Title: Cup of Life
Author: Juliana Haygert
Series: Everlast #2.5
Publication date: January 20th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
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Thirty or forty years ago, I wouldn’t have stared at the girl in front of me for more than five seconds before charming her into going to bed with me. But this girl ... this girl was different. “I think that’s everything,” Nadine said, stepping out of the cottage as Rok flew from the roof. It was early January. The lights around the cottage reflected on the three feet of snow, and illuminated Nadine’s long brown hair, tinting some strands bronze. Her hair, her dark green eyes, and her red lips contrasted with her fair skin, and the only thought on my mind was that I had never seen a more beautiful girl in my entire life. And I had been alive for quite some time. Nadine approached me, and as it was every time she looked at me, I fought the urge to reach to her, to pull her against me, to kiss her, to— “It is everything, isn’t it?” She glanced at the bag slung across my shoulder and the box in my arms. She held her sister’s stuffed bunny in one hand, and a duffel bag in another. We had been moving to our new location all day, making several trips to and from, and now we were the last ones here. “I think so,” I replied, quickly glancing to Rok hovering above our heads. “Ready?” She walked down the porch steps, into the snow, and turned to the cottage. Her eyes scanned it, as if she wanted to take every little detail with her. She slung the duffel bag on her shoulder and turned the collar of her jacket up. “It’s odd. I feel like I should feel bad for leaving this place after fleeing so many others, after losing so many people.” She sighed. “But I don’t, and I totally should, especially after seeing the new place Ceris got us.” I nodded, knowing too well that the new place brought her depressing memories. No matter. It was a new place, a new path on our journey, a new beginning. We were on the right track. I offered my arm to her. “Let’s go, darling.” With a half-smile that made my heart skip a beat, Nadine sauntered to me and hooked her arm with mine. I scooted closer to her, more than necessary, because I could, because I wanted, and transported us out of there.
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