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Kept
by Zoe Winters   

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Category: 

Romance

Publisher:  IncuBooks ISBN-10:  B001M5TE1I
Pages: 

86

Copyright:  November 25, 2008

Greta is a werecat whose tribe plans to sacrifice her during the next full moon. Her only hope for survival is Dayne, a sorcerer who once massacred most of the tribe. What’s that thing they say about the enemy of your enemy?

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KEPT is a paranormal romance novella of approximately 20,000 words.


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The wards dropped as Dayne opened the door to reveal a diminutive black cat with bright golden eyes sitting primly on the middle of his front stoop. She blinked up at him, full of rehearsed pet store innocence, her tail wrapped around her tiny paws.

“Mrarrr.”

“You must be kidding me. I don’t take in strays.” He slammed the door. Did the werecat think he couldn’t sense the magic crackling around her? Was she that naive? Perhaps a junior wizard still under apprenticeship would have been fooled, but not someone with his level of experience.

He drained the last dregs of coffee from the mug in the microwave. There was a second knock.

“Oh, for God’s sake.” He was going to zap the little miscreant halfway across town and let the preternatural border patrol sort out the pieces.

Dayne opened the door this time with a spell ready on his lips, but stopped short. She was breathtaking, not that this was uncommon in a Were. They tended to have a certain … magnetism. She had short dark hair. And she was leggy, a personal weakness of his. Black leather pants encased her legs as if they’d been stitched onto her. It seemed only magic could have gotten those pants on and would be required to get them off again. A red silky top plunged to reveal ample, but not overpowering cleavage. The werecat had a large duffel bag slung over one shoulder and balanced against her hip as if she’d planned to move in.

He held up a hand before little Dayne could cause him to do something colossally stupid. “The wardrobe change doesn’t alter my position, princess.”

“I thought you’d be old,” she said, wrinkling her nose.

He gave her points for not stammering that opening line. “What leads you to believe I’m not?”

“I need help.”

Well, she got right down to it, didn’t she? Such a red riding hood. It was intoxicating. In a different mood, with a different species, he might have let her into his lair.

“Not interested. Try the Salvation Army.”

The brunette wedged one high-heeled boot inside the door. “Please. I’ll be killed. The tribe plans to sacrifice me.”

Desperate, frightened eyes.

“And somehow I can’t work up any feeling on that topic. Good-bye now.”

“Wait! You can use my blood.”

Dayne arched a brow. Not quite as naive as she appeared.

“I get my Were blood online. I have no use for you.” In truth, he could think of many uses for her, none of which required the promise of her potent magical blood.

The phone rang, preventing little Dayne from taking over. “If you’ll excuse me.”




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Reader Reviews for "Kept"

Reviewed by dennis batchelder 2/11/2009
A fast, fun, sexy, paranormal romp

Zoe Winters' "Kept" is a fast-paced, well-written story about a 28-year-old werecat named Greta, and how she uncovers, dodges, and tries to survive an attempt by the rest of her wercat tribe to sacrifice her.

Winters dumps you into the middle of her world of werecats, vampires, sorcerers, and even some humans. All the paranormal folk are trying to coexist in Cary City without the humans catching on.

Greta is a manager of a bookshop, and when she discovers she's going to be sacrificed, she ends up running to Dayne, a hunky sorcerer. Sparks fly and auras crackle, Greta goes into werecat heat, and amidst all the tension and fun sex they work to keep Greta out of the claws of her tribe.

"Kept" is fast paced, Winters' writing is clear, and it "kept" me engrossed and puching "next page" on my Kindle until late in the night and I was done. I loved the feline characteristics in Greta--especially her movements. Great job, Zoe, and I can't wait for more!


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