“You got me suspended,” I said.
“I’m sure it wasn’t all my doing,” Wyvern said with a smirk.
“You jerk,” I said while smiling and attempting to smack his shoulder but he caught my hand.
Now, he held both my arms and he did not let go of them either when I pulled. He just gave me a wicked grin.
“Second,” I said, “You show up at another assignment and ruined my chances of going back to Keanu’s house with him.”
“I don’t feel bad at all about that one,” he said, still smiling roguishly.
“You should,” I said, pulling hard to free my arms but he only moved out of the chair, leaning forward with one leg on the bed.
“Third,” I said, “You tricked me into a contract with you.”
“I definitely don’t feel bad about that one,” he said as he climbed entirely on the bed still restraining my hands between us. “Anything else?”
“You keep trying to push me around,” I said, my voice unsteady as he leaned closer to me.
“I only do it because you make it so much fun,” he said.
“You’re a bit of a jerk,” I said.
“You like it,” he said, he leaned in so close his lips brushed mine ever so gently.
“You’re going to kiss me,” I whispered.
“Yes,” he whispered back and then he closed that little bit of distance and his lips pushed into mine.
Author: Rita Stradling
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
I had never thought my life was ideal, but it had been manageable.
By day I pretended to be a human, going to a ‘human’s only’ high-school, making human friends and trying to get the attention of Keanu Hale, my school’s quarterback. At night, I worked as a henchman, making sure no one got in the way of my grandfather’s hotel-empire which spanned across the Mabiian island chain. I was my grandfather’s most cherished weapon, I stole and manipulated emotions, I would even drain someone of their ability to feel joy if my grandfather ordered me to.
I won’t apologize for what I did, it kept my sisters fed and my grandfather from finding out that my mother squandered our monthly allowance on shopping and throwing extravagant parties. It kept my family alive. But more importantly, my job kept me from being trained to be a wife and married off to some rich and powerful dracon, a human-dragon hybrid, as all girls with one-eighth dragon blood are.
As I said, my life was just manageable, until Wyvern Manderson vacationed to my island. Wyvern Manderson, the rich, powerful, and famous for something or other, half-dragon jerk, just kept showing up, sabotaging my missions and ordering me around. On top of that, for some reason he was always angry at me.
Pretty soon I was suspended from further missions, facing eminent financial ruin and still had to see the jerk everywhere I went. When my friend Amanda from my human-high-school vanished, Amanda turned out to be Wyvern’s human half-sister he was keeping secret and protecting.
Taking on the mission to find Amanda might have been what I needed to save my family from losing everything, but to do it I would have to spend all day everyday with the jerk. To top that all off, Amanda was not the only girl who disappeared, and when girls started being discovered dead I realized that my sanity wasn’t the biggest thing I would be risking in this investigation; I might very well be the next to die.
Rita Stradling lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Her six year old son wants to be a train when he grows up. She has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.
Rita has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.