Ok, so, I totally didn’t know how much I would love this one when I signed up, but I am SO excited I signed up for this one. I can’t wait to show you even more, which is right now!
Blood Prince Series
Genre: Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Number of pages: 180
Word Count: 45k
Cover Artist: Elaina of For the Muse Designs
Loupe always dreamed of getting married. She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible.
Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.
Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight.
“You look like you’re trying not to laugh.” Loupe furrowed her eyebrows and briefly halted scrubbing the wolf pup. “What’s so funny?”
Etienne cleared his throat. “Ah, I believe the bath was meant for you.” He gestured to the clean nightgown lying folded on a chair.
Loupe turned red from her neck to the tips of her ears. “Oh. I see.”
Etienne couldn’t help it. He laughed, a booming sound that made the two pups he was still holding in his arms bark. Loupe frowned.
“No, it’s all right, Loupe, truly,” Etienne assured her, reining in his amusement. “I’ll have the servants bring up another bath.”
“No, don’t be silly, I don’t need another bath.” She pulled the pup out of the tub and wrapped him in the large towel that had been provided. The pup’s growls were muffled as she vigorously rubbed him dry. Etienne watched, amused, as she left the pup to stagger out from under the towel and across the floor. She grabbed the sponge that had also been by the tub and dipped it in the bathwater.
Loupe looked down at her dress. The bodice wasn’t terribly low-cut, but it did give a hint of cleavage. Loupe began scrubbing the mud from her skin. The smile died on his face. Etienne’s blood heated as her motions drew his attention to the smooth mounds of her breasts. Every vigorous scrub made the tempting globes of flesh bounce in the most mouth-watering display. He took a step forward.
“There,” Loupe announced. “My dress is a bit damp, but I’m sure it will be dry by morning…” she trailed off as she turned to find him staring. He took another step and her eyes widened.
Something of his less than pure thoughts must have showed on his face because her blush returned with reinforcements and her gaze bounced around the room like a bee in a field of tempting flowers.
The wolf pups hopped around on the floor, tumbling around Loupe’s skirts. An image hit Etienne so hard he almost swayed on his feet. Loupe sitting in a chair in his bedroom, wolf pups playing on the rug at her feet and a baby in her arms…
He shook his head, struggling to gather his thoughts. No one in his family had the gift of future-sight. The image wasn’t a premonition, it couldn’t have been. He was just tired, under too much stress from the witch’s blessing.
Without meaning to, he’d crossed the room and now stood only an inch or so away. Despite his brain’s ramblings, his body seemed to be perfectly clear in its goals. Loupe titled her face up, her wide green eyes locked on his like a frightened deer watching a predator.
And he did feel like a predator. For the first time since the witch’s blessing had cursed him, Etienne felt primal, animalistic. His body moved on instinct instead of rational thought as he raised his hands, slowly sliding them around Loupe’s waist. The desire to grab her and throw her down on the floor filled him with tension and he had just enough sense to grit his teeth against the urge. He didn’t want to scare her. He just had to taste her.
The first touch of her delicate lips against his stole his breath. He slid his mouth over hers, teasing and coaxing her to relax into the kiss. She sighed, her lips parting in what he took for an invitation. He caressed her full bottom lip with his tongue, reveling in the clean taste of lemon and tea.
Loupe moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. The sound of her voice and the press of her body against his sent a fresh wave of heat through his veins. Etienne groaned and crushed her against his chest, delving his tongue into her mouth to taste as much of her as he could. The hard length of his cock strained his pants. She was so warm, so willing…
OMG this is so cute! It’s like Cinderella meets American Werewolf in Paris. Seriously, except Cinderella is a loup garou and her Prince Charming is ashapeshifting werewolf. LOL Dude, it’s so cute! Ok, not only cute. It was seriously nerve wracking, and the most heart breaking and heart wrenching story. But then of course, it really is like Cinderella. Somebody has to get their Prince 🙂 Plus, the start of the Epilogue had me all a flutter because I now realize that 5 Princes, means at least 5 stories in this wonderful series. I am pumped!
The POV switches between Etienne and Loupe. I’ll start with Loupe. She is a very sweet, loving, loyal girl, but she is also broken. As the Cinderella character, she has an evil step family, which I will not talk about the horrors of things they made her do. You know, if I were her, I’m pretty sure I would have gone all rogue werewolf and eaten them ALL. Yep. But, she’s too good for that. I know, but she finds it so hard to harm anything, included those that harm her. And that’s how she finds Etienne. She was caring for some wolf puppies, and went to bath in the river with the pups and Etienne stumbled across her on accident. Can I say it’s at least lust at first sight. Etienne is having his own wolf troubles. Not to mention being Prince to the kingdom is a lot of pressure. I am not sure what I would do if I stumbled across someone like Etienne, may jump his bones 🙂 LOL
I absolutely loved the interactions between Etienne and Loupe. Both of them are completely attracted to each other, and yet they both want to protect the other from their secret. It was quite frustrating. LOL I kept thinking, “somebody shift and bite somebody else!” I truly loved Etienne’s parents literally as much as I hated Loupe’s. This is crazy! But a wonderful twist, and a unique way to tell the Cinderella story!
I am seriously pumped that there’s going to be more of these stories! I am totally in love. I cannot wait for more action, more HAWT Princes, more awesome heroines, and a wonderful twist on the fairy tales! Gimme MORE! 5 UNEXPECTED EXTRA FUN PAWS!
About the Author:
Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.
Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent four year old son.
Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her toddler can find that all magical button on her laptop to make all her work vanish.
Mailing List: http://www.jenniferblackstream.com/contact-me.php
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