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Fueled by Lust: Severus (MF)

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[Siren Classic: Erotic Sci-Fi Romance, paranormal elements, light bondage, HEA]

Thrown together by the mating of Drusus and Avelina, Severus Faal and Cassie Wells find themselves drawn into a world of corporate espionage when Cassie catches a co-worker planting monitoring devices at her law office. Cassie’s drive to uncover the reason for the infiltration immediately engages Severus’s protective instincts to keep her safe. As they work together to solve this mystery, they begin a journey of self-discovery that raises old ghosts and salts unhealed wounds.

Since Severus refuses to wear his mating necklace, as is the custom of the Insedi male, he relies on instinct and readily dismisses signs that Cassie has triggered his mating cycle. While Cassie has a fearless outer shell, her core is full of shadows and indecision. A troubled childhood stagnates her ability to open her heart and experience a love that could span a millennium.

Book 2 in the Fueled By Lust series delivers heart-wrenching romance, intrigue, hot alpha-males, passion, and scorching, knee-wobbling sex.

A Siren Erotic Romance

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"Ooh La la!!!! I adored this book and can't wait to read the next one. What a wonderful read!

- liz

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"I’m enjoying this series; tremendously. This picks up immediately after the first story. If you’ve not read the first in the series, I think you should, because Prater doesn’t go over the information that’s already been established in that story. This novella – which I enjoyed much better that the first, and I enjoyed that one a lot – takes place over more time and the development of the relationship is more in the romance category and what I’ve come to expect from erotica. I thought the progression of Severus and Cassie’s relationship was quite well done. As a protector of the future King of Insedivertus, Severus has his job cut out for him. As the best friend of the future King of Insedivertus, Severus wants the same thing that Drusus has – a mate. Unfortunately for Severus he’s seen what losing a mate can do and he’s adamant about not suffering the way that the men from his planet did (and still do) with the loss of the female population on their planet. So it’s not that he doesn’t want a mate, he’s just running scared. Cassie is the best friend to Drusus’s mate, Avelina. Cassie’s hard shell disguises a very gentle soul. She’s been irrevocably hurt by the people who should love her unconditionally. After getting over their mutual hesitation about being together because of their roles in Drusus and Avelina’s life it was a blast watching them go from unfriendly to friendly. The expansion of the characters and the plot worked very well for me. As in the Drusus and Avelina’s story, there’s a pleasant amount of life outside of the couple and that makes for a fun ride and read. We get to see more of Severus’s friends and his life outside of being a protector. His relationships with his fellow Insedi give further testament of him being a good guy who will stand by his friends and vice versa. I especially enjoyed the close relationship that he and his prince maintained, and by default, Avelina. Cassie was the same person from the first story. She’s still feisty, mouthy, and loyal to the one person who has stuck by her – Avelina. I really liked her, more so that Avelina actually. There’s a sense of vulnerability that I found in her character that was quite charming. Her blatant need to feel loved came through even as she fought it. I never once thought she was overdoing or whining. One of the many things that I liked about the story and this couple was that they didn’t jump into bed. Their sexual relationship happened after a friendship was formed. There was enough tension and chemistry which was ample to keep me turning the pages wondering how these two stubborn people would finally relent. Once they did though, Severus was quite delicious in his naughtiness. I’m not saying that he was a freak because he wasn’t, but he (and Cassie too) did enjoy his boudoir talk and that made for a good read. Thank goodness that Cassie didn’t immediately fall at Severus feet; as a matter of fact, he had to work a little extra hard when some others showed interest in Cassie. The outside force in the action and suspense plotline made for interesting reading because I was completely shocked – I didn’t see it coming at all because Prater had me completely distracted. Well done! This story is quite a bit longer that the first, but it’s still a quick read as things happen quickly. If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun and sexy read with a dirty-talking protector who is completely infatuated with his mate you’re going to like this one. Cato’s story is coming up next and that overgrown tattooed and pierced individual is already on my radar. Happy Reading Folks!" -- Shelly, Red Hot Books

4 STARS: "I am LOVING this Fueled by Lust series. Drusus started off with a bang (quite literally), Severus has more of a gentle build up. This is because Cassie and Severus have already met and spent some time together, thereby negating the need for a quick pesky 'get-to-know-you' session. Cassie is already attracted to Severus although she's been trying to put him off as she thinks he is too good for her. Severus already knows that Cassie is something special but refuses to think that it could be anything else and he's too damn stubborn to put his necklace on. Yeesh, that man had me shouting at my kindle! Cassie has been through the mill and found a wonderful and true friend in Lina, the likes of which you look after and treasure, if you're smart which Cassie is. Seeing Lina with Drusus makes Cassie yearn for the same thing but is convinced that with all the baggage she carries no one will be good enough - or too good. I won't give away any spoilers but I will say this - one thing I really loved about this story was Marcus. He is Cassie's ex-boyfriend, the one she mentioned at the beginning of Drusus. He could have been a real 'nasty' character but instead Celeste turned him into a likeable, heartfelt hero who, although I wanted Severus and Cassie to be together, I now want Marcus to get his HEA too. This book has everything you could wish for - amazing characters, wit and humour all the way through, a 'baddie' that you may or may not see coming but even if you do, you won't care as the story is that good, and steamy scenes that are "out of this world" (sorry, I couldn't resist!). Book 1 was brilliant and I really enjoyed it. Book 2 stepped up to the bar, ordered a double and raised it. I can't wait for Cato's story." -- Merissa, Archaeolibrarian

BEST BOOK and APRIL 2014 EROTIC BOOK OF MONTH, 5 STARS: "Like oil and water, Severus and Cassie just don’t mix. At least, that was Cassie’s initial thought about the six-foot tall, broad-shouldered giant standing in her doorway. She’s already dealt with far too many men eager to take charge of her life and her body. She doesn’t like being told what to do or how to do it by anyone. This includes the gorgeous eye-candy and self-proclaimed bodyguard who seems insistent in hanging around. From the get go, Severus really pushes her buttons. Yet, despite how annoying he is, she can’t help the subtle reactions her body begins to have around him. Little by little, she notices the other things about Severus that reawakens a dormant desire deep within her. All of a sudden, Cassie realizes she rather likes having a big, brawny man watching over her. His interest in her carnal needs is fine by her as well, especially when he’s so good at pleasing them. Though he likes his women with a little more padding, Severus can’t help the instant attraction he feels for the sassy spit-fire, wagging her finger in his face without an ounce of fear or hesitation. Everything about her drives him crazy, including the way she manages to attract trouble. He doesn’t know if he should throttle or kiss her. The thought that she might be a compatible mate seems ridiculous and downright terrifying to him. He doesn’t want the heartache of losing another important woman in his life. While he has little difficulty in finding enough willing sex-partners to share his bed, he doesn’t want any of them to share his heart. Not until Cassie. Despite his attempts to thwart the growing suspicion that she just might be his perfect mate, Severus soon realizes she’s too important to him to lose. Some things just get better and better, especially when it comes to Celeste Prater’s Fueled by Lust series. Book one was a lot of fun to read, so when I saw she’d written a second book based on a couple of characters I’d met in the first installment, I requested to read it without hesitance. From the first page, my eyeballs remained glued to my iPad, my attention totally focused on the plot unfolding before me. I literally read the entire book in one day. I just couldn’t put it down. The characters are dynamic together, the perfect blend of alpha male and sassy female. There’s so much going on that you don’t even notice the plot twist sneaking up from the sidelines. I was left with my mouth hanging open at the climax of the story. The developing relationship between Cassie and Severus, the inclusion of previous characters from book one, and the introduction of new challenges to this sexy race of he-man aliens all culminate into a fantastic tale that left me wanting more. Lo and behold, after a little snooping on the internet, I see Ms. Prater has seen fit to grace us with an upcoming book 3! So now I’m left chomping at the bit and rubbing my little paws together in eager anticipation of what I expect to be another fabulous read. Fueled by lust: Severus, is a non-stop hoot and a hell of an exciting story. Cassie’s snarky attitude had me laughing my buns off. I fell in love with her right from the start. And Severus is just too sexy for words. He certainly caused a spike in heart rate and gave me something new to dream about. Put them together and you’ve got another fantastic story by Celeste Prater whose hunky aliens are simply out of this world. Oh, and Ms. Prater, if you need a short blonde chic who loves bulging muscles and hairy chests to play the heroine in a fourth installment, I’ll gladly take the part." -- Verbena, Long and Short Reviews

4.5 STARS: "I must say I liked this second book even more than the first in the series. Severus is Drusus’ security and best friend. He’s more often than not where his prince is and since his prince has met his mate, the best friend of said mate is there as well. So begins the collision of Severus and Cassie, and it ain’t pretty. They argue, they sneer and they endure one another’s company until it’s no longer endurance but anticipation and then lust. Severus is like Drusus in his possessive alpha persona but has an air of restraint that Drusus lacked, and that is due to the fact he refuses to wear his mating necklace. This story picked up at the end of the first and kept the background crisis between the Insedi and Protonecis moving along. I really liked the effort the author put into building the Insedi culture and weaving their plight into why the men are on earth seeking mates. The additional story line of Cassie and what is going on in her office provided the catalyst to throw Severus and Cassie together often and get to really know one another, and the attraction that followed. There was a lot going on but I never got lost or confused as the author wove her magic and kept me intrigued to the end, anticipating more. While the sex is steamy it’s not in your face and Severus and Cassie don’t actually “do” the deed until well into the book. I liked that Severus fell under Cassie’s spell without the affirmation of the necklace and perhaps that is what made this book appeal to me more than the first. I anxiously await more about the Insedi and their quest to rebuild their species." -- Chris, Night Owl Reviews

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STORY EXCERPT

 

Severus glared at the man that stood almost to his height. His body was in peak shape and he displayed his muscles proudly in a sleeveless gym shirt. He hated that the guy was even remotely handsome, had touched her lips with his own, and had caressed her body with those hands that were getting nowhere now. Severus felt the back of his neck light up with heat and his fists clench with a need to pound that pretty puss into the ground.

“Cassie, are you okay?” He was surprised at the gritty sound of the words. That was his battle-mode voice and he hadn’t heard it in a very long time.

Marcus’s head jerked up, eyes narrowing with an unholy glare as he spotted Severus at the back door. “Who the hell is that, Cassie?”

Cassie glanced over to Severus then quickly back to Marcus. “He’s my friend, Marcus. Now you need to go. We don’t have anything else to talk about.”

Severus felt his gut lurch at the word “friend” and was instantly confused as to why. He wasn’t her lover, they had not been on a date, and he had only been here three times before to fix various things falling apart in her tiny home. She was the best friend of his Trejani’s lover, nothing more. So, why did it hurt to hear her claim him in that manner? At least she hadn’t introduced him as her maintenance man for he would have surely gone mental. He took two steps from the door, chest rumbling in discontent when Marcus latched onto Cassie’s arm and began leading her around the side of the building. He halted when Cassie easily moved her arm away and stepped back. She put a palm up to both of them.

“Okay, nice and easy, guys. Severus, I’m okay. This will only take a minute. Go back in. It’s okay.”

Severus wanted to howl in rage. He didn’t want her out of his sight for a moment, but he had no grounds to claim for his continued presence. He gave Marcus a warning glare then stalked back in the house. He left the back door opened slightly. He leaned to the side in order to watch out the window while still hearing their conversation.

“Marcus, why are you here? I told you how I felt last week. I couldn’t keep up with your crap.” Cassie backed up further as Marcus reached out to her again.

With a heavy sign, he dropped his arm. “Fine, no touching, but will you at least listen to what I have to say?”

Cassie crossed her arms and nodded.

“I’m sorry for whatever I did and I promise it won’t happen again. Can we start over? I miss you, baby.”

Severus was happy to see the evil Cassie slide from her pores. That cocked brow and lifted lip brought him great joy, especially since it aimed at the pretty boy instead of him. When that right hip jutted out, he knew the dude was in trouble. Capital T, pack-your-lunch, throw-down Trouble.

“Whatever you did? What do you mean whatever? Do you talk just to have something to do? You used me, Marcus. I was nothing but an unpaid servant in your home. I washed your clothes, cleaned your apartment, and had dinner on the table for you when you finally decided to wander on back home. I felt like a complete idiot when I found out that you weren’t working late but running with your boys. Your bed only knows what skank you had crawling all over you.”

Marcus had the sense enough to hang his head. “I’m so sorry for that. I didn’t realize I was taking advantage of you. I’m used to being on my own. I didn’t know how to act. I promise I’ll do better.”

Severus grunted in disdain, hissing under his breath. “That is it asshole, grovel until she puts her boot in your ass. Do not think for a second she missed you not denying the bed skank.”

Cassie just shook her head back and forth, no sympathy to be found within that hard look. “You are blind, aren’t you?” It wasn’t a question, but a simple statement of fact. “Even when you decided to come around, you didn’t pay attention to me. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like having a clingy man draped on me all the time, but come on, Marcus. Any conversation I started ended with you turning it into how fast you could get me in the sack. Then, you’d fuck me, roll off, and start snoring. I felt like a convenient hole. A pit stop from point A to point B. That’s no way to live. I don’t want that.”

Severus grinned despite the fact he didn’t want to think of the jerk humping Cassie. He was just happy the dude was bad in the sack. Severus made a mental note to remember the clingy part.

Marcus’s eyes widened while his cheeks flushed a deep pink. “Ah Christ, Cassie! Stab a guy in the nuts, will yuh? Why can’t you see it for what it was? You wore my ass out. There. I said it. You rode me hard and I couldn’t help but pass the fuck out.”

Cassie’s evil grin made an appearance. Severus was still reeling over the “rode me hard” part to enjoy the battle sign. His libido woke and started looking around.

“Good, and I hope you miss it cause it’s never happening again. Got it?”

Severus fist-pumped the air and suppressed his need to howl to the moon.

 

ADULT EXCERPT

 

He breathed in heavily and promptly gave up on controlling his dick. It had caught a whiff and was now throbbing relentlessly against his stomach. It was the light touch against his arm that caused a low moan to escape his lips. Cassie’s whispered word trailed along his skin like a soft kiss. He was lost.

“Severus?”

He gritted his teeth, heart thundering in his chest. “Yes, baby?”

“You can tell me to shut up, even kick me out of your room and I won’t get mad. But, I have to ask you something. Okay?”

Severus swallowed hard, afraid to hear but afraid not to ask. “Anything, sweetness. Ask me anything.”

“Will you…can I…I want to be with you. I want to touch you. I need you, Severus. Will you…”

Severus had heard enough. He rolled her over in a twist of sheets and legs and captured her mouth with his.

He groaned when he felt Cassie melt into his arms and wrap her fingers in his hair. He knew he was clutching her too tightly and willed his arms to relax. He moved his hand up to her jawline and angled her for a deeper kiss. She tasted so damn good. Her soft tongue caressed against his before she clamped her lips around his tongue and began to suck. He almost came in his boxers just from the thought of her sucking on any part of his body. He remembered his vision of her lips wrapped around his cock and the trust she had shown in her honey-brown eyes. He pulled back from her mouth before he lost it completely. He softly nipped her lower lip before trailing his mouth down the side of her cheek and latching onto her earlobe. He ran his tongue along the curve and breathed heavily into her ear. “Yes. Yes. I want you, too. Anything, sweetness. Just tell me what you want.”

He felt her shiver and moan at his words. Her nails dug into his sides and she undulated against his belly. He felt chills run across his skin from the sensual reaction.

“Severus, please. I want you inside me. I need you inside me. I don’t want it slow. I want you to take me.”

He growled against the side of her neck and pushed his groin against her thigh. “Do you feel that? I’m going to give you exactly what you want, baby. Do you want me to put on a condom? Tell me quickly or I’m going to take you bare. I’ve never taken a woman bare, but I want you that way. I’m clean, baby. Tell me. Tell me now or I’ll decide for us.” He was having a hard time focusing on her words, but he slowed long enough to grasp the meaning between her panted breaths.

“I’m on the pill…always used condoms…clean, too. Yes…oh god yes. I trust you. Hurry.”

That was all he needed to take control. He rolled to the side and caught his boxers at the waist and pushed them off his body. He was upright and kneeling between her legs in the next breath. He had no other thoughts but to get inside of his mate. To mark her. To own her. To love her. He grabbed the bottom of her T-shirt and quickly yanked it up her body and over her head. He thought himself insane for pausing long enough to grin at the faded letters spelling “Pantera” across the front. He tossed the shirt to the side and looked down at her as he pulled her legs up to wrap around his hips.

Her arms were still up over her head and lax against the pillows, her hair swept to the side, a bright glow against the darkness of his sheets. Her eyes were narrowed and she was biting on the edge of her lower lip as she stared at his cock bobbing and bouncing against his stomach before flipping those amber orbs back up to him. Gods damn she was beautiful.

Her breasts were two perfect mounds of gorgeous perched on her chest. Her skin was golden and her nipples a light coral shade. The nipples stood erect and his mouth watered for a taste. Later. Yes. He would spend an inordinate amount of time getting to know them later. Right now he wanted in her and he wanted it now. His gaze continued down her body. She had a small waist that flared to nicely rounded hips. Her belly was flat and she had a tiny bellybutton that he wanted to stick his tongue in. He shook his head and took in the black lace thong running a sleek line from her hips to her crotch, making her legs look long and lean. He reached forward and clamped his hand in the material. He looked up into her gorgeous, golden eyes and ripped the material from her body.

Cassie cried out his name as her back arched up from the bed, tilting her hips just right to where her hot, wet, folds slid along the underside of his cock. He bowed over her and spoke her name in a low rumble. He knew he was on the razor’s edge as he watched his mating necklace bump and slide across her heaving breasts.

He palmed her hairless mound before sliding his hand downward and slipping two fingers inside. He slowly worked the fingers in and out before pulling them out and up to circle her clit. “You’re ready for me, baby. Sopping wet and ready for me.” He pushed the two slickened fingers into his mouth and tasted ambrosia. She even tasted like orange blossoms. “Delicious.”

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