August 16th, 2010


Even the most powerful hands need a delicate touch…

Emmaline Gallagher is a master of wielding personal glamour. As a free fae who lives among humans, she must hide her true self at all times as she works undercover within the powerful Phaendir—for if certain factions within the Phaendir gain control, the fae will be wiped from existence. Now, an object of fae power lies within a locked ancient box. And there is only one fae who can forge the key.

Known as “the Blacksmith” Aeric O’Malley can create or destroy almost anything with his forging skills. Emmaline has come to him in need, but he and Emmaline have a past—and he has spent centuries wanting to take revenge on her for her transgressions. But now that he has her within his grasp, something about her keeps him from exacting his vengeance—or is it merely her glamour blinding him?

Trapped by fate, Emmaline must hope that she can reach Aeric’s furious heart before it’s too late….

RT gave CRUEL ENCHANTMENT a 4 1/2 stars SCORCHER review, “Bast’s unique voice rings loud and clear in her latest Dark Magick offering. She has a knack for creating believable worlds, then populating those worlds with thoroughly enjoyable characters.” — Annette Elton

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Aeric has intense passion for Emmaline. Even though he tries his best not to be attracted to her, his emotion rules all and he can’t resist her. What things, activities (or people) do you have an intense passion for in your life?


He moved closer and her whole body stiffened. “So we’ve established that you killed Aileen and you’re lying about the circumstances to save your pretty ass. We’ve also established that I’m unable to kill you. The only question that remains is how I should make you pay.”

His gaze raked her up and down and his body reacted. His too big clothing hid her curves, but he’d had enough of a tantalizing glimpse of them during her shower to let his imagination run wild.

The very last thing he should be doing right now was remember the way her body looked behind that frosted glass. It was almost worse than having her naked. The image behind the shower door hinted at lush breasts—an overflowing handful—a narrow waist that flared into a generous, curvy bottom, and shapely legs.

He wanted to find out for sure, using his hands and maybe his tongue, too.

He’d brutally suppressed the urge before, tamping down the attraction he felt for her because it wasn’t right. Now, in the violent wake of what Emmaline had told him and his subsequent confusion over whether or not it was true—all that want came rushing back at him. It didn’t matter that it was horribly misplaced.

And damned if he could remember why he shouldn’t give in to it.

* * * * *

He was looking at her without anger in his eyes for once.

Okay, maybe there was a little anger in his eyes, but she had the feeling that the anger—for whatever mystical and unbelievable reason—wasn’t directed at her, but at himself. And anger wasn’t the only thing in his expression right now; there was hunger, too.

And that was all for her.

Her heart thudded so fast and so hard she thought it might break her ribs. What the hell? His behavior had changed so quickly she practically had whiplash.

“Aeric?” she whispered. She wasn’t even aware his name had slipped past her lips until it was out there. She didn’t know what to do with this sudden turn of events . . . although her body sure seemed to know. Her mind was awhirl with confusion, but the rest of her was quite aware that the man she’d wanted and fantasized about for so long was inches away from her . . . and seemed to actually want her back.

“Fuck,” he growled, bracing his hand on the wall right near her ear and moving closer to her. “This is not a good thing.”

“No.” She licked her lips—a nervous habit she’d had since she was a kid, no matter what guise she used. “This is not a good thing for either of us.”

His mouth almost brushed hers when he spoke. Her body flared to life, singing to almost painful arousal. Her nipples leapt to hard little points and she ached between her thighs. This man seemed to either terrify her, piss her off, or plunge her straight into animalistic heat.

His voice was a low growl, laced with anger. “I should chain you to my bed in charmed iron and take my revenge that way.”

She closed her eyes, her breath shuddering out of her. “I wouldn’t object.”

His eyes narrowed like a hunter’s sighting prey—and, boy, was she ever. Wounded, limping prey at that. She had no chance. “Don’t you have any shame?” he asked in a low, harsh voice.

“Not where you’re concerned. I never have.”

He eased her against him and dropped his mouth to her throat. Goose bumps erupted all over her skin. He nipped her flesh and then licked the small hurt. As though he wanted to punish her, but couldn’t make himself do it…..

71 comments to “Book of the Day: CRUEL ENCHANTMENT ARC”

  1. I have several intense passions in my life including family, friends, reading & the kids I work with. Family is the highest on the list. Right behind my family is my job. I work with juvenile deliquent girls. I love trying to help them learn new things and work on improving thier lives.

  2. The passions I have are for my man and books! I love them dearly!

  3. I am passionate about a lot of things in life, but definitely music above all else. I find a certain solace in being able to express myself musically and there’s always a song for the mood that I’m in. As a singer/musician, I can’t imagine living my life without making music and being able to enjoy it from time to time!

  4. I know a lot of people say this, but my big passion is reading. I absolutely love to get swept away into the different worlds that only exist in an authors imagination. I love it.

  5. i have an intense passion for my family, fiance, and friends – they are irreplaceable – books, music, and cooking. if i was not able to read, cook, or listen to music, life for me would lose some spark.

  6. It may sound a little cheesy but I have a serious passion for my books. You would not believe the fights I have gotten into with family and boyfriend over the years about my books. Ever since I’ve had my first job I’ve spent most of my paychecks on books. I have a ridiculous amount of books. For years I refused to get rid of any. I get mad even when my boyfriend suggest I put some of my boxes of books in the garage. Umm, no. Then they would not be in my immediate vincinity. I go nowhere with out one. I just love books! Oh, and my boyfriend and family!

  7. My kids, family & reading…..


  8. I have an intense passion for reading and writing. I’m a published journalist and I hope to one day become a published novelist as well.

  9. I have an intense passion for books. I can’t help it. I figured out that I read between 300 and 600 books in 2009. And that’s way too many. But I can seem to stop reading books I’ve already read and acquiring new ones to read over and over again.

  10. my 2 kids my husband and i have just recently discovered scrapbook for which i have developed an intense passion …

  11. I have an intense passion for my family and i love to cook and read books

  12. Sounds like lots of us share the same passions–mine are my family and books/reading 🙂 Can’t wait for Cruel Enchantment, Anya!

  13. Reading definitely comes to mind and collecting books. Then of course my family – including two wonderful daughters and my mom who is going to be 88 next month. Also all my cats and the ferals I care for too. And games, i just love all kinds of games.

  14. my guy and books. :mrgreen: and my fur babies. :mrgreen:

  15. What things, activities (or people) do you have an intense passion for in your life?

    I have an intense passion for news stories that feature any of the following:

    -Weird medical stuff
    -Endearing stories of why international people chose to become Australian citizens

    I’m getting soft in my old age 😉

  16. Books and horses! I have a collection of horses that I treasure and books are just a part of my life.

  17. Mine are, my family and my animals. I also have an intense passion for reading, I can’t go more than a day without picking up a book.

  18. My passions in life are my 7 children and grandchildren
    My love for cooking, especially Italian food.
    And last but certainly not least is my passion for books and reading.
    Carol L.

  19. I do . I have my hubby.

  20. my intense passion is baking – is the best method to relax 🙂

  21. I have an intense passion for reading; primarily urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve been both a loner and a book worm since I was a child. I read quite a bit when I was younger then everything changed for me when I read Romeo & Juliet my freshman year in high school. I became obsessed with it and everything Shakespeare. At that point reading for me went from love to obsession. I would pick a book over doing almost anything because reading for me is an escape from my everyday life. There are times that I get so engrossed in a book that I don’t want to do anything else. Hell I once left work to make the trip to Lexington to pick up a book that I had been waiting to be released. Went home, stuck my nose in the book and finished it before I went to bed. As sad as it is gonna sound, my life would be empty without my collection of books. I need them as I need air to breathe.