***New Release*** Second Nature by Marie Lavender.

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Title:  Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series

Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Second Nature Blurb:

She never expected it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem.  She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things.  It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare.  But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be.  He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her.  To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She was unlike any other…

Alec has a problem.  The animal in him wants Desiree.  But, so does the man.  The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants.  But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human.  The two species don’t mix that way.  Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice.  His life or hers.

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human?  Or will it be far too late?


His skin tingled with some kind of sudden anticipation. He heard the hum of blood in her veins. The sweet scent of her arousal returned. His animal instinct woke up, the need for blood overpowered by the need for her. He tamped it down, clenching his jaw. He wasn’t going to violate her while she was unconscious. But how had she become aroused? On some level, he knew she sensed his presence. How was that possible? Was Desiree not only of strong mind but supernatural as well? He had heard of witches, humans that had certain abilities. They kept themselves in hiding too, but he knew they existed. Was she one of them? Could she sense him?

For a brief moment, Alec saw through her eyes. Hazy vision, mild muscle aches, a weird displacement. Ah, hell, he thought. She was waking up, and he’d just had some kind of bizarre connection with her. He doubted she realized it. He would be able to read her mind soon. It was one of his gifts. He didn’t hear every thought from humans, but he caught enough for self-preservation.

He focused on the road ahead, prepared for anything. With her, he should. She was strong, unpredictable. Lovely, too, he thought, his gaze sweeping over her again in the rearview mirror. Her lashes lifted slowly, almost as if she had trouble keeping them open. When they were all the way open, he caught her ice-blue gaze again. Her eyes captivated him and his chest ached. Weird, he thought, shaking off the sensation.

Just focus on getting her there, he told himself. That was the only thing he had to do. He’d worry about the rest later.


Desiree struggled to awaken. There was a jostling movement, and the sound of an engine. Her body began to tingle all over. She opened her eyes to see that she was lying across the backseat of a car. As her vision cleared fully, she could discern the shape of the driver. Wide shoulders, short black hair. She shivered. Dear God, she was a captive! She should have called the cops right away. At least then someone would guess what had happened to her.

“You’re safe,” a voice rasped.

Her voice was hoarse when she replied, “I don’t believe you.”

“I don’t blame you, but I assure you it’s true.”

The deep rumble of his tone reverberated through her body, lighting fires where they shouldn’t be. She sucked in a breath and tried to sit up, but her wrists and ankles were bound, making her body little more than dead weight. She moaned at the situation she found herself in. She was dressed, she realized. Fully dressed in jeans and a camisole. That was very … enterprising of him.

Author Bio:

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Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her newest book is Second Nature, a paranormal romance.  Lavender released Magick & Moonlight, a romance with fantasy elements, back in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your ReturnMagick & MoonlightUpon Your Honor; Second Nature

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the NightHauntedPursuitPerfect GameA Touch of DawnRansomLeather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

Buy Links:

Universal Amazon link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00Q7FWIWA

Publisher link: http://solsticepublishing.com/second-nature/

​Link to print book: https://www.createspace.com/5131233 

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