All witch and part succubus, savvy businesswoman Raina has converted a Southern plantation house into an extremely profitable old-fashioned bordello. Because of her abilities as a witch, the demons under Raina’s protection can feed off the sexual energy of their clients without killing them—definitely a good thing for repeat business.
But when a rogue incubus shows up on Raina’s doorstep begging for asylum, the witch’s well-run business is put in jeopardy. The incubus has stolen an object of great power from Lucifer, and Underworld Dark Guardian Mikhael will do anything to get it back—even if it means incinerating the incubus on Raina’s porch to get the answers he seeks.
Not to be trifled with, Raina enters a dangerous match of wits with Mikhael to achieve their mutual goals—only to discover that the reluctant attraction between them is the most hazardous game of all…
When I was learning to be a romance writer, there was a recommended exercise that involved listing a lot of different careers/personality types in one column for your heroine, another for your hero, and then randomly matching them up to see if the unexpected combinations incited a creative spark. Over time, authors do it intuitively when we tap the muse, but it’s still a lot of fun when it pops into our heads.
Like the hero and heroine of the upcoming In the Company of Witches. Raina is half-succubus but all witch, with a major attitude toward authority. A savvy business woman, she runs a bordello staffed by pure blood succubi and incubi. Though neither Heaven nor Hell approve of the dangers of bringing sex demons into such intimate contact with humans, she’s a powerful enough witch to manage the risk—and tell the Powers-That-Be to mind their own business!
So, who’s my hero? Mikhael is a Dark Guardian, which basically means he’s an Underworld cop. He also has part-angel blood. He’s on the trail of an incubus fugitive who seeks asylum at Raina’s place. Raina has seen too many of her kind hunted down and killed just for being who they are. It doesn’t matter that Dark Guardians are all-powerful, kick-ass denizens of the Underworld. She’s not about to take Mikhael’s word for it that this incubus is a bad seed, even though he’s stolen an object of great value from Lucifer. When she and Mikhael strike an unlikely truce to get to the bottom of why he took it and for whom, erotic sparks fly.
Opposites attract because they’re puzzle pieces. Through conflict and desire, they chisel away at the differences until the hearts mesh like the interlacing of hands. Joining Mikhael and Raina on that journey was a lot of fun, because Mikhael is a dangerous predator who prefers Armani, and Raina is a child of nature who keeps her bare feet in contact with the earth—even while casting a spell that can incinerate a city block. Mikhael is all about justice, Raina is all about emotion and feeling. However, while they go at right and wrong from different angles, they find that love brings its own kind of balance.
Hope you’ll enjoy this second book in the “Arcane Shot” series. Look for Derek and Ruby, my hero and heroine from the first book, Something About Witches, to make an appearance to help Mikhael and Raina fight the forces of darkness!
Joey W. Hill