The sun’s not the only thing that’s too hot to handle.
President Vardin isn’t the first vampire politician to make empty promises. Humans can work at night, he says. Humans will be safe on the streets, he says. It’s all bull. I’m still stuck on day shift at Langley’s Round The Clock Emporium, trying to earn enough to live from night to night.
If I thought the sun’s harsh rays had turned society upside down, watch what happens when I witness a murder in the alley. The police keep bombarding me with questions until a detective with a bad attitude walks in and takes over. He’s unbelievably hot, way out of my league, and way, way out of my comfort zone. Because he’s the one thing I fear most. A vampire.
Then I learn why the police seem so interested in me. My ex-husband is drawing a series of murders in his new comics. I’m in every one of them, and it looks like I’m supposed to be the last victim. The detective’s interest in my past—and his protective instincts—are bordering on unprofessional, but I can’t seem to bring myself to care.
Because the last place I should want to be is the safest place on earth…a vampire’s embrace.
If you like your vampires sparkly and emotional, don’t read this book. It contains an overworked, underpaid, bloodsucking hero who might break your heart.
His reasonable tone suddenly made me feel foolish and rude. I shrugged and stepped back to let him in, doing my best to keep fear at bay. Even though we had just met, I kind of trusted this vamp. He wasn’t likely to decide he wanted a chunk out of my neck, and he was a cop. That had to count for something…right?
“Sorry. I don’t normally have people over.”
He walked in and stopped by my sofa, the only furniture in my itty-bitty living room. I didn’t even have a television or coffee table in this room, just a TV tray I sometimes used to eat dinner. My efficiency apartment used to be a single twin-bed hotel room. They hadn’t done a whole lot during the remodel, just added a kitchen and enclosed the bedroom. My living room and kitchen were basically one open space that could be crossed in a few steps. Parsons turned to look around and I tried not to care what he thought.
“Nice place,” he said.
I snorted and closed the door, walking past him to the kitchen. “Want some hot chocolate?”
“Uh, sure. That would be nice.”
I didn’t know if he’d even tried to hide his surprise at my offer, but he hadn’t done a very good job. I couldn’t blame him. After the way I’d run from the diner I was shocked he’d even come to talk to me again.
“So, what’s so urgent you had to come see me as soon as the sun set?”
This time he snorted. “The sun has nothing to do with it. I just haven’t been to bed yet.”
I filled his cup from my pot on the stove and turned to hand it to him, raising a brow in surprise.
“Really? And here I’d thought you’d been up all night when I saw you this morning.”
He took the cup and nodded his thanks before taking a sip.
“Mmm, that’s really good. No, I’d pretty much just rolled out of bed. I’ve been on day shift for almost a week and I’m still not used to it. How in the hell do you do it anyway?”
I motioned to the sofa before walking over and taking a seat. It was long enough that if I turned with my back to the arm I wouldn’t touch him when he sat down. He sat and turned to face me. I picked my cup up off the TV tray and held it between my palms.
“I’ve always worked day shift. Right after high school it was hard because I wasn’t used to being up all day, but after a few weeks I adjusted.”
He drank more hot chocolate and I couldn’t help but notice how his biceps flexed with the movement. His dark blue T-shirt stretched across a muscular chest that hadn’t been nearly as noticeable this morning, and revealed more of his mysterious tattoo. I frowned at my wayward thoughts and kept my eyes averted, though I’d already noticed how his jeans hugged his strong thighs in the most enticing way. Damn it! I did not want to be attracted to a vampire.
“Well, I’m hoping it won’t last long enough for me to get adjusted. It’s supposed to be a temporary thing.” I made a noise of understanding and took another drink. “The reason I’m here Miss, uh… By the way, why didn’t you tell me you were married?”
I spat out a mouthful of hot chocolate and turned to glare at him, wiping a hand across my mouth. He looked at the mess on my floor and then back at me.
“Okay, I take it that’s a sore spot with you.”
“And not up for discussion. My ex has nothing to do with your investigation, Detective Parsons.”
He stood and walked into my kitchen then surprised the hell out of me by rinsing his cup out before setting it in the sink. I stood and frowned at the mess I’d made. Luckily I had a tile floor. It had been carpet when I moved in, but I’d made Joe take it out since I’m the clumsiest person I know.
Q: What would you like readers to know about the book before they read it?
A: My vampires do not fall into the normally preconceived idea of vampires. They’re not soulless creatures, not allergic to sunlight, holy relics, or garlic. And they rule my world as the upper class, with humans being the minority species.
Q: What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read the book?
A: I hope they’ll start to believe that vampires can be as normal as you and me, and not necessarily monsters like those created in Hollywood.
Q: Who is your favorite character in this book?
A: Detective Parson, the hero. He is a vampire and a Houston Police Department Detective.
Q: Is there a character who gives you fits and makes you want to go ninja?
A: Absolutely! One of the villains, Ivan, reminded me a lot of my ex. His selfish and immature attitude was not hard to write at all.
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?
The main character says,
“I don’t hate vampires. I’m just afraid of them.” It’s my favorite because it sums up her character so well.
Q: What’s up next for you?
A: Right now I’m working on a couple of erotic romance books. I have a contemporary short story and novella coming out soon from Ellora’s Cave. I also plan to write at least one more book in my vampire world and the shifters I wrote about in They Call Me Death are clamoring for more as well.
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