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The Purrfect Stranger

Series: Perfect Strangers , Book 21.0
By: Bianca D'Arc | Other books by Bianca D'Arc
Published By: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
Published: Feb 08, 2012
ISBN # 9781936387427
Word Count: 16,932
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Categories: Romance>Paranormal/Horror Romance>Werewolves/Shifter Romance>Erotic Romance

Description
Sparks fly when a failed witch makes a werecougar purr.

Valerie is a failed witch, doomed to always disappoint her very proud, magical family, until a blind date on Valentine’s Day brings her face to face with her real destiny. Keith Redstone is a werecougar on the prowl who’s a little different from the rest of his Clan. He’s clawed his way to the position of Alpha by earning their respect, but most don’t know his deepest, darkest secret. He can see magic.

When the two meet, sparks fly…very real sparks of magical energy that singe their senses and seal their fate. But how can they reconcile two very different backgrounds and traditions? Will Keith recognize their swirling magic as belonging together? And will Valerie understand what it means when she makes her very own big cat purr?
 
Reader Rating:  starstarstarstar (25 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   liplipliplip
 
Editorial Reviews:
From Lea, BlackRaven Reviews
The Purrfect Stranger is fun, the characters are sexy, the cats are awesome and the ending is terrific
Excerpt:
Another sucky Valentine’s Day. Valerie twirled the straw in her rum and coke as she sat at the restaurant bar. She had been there an hour already. Val had wanted to get there early and scope out the place, but she’d been a little too eager to leave home and been way too early. The ice in her mixed drink had melted, watering down the concoction, but she didn’t care.

She had looked forward to having a date for the first time in years on Valentine’s night. Even if it was a blind date set up by her cousin Suzy. Suzy, who had encouraged Val to take a walk on the wild side. Those were the fledgling witch’s exact words to her older cousin who didn’t have enough magic in her to boil water. She was a disgrace to the entire Faber Clan. Teachers of magic from time immemorial. To have such a powerless child in their midst was both an embarrassment and practically a sin.

Good thing her brothers and sisters had proved to be exceptionally powerful warlocks and witches, or her parents might have been completely disgraced. As it was, not a single mage worth mentioning wanted to date the Faber’s freak child who had very little magic of her own—most of it quite useless.

But Suzy had always been a kind child. She’d grown into a gracious young woman who had a soft spot in her heart for her magicless older cousin. Suzy was her one true friend in Clan Faber. Without her, Val would’ve long ago left the family fold and struck out on her own in the real world. The world where magic didn’t intrude on every aspect of life. The world where Valerie didn’t feel like a freak all the time. A world without her beloved cousin, Suzy.

Without Suzy, Valerie wouldn’t be sitting here, waiting for a blind date.

Valerie hated blind dates as a rule, but she’d been on her share of them. Most didn’t work out. One or two had led to short-lived affairs. Yet, she was still alone. Unwanted by the magical community. Nothing terribly special among those who didn’t have a clue magic existed either. Just plain old Valerie, the eternally alone.

She was feeling single and pitiful, sitting by herself in a restaurant full of lovers on the alleged most romantic night of the year. Val sighed, trying to look invisible on her lonely barstool. All around her, people were mingling, sipping colorful drinks while they waited two-by-two for their tables to be ready. One quick glance told her she was the only single person sitting at the bar. She’d intercepted a few pitying looks from some of the other women in the room, but refused to acknowledge them.

She would sit here for another five minutes and if her date didn’t show by then, she was leaving. No matter how humiliating it would be to walk the gauntlet of paired off people on her way to the coat check and ultimately, the door.

“Is this seat taken?” A deep voice asked from above.

Expecting to see some guy and his date, Valerie looked up from her drink, only to be ensnared by dark eyes in the most handsome face she’d ever beheld. A quick check behind him showed no date in evidence, but Valerie was cautious. No way a guy this gorgeous would be on his own on Valentine’s night. Maybe his date was in the powder room?

“It’s free,” she answered shortly, turning back to her drink. She needed a minute to collect her thoughts. No doubt some slinky woman would show up to claim Mr. Handsome in a minute or two. Best not to make a fool out of herself before then.

“You’re Valerie, right?”

Be still her beating heart. Mr. Hunkalicious was her blind date? Way to go Suzy. If his packaging was anything to go by, Valerie owed Suzy big time for setting her up with this major hottie. Her radar went off at the thought. There had to be something wrong with him. Why else would a gorgeous guy like him be scrounging for a blind date on Valentine’s Day?

“Keith?” she asked, just to make sure. Her cousin had only given her the mystery man’s first name. Nothing more. Not even a description of his bodacious bod to tempt her. And man-oh-man, was she tempted.

“Yes, ma’am. Keith Redstone.” He offered his hand politely and she took it. There was something about his last name that tickled her memory, but she let it pass.

When her hand touched his, tingles of magic wove up her arm in a startling dance that teased her senses. Something special indeed. She’d never had such an immediate reaction to a man. And never one so magical. If touching hands did this, what would it feel like when he touched her in other places? “Valerie Faber.” She returned the self-introduction,

seeing no harm in giving him the power of her family’s last name. If he were the least bit acquainted with the magical world, he’d recognize it immediately and know she had powerful friends, even if her own power was negligible.

He held her hand longer than was strictly necessary, but in the end he let her go before she got too uncomfortable with the energy zinging from him to her and back again. She felt jazzed. Like little tickles of electricity were touching her skin everywhere, especially her most sensitive places.

His finger moved over the back of her hand and she felt it in the tightening of her nipples and a little pulse farther down. Oh, boy. The man’s energy was downright dangerous if it could make her squirm from three feet away. What would happen when he was up close and personal? More than anything, she wanted to find out.

But as he let her go, the niggling thought returned. There had to be something wrong with him. Some reason he had to resort to a blind date. She knew her problem. No magic. But he had magic to spare if the reaction dancing across her skin was any indication. He had power. Raw power.

As she took a really good look at him, she tried to figure out what it was that made her see him differently than the other warlocks she’d met. His magic had a different flavor. One that was more easily accessible to her starved magical senses. What was it about him?

“Looks like our table is ready.” He stood and held her chair as the maitre d’ signaled for them. Keith was the soul of politeness as he escorted her through the busy restaurant to their table.

Valerie noticed the appreciative stares of the women they passed as they got an eyeful of Keith Redstone. Oh, yeah. He was hot with a capital H. Even the married women couldn’t help but throw appreciative glances his way as they walked through the busy dining room.

And for tonight, at least, he was all hers. Goddess bless cousin Suzy.
Reader Reviews (8)
Submitted By: sassytw on Jan 15, 2014
I am such a fan of Ms. D'Arc and this story did not disappoint. It was well written for all that it wasn't all that long. She gave us fully developed characters. Both Keith and Valerie felt relatable even with the paranormal aspects. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and look forward to more from this author.
Submitted By: sarahd on Jan 9, 2014
I really enjoyed this book it was sweet at times and well thought out.
Submitted By: PianoACS on Dec 17, 2013
This is basically one long build up then sex scene with a few explanations along the way and at the end. I enjoyed it but it should be classified as a Redstone Clan book rather than a Lord of Were book.
Submitted By: Ssh! on Jan 12, 2013
As a fan of Bianca D'arc it is nice to see her writing again, after a longer time between her stories than normal, and she hasn't lost her touch this is a nice short story, with engaging characters that are well defined and communicate themselves well.
Submitted By: hollins89 on Jan 9, 2013
A nice, entertaining story that isn't that long. She does a good job at building a little more depth in her characters than what you normally see in shorter stories. This says that it's part of a very large series with different authors, but I would enjoy reading more in this particular story arc, rather than the larger series. There's more depth and story here than sex scenes.
Submitted By: mamalevan on Jan 1, 2013
Fun read, interesting characters and sexy story! I could use my own cat shifter...purrr!!!!
Submitted By: stshifter on Nov 5, 2012
This entire series is amazing your money and time will not be wasted. She has a unique quality of bring you into the story, and she does not disapoint.
Submitted By: greyson on May 28, 2012
Good quick story if you are looking for a quick "fluffy-bunny" read. No depth & straight forward. Nice way to blow an hour though.
 

The Purrfect Stranger

By: Bianca D'Arc
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