by Karin Tabke
I love funny, urbane, sarcastic sidekicks. But my favorite sidekick is the simmering hot guy that tempts not only the heroine but the reader. He’s the guy that if the heroine did want to take a detour around, we readers really couldn’t fault her. He’s usually the only guy who can make the hero jealous. In ENEMY MINE, the relationship between ancient vampire, Joran Cadiz and daemon slayer Selena de la Roja is complicated by the axes they hold over each others’ heads, their need for the other as a means to an end, and their natural fondness for each other. Joran would like to take things to a whole other level, but Selena is disciplined and her heart beats for only one man, Nikko Cruz.
Joran who is as bad as they come, but through his interaction with Selena, we see a sliver of the last vestige of the human that resides in him. I love this character. I love his mystery, his complexity, and his steel-trap mind. Most of all, I love the interaction between Joran and Selena, and I adore Nikko’s barely contained jealousy. He has nothing to worry about… or does he?
In ENEMY MINE, book two in the L.O.S.T. series, Joran Cadiz, Miami underworld crime boss is far from secondary. He is 100% hero material and just may end up with his own story. Take a peek at this enigmatic vampire through heroine, Selena de la Roja’s, eyes.
Few things on earth caused Selena concern, but one of them was standing behind her now, framed by the French doors that led to her balcony. Slowly, as if she hadn’t a care in the world, she turned to face him, walked around her desk, then made a show of leaning back against it. She pressed a button on the underside of her desktop and the window to the club closed softly behind her. Imperceptibly, she nodded, acknowledging the supreme ruler of Miami’s notorious underworld: Joran.
“Your lap dog just left,” Selena drawled as her gaze swept lazily over the vampire. He was, she supposed, a dead ringer for Spanish-born actor Antonio Banderas, but bigger, broader and certainly more deadly. His thick, black, shoulder length hair framed an intense face with deep espresso brown eyes with green striations. Sensuality poured off him in waves. While most of it bounced off her, some of it didn’t. The daemon in her stirred. Damn it.
Selena laughed off the disconcerting feeling. “Are you attempting to seduce me, vampire?”
He grinned slowly. “I would--never…”
Selena pushed off the edge of her desk and turned her back to him, then looked coyly over her shoulder. Joran had made his willingness to bed her plain from their first meeting years ago. “I may be half-daemon, a fact I curse every day of my life, but my human will is stronger than any daemon urge. Don’t waste your glamour on me, Joran. Save it for someone who cares.”
He laughed deeply and entered her office. She cursed under her breath. He didn’t stop by often, but when he did, there was no way she couldn’t keep him out unless she wanted a good ass-kicking. She was strong, but he was stronger. “Still regret that you invited me in so long ago?”
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