A Tale of Two Goblins, in this guest post on her blog tour she is sharing with you one her favorite scenes (which is mine too) From the book!!!
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and HP Mallory for including me in this tour!!
Knightley Vander, Loki created from the fires of Hades
So, by now you all have probably noticed a pattern with these guest posts--that pattern being an exploration into the characters from the Dulcie O'Neil series. And, I have to admit, I am pretty excited to talk about Knight.
In Knight, I wanted to create a hero who was alpha to the nth degree. Someone strong, stubborn, cocky and proud. And I definitely believe Knight embodies these characteristics--he's a man who is used to getting what he wants. While Knight is cocky and determined, he's also a good person. He's incredibly dedicated to his job of head of the Association of Netherworld Creatures in Splendor, CA. And like most cops, Knight really sees things in black and white--well, except where Dulcie is concerned. Because of Knight's feelings for Dulcie, he allows her to get away with things he ordinarily wouldn't. And I think that fondness for Dulcie reveals his humanity--the fact that even he succumbs to emotion.
Physically Knight is drop dead gorgeous. He's tall, well-built and has midnight black hair with bright blue eyes. He has chiseled features and a personality that drives pretty much all women crazy. And then you have Dulcie...
Dulcie is Knight's equal--she's just as emotionally strong as he is--she's just as stubborn and proud. Knight can't help his attraction to Dulcie and it's an attraction that extends beyond the purely physical. Yes, Dulcie is beautiful but there is so much more to her. She is everything Knight admires--she's determined, loyal and she really is an incredibly gifted Regulator (Cop to the Netherworld).
I love the pairing of these two together--how frustrating it must be for Knight when the one woman he wants won't give in to him. And for Dulcie, how she can't help but be attracted to Knight but all the while, she tries to talk herself out of her attraction to him. Knight represents a huge risk to Dulcie--she's afraid that if she does let him in, he could do more damage than her ex did. So, really what it comes down to is a battle between wills--between Knight convincing Dulcie to take a chance on him and Dulcie trying to stave him off.
Here is one of my favorite scenes between the two:
“Don’t look at me like that,” I started and dropped my attention to my shaking hands. I wasn’t sure if I was shaking from left-over adrenalin or due to the fact that Knight was staring at me so blatantly. I could feel myself shrinking underneath his gaze and didn’t like the feeling so I forced myself to meet his stare.
“Why?” he insisted, finally taking a sip of his coffee. His eyes never left mine.
“Because it makes me uncomfortable.”
Ergh, the “fun” was about to start. “Can’t you just accept the fact that I forced myself out of bed at two a.m. to come and save your ass? Nothing is ever easy with you.”
“Can’t you accept the fact that I want nothing more than to feel you writhing underneath me?” Knight asked with a wicked smile, and I felt my stomach disintegrate. “Nothing is ever easy with you.”
“Touché,” I said and stood up, starting for the door. I had the sudden urge to escape, to withdraw into the safety of my car and get the hell home. “Well, seeing as how you’re fine, I guess I can be going.”
“Nope.” He was incredibly fast and was in front of me before I could even take another step.
“What the hell was that?” I demanded, shocked. He’d moved almost as fast as Bram had in the limo—well, not quite that fast but fast enough to be concerned.
“Add it to your list of my Loki abilities,” Knight said in a dismissive tone. “You aren’t going anywhere. Not at this hour and not when you’re still shaken up.”
“I’m fine,” I said although I wasn’t sure I was. I felt like I needed a long soak in a hot bath and afterwards an even longer nap.
“I’m not taking any chances with you out there alone.”
“So follow me home.”
“It’s too cold outside.”
“It’s sixty degrees. Any more excuses?”
He laughed. “I’m fresh out. But, that doesn’t change the fact that you aren’t leaving.”
I didn’t say anything more but started past him. He just sidestepped me and grabbed hold of my upper arms. “Don’t make me hold you kicking and screaming.”
I pulled out of his grip and faced him with my hands on my hips and said nothing for a second or two as I battled with what to say. “I’m not going to have sex with you, Knight, so if that’s the reason you’re forcing me to stay, you might as well let me go.”
His jaw was tight. “You think that’s the reason I won’t let you leave?”
I shrugged. “Eight ball’s sources say yes.”
He chuckled. “Dulcie, we both know I want nothing more than to have wild, raw sex with you, but that has nothing to do with my decision. It’s obvious you’re still freaked out over your nightmare—you’re shaking so bad you look like you have palsy. You need company tonight.”
I attempted to push him aside but it was like pushing a wall. “I’m fine.”
He grabbed hold of my arms again and turned me to face him. “Do you trust me?”
Hmm, trust was a tough subject. I’d trusted Jack and look where that had led me. Moreover, trust was anything but black and white—there were levels of trust. And, based on the fact that Knight and I were partners, I guess I had to trust him to an extent. “I guess so.”
His eyes were caring, opened wide in their blue depths. He took my hand and squeezed it. “I just want to make sure you’re okay.”
Feeling myself cornered with no way out, I exhaled. Well, the truth of the matter was it was late, and I was tired and didn’t want to drive all the way back to my house. And, yes, I was still afraid I’d have another nightmare. “Do you have a guest room?” I asked in a tired, defeated voice.
“I do but there isn’t any furniture in it.” He smiled.
“Of course there isn’t.”
“Do you trust me or don’t you?”
I sighed. “I trust you.”
“Then sleep in my bed. You have my word that I won’t try a thing. But, all the adrenaline I wasted when you attacked me is taking its toll and I’m tired.” He stepped aside and motioned to the hallway. “After you.”
HP Author Blurb
Hi, I'm HP Mallory and I've written two series, the first about a fairy in law enforcement (To Kill A Warlock and A Tale of Two Goblins) and the second about a witch who can bring back the dead (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and Toil and Trouble).
I'm a mongo fan of anything that goes bump in the night and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! (Quick tangent--the best costume I've ever worn was last year when I went as the Headless Horseman and my baby was my Jack-O-Lantern head!) I've always loved the Twilight Zone Marathons and if I ever saw a ghost, I think I'd wet myself.
I grew up in California although I've lived abroad in the UK (England and Scotland--woo hoo, gotta love those kilts!)
I'd categorize my writing as a blend of suspense, humor, light horror, and romance with a sprinkle of fantasy to tie everything together! If you are all about fairies and witches and vampires (oh my!), you love a good alpha warlock and you like men who get a little hairy during a full moon, I got the goods.
Author, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance
Author, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance
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