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Trapped by Claws

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A cursed shifter. A desperate human. The bargain that steals her freedom and dooms his life.

Going unnoticed is one of Mena’s best skills but when she rescues an otter in the forbidden North Sea, she catches the eye of the one fae who can’t look away from her. It’s clear the rakish Corvin likes to flirt and play games. So when he teases his intention to carry her off, Mena can’t be sure it’s merely a taunt. After all, she’s just a spinster stew cook.

But after her ship strays across the King of the North Sea’s magical boundary, Corvin is revealed as an enforcer, required to patrol fae water and destroy all who cross. Fae law has no mercy, and neither does he.

The ship must be destroyed. Mena and Corvin strike a bargain: Everyone aboard will be spared, but only if she becomes his.

Mena’s sacrifice ensures the crew’s survival and her mother’s safety, but now she’s trapped at the bottom of the sea, in a cold cave strewn with the remnants of other wrecks with no chance of escape.

Mena's handsome captor is not exactly who he seems. Corvin is trapped by his own bargain, owned by the King of the North Sea. If they are found, they'll face swift, torturous execution. Because by the king's command, shifter fae cannot have mates, and they're forbidden to save humans. But now that Corvin has found his fated mate against all odds, he can’t let her go.  Even if it costs him everything.

Of Seas and Tides is a multi-author series of romantic fantasy novellas designed to be read independently. Each standalone features a villain who gets their happily ever after in a swoony, swashbuckling romance.

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antagonists to lovers (mild enemies to lovers)
forbidden love
only one bed
who did this to you?
he falls
first fated mates
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3. Romance with moderate romantic content (heavier kissing)

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Scoffing, he set his hands on his narrow waist. He took a step closer. "And why should any of you be shown mercy? You deserve nothing."

"That's rather the point of mercy." I bumped into the wall.

"If we deserved it, it wouldn't be mercy." His lips trembled in the barest hint of a true smile. He stopped in front of me and pressed his hand against the wall near my head, caging me in as he leaned closer. He was so close, I could smell him. Salty ambergris, white patchouli, and spiced rum overwhelmed my senses. I blinked, struggling to steady myself as his bright-green eyes homed in on mine. My pulse raged.

"Of course," he murmured, his voice low and silky. "My offer still stands." I pressed myself back against the wall, palms against the wood.

"What offer?"

"To come to my home. My lair, as you called it." His gaze raked over me, leaving me breathless. That smile curled at his lips as his eyes grew sharper, hungrier. The claws on the hand pressed against the wall tapped against the wood.

"You threatened everyone on this ship, and you think I would agree to run off with you?" I forced the words out.

His smirk wavered. Then he leaned closer, his breath wisping over my cheek. "Except you're thinking about it." His eyebrow lifted.

"No!" I snapped. Or at least I tried. The word came out so much weaker and softer. There was something about him. Something in the way he looked at me that stole my breath and my strength. "I'm not tempted at all." My voice cracked.

He smirked.

"The answer is still no."

He slid his left hand against my throat, pushing me harder against the wall. Heat spasmed through me. His body did not press against mine though his other arm kept me caged. The tips of his claws pressed against my skin, making my flesh prickle and tingle. He caressed the column of my throat with the blade of his thumb. "Is it really?"


Jessica M. Butler

Jessica M. Butler is an adventurer, author, and attorney who never outgrew her love for telling stories and playing in imaginary worlds. She is the author of the epic romantic fantasy stories Of Serpents and Ruins, Bound By Blood, Trapped By Claws, Tue-Rah Chronicles along with many other fantasy stories. She lives with her husband and law partner, James Fry, in rural Indiana where they are quite happy with their five cats and all of the wildlife and trees. Get in contact with Jess directly at