Today we visit with the first book of my first series. When Love Survives is about two supernatural rescue workers who on the worst day in the history of New York City save lives and find love. Here is a peek.
Being away from the onslaught of people was a relief. Hearing them was bad enough. Seeing them was worse. Reggie rubbed her hands together briskly and then placed a hand on each side of the generator. She could feel the machine revving up, and the lights came on. But then the generator automatically shut off and the lights remained on. Cheers came from the other room.
“Huh? What happened?”
“The power was restored, so the generator turned off.”
“Oh.” The voices were building in her head again, and she felt dizzy. Then she stumbled into Gregor. “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be.” He held her close.
One moment he gazed into her eyes. In the next, he possessed her lips. His mouth pressed gently at first. Then his lips demanded, and she complied. His kiss became a million, small kisses caressing her lips, taking a taste of her each time. Heat rose in Reggie’s body and awakened a fiery need to have him at any cost. Gregor wouldn’t part from her, as his lips and now his tongue continued their exploration. If he hadn’t been holding her, she would have collapsed. He remained a gentleman with his hands, but his tongue was a wanton pirate imitating what another part of him wanted to do. Of course, she didn’t know that for sure. She could only guess. Then Gregor moaned into her mouth. Yes, he wants me too and badly. He tilted her head back to go deeper, and she gasped. Retreating only a little with his tongue, he parried with hers, subduing it.
When Reggie couldn’t breathe, he withdrew, contenting himself to kiss and lick her upper lip and then her bottom. She opened her eyes, his were closed. Reggie couldn’t help admiring the shape of his eyes. She closed hers again to languish with him, to surrender to the singular beauty of that moment. I know I should protest, but being in Gregor’s arms feels so right.
His kiss moved from her lips to her forehead. She looked up at him feeling a little woozy but glad. She trusted him. Phil opened the door and then closed it again.
Gregor moved slightly away. He looked down into her half closed eyes and smiled. “Would you like to go back and find a table for a while and sit? Or . . . I live a few blocks away. We could wait it out there.”
Reggie didn’t respond, not sure what to make of his suggestion. Was this all a ploy to get her into bed?
“Actually I was thinking of going over to the World Trade Center and volunteering?”
His eyebrows went up. “That’s a dangerous idea, Regina.”
“Life is dangerous.”
He chuckled. “I guess. What would you do there?”
“I won’t know until I get there, but I know I have to help.”
Gregor stood there holding her in his arms. At first, he frowned. Then his expression grew thoughtful. Finally he nodded. “I’m going with you.”
“You don’t have to do that.”
“I promised your father that I’d watch over you. When I make a promise, I keep it.”
Everything about him overwhelmed her. When they went back into the dining room, it was packed with people. Many were in a daze, and Phil handed them coffee. They were all transfixed by the TV on the counter.
“If you’ll excuse me, Regina, I’ll be right back.” Gregor left her alone in that crowd of desperate faces.
Reggie needed to help. Hearing the dying without responding made her ache. People were trapped underground. If she could hear them, she could find them.
Turning, she walked out the door. To be here at this point in time meant something. Meeting Gregor had been sweet and wonderful. Maybe she would be able to keep him, maybe not. But she heard the dying for a reason. She was made aware of her magic for a reason. Of course, Reggie was going in the wrong direction. Ash covered people walked mindlessly past her, as if in a horror movie. This was real life. It wasn’t the Manhattan she knew.
Reggie rounded the corner and stopped because the scene four blocks down so jarred her, it caught her off guard. A tall pile of rubble smoked sickly, twisting white plumes into the air. The World Trade Center was gone. Oh, she had seen it on TV, but that image seemed unreal. Reggie couldn’t connect. Now she could, and the dying called to her.
Emergency crews moved throughout it with breakneck speed in an effort to find survivors. Reggie knew she could help and started to run.
Gregor raced after her. “What are you doing?”
“I’m going to help.” She ran, and he followed until they reached the site protected by a perimeter of police.
An officer stopped them. “I’m sorry. Please, go home. It isn’t safe.”
“I’m a search and rescue specialist.”
The cop frowned, and then he looked past her. “Hi, Greg. Glad to see you weren’t in your office today.” Reggie noticed a silver shimmer in the man’s eyes, which disappeared before she could say anything.
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