Need some sexy shifter action in your life? (Don’t we all?) Well, you might need to pick up Tiffany Allee’s latest Lycan Unleashed and get your fix. In the event you need a little convincing, Tiffany agreed to share this love letter from hero Mason to heroine Astrid. You better be ready to swoon, because we’re only halfway through Character Love Letters.
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This isn’t a letter that I’ll ever be able to give you, but it’s one I had to write. I saw you today at a crime scene. A dead vampire hanging from the wall of a high roller room on a floating casino ship, and all I could think of was that night. The night I ended our friendship. The night I finally gave in to the feelings that had been growing inside me during the months—the years—we’d worked together.
I recall that day more clearly than any other—more easily than the worst days of my life. I can still see the moon reflecting off the snow, casting you in its pearly light. So surreal you looked. So lovely.
Hi Mason, you say, voice silky sweet. You’re always polite.
Astrid, I murmur, and my voice is too rough. I should go back inside. Instead I step closer, so my body is only inches from yours. Perhaps some of my heat will protect you from the brisk cold around us.
You stiffen and then turn around. And when you finally look up at me, your normally polite facade cracks. There is something there, emotion behind your eyes. Tenderness. Need.
A rush of lust and want crash through me and I pull you into my arms and kiss you. I try to be gentle, but your body goes soft against mine, and your arms find their way around my neck. You let out a soft sigh and I growl. I am lost.
The loud slam of the door behind me brings me back to my senses and I break our kiss and step back. Your expression is so open, so wanting. Your lips are red against the washed out color of the world lit by moonlight. I almost pull you back in my arms, your reputation on the force be damned. But I can’t. I can’t drag you into a relationship when I might not be able to protect you. When I’ve failed so fully before. And an affair isn’t an option. If I took you to my bed, I’d never be able to let you go.
Hurt flashes on your face, then embarrassment. You’re too easy to read. I open my mouth to explain, but it’s too late. The other guests are close.
And one is the vampire.
I don’t know how he knew I was out here with you, but there’s no doubt why he’s here. He’s too old for you, too, far older than I am. But they are able to rebuild themselves, vampires. And he can keep you safe. Even though it rips at my chest, I turn away from your questioning eyes and stride back into the house. You’re better off with him. Or at the very least, without me.
That day still ricochets through my thoughts, distracting me when I can’t afford to be distracted. I can’t seem to let it go, but I can’t go to you either. So I will pretend that we were never friends. I will keep my distance to keep you safe.
I will always love you. But you can never know.
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