Endangered Hearts by Amanda Lance
Genre: New Adult
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher and interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
There reactions were simultaneous, and when the other realized that they were present a wide range of embarrassment came over the both of them.“You” he breathed. Perhaps he would have yelled,shouted even,yet he was out of breath and the flush that had taken over her lovely face had also put him considerably out of ease.“I-I—”The condition flamed within him again, and, out of instinct; he reached for the book that held his medication but knew it would be unwise to consume the narcotics in front of her, and so, stopped himself. Kasper shut his eyes and heaved into the air. Without his medication it would be difficult to calm down, especially since she had not discontinued her staring at him. He could feel her gaze even through his eyelids with his back turned. Did the little peach feel so much when he watched her from far away? Did she feel so anxious? His stomach recoiled at the thought of causing her discomfort, a feeling he realized, more painful than the current state that plagued “What are you doing up here?”“Y-you—”He tossed the instrument at the floor, though it must have been much harder than he intended, as it made Emilia flinch where she stood. Seconds later, her blue eyes were still wide with that horror he despised the most, that horror, that, somehow he had let himself hope, he would never see directed at him.“You should not be up here! You were told—”“B-but you’re bleeding” She informed him softly.Without thinking, Kasper’s hand reached to the sting on his face. While there were few functioning nerve endings beneath the malformed tissue, he could feel that much pain. Sure enough, when he pulled away, there was some blood, and even more had dropped to his shoe, trickled to the ground below.Emilia stepped towards him slowly, not unlike Kasper would a startled horse. And although he was only distracted briefly by his injury, it was not enough for Emilia’s move to go unnoticed. “W-what are you doing?” Kasper could not hide the panic in his voice, and he was much too stunned to backaway—his fight or flight response failing completely. Regardless, Emilia had him boxed in, and with the grand piano taking up the quarter half of the wall and antique instruments lining the other half for decoration, there were few places for him to retreat. Though frankly, he was not sure if he wanted to
“You’re bleeding” she said again, this time reaching out for him. Once again, he inhaled sharply, fearing and hoping she would try to touch him, horrified she would try to remove the mask he had lived behind and thrived in for so long. He recoiled just as her fingertips shadowed his cheek, but he felt no relief, seeing the hurt on her face as she backed away. “Are you all right?” He heard her ask.“A mere scrape.” Kasper swallowed hard, feeling a new sweat rise on his brow, though he was more cold than hot. His idiotic body could not even perform the most basic of functions properly, betraying him at this most desperate time!
Emilia laughed. Seeing him struggle to insult her was unquestionably entertaining, no matter how awkward Kasper Zafar was one minute, he could be wonderfully articulate the very next.
Can you tell us about your book, Endangered Hearts, in fifteen words or less?
A sexy, modern-day Beauty and the Beast with a hot employer/employee relationship.
What was your favorite scene to write?
The sexy times… ;)
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
I wrote a scene where Kasper and Emilia play chess that I really liked, but because it didn’t advance the plot I cut it out completely.
Is Endangered Hearts a standalone or part of a series?
It is a series, the first in a three part series.
Do you have a favorite quote from Endangered Hearts?
“If he couldn’t lay his life down at her feet, he would do his best to assure her well-being.” –Kasper
Are you currently working on anything else?
The remainder of the Endangered Hearts series.
What couple do you ship from a different series?
I love C.J. Robert’s Caleb and Olivia from The Dark Duet series. *gush*
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
The epilogue in the Dark Duet series was pretty much perfect.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
Way too much…