Can a flame from the past be rekindled . . . Or is it too dangerous to play with fire? By Cara Elliott + Giveaway!
I have to confess, I had such fun creating the sparks between Sophie and Cameron in TOO DANGEROUS TO DESIRE, the third book in the “Lords of Midnight trilogy.” It’s all about past hurts, and getting a second chance at love . . .
Long ago, Sophie Lawrance chose prudence over passion, rejecting a rebellious young rogue for the sake of her family—no matter the ache it left in her heart. But when a specter from her father’s past appears and threatens to destroy all she holds dear, the desperate beauty knows there is only one man whose shadowy skills can save her.
Cameron Daggett is a man of many secrets . . . and many sins. He’s never forgotten the pain of losing Sophie. But now, with a chance to win her back, Cameron sets aside his anger and agrees to help Sophie save her family’s honor. Together they embark on a perilous game of intrigue and deception . . .
I’m delighted that advance reviews have been lovely—RT says, “Elliott whisks readers away into passion and peril with a truly likable bad-boy hero and feisty heroine . . . Quite simply, this fast, sexy read is a pleasure.” Here’s a short excerpt:
“I—I assure you, sir,” said Sophie tightly. “I am not in the habit of coming to…depraved places like this.”
“Oh?” Skepticism shaded the man’s voice. “Then what brings you here tonight, if not a craving for danger?”
“That, sir, is none of your business.” Lifting her chin, she ventured a look at him, trying to make out some identifying feature. Do I know you? It was absurd, of course, but something felt hauntingly familiar about him…
However, he had his hat pulled low, the wide brim shading his face. In the swirl of murky alleyway shadows, Sophie could make out naught but the vague shapes of a straight nose, a sensual mouth. The only clearcut view was of long, raven-dark hair and the rakish glimmer of a gold earring.
Danger. His last word seemed a deliberately tickling, taunting challenge. Sophie sucked in her breath, suddenly aware of a strange prickling taking hold of her body, as if daggerpoints were dancing over every inch of her flesh. “In another few minutes I shall be safe from danger. That is…” Another glance at the earring. “…unless I’ve had the misfortune to cross paths with a pirate,” she said, trying to mask her emotions by matching his cynical tone.
A smile curled on the corners of his mouth, half mocking, half…
Sophie couldn’t put a name to the flicker of emotion. It was gone in the blink of the eye, so perhaps she had merely imagined it.
“A pirate?” he repeated, making her feel slightly absurd. Like a silly schoolgirl who swooned over novels of swashbuckling heroes rescuing damsels in distress. His voice then took on a sharper edge. “Isn’t that just a romantic name for a ruthless cutthroat and a conniving thief?”
Sophie swallowed hard, feeling a shiver skate down her spine. “Who are you, sir?” she demanded.
“Why do you ask?” he countered. “Do you think we might be acquainted?” The question quivered for a moment in the chill night air. “Old friends, perhaps?”
“Impossible,” she whispered.
A number of readers have been asking to know more about the maddeningly mysterious Cameron Daggett, who played a shadowy supporting role in the first two “Lords of Midnight” books. Well, now that his best friends have been tamed by love, it’s Cameron’s turn to meet his match. But trust me, it wasn’t easy to find a way to unlock his heart. (Be advised that opening locks is not as easy as it might seem. Sometimes it takes some very deft and clever manipulations to release all the little levers—as several scenes in the book show. Cameron is very clever with his hands. But then, it turns out that so is Sophie. She’s always been his equal in the outrageous exploits of their early years.)
Two equals. She claims to be ruled by Reason, he claims to be ruled by Cynicism. Well, it was a devilishly fun challenge for me to prove then both wrong. It’s not easy to overcome wariness when the first try at love has ended up breaking one’s heart. And for Cameron, painful secrets about his past make it even harder to confront his inner demons. But I believed they had the courage and compassion to make it work, so I dared them to try again. (And since this is a romance, you can probably make a good guess at whether there is a happily-ever-after!)
What about you—do you like a bad boy who turns out to have heart of gold? Would you give him a second chance? (And would you ever be tempted to rekindle a spark from your own past?)
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About the author:
Books have always been an important part of my life. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I’ve always had a very vivid imagination . . . so much so that I think at times it worried my parents that I was so happy in my own little world, drawing pictures and creating stories. My teachers will also tell you that I was the class history geek, even in grade school. I don’t really know why, but I have always been fascinated with the past.
As an undergrad at Yale, I majored in art—though I took enough history courses to have majored in that subject as well—and went on to get a MFA in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art, concentrating in publication design. So I guess you could say I have always had a left brain-right brain sort of love affair with the printed page.
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