Okay, so, because the latest in this series released only last week, I should start with that story (as I usually do). But, because this feels more like an ongoing story, I’ll start from the very beginning and work my way to the latest release.
The series is The Teplo Trilogy by Ayden K. Morgen, Romantic Suspense.
Ravished ~ The Teplo Trilogy #1
When Tristan Riley drags Lillian Maddox onto the dance floor at Teplo, he intends only to protect his cover… at least that’s what he tells himself. But the lovely Lillian would tempt a saint, and Tristan is far from a gentleman. Beneath the bright lights of the Vetrov family’s dangerous club, the weary DEA agent finds himself captivated by the ballerina, coaxing them both into a reckless, erotic encounter.
But Tristan isn’t prepared for the intense connection between him and Lillian, or for the fallout of their tryst. In a matter of days, their lives careen wildly off course, catapulting them both into a deadly game of hide and seek with the Vetrov family and one of Mexico’s deadliest drug cartels.
Trying to keep his hands to himself while working alongside Lillian to stop Anton Vetrov’s deadly new drug proves almost impossible for Tristan, but what choice does he have when being with her might get her killed? He should know: his entire family was murdered by people just like Anton.
When the stakes are raised and innocent lives are lost, will Tristan be able to let go of the guilt, or will he destroy his chance at happiness with Lillian before it ever truly begins?
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“What?” Tristan blinked.
“I didn’t stutter, Tristan,” she said. “You had no right to come in here accusing me of anything when you were the one using me. And it’s pathetic that you had to send your boss to admit it for you.” She laughed, swiping at her eyes as if expecting to find tears there. “As if it weren’t humiliating enough to find out from someone else that you’re a DEA agent, or to have someone else tell me your last name after the things we did. I had to sit in a hospital bed and listen to your boss tell me you’d used me and I needed to stay the hell out of your way. You couldn’t even be bothered to do that much yourself. You make me sick.”
He stared at her, trying to absorb and process what she’d said.
Jason had told her that he’d used her?
“Don’t you dare look at me like that,” Lillian seethed, swiping at her dry eyes again. “You used me to save your own ass, and I was naïve enough to let it happen.” She stopped, her shoulders slumping as if she’d run out of steam. When she met his gaze this time, the sadness and doubt in her gaze wrecked him. “Tell me one thing. Why did you pick me? Out of everyone there… was I really the one that looked the most desperate and pathetic?”
Her sad question hit him like a bullet to his gut. Eight days of guilt and resentment boiled, flashed to steam, and then erupted outward, leaving fury in its place. Fury at Jason for allowing her to believe that he’d used her, at himself for letting Jason convince him to stay away, and fury at her for believing for a second that she looked anything like the women prostituting themselves at Teplo.
“You think I used you?” he demanded, pacing toward her. If she wanted to believe he didn’t care about her safety, fine. But he’d be damned if he let her believe he’d used her because she looked easy.
She backed away from him, but he was implacable.
“You think I wanted convenient or desperate? A quick fuck?”
“I know you did,” she said, her chin coming up and a haughty gleam entering her eyes. She continued to back away from him, one careful step at a time.
“You know nothing!” He smiled a feral, wicked smile and kept stalking toward her. Even when her back thumped into the pale wall across the foyer, he didn’t stop. He advanced until he was toe to toe with her, and her eyes were inches from his.
Rhapsody ~ The Teplo Trilogy #2
After Anton Vetrov brutally murders a young girl as a warning to Tristan Riley, the broken DEA agent believes the best thing for Lillian Maddox to do would be to stay far, far away from him. But Lillian knows a thing or two about fear, and she’s not willing to let the man she loves push her away that easily. If he won’t fight for them, she will… even if that means risking her life to prove she’s strong enough to live in his world.
Her plan ends in disaster when she’s dragged out of Teplo at gunpoint, forcing Tristan onto a collision course with the Vetrov family and Pedro Francisco. With nothing left to lose except the only woman who has ever mattered to him, he will do whatever it takes to stop Vetrov and Francisco from ever hurting her again.
But he doesn’t know they’ve been waiting for him to make his move. When he does, all hell breaks loose, and his life is on the line. It’s up to Lillian and the DEA to save him, and she’s terrified they won’t make it in time.
Thrust headlong into a violent, bloody confrontation with the Vetrov family, Lillian comes face to the face with the heartbreaking realization that maybe she doesn’t belong in Tristan’s world, after all. When the smoke clears, will he be able to convince his ballerina that she’s the best thing for him, or will he lose her and the chance at a real future once and for all?
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“Hey,” he whispered, leaning back against the counter.
She didn’t hesitate before walking straight to him.
His right arm went around her, gathering her close as that same strange twisting sensation hit him right in the heart. She rested her head against his chest, humming her contentment. She felt so good in his arms, warm and soft. He pressed his lips to her forehead, breathing her in. She smelled like sin, like him and her and lilacs.
“How’d you sleep, beautiful?” he asked.
“Good. I always sleep so well with you.”
“Good.” A pleased rumble started in his chest. He pressed his lips to her forehead again, and then her temple. “I like having you in my bed.”
Jason cleared his throat, reminding Tristan he was still on the line. “I’ll let you go, man. See you tonight?”
“Yeah, later.” Tristan set his phone on the counter and tilted Lillian’s face up to his, kissing her deeply. She tasted like mint and sugar, so sweet. When they were both breathing heavily, he broke the kiss and led her to the table before settling her into a chair.
Her blush deepened as her eyes flickered to the table and then back to him, no doubt remembering what they’d done there a few short hours ago.
He couldn’t help the smile tugging at the corners of his lips as he remembered too. The feel of her gripping him, the way she cried out for him, gasping that she loved him. The look in her eyes when she’d demanded he take her…. His cock hardened at the memory of her commanding him to give her what she wanted. Christ, he’d never get enough of her.
“You hungry?” he asked, backing away before he lifted her up onto the tabletop and had her for breakfast.
“Starving,” she whispered, desire turning her eyes to hazel flames. She bit her lip, her gaze roving shamelessly up and down his body.
“Behave,” he growled, swiping his thumb across her bottom lip, “or I’ll bend you over the table and make you scream my name again.”
Rapture ~ The Teplo Trilogy #3
Four months ago, DEA agent Tristan Riley nearly lost his life and the disabled ballerina who stole his heart. Now his relationship with Lillian Maddox is stronger than ever, and he wants nothing more than to put Teplo and the Vetrov case behind him. But when Elijah Noel and the deadly Vetrov drug appear in Los Angeles, Tristan is thrust right back into the middle of his worst nightmare.
In order to stop a vicious gang war and keep the drug out of Pedro Francisco’s hands, the DEA agent finds himself wading into unfamiliar gang territory. The stakes are high, and the body count is even higher. Los Angeles is nothing like Seattle…and Francisco’s people are a whole new level of terrifying.
When the DEA jeopardizes Lillian’s safety and loses their one shot at finding the Vetrov drug, Tristan walks away from his job to save her life. With a rogue ATF agent and Michael Kincaid at his side, he will stop at nothing to bring her home safely.
Outnumbered, outgunned, and with his back against the wall, Tristan will find his resolve tested in ways he never could have imagine. Making a deal with the devil was never in his plans, but he’ll do whatever it takes to save his ballerina one last time…even if he has to catapult the entire West Coast into a drug war unlike they’ve ever seen.
The nondescript interview room didn’t hold much. Paint peeled from the walls and an inch of dirt and grime was visible in the corners. The four chairs in the small space were bolted to the floor. So was the table in the center of the room. Two guards stood at the door on the opposite side of the room, pretending to look everywhere except at them.
The man handcuffed and shackled to the table had shaggy black hair and gang tattoos all over his face and hands. Unless Tristan missed his guess, Jesus de Silva was in his late twenties or early thirties. One of his front teeth was missing in action. The permanent sneer on his face and those hard brown eyes made him appear sullen. Intelligence shone in his eyes though, making it clear he wasn’t just another gangbanger. He was smart enough to have made it damn near to the top of one of the most violent gangs in Los Angeles, and that counted for something.
“Puto,” he muttered, his lips twisting into a sneer as he glared at Roman.
“Miss me, de Silva?” Roman asked, slapping the case file down onto the table.
“Fuck you, homie.”
“We both know I’m not your type, de Silva. You prefer innocent teenagers, remember?” Hatred rolled through Roman’s expression as he stared at the gangbanger. “You sick fuck.”
“If that’s how you’re going to speak to my client–”
“Settle down, Black. I know his fucking rights.” Roman rolled his eyes and dropped down into the chair across from de Silva. “Riley, this is Jesus. Jesus, this is Riley. He likes you about as well as my last partner did. You remember Brady, right?”
The gangbanger ignored him, his hard gaze flickering across Tristan’s face. He schooled his expression quickly, but not quickly enough to hide the flare of recognition, followed by annoyance that flashed across his face.
When Black made his way around the table to take the seat beside his client, Roman caught Tristan’s eye and arched a brow. Tristan nodded back before sliding into an empty chair, letting the ATF agent know he’d noticed it too.
Somehow, de Silva knew who he was and wasn’t thrilled to see him here.
Wasn’t that just fucking lovely?
About the Author
Ayden K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of fifteen years, and their furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army.
She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law.
She puts her education to use as a 911 Dispatch Supervisor, where she’s responsible for leading a team of dispatchers as they watch over police, EMS, and firefighters for her county. Her books feature law enforcement officers, the women who love them, and the difficult cases that drive them.
Guest Post by Ayden K. Morgen
For Rapture, I went back to the good ole’ 90s for inspiration. There’s just something about 90s R&B and hip hop that I can’ get enough of. Some really great music came out during that period, and it’s just as fun now as it was then. It doesn’t matter what I’m writing, there’s a 90s song that inspires me. Here are some of my favorites from the Rapture Playlist!
If I Ever Fall in Love by Shai
- This is just a great song.
Can We Talk by Tevin Campbell
- When the boys wouldn’t cooperate with me, I blasted this song on repeat. I’m still not tired of it. lol
Nobody by Keith Sweat and Athena Cage
- This was my jam back in the day. It’s sexy and sweet at the same time. It reminds me a lot of Tristan with Lillian.
Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
- This is another favorite. No one does sad songs like 90s R&B artists did them. This one is pretty great.
All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do) by Joe
- Despite the cheating connotations, this is another sweet, but sexy song.
When Can I See You by Babyface
- I had the biggest crush on this man when I was younger. This song is kind of incredible, and fits parts of this story so well. When the thing happens and Tristan is without Lillian… *sobs*
Gangsta Paradise by Coolio
- Who doesn’t know every word of this song? It’s the perfect anthem for Tristan, Roman, and Kincaid when they go rogue. I love it!
Hail Mary by Makaveli
- Another great anthem song. Tristan is all about revenge in Rapture.
How I Could Just Kill a Man by Cypress Hill
- I love Cypress Hill. They’re always entertaining, and this song is another great revenge-type song.
Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa
- What? Tristan, Roman, Jason, Luke, and Kincaid are all in one book. Of course I blasted this one!
Ambitionz az a Ridah by 2Pac
- I know he’s already on the list once as Makaveli, but I’ve always been a big Tupac fan. I listened to him frequently while writing Rapture, and this song always helped me get in the zone when I needed to write some of the grittier scenes.
Secret by Maroon 5
- There’s a scene in Rapture where Tristan arrives home and Lillian is singing. This is the song she’s singing. I know it’s not 90s, but I had to include it on the list since it plays a role in the book.
Also notable are Take Me Somewhere Nice by Mogwai and Stiletto Sex by Myah. These songs inspired two of Rapture’s bonus scenes.
You can listen to the playlist on Youtube!
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