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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Release! Imperative 3: Saving You!

AUTHOR: Belinda McBride
GENRE/THEME: Futuristic, Fantasy, Bisexual
PUBLISHER: Changeling Press
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2009
WARNINGS: adult language and situations

In the future, we don’t choose our mates; Nature chooses for us. Nature doesn’t make mistakes. And if you don’t pay attention to Nature’s Imperative, you suffer.

All he wanted was peace. Eternal peace.

After the death of his Imperative mate, Jason Anders threw himself into a lifestyle of sexual excess and self-punishment. Just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, Jase was nearly killed in a brutal attack.

Nature listened to Jason’s plea for peace, and gave him what he asked for. But Nature’s version of peace wasn’t exactly what Jase expected.

When Dr. Dove Sinclair stumbled into his life, Jase began to suspect that within her arms he might find the will to live. And when he looked into the haunting eyes of a mysterious masked man, Jason realized that Nature wasn’t finished screwing with his life.

Sometimes Nature doesn’t play fair. But at least she’s willing to give Jason a second chance.


“I was rough. I’m sorry.”

He fingered a pink spot on her hip. There was a whisker burn at her throat.

“It felt good. Right at that moment, it was perfect.”

“Pain? You like pain during sex?”

“Not pain… not like… you know.” The name went unspoken.

He sat up in the bed, her white sheets slipping down his flat, muscular belly. Dove watched him in unabashed fascination. She’d managed to rescue her glasses and now marveled at the sheer beauty of the man in her bed.

He looked devilish, and during sex, he was devilish, to just the right, exact degree she needed. Once their initial rush of lust had receded, they’d napped, waking to find more pleasure with one another.

He was more than adequate with his tongue, and with those fingers as well. He’d introduced her to the dark variety of climax that came with anal penetration, though he’d used only fingers there while he fucked her pussy. They didn’t speak of what he was really preparing her for. They showered together in the darkness, exploring with hands and mouths, finally ending up sliding together on the slick floor of the huge shower, wet skin slapping against skin, skidding against the cool tile.

It had been perverse, amazing, and to her shock, she wanted more.

Not pain, not like… you know… He did know. He’d witnessed it often enough. “He doesn’t get sexual pleasure from it.” Arav felt defensive of Jase. Protective.

Dove leaned forward, stroking the gleaming black of his goatee. “I know he doesn’t, Arav.” Her fingers skimmed over his lips. The sensation caused a shiver.

“How long have I known you, Dove?” He reached out, pulled her into his arms. They had only hours before dawn, and time for her to work.

“I don’t know, six months maybe? Why?”

“Because I love you.”

“Yesterday you loved Jason.”

He kissed her forehead. “I love Jason as well. Odd, isn’t it?” He looked down at her, dark eyes gleaming. Immediately, she thought of her brother Duncan and his mates. But for her and Arav, there was no Imperative forcing the issue. Just love.

“I’m afraid to say it, but I think it’s true.”

“That it’s odd?”

“No. It’s true that I love you also.”

“And you love Jason as well.”

She was quiet for a moment. “No, I don’t think I love Jason. He frightens me too much.”
He shifted, looking at her curiously. “Why, Dove? Why are you afraid of Jase? He’d never hurt you.”

He had injured Neil. She’d heard that little bit of information from Duncan, who was good friends with Jason’s ex-lover. But somehow, she knew he’d never hurt her, not physically.

“I’m afraid that Jason would break my heart. In the end, I’m afraid he’ll break us both.” She looked up at him, and she was beautiful there in the darkness, her skin gleaming pearl white. “Arav, I’m afraid that Jason Anders has already broken my heart.”


“Because I don’t think I can save him.” And she did love him, and knew damn well that Jase was too wrapped up in pain to love her back.

Well, at least she’d admitted it to herself.

She laid her head on his chest, listening to the steady beat of his heart, feeling his strength, his innate kindness.

“You’re wrong, Dove. But you’re right.” She lay still, waiting for him to continue. “Only Jason can save himself. It’s up to us to show him a reason.”

“And that is?”

“Us.” He stroked her hair. “We’re the reason that Jason Anders should live.”

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