Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Where Demons Fear to Tread.
Exclusive Excerpt: Where Demons Fear to Tread
“Now why don’t you tell me what a girl like you is doing in a place like this?”
“I told you,” she said stubbornly, “I’m meeting a friend.”
“Fine, if you want to play that game. He must be a good friend, this man you’re looking for. What did you say his name was?”
“Too bad. If I knew who he was, perhaps I could help you. Otherwise, I guess we’ll just have to wait here all night. Your friend will wonder what happened to you.”
He picked up the apple, took another bite out of it. She watched as he licked its juice from his lips. “And you and I will have to find some way to amuse ourselves,” he said, leaning toward her.
She took a little step backward. Hesitated.
I could keep you here forever, his eyes told her. Just give me an excuse.
She swallowed, glanced toward the door. After a long pause, she said, “It’s Nick Ramirez.”
Recognition sparked in those beautiful eyes of his. “Ah yes, Nick. Hollywood’s flavor of the week. I just saw him a moment ago, but I don’t think he needs your help. He seems to have made other friends here. Female friends, if you catch my drift.”
One corner of Julian’s beautiful mouth quirked upward.
Serena’s lips pressed into a flat line.
She knew exactly what he meant. Nick’s fondness for female companionship—paid female companionship—was no secret. Under Serena’s guidance as his yoga teacher and Guardian, he’d begun to show some improvement. It had only been three weeks, but he had already started to curtail the illegal substances, had tamed the wild partying. She hadn’t anticipated a setback like this.
“Jealous are we? Is he your lover?” Julian asked.
Heat rushed into her face. “That’s none of your business.”
He leaned back against his desk, crossed his arms. “So he’s not. I’d wager you don’t have a lover. An assignment then, I’d guess. How badly do you want to get him out of here?”
“What do you mean?”
“Perhaps we could arrange a trade. What do you think you could offer me?” His eyes scanned her body. With trembling fingers, she fished her wallet out of her purse, began to leaf through its contents. “I have fifty dollars. I know it’s not much, but…”
He chuckled. “Refreshing. I’m genuinely amused.” He drew closer. “Sweetheart, it’s not money I was thinking of.”
“I don’t have anything else to offer. I’m just a yoga teacher.” She remained still as he circled around her.
“You may be trying to pass yourself off as such. I think we both know better. Let’s discuss that in a moment. But since you insist that you’re just a yoga teacher…” She could feel his hot gaze running the length of her. He completed his turn in front of her. “Would you say your body is your temple?”
She nodded once, almost imperceptibly, afraid to move.
“Then let me come in and worship.”
One of his hands slid around her waist, the other into the hair at the nape of her neck. She pulled back, but he held her ensnared in the steel of his arms. He drew her closer. Her eyes fluttered shut as his lips covered hers. She expected roughness, but the kiss was feather soft as his lips brushed over hers. Deepening the kiss, he coaxed her mouth open, his tongue exploring with a gentleness that surprised her. He tasted of unforeseen sweetness and of promised gratification.
Meet Stephanie Chong!
Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University.
When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.
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