I am a huge fan of the Twist Me series by Anna Zaires. She has a companion series coming out the end of this year and early 2016, following the story of Lucas and Yulia. I was lucky enough to score some advance info and be a part of the cover and blurb release party today.
There’s also an excerpt from Capture Me. Here’s the good stuff:
Title: CAPTURE ME
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Cover by Najla Qamber Designs
Photo by Lindee Robinson Photography
Models: Sarah Stroven and Adam Stroven
A new dark romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me.
She fears him from the first moment she sees him.
Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She
survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may
be the most dangerous of them all.
One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and
get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be
Instead, it’s just the beginning.
He wants her from the first moment he sees her. Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.
Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.
She betrayed him.
Now she will pay.
Author’s Note: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200
pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read
that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books
2 and 3 of Twist Me.
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Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me
series, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet
with the Russian officials.
He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no
greeting—he just comes in.
Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d
somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a
woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he
towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up
almost the entire hallway.
Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward
me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.
“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale
gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”
I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and
confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”
“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line
of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”
“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a
steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what
he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.
He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”
“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using
politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”
Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket
and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into
black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful
calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.
Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted
effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in
my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he
wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.
What he is.
It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to
dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep
with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.
Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.
Closing the closet door, I paste a practised smile on my face and turn back to
face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.
Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a
My pulse jumps again, my new found composure fleeing. He’s close enough
that I can see the grey striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.
And a second later, he does touch me. Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw. I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.
Intimate and disturbing.
I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.
“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”
About the Author
Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught
her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always
lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her
imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a
science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their
After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna
spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In
2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing
Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing.
Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.
In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong,
anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long
walks with her amazing husband.
She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her
through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too
often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at
http://www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.
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