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Burdened by Desire
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: J.L. Sheppard
Date of Publication: First Edition was published Sept 2014
Date of Publication: Second Edition, Feb 11, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-7322181-3-0 Print
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 81,855
Cover Artist: Victoria Miller
Tagline: Drowning in regret, he’s made his greatest mistake, denying his gift—her.
Jocelyn Davis is stuck between two worlds but not completely a part of either. As an Elemental, her abilities over the elements of the Earth won’t evolve until she meets her fated, the man destined for her. Until then, she’s easy prey and coveted by Malum Inmortalis, the rogue immortals intent on conquering the world. They abducted her once before. Still, she’s determined to live her life to its fullest, and risking capture isn’t slowing her down.
Alpha werewolf, Landon Waden, has lived with the knowledge his fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months, he’s denied her. He’s had no choice. She can’t give him what the pack needs—an heir. When an attempt is made on her life, he can’t help himself. His instinct demands he make sure she’s safe. But then, there’s one problem: he can’t walk away. He won’t. If only she can forgive him for his greatest mistake…
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He needed to let her go. His clear blue eyes boring into hers, his heart pounding against his chest in sync with hers made it hard to concentrate. What had he said?
Right, he was sorry. She wanted to believe that. Maybe it was the way he stared at her, consuming her like no one and nothing else mattered, like she was the center of his universe.
But was he sorry?
He tightened his arm around her waist, pulling her a touch closer, pressing her against him. She felt every muscle on his chest and the warmth of his body soothing her.
Her eyes settled on his lips. Would he kiss her again? What would she do? She was supposed to be angry with him, but the reason now was beyond her grasp.
Baby? Her eyes drifted to his again. She fought to catch her breath as he scanned her face.
If she waited any longer, his scent would consume her. She had to move away, get away. She just didn’t want to. She didn’t bother trying because, with his arm around her waist, if he didn’t release her, chances were she’d get nowhere.
What was he waiting for, a response? What was she supposed to say? Had he asked a question? She couldn’t remember. All she wanted now was a kiss, just one mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, searing kiss.
He burst in and examined the spacious room. He sniffed and smelled it—a fragrance. Familiar, yet unlike anything he’d ever scented, and magnificent.
“Hey? You awake? Are you gonna search the room or stand there and daydream?”
The plan had been for him to search while Jacob stood guard, but that aroma distracted him. He shook his head to focus his thoughts. In the middle of the bed on top of the comforter, an indentation, like someone had lain there. He sent a silent prayer hoping the Malums hadn’t gotten to her before them as he strode down a hall and parted a door. That smell was there too. Fighting to ignore it, he took in the vanity, toilet, shower, and tub. Then he backtracked, opened a set of double doors leading into a closet, and found a mannequin wearing a white, long dress. That scent now stronger. Walking farther inside, he froze.
In the far corner, a petite brunette sat on the carpeted floor cradling her legs. Her face buried in her knees.
He took a breath. That scent infiltrated his senses yet again, the fragrance much more powerful than it’d been seconds before.
His stomach knotted. His heart squeezed in his chest.
He couldn’t explain his reaction. He didn’t have time to think about it either. Swallowing, he closed the distance between himself and the woman. “Jocelyn. I’m Landon. Your sister sent me.”
Her head shot up, and her gaze met his, sealing his fate. The most beautiful woman he’d ever seen: long golden-brown hair, chocolate colored eyes, pouty lips.
His pulse spiked as his heart thundered, pounding louder and louder until it was all he heard. Then it all faded. The walls, the floor, everything except her. Heat hit his chest and spread through his body. His legs buckled, making him fall hard on his knees. Canines elongating, he shut his mouth and eyes, knowing they were no longer their normal blue shade but an incandescent yellow, golden color. He couldn’t see anything but her, though he kept his eyes closed. He couldn’t rationalize fully or at all, but he knew.
He’d found her—his fated female.
He couldn’t have her, but he wanted her. He’d never have her, but if he could change fate, he wouldn’t. He loved she was his.
About the Author:
J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in South Florida where she still lives with her husband and sons.
As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal, and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.
It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was first published in January 2013.
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