Title: Warrior Hunger-Embraced by a Warrior
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
Book one in the Warrior Hunger series.
As a warrior of Anubis, Darius always believed he was destined to be alone. Never to come into contact with others like him, or experience passion in the arms of a woman for more than just one night. After eight hundred years alone, he begins to question what he has always known. He finds a woman who stirs not only his desire, but his heart as well.
Brisa’s not blind, so she’s very much aware of the hot man who frequents the bar where she works. But he’s always been aloof. Throwing caution to the wind, she approaches the sexy stranger and finds herself completely swept away. But a shocking secret and an unsavory demon stand between them. Brisa must decide if she can love a man like Darius…for eternity.
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“So,” he said. “Have you worked at the bar long?”
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Brisa turned her head in his direction. “For a couple of years now. I know most people wouldn’t think being a bartender was that great of a job, but I enjoy it. What about you? What do you do?”
“I guess you could say I work for myself.”
“I’m a, ah, bounty hunter.”
In a way, that was what he did. He hunted down the bad guys, only he wasn’t after the ones who had run out on their bail. He sent them to face their final judgment.
“That has to be an interesting job. You must come across all kinds of people.”
He grinned. “Yes, you could say I do.”
“And you must be pretty good at it,” Brisa said as she looked out the passenger window again.
“Why do you say that?”
She turned back to him. “Well, for one thing, we’re now in Miami Shores. Where some of the most expensive homes can be found in the city. I take it this is where you live, right? And your car isn’t exactly what the average Joe could afford.”
“Yes. I bought a place here five years ago when I came to Miami.”
“I’ve only ever driven by the houses here. With a bartender’s salary, there is no way I’d ever be able to afford one, let alone rent it.”
“Well, today you can say you’ve been inside one of them.”
Money had never been a problem for him since he’d become one of Anubis’ warriors. The god had made sure of that. Over the years, Anubis had given him more than enough precious jewels and gold to make Darius a very rich man. The god looked after his own.
As he pulled onto his long, curving drive, Brisa let out a low whistle. “Wow. Your place is gorgeous. You live here by yourself? It’s huge.”
Parking his car outside the garage, Darius turned off the engine and then turned to Brisa. “Thanks, and yes, I do live alone. I like to have my space.”
“I guess so. You’d probably be able to fit three of my apartments in there.”
He chuckled and got out of the car. Brisa followed suit and walked around the back end to meet him at his side. Once at his front door, Darius unlocked it and then moved aside for her to enter first. She let out another whistle as he stepped in behind her and closed them inside.
“It’s beautiful, Darius. I especially like the banister. It’s the type I would have spent hours riding down when I was a kid.”
He looked at the wide, mahogany staircase that started near the center of the cathedral-ceilinged foyer, rising to the upper level. He focused back on Brisa. “Go ahead.”
She gave him a questioning look. “Go ahead what?”
“Go ride down the banister.”
Brisa laughed. “You really want me to do it? I didn’t mean I should slide down it now. I’m too old for things like that.”
“Why not?” he asked. “I know you want to. And I won’t think you’re any less mature for doing it.” He gave her smile. “I have to admit I’ve tried it out a time or two. If it can hold me, it’ll definitely hold you.”
She gnawed her bottom lip as she appeared to think over what he’d said. Seeing her doing it made Darius want to lean in and claim her mouth, do some nibbling of his own.
“I don’t know,” she said. “It’s a long banister, and there isn’t much of a newel post at the bottom of the staircase. It’s nothing but a small square piece of wood. If I can’t stop in time, I could fly off at the end.”
“I’ll be here to catch you just in case.”
Brisa chuckled and shook her head. “I can’t believe I’m going to do this, but who am I to turn down a chance to go banister riding inside a mansion.”
She put her purse on the floor and then ran up the stairs. Once she reached the top, Darius shifted into position at the end of the railing. Brisa swung her leg over it with her back facing toward him.
“All right,” she called down. “Are you ready?”
“I’m all set.”
She let go and started a controlled ride down. She giggled as she went. Darius followed her progress with his gaze. It landed on her bottom and didn’t shift away. Her jeans were pulled tight across it, molded to it perfectly. He had to bite back a moan at the sight of it. Unlucky for him, Brisa managed to stop herself before she reached the newel post. He would have liked the excuse to fondle that rear end.
Brisa got off the banister and smiled. “One more time.”
He nodded, then watched her hurry back up. This time she went a little faster and it looked as if she wouldn’t be able to stop in time. Darius stepped onto the bottom stair, snagged Brisa around the waist and lifted her off. He pulled her tight against his chest and swung around so they faced the other way.
She relaxed into him and laughed. “I guess I went a little too fast that time. Thanks for catching me.”
“No problem,” he said, his voice sounding husky to his ears.
Where he held her to him, her nicely rounded bottom rested against the front of his jeans. His cock was hard, liking where it was. Brisa must have felt it, because her laughter slowly died. She turned her head to look at him and licked her lips.
Darius knew he couldn’t let the opportunity pass. He took her mouth, groaning as she kissed him back. He made no move to put her down or turn her in his arms. He pushed his tongue past her lips and licked and sucked. His cock throbbed, and he rubbed it against Brisa, aching to have it buried deep inside her.
She curved one of her arms up, her hand coming to rest on the back of his head. She moaned into his mouth and pressed her bottom tighter along him. The intoxicating scent of her arousal filled the air around them, making him harder. Their kisses became hotter, more carnal. Darius felt as if his body had been set on fire. Need and lust pounded in his veins. God, how he wanted the woman he held in his arms.
5 Stars: In the first book of the Warrior Hungers series, Marisa Chenery sets the stage for a war between good and evil, bringing the reader a book filled with lots of action and steaming hot sex. Ms. Chenery presents Brisa as a strong female who is not afraid to fight for what she wants, even when she finds herself combating demons to save the man she loves.--Candy, Sensual Reads.com
3.5 Stars: Embraced by A Warrior is just the first installment in the Warrior Hunger Series and the cliff hanger ending will make you want to get the next one as soon as it’s available. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Chenery goes with this series if book one was any indication. It’s hot steamy and action packed.--Victoria Cross, Night Owl Reviews
4 Hearts: I adored Darius. He's a great man who only lives to fight the evil of the world but when he gets a chance at happiness he grabs it, no matter what the cost is. Not only do we get their romance but we also get a nice amount of action. It was nice that we got more than just a romance with this story. Egyptian lore is something that I enjoy and having a story with the god Anubis in it is intriguing and will have me eagerly awaiting the next warrior to find his mate. If you enjoy Marissa Chenery's other paranormal books you will enjoy this one. This is a great start to another wonderful series.--Gabrielle, The Romance Studio
4 Cups: Ms. Chenery never disappoints and Embraced by A Warrior is no exception. The story sizzles from the very first page and makes the readers yearn for something more than a simple life. I look forward to the rest of the series as always, and more hotties and their exceptional women. Embraced by a Warrior is for those romance lovers who love a little bit of spice and adventure in their books.--Delane, Coffee Time Romance
Lovely Rose: Great plot to a great story. This book is something a little different but still there is a story around it. I love getting hold of a new series and reading about it. There is nothing like getting to take on a new adventure and seeing a new world. Every author writes a certain way. This isn’t the first book that I have read by this author. I loved the Ra’s Chosen series. There is just something about reading books about gods. I was taken on a great adventure and had a little suspense. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Anything that has hot sexy men in it is for me. Nothing like having a fantasy with a book character. I always hate when I come to the last page. The great thing about a series is you know there will be more. If you love books that have some adventure and suspense in them you need to read this. I love reading series and hopefully you do to.--Crystal, Romancing the Book