Demon Dolan Ciar exists on three simple words: desire, denial, and destruction. Every four years, he is allowed one night of earthly passion to punish a deserving female. By the time he is finished, his victims are left as willing receptacles for demons yet to come.
Since she was four, a demon has been the only constant in Leora Desmond's life. He taught her how to seize control, to never give up, and to take whatever she wanted. At twenty-four, her self-centered existence is focused on one thing. She wants Dolan, and she won't be dissuaded.
A mistake brought Dolan to Leora. A promise bound him to her. Returning once again to ask for his freedom, he is faced with Leora demanding to be his next conquest. The ultimate retribution would be to take from her the ultimate symbol of her selfishness.
Now, Dolan must decide if he can doom her to life in living hell or face his own set of unearthly consequences, while Leora must choose between her pleasure and her heart.
The Promise blurs the line between good and evil, desire and love, and promises and commitment.
He tilted his head. "You look older."
She forced herself to blink and to remember her goal. "Then I assume I am at last old enough to be a fit for a demon." She stepped forward, stopping less than a foot away from him. The back of her throat dried out, and she swallowed.
He put his hand to his chin, his gaze taking her in. "This old song and dance. When will you use the brains you have and leave it alone?"
His words hit her, but rather than retreating, she moved closer. The energy, the tingle, the wafts of spice encompassed her and lured her toward him. "Never."
"You were smart last time. Why don't you release me so I can do what I came here for." He glanced down at her and then shifted his focus beyond her. "I have needs as well."
"Tonight I am the one you came here for." The mention of his last visit stung, but she willed herself to keep going. She ran her fingers up the buttons of his shirt. "You always told me to take control."
He shook his head. "A lesson you learned well."
She reached up and clenched his collar in her fist. "I let you go last time, but tonight I am the one you need."
He grabbed her wrist. "I spared you before. Never forget that."
She stared right into his eyes. No weakness was allowed tonight. "It's me, Dolan. Me, or you can be celibate until the decade I do you the favor of dying. I don't care about your pain." She tensed, preparing herself for his retaliation.
"I thought I taught you better than to make demands of a demon." He pressed his palm to the side of her face.
Heat radiated through her body, sending a warning to every one of her nerve endings. "A demon who comforts a child is a failure of a demon in my book."
His jaw tightened. "That was a mistake. An oversight."
The Character Interview with Leora:
Tell me about you. What’s a day in your life like?
My life is in limbo all I do is wait for Dolan to show once every four years. I spend most of my day trying to research how to bring him to me sooner, but I am nothing but a helpless human. However, I will go after what I want no matter who it hurts in the process, that's what Dolan has always taught me.
If your best friend had to describe you in five words, what would they be?
I don't have any friends, but they would say passionate, driven, focused, intelligent and crafty.
If your enemy had to describe you in five words, what would they be?
Selfish, bitch, manipulative, conceited and cruel.
Which song sums up your life and why?
Daylight – Maroon 5
What one book title sums up your love life and why?
You Belong To Me – Johanna Lindsey
Because Dolan will always belong to me no matter what.
What motivates you?
Getting what I want.
Tell me about yourself.
I used to be weak, I almost died, but a demon saved me and now I have the power. Once Dolan showed me what I could do, I excelled in everything especially getting people to do what I want. The only problem is getting a demon to do what I want. I will do whatever I have to do to win and get Dolan to love me. I will never let him go. I am strong now.
Can you tell us a secret about you that few/no one else knows?
I am terrified to sell my father's house because I'm afraid Dolan won't be able to find me. I am willing to spend my life waiting for him.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
The night Dolan healed me. I defied death, I defied the angels, I defied the humans. I knew what I was from that day forward.
What’s your favorite color and why?
Copper like Dolan's eyes.
What are you passionate about?
Learning everything I can about the demon world and getting what I want. When Dolan is with me I make sure to count my words, as I will never let him break his promise to him.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
A book on demons and the rock Dolan left when I was eight years old.
What’s your biggest fear?
That Dolan will figure out a way to break his promise and then I'll be alone.
Describe your ideal mate?
A demon who knows how to tame me. No one else is right for me.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Also, what’s it filled with?
Empty. My tears I promised Dolan I wouldn't cry.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
By myself waiting for that one night every four years.
For the author:
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
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Quick Chicken Marsala
Thin sliced chicken breast dredged in Italian bread crumbs
Bottle of marsala wine.
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Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.