Paranormal investigator Sullivan Wilde and clairvoyant Olivia Emerson make it back to New York without killing one another, and are now joined at the hip for better or for worse. Back home again, Sullivan’s deep ingrained inability to make a commitment causes friction between them, almost driving Olivia to the breaking point. Sullivan’s young daughter Sabrina offers invaluable insights, while Olivia struggles to make their relationship work.
Fellow investigators Kelly and Hudson Hayze, a brother and sister duo, along with their producer Arnav Bhandari, make up the rest of the Soul Scavengers family. The team members are excited to meet Olivia, and make no apologies for torturing their cranky colleague over the sins of his past, latching onto his obvious attraction to the fresh-faced clairvoyant.
When the Soul Scavengers team find themselves called to a mysterious mansion in rural Illinois, they get a little more than they bargained for. Ghostly giggles, squeaky, bouncing beds, clinking champagne glasses and whispers of sweet nothings make it difficult for the team to concentrate, let alone proceed with their investigation. A hundred twenty-five year old love triangle threatens to expose a long-forgotten secret when the ghost of a heartbroken young paramour attempts to shed light on the mansion’s dark history.
“Don’t thank me.” Arnav cast a playful, knowing eye over to Sullivan. “Thank Sully. He’s the one who agreed to work with a medium and not leave her tied up and gagged in the frozen tundra this time. I made him promise to be nice to you, baby girl.”
“Really? I would never have guessed Sullivan had a problem with mediums!” Olivia replied with a healthy amount of sarcasm, and folded her arms over her chest. “Arnie, the man is lucky he’s able to walk. I wanted to gut him within thirty seconds of him opening his mouth, and many, many times after that.”
“He was nice to you, wasn’t he? If he was a tyrannical brute, you can tell me and I’ll have him punished, flogged, or put on the rack, or something of that flavour, dear.”
Olivia couldn’t help the giggle. “He behaved. After I threatened to turn him into a toad.”
“He’s already a toad.” Hudson broke in, rolling his eyes. “A horny toad.”
Sullivan groaned his displeasure. “You people are ridiculous,” he muttered, shaking his head. Olivia gave him a gentle elbow to remind Sullivan of his manners.
“Be that at it may, I’m glad you survived the week with our delightful Mister Wilde.” Arnav winked at her. “I know how you feel, sweet pea. The old fella’s got a bit of a temper, and he has this undeniable way with people, doesn’t he?” He gave Sullivan a good-natured slap on the shoulder. “He’s a real people person. A gem of a guy! Underneath all that bluster and self- exaggerated hype, Sully’s one of the nicest guys I know. He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. My guess is there’s no end to his generous nature. There really is a sensitive human being there, no matter how many layers of rock-solid bastard he hides it under.”
Excerpt Two; R - rated
“You make me crazy,” Sullivan murmured between delectable kisses and small, ravenous bites across her collarbone. “My God, I want you so bad.”
Only he was capable of inciting a full-on riot within her body. “You’re welcome,” Olivia rasped, feeling his hands move between their bodies.
He unbuttoned her jeans with one hand, slipping his fingers inside the front of her lace bikini panties. Olivia gasped, her stomach swirling around like fireflies on a moonlit night, and she bit at her bottom lip. He was barely touching her and she was vibrating beneath him.
Olivia squirmed under his hand, lightheaded and delirious. The heat was intense. “Gods…”
“I want you naked,” he demanded, and kissed her on the lips again.
He was gentle, every touch loving and deliberate. Her breath soon grew short and desperate, and she let loose a series of small, urgent gasps. She screamed against his shoulder, convulsing into a string of explosive spasms she couldn't prevent. His strong arms wrapped around her like a life preserver, holding her until she stopped trembling, and he kissed the top of her head.
“I love to watch you, Olivia,” he whispered. “It’s so beautiful.”