Bait N’ Witch
by Abigail Owen
(Brimstone Inc. #3)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: June 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she’d been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Covens Syndicate and their judgement.
Greyson Masters is the Syndicate’s best hunter. On top of the danger of his job, Greyson is trying to raise his triplet daughters alone, budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with them.
Until Rowan walks in and the chaos settles for the first time in…well, ever.
Little does Greyson realize that his new nanny is the very witch he is hunting, and she’s been hiding right under his nose this whole time.
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Compelled by the teasing dancing in her eyes and the need to take and keep that smile for his own, Greyson scooted across the couch, closer to her, allowing her wildflower scent to wash over him. Rowan’s eyes widened at his nearness, though he didn’t touch her beyond his hand over hers. This close, even by the dim light of the fire, he could see flecks of blue in the gray irises. What would she do if he kissed every one of those freckles across the bridge of her nose? “I mean it. You will always be safe with me.”
Instead of relief or trust, a deep sadness fell over her expression like a storm racing across the sky, blocking the glow of the sun. And fear. Just before she closed her eyes, shutting him out. On the heels of a sensation akin to a punch to the gut, a fierce, protective instinct surged through him with a strength that shocked the hell out of him. But before he could say more, she closed the distance between them. Surprise held him immobile as she pressed her lips sweetly to his.
A thank you. That was all. He knew that, could feel it.
He wanted to sink into the kiss, plunder her mouth, and possess her body, while at the same time cherishing everything she was. But she pulled back before he could act, eyes still closed.
“You’re a good man, Greyson Masters.”
Why was she using his full name? She only ever called him Grey.
Rowan opened her eyes, wariness darkening the color to storm. “But you don’t know me. I’m…trouble.”
Sensing she wouldn’t welcome the desire slamming through him, he held the emotions in check, even as questions swirled through his mind. Lifting a hand, he gently tucked a tendril of hair back from her face, noting its soft texture against his fingertips.
Silk. I knew it. “I could use more trouble in my life.”
A laugh burst from her, warming his heart. He could use more of that, too. Laughter.
“Chasing down magic offenders and keeping track of triplets who go into the woods in a trance isn’t enough trouble for you?” she asked.
The question was teasing, but he didn’t miss how she scooted away from him, putting distance between them both.
He wanted to pull her back but made himself chuckle lightly instead. “I guess not.”
“I hope I’m not interrupting anything?”
An ice-cold mountain spring had nothing on the sound of Persephone’s voice intruding on the moment.
“Aw, hell and hexation.” Though he doubted his sister-in-law did, he caught Rowan’s whispered expletive as she stood, scooping up her wine glass. “Not at all. I was about to go to bed anyway.”
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About Abigail Owen
Multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, alpha heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of sexy shifters! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, Dr. Seuss quoter, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero (who she totally married!) and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.