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KISS ACROSS DESERTS by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Kiss Across Time series. Book 4.0 

Vampire Menage Urban Fantasy Time Travel Romance Novel

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Time travel is not for the weak of heart.

Alexander Karim, long-time friend of Brody, Veris and Taylor, has been questioning everything; his purpose in life and his identity as a vampire and a doctor.  Even his long time pursuit of the lovely but reluctant police lieutenant Sydney Stevens is on shaky ground.

Life tosses him a curve ball when Alex learns that Brody’s trial lawyer, Rayner De Leon, the youngest appeal court judge in the state, is attracted to Alex.  Rayner is a vampire, Rafael, who has known Brody and Veris since the fifth century.  Alex warily allows Rafael to seduce him, and the affair has surprising results for both of them.

But then a deliberate hit and run tosses Sydney back into Alex’s life and this time, her defenses are down and she is vulnerable.  But there are unanswered questions surrounding Sydney.  Who tried to kill her?   And why is she insisting that Alex was there, when he doesn’t remember it that way?

When a kiss sends Alex and Sydney back to Alex’s beloved desert, and he realizes that Taylor is not the only one who can time travel, the questions pile up like gunpowder.  The flint that strikes the spark is Sydney’s past, which is exposed when Rafael reaches through time and uncovers her dangerous secret.

The explosion that follows is both deadly and tragic, reaching out to touch everyone’s lives.

Reader Advisory:  This time travel novel features two super-hot alpha vampire heroes, and explicit sex scenes.  Do not read this book if frank sexual language offends you. The time-space continuum was restored to order at the end of this book.  Promise.

This book is part of the paranormal time travel Kiss Across Time series:
1.0: Kiss Across Time
2.0: Kiss Across Swords
2.5: Time Kissed Moments*
3.0: Kiss Across Chains
3.5: Kiss Across Time Box One
4.0: Kiss Across Deserts
5.0: Kiss Across Kingdoms
5.1: Time And Tyra Again*
6.0: Kiss Across Seas
6.5: Kiss Across Time Box Two
7.0: Kiss Across Worlds
7.1: Time And Remembrance*
8.0: Kiss Across Tomorrow
8.1: More Time Kissed Moments*
9.0: Kiss Across Blades
10.0: Kiss Across Chaos
11.0: Kiss Across the Universe
11.1: Even More Time Kissed Moments*
12.0: Kiss Across Forever


[*Time Kissed Moments are short stories, novellas and collections featuring the characters and situations featured in the Kiss Across Time series.]


The series has ongoing storylines and characters.  Reading the books in order is recommended.

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Kiss Across Deserts
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 by Denise Upson

Her characters are people you feel heavily invested in, regardless of their state (vampire or human). Each one brings fantastic dynamics to every story line and relationship. I love this series, and wish the books were longer so I didn’t finish them quite so quickly.

 by Audrey Cienki
Kiss Across Deserts

This is a great story with many spot on observations about life in general. And what a great ending!

 by IngSav
Completely enthralling action and interesting characters.

I couldn't put this one down! There are wickedly smart plot twists (and turns) as time travel gets more complicated and plays havoc with the characters' lives. Ingenious use of time travel action and adventure creates mind blowing situations and interesting surprises.

I loved being there to 'watch' the slow evolution of a new trio of beautifully portrayed characters. This book features three new main characters, introduced by degrees in the first 4 novels of the series, as well as adding to the life and love story of Brody, Veris & Taylor.

I highly recommend this 4th book in the series but urge you to start at book one and include Moments books too. Every novel in the series contributes to building rich characters, complex relationships and action that all has a critical impact on future novels.


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Excerpt

EXCERPT FROM KISS ACROSS DESERTS
COPYRIGHT © TRACY COOPER-POSEY 2015
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

It had been the perfect day, until Alex had called.  When she recognized his cultured voice, Sydney sighed and swiveled her chair away from her computer to face the window.  It was an oddly dismal day out there.  March was always blustery and windy, but the clouds overhead were taking the light out of the day.  “Dr. Karim, you’re late.”

“I’m back to Dr. Karim, am I?” Alex asked.  “You must not be having a very good day, Lieutenant.”  Despite the fact that he had been phoning her regularly for nearly a year, he still refused to call her anything other than Lieutenant even though he had insisted she call him Alex, or Alexander.  Sydney didn’t know if his formal ways annoyed her or not.  Mostly, she found it quaint in an odd, foreign sort of way.   That fit in perfectly with everything else she had learned about him, which wasn’t much at all.

“It has been a perfectly wonderful day,” Sydney said truthfully.  She hesitated.  “I just don’t think you should call anymore.”

“It took you a year to come to that conclusion?” Alex asked, and she could hear the amusement in his voice.  Unlike some of her colleagues, Alex never treated her like an idiot.  That was why he was teasing her now in his cool, gentle way.

“Even after a year, I still don’t know what to make of you.”  Which was true, too.  It was almost impossible to put him into any sort of category.  “But I got the papers today.  Brody’s trial date has been set.”

“I heard.  Early August.   Brody’s right to a speedy trial does seem to have been overlooked.”

“It’s the clogged court system, Alex.  There are too few courts, too many trials and not enough people to process it all.  Brody isn’t the only one that is waiting.  He should be thankful he could afford the bail, otherwise he’d been sitting in a cell waiting.”  She took a breath, deliberately halting the flow of words pushing at her lips.  “I’ve said this before,” she pointed out.  “And this is exactly why you should stop calling me.  We’re going to be on opposite sides of the courtroom when the judge bangs his gavel.”

“Do you feel your professionalism is in danger, Lieutenant?”  Damn if he didn’t sound amused again.

“Of course not,” she shot back, “but—”

“I haven’t been called as a witness,” he continued.  “I’m on the sidelines, merely a curious spectator.  I do not believe I represent a conflict of interest in any way at all.  So I will continue to call you, as it is one of the small pleasures in my life.”

“Are you never going to get sick of me saying no, every time you ask?”

“I live in hope, Lieutenant.”

“You shouldn’t.”

“You have explained that before.  You do not date.  It interferes with your career.  Nevertheless, I like talking to you, even by phone.  And one day you might say yes and surprise us both.”

“I seriously doubt that.”

“Is there, perhaps, more reasons than those you’ve told me that explain why you continue to say no?”

Sydney carefully inhaled, controlling her reaction.  Alex wasn’t an idiot either.  That had been a very astute guess.  “None that you need to know,” she said, making her voice sound light.  Unconcerned.

“Ah…one day you will learn that you can trust me,” he said softly.  “But for now, may I ask you to dinner, Lieutenant?”

“Thank you, Dr. Karim, but I must decline.”

“That is your privilege, lieutenant.  So tell me why your day has been so wonderful.”

He moved on from her rejection so smoothly that she was barely aware that he was doing it.  She found herself telling him about her day.  The small successes that came in incremental slowness because she was a woman in a man’s world.  She barely had to explain any of it, because Alex already knew who all the key people were in the department, and the issues she had dealing with them.  After a year of pleasant conversations, he had learned more about her life and her career than she had realized.

He laughed in the right places, complimented her on her little achievements and when she hung up the phone twenty minutes later, she actually felt happier than before the call, even though she had been dreading the next time he phoned her ever since she had been advised of the court date.

She turned back to face her computer, examining her feelings carefully.  Was she…did she really feel relief because he would continue to call?  How strange…


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