Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date of Publication: December 1, 2014
Number of pages: 257
Word Count: 64,000
Kenzie Butler is in love with the man who saved her life eight years ago. Her problem? He’s a Siberian were-tiger with the ability to scent his mate, and she wasn’t it. For years they lived across the hall from each other, helping one another with the aftermath from being tortured in a science experiment gone wrong. With each passing day, she falls more in love with him, even while knowing that one day Tiberius will find his true mate.
Tiberius Petrov leads a shadowed life. Kenzie is the only thing standing between him and the gruesome fate awaiting any shifter who goes rogue. For eight years the sound of her voice, the sweet intoxication of her scent, and the soft feel of her skin have kept him from turning down darker paths. But he’d always believed she could never be his. His nose was supposed to tell him who his perfect mate is, but it lied. He didn’t know if it was possible to develop a mate scent. All he knew was one day Kenzie didn’t smell like his mate, and the next day she did. Even after her scent changed, she kept insisting they were perfect as just friends.
After Kenzie survives a mysterious were-bear attack in her place of work, Tiberius learns the scientists altered more than his state of mind. Just when he thought he could take Kenzie as his mate he discovers he could be the biggest threat to her life.
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He got off the creaking chair. He found his pants first, and tugged those on, and then started the search for his shirt. “Kenzie, I lost control with you, goddamn it. You need to go, no, stay here. I’ll send Chad over.” He scrubbed a hand down his face. “Where is my fucking shirt?”
She was standing in front of him in the next moment. Her soft breasts brushing against his chest. “Look at me.”
He growled. “Kenzie, I know when I am losing it, and I am losing it.”
She captured his face between her hands and pulled him down so they were at eye level. “It’s completely normal to fantasize about what you want to do while having sex.” She kissed his nose. “You fantasized about me and you being mated. It’s okay.”
He wasn’t safe for her, but here she was, trying to make it right for him. Hellcats! She was…she was supposed to be safe with him, and in one second of giving in to the fantasy of her, he’d have done the worst, most unforgivable thing a shifter could do. “I’m not safe for you, Kenz. Please, don’t make this harder than it is.”
“Ty, don’t do this. You need to calm down and think about this rationally.” “I need my shirt.” He pulled away from her and got down on his hands and knees to check under the bed.
Kenzie got down on the floor next to him. “It’s in your apartment.”
He darted back. “Put some clothes on. I’ll have Chad come here.”
He retreated to the door. “Tiberius Petrov, you did not just make love to me so you could walk out on me.”
That was exactly what he was going to do. He should be her safe place, he should be the one thing in the whole world that would never hurt her, and he wasn’t sure until after the fact that he hadn’t hurt her. “I’m sorry, Kenz. I love you too much to stay.” Then he did the hardest thing he’d ever done. He walked away from her.
About the Author:
Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing “duh” moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she’s not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.
Thank you for visiting The Dragon Lair! So tell me a little bit about Going Under and characters. Tiberius Petrov is a Siberian were-tiger. Kenzie Butler is an office manager in a Marketing firm. They survived hell together, and eight years later, they don’t realize the scientist who experimented on them is
Where did the story come from? Tiberius popped into my head and decided he wanted a story with his Kenzie.
Can you tell me a little about the characters? Kenzie is an office manager in a marketing firm. Tiberius is a were-tiger who works for an organization called the Shifter Tribunal. They share a haunted past.
What about these characters fascinated you, and made you want to tell their story? An office manager and a were-tiger. Do I need to say more? I love putting together opposites and seeing what kind of story the characters throw at me.
Can I meet them? You sure can!
So…Tiberius. While remembering to keep this PG-13 in case my mother reads this, what’s your favorite thing about Kenzie? She’s amazing. Her faith and trust in me keeps me going and I don’t know what I would do without her.
Kenzie, same question. What was it about Tiberius that drew you in, and made you decide HIM. I want HIM? Other than his manly bits, of course? Other than he’s a Siberian were-tiger? He’s there for me when I need him. I know I am not alone in this big scary world, and I will always have a safe place to land when I need him.
What do you think is the best part of the story? Kenzie is the one who answers: They way Ty and I love each, even before we know we’re mates. Circumstance might be keeping us from being a couple, but we always have each other’s back.
So, now that the book is over, how are you all behaving for Emma? Tiberius flashes a wide grin. The better question is how is my brother behaving for Weylin. There are enough people to keep her entertained and doesn’t need distractions from us.
How do you feel about your love story being out in the world, for everyone to read? Tiberius shakes his head and then flashes a grin: Everyone will love us, and if they don’t, no one can resist a purring tiger.
You have been awesome. Thank you so much for visiting me. Is there anything else you’d like to add about Going Under before I let you get back to your lives? They look at each other, and then Kenzie offers a mischievous grin. Be on the lookout for new adventures in Dark Forest. That little town’s population is really starting to grow.
Emma, they are so much fun. Thank you so much for visiting me, and allowing me to drag these characters out to play! Is there anything else you want to add before I let you get back to your life? Thank for having me on your blog and I hope everyone enjoys reading Going Under as much I did writing it.
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Welcome back for another week of Romance Writers Weekly! If you’ve bounced over from Mishka Jenkin’s place, how adorable is she?
So this week, our question comes from mega-awesome Collette Cameron: What quirky habits (superstitions, must haves, etc.) do you have while writing?
I have to admit, I’d love to be sophisticated about this. Heck, I’d settle for quirky.
Unfortunately, I’m a boring author.While it would be pretty awesome to sit and tell you that the magic in writing for me comes naturally, I’m not that lucky. Every day I write, and every day it’s a struggle to get words out of my brain and onto the computer screen. And by struggle, I mean I consider (for about a second or two) giving it up. Finding a dream that is less frustrating and heart-attack-waiting-to-happen.
But then I realize giving writing up would be like voluntarily pulling off my own arm. And then trying to become an all-star batter without it. For the Cubs. In other words, completely, utterly and ridiculously futile.
So my habits are simple.Peanut butter toast. Sometimes two slices will do the trick. Usually it’s more like six. And the peanut butter has to be Jiff Creamy. I’m kinda a snob about that.
My laptop. Preferably in my adorbs closet/office, but I’ll settle for anywhere there’s not a television playing in the background. I can’t multi-task, and will always end up tuning into the television instead.And that leads us to the most important part of my writing life: Copious–and I mean copious (like 40 oz a day–don’t judge) amounts of Sugar-free Red Bull. Ask anyone who knows me, I am not a nice person without my caffeine. I sure as hell aren’t productive without it.
So that’s me. Totally awesome, right? (It’s okay to roll your eyes. I did while writing it.) Now that you know how…un-quirky I am, hop over to the fabulous Xio Axelrod’s page– and make sure you check out her debut novel, The Calum. It’s on my list of favorite reads of 2015 already. Loooved it.
As always, love you all!
There were a lot of really good things about this book. I thought Shane and his brothers were pretty awesome, I liked Josie as a character, and I liked the two of them together a lot.
My problem was the story telling itself. Some of it just wasn’t believable. Shane and Josie were beat to hell and back through out the whole book (and it’s pretty freakin’ long), but their wounds were forgotten about IMMEDIATELY. With Shane, since he was genetically enhanced, I understood. But with Josie, a tiny human female…uh, no. Punched TWICE in the jaw by huge, angry men, a day apart, and having no problems speaking or eating? No. Just no.
I’m on the fence on whether or not I think Josie was Too Stupid To Live. I mean, every time she was kidnapped (which was a lot), she fought tooth and nail to protect herself. Which meant she was hurting herself constantly, only for those bruises, damaged fingertips, etc to be forgotten about by the next chapter. I get that the author wanted to show us her spunk and spirit, since every male in existence wanted to protect her, but some of the decisions she made just didn’t work for me. And I’m pretty sure at one point in the story, she got Shane shot. We won’t even talk about how many times she flip-flopped on the trusting him issue.
The story itself was another issue. The first half of it, I LOVED. And then I started to feel like the author just wanted to see how much she could write in one story, how much she could torture one couple, and how much trouble she could fit into it. She could have streamlined the danger and made a much tighter, suspense-filled romance. As it was, by 3/4 of the way done, and two different bad guys taken care of, I just wanted the story to be done.
I’m giving it three stars because A, I did like her writing. The visuals and use of all five senses was pretty engaging. And the first half of the book I was engrossed and in love. It was just the last half that threw me. Too much unnecessary danger/drama.
I don’t know. I’m going to read Matt’s story because I am invested in these brothers now, and I want to find out if Jory is still alive.
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Gooooodbye 2014, HELLLLLOOOO 2015!
And good riddance, right?
While doing my best not to get too sappy–which, if you know me at all, know I’m a sappy-kind of person–I want to share with you some my highs of this past year. Or, some of the best books I’ve read. (You can read some of the previous posts if you want some info on the low points.)
First: New/New-to-me Authors
I admit, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year. Some of the books I did, read, however, left me stunned and grateful I read as much as I did.
Kit Rocha. If you’ve never read her, and you like a lot–and I mean A LOT–of sex with your romance, go one click Beyond Shame RIGHT. NOW.
Rebecca Zanetti. I’m currently reading Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) and I’m completely obsessed with her characters and writing style. Total alpha heroes, and a heroine who may be small and look like an angel, but has a backbone of pure steel. I really love that.
And since I still have a bunch of money left on my Christmas Amazon gift cards, I will be buying everything of hers I can get my hands on.
Xio Axelrod. Her debut novella, The Calum, is cute and charming and a book I dare you not to fall in love with.
Laura Kaye. I’ve probably mentioned how I stalked her at Romantic Times in New Orleans this last May, just to meet her in person, so already know you should be reading her. I suggest Hearts in Darkness, because…Oh. My. God. It’s good. Really, really good.
Emma Weylin. Anything by her, because she believes not only in insta-love (which I love) but in putting two people who WANT to be together, together, and letting them face all the outside forces as a unit.
There’s also Tessa Bailey, Rie Warren, Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley, Gemma Brocato and a ton of others that had me falling in love.
Which brings me to my 2015 To-Do list.
My goal is 50 books. I’ll be adding books to my Goodreads to-read shelf, so you can see what I’m up to and read along, if you’d like. Or, just shoot me some book recommends!