Excerpt from TEMPTED by Elisabeth Naughton + Giveaway

>> Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy weekend all!  Let's start it off right with another quick excerpt from TEMPTED!  Leave a comment to enter to win books and bookmarks!

Excerpt #3, TEMPTED

     She rounded on him so fast, he didn’t expect it. But the sharp point of the dagger pressing into his side registered loud and clear. “Don’t touch me.”

     He let go of her arm, held his hands up in surrender. Yeah, still seriously pissed. And could he blame her?

     “I won’t,” he said calmly. The fire in her dark eyes was something he hadn’t seen before. Even yesterday, when she pulled the sword on him in the Hall of Heroes, there’d been a softness there, a vulnerability. Now, thanks to him, that was long gone. “Think carefully about this, though.”

     “About cutting you? I don’t have to. If you ever touch me again there will be blood. And this time it won’t be your choice, it’ll be mine.”

     He didn’t doubt that for a minute.

     She lowered the dagger and moved one step down into the tunnel. The light was now gone, and nothing but blackness beckoned, but Gryphon couldn’t be far ahead.

     "Isadora,” he said quickly, panic pushing in before she disappeared. “I didn’t mean about me. I meant about Gryphon. He isn’t—” He stopped himself, unsure what the hell to say. Was he overreacting? Or was he simply jealous she so easily trusted Gryphon when she now hated him?
He didn’t want to face that realization, so he went with his gut. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

     She glanced back over her shoulder. But her eyes were just as hard and cold as they’d been before, when she’d held the dagger to his side, not the soft chocolate brown he’d looked into as they’d made love. “And sometimes they are. I’ve learned that the hard way. You made sure of it.”

     She moved down into the darkness, turned the corner, and was gone.

     Alone, his heart thumped hard. In his attempt to protect her from himself, he’d done what he’d set out to do. He’d finally broken her. And as a result, he’d turned her into someone who was as cold and unfeeling and hopeless as he was.

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15 comments:

pamerd 7:29 AM  

Hi

I am loving these excerpts and looking forward to this book. So much that I purchased Marked the other day so I could start the series.

Thanks
Pam
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Linda McDonald 8:26 AM  

Another great excerpt of Tempted. Thanks for the fun week celebrating Elisabeth's newest release!

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Raonaid Luckwell 9:24 AM  

* Grins in remembrance of this scene * These excerpts are making me want me do another reread

Jane 11:48 AM  

Aww, soft chocolate brown eyes. I love that description.

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Cheryl 12:35 PM  

Thanks for the great interviews, contest and excerpts this week. Hope you're feeling better, too.
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Sheree 2:03 PM  

Now I almost feel sorry for Demetrius...

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Julie 2:06 PM  

Thanks for another excellent excerpt!

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NINA NAKAYAMA 3:49 PM  

I LOVE it when kick-ass females wield crazy sharp blades!

Just sayin,

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Karen H 7:50 PM  

I loved this scene, it's so sad, but I loved how Isadora finally stands up for herself with everyone!
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Anne R 8:19 PM  

Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway. This has been a fun week .

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mrsworldwidewebb 8:28 PM  

We just had an awesome chat with Ms. Naughton and she mentioned you quite a few times.. :) I hear you are a great critique partner! I love this series and need the third book really really bad.. Read the first two but not the third.. If I could win it I wouldn't have to buy it..LOL Great great author!

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aka Kathy

BlackwaterMama 5:37 AM  

I love this series! I have been waiting a very long time for this book to come out!! I can't wait to read it. jlkg102961 AT yahoo DOT com

Kari S. 4:31 PM  

Love the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kari
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Joan Swan 2:02 PM  

SATURDAY WINNERS chosen from Random.org:

MARKED: Jane
ENTWINED: Linda

Congrats, ladies. I will chose the TEMPTED WINNER for Sunday momentarily...

Joan Swan 2:10 PM  

WINNER of TEMPTED ARC and matching bookmark for final prize chosen by Random.org from all commenters throughout the week:

Karen H

Congrats everyone and thanks so much for coming by and making this a fabulous week for the authors!!

XO

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