Beneath the sun kissed skies and the glamour of South Beach, Stygians and mortals co-exist under an uneasy alliance.Governed by strict rules known as Stygian protocol, they live by one most sacred and cardinal rule: Never comingle with mortals.
Grief stricken, caseworker Jessa Belle Jones loses herself in her job, after the love of her life, Scott Dempsey disappears without a trace. When her father announces her betrothal to Abbandon, the General of the Stygian Armies, Jessa-Belle turns to Havah, the Tinseller to thwart her father’s plan by finding her own Stygian noble to marry.
Wrought with vengeance, Stygian Raum Corvus, searches Miami Beach for retribution against the dark mage who took everything he’d cherished.
But when destiny links Raum path to Jessa’s plight, will fate keep them together or will Stygian conventions rip them apart?
Infernal Ice by Joceline Farrah
Publication date: December 18th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal Romance
In the following scene, we find Raum Corvus and Jessa Belle Jones, the main characters of Infernal Ice, at a turning point in their relationship. Enjoy!
Jessa walked ahead of Raum signaling him to follow in her steps. They stopped at the foot of the Banyan tree. She ran her fingers along the small cracks and rough formations on its surface. She leaned her back against the massive trunk. Raum faced her, his hands tucked into his jean pockets contemplating the tree. She sighed. A few feet from her stood the promise of a new day. A new love.
“Jessa?” Raum said lifting her chin. Their eyes met. She read gentle concern in his. He stepped forward and leaned into Jessa, wedging her between his body and the tree trunk. He trailed his fingers down her arm before intertwining them with hers.
What’s on your mind?” he whispered against her lips
Jessa inhaled. “A lot of things,” she answered looking away.
He cupped Jessa’s face. “Such as”?
Jessa took a deep breath and looked straight into his eyes “I’m debating whether I should exercise caution as I’ve always have and stay on the shoreline where it’s safe or let myself go into the rip current?”
He frowned. “Rip current? I don’t understand. What are you referring to?”
“You…I’m referring to you Raum… You’re the rip current.”
Raum’d been called many things in his life but never had anyone called him a rip current. He understood what Jessa met though. His eyes searched hers. In them, he saw love but also fear. The fear he would disappoint her. She feared he, too, would break her heart. Reaching for her hand, he placed it on his chest where his heart galloped with joy.
“Then I’m asking you to throw caution to the wind and let the current carry you. Don’t be afraid as you slip from the shore. Don’t panic or swim against the tide. Float to me Jessa. I will never let you drown. Let my love be the lifeboat that keeps you safe from the elements and the undertow. Let me be your life support.”
Passive: Perfect Circle
Come undone: Duran Duran
Things we lost in the fire: Bastille
Distance: Christina Perry Jason Mraz
My immortal Evanescence
Counting Stars: One Republic
Never wanna leave this bed: Marron Five
Make it to me: Sam Smith
Waves: Mr Probz
Shape of my heart: Sting
Let her go: Passenger
Human: Christina Perri
I’m Yours: The Script
I’m Alive: I Am Eve
Outsider: Perfect Circle
I see fire: Ed Sheran
Joceline Farrah is an avid reader of all of things paranormal. She draws inspiration for her stories from her own hometown magic city Miami Beach, FL. With pen to paper, she creates worlds where beings are as magical as the realms they inhabit. When she isn’t plotting new ideas for a novel or crocheting, she enjoys a good game of Chess and a nice cup of Chai tea.