EXCERPT: The Magic Knot by Helen Scott TaylorWednesday, December 30, 2009 14:00
If you’re looking for something different to read, something fun, magical, and romantic, then The Magic Knot by Helen Scott Taylor is for you.
You will fall in love with the writing, the characters — even the bad boy — and the uniqueness of this story. And it’s just the beginning, the first book in Helen’s Magic Knot Fairies series. There’ so much more to come!
Here’s just a taste before the main course:
HE’S A BIKER WITH AN ATTITUDE
What woman wouldn’t be attracted to Niall O’Connor’s soft Irish brogue and dark good looks? But Rosenwyn Tremain must find her father, and she isn’t going to let a sexy, stubborn Irishman and his motorcycle distract her. Rose’s intuition tells her he’s hiding something, a secret even the cards cannot divine. Her tarot deck always reads true, but how can one man represent both Justice and Betrayal?
SHE’S A WOMAN ON A MISSION
Magic. Niall’s body tingles with it when he finds the woman snooping in his room. Rosenwyn might believe she’s a no-nonsense accountant, but her essence whispers to him of ancient fairy magic that enslaves even as it seduces. Her heritage could endanger those he’d die to protect, but her powers and her passion, if properly awakened, might be the only thing that can save both their families, vanquish a fairy queen bent on revenge, and fulfill a prophecy that will bind their hearts together with…THE MAGIC KNOT.
THE MAGIC KNOT
Now that his jacket was off, she could see that his shirtsleeves were folded up. She examined the webbing and Velcro wrist sheaths, each holding a crystal-bladed knife. “How very untraditional of you.”
He opened the Velcro and dropped the knives and sheaths onto the nightstand. “ ’Tis more comfortable and con venient. I told you, lass, I value practicality.”
With a relaxed smile, he took her hand and drew her toward the side of the bed. “Unless me sums are wrong, I’ve removed three pieces of clothing, and you’ve taken off only one.” He hooked one of his sexy long ﬁngers beneath the shoulder strap of her bra and ﬂicked his eyebrows. “I’m thinking ’tis your turn again.”
Rose laid her hands on his chest and reveled in the ﬂex of muscle beneath his shirt. Soon she would have her hands on his skin. All her inhibitions fell away as she grinned up at him. His eyes glowed with pleasure. For a moment time seemed to stop. Was it possible to lose oneself in the gap between seconds and feel like this forever?
Niall blinked; her heart stumbled and she snatched a breath. “Weapons don’t count,” she said, trying to keep a straight face.
With a little grunt, Niall wrapped an arm around her waist and ﬂung her backward onto the bed. Rose squealed as he trapped her legs between his knees and tickled her. “I say we get equal voting rights on this, and ’tis me vote that weapons count.”
He grazed his ﬁngertips across the front of her pan ties. The muscles in Rose’s stomach quivered and jumped. An aching clench of need grabbed low in her belly.
“Oh, God,” she whispered, and stilled. Suddenly she didn’t care who took what off, as long as all the clothes came off and fast.
“I say we both take something off.” He nudged the tip of his ﬁnger beneath the waistband of her pan ties. Rose grabbed his wrist, felt his tendons ﬂex beneath the skin. Their eyes met and held for a beat. Rose remembered to breathe.
She pushed up on an elbow, unhooked her bra, and tossed it away without caring where it landed.
Niall stared at her breasts. A ﬂush of arousal crept across his cheeks, and he licked his lips.
“Your turn,” Rose said softly.
“Aye.” Niall pulled his shirt over his head without unfastening it. Rose bit her lip, hard.
She’d imagined he’d look the same as Michael, but Niall’s muscles were precisely deﬁned, his body a living sculpture. With an unsteady hand she traced the bulge of his pecs, his ribs, the ridges of his abs, solid as warm wood beneath her ﬁngertips. Anticipation rippled through her, making her hand tremble against his skin.
When she touched the waistband of his pants, his abs tightened and she heard him swallow. She glanced at his face, but he was looking down at her hand. Rose brushed her ﬁngers across the heavy cotton of his combat pants, and ﬂattened her palm over the ridge of his erection.
Niall closed his eyes. His nostrils ﬂared. In precise, economic movements, he stripped off the rest of his clothes.
Rose lay back and dug her ﬁngers into the satin bed-covers. Heat sizzled beneath her skin as he moved toward her, lean muscles rippling beneath silky skin.
“Move back.” Niall knelt next to her, his eyes devouring her body as she slid up the bed. Stretching out beside her, he placed his palm on her belly and splayed his ﬁngers. “You’re so smooth.”
Running her hands over his shoulders, she molded his muscles in her palms like a sculptor savoring her creation. He kissed her, his body warm and heavy against her side. The swirling well of emotion ﬁlled her chest, leaving her light- headed.
With work- calloused hands, Niall rubbed her breasts, cradling them in his palms, ﬁrst one, then the other, as though he wanted to learn her shape. Rose closed her eyes as his kneading ﬁngers shot silky ribbons of plea sure through her.
“Rose, lass.” He waited for her to open her eyes. “Watch me.” Then he touched the tip of his tongue to her nipple.
Oh, my God.
Rose ﬂexed against him. Wanting more. Wanting everything. Now.
When he closed his mouth over her breast and sucked, ﬂashes of ﬁre raced across her skin, igniting a ﬂaming core of need low in her belly.
Burying her ﬁngers in his hair, she pulled him closer, moving her thigh against the hot, hard length of his erection. With a small grunt of pleasure, he rubbed against her, the friction sending shocks of desire into her tender places. She pressed her nose to his face, drugging herself with the fragrance of him: green leaves, spicy wood, the tang of mountain air.
The bumps and hollows of his muscles ﬂexed beneath her palm as she ﬁngered his biceps. She ran her hand along the taut strength of his forearm, his ribs, gripped the angle of his hip. He stilled when her ﬁngers drifted onto his belly, hissed in a breath as her hand slid lower. Wrapping her ﬁngers around his hard, silky shaft, she explored the sensitive parts of him until he gasped and pulled away.
Niall raised his head, hair tousled, cheeks ﬂushed, pupils huge and dark. “I want you naked.”
With shaky legs, Rose lifted her hips. He stripped her panties and tossed them away.
Niall sprawled over her, heavy, hard, hot, pressing her into the soft embrace of the mattress. Her Magic Knot around his neck throbbed between them. With the rough hunger of dwindling control, he found her mouth, demanded her body, and she gave him her soul. Rose clutched at his back, wrapped her legs around his waist, lost herself in the sensual press of him against her delicate ﬂesh.
“Not this way,” he mumbled, and raised his head. He slid to the side, exposing her to his gaze, and grazed his palm down her body to the join of her legs. He touched her with exploring ﬁngers, watching her face as he found his way inside.
Rose closed her eyes, trembling on the edge of losing herself as he stroked.
He pressed his mouth against her ear. The wet tip of his tongue circled, and then he whispered, “Must be sitting up.”
She opened her eyes and watched him trail his hand up her body to rest over her heart. “Why?”
“ ’Tis the way it works, lass.” He pulled her into a sitting position, then balanced the pillows behind him and sat, his back against the ornate gold headboard. “Come here.”
With gentle command, he steadied and guided her as she lowered herself onto his lap. Hands on his shoulders, she gazed, breathless with wonder, at the eager intent on his face. He nipped his lip between his teeth and stared at her body as though she were a priceless treasure.
The fact that he trusted her enough to accept her Magic Knot and reveal his emotions brought tears to her eyes. He was normally so guarded. She would never hurt him, never make him regret this. Rose framed his beautiful face in her hands and pressed her lips against his forehead, his eyes, his nose, breathing him in, languishing in the heat undulating around them like a warm sea.
Her career, her professional image, the ac cep tance of her colleagues—none of it mattered anymore. Niall mattered. He’d help her make her future with the piskies. Conﬁrmation of who she was and the ac cep tance she’d searched for all her life shone from his eyes.
Gripping her hips, he pulled her closer. The hot length of his erection pulsed against her belly. Heat exploded through her. Rose gasped before pressing her mouth to his.
“A ghrá.” Niall’s endearment whispered in her mind, wound silken threads around her heart. At his bidding, she let her weight carry her down on him. Colors exploded behind her eyelids as he slid inside. Holding her hips, he urged her down, pushing deep. Pleasure rippled up through her, sighing from her lips.
Rose pressed her cheek to his, shuddering as waves of sensual heat overtook her. Niall touched his mouth against her ear. “Move, my love. Move.”
She watched the pleasure on his face as he lifted her, then let her slide back down. The ﬂash of blue between his dark lashes glowed inhumanly bright, the light of a million stars trapped in sapphires. He moved within her, physically and with the boundless caress of the inﬁnite. Deep memories stirred within the fabric of her being, unfolding toward the light.
“Niall.” His name rolled over her tongue, dark and rich. Had she known he was the one from the ﬁrst moment she saw him? “Niall,” she whispered against his lips, sharing the delicious sound.
They devoured each other with long, breathless kisses feeding mind, body, and spirit. Blissful peace ran deep and quiet beneath the sparkling ripples of pleasure that shook her body. She’d waited all her life for this. She trusted him. He wouldn’t let her down.
When the ache of delight grew too much to bear, Niall held her still and rubbed his lips over her face. “Steady, lass. Take your time.”
He stared into her eyes, his gaze so deep and intense it mesmerized her. Slowly he lifted her, then let her slide back on him. Rose gripped his arms, his muscles granite hard as he took her weight. He rubbed the side of his nose against hers, nibbled her lips. Love consumed her, gave her the strength to forget what she’d been and become what she must.
Nothing in her life had prepared her for these feelings. Ecstasy pulsed in rhythm with her heart. Was this her inner fairy waking up?
“Now.” Niall urged her faster. Her thighs trembled as pleasure bloomed, a hot surge from her belly, streaking along her limbs, singeing the edges of her mind, consuming her. Niall put his face against her neck, held her down, grunted softly.
Rose pressed her lips into his hair, stilled, breathed him, tasted him, felt him around her, inside her. All was perfect in the world, and she never wanted to move again.
Niall sucked in a ragged breath against her skin. A tiny frisson of disquiet skittered through her. Warily she reached toward him mentally, and brushed cold ripples of pain. The breath locked in her throat. As cautiously as if she were handling a panicked animal, she cradled his head, stroking his hair. Slowly increasing her connection, she let warmth and love ﬂow into him. “Are you all right, my love?”
His eyes remained closed, lashes scrunched into dark semicircles against his skin. Disquiet grew into jagged spikes of fear. “Niall,” she whispered. “Talk to me.”