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Rene Lyons - Templar Vampires 02 - Tempting Darkness

Rene Lyons - Templar Vampires 02 - Tempting Darkness

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“TemptingDarkness”byReneLyonsTrappedinthedark,cantwolostsoulsfindtheirwaybacktothelight?BookThreeoftheTemplarVampireseriesOnceaproudTemplarKnight,LucianofPenwicklosthisfaithwhenGoddamnedhimasavampire.Tormentedbyguilt,heisdraggedbacktohisancestralhomeandforcedtoconfrontthesinsofhispast.Ashestrugglestoupholdhisoath,Lucianknowsifhefalters,it’snotjusthisownsoulontheline…Rippedfromlifeassheknewit,JessicaVargoisheldprisonerinaworldofdarknessandtorment.Deepinthebowelsofamedievalcastle,thelinebetweenmythandrealityblursandtheonlyoneshecantrustistheseven-hundred-year-oldvampire.Butasdarknesstempts,canLucianandJessicafindtheirlight?eBooksarenottransferable.Theycannotbesold,sharedorgivenawayasitisaninfringementonthecopyrightofthiswork.Thisbookisaworkoffiction.Thenames,characters,places,andincidentsareproductsofthewriter’simaginationorhavebeenusedfictitiouslyandarenottobeconstruedasreal.Anyresemblanceto persons,livingordead,actualevents,localeororganizationsisentirelycoincidental.SamhainPublishing,Ltd.512ForestLakeDriveWarnerRobins,Georgia31093TemptingDarknessCopyright©2007byReneLyonsCoverbyScottCarpenter ISBN: 1-59998-321-4www.samhainpublishing.com
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AllRightsAreReserved.Nopartofthisbookmaybeusedorreproducedinanymannerwhatsoever withoutwrittenpermission,exceptinthecaseofbriefquotationsembodiedincriticalarticlesandreviews.FirstSamhainPublishing,Ltd.electronicpublication:April2007TemptingDarknessReneLyonsDedicationLaurie,Icouldn’thavemadeitthroughthisbookwithoutyourbeliefintheTemplarsandme.I’msoluckytohaveyouasaneditorandafriend.Andy,thankyouforlendingyourselfforthecover.WithoutyouIcouldhavenevergivenLucian“life.TheladiesofDHA,yoursupportkeptmewritingondayswhenIdidn’tthinkIhaditinme.Thanksfolettingmeinaspartofyourgroupandforsharingthiswholethingwithme.Mandie,well,wemadeitthroughanotherone.Readytokickmetothecurbyet?(theother)Rene,thankyouforhelpingtobreathelifeintothefightscenes.Withallofmyheart,Ithanyou,milady.
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Rosalind,thankyouforteachingmethealphabetandforlettingmenameyourtoes.Youalwayshave been,andalwayswillbe,myDeeDee.I’msoproudyou’remysister.Thisoneisforyou.Prologue
PenwickCastleWiltshire,England    TheYearofOurLord1307  Home.
InthosefirstmomentsafterhewokeontheshoreofMessina
 ,
LucianofPenwickthoughtofnothingbutgoinghome
.
Burnednearlytothebone,Lucianfocusedonnothingbutthisoneobsession.ThatpassiongavehimthestrengthtotrekacrossFranceandEngland.Herealizednow,afteritwastoolate,henevershouldhaveleft.Penwickwaswherehebelongedandit’swhereheneededtobe.CrawlingthroughthedarknessinhisfranticjourneytoreturntoPenwickCastle,he’dfeltthechangestakingplaceinhim.Notalive,lessthanhuman,he’dbecomesomethingdarkanddirty.Godhadturnedhimintoacreatureonlythenightcouldlove.Lucianranhistongueoverhisnewfangsand,ifhe’dbeenable,hewouldhavegagged.
Vampire
.Thewordscreamedinhisheadandanagonizinghungercausedhisinsidestotwistpainfully.Thethirstthataccompanieditturnedhismouthasdryassand.Thiswashis punishmentforabandoninghisfaithandcontinuingtokillinthenameofGod.He’dbecomeamonster, burningwiththeneedtofeedontheinnocent,totakelifeintohimselfinordertoexist.Dragginghisburnedandbatteredbodyoverthelastgrassyrise,Luciancaughthisfirstglimpseof         PenwickCastle.Tearsofbloodcametohiseyes—nolongerbrownbutsilverandburningwiththefireof         immortality.Growlingasthehungerforbloodgnawedathim,LucianclawedatthescarleftbehindbyMichael’ssword.Itachedwherethearchangelhadpiercedhim.Thegoldenswordhaddonemorethanseverhisheart—ithadrippedthesoulfromhimanddamnedhiminonecleanstab.
Unholy.
God,infinitelymercifultoHischildren,hadgivenhimachancetorighthiswrongsandundohissins.
Thou shalt not kill aninnocent.Protect the Guardian.Guardtheholiestofrelics
.ThesewereHiscommands.ByabidinghisoathtoGod,LucianwouldearnforgivenessandbeallowedtoenterHeaven.He’dknowtheLord’sgraceonceagain.
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