WARNING: Second Nature is a contemporary erotic romance and contains explicit sexual content, adult language and graphic violence. Recommended for the adult reader only. While Grant’s story can certainly be enjoyed on its own, the author recommends becoming better acquainted with him and his journey by experiencing his debut in Second Chances (When Seconds Count, #1)
Grant Kendal has spent his life hunting the shadows of evil. He can feel it changing him; twisting him into the very thing he despises; a mindless killer.
Thalia Brezlin is a marked woman, hell-bent on revenge. She is haunted by the nightmares of her past. A past that lies in wait to destroy her. When she washes ashore Grant’s desolate island of exile, beaten, stabbed and clinging to life, their worlds collide.
Follow them across Africa, Madagascar and India into the underworld of human trafficking. Where innocence isn’t lost, it’s stolen.
Passion will rage, rules will be broken, lives will be shattered and the truth will be revealed. Survival is Second Nature.
Even though she didn’t want to need his help, she did. He hadn’t asked one thing of her in return yet. The least she could do would be to keep her mouth shut. When he rounded the front of the car and opened her door, she couldn’t bring herself to look at him, focusing instead on the suddenly interesting crushed soda can on the floor at her feet. “You’re good at it, you know.”
“I’m good at a lot of things, sweetheart.” He unceremoniously unbuckled her seat belt and scooped her from the front seat. “I don’t need you to tell me that.”
She pounded her fist on his shoulder as he walked to the only visible door into the building. “I was talking about being nice!” She pushed against his hold on her but got nowhere fast, as usual. “I was trying to benice, you jerk!”
Grant stopped in his tracks and peered down at her, his amber eyes searching hers. Searching for what she had no clue, but damn if that panty-melting fire in his eyes didn’t cut right through the bullshit in her brain. “You really think I’m good at being nice?”
Thalia forced herself to look away. “I take it back. You totally suck at being anything but an asshole!”
He studied her, a big goofy grin on his face. “I think you like me, fossa.” Heat flushed her cheeks; heat having nothing to do with her infection or fever. You should have just kept your big mouth shut!
Grant continued to the door, still holding her cradled in his arms. “You hate needing my help, but,” he reached up and pounded three times on the door, then three more, “I think you like me and you don’t know what to do with that.”
When no one answered he carefully sat her on her feet. “Okay, Captain Psychology, what does this mean?” She elbowed him in the gut, extracting a satisfying groan.
Grant recovered and struck with the stealth of a panther. Lacing his fingers into her hair he pulled her head back, forcing her to look at him. His breath billowed out, hot and moist against the shell of her ear as he leaned in and spoke with a growl. “It means my little fossa, that as soon as I get you someplace safe and your leg is healed, I’m going to bend you over and spank that smart ass of yours.”
Thalia froze, unwanted images of being naked and on display flashed through her mind. His heavy hand splayed across her ass and she could almost imagine the sharp bite of erotic pain. Grant’s hot tongue slipped out and traced along the outer shell of her ear, sending a tingling blanket of electricity dancing along her skin as he sucked on her sensitive lobe.
“Then I’m going to fuck you.” He turned her face and kissed along her jaw. “Long,” he sighed, the tip of his tongue tickling the corner of her mouth. “And hard,” he said in a low, baritone whisper just before his hand tightened in her hair and he crushed his mouth to hers. Devouring her, his tongue rushed along hers in long, demanding strokes like a prophet to his promise.
Grant is just trying to move on and escape the demons that his profession has left behind and he wants to do it on his island. After his last “job” as a favor to his friend he needs this time to himself. When he meets Thalia, not only is the peace on his island disturbed, he knows that she is going to be trouble but can’t stop helping her anyways. Little does he know that there is more to Thalia and her past that she even knows. When pieces of her past come to light, he is torn. He knows that when she learns certain truths about his past and hers she may hate him forever.
Thalia, is out for vengeance against the man who killed her uncle. While on the run she ends up on Grant’s island and while the man makes her insane she cannot deny the attraction she feels for him. There is so much more going on than what Thalia knows, parts of her past that she can’t remember and truths that will make her question everything she has believed to be true with the actual truth. Can she accept Grant and his past or will she only use him to help her survive?
When we first met Grant in Second Chances, he was there to do a job and he wasn’t my favorite character at all. You didn’t get to see the other side of Grant like you do in Second Nature. There is so much more to him. I fell in love with Grant after the first couple of chapters. I really loved how protective of Thalia he was even from the start when she was being a massive bitch to him. He didn’t back down and was determined to find out who she really was. He is alpha and dominate and the perfect man and protector that Thalia needs.
Thalia has gone through hell, but, she doesn’t actually remember a lot of what has happened to her. She is hell bent on vengeance for her uncle. When she finds out the truth about the man she called uncle I actually felt bad for her because you could tell she was torn about what she knew and what he also was. While she was a massive and ungrateful bitch at times to Grant, once she let her guard down and him into her heart I really began to like her. When she finds out information about her past, my heart broke for her. No one should have gone through what she did.
I have really enjoyed this series so far, it’s erotic, it has suspense, romance and action. I really hope that this series continues. D.L Roan has made me want to pick up more suspense thrillers with this series. If you like this type of book I would recommend you don’t delay in reading the When Seconds Count series, starting with book one, Second Chances, and then reading Second Nature so you know the background and characters better.
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About the Author
D.L. Roan lives and writes in her “beautifully wild and southern” home state of Florida with her “perfectly flawed hero” husband and two 80lb lap dogs.
Completely addicted to the written word, she’s had a brood of characters residing inside her imagination for as long as she could remember. Being able to bring them to life and let them out to play has been a life’s dream fulfilled.
Romance has always been her favored genre. While erotica is her favored spicy flavor, she also enjoys paranormal fantasy and has been known to stalk the work of certain historical romance writers.
In addition to exorcizing her characters’ lusts, D.L. enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and sitting by a bonfire on a starry night. She loves to hear from her fans so check her out on Facebook or send her a tweet.
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