by V.C. Buckley


GENRE:   New Adult romantic suspense



SAKURA SHINTANI is the Dragon Clan heir-Japan's most notorious crime dynasty. 
But can she keep this fact a secret from the prying brats of Oniyuri Academy? 
She tries to stay out of their radar while mastering her demons and keeping her murderous temper 
under control, but having the face of an angel only attracts everyone's attention... 
including the arrogant heir to Asia's most powerful tycoon, KENJIN KIYOHARA.  
He senses the danger, but Sakura is too interesting to be left alone.



Jin rolled his eyes, settling his gaze back on the girl. He wasn’t surprised with their reaction.

The new girl was hot, but so what? It took more than a pretty face to get his attention. 
He wasn’t that easy to impress, and he was certain she’d be throwing herself at him anyway. 
Just like everybody else. He was sure this girl wasn’t any different from the love-crazed hyenas 
that stalked him.

Jin pushed back his shoulders, seeing her start towards him with her eyes still trailing on the ground.

Already? Jin thought, suppressing a laugh. He crossed his arms, waiting for her to get closer, 
and sure enough she stopped right in front of him. She was even prettier up close. Asian but with 
a hint of Caucasian mixed in.

“What?” he asked, smirking. He already knew what she might say: whether he was Kenjin Kiyohara, 
the sole heir to Kiyohara Industries? The questions were all the same. He thought she would have 
at least waited until class was over like the rest of them.

“Move your feet. You’re blocking my way,” the girl said in a sharp tone.  She shifted her gaze up at him 
like a threatening knife. Her topaz-colored eyes darkened, sending icy tremors down his back. 
He felt as if he’d been hit by a curse as his mind turned blank.

When she finally looked away, Jin was able to regain his senses. He tucked his legs out of her way, 
and she passed, leaving goosebumps in her wake. His eyes followed her, waiting to see if she’d look 
back, but she never did. Jin’s hands were trembling. His thoughts became jumbled while he struggled 
not to look anymore.

What was that? What just happened? This was a first for him. He couldn’t contain himself. 
His presence had no impact whatsoever. Instead she looked like she wanted to kill him!

Jin took a deep breath, replaying the moment in his head. Who was this girl? 
She sure got his attention, all right—and it left him in pieces. He fought the urge to look back again.

This girl…Jin thought. There was something about her. He couldn’t shake off the feeling. 
She seemed dangerous.


Guest Post
What inspired you to write a story about a crime dynasty?

I needed to establish not only a strong heroine for my story but a dangerous one. And since I wasn’t writing a paranormal, I had to rule out vampires, monsters and werewolves. A crime dynasty was an obvious choice. It was just a matter of which one. I chose the Yakuza because I am very familiar with the Japanese culture.
Aside from that, I adore stories with dangerous heroes and heroines-human or not.  I rarely chance upon a story with a truly dangerous human character. Most of the contemporary romances I’ve encountered involve billionaire heroes/heroines who are fearsome and have tyrannical tendencies. I love these stories too, but I was searching for something more. Since I couldn’t find any, I wrote one myself, and it took on a life of its own.
When I conceived the idea, I knew from the start that I wanted the female to have the dangerous role for a change, and that she would be the undoing to any billionaire tyrant or bully-be it male or female. I placed her in the middle of a society that was full of them, and she would put them all in their place, because she was that dangerous, they just didn’t know it yet. The scene is similar to a well-fed lion napping in the savannah in a field of gazelles. These arrogant gazelles don’t know the true danger that lies before them, and they try to taunt it to show it that it’s outnumbered and doesn’t belong. But when the lion awakens, it will show its true nature.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

V.C. Buckley was born in an isolated government facility and shipped off to an Island in Southeast Asia 
where she grew up braving tropical thunderstorms and warding off evil villains. At sixteen she was 
discovered by an agent and jetted off all over the world. Her stories come from gritty moments of her 
childhood to the glitz of her travels. She now lives in Manila with her husband, two kids and an herb 
garden that has hijacked her balcony.

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