Today is release day for for INTO TEMPTATION, a stand-alone adult paranormal romance, by Elle Keating. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
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Title: INTO TEMPTATION
Author: Elle Keating
Release Date: June 3, 2019
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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Twenty-eight-year-old Lilly Rains would settle for – no, embrace – the idea of Purgatory as atonement for her sins. The newly assigned parish priest has conjured less than righteous thoughts, forcing Lilly to question her sanity for being attracted to a man of the cloth and more importantly, whether she can perform her job as the principal of St. Robert’s Catholic School.
But the handsome and mysterious priest is not what he seems. He has been sent to retrieve Lilly’s wavering soul, preying on a faith that has been rattled by her past. But where there is darkness, there must also be light and God has decided it is time to intervene. A Guardian has been assigned to protect Lilly from the evil surrounding her. However, when the priest and the Guardian begin to pursue her for their own purposes, Lilly is left with an impossible decision.
Will she choose the forbidden man she loves or the Guardian who will be eternally devoted to her?
Lilly knew that she would see him eventually, but she had hoped it would have been in public, where she could disappear into the fold and not have to address what had happened between them. But in the privacy of her office, with not another soul in earshot, she found herself in a state of panic.
“William, I can’t do this now.” She haphazardly gathered the papers on her desk and made a piss-poor pile. “I was just about to leave.” She wasn’t lying. She did need to stop off at the store on her way home and purchase a piece of luggage for her trip to Ireland.
“Where are you going?”
He moved closer.
Lilly stood and flicked off the lamp on her desk, giving him the clear message that she was leaving. The last of the daylight illuminated the room just enough to safely make it out of her office without bumping into her desk, or worse… him. “To the store. I leave for Ireland tomorrow. I have to pick up a few things for the trip.”
“Ireland?” He genuinely sounded surprised.
“Yes. I emailed the faculty this morning that Thomas Conley and I would be gone for a few days to attend Father Keegan’s burial. I know I included you on that email.”
He took another step closer. “You’re traveling to Ireland together?”
Lilly didn’t miss the inflection in his voice. His tone was one of disgust. Lilly rounded her desk. She positioned herself directly in front of him and crossed her arms over her breasts. “Yes. Is that a problem?”
His jaw clenched. “I don’t like the way he looks at you.”
“Why do you care, William? It’s not like you want me for yourself.”
His sudden movement was barely detectable and she was up against the wall, his arousal pressed against her core. “You don’t think I want you? I can still taste you on my tongue.” His breathing was labored and uneven as he crushed his lips against hers.
She knew that she should pull away, but his scent lured her in and she deepened the kiss. The guttural groan that escaped him triggered an animalistic response within her and she grabbed him by the hair, matching his intense desire. She felt his hand slip beneath her skirt and her thighs shamelessly parted. His fingers found her drenched panties, where her clit throbbed, and she pressed against him to gain friction. Her body was wound so tight. She would come easily, with just a few strokes of his fingertips. “You’re what I want… what I can’t stop thinking about,” he said. His head fell forward until it rested against hers. His voice sounded…apologetic.
Any second he would repel himself away from her when he came to his senses and remembered his vow. And she couldn’t go through that again and witness the moment he regretted ever touching her.
Lilly escaped his grasp… barely and breathlessly… and retreated to the door. “Like I said, I can’t do this. Start looking for a new principal, William.”
“You think leaving this school will make me stop wanting you?” he asked.
Lilly’s hand was on the doorknob. “You don’t understand. Your vow… the threat of some higher power striking me down on the spot… both reasons should deter me.” Despite her better judgment, she turned and faced him. The lust in his eyes crippled her. “But they don’t. And next time… I won’t be strong enough to stop you from giving me what I want.” He peered at her beneath his long lashes. His fists were clenched at his sides. And the evidence of his arousal persisted. Lilly bit her lip.
His breathing hitched and she knew she needed to leave. She would never be able to share him. She wouldn’t be competing with another woman, but she would never have all of him. Though he may physically succumb to her, his devotion would always be to the Church. He would soon learn to resent her as the guilt mounted each and every time he touched her. And she wasn’t willing to stick around and watch his conscience take hold of him.
“You’ll have my resignation in your inbox by the time I get back.”
“I don’t want you to leave. This is where you belong.”
“No, not anymore. But for the students’ sakes I’ll stay long enough for you to find an appropriate replacement.” She opened the door and was seconds from escaping when she felt him at her heels.
“I don’t want you to leave,” he repeated. He was dangerously close. The warmth of his breath brushed against the back of her neck, causing her to shiver.
“I don’t care what you want.” Her eyes filled with tears and she fought like hell not to let the floodgates open. “I wish I never kissed you… touched you,” she said. “Because now I know what I’ll be missing.” The first tear crept down her cheek. She hastily brushed it away and fled her office.
About the Author
Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) Feels Like Falling (Dangerous Love, #5) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.
When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.
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