Pride of a Viking
The MacLomain Series
Viking Ancestorsâ Kin
Genre: Time-Travel Fantasy/Shifter Romance
Date of Publication: July 9, 2017
Number of pages: 260 pages
Word Count: 82,000
Cover Artist: Tara West
Two men tore Ericaâs world apart in another life. One was the man she loved and the other the enemy. Now both are back, and itâs up to her to make sure an ancient blood feud doesnât destroy everyone she cares about. That means steering clear of her dragon mate. But sometimes memories are too strong and the past too powerful. Or so it seems when she slips back in time and ends up on an unexpected journey with a man she was determined to forget.
Having confronted who he once was and what he did in a previous life, Kodran Sigdir sets out to seek answers. He needs to better understand his part in an age old war and to keep his distance from Erica. They should remain apart. Yet destiny seems to be drawing him back to her. How he once felt. All he gave up. Could things go differently this time? Or will the risk to their people be too great? Find out as Erica, Kodran and their kin go up against the enemy one last time in Pride of a Viking, the epic conclusion of Viking Ancestorsâ Kin.
âAre you sure Hallstein was your mate in another life?â His eyes held hers as he spun her so that they were facing each other. âDo you have memories of your time with him?â He shook his head, spoke through clenched teeth and worked hard to keep rage from taking over as he caught glimpses of what she had endured. âHe did things to you, Erica. Terrible things. Things that make no sense given you were Maevaâ¦his mate.â
She leaned back, clenched her jaw and averted her eyes. âYes, he was my mate. Iâm sure of it.â
âThen why canât you look at me when you say that?â He tilted her chin until she had no choice but to meet his eyes. âWhat arenât you telling me? Whatâs the missing piece?â He frowned. âBecause somethingâs not adding up.â
âIt doesnâtâ¦you just...â She frowned as well. âYou need to let this go. You need to let me go. Itâs the only way this is going to work. Itâs the only hope we have.â
âAnd where am I supposed to let you go to?â He glanced around to remind her where they were before his eyes returned to hers. âBecause itâs out of my control, yes?â
âYou know what I mean.â
âDo I?â He stepped a bit closer and never removed his fingers from her chin. âBecause as far as I can tell you want me to believe you desire Hallstein when thatâs the furthest thing from the truth. I think youâre trying to push me away so that you can somehow save everyone all on your own.â
Because he was remembering his last life, he remembered what Maeva had looked like. While they shared the same tall, lithe build with curves in all the right places, he found Erica more stunning in this life. Her eyes were varying shades of striking green that seemed to shift with her mood, and her warm skin tone was luminous. He wanted to feel her soft skin against him. Touch every last inch of her.
She went very still as their eyes held. Or so one would think if they couldnât detect the slight tremor that went through her. Shivers that only translated to another dragon. He also noticed that she had gone from momentarily vulnerable to completely closed off despite her physical reaction.
âYouâre good at that,â he murmured, shifting even closer to see if he could bring out that tremor even more. âTrying to be strong for everyone else all the time. How long have you played that part?â While he should have remained compassionate and thankful, his inner dragon was flaring. The jealousy that reared whenever he thought about her in the enemyâs arms. âHow long have you been playing the part of a woman trying to convince Hallstein that youâre his? How long have you beenââ
âNo,â she cut him off, yanked her chin away and narrowed her eyes. âWhat Iâve done to help our people is not becauseââ
âBecause youâre meant to be together?â he cut her off just as readily, as he turned things around on her. âBecause youâre not, are you?â He shook his head and narrowed his eyes as well. âYouâre not supposed to be with him.â His voice dropped to a whisper as the truth hovered just out of reach. Like a memory he was right on the verge of remembering. âYou never were, but something happenedâ¦â
Something he needed to understand, so he thought fast. If one thing had been proven true with his kin and their mates it was that intimacy seemed to speed up their mental connections. So why not get things moving in that direction?
It seemed Erica followed his line of thought because a moment later she started to move away but he caught her. With an arm around her lower back, he yanked her against him, cupped the back of her neck and kissed her.
The moment he did, everything changed.
About the Author:
Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.
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