Torrid Teasers Volume 17
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by Christy Poff
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance
Description: Two different parts of a country divided at two different times but the story remains the same. Lucynda becomes a victim of the very thing she's trying to help while an immortal devil helps to undermine the enemy. Judas must fight the odds to save her life while finding himself addicted to Cyn. Aubrey flees Yankee soldiers after her home is taken. Caught by them and treated as a spy, she prays for help. Trent comes to her aid but finds himself in the same trap he saved a fiery blond from. Will their unique bond save them or will bloodshed create scarlet love?
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: January 2007
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [77 KB]
Reading time: 43-60 min.
"I'd never read this author before, but I will definitely look out for her books from here on in. This is a couplet of fascinating, fast-paced, historical paranormals, and I highly recommend this volume, and indeed the entire Torrid Teasers series."_ Annie at Euro-Reviews a 5 tattoo rating
"STUPENDOUS! Ms. Poff has created two wonderful stories that feeds the readers imagination and captures their attention with exceptional characters and storylines that lets both tales compliment each other. Sizzling love scenes and engaging dialogue are woven into finish these stories off, and give us readers an extremely entertaining read."_4 cups, Wateena, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance, Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
"...First up in the War In Darkness series, Ms. Poff weaves a tale of lust, danger, and destiny. Jude and Lucynda are well-matched and perfect for one another."_ Sinclair Reid at Romance Review Today
"...Scarlet Love is a thrilling and steamy tale with a shapeshifter hero. Trent and Aubrey are perfect for one another and the heat between them is explosive. Again Ms. Poff does a great job of writing an enticing romance.TORRID TEASERS VOLUME 17 contains two titillating, engrossing erotic romance stories by Christy Poff that readers are sure to find delightful."
WAR IN DARKNESS: ADDICTED TO CYN
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Petersburg, Virginia 1865
"A man should not have to go through this," Jude Buckman swore to himself. He watched several of his fellow soldiers hover over numerous dead bodies, a feeding frenzy overtaking them. It sickened him, to look over the carnage while the survivors took what remained.
He'd been assigned to a special unit operating clandestinely, the best for him considering his hidden talents and age-old secret. His unit would go ahead of the regiment and quietly undermine the enemy from within their ranks when least expected.
Fighting rarely continued after sunset. The targeted troops would post a night watch to patrol the encampment's perimeter and usually, the evening would be quiet. When Jude and the others finished, the enemy had lost something. It could be line officers, weapons specialists, snipers or anyone who could have made a difference in the outcome of the ensuing actions.
He surveyed the battlefield, closing his eyes. Let the others reap the spoils and feed--he would not. He might not have a great deal to be proud of but he fought to keep what pride he did have, refusing to lower himself to take from the dead.
Jude Buckman respected them, for they had what he did not and could not. Even though they'd lost their lives in battle, they had gained something Jude had sought for a long time. He made sure he had no part in what the others did, his only way of living with himself.
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Lucynda Benson followed the regiment knowing after each battle, someone or many would need her loving care and expert attention. A camp follower and nurse, she provided medical treatment to those not in need of the surgeon's knife.
This battle had been particularly costly. The Union wanted access to the Confederate capital of Richmond and would do anything to accomplish it. Ten months and the casualty figure kept rising but she wouldn't think of that. Lucynda had to help.
She found a soldier--a boy really--suffering from a graze to his arm. She wrapped the injury after cleansing it, then moved to the man next to him.
"My name is..." she started to say, interrupted by a loud sound coming from the distance. She threw her body over the man in an effort to protect him. The cannonball hit the ground nearby, dirt and shrapnel flying over the three of them. She felt something hot pierce her back, unaware how serious it was.
After a few minutes, she pushed herself up. Seeing she no longer needed to help the soldier she'd tried to protect, she walked toward another man. Before she knew what happened, she fell to the ground, the burning in her back excruciating.
Her world crashed in on her, her life passing before her eyes. She fully understood what the soldiers went through right before their spirits passed onto the next part of their journey.
"Help me," she tried to say. "Please..."
"Don't worry, Miss, I will."
She heard his voice comforting her and she relaxed. Somehow, she trusted this man, unaware who had come to her aid.
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Jude saw the angel of the battlefield fall over the man when an incoming cannonball came at them. He saw the fragmentation hit her, his eyesight more acute than most men's. As soon as the smoke had cleared, he looked toward her. She pushed herself to continue caring for the wounded, ignoring the bloody hole in her back. He saw the man she protected die, then she fell over, rolling to her back and pleading for help.
Even from a distance, his acute hearing heard her every word. Her voice sweet music, it drew him to her. Seeing her up close, he saw perfection. With her golden hair, blue eyes and her beauty, this angel pulled at his devil's heart.
"Help me, please," she begged. "I feel so cold."
The word cold brought him back to the present. He looked at her, paling with each second of her life leaving her. He had to do something, but here would not be the place. He had to move her to some secluded spot in order to save her.
Jude took his jacket off and carefully wrapped it around her, not wanting to move her anymore than necessary. He easily lifted her up, her small frame fitting perfectly in his protective arms. Quickly, he disappeared with her leaving the battlefield behind them.
During the time he'd spent scouting the area, he'd found an abandoned cabin nestled in a small thicket. Out of the way and off the beaten path, no one had visited it in a long while, the place exactly what he wanted.