Title: Running in the Dark: Bessina and Trace
Author: Inger Iversen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: New and Young Adult
Formats: E-Book and Paperback
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Cover By: Eden Crane Design
Editor: Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 235 pages
Publishing Date: 19 April 2014
Before Bessina could scream, Trace had an arm around her waist and a fist full of her hair, tilting her head up so she had no choice but to look in his eyes. His nostrils flared and his eyes roamed over her face, leaving hot paths wherever his gaze landed. Bessina struggled to free herself, but he only held her tighter.“You asked me before why I let you live.”
His warm breath on her cheek smelled of spearmint. She summoned strength and fire from deep within. “Screw you. I don’t care anymore.”
Trace laughed and held her tighter. His body was hard against hers. “I let you live because I didn’t have the guts to kill you.” He closed his eyes briefly. “I saw you, the way you looked at me as if you could see me for the murdering piece of shit that I was, and that killed me right then and there. I couldn’t let you look at me like that. I couldn’t be the last thing you saw, Bessina. I couldn’t. When you looked at me the same way you looked at that guy who harmed you in school, and I realized then and there that if I ever touched you again, it would be to make you feel good, not to hurt you.”
Trace’s voice was soft, and Bessina wasn’t sure what to make of him. He’d gone from demanding and angry to apologetic and something else that made her belly quiver. “And I couldn’t be another person in your life that hurt you.”
She lessened her struggles, but Trace still held her tight to his chest. Bessina wondered if he could feel each breath that she took and the rapid thrumming of her heart.
“You can see in my head?” she asked calmly.
“Yes.” Trace laid his head on her shoulder as they stood on the side of the road. “I saw the way you looked at me, and I couldn’t let you see me that way.”
“Many people had to have looked at you that way. What was so different about me?”
He lifted his head slowly allowing his lips to graze her neck and cheek. Bessina shuddered in his arms.
“I don’t know,” he admitted. “I think my brain knew before my hands did that I wasn’t going to hurt you.” He loosened his grip on her waist. “There was no big revelation, Bessina. Your eyes started this, and the more time I spent with you, the more I realized that I wanted to soothe and not harm you.”
Bessina left home with friends to attend college in Florida. After being attacked and losing her best friend, Bessina decides to leave college and live with her aunt in Plushin’ Ohio.
Job: Watcher for Vampire Nation
Trace is a dhampir in the Vampire Nation. Most dhampirs have chosen to become Watchers because of their ability to endure the sun.
1 x $15 Gift Card (Amazon)
1 x Beaded Book Thong
1 x Signed Bookmark.
Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.
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