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Authors: Jennifer Lyon

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Sinful Magic

Praise for Jennifer Lyon

BLOOD MAGIC

“Witchcraft, magic and dark curses take on a new twist in Lyon’s action-packed series launch. Where once this hero and heroine would have been allies, now they are separated by a blood curse. Their distrust and antagonism keep the dialogue snapping and the feel of treacherous passion inspiring. Keep an eye on this author and her series.”

—RT Book Reviews (4 ˝ stars)

“A sexy and riveting paranormal adventure with so much to offer

For a thrilling adventure sizzling with passion, intrigue and complexity, pick up Blood Magic and prepare to be absorbed.”

—Fresh Fiction

“Jennifer Lyon writes an alluring tale, designed to draw the reader in, and makes it hard to withdraw from the storyline even after the last word in the book.”

—Bitten by Books

SOUL MAGIC

“Lyon is back for the second installment of her promising Magic series as she digs deeper into the mystery of soul mirrors. By setting her romantic protagonists on opposite sides of a curse, she ensures sacrifices will be needed. Readers are in for a roller-coaster ride of danger and emotional drama!”

—RT Book Reviews (four stars)

“A captivating paranormal romance

a thoroughly enjoyable tale that you won’t want to miss.”

—Romance Reviews Today

By Jennifer Lyon

BLOOD MAGIC

SOUL MAGIC

NIGHT MAGIC

SINFUL MAGIC

Sinful Magic is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.

A Ballantine Books Mass Market Original

Copyright Š 2011 by Jennifer Apodaca

All rights reserved.

Published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

BALLANTINE and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.

eISBN: 978-0-345-52009-8

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Ballantine Books mass market edition: June 2011

Cover design and illustration by Jae Song

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Baileyd

For my sister, Carol

You shared your love of witches and dragons with me

and taught me that books are magical.

Love you, always!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book was particularly hard to write. I love these characters more and more with each book, but capturing Key and Roxy’s story with mere words was immensely challenging. I had a team of people there to help me anytime I lost my way. I am hugely grateful to all of them, for this story could not have been written without them.

Thank you to my editor, Shauna Summers. Her revisions and suggestions were a driving force in helping me find the right way to tell this story. Huge thanks to the cover artist who created the cover for Sinful Magic, I think it’s stunning and perfect! Additional thanks to all the hard working dedicated folks at Ballantine who do so much “behind the scenes” work.

My agent, Karen Solem, who never wavers in her steadfast belief in me. Thanks, Karen!

A special thank you to my husband, Dan. You are the love of my life, and I could not have created a more perfect hero than you.

There are many others who were there for me each and every time I needed help with plotting, characterization, research, or just the reassurance that I could write this story. To all of you, my friends, thank you.

And most important of all, a heartfelt thank you to all the fans. It is you I think of each day as I write these stories. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Contents

Cover

Other Books by This Author

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27

She was the image of sex.

Pure sex.

No, she was more than sex. She invoked wild feelings, untamed ardor mixed with protective

Shit, he didn’t know! Kieran DeMicca kept drawing, desperate to reveal her.

Each line he stroked on the wall of his hotel room made his cock ache and harden. He was drawing beauty. Passion. Sensuality.

Normally he drew vigilante justice in bold charcoal splashed with red. That was his medium, his art, what he was famous for: Dyfyr, Dragon of Vengeance, exploding from the charcoal lines to spew his blood fury. Dyfyr had no restraint or moral boundaries; he only dealt in vengeance on behalf of those who couldn’t fight back for themselves. He had a personal grudge against his sire, the demon dragon that had created him. That was what Key lived and what he drew.

Not this. Sweeping lines of sex and woman. Not a girl, not a lady, but a woman.

Still couldn’t see her! Sweat ran down his back into the waistband of his jeans. He could see only the parts: the sweep of her shoulder, the curve of her waist, the sweet contour of her thigh, the heart-shaped face.

He had no choice, no ability to control what he drew. It came from his soul; he drew because he had to. Her breasts were full and spilling over her arm. She wouldn’t let him see her nipples and that infuriated him. But then he captured the enticing curve of her hip, with the one thigh turned and shielding her mound.

“Show me, damn it!” he snarled, needing to see all of her.

She refused, but his attention was on her stomach now. She wasn’t anything like the other women he drew. Her stomach wasn’t cut to rigid muscles, but rather, she had a slope that made him want to press his face into the softness of her belly.

More sweat slid down his chest. The air was cranked up high, but the heat came from within.

From the woman. But it was more than lust. He drew to drain off the fiery heat of violence writhing within him, leaving him cold and empty. But every line of this woman created a reverse flow that made him burn with lust and made him feel. Wild feelings, possessive feelings, tender feelings.

Who was she?

Key picked up another pencil and unveiled her face.

Stroke by stroke.

And when he was done, his breath caught. He’d never seen her before. The dragon tat on his chest shifted in his skin. His entire body went tight with red-hot, fierce, ball-exploding lust. She appealed to the man in him on a visceral level. He wanted to protect her, screw her, and soothe her all at the same time.

Her tilted green eyes stared back at him and told the story.

Witch.

A shiver raced down his spine. Oh fuck! The witch appealed to something much darker within him, and a hell of a lot more dangerous. He was a witch hunter, cursed to crave the power in witch blood. If he killed a witch, his soul would be gone. He’d go rogue, turning into the murdering jackals his father, uncle, and half brother had been. He’d refused to let the curse turn him, fought it every day since puberty.

Was he losing the fight? Was that what made him draw her? A witch he’d never seen before? Just looking at her fractured him, part of him desperate to stroke, pleasure, and protect her; another part wanting to destroy her by cutting her and letting the warm spill of her potent blood cool the burn of the curse on his skin.

His arm twitched, and when he looked down, he saw that he had picked up another pencil. Red. For blood.

Liam! he thought. Shit! His half brother was dead. It had been eleven years since Key had plunged his knife into Liam’s chest and sliced out a chunk of his heart, then walked away. He had to be dead. Yet

the name Liam burned deep into his brain, as if he had an art-psychic connection with his half brother.

Had he survived? Or was the insanity of bloodlust claiming Key?

He fought the need to keep drawing, resisting the urge to destroy this beauty with his bloodred pencil. He struggled, hurling the pencil against an adjacent wall. No. He wouldn’t draw the brutalization of this witch! Every time he’d slipped into his frenzied drawing mode, he’d been drained, dispassionate, pissed off on an intellectual level. Not this! Not feeling the agony of emotions, of caring. Goddamnit!

He was in a maelstrom that he could only vent by drawing. His hand shook with the need, the compulsion to draw and destroy. His muscles popped and burned, his veins swelled with bloodlust. From the first time he’d held a thick crayon in his hand at three years old, art had been his refuge, his solace. His sanity. Drawing drained off the core of violence inside him. Left him calm, reasonable, able to live.

But if he picked up that pencil and desecrated this sensual creature that embodied everything female, he would feel it. Feel too much: hatred, rage, anger, grief, disgust, horror—and it would drive him closer to the edge. Closer to losing control of the bloodlust, and going rogue.

Clenching his fists, he fought, struggled, and sweat coated him, pouring down his naked chest, soaking his skin. Shakes began from his bones and rattled outward.

Rage and violence exploded inside his chest. His dragon tat roared in his head. And Key lost.

He picked up the pencil.

Bloodred.

And he began to destroy her.

Roxanne Banfield moved through the crowded room, feeling the energy buzzing through her. The excitement of the fans, the creativity of the talent, practically took on a life of its own. The meet and greet was the opening event for the Comic Expression Conference.

Her stomach fluttered in excitement. She was confident that she was going to find exactly the right project for her dad’s company, Spectral Productions. She had a comic book series and a graphic novel in mind, but she really wanted to see the authors mixing with their fans.

If she was going to work with them to develop their project into a movie or TV series, she needed to see how they interacted. Temperamental artists could make her life a special kind of hell. She moved through the milling folks, some in costume, some looking starstruck, many young women dressed for sex and obviously on the prowl.

Spotting the siblings Perry and Nina, creators of The Eternal Assassins, she headed toward them. They had an intriguing graphic novel series going of a shadow world empress who offered murder victims a chance to kill their murderer. The souls didn’t know the cost of that deal until after they agreed and found themselves in a new body. If they made the kill, they became Eternal Assassins.

“Roxy.”

That voice! She narrowed her eyes and spun around. Standing there, an expensive digital camera hanging off his neck, was Mack Daemon. What the hell was he doing here? Humiliation and fury burned up her fair skin. “Look what the scuzz pool burped up.” She was proud of her restraint. What she wanted to do was shove his camera into a place that would take intimate photos of his colon.

He spread his hands out in a see-I’m-harmless gesture. “Look, I’m sorry, all right? I was just intrigued, and I couldn’t help myself. My camera is like an extension of my hand.”

She stepped toward the five foot eight, gym-bulked man. “Not during foreplay,” she said in a low voice. Her birthmark on her inner thigh, the one that fascinated him enough to grab his camera and take a picture, felt cold and dead as ever. She hated that mark, wanted it gone.

Mack’s voice hardened. “This isn’t the place. Meet me for a drink later and we’ll talk.”

She had trusted him. He was a freelance photographer; they’d met at another conference and dated for a few weeks. When she was sure he wasn’t her Awakening, the man who would unlock her fertility magic, she’d agreed to have sex with him. Roxy didn’t want to be a witch, not the kind of witch her mother was, using sex only to feed her magic. Sex was a super big deal for her, and this guy broke her trust with his fetish. “Nope, I don’t drink with perverts.” She lifted her chin and turned to go find Perry and Nina.

“I know what the birthmark means.”

She whipped back around and stared at him. His dark eyes looked calculating. Mack was smart, talented with a camera, and he had a kinetic energy she’d interpreted as a drive for success. She had liked that in him, liked that he had his own life and wasn’t clingy or demanding of a long-term relationship.

He didn’t flinch beneath her gaze and added, “Meet me at nine in the bar.”

What was this? Blackmail? Or did he think she was some kind of genie he could get three wishes out of? What could he do to her? So what if he told the world she was a witch? No one would believe him; mortals rarely believed. Her powers were latent anyway, locked in her dying chakras.

But if rogues found out

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