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Heat of the Night

Heat of the Night

Bad boys are her weakness and no one is as wicked as Connor Bruce...

He is the realization of every woman’s erotic fantasies. Existing in the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, Connor brings them decadent pleasures, fueled by their sexual energy. But violence and strife now tear apart both worlds, and Connor must embark on a perilous quest into the mortal realm … and into the arms of one intoxicating enchantress.

Stacey Daniels has always been attracted to the wrong type of men – and the muscular, Viking-like champion on her front doorstep is no exception. She can hardly believe the wounded warrior is from another world, a world where erotic dreams are needed to survive, a world of terrible danger that has followed him to her home. Connor finds solace in her passion, but only time will tell if he can defeat the dark foe who hunts them … and if Stacey can surrender to the promise he offers with every electrifying touch.

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Heat of the Night:

Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Dream Guardians® Series , Book 2
Original Publication Date: January 8, 2008

Sylvia Day

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The doorbell rang and Stacey turned her head to scowl in the direction of the foyer. If she’d been at home, she would have ignored it, but she was watching Lyssa’s house and pets while the boss was on a mini-vacation with her fiancé in Mexico, so that meant watching out for Lyssa’s packages, too.

Grumbling under her breath, Stacey stood and crossed the soothing beige carpeted living room to the marble-lined entrance hall. JB hissed and followed her, rumbling his demon cat’s warning. He hated visitors. Well, he hated everybody pretty much, but especially total strangers.

The bell rang again, impatiently, and she called out, “Hang on! I’m getting there.”

Stacey turned the knob and pulled the door open. “You gotta give a girl a minute to get–”

A Viking stood on Lyssa’s porch.

And he was devastatingly gorgeous.

JB’s bitching halted mid-rumble, just as Stacey’s speech had.

Gaping, she took a long, hard look at the blond giant who filled every inch of the doorway. He was at least six foot four, with a sword hilt peeking over his left shoulder and a brawny chest that would make Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson jealous. His arms were massive, ripped with taut muscles that stretched the golden skin covering them. He wore a straight black, sleeveless v-neck tunic that looked painted on and pants that clung to lean hips before flowing into loose pants legs. On his feet he sported wicked-looking combat boots.

“Wowza,” she murmured, duly impressed. The man was hot, hot, hot. Even in a costume. Chiseled jaw, a sinner’s mouth, arrogantly slashed brows, and a perfect nose. In fact all of him was perfect. At least the parts that she could see. Gorgeous in a way that was hard to define. There was something different about him, a physical charisma or perhaps a foreign appeal? She couldn’t put her finger on what it was that was so unique; she knew only that she’d never seen a more beautiful man, ever.

He wasn’t beautiful in the “pretty” sense. He was beautiful in the rocky moors sense, or the Serengeti sense. Harsh and untamed. Awe-inspiring in a wholly intimidating way. And because she was intimidated, Stacey did what she excelled at.

She got spunky.

Cocking her hip to lean into the door edge, she flashed a bright smile. “Hi.”

Bright, azure eyes widened, then narrowed.

“Who the hell are you?” the man demanded, his voice rumbling with a burr that was charming and delicious, even though his attitude wasn’t.

“Nice to meet you, too.”

“You’re not Lyssa Bates,” he rumbled.

“Damn. What gave me away? The short hair? The big butt?” She snapped her fingers. “I got it! I’m not drop-dead gorgeous and built like a brickhouse.”

The corner of his luscious mouth twitched. He tried to hide it, but she saw it. “Honey, you’re gorgeous and built, but you’re not Lyssa Bates.”

Stacey touched her nose, knowing that she had to be looking like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and sporting bloodshot eyes to boot. Some women looked great when they cried. She wasn’t one of them. And built? Ha! She’d had a kid. Nothing was where it used to be and she’d never dropped the last ten pounds from her pregnancy. Unable to think of a witty comeback because her brain was fried by his maybe-a-compliment, maybe-a-joke, she said, “Lyssa’s out of town. I’m watching things for her while she’s gone.”

“Is Cross here?” He looked easily over her head and into the condo.

“Who?”

He looked back down at her, frowning. “Aidan Cross. He lives here.”

“Uh, yeah. But if you think he’d let Lyssa go anywhere without him, you’re nuts.”

“True.” Something passed through his eyes as he looked at her.

Jeez, she had to go on vacation to wherever the hell Aidan was from. Obviously Hunkalicious on the porch was from there, too. Same brogue. Same sword fetish. Same hotness level.

“I’m going to stay here until they get back,” he pronounced, taking a step forward.

Stacey didn’t budge. “No way.”

He crossed his arms. “Listen, sweetheart, I’m not in the mood to play games. I feel like shit. I need to crash for a while.”

“Listen, babe,” she retorted, mimicking his pose. “I’m not playing. Sorry you feel like crap, but my day sucks, too. Go crash somewhere else.”

She watched his jaw tighten. “Aidan wouldn’t want me staying anywhere else.”

“Oh yeah? He didn’t say anything to me about anyone coming by. I don’t know you from Adam.”

“Connor Bruce.” He thrust a massive hand at her. She hesitated a moment, then took it. The heat of his palm burned her skin and spread tingles up her arm. She blinked.

“Stacey Daniels.”

“Hi, Stacey.” He tugged her into his chest, lifted her feet from the tile, and stepped into the condo, kicking the door shut behind them.

“Hey!” she protested, trying to ignore how delicious he smelled. Musky and exotic. Male. Sexual male. Dominant male. It made her want to bury her face in his powerful neck and breathe him in. Wrap her legs around his hips and rub up against him. Absolutely bizarre considering how pissed off at him she was.

“It stinks outside,” he complained. “I’m not standing out there anymore.”

“You can’t just barge in here!”

“Sure, I can.”

“Okay, you can. That doesn’t mean you should.”

Connor paused in the living room and looked around. Then he set her down, lifted his sword-holder-thingy over his head, and leaned it against the wall near the door.
“I’m going to bed.” He stretched his arms and back in a pose that made her mouth water.

“It’s still morning!”

“So? Don’t touch that.” He pointed to his sword, then turned toward the stairs.

“Fuck you.” Stacey set her hands on her hips and glared.

He paused with one booted foot on the lower step. His gaze dropped to her bare feet, then rose slowly and hotly all the way back up, stopping at the juncture between her legs, then her breasts, before lingering over her lips and meeting her eyes. She’d never been stripped bare like that before in her life. She swore he’d looked right through her low-slung jeans and tank top to the skin below. Her breasts swelled, her nipples hardened. Without a bra — hey, she wasn’t expecting company — it was obvious his perusal had turned her on.

“I’m tempted, darling.” His brogue was thick and warm. “But I’m in no condition to do you justice right now. Ask me again when I wake up.”

Her foot tapped on the carpet. “I’m not your honey, sweetheart, or darling. And if you go upstairs, I’m calling the police.”

Connor grinned, which transformed his features from too-hot-to-handle to absolutely divine. “Sure thing. Make sure they bring handcuffs…and leave them behind.”

“They won’t be leaving you behind!” How in hell could the man make her hot and bothered and hot under the collar at the same time?

“Call Aidan,” he suggested, climbing the stairs. “Or Lyssa. Tell them Connor’s here. See ya later.”

Running over to the stairs, Stacey prepared to yell up at him. Instead she found herself admiring his perfect ass.

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News & Reviews

Good News

  • Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award Finalist

    Heat of the Night has been named a finalist for the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award!

    — July 29, 2009
  • National Readers’ Choice Award Winner

    Heat of the Night is the 2008 Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award!

    — July 16, 2009
  • Best of 2008

    Heat of the Night has been named a Best Book of 2008 by Romance Reviews Today.

    — December 14, 2008

Industry Reviews

    • Toni Blake, award-winning author:
      “Sylvia Day delivers readers to a fantasy world as unique as it is erotic! Ms. Day is an up-and-coming talent in the world of erotic fiction.”
    • RT BOOKreviews Magazine:
      “Day’s second installment in her Dream Guardian series starts off with a bang! Her hot and steamy sex scenes will leave readers breathless and aching for more. The hero and heroine are believable and well written, and the hero is rugged and definitely dreamy. With characters from the first book added in, as well as a mixture of new faces, plus dashes of paranormal elements, Day has a winning recipe.” — January 2008
    • A Romance Review:
      “How to describe the indescribable? Heat of the Night defies commonplace descriptions. I was moved by it, aroused by it, and gladdened by it. Such powerful characters with an enormously compelling story to tell are the stuff of bestseller lists. And that is exactly where this book belongs.” – January 2008
    • Romance Reader at Heart:
      “In normal Sylvia Day style, Heat of the Night absolutely rocked my world! I love EVERYTHING Sylvia Day writes, but this one is definitely one of my faves. I seriously, utterly loved this book. I could not get enough of it, and when it was over, I was so sad because I wanted it never to end! Fans of the Dream Guardians are going to be ecstatic with Heat of the Night, just as I was!” – January 2008
    • Fallen Angels Reviews:
      Recommended Read! “My first word after reading this book was WOW! Ms. Day is truly a master at grabbing the reader’s attention from the first page and holding it throughout the story with her multifaceted storyline and scorching hot characters. Conner is not your typical alpha male, he’s much, much more than you could ever hope for and Stacey more than holds her own with her intelligent and sassy comebacks. When these two come together it is passionate, sensual and down right explosive, making it nearly impossible to put the book down.” – January 2008
    • Realms on Our Bookshelves:
      “From the first page on this book touched me and got me hooked. It was so much more outstanding than the first book in this series. This is one of those books that you just cannot put down.” – January 2008
    • Joyfully Reviewed:
      “Sylvia Day’s Guardians are deliciously spicy, especially the intensely sexual Connor. Love the paranormal world! Love the characters! Love the sizzling romance! Love Heat of the Night! Love Sylvia Day!” – January 2008
    • The Romance Studio:
      5 out of 5!Heat of the Night is not only a love story, it’s also an extremely adventurous tale of good versus evil. I couldn’t stop reading, waiting to see what would happen. In this story, there were characters from the first book as well as new characters, both evil and good. The adventure and love story combine, woven together by a wonderful plot. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in Ms. Day’s marvelous series.” – January 2008
    • Two Lips Reviews:
      “The rich and sensual alternate reality that the author has created is fascinating and complex. This series is full of power struggles, subterfuge, lies and conspiracies, and it will appeal to readers who enjoy action, suspense, scorching-hot sensuality and drama. Ms. Day is a master of penning intelligent characters who work together in a well-orchestrated symphony of riveting action. This is a series that is not to be missed.” - January 2008
    • Coffee Time Romance:
      “I must say I found Heat of the Night a delectable read. Not only was the storyline action-packed from the first page to the last, the soaring chemistry between Stacy and Conner is electrifying. Sylvia Day creates a robust, erotic fantasy with intense action, and colorful characters that make this one powerful read.” - January 2008
    • Romance Reviews Today:
      Heat of the Night is a richly woven delight. The suspense, action, and mysteries are intense and imaginative. Excellent pacing, writing, and characterization will have readers glued to the story. This second Dream Guardian book stands well on its own with plenty of background, but reading the first book will add insight. This book takes the series to a new level, earning it the La Grande Mort rating and builds high anticipation for the next tale. Heat of the Night is a very highly recommended book you won’t want to miss.” – January 2008