Title: Legacy: The Awakening by Liza Malloy
Legacy Trilogy Book One
Publisher: Teal Street Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 304 pages
Her love would undo his legacy. His dark secret could destroy her.
College student Jessica craves a stable, ordinary life. But when she meets the alluring and irresistible Aiden, her life takes a thrilling turn. Jessica knows there’s something different about Aiden, but she’s shocked when she learns his secret. The further Jessica delves into Aiden’s world, the more consumed she becomes with him.
Heir to the throne of a secret kingdom of supernatural beings, Aiden yearns to fulfill his destiny. But from their first encounter, Jessica captivates Aiden. Aiden is certain that Jessica is his only chance at true happiness. But Aiden can’t deny that his presence in Jessica’s life threatens to destroy the very things he loves about Jessica—her generosity, compassion and innocence.
As Jessica finds her life filling with peril she never imagined, she must decide how much she’s willing to risk for love. And Aiden must choose whether to embrace his legacy or follow his heart.
Intensely compelling and powerfully gripping, The Awakening is the seductive first installment to the Legacy trilogy, an unforgettable, epic love story.
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Aiden wrapped another blanket around me then settled behind me. I was still shivering, my teeth chattering so hard that the clanking sound reverberated in my head. Aiden pressed his body harder against mine, his arms tightly enveloping me. I tried to focus on the physical closeness between us, to appreciate the proximity of his perfect body like I would have in any other scenario, but I couldn’t relax.
We were close to the fire, so close that the heat stung my eyes. I gazed down at Aiden’s hands to ensure he wasn’t getting burned, since our position left his hands closest to the flames.
He seemed fine, and I squeezed my eyes shut again, trying to will away all visions of the evening. But I couldn’t forget. I remembered all of it, too clearly. I saw a definite female figure in the road, with the longest, reddest hair I’d ever seen. It was so long that it wrapped around her body, whipping in the wind. I felt the air bag punching me as the car hit the water. I flinched as I recalled Aiden’s fist bashing into the window, breaking the glass. I could still see the blood welling up along his knuckles, pouring down his wrist, his fingers swollen and misshapen.
I opened my eyes rapidly, and wriggled loose enough from his comforting arms to free my hand. I reached for his hand, sliding my fingers across the smooth, unbroken, clear skin of his left hand. Then I checked his right hand, finding no sign of swelling, no trace of blood, no broken fingers. Aiden’s hands were in pristine condition.
Aiden pulled his hands away quickly, then he slid them under the blanket as though he just wanted to warm me better.
“Aiden, your hand,” I croaked, my voice clearly not recovered although my teeth had thankfully stopped chattering.
“I’m fine,” he said.
I shook his arms off me. “You weren’t earlier. You broke the window with your fist. I saw your hand. It was bleeding.”
“I’m okay now,” he repeated. “I washed it off.”
“Aiden it was swollen and maybe even broken. There was bruising and cuts.”
“Nothing is broken. I’m fine.”
“But you shouldn’t be!” I shouted, wrenching free of his grasp. “That’s impossible.”
He stood and backed away slowly. “I don’t know what you think you saw, but I wasn’t hurt that badly.”
I didn’t answer, couldn’t formulate any coherent thought, but I knew what I’d seen.
“Jessica, the EMTs looked at my hand. Remember? They were there, they checked it out. I’m okay.”
I licked my lips and inched the blanket off my back. I was sweating now, the fire having finally warmed me. But when I glanced up at Aiden, I was still shivering, just not from the cold.
Liza Malloy writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, women’s fiction, and fantasy romance. She’s a sucker for alpha males, bad boys, dimples, and muscles, and she can’t resist a man in uniform. Liza loves creating worlds where the heroine discovers her own strength and finds her Happily Ever After. When Liza isn’t reading or writing torrid love stories, she’s a practicing attorney. Her other passions include gummy bears, jelly beans, and the occasional marathon. She lives in the Midwest with her four daughters and her own Prince Charming.
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4 Responses to Friday Feature, Excerpt & Giveaway: Legacy: The Awakening by Liza Malloy
Great blog! Thank you for including The Awakening!
I like the cover, sounds like a good book.
congrats on the new release
What a fascinating book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.