A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.
Cancer – Attentive, Possessive, Caring
Water’s Mark by Rachael Slate
She’s as fluid as water
Cyane of the Pegaeae, spring nymphs, can cure any disease. Imprisoned for her powers not once, but twice, she’s determined to return to her people. But that means escaping her second captor, the formidable Lord of a race of crab shifters, who has no intention of letting her go. Not until she’s healed every last one of his people—a task which will drain the last drops of her powers.
He’s as rigid as stone
Theron, leader of the Karkinos, has vowed to save his people from a brutal disease, no matter the cost. So when a scintillating nymph with the power to heal them all falls into his lap, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her within his grasp—and far from his heart. Betrayed by those closest to him, Theron’s hardened his shell so much, no one can penetrate his armor. Not even Cyane, though that doesn’t stop her from demanding the one thing he’s sworn he’ll never give to anyone again—his trust.
Only she can crack through his shell
Unquenchable passions crash them into each other, binding their destinies, and their hearts. If they can stand together and fight the darkness claiming him from the inside out, they might find a way to save not only his people, but hers as well.
Release date: June 27th 2017
Theron flinched at the glinting metal enclosing Cyane’s wrist. Aye, he’d made her a prisoner, the same as that bastard Philaeus. After hearing her tale, however, he was even less assured she’d remain if he freed her.
The predicament about whether he ought to force her to heal his people faded. It wasn’t as his prisoner that he wished to keep her.
He craved Cyane for himself.
“How can I be sure that if I release you, you won’t vanish?”
“You can’t.” She perched her hands on her hips. “It’s called trust, Theron, and you will have to begin using it with me.” She thrust out her wrists and regarded him with one arched brow.
“Trust,” he muttered to himself, puffing. “I’m not entirely certain I know how to do that anymore.”
“Well, now’s the time to find out.”
Indeed. Setting his shoulders, he snared both of her wrists, closing his hands around the metal. It sprang open, the shackles clinking onto the ground.
Cyane hugged her wrists to her chest and rubbed them. “Thank you.”
He bent to snatch the manacles off the floor. “Don’t thank me. Not for this.” He flicked his gaze to hers, searching within those azure pools for something, anything, to assure him she wouldn’t melt into a puddle and vanish.
“I’m not going anywhere, Theron.” She beamed at him. “I rather like having a mission of my own.”
“Aye, speaking of which,” his chest tightened as he recalled the weak state he’d discovered her in earlier, “there have to be rules about how many you heal and how close together. You can’t drain yourself so intensely.”
“Fine.” She huffed and crossed her arms. “I’ll proceed with care.”
He’d be relieved, if her eyes didn’t sparkle. How their roles had reversed. Before, he would have commanded her to cure them all, regardless of the cost to herself. Now, he was unwilling to allow her to heal even one soul if it meant any distress for her.
“I am serious.” He stalked forward, seizing her wrists and uncrossing them, tugging her to his chest. “You must be careful.”
Her breath hitched and she bit the corner of her plump bottom lip. “If I’m not? What happens to those who defy the mighty Theron?”
Her playful tone tugged a smile onto his lips. “They are punished, of course.” He dropped his hands to her bottom and, seizing her, tossed her over his shoulder.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Rachael Slate resides on the West Coast of Canada with her husband, two children, cat, and dog. Plus hummingbirds, songbirds, mason bees, and the occasional butterfly in her garden. When not writing, she’s probably thinking about food (cooking, baking, or watching cooking shows). She also adores the outdoors–running, hiking, canoeing, camping, swimming, etc–so that helps to offset her culinary obsession!
Rachael writes sizzling stories that blend the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you’ll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the fierce, capable heroines who challenge them. And always, scorching hot romance.
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