Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway from Alexandra Ivy


Alexandra IvyAlexandra Ivy’s Bound by Darkness, the eighth book in her Guardians of Eternity series, hits shelves tomorrow Dec. 6. (You can get it from Amazon or Book Depository.) Once you finish book eight, we know you’re going to be craving more of the paranormal romance goodness Ivy is known for.

As such, she was kind enough to provide VBC with an exclusive excerpt of Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #9), which won’t hit bookstores until September 2012!

Oh, and to sweeten the pot, we’re giving away one copy of of Bound by Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #8) at the end of this post. Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses. Not only do you get a sexy excerpt but a chance at a free book.

Excerpt: FEAR THE DARKNESS (September 2012 release)

Book 9 in the Guardians of Eternity series by Alexandra Ivy

The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary…

Las Vegas

The Forum shops in Caesar’s Palace were a wonderland for any female, let alone one who’d spent the past thirty years secluded from the world.

Beneath the ceilings that were painted to resemble a blue sky, the elegant stores wound their way past fountains intended to give the image of being transported back to Roman days, although their glass display cases filled with the sort of temptation designed to make a modern woman drool.

With a wry smile, Caine stepped behind his dazzled companion to wrap his arms around her waist, tugging her back flat against his chest.

He could only wish Cassie would look at him with that same wistful longing, he ruefully acknowledged.

Or perhaps not, he swiftly corrected as his body hardened with a familiar, brutal need.

Since discovering Cassie being held prisoner in the cave of a demon lord weeks ago, Caine had done his best to play the role of Knight in Shining Armor.

Although possessing the natural strength of a pureblooded Were, Cassie had not only been altered in the womb not to shift, but she was as innocent as a babe and twice as vulnerable.

Add in the fact she was the first true prophet born in centuries, and currently being hunted by every demon loyal to the Dark Lord, and she was a disaster waiting to happen.

She desperately needed a protector.

And since Caine (once a mere cur) had died and been resurrected as a pureblooded Were in her arms, he’d assumed that protecting Cassie was the reason the fates had returned him to this world instead of leaving him to rot in his well-deserved hell.

Unfortunately, his miraculous return to life hadn’t included a sainthood and he remained a fully, functioning male with all the usual weaknesses.

Including a rampaging lust toward the tiny female currently wrapped in his arms.

As always completely impervious to his torment, Cassie breathed a soft sigh of wonder.


“Cassie.” Bending down, he spoke directly in her ear. “Cassie, listen to me.”

She tilted back her head to meet his narrowed gaze and Caine briefly forgot how to breathe.

Holy shit, but she was beautiful.

Her hair was pale, closer to silver than blond, and pulled into a pony tail that fell to her waist. Her skin was a perfect alabaster, smooth and silken. Her eyes were an astonishing green, the color of spring grass and flecked with gold.

Her face was heart-shaped with delicate features that gave her an air of fragility that was only emphasized by her slender body. Of course, beneath her jeans and casual sweatshirt, she possessed the lean muscles of all pureblooded Weres.

“What?” she prompted when he continued to gawk at her in mindless appreciation.

He sucked in a deep breath, savoring the warm scent of lavender that clung to her skin.

“You promised me that you would blend.”

She wiggled from his grasp and darted toward the nearest store to press her face against the window.


Caine rolled his eyes. “I knew this was a mistake.”

“There’s so many,” she murmured as he moved to stand beside her. “How do you choose?”

“We’ll go into a store, pick out a few of your favorite clothes and try them on…”


Without waiting for him finish, Cassie was darting through the open doorway. Caine was swiftly on her heels, but with immaculate timing a buxom nymph with dark hair and brown eyes pretended to stumble and landed against his chest.

Instinctively his hands reached to grasp her shoulders, his sapphire blue eyes narrowed with irritation.

Once upon a time he had appreciated beautiful females tossing themselves into his arms. Even though he’d been a mere cur, his short blond hair that fell across his brow and tanned, surfer good-looks made sure he had more than his fair share of babes. And it didn’t hurt that his body was chiseled muscles beneath the low riding jeans and muscle shirt.

And oh yeah, he’d made an obscene fortune cranking out prescription drugs from his private lab.

Now it took every ounce of willpower to politely set aside the damned nymph and not toss her into the line of sleek metallic mannequins showing off the latest designer swimwear.

“Didn’t we meet in…” she began, but Caine wasn’t listening as he swept past her and headed straight toward the tiny blond who was fingering a pretty white sundress with black polka dots.


He had barely reached her side when her hands reached for the bottom of her sweatshirt and began pulling it over her head.

“I want to try it on.”

“Holy shit.” He grabbed her hands, yanking the sweatshirt back into place. “Wait.”

She frowned in confusion. “But you said…”

“Yeah, I know what I said,” he muttered. When was he going to learn she took every word quite literally?

“Did I do something wrong?”

“Never.” He brushed a finger over her pale cheek. Christ, she was so unbearably innocent. “Why don’t you show me what you like and I’ll pick out the right size?”

“You can do that just by looking?”

His lips twisted in a dry smile. “It’s a gift.”

“A well-practiced gift?”

He stilled, regarding her in surprise. Despite the fact they’d been constant companions over the past weeks, Cassie rarely seemed aware of his presence, let alone the fact that he was a red-blooded male.

Not that he took it personally.

She was plagued by her visions of the future and too often impervious to the world around her.

“Are you truly interested?” he husked.

She flashed him a dimpled smile. “Perhaps.”

He swallowed a growl, his body once again hard and aching. She was going have him a raving lunatic before this was over.

“Better than nothing.” He motioned toward the hovering saleslady, indicating he wanted one of the sundresses before steering Cassie toward the khaki shorts and pretty summer tops. “Now, let’s choose a few sensible outfits before we move on.”

Within an hour they had a reasonable pile of clothes for both of them and a bill that would make most men shudder in horror.

Caine, however, didn’t so much as flinch as he gathered the packages and headed out of the store. They had left Missouri after Cassie had offered her warning to Laylah with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Tonight he intended to enjoy a hot shower, clean clothes, good food, and a soft bed.

In that order.

In silence they wandered down the wide passageway, occasionally halting for Cassie to peer into the windows.

For the moment Caine was content to allow her to behave as a normal female. It was all too rare that she was able to put aside the burden of her visions.

And as long as he didn’t detect any danger lurking…

His brain closed down as his searching gaze was snared by the sight of lace and ribbons and feminine temptation spread in front of a shop window.

Instinct alone had him herding Cassie through the door and into the hushed atmosphere of the exclusive store.

“What are you doing?” she asked in confusion.

“We did your shopping, now it’s my turn,” he informed her, moving toward a table that held a pile of satin teddies with matching thongs.


ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons. To stay updated on Alexandra’s Guardian series or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.


10 Responses to “Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway from Alexandra Ivy”

  1. Missie J says:

    I Love Alexandra Ivy. I have every Guardians of Eternity to date in my personal Library. She is one of my top 5 authors…Thank you for the giveaway 😀

  2. Angela says:

    I was laughing out loud!! Caine is getting his own form of hell on earth. I can’t wait to read it!!

  3. TY for having this excerpt! I haven’t read this author before. TY for introducing her and having this amazing giveaway. Cheers!

  4. Barbara says:

    I LOVE Alexandra’s books…and have been WAITING for Bound by Darkness for what feels like forever! So glad it’s finally here…now I want to make it MINE! Is it bad to be greedy this close to the holidays? ;P

    Merry, Merry!

  5. ChandraGay says:

    I really really reeeeee-lee love anything Alexandra Ivy. She was my “first”….tee hee hee….”first love” when I discovered the wonderful wide world of adult fiction romance. J’adore Alexandra.

  6. I didn’t enter since I was lucky enough to get book 8 for review 🙂 but I did come over to say whoooohooo on the excerpt for book 9!!! I remember Caine and Cassie 😀 Can’t wait to read their story too 🙂 Love love it 😀 Now need to get to all my fab review books 😀 whoohoo! 😉 Thanks for sharing and thanks Alexandra for taking the time!

  7. Shayna Snyder says:

    Thank you for that little taste of Caine! My first love will always be Dante though! 😉

  8. Ally says:

    This is great I can’t wait to read Caine and Cassie’s book!

  9. I mean seriously, could anything be better than winning this awesome, awesome book!

  10. Brenda Demko says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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