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About the author:
Jen Berry is a housewife and mom who enjoys writing steamy shifter romances whenever she can! It all began with a story about Bigfoot but quickly expanded into 6 short stories, which in turn became the "Monster Fling" Universe. This new Centaur Series is Jen's first novella length work.
What inspired you to write your book?
I wanted to write a romance featuring a strong lead woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. This led me to create the steamy Monster Fling Universe. While it was definitely some of the hottest writing I’ve done, I realized that it was time to add some romance into the mix. The result is “I Gave Myself to the Billionaire Centaur”.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Lucy was alone.
It had been a week since Grace had been taken by the werewolf pack and Lucy still couldn’t figure out what to do. Her friend had gone with them willingly, but there was still something about that whole night that bothered Lucy. She’d been the one who to first fuck the chief, yet Grace had still been chosen.
Is there something wrong with me? It couldn’t be anything as stupid as her looks; Lucy wasn’t full of herself but she’d be lying if she said that she didn’t look good. Tall and athletic, with all the right curves, Lucy knew that she was hot. Of course, there were better looking women out there, but looks weren’t something she was missing.
Lucy shook her head at the empty kitchen. No, self-doubt wasn’t something she was used to and that’s why this had been such a hard problem to deal with. What else could she do though? Moving on wasn’t an option; no, Lucy wouldn’t rest until she found out where the Shifter Chief had taken Grace. The thought of finding either Bigfoot, the Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster again had occurred to her, but she’d quickly seen the problem with that idea.
While all three of the monsters had been amazing lovers, and would be more than happy to give her a quick fuck, she still didn’t know whether they could actually speak.
During her time with them Lucy hadn’t ever really communicated with any of them, they’d kept her far too. While all of them had been smart, the Loch Ness Monster especially, getting them to understand that she needed a way into the Magical Realm wasn’t something she had time for.
Though Lucy didn’t know why she felt like this, something told her that time was of the essence. Maybe…
Her thoughts were interrupted by her phone ringing.
Not wanting to talk to anyone, Lucy almost ignored it. She thought better of it though, a conversation with her mother, the only person who still called rather than texted, would do her some good. As she picked up the phone, Lucy saw that her mother’s name wasn’t popping up. Instead, a familiar number stood out brightly against the screen, Leo’s.
It was all Lucy could do to stop herself from throwing the cell phone across the room. The werewolf Alpha had betrayed both her and Grace last week, yet here he was trying to contact Lucy. Any apologies from him would be worthless, a total waste of breath. Still despite her anger, Lucy’s lawyer senses kicked in.
Though she hadn’t used them since she’d left her firm almost a year ago, they weren’t something that one could just brush away. Ten years of school and several more leading her own firm had done a pretty good job of cementing those senses in place. While she’d spent the last year chasing monsters all around the world, Lucy would never forget what all of that schooling had taught her; there was always a way to fix a problem.
The phone rang again, the third chime. Lucy had three more before it went to voicemail, and she knew that she was as likely to delete it as to listen. Besides, once it hit voicemail the chances of the guilty, Leo in this case, leaving a message dropped down to about zero percent.
But why is he calling? The question was punctuated by another ring, number four.
It was common for those accused of a crime to attempt to contact the victim or their family in an effort to apologize. Or to gloat, Lucy thought but pushed that particular line of thinking out of her head. But while she didn’t want to hear any apologies, Lucy wondered whether she could use this to her advantage.
The phone rang for the fifth time.
Thinking quickly, Lucy took a deep breath and made her choice.
She picked up the phone.
Except for the gentle sound of breathing on the other end of the line the phone was totally silent.
Rather than be the one to start the conversation, Lucy sat back in her chair and waited. An entire minute almost ticked by before she heard Leo sigh. “Hello Lucy,” the werewolf Alpha murmured.
“Hello Leo,” Lucy said, making sure to keep her voice level and cold.
“I’m… I’m sorry. I didn’t…”
“Save it!” Lucy quickly cut him off. Going down that path would make it that much harder for her to maintain her composure. No, the memory of the betrayal had to be pushed aside if she was to get what she wanted out of Leo. “I’m not in a forgiving mood, Leo.”
Static filled the phone as the werewolf sighed again. “Well what do you want me to do then?” he asked. “I couldn’t disobey the chief; it would’ve been suicide. Besides, it's not like the chief put a spell on her, Grace made her own choice to go with him.”
Lucy ticked off the stages she’d known this conversation would go down. He’d begun with asking for forgiveness and when that had failed, he’d jumped right to saying he had only been following orders. Just like the guilty always did. Perfect. Now Lucy just had to beat his arguments down so he could move on to the step she wanted, the one where he tried to make up for what he’d done.
“Bullshit,” Lucy hissed. “You took us there with one thing in mind, pleasing the chief. If you had told us what the entire point of fucking the chief had been, we might have gone along with it. You know how much both Grace and I wanted to enter the Magical Realm. If you had told us that the chief would require a bride in exchange, we at least would have thought it over. But you didn’t, so here we are. Don’t waste my time with your excuses.”
Silence answered her argument. There wasn’t a shred of doubt in Lucy’s mind that Leo was trying to figure out what to say next. Had the werewolf even come up with a plan before calling her, or had he thought she’d welcome him back with open arms? That was a question she’d had often enough during her years as a lawyer. But it wasn’t one I’d planned on having ever again. That fact pissed her off almost worse than Leo’s phone call had.
Her journey into the hidden world of monsters had been everything that Lucy had dreamed of when she’d begun it, but then she’d met Leo and his pack. Their initial romp had been amazing but that hadn’t been enough for the old wolf. If it hadn’t been for the man on the other end of the line Lucy would be fucking some mythological beast right this very moment!
“Nothing to say for yourself?” she asked through gritted teeth. Her emotions were coming through and though she knew that keeping them in check was paramount to beating down Leo’s defenses, Lucy was fighting a losing battle.
“I… I don’t know what to say,” Leo murmured.
Lucy allowed herself a smile. “Good, then you can listen.”
A moment passed before she heard another sigh at the other end of the line, the one she’d been after all along. It was the sigh of a beaten foe, one ready to be punished for what they had done. “Go ahead.”
“I need a way into the Magical Realm.”