Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One) by Jennifer James
She’s fed up with being fed on.
All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left alone isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.
Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy–T. T. B.–Tall, Tanned, and Blond. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.
When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her…
I closed my eyes and listened to the water running down the hall in the guest shower. All that hiking and adrenaline this morning had done a number on me. I wasn’t out of shape, but running through tunnels, being attacked by starved Incubi, and carting severed heads around would reduce anyone to mush. Then climbing up a hill while holding the head, a nice long walk to steal a car…. If Daniel hadn’t fed me, I’d be flat on my back passed out.
The water turned off, and I heard the muted thump of a door closing as he emerged into the hallway.
“Chicken.” I said the word under my breath, knowing he would hear. He didn’t reply, just sauntered into his adjoining bedroom and started rummaging around.
“Hey T.T.B., would you mind getting me some clothes and towels?” I rested my forearms on the ledge around the tub, hoping to catch a glimpse of him naked.
He appeared in the doorway wearing a pair of well-worn jeans that clung to his thighs and groin like a second skin. “What would you like to wear?”
I wanted to peel his pants down and see if he had on another pair of those silk boxers. Part of me hoped yes, and part of me hoped no. The possibilities for either were delicious. Daniel hadn’t bothered to put on a shirt yet, and I wondered if it was on purpose. Perhaps he wanted to turn my game on its head.
“Doesn’t matter. I want to eat something and then take a nap. I’m pretty tired.” I took my time and studied his abdomen and chest, lips, nose, until finally making eye contact. I let him see the appreciation I had for his body on my face.
He nodded and left the room, returning with a pile of clothing that he set down on the vanity. Then he rummaged in the towel cabinet and placed two on the ledge of the tub all while managing not to look at me while I lounged there. Dammit, I had even leaned back to give him a good view. He held up a washcloth and looked like he might toss it to me. That would never do, so I stood up abruptly and turned around.
I peeped at him over my shoulder and combed my hair around to the front. His eyes widened in surprise and darkened just as quickly. He stood there frozen, his stare glued to my reflection in the mirror directly opposite me.
“Would you mind washing my back? I think there’s vampire goo on it.”
His nostrils flared, and he closed the distance. My nipples hardened. His gaze shifted to my ass, so I put all my weight on my right leg to cock my hip out. That merited another deep breath and a slow blink.
“Kneel down. Please.”
I lowered myself to my knees in the water. It came up over my breasts, and I tried to formulate an argument for why this would never work if he was going to wash my back. He knelt next to the tub before I came up with something and began to lather the washcloth. Gripping my left shoulder with one hand, he moved his right over my upper back and shoulder blades with a thoroughness that left me aching. He scrubbed across my lower back, being careful to never dip too low. I fought the temptation to stand up again so he’d have to touch my ass, but the man was a masterful masseuse. Relaxation spread through every muscle he caressed and stroked.
“What do I have to do to get you to rub my whole body like that?”
He stilled and leaned in close to my ear. The tickle of his breath against my neck and earlobe gave me chills when he finally spoke. “Perhaps if you would behave I could be persuaded.”
“Perhaps I would behave if you would stop being so damned stubborn.”
I reached up and around to grab the back of his head with my right hand and pressed my fingers into the soft hair at the nape of his neck. I liked the texture of it when I ran my hand upward, against the grain. He drew lazy circles on my shoulder with his thumb.
I turned my head and caught his lips in the barest whisper of a kiss, a light, teasing brush I followed by running the tip of my tongue along the lower.
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One)
A: Miranda, is a snarky, funny, self-reliant heroine with a jelly bean obsession who meets her match with Daniel, the man-on-a-mission Guardian for the Vampire Council. She didn’t sign up for being the avatar for a goddess, the fiancee in an arranged marriage to an arrogant jerk, or a succubus. But she’s got to suck it up (har-har) and make it work, which she does…while taking Daniel along for the ride. Hunger Embraced is a sexy paranormal romance peppered with mythology, wit, and candy. Because sugar helps all your ills when you’ve had a bad day killing monsters and telling unwanted suitors to get out of your face or you’ll be forced to eat them.
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One)?
A: My favorite quote from Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One) is:
Not long after that, I found a note from Mister Home Invasion himself propped on the carton of eggs he’d bought.
Make sure you eat some more protein today. Not just jelly beans.
It looked like calligraphy and confirmed my suspicion about his age. He was older than dirt.
Didn’t matter. I still wanted to see him again. Naked.
Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One) by Jennifer James
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
12/10/2012 – Etopia Press
Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Kobo || ARe || Sony
Jennifer James’s website
Jennifer James would like to give away a copy of Hunger Embraced (The Hunger Series book One). (ebook) To enter, just answer her question:
What’s your favorite vampire series? If you were a vampire, but could feed on something other than blood to survive (not including normal human food), what would you want to be able to feed on?
Giveaway is open to all (where allowed). You have until end of day Feb. 22 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
Jennifer is also giving away some swag and gift cards. You can use her Rafflecopter below to enter for the additional prizes.
Giveaway sponsored by: Jennifer James. No purchase necessary to win. You must be 18 or over to enter, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement they forfeit their prize. Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.