Author: Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Zebra, 403 Pages (October 1st, 2013)
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NOTE: This is a Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple -- she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.
Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years -- long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .
He bowed as she turned and entered her bedroom. He expected her to close and lock her door, not that it could keep him out.
Instead, she drew back the covers and climbed into bed.
Étienne turned off the overhead light and attempted to stretch out on the futon. His feet and most of his calves hung over the arm. One of the metal bars beneath the cushions dug into his back.
He sighed. He could always wait until Krysta drifted off, then sleep on the floor. That would probably be the more comfortable solution.
He heard bedding rustle and closed his eyes, trying not to picture Krysta sprawled across the covers under other, less appropriate circumstances.
Opening his eyes, he glanced at the doorway.
She was leaning over in bed, peeking at him. “Comfortable?”
“Yes, thank you.”
She shook her head. “You’re lying.”
“With good intentions.”
Still grinning, she waved him toward her. “Go ahead and come sleep in here with me.”
His body went rock hard at the notion even though he knew damned well she didn’t mean it the way he wanted her to mean it.
“I . . .” want to rip your clothes off with my teeth, so I don’t think it would be a good idea. “That’s very kind of you, but . . .” I really do want to rip your clothes off with my teeth and explore every inch of your beautiful body. “I’m fine.”
“Your legs are hanging off the end by a good foot and a half and I can’t even sleep on that lumpy piece of crap when I’m drunk.”
He smiled. “I’ve slept on worse surfaces.”
“Have you ever slept in a coffin?”
“Yes, but only as a practical joke.”
“What about in a crypt?”
“More than once when it took me longer than expected to track down a nasty vampire and I couldn’t find any other shelter before the sun rose.”
“Was the crypt more comfortable than my futon?”
He grinned. “Hands down.”
Again she laughed. “Then get in here. We’re adults. We can do this.”
He couldn’t find the strength to refuse. “Merci.” Rising, he strode into her room and circled the bed. “I’m surprised you trust me enough to sleep beside me.”
“To be honest, I am, too. You really aren’t going to bite me?”
“No.” He settled beside her on top of the covers.
“Any plans to cop a feel?”
Her scent enveloped him as he turned his head to stare at her. “Would you mind if I did?”
“I’m still considering that one.”
Yes. This was definitely a bad idea.
“What is it about you that makes me want to forget what you are,” she asked softly, “that makes me believe you are what you are and not one of the vampires I hate so much?”
“I don’t know. Perhaps the same thing about you that makes me want to believe you won’t drive a stake through my heart or chop off my head as soon as I doze off.”
Curling onto her side to face him, she raised one hand and drew delicate fingers down his cheek as her gaze roved his face. “Truce?”
“Good night, Étienne.”
Heart racing, he clasped her fingers and brought them to his lips. “Good night, Krysta.”
She fell asleep holding his hand.
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel DARKNESS DAWNS was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews, for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire by The Romance Reviews, and for Best Book of 2011 by Long and Short Reviews. NIGHT REIGNS, the second book in her Immortal Guardians series, was declared an "utterly addictive" Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series, was deemed a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and by Night Owl Reviews. DARKNESS RISES, Immortal Guardians Book 4, will be released on October 1, 2013.
When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
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