When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.Buy Darkness Becomes Her | Buy A Beautiful Evil
Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian.
Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.
Hi everyone! A big thanks to Reading Teen for having me here today to share an excerpt from A BEAUTIFUL EVIL. In this scene Ari has just left the Novem’s library, and she runs into the very unfriendly, very self-serving Josephine Arnaud... This scene is also where I got the title for the book.
I hope you enjoy this small peek into the book!
I stepped into the Novem’s study and came face to face with Josephine Arnaud. Head of the Arnaud family. A Bloodborn vampire and Sebastian’s grandmère.
Josephine oozed wealth and old world sophistication. Never a hair out of place or wrinkle in her expensive clothes. Her dark eyes burned with intellect. She was a few hundred years old, but she looked like a beautiful young woman.
She was also a complete and total witch, right up there with Athena.
We eyed each other for a second, and then I stepped around her, walking through a cloud of her elegant perfume. I didn’t have anything to say. She gave my father up to Athena and wanted to use me to increase her own power. She didn’t give a crap about me at all. And the feeling was mutual.
I was half way to the door before she spoke in her cultured French accent. “Find what you were looking for?”
I hesitated, knowing I should keep going, but I walked back to stand in front of her. “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you, Josephine. You never could help me could you?” I asked, remembering her offer to remove my curse in exchange for my allegiance.
“No one can remove your curse. It’s too old, too powerful, too tangled, and spoken by a god.” She laughed. “Your naiveté is astounding. In three and a half years, you will become a full blown gorgon, a hideous nightmare.” She cocked her head. “And my grandson will have learned a great life lesson.”
Like she cared about Sebastian or his life lessons. All she cared about was power.
“His interest in you is merely rebellion. You are different. Forbidden. Something he knows is wrong.” Her dark eyes traveled over my features. “He might see beauty now, might be lured by it even though he knows what lies beneath is evil. So intriguing, this flirting with danger.” She flicked a glance at the library. “Pandora was the same way, you know? A deceptive package. The Greek writers called her Kalon Kakon, a beautiful evil. It won’t be long before you destroy those around you, just like she did.”
My fists clenched hard. “And if that happens, Josephine, if I turn into a monster, I’ll be coming for you first and there isn’t a damn thing you can do to stop me.”
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