Title: Vipers and Virtuosos
Series: Monsters & Muses #2
Author: Sav R. Miller
Genre: Dark Rockstar Romance
Release Date: December 14, 2021
From the second I saw her, I knew she’d be my ruin.
Sitting all alone at the bar, she looked like an angel.
Eurydice in human form; her beauty eclipsed by demons.
Now, I’m one of them.
The ghost she’s tried for years to escape.
Thinking I wouldn’t be able to find her.
But I never stopped trying, and now that I have,
Her past sins should be the least of her worries.
From the moment he saw me, I knew I’d ruin his life.
Alone at the bar, I dared the monster to come and play.
Orpheus in the flesh, with his sad songs and strange obsessions.
I became one of them.
The siren who calls to the darkest parts of him.
Only, I disappeared before he could act on it.
But now he’s here,
and he wants me to repent for my sins.
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“No. If you come back right now, I swear I won’t forgive you. I’m fine.” The girl turns slightly, meeting my gaze. She exhales, her breath wisping like smoke above her head. “Yes, I promise. Jesus. Okay, I’ll talk to you when we’re back at the hotel.”
Something heavy pulls at my chest, scraping like thorns at the tendons there. The thought of the night ending already makes my entire body sag, buckling beneath the weight of a missed opportunity.
Instead of dragging her up the street, I should’ve been grilling her all this time. Finding out what makes her her.
Why the blue hues in her eyes seem to dim when she’s lost in her thoughts but brighten when they’re engaged with mine.
I clear my throat, and she finally walks back over, shoving her phone into her purse.
Forcing nonchalance, I watch as she settles back onto the bench, stuffing a large bite of the bagel into her mouth.
“Boyfriend?” I ask, apprehension notching along my throat.
She snorts. Shakes her head. “Brother.”
“Ah.” I nod, relief splashing over me like a bucket of ice water. My heart stutters as I continue. “Do you have a boyfriend?”
Chewing, she steals a glance at me from the corner of her eye. “I’m not sure I’m really the dating type.”
She shrugs. “I know that probably seems crazy, what with how much you know about me.”
“Well, I know you’re not a hooker, and that your taste in bagels is subpar, at best.” I inch toward her, the heat from her body reaching out with invisible fingertips. “You just don’t really strike me as the love them and leave them type, is all.”
“Maybe I’m full of surprises.”
Driven by some powerful, transparent force, my hand reaches out slowly, once again tangling in her hair. A light shiver skates along her spine, and I trace it with the tip of one finger, arousal collecting in my gut and spurring me on.
She doesn’t ask me to stop or lean away. “Maybe you’re more attracted to danger than you’ve let on? You did, after all, come out tonight with a complete stranger.”
My fingers travel higher, twisting in the strands at the base of her neck. The urge to tug back is strong, but I resist as her pink lips part slightly, not wanting to scare her off.
“Besides…” she breathes, dropping the rest of the bagel into her lap, eyes tilting toward the night sky. “Who says I’m not dangerous?”
Leaning forward, I run my nose along her hairline, inhaling that sweet peppermint perfume. “I have no doubt that you are.”
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Sav R. Miller is an international bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance. She prefers the villains in most stories, and thinks everyone deserves happily-ever-after. Currently, Sav lives in central Kentucky with two pups, Lord Byron and Poe. She loves sitcoms, silence, and sardonic humor.