EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]: Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross

I am excited to have Kaylea Cross here with us today. She’s going to share an excerpt from her novel Cover of Darkness and will also be giving away a copy of this book to one lucky winner.

You’ve probably read or seen a lot about the U.S. Navy SEALs in the news recently, especially since Osama bin Laden was killed. You probably also heard about the horrific accident when a Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on August 6th, killing all on board, including 22 SEALs belonging to DEVGRU (formerly known as SEAL Team 6), the fabled unit responsible for the kill. The SEALs are at the tip of the spear in the U.S. arsenal for the War on Terror. They are the best of the best for a reason, and earning the right to wear a Trident takes an unbreakable commitment few men can sustain. The sheer discipline and tenacity candidates must demonstrate in order to complete BUD/S training is worthy of our respect, let alone what SEALs face after their initial training is over.

I admit to being a nerd that loves reading about Special Ops forces. If you’re looking for some good non-fiction books about SEALs, their training and missions, I highly recommend Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell, Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL, by Chuck Pfarrer ,and SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, by Howard Wasdin.

But if military romantic suspense is more your thing, you’ve come to the right place! Cover of Darkness is the second of five books in my romantic suspense series with The Wild Rose Press, and it features a SEAL hero. The book has won both the 2010 Heart of Excellence Award and Laurel Wreath Award, and has been a finalist in the 2010 EPIC Awards, the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Awards, and the 2011 Aspen Gold Awards.

Kaylea Cross


Targeted by a terrorist cell, Bryn McAllister survives a bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut only to be left to die in a desert cellar. When she is rescued by Navy SEAL Lieutenant Declan McCabe and his team, Bryn must rely on the handsome officer to get her to safety. But just when she thinks the nightmare is over, family friend and legendary CIA operative Luke Hutchinson recruits her and McCabe to help track down the terrorist mastermind responsible for the attack.

With Bryn determined to see the terrorist brought to justice, Dec joins up to protect her, prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe during their dangerous mission. Battling the explosive attraction between them, Dec fights to keep his distance from her so he can do his job and keep her alive. But when plans falls apart and Bryn is captured, he must make the agonizing choice between his duty as a SEAL and the life of the woman he loves.

Excerpt from Cover of Darkness

When Dec knocked on Bryn’s door, she didn’t answer. After calling her name and waiting a few seconds, he figured she must still be in the bathroom and used her extra key. The shower was running behind the closed ensuite door. How long had she been in there now? Long enough to have a good cry by herself.


No answer.

He knocked. “Bryn, you okay in there?”


She didn’t sound fine, but he’d give her some more time. Four minutes passed, then five, and still the water ran. “Bryn, say something.”

“I’m f-fine,” she repeated.

More time passed, and with each minute, his tension levels increased until his gut was tied in knots. “All right, that’s it. I’m coming in,” he warned, and jimmied the lock free. A cloud of steam hit him, thick and humid as it wafted from behind the shower curtain. She didn’t say a word, didn’t give the slightest indication she was aware he’d intruded on her privacy. “Bryn, tell me you’re okay at least.”

“I’m ok-kay.”

The hell she was. He covered the four steps to the bathtub and gripped the edge of the plastic curtain. When she made no objection he grew really worried and pulled it aside to peek in.

She huddled in the tub, fully clothed, directly under the spray of scalding water. Her dark eyes were haunted as she gazed up at him, arms wrapped around herself, shaking, her hair plastered to her skull. “I’m fine. J-just cold.”

Something twisted in his chest, as though a giant fist had reached in and squeezed his heart. “Baby,” he whispered. Unlacing his boots, he tossed them aside and climbed in beside her, fully clothed, squeezing against the wall to pull her into his arms. She burrowed into him like a frightened child waking from a nightmare. Only she hadn’t been dreaming.

Heart aching for her, he held her tight, her shivers wracking them. The water beat down on them and he bent over her, sheltering her from the full brunt. Her fingers curled into his wet shirt. Her face pressed against the base of his throat, warm breath washing over his sensitized skin. He stroked one hand down her hair and the length of her spine, marveling at how perfectly she fit against him. She calmed, her breathing becoming slow and even, the convulsive shudders subsiding. Then she sighed and leaned her weight against him as though content to remain in his arms under the cooling flow of water. His body, however, was raging hot. If he didn’t put some distance between them soon, he wasn’t sure he could hold back.

“Better now? Want me to order us some food while you get out of these wet clothes?”


“Okay.” But she didn’t move. In fact, she didn’t seem in a hurry to go anywhere. She turned her face into his neck and nuzzled him, setting every nerve ending on fire. Her lips touched a kiss under his ear, making his growing erection jerk. Not good.

He set her away from him, surging to his feet and grabbing a towel to drape around her. “I’ll let you dry yourself off,” he blurted, snagging another towel for himself, stripping off his soaked t-shirt and tossing it in the sink on his way out. When he shut the door behind him, he leaned against it and took a deep breath, scrubbed a hand over his face. God. Another second in there with her and it would have been too late. As it was, his hand was shaking as he picked up the phone and dialed room service.

He rubbed the towel over his hair, peeled off his jeans and underwear, then wrapped the towel around his waist, flopping down on the bed while he waited to place his order. Bryn wasn’t thinking straight right now, he reminded himself. She needed soothing, to feel safe and protected, and she needed sleep. Shoving her down onto the mattress and getting inside her as deep as he could get wasn’t going to help matters.

Maybe something light to eat, fruit and cheese and bread or something, to settle her stomach and help her unwind. He’d have to check out some of the more serious cuts and scrapes she’d suffered, too. Maybe rub her neck for a while. Then he’d tuck the covers around her and stay while she slept, so she wouldn’t be alone. In case she had nightmares. He knew how much of a bitch flashbacks could be.

Still on hold, he turned his head at the sound of the bathroom door opening, and the air sucked right out of his lungs. Bryn stood, backlit in the doorway, stark naked, every gorgeous line of her body silhouetted in eye-popping relief. Her black gaze stroked over him like a caress, bold and possessive as she crossed the room toward him in a movement he could only describe as a prowl. His cock leapt to urgent attention.

A voice came on the other end of the line, but Dec didn’t hear a thing besides the roaring in his ears. He dropped the receiver into the cradle with a clack, his heart thudding against his ribs.

Oh, shit. He was so screwed.


Thanks to Kaylea Cross, one lucky winner will receive a copy of Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross!!

  • Giveaway open Internationally. (If the winner is in North America, they will get either a print copy or digital copy of the book. If the winner is International, they will get a digital copy.)
  • ONE entry per person! Those with duplicate entries will be disqualified. I highly recommend you leave a bread crumb (i.e. a comment) so that you’ll know you’ve already entered.
  • Comments are appreciated and recommended (see above), however, you must fill out the form below in order to enter the giveaway.
  • Please read the Contest/Giveaway Policy Tuesday, August 30, 2011 to enter.

Good luck to all who enter!

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  1. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I'm SIKED. REALLY, REALLY want to read this book. Enjoyed the 1st in the series a lot and want to continue with it...

    Greetings from Germany!

  2. OMG, this book sounds soooo good!! I definitely need it! smiles...

  3. Thank you for the great giveaway:)
    Looks really good!

  4. As a former military member, I sometimes cringe when I read military-themed books, but reading the excerpt from this makes me REALLY want this one. Seriously. It looks REALLY GOOD.


  5. This looks like such a great read!

  6. This sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. Congrats on all the awards "Cover of Darkness" has won, Kaylea.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  8. Thanks, yay! I'm glad you liked Out of Her League, but I think the others in the series are stronger.

    Hi, Christi, and thanks for stopping by :)

  9. Mama Kitty, I try really hard to get the military details right, so I hope my readers can tell I've done some homework ;)

    Hi, Temperance, thanks!

  10. Hi, Jac and Julie, thanks for leaving a comment.

    Jane, thanks very much! I was really tickled with the Daphne final :)

  11. Omg! This book sounds so good! Would love to win a copy, thanks for the chance!

  12. This sounds so good thanks for sharing! What a great giveaway thank you so much for the chance!

  13. Hey, Angela! Thanks for stopping by. I love Dec, he's one of my favorite heroes.

    Hi, Latishajean. Hope you're having a great summer so far.

  14. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

  15. Ok, I'm sold after that excerpt!

  16. Hi, Erin and Melissa. I do love that scene :)

  17. Would love to read this one!
    Am a sucker for military romantic suspense and I really liked that excerpt.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Hi, Pearl. Love your avatar! So pretty. Anyway, I'm a sucker for military romance too. I love Marliss Melton, Lisa Marie Rice (yum!) and Gennita Low. Have you read any of their books?

  19. Sounds great!

    I haven't read many military romance books, but I love the romance and suspense genre.

    Thanks for the international chance!

  20. This sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance to win