Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – We pick up where we left off last week, Ty & Ana’s first meeting in Chapter One – Enjoy!
First – about the book:
Vampires are real and they are here, living amongst us. For the most part, they have no interest in us and we have no awareness of their existence . . . until now.
TURNED FBI special agent Ty Duncan is part of a group to bring rogue vampires to justice. The Belladonna Agency is in the process of recruiting their first civilian member and it’s Ty who must convince Ana Martin to help them get into places they cannot.
Ana reluctantly agrees to the mission, partly because of her attraction to Ty and partly because he knows the whereabouts of her long lost sister. Quickly Ty and Ana’s chemistry escalates and they find they are more alike and in love than either would ever anticipated.
DePaul rocks your world in this otherworldly setting – stick around to see Ty & Ana sizzle together as their passion saves them in more ways than one.
And now, back to Ty & Ana – enjoy!
She’d gotten soft. Too soft. And once again she was paying the price. The only question was how high the price would be this time.
“Move.” She gestured with her gun. “Face the wall.” He had her so rattled she was second-guessing herself. She needed to frisk him again. Make sure she hadn’t missed anything the first time.
He merely stared silently at her, and she forced herself to snap, “Now.”
Unbelievably, he practically rolled his eyes just before he obeyed, cursing when she suddenly shoved him face- first against the brick; Eliana Garcia, gang member, was quickly chipping away at the civilized, respectable woman Ana had been trying to become.
But instead of retaliating, he waited while she frisked him yet again. When she was done, when he failed to make a move on her, she relaxed slightly. “Face me.”
As he did, she saw the slight trickle of blood now dripping from a cut on his forehead. She felt a momentary pang of guilt. Along with it came the strange temptation to wipe the blood away and kiss the wound better. To kiss all his hurt away. Hurt she somehow sensed was there.
Which was beyond ridiculous. Like one of those tear- jerker movies where the love of a good woman saved some useless son of a bitch.
He didn’t need her to wash his freakin’ pain away. He needed to know who was boss. Besides, she didn’t take care of anyone but herself anymore. It was better that way.
Instinctively, she gripped her gun tighter while he leaned back against the wall and crossed his arms over his chest, no longer smiling but watching her with an intensity that made her shiver.
“You’ve been trailing me since yesterday,” she said, “and not just because you like my coffee. ¿Porqué?”
At her lapse into Spanish and the thickening of her accent, Ana clenched her teeth, then deliberately modulated her voice so it was once again white-bread Americana. “Why are you following me?”
He smiled again, as if her speaking Spanish had amused him.
Embarrassment washed over her and she wavered, accidentally lowering the gun. “Answer me, bastardo—”
In a blur of movement, he grabbed her wrist, wrenched the gun from her hand, flipped her to the ground, and covered her body with his much larger one.
Reflexively, she struck out, striking him in the face before he pinned her arms and his body simply weighed her down. Damn it, she’d known it had been too easy.
He’d set her up. And the way he’d moved . . .
Faster than anything she’d ever seen before.
But oddly enough, he had his body braced so his full weight wasn’t on her. As if he wanted her pinned but not hurt.
As if he was taking care of her.
Breathing hard, she stared into his mesmerizing face.
His scent would be all over her, she thought absently. When he shifted, rubbing his lower body against her, she blinked at the unexpected warmth that flooded her. He was cold, yet he made her feel so good. So hot.
Literally. For another crazy second, she wanted to grab either side of his face, pull him closer, and kiss him.
Ah Dios. She was losing it.
He tsked. “It was your f-bomb that finally got to me, you know. Normally, you hold back. You don’t have to. Your cursing. Your use of Spanish. I like it. I more than like it. I just had to see if you felt as good as you look. As you sound.”
Again, that dazzling smile. The British perfection in the way he modulated his words. Those cold eyes. Danger emanated from him like a flashing red light, while charm oozed from him like honey.
He leaned closer and whispered. “Lucky me. You feel even better than I’d anticipated.” When she failed to respond, he raised a brow. “What? I’ve rendered you speechless? Or are you just holding back again? I told you I’m here to help. That starts with offering you a job.”
Now that she hadn’t been expecting. She snorted and shifted underneath him, working to twist her way out from under his weight. The intoxicating feel of her limbs rubbing against his made her want to move slower. To relish the contact.
Instantly, she ceased her attempts to get away from him.
“I’m not stupid or gullible—” she began.
“No. In fact, Téa believes you’re extremely smart. One of the smartest she’s ever worked with.”
Ana went rigid with hurt. Téa— a woman she’d thought was the closest thing she had to a friend— had sent him here with no warning? “Please get off me,” she whispered when what she really wanted to do was scream. Cuss. In Spanish and English.
He kept his gaze locked on hers for several seconds, then said, “As you wish.” Pushing himself to standing, he held out a hand to help her up.
She ignored him and scrambled to her feet, immediately backing several steps away. “How do you know Téa? Why did she—”
Ana jerked when she heard Paul, one of her employees at the coffee shop, call her name, but she didn’t take her eyes off the man. “I’ll be right there,” she shouted back.
The man in front of her didn’t bat an eye.
She shook her head. “Téa misled you. I don’t want anything from you.”
“Not even information about your sister?”
Her heart stopped beating and for a moment the world around her blurred. She fought against the wooziness, focusing on the man’s face. Excitement tickled the back of her throat and sent a buzzing up her spine.
Ana hadn’t seen her sister, Gloria, for seven years, not since Ana had tried to jump them both out of Primos Sangre. Gloria had only joined the gang after returning from living with her grandparents. Ana had barely recognized her. Gloria had been angry. Distant.
Wanting her sister’s company one minute and hating it the next. After the shooting, she’d written Ana in prison, making it abundantly clear she blamed Ana for her injury and never wanted to see her again.
Had Gloria changed her mind? Had she sent this man to tell her that? A wash of excitement shot through her. Buoyed her. Maybe the stranger that had returned from living with her grandparents had finally turned back into the loving sister Ana remembered. Without even realizing what she was doing, she stepped closer. “You know Gloria?”
“I know about her.”
“But did Gloria send you to find me?” she asked, hope reducing her voice to a whisper.
Disappointment. Suspicion. Dismissal. All cut through the excitement and hope, scattering them to the wind.
Nothing had changed. As such, this man had nothing she needed.
As if he could read her mind he said, “I told you, I’m here to offer you a job.”
“I’m not interested in anything you’re offering.” Slowly, her eyes never leaving him, she retrieved her gun, tucked it into her waistband right next to his, covered them with her sweater, and started walking backward toward the cafe entrance.
“I’m quite fond of my gun, you know,” he called out. “It’s mine now.”
“It’s also a violation of your parole for you to carry a firearm.”
That made her freeze, but only for a second. She turned and walked to the coffeehouse door, her steps slow and lethargic. Over her shoulder, she muttered, “So tell my parole officer. Téa always knows where to find me.”
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About the Author:
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether featuring vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops, or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love.