak could—with or without an actual body.
He was my shadow monster. My entity. My protector, savior, and maestro all at once, playing delightfully sinful music with my body however and whenever he desired. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
River Starr writes books that help you escape, especially fantasy romance full of magic and supernaturals. Favorite things: coffee, wine, chocolate, and a heavy dose of books to chase away the dark… or invite delicious darkness in.
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