Releasing February 9th, 2010
The night is not safe for mortals.
Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…
Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.
Read the one-page teaser scene that appears in the front of the book:
Denise was unconscious, wearing only a robe with the belt untied.
Spade’s lips thinned into a grim line as he peeled back the robe. He’d been prepared to find the worst, but surprisingly there were no signs of an assault. It looked as though the demon had come, knocked her out, and then left. Why would a demon do that?
Spade closed her robe and smoothed away the damp mahogany hair that covered her face, shaking her lightly.
“Denise, wake up.”
It took a few tries, but then her hazel eyes opened, focused on him – and widened in panic.
“Where is he? Is he still here?”
Spade kept a grip on her, making his voice soothing. “No one’s here but me. You’re all right.”
Denise let out a harsh sob. “No, I’m not.”
She pulled up the sleeves of her robe to expose her forearms. Spade couldn’t stop his curse as he saw the star-shaped shadows marking her skin.
Denise was correct; she wasn’t all right. The demon had branded her.