Be careful when searching for the truth…sometimes reality bites.
Legacy, Book 6
Myths and legends are more than just passing interests for Sonia Agostino. She holds degrees in folklore and anthropology, and she comes from a family of Keepers, humans charged with helping paranormal creatures survive in the modern world.
Recently, her research—and her intuition—have led her to Chicago’s Inhibitions nightclub. Its enigmatic owner, known only as Damek, could be the one paranormal creature she has never seen. A vampire. Except he won’t see her.
Damek has good reason to refuse an audience with Sonia. One look at her and his gut reaction is she’s a serious threat to the simple, highly disciplined routine that keeps his bloodlust in check. Worse, she has unwittingly led vampire hunters far too close for comfort.
Yet when she stubbornly shows up at the nightclub a second time, he cannot refuse her. The force of their attraction explodes with erotic power—and danger. For when Sonia discovers that her suspicions were true, she finds her loyalties unexpectedly tested. And her choice will forever change both their lives.
Sonia stared up into the eyes of the most compelling man she’d ever seen in her life. His black hair fell to his shoulders like a silken curtain and she itched to run her fingers through it to see if it was as soft as it looked. It was so unlike her hair. The curly mass had been the bane of her existence since she was a child. She’d always wanted hair like his.
His eyes were hypnotic and she struggled not to simply lose herself in them. His brows were dark and straight and his lips were thin, yet sensual. She could look at them all night, but what she really wanted to do was kiss them.
“Let me have you.” His low voice mesmerized her and she knew in that moment that she would deny him nothing.
She licked her lips and he ran his thumb over the bottom one. Her tongue darted out to touch it, to taste him. He was salty and warm and she wondered what the rest of his skin would taste like.
“Sonia?” he prompted.
She slowly nodded. “Yes.”
He smiled at her, a smile filled with an immense amount of male satisfaction. It softened the hard lines of his face, but didn’t dim the intensity of his gaze. If anything, he devoured her with his eyes, letting them flow down her body like a physical caress.
She stretched, elongating her neck, arching her back so her breasts were pushed upward. She, who normally hid her sexuality, wanted to revel in it. There was something about this man that made her want to explore every fantasy she’d ever had and even some she hadn’t.
He ran his fingers through her hair, letting it fall back against the pillows. There was something wrong, something she should remember. She frowned, trying to think. It wasn’t easy with his thumb tracing her lips and the curve of her jaw.
His name. She didn’t know his name. It jolted her to find herself in bed with a man she didn’t know, but she couldn’t say she was afraid, just perplexed. “Who are you?”
“I am your dream lover.” He leaned down and pressed his lips against her forehead, her nose and finally her cheekbones. “I am every dark fantasy you’ve ever had,” he whispered against her lips before he claimed them.
Oh, he tasted good. Like fine wine and chocolate. She moaned and parted her lips to allow him better access. His tongue delved inward, exploring the inside of her mouth, touching her tongue and teeth. She clutched at his head, tangling her fingers in his hair.
This had to be a dream. She’d never had a kiss like this in her life. It went on and on, until she was breathless and feared she might pass out. He released her at the last second and smiled at her. She caught a brief glimpse of white teeth and then he was kissing his way down her jawline and neck. He nipped at her collarbone, sending shivers racing down her spine.
Her breasts ached for his touch and he didn’t disappoint her. He plumped one in his palm and rubbed his thumb over the puckered nipple. “You are truly extraordinary.”
His praise warmed her. She’d been a nerdy, bookish child and an early bloomer. Her breasts had developed in her early teens, prompting a lot of unwanted and nasty attention in school. She’d learned to downplay them and dressed to hide them until it had become habit. Now, she was glad she was well endowed.
He lowered his head and his hair fell across her skin, adding another layer to the sensual snare surrounding her. His tongue gently laved her nipple. The light caress sent a bolt of sexual arousal shooting from the peak to between her thighs. She moved her legs against the mattress, seeking to be closer to him.
Sonia realized she was just lying there, letting him do whatever he wanted. She had this prime male in front of her and she hadn’t touched him at all except for his hair. That was about to change.
Q: What would you like readers to know about the book before they read it?
A: Damek’s Redemption is part of the Legacy series. Up until now, this series has followed several groups of werewolves. Damek, however, is a vampire, but he’s been a part of the series since the first book–Alexandra’s Legacy. He’s played a large role in several of the other books and readers wanted to know more about him. I knew I’d eventually have to tell his story and that led me to write the book.
Q: What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read the book?
A: Whenever I write a book I hope readers will ultimately enjoy it. I want them to feel as though they’ve read a enjoyable story that they’ll recommend to their friends.
I write romance, plain and simple. I want people to have their happy ending and to believe that the power of love can triumph even in the worst of times. I’m a romantic at heart.
Q: Who is your favorite character in this book?
A: I love Sonia, she’s one kickass heroine. She has to be in order to deal with such a powerful creature. But I absolutely adore Damek. He’s so mysterious, so alone in the world. I’m a sucker for the wounded hero and as invincible as Damek is, this immortal vampire still craves what all of us do–understanding and someone to love us.
Q: Is there a character who gives you fits and makes you want to go ninja?
A: All the books in this series feature alpha werewolfmales, and now a vampire. They can be pushy and want to have their way. I simply try to tell their stories as they tell them to me.
The one charcter that’s given me some trouble is one of the few humans in the series–Craig Lawton. I intended for Damek’s book to be the last in the series, but readers really want to know about Craig and he wants his story told. So, I’ll be working on his book early next year.
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 this book?
A: My favorite quote is from Damek and it’s not so much a quote, but a thought he is having. It’s the first line of chapter one.
“It’s good to be King.”
Q: What’s up next for you?
A: I have a new paranormal quartet entitled Hades’ Carnival that will be releasing from Samhain Publishing next year. Seven shapeshifting, immortal warriors are cursed and have been locked in their animal forms for over five thousand years. Now, one by one, some very special human women are able to release them. But Hades wants the warriors for himself and they must evade him for twenty-four hours in order to both be free forever. If they fail, they’ll die and be cursed to Hell forever.
The first book in the series is Night of the Tiger and will be released in January 2013.
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