V3 Veiled Enchantments - Deborah Blake

Titles by Deborah Blake

WICKEDLY DANGEROUS

WICKEDLY WONDERFUL

WICKEDLY POWERFUL

DANGEROUSLY CHARMING

DANGEROUSLY DIVINE

VEILED MAGIC

VEILED MENACE

VEILED ENCHANTMENTS

Novellas

WICKEDLY MAGICAL

WICKEDLY EVER AFTER

Veiled Enchantments

Deborah Blake

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NEW YORK

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© 2018 by Deborah Blake

Excerpt from Wickedly Dangerous © 2014 by Deborah Blake

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: 9780399585951

First Edition: March 2018

Cover design by Sarah Oberrender

Cover Photos: Woman’s legs © Kiselev Andrey Valerevich / Shutterstock

Woman’s upper body © Kiselev Andrey Valerevich / Shutterstock

Forest © Piotr Krzeslak / Shutterstock

Tree stump © janos.bombicz / Shutterstock

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

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To Magic, Mystic, and Minerva—the best furfamily any Witch could ever hope to have.

Acknowledgments

Huge thanks to my wonderful agent, Elaine Spencer, who saw something special in the first Veiled Magic book and in me as well. I wouldn’t want to be making this journey with anyone else. Thank you for believing in me! Thanks as well to all the folks at Berkley who have helped my work look good before it reached the world, including editors, copy editors, proofreaders, and the cover artists who created the perfect art to represent my books. And thanks to my readers. You’re the best, and I look forward to continuing this journey with you, in whichever form it takes.

Contents

Titles by Deborah Blake

Title Page

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-one

Chapter Twenty-two

Chapter Twenty-three

Chapter Twenty-four

Chapter Twenty-five

Chapter Twenty-six

Chapter Twenty-seven

Chapter Twenty-eight

Excerpt from Wickedly Dangerous

About the Author

Chapter One

Donata stared at the man standing in the hallway in front of her apartment, torn between the desire to slam the door in his face and the equally strong impulse to jump into his arms and kiss him until he cried uncle. She compromised by taking a deep breath and saying with a calmness she didn’t quite feel, “Hello, Magnus. Long time no see.”

Uncharacteristically, the blond giant of a man hesitated, holding back on his usual exuberant greeting. He clearly wasn’t quite sure how to proceed either, although he couldn’t suppress his grin at seeing her.

“Hello, Donata. Aren’t you going to ask me in?” He held out a slightly battered bouquet of flowers that looked like they might have been plucked from someone’s garden and probably had been. Although where he’d found them this far into fall, she wasn’t sure.

She also wasn’t sure if she felt like letting him in. She hadn’t had much luck with men lately and wasn’t really in the mood to deal with another one. But her cat, Grimalkin, settled the question for her by strolling into the hallway and winding around Magnus’s legs, purring madly.

“Traitor,” she muttered, opening the door wider to accommodate her old lover’s ridiculously wide shoulders. Then added to Magnus, looking up all six foot four of him