Book one in the Sin City Shifters series. As a shadow dancer, Daisy titillates the ever-growing crowds at Swank Hotel's upscale Seduction Lounge. When Sebastian Collins attempts to steal her away to save his own failing business, she declines. Even in a city of freaks, she stands out. At Swank, surrounded by her own kind, Daisy's safe. But that doesn't stop her from being intrigued by the sexy club owner. With a little help from her bartending witch friend, Daisy transforms long enough to steal several orgasmically delicious hours with Sebastian. Afterward, he's desperate to see her again-but the real Daisy might be too hot for Sebastian to handle.
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated
November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Hidden by Karen Erickson
"Aren't you going to get that?" his part-time secretary Roberta yelled at him from her desk.
"Isn't that your job?"
He heard her snort. "I transferred the call to your desk since the caller asked for you."
"Who is it?" The phone still rang. Whoever it was certainly was persistent.
"I don't know, some woman with a too-sweet voice."
Sebastian snatched up the receiver, too curious to let it ring endlessly. "This is Sebastian Collins, how may I help you?"
"Is this the Sebastian Collins?"
He sat up straighter in his chair, intrigued by the whispery voice on the other end of the line. "Yes it is."
"Mmm, good. Just the man I was looking for." A throaty laugh sounded and his dick stiffened immediately. He couldn't remember the last time the sound of a woman's voice had aroused him, if ever. "I heard you were looking for me."
"Oh really?" Confusion filled him. Who would he be looking for that had such a sexy voice? He'd never met this woman in his life--for surely he'd remember the voice.
"Yes, I heard you came to Seduction Lounge specifically to see me."
Ah, it was the shadow dancer. The magically delicious Daisy. How could he have forgotten her? "Is this Daisy?"
She laughed again, a seductive murmur playing along his nerve endings. The hair on the back of his neck stood at high alert. "Why yes it is. So what did you want to talk to me about, Mister Collins?"
"First of all, you can call me Sebastian. And second, I have a business proposition for you. One I'd like to discuss with you in person."
If she looked as good as she sounded, he was in a lot of trouble.
"Why can't you talk about it over the phone? Trust me, you have my undivided attention."
Now why did that sound so dirty?
Sebastian cleared his throat, tugging at his suddenly too-tight tie. "I figured if we were going to discuss business it would be better to do so in person. Don't you think?"
"I like...doing things over the phone, don't you? We all lead busy lives. It's so much easier to multitask."
"I'm not much of a multitasker."
Roberta snorted again from where she sat and Sebastian glared at the doorway. He loved his secretary, knew she meant well, but she treated him like he was her son sometimes.
Deciding to nip her eavesdropping in the bud, he went to the door and slammed it shut, earning him another muffled snort for his effort.
"Well that's a shame, Mister Collins--I mean Sebastian. You could probably learn a lot from me."
I'm sure. "Well, Daisy, if we're going to do this over the phone then I'll get right to the point. I'd like to extend an offer to you to work for me at my club."
"What would I get for coming to your club? You own Gentlemen Prefer All, don't you?"
"I do." He didn't like the club's name anymore, hadn't for a long time. It had been chosen in his younger years, when he and his partner had opened the club together. It had been Robert's idea to give it the silly name and at the time, Sebastian had been game. He'd thought it catchy, a good play on words.
Now he just thought it was kind of stupid.
"Interesting name choice." She clearly thought it was stupid too.
"Not my choice. My old business partner came up with it."
"Hmm. Well, make this interesting, Sebastian. Tell me what you can offer me that Seduction Lounge can't."
"More money," he said bluntly, not wanting to play around. He wanted her at his club and he didn't want to lose this chance.
"It would take a lot of money to pull me out of Swank, Sebastian. A lot. What else could you offer me? Do you have shadow dancers there?"
"No, I don't." But he'd been considering them ever since he'd watched her performance last night.
"That's a shame. I chose to be a shadow dancer because of the anonymity, the privacy it allows me. When I'm behind that screen, I can be whatever or whoever I want and no one passes judgment. I come out on a live stage and there's no mystery, no hiding."
"You like to hide? Prefer an air of mystery?"
"Of course. Who doesn't?" She giggled.
Well, she certainly knew what worked for her. It was quite the gimmick.
And it was working on him too.