For those who like them tormented…(contest!)

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Darker than Desire is due out next week.  This book wraps up my latest romantic suspense series.  For those of you like my more tormented heroes (ahem…Quinn, Broken, etc), the hero in this book is probably going to be right up your alley.


To celebrate the release of Darker than Desire and the conclusion of the series, I’m giving away an ebook reader.  The winner will their choice of a Nook Glow or Kindle Fire (6 in).  You can enter by simply leaving a blog post comment, but you can get extra entries and all of that is explained in the widget below.  🙂

Good luck and if you check out the book, I hope you love it…

Darker Than Desire


No matter how many times he’s left her in the  past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.


He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along. With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstacy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

The skin on the nape of his neck stood up.

His blood started to pump.

Slowly, he shifted his gaze and found himself staring across the neat, tidy little lawn.

There.  That was the other thing he felt, a bizarre mix of need, longing and a twist in his heart that he couldn’t fully understand.  It only happened around one person.

It wasn’t a surprise that she’d found him here.

Nor was it a surprise when his heart did that odd little twist.

She was the other person who managed to make him feel.

She made him want.

She made him need.

She made him regret, too.

Regret that he needed to push her away, regret that he couldn’t reach for her the way he wanted.

Regret that he wasn’t as strong as he should be, because even as he told himself to push her away, she started up the walk, the short skirt she wore barely clinging to her thighs and all he could think about was pulling her into his lap so that the skirt rode higher and he could cup her hips, pull her down to straddle him.

Vivid, overbright starbursts seemed to explode behind his eyes as that fantasy played out in his mind.  It would be so easy.  This was a secluded street and people had finally given up on the rubbernecking.  Hardly anybody drove down the street to check out the burnt out wreck of the Frampton house.  He could pull that stretchy bit of fabric up and be inside her in two minutes.  It would be so easy to just lose himself to her.

She came to a halt in front of him while his blood pounded in slow, steady waves, while need clenched inside him like a fist.

Tell her to leave, common sense dictated.  He’d already made the decision he needed to make.

But his head, his heart, his cock didn’t want to listen.

“Hey,” she said, her red-slicked lips curving up.

He stared at her mouth, thought about seeing that mouth open, seeing it glide down his chest.

Blinking, he managed, barely, to look away.  “Hey back.”

This was yet another thing he lacked, the ability to talk, even to her, about anything that didn’t involve getting her naked and fucking her.  Naked wasn’t even necessary as long as he could be inside her, lose himself to her, hide away from the demons that chased him.

But if he kept doing that, all those demons were going to start chasing her, too.

He wasn’t worth a whole hell of a lot and he didn’t care about a whole hell of a lot.  But he’d burn this whole damn town to the ground before he let anything from his past start to haunt her. Every moment of peace he’d ever known had come from her.  She mattered, more than anything or anybody else in his miserable world.

So instead of reaching for her, he stared out at the water, acutely aware as she sat down at his side.  The journals sat at the other and he resisted the urge to grab them, disappear inside the house, hide them away from her.  Hide them away, hide their secrets, as if that would make the truth any less than true.

“I don’t blame that kid,” Sybil said out of the blue.

Caught up in his own head, he barely understood what she meant.  Looking over at her, he tracked her gaze and then, as a shiver of cold raced up his spine, he looked back over the water.

“Plenty of people don’t.  Too bad he couldn’t find a way to trap his dad and uncle in there, too.”

Sybil murmured, “His uncle’s brains splattered all over the chief’s wall.”

“He went too easy.”

“True.  But he is still gone.”  Her gaze came over to him.  “We fell asleep on you.  What did you think about the movie?”

He frowned, tried to remember something about it.  The boy. Wands.  A rock.  Then he shrugged. “What sort of name is Snape?”

Sybil laughed.  “An interesting one.  For an interesting character.  Is he a good guy or a bad guy?”

The question caught him off guard.  Then he looked down.  “What does it matter?”

“Well, if you want to watch more of the series with us, it would be kind of fun for me to know now, what you think of him.  He plays a big part in it.”

I’m not watching more.  That was what he should tell her.  Sighing, he looked away.  Everything he should do, he couldn’t do.  It had been like that for most of his life.  He should found a better way to make people listen.  He should have fought harder.  He should have run sooner.

Then there were the things he shouldn’t have done. He shouldn’t have involved Lana.  He shouldn’t have stayed in town. He shouldn’t have reached for Sybil that first night.

A hand reached up, touched his cheek.  “You’re always so serious, baby.”

“Little reason to be otherwise.”

“True.”  She moved then and he didn’t even have time to brace himself before she had settled herself in his lap, one leg planted on either side of his hips.  Her hands came up, cupped his face.  “How much longer until you decide to tell me?”

His hands moved of their own volition, fingers splayed wide across satiny soft thighs.  “Tell you what, Sybil?”

“Don’t play games with me.” She dipped her head so that her hair fell around them like a curtain.  “You’ve never done it before.  Don’t start now.”

Noise clamored in the back of his head, all that chaos rising to a roar as he stared into those beautiful eyes.  They slid between gold and green and right now, they all but glowed as she watched him.

Send her away.  Tell her.

He slid his hands up, cupping her ass. And he groaned when he found her naked under that sorry excuse for a skirt.  “I keep thinking it’s time to tell you to just go.  To stay away from me.”

“That’s what I thought.”  She rubbed her mouth against his.  “Why don’t you do it, then?  So I can ignore you and we can fight it out?”

The cool silk of her hair brushed against his cheek.  He tangled one hand in it.  “This isn’t a game anymore.”

“It never was.”  She eased back, watching him with knowing eyes.

He curled his lip.  “It was one thing when you were fucking some guy you thought was an Amish builder.  It’s another thing when it’s me, possible murder suspect, sick degenerate.  It’s just a matter of time before the cops decide to start pulling me, demanding answers about what happened the night I disappeared.  Just a matter of time before everything comes out in the open.  When nobody knew—”

She lifted a hand and pressed her finger to his lips.

“I always knew.”


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222 Replies to “For those who like them tormented…(contest!)”

  1. Nykyrian Quikiades from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League series, the first book Born of the Night, closely followed by Acheron/Styxx from the Dark Hunter series.

  2. My favorite tormented hero would have to be Vishous from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Most go for Zsadist, but V has always been my favorite! 🙂

  3. Book… Ian Taggart in LOVE AND LET DIE by Lexi Blake
    TV…..Jax Teller of Sons of Anarchy

  4. While I can agree with the commenters before me that Zsadist and Vischous were both tormented in their own way, I would have to say Acheron (Sherrilyn Kenyon) is my tortured hero. The things he went through were insane. But I am a fan of the Warden, she rocks.

  5. Congrats Shiloh on the new release!!! I’m gonna go with Adam from Soulbound by Kristen Callihan, mainly cuz that’s what I’m reading right now 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh, there´s so many great ones, Jax, Acheron, I second Adam from Soulbound by Kristen Callihan, then there´s Karen Marie Moning´s the Nine, and your Ezra from If You Hear Her =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!

  7. Larissa Ione’s Wraith. I substitute tortured for tormented. That poor demon really had some nasty vampire family.

  8. Rain Tairen Soul from CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul series. Mostly because he did do something horrible…and he has to live with it and move on, but never forget.

  9. Since Z from BDB has been named so many times I’ll go with a lesser known guy and say Knight McQueen from Cornerstone Run Trilogy by Kelly Meade.

  10. I just realised, I don´t have any purple ponies… 😉
    Hope it´s not a deal breaker LOL

  11. My Hero is Zsadist from The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, He just pulls at my heart.

  12. If you are using hero to refer to both genders, then Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet. If you are using hero in the male gender, then M.L. Brennan’s Fortitude Scott.

  13. Acheron is my tormented hero; when I think of what he went through it saddens me so much; I cried when I read his story even knowing it’s a book.

  14. I’m going to have to say Damon from J. C. Daniel’s series Colbana Files. Love Damon!

  15. It’s little cliche but it is on my mind right now … Christian Grey from 50 Shades 🙂

  16. Tough choice, but I’ll go with Zsadist from The Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

  17. Acheron is my favorite tormented hero. When I read the book, I was so overwhelmed with compassion for him regarding what he was going through. I love a lot of others but his character is always on my mind.

  18. I’m hooked just from reading the excerpt. I want to know more. A new ereader to read it on would be cool.

  19. Hmm. My favorite tormented hero would be which ever one I’m currently reading about! Every man has his own demons!

  20. In paranormal romance, any of the immortal warriors from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series meet my tormented hero quailifications. But, for contemporary stories, there are few more tormented than Will Traynor from Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. What*a*tearjerker!

  21. I just love reading and I would so use a Kindle HD of some sort. I have a nook now and I always want to see the difference and also have a back up as I use the Kindle App on my nook too.

  22. Maybe she’s not meant to be the heroine, but I love Kit Colbana. She’s always looking out for others.

  23. there are soooooo many in the 900 books I reviewed but still love beauty and the beast

  24. I would go with Zsadist from The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward

  25. Who’s my favorite tormanted hero? The first one to come to mind was Zsadist from JR Ward’s BDB series. Next would have to be Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. I must have a thing for tortured heroes whose name starts with Z. *grin*

  26. Of course, Zsadist from Lover Awakened. Once of the loveliest redemption stories out there.

  27. Vlad – but I usually am most involved with my current hero – who ever he may be!

  28. I couldn’t pick a favorite hero in any state. My favorite is always the hero of whatever book I reading now. I hate to admit it, but once I’m done with a book, I put it out of mind and move on to the next. Or maybe it’s an age/memory issue. lol

  29. Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Jude from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series are my top two. They keep trading back or forth for the top spot. I also enjoyed a bunch more.

  30. Favorite tortured hero. Hmm, so very many to choose from! Going with Kaleb Krychek in Nalini Singh’s “Heart of Obsidian.” SO glad he finally got his HEA! It was a beautiful, MOVING experience. If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. 😀

  31. Too, too many I read a lot. Can’t pick just one. Thank You for the change to win.

  32. Gotta go with Edward Cullen. Something about a tortured hero makes them so much more appealing.

  33. I don’t have one, this is a new genre for me. But this hero is quickly becoming my favorite!

  34. I go with Doyle from the Meredith Gentry series for tormented hero of the decade

  35. Mr. Rochester as well. Can’t think of another right now-new genre for me as well.

  36. Judd from the Psy series. But then, too, Zarek, Acheron and Vlad, too.

  37. There are too many to pick just one. I love so many different one.s

  38. I don’t have a favorite tormented hero. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest.

  39. Love all of your books and there are too many characters to pick only one.

  40. i like vlad from the once burned book and the series. by jeaniene frost

  41. Congratulations on the latest release. And I wanted to tell you what a nice giveaway you have too. Keep up the great work; and wonderful things will be yours.

  42. i tied to tweet that message fore shiloh but something went wrong it said internal error

  43. I have to say one of my fav’s is Edward from the Twilight series. I also love Colton Donovan from the Driven series by K. Bromberg.

  44. Fav tormanted hero… that is a hard one for me… no one is popping into my mind at the moment.

  45. Without a doubt, Zsadist is one of the most tortured dudes I’ve ever read. Thanks for the contest!

  46. Congrats on your new release! I have been following you for a while now and have enjoyed all of your books. I can’t wait to read this new one!

  47. I love Deacon from Deacon by Kristen Ashley. I’m not sure that he’s THAT tormented but to me, he’s “dark” and I love him. 😉

  48. nice giveaway, would love to have an e-reader. too many books and space to store them is becoming a serious problem

  49. Congrats on the release! It’s tough to pick, but my favorite would be Roarke from In Death Series.

  50. I have read so many or your books and will continure to look for your new releases. I think this is a wonderful way to be able to get your books on a kindle witch will be so easy to take along to appointment where you have to wait and can read . WHAT A GREAT PRIZE a take along reader.

  51. Loved Edged Blade ! (JC Daniels) I can hardly wait for the next installment about Kit & Damon!

    Roarke, Zsadist, Wrath, Asheron, Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky; all great choices!

  52. I so love re-united lovers and already this excerpt alone is touching my emotions hard. You’ve always bring us into the characters. Can’t wait to start reading this book! Congrats on the release. It must be emotional too knowing the series is over. It is for me.

    Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series which I felt so much torment from each of their stories. Wolfe and Hawke. The agony especially that Wolfe goes through is heartbreaking.


  53. Vincent in the CBS television version of Beauty and the Beast. (As played by Ron Perlman)

  54. Presuming the site meant to read as “tormented hero”…….. Edward from Twilight or maybe Victor Newman from Young and the Restless ! Keep up the great work…. you inspire others! 🙂

  55. Do we have to pick one? Hmm, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Wolverine, David from American Werewolf in London.
    Best of luck to Everyone 🙂

  56. Always hate to see a series come to an end. I’m looking forward to reading Deeper Than Desire – hoping to start it in the next few days! Thanks for the terrific contest

  57. I would have to go with Amun from Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Secret, part of her Lords of the Underworld series

  58. Jason Steele from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book B.A.D. ATTITUDE

  59. That would be Kyland by Mia Sheridan. I loved him so much despite his rough past he still managed to make it and find happiness! 🙂

  60. Mine would have to be Jaime Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

  61. Been a FAN of your for a looooong time now. Love reading anything/everything I can get my hand on that you write. Looking forward to your next book 🙂

  62. Congratulations of your new book and thank you for offering your readers a chance to win a great gift. I just don’t know who I would say would be my favorite unless I say my hubby. I know that’s sounds strange but after losing our 18 yr old son he did become tormented but he’s also my hero for always being there when I’ve needed him through our loss and my cancer!

  63. Acheron from dark hunter series and Zsadist would be my favorites

  64. I love all your books and the best bark is that I can never put it down once I start reading I just keep going until I finish. Thank you making a book just for Acheron. I cannot wait to see what’s next.

  65. i dont think i really have a favorite ,every time i read a book i like that one

  66. So many but the one that has stuck with me over the years is Christian from Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From The Storm.

  67. I couldn’t pick one as my favorite, they are all my favorites.

  68. Hurry up and send that prize because I’m on the hunt now for that purple pony 😉

  69. My favorite would be Darling Cruel from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League series.

  70. Hmmmm….. probably Beast from Beauty by Robin McKinley. Beast is probably not considered a hero to all, but I try to read every type of Beauty and the Beast based book that I can and he has been my favorite so far.

  71. I loved Quinn Rafferty from Broken. I really can never have an exact favorite because every story is different and I always like another character a lot.

  72. l cant seem to pick just one,everyone that l read just seems to pick a spot and l love all tormented heros.

  73. I really like Aric from the Arcana Chronicles and Warner from the Shatter Me series. Ooh, I also love Lothaire from the IAD series. And Gideon from the Crossfire series. Darn it, there are too many to name. I don’t really like them because they’re tormented though, I simply like bad boys, and bad boys are often bad because they’re tormented. I’d probably prefer it if they didn’t have tortured pasts.

  74. I love so many books and authors!! It’s so hard to choose a favorite. I do love the BDB series!!

  75. There are too many to name but I love anything dark and erotic.

  76. Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward Wrath and Jonas from Lora Leigh’s breed series

  77. i dont have a favorite.i usually like the one i’m reading about at the time

  78. My favorite tormented hero is Maddox Locke from the Corps Security Series by Harper Sloan. Well, really I love all those guys, but you told me to pick one. 🙂

  79. The Dark Series was so entertaining! I looked forward to each

  80. Too many! But, the one I last read and loved was Vlad by Jeaniene Frost.

  81. Sorry, typing error. That’s Tristan Stone from the Heart of Stone series by K.M. Scott.

  82. I have always been partial to Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

  83. Loved reading the post. Look forward to picking up this story.

  84. The character that comes to mind at the moment is Moss Cole in Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton. I’m not sure if you would consider Moss Cole a tortured hero but the book is awesome and he is who I can think of at the moment LOL

  85. So many options because my favorite depends upon my mood. Overall I’d have to say Kaleb Krychek from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series.

  86. Sounds interesting, sometimes the fun ones are the tormented ones, as long as it’s not overdone! lol

  87. My favorite tormented hero is Edward Cullen from the Twilight series 🙂 Thanks so much.

  88. no one just popped to my mind. so i’ll say the my current book i just finished reading. title : queen of hearts by kristen painter. Hero: Jason Tennant

  89. Ooh, I have so many favorites! I just finished reading the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh and there are so many tortured heroes there that I’ll just use all of them 🙂

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