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by MARIANNE LACROIX Amber Quill Press, LLC http://www.amberquill.com
Alonso An Amber Quill Press Book This book is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author's imagination, or have been used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.
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unbound and falling about his shoulders. he had no wish to live further. Oh. So. but something rang sinister. he was there when the plague arrived. including his sweet Vanessa.evil about the act. ice-blue stare of those eyes. One of the patrons was Alonso Santori. The woman beneath Lucius stopped moving. He stood by helplessly as the disease ripped through her body. unable to move due to the booze and emotional strain. looking for women to bed and ease his carnal desires. bent over her neck. an ancient vampire of six hundred fifty-five years. It was natural for the creatures of the night to seek refuge there amid ghost-laden cemeteries. It was most certainly erotic. He thought he avoided it.. Visiting London with relatives. they gathered together in a small establishment deep in the city. while the other woman came up from behind. the time came and he feared for his life. killing millions of people. and Lucius rented a room for them all. his family died before his eyes. Afterward. One by one. The vampire. Lucius was a devil incarnate. Two red-haired ladies of the night fit the bill. He was on top of her. Even his height of more than six feet added to his menacing air. He should have known he couldn't outrun flea-infested rats. While out at a local pub. She'd vomit blood and her glands swelled and turned black. Made during the height of the Black Death as it rolled through Europe. he met the one who would forever alter his life. those who were viewed as strange or bizarre were the norm. The place was called Devil's Talon and it catered to those with special needs. Alonso would learn firsthand what the man held secret. he lay exhausted upon the vast bed.Descendants Of Darkness: Leonardo Descendants Of Darkness: Lucius Descendants Of Darkness: Raife Dragon Knight The Gladiator Lady Sheba Moonlight Rendezvous With A Vampire Sands Of Seduction Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf? Dedication To my own life mate. Alonso remembered the cold. There. Each night. Even now. Right next to Alonso in the bed. His long white hair. They roughly fucked those women. How he missed her serene voice and beautiful face. debauchery took on a whole new meaning. All he could do was watch and wait for her last breath. her eyes . He fed Alonso more alcohol and listened to his rambling of his lost love. Alonso lived on as an immortal vampire. But life has a sick sense of humor. After he was quite inebriated. There. Vanessa. Lucius continued to enjoy one of the women. but of what? Later. voodoo rituals and other paranormal phenomenon. Mark ALONSO New Orleans was North America's most haunted city. hidden from human knowledge. having left his home in Italy when reports began of its appearance. but Alonso didn't care. Alonso stumbled into the night with his newfound friend. Once she died. drowning his sorrows in pints of thick ale. moaning as she rubbed her naked body against him. gave him that eerie sense of the spectacular..
This vampire had him by the balls. Lucius raised his head. her mouth opened in a last silent plea. Things you know today wouldn't have been possible without my people. Lucius was still out there.. pinning him down with supernatural strength." Alonso sputtered than said. to the Big Easy. . She stilled. Lucius turned. and there was only one real choice to make. She screamed in laughter. Others of his kind surrounded the city. Completely unaffected by his own nakedness." Now. It was a wonder he made it through those tough years when vampire hunting had been the rage. "Yes. The vampire laughed. or even met nightly. Alonso saw Lucius' fangs sink into her willing flesh.. she was unaware of the talons of danger that flitted about the room. "I've been looking for a companion.he being a witness to the ordeal. making him feel not quite so alone and isolated. and Alonso saw her fingers playing at her cleft. "Would you like to join me as my companion?" he asked with an evil grin.turned glassy. They hit with resounding thuds. but some did travel together. and Alonso saw the trail of red from his lips. his teeth still red from his meal. hinting at the life beyond the night shadows.. increasing with each century. Alonso shook his head to clear away the horrid images of that long ago night as though it had happened only yesterday. weren't the Vikings a bunch of pillagers and rapists?" The man lunged at him.. as they did at the Devil's Talon. he flopped next to Alonso. "The Norsemen were the true settlers of the world. Even though he complained of his desire to end it all. but only those who lived it knew the whole story. Lucius lifted his head and licked his bloodstained lips. If he said no. my friend. forbidding alley off Canal Street. my friend. That was part of the reason Alonso came to America. his voice edged with vicious glee. "Ah. there is nothing like a woman's blood to make a man feel alive. obviously thinking it rough sex play. His powers were great. revitalizing his body. and there were more vampires than any human realized in New Orleans. were sounds he learned to live with. She was so deep into her own passion. Then Lucius lowered his mouth just above her breast and bit down. and moisture from an earlier shower slickened the street. Alonso heard the clicking of his boots against the cobblestones." Alonso rasped. pushing his white hair out of his face. and her skin lost its pink hue." He paused a moment." "But." "I'm sorry. Invisible to human eyes due to a simple protection spell. She gasped in pain. and her life ended. he suddenly had a strong will to live. Damn! He'd certainly be next. Sometimes. "How could you?" Lucius leaned back and pushed the corpses to the floor. his limbs trembled in fear. there was safety in numbers. It was not how he envisioned ending it all. The vampire eased his hold and backed away. "I've been doing this for a long time. I believe you will do nicely. "I'll forgive you. Worst of it. Various scraps of paper and cans littered the alley. Just like that. who stared in amazement. Lucius tucked her body between Alonso and the dead girl. Popular fiction touched on the legends. feeding off the living. It was true.years later. That." "How long?" "I was made when Vikings were the force of power over the seas. along with the scurrying of rodents and their tiny hearts rapidly beating. Alonso couldn't tear away his gaze as the vampire drank her blood. Fascinated. Turning down a dark. it was over. The girl behind him moaned again. vampires were solitary creatures as a whole. he would surely die as women had. In a flash. Alonso made his way to the hidden entrance of an exclusive club." Alonso knew in his heart he had no real choice. the club was visible only for vampires and the like.
Many lost optimism of ever finding the mate to their heart. It was probably for the best. it was the thousands of sounds unheard to the human ear. dancing in tempo with the powerful beat. he wasn't in the mood. but tonight. and her naturally Cappuccino-colored skin exotic. Somewhere along the way he had lost hope to finding a life-mate. you look as if you're a million miles away. rats gnawing at their fleas." Monique placed a hand on his shoulder. as the workhouse in which she had toiled was killing her at the time. Red. no see." " Ciao. Stopping before the large black door. the house specialty. Some would think it was drinking blood. He liked rolling in the sheets with her on occasion. It was his way to return to the time when he was human and happy to be alive. Hundreds of years of craving tended to make a vampire cranky from time to time. blood flowing with each pump of the heart in every living creature." Jack closed the door." "Yeah. "Alonso. and many lavished on the freedom to have fun. but I sense your mood." "You bet. Mr. Mon. demoni scuri. and. They were of Satan's spawn. Nowadays. They were of a different mindset. were among the racket Alonso had to filter through his mind. He was surprised the walls didn't shake on his way in. Reaching through with his mind. Roaches crawling along the inside of walls. Well. Alonso. a glass of deep red fresh blood. "Mon. she sat talking with Leo. "Raife will be here in a bit. Ti. He often bragged he was an apprentice to the great Michelangelo. maybe some other time. made during the Italian Renaissance. another Italian descendent vampire. she was human. a different race altogether." He was one of her privateers that fought Philip I's Spanish Armada. Leo was tall. and women naturally flocked to him. Jack. . " Ciao." Alonso said as he passed the burly doorman." Leo took a sip of his drink." he said." "Sure. looking up to him with dark eyes." he said. " Ciao. Vampires of all shapes. Heightened senses were a curse at times. green and blue lights flashed and waved through the crowd. Raife was the British addition to their group.The overwhelming bombardment of noises was the hardest thing for him to get used to after being turned. "Alonso. No." Monique. A rogue vampire had turned her one night on the streets of New York City. honey. planting a kiss on her forehead. Santori. Alonso. but he never could prove it by his drawings. Alonso felt the protective spell. it was hard to resist her offers of passionate nights. the most disturbing. I'd ask to screw you. They all longed for a life-mate. and turned to the darker side of the life. Now. It was like this every year on this night. the spell dropping away to allow his entry. Those were like Lucius. slightly shaking him. as Alonso referred to them. He could pick and choose from where his meals came. he called to the doorman. Match that with her sultry voice and accent and eagerness to please sexually. colors and backgrounds converged into the club. Her luscious curves were tempting. he had about lost the purpose to his vampire existence. a Creole female turned only a mere two hundred years ago. made in the time when Elizabeth ruled as a "king in skirts. you're magnifica. and he always had wonderful adventure tales to tell. alive with activity. want to join us? Both Leo and Titania are here. Leo. Obviously the spell also kept the music from giving away the location. dark demons. then. Wood slid back across the hole and the door opened. spreading death and fear in their wake. long time. "Nice to see you tonight. Titania was a strawberry-blonde vampiress from Ireland who came over during the Potato Famine back in the mid-1800s." he added as Alonso took a seat. dark and handsome in a Mediterranean kind of way. "Mmm. the anniversary of his turning. pressed up against him. sizes. Hey. Alonso stepped into the club. Techno-beat music pumped over loud speakers. replacing the spell." He followed her to a table located along the far wall from the dance floor. "Hey. who answered by opening a small peephole.
"Pleased to meet you. Of course." . Then she saw him. Jolie had sensed something very wrong. Alonso sensed the demoni was way too close for comfort. Then one night. and piercing blue eyes. he had gotten out during the night.huge." His voice sounded odd. Jolie had also gone there to make her wish. She cried and screamed the night through. the anniversary. Jolie had become more aware of her sixth sense. Even today. She believed in magic. I can feel it. asking for help in finding love and other requests." Unfortunately. "I'm afraid you probably could tell me more than I could. long white-blonde hair. "Sir. as far as her love life was concerned anyway. the knowledge of his dark soul overpowering her. "Good evening. Naturally." "No. He looked like a Viking. This pony. unlike any other man she had ever seen. since she detected the accent was put on. Yet. Desperate times called for desperate measures. then took a sip of her Bloody Mary. Today was her thirtieth birthday. her mother swore Jolie was special... he intrigued her. Equally odd. Her booth was in the back. Well. mia amica." She peered into his face." "He's out there. completely." Mon said.." Leo mused. Since then. Dressed all in black. Tall. When she was about four. "Bloody Marys" took a whole new meaning at Devil's Talon. so she had visited the Voodoo Queen. No. and they all ended the same. radiating in a sinister aura. he carried a walking stick. out of the way. somewhere. shutting out the murmurs and music around her. which was why she took the trip to the cemetery. the pleasure is all mine. "He seemed to have just disappeared. Madam Jolie. more than two hundred and sixty years later." Dolente. His love drove him to his death.. It was as though the cards wanted to hide her future mate." "Ah. People visited the city rich with history and magical mysteries. topped with a silver cast of a." She nodded and held out her hand in welcome. Psychic gifts were always a part of her life. "Predatory" came to mind. **** Jolie shuffled the cards as she watched the crowd of bar patrons that were mainly tourists. What was it about him that was so. They were buddies. sorry. ever since she could remember. He stopped before her and looked into her face. people still visited the Voodoo Queen's tomb. She had done numerous Tarot readings for herself. Even as a child." he said with a smile. inconclusive. a strange accent in this part of the world. Her inner voice told her to be wary. This night is always troublesome for me. He took the chair across from her and sat. yet gave easy view to the entire room. Heat pulsed through his fingers into her own. Peanuts.different? He had his own magic about him. a wolf. blonde and sinfully gorgeous. She continued to shuffle. She could easily make a grand a night during the celebration. It's like that every year. thought he was a dog. she'd say he was British. Evil. shooting up her arm. so she made a good bit of money during tourist season. A foreboding chill crawled down her spine. She made her livelihood reading Tarot and knew the cards never lied.. concentrating on the cards. hit by a truck in the street. The next morning. and even acted like one. Apparently. "I wish for you to tell my fortune in the cards. Jolie loved the pony like anyone would love a pet dog or cat. they found Peanuts dead. and things looked a grim. looking for Jolie.good Lord. Mardi Gras was prime time for readings. Tarot card reading came easily to her. oui. driving her mother to the verge of tears. and had played every day.. like the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. If she didn't know better. taking her hand in his. she had a pet pony. she didn't hear the dead talk to her. but she could sense things before they happened. "Wonder whatever happened to Lucius.
Laying the deck on the table. she mustn't let him gain control. into a golden eagle. "Patient? I've waited hundreds of years to find my Queen. All she could do was whisper a plea within her mind. The perfect place for a vampire to seek out a meal. He could use that connection to find the vampire in the vast city. leaving behind his friends and the pounding music. Giving into the baser bodily desire would mean death with this strange man." He snorted a laugh. "Tell me. "Will I ever find my true love?" Reading the cards. I'll call. a vampire wanting to take a life with his meal. causing her skin to tingle. He heard it in the recesses of his mind. inflaming her. His body shifted. but she did find him desirable. "Nonsense. Lucius. she instructed him to cut the deck in three piles." How could that be? He wondered. A remote connection to a woman in need. trying to blank out her reaction to his closeness."Help me. The Empress is the woman you seek. In the alley. "Look into my eyes. he closed in on Lucius. "Let me face him myself. "Lucius. she nodded. What could her calling mean? He hoped he had the chance to find out before Lucius made her his next meal. He was truly an evil soul. Tell me." his hypnotic voice washed over her. Did she have some special power? "I'm coming along. He's here. The inner voice screamed caution. And a woman is calling to me. relishing the tender touch of his hand on her face." Leo said. she laid out the cards in the Celtic Cross spread. With a flap of his grand wings. No. Bourbon Street was alive with nightlife activity." He reached over the table to cup her face. rising. If I need help. Soaring above the historic buildings that lined the streets of New Orleans. She shuffled the cards and concentrated on the reading. can you satisfy a man's yearning to be loved for this one night?" Her eyes drifted closed. He was way too dangerous to find attractive. After gathering them up. He had a blood bond to the demoni." Alonso raced out of the club." She pulled away her hand. and you ask me to be patient?" What did he mean by Hundreds of years? "I'm sorry. changing size and shape. He was on Bourbon Street in a human dance club. but be patient. He focused on the voice and zeroed in on her surroundings. though you've waited a long time for her to appear.His thumb brushed the back of her hand in sensual circles. Please. Close. At least. And you should meet her soon. "What is it?" Leo asked. Her entire body reacted to his touch. sweet Jolie. but at least your heart's desire is coming. I have to go. "The woman of your heart is close. Deep in the heart of the French Quarter. he lifted into the air. dear lady." **** Help me. and instantly missed his touch. . The bastard had indeed returned. Alonso traveled as fast as the wind to head off the imminent danger. he began to transform. "Sorry. I wish to see if love will ever enter my life. There was something to be said of a strange woman calling to him. jumping up from the table. homing in on Lucius." Alonso said. a purpose to continue. Her body shook while she absorbed the meaning laid before her. searching for the meaning. and could sense everything Lucius felt.
He wanted her for himself. Alonso wasn't too late. In the corner. . body odor and alcohol assaulted him. straight black hair. Once a vampire killed. She was just reading my fortune as told by the cards. he approached the table. Alonso. he spotted the ominous long white hair of the demoni. A psychic? Could that be why he had heard her call? But why him? "Ah. the smells of sweat." "Careful. She was not about to give in to either of their macho antics. He wanted to mate with her. then moved on. and Alonso tried to keep clear of them. If he hadn't been there to confront Lucius. Lucius hadn't gotten the girl outside yet. now talking in hushed tones. No time for neatness. "How nice of you to come. The intense cool-blue calculation in the vampire's eyes struck him. She wore a velvet shawl of black. "Come with me. Lucius wanted her for more than a night's meal. he had gorgeous." Lucius gazed up at Alonso." **** Lucius rose from his seat and stood eye to eye with Alonso. within the Razzoo--a popular Bourbon Street pick-up bar--he felt Lucius. Sit and meet the lovely Jolie. Alonso didn't drink to the death. even though the dark-haired newcomer seemed familiar. matching height and strength with the Thor-like Lucius. It would take four humans to satisfy his hunger.. several women threw themselves against him. and her dark raven-black hair was swept up into a mass of elaborate curls and waves. Crossing one was always dangerous. and a solid-looking body. She looked into his face. perfumes.Not all vampires were the same. Not only was the one called Alonso tall and handsome. they became more distant and isolated. I saw her first. he may have taken them to a dark corner for a few sips of their delectable life fluid. Alonso. a war god. she had pleaded within her mind for help. along with her table cover and candles. Unable to see how she could break free of the menacing danger lurking beneath Lucius' smile. Not wanting to stick around for the outcome. Independence was their way of life. Alonso swore he wouldn't allow anyone to have her. where Lucius held a woman's hand. Making his way through the crowd. or. Jolie needed to get the hell out of Dodge before either one decided who would get the spoils of their battle--her. long.. murdered for their meals. the enemy. my old friend and companion. Both being of great height. so dark and lovely. There were others like him. pleaded with him. He extended a hand toward the woman. She slipped out of the booth and edged away from the men. She looked like a palm reader. As though he had walked out of one of her dreams. with swirls of jewel-tone reds. He felt as if the air had been sucked out of the room. judging by the way they sized up each other. now." Lucius said without turning. Odd how this stranger had showed up only minutes after she felt herself in deep trouble. that is. like Lucius. Her creamy complexion was to perfection. Probably whispered threats. Below. She never figured anyone would come to her aid. she gathered her cards and shoved them in her bag." "I don't think so. He could be Aries. He wore black dress pants and a white Oxford shirt. An erotic dream. Carefully." "But you won't have her. Hundreds of human hearts beat wildly to the rock music pumping through huge amplifiers. open partly down his chest. they looked like a pair of warriors about to battle. He merely sipped. Sexual excitement laced the air as men and woman flirted and made their choices for the night in an attempt to satisfy their primal needs. rubbing their bodies against his. He landed in a dark shadow cast from one of the nearby buildings and shifted back to his human form. Inside the crowded club. but at least he didn't kill. giving her a nice view of golden skin covering toned sinew. from the way he stood. Only the demoni scuri. Those eyes.
" Lucius looked up and smiled. she made it inside her small apartment. unwilling to look back in case they realized she had gone. a deep ominous sound." As Alonso left Razzoo. Thinking back. It was not comforting in any way. Lucius sat at the table. "Really. Just thinking on her delicate beauty made him hard with want. On the spot. "It's getting harder and harder for me to face each night. She had ached for his touch the moment she saw him. She got to the club doors and left. She had seen him before in a vision. But was she really? Those men looked beyond dangerous." "Then go to her now. she fell back onto the vinyl seat and breathed relief. **** "She's gone. I sensed her slip away. He was definitely reality. "I know. He couldn't let Lucius near her. It was criminal to be so instantly attracted to a man! About ten minutes later. If she is not marked by you tomorrow night. which left him wondering what he was up to." "Stay away from her. She hailed a cab. Alonso. Mirabelle. my friend. she'd be up for a night of rumpy-bumpy with him anytime." "With all the evil you've done over the centuries. if only temporarily until Alonso could properly protect her. At least she got out of that one." he said with a snarl. he wondered why Lucius allowed him first chance with the woman. Hell. it was her comfort zone.Was it coincidence or had he hear her? No one ever had that kind of connection to her. casually examining the silver tip of his walking stick. One look from those dark eyes. There was a connection." "I'd kill you first. Do you think after all this time you found your mate?" Alonso couldn't explain it." Lucius chuckled. Somehow. He'd find her with their mental connection once again. the cab drove up to her apartment building on St. Out on Bourbon Street. she blended in with the night crowd of club patrons. Decorated in mystic jewel tones. Don't come near her. The urge to seek her in the night to bind himself to her body grew overwhelming. Letting her leave the club had been torture. That's enough for you to leave her be. Even the juncture of her thighs had moistened at the sight of him. He had devious plans going on in that twisted mind. Her heart skipped a beat and her breathing had become labored. she wondered about the dark man. No matter. She needed to escape Lucius' intents. Charles and she got out. he recognized her as his life-mate. demoni. I will find her again." Lucius smirked. "I claim her. Looking at him. "Why? You staking claim to her?" "Yes. Here. Once inside." Alonso growled. I know something is out there waiting for me. Hunting me. she felt safe and secure. Since when had he ever taken to any female so quickly? Her dark beauty had mesmerized him at one glance. but had only passed it off as a fantasy. a unexplainable link between them. except her younger sister. He had felt it the instant he saw her. and her body had quivered in excitement. After climbing the stairs. . her inner secret fantasies had popped to life. I will proceed to make her my own. A man didn't have the right to look so sinfully sexy. Actually. I'm not surprised something hunts you. "Go find her. meeting up with the large Italian one would be a pleasure. but he knew it had been for the best.
he ached for her. And only the woman. Humans and vampires alike found partners for whatever their fancy. and he hoped she'd invite him up. She stopped and looked. Her intimate muscles contracted in animalistic recognition." **** What the hell was she doing. Charles Street. From an apartment building. He saw her through the window. Jolie. Her nipples strained against the flimsy material. and she knew instinctively she could trust him.Sniffing the air. and she wore only a thin. When she opened it. Sniffing the air once again. he changed once again into his alternate form. she opened the window. A jolt of sexual awareness shot through her body. His long straight black hair fell loose about his shoulders and she craved to feel its silky texture through her fingers. zeroing in on which apartment. would do. No wonder it was called thus. What kind of woman would invite a total stranger into her apartment in this day and age? "Want to come up?" Damn. He tossed another. He had followed her scent. "What in the world are you doing here? How'd you find me?" "I followed you. He's back at the club. On the second floor. After landing. His cock twitched. driving him insane with need. At St. She was beautiful and desirous. The short glimpse of her at the club was not enough. Flying on the night wind. "What happened to Eric the Viking?" she asked with a laugh. he picked up her faint scent of vanilla musk and woman. the scent grew stronger. Her scent permeated his nostrils. and she shuddered. Her body hummed to life at the sight of him. he sensed her nearness. dark and tempting. then lightly threw one against the window. What's the number?" "Two-Ten. and she pulled back the curtain and gazed out. She could easily sink into those brown depths. God. "Who? Oh. he shifted back to his human form. He saw the dark aureoles of her breasts against the thin fabric. after all these centuries. The golden eagle leapt into the air and soared over the Big Easy. he had finally found her? Ducking into the shadows from the view of the drunken partiers. A knock at the door. he circled the building. a light went on. The word "mate" skittered across her mind as she gazed into his dark eyes. he could smell her excitement. Spotting him. framed by white frilly curtains. Something she couldn't put a name to made her want to know him more. there he was--tall. . Could it be. Alonso wanted both. too. you mean Lucius. his woman would! "Thanks. Her hair looked soft around her shoulders. Only then could he know if she was the one. It wasn't just his handsome face or the broad expanse of his shoulders that made her mouth water. be it a blood meal or sexual gratification. She hoped her instinct was right. inviting a strange man into her apartment? But something about him appealed to her. And at the moment. She was inside. ending at the apex of her thighs. He picked up a few pebbles from the street. His life-mate. touch her." She seemed to consider something. and he knew she wanted him. Would she let a complete stranger into her life? He had to at least see her again and talk to her. then went back to brushing her black hair. cotton nightgown. He longed to see her." It was sort of true. white.
At the first touch of his tongue against hers." "Those are my favorites. woods and the clean outdoors. "Have you ever dreamed of a vampire coming to seduce you into an eternity of love and passion?" "I think there are many women who dream of a love everlasting. her fingers itched to touch him.wine. She wanted to bare all before him. mapping the rippling muscles beneath her palms. Her body fit perfectly. the crackle in the air utterly palpable. She groaned against his mouth as their bodies rubbed together. Alonso. and whispered." she rasped when he broke the kiss to nibble her earlobe. passionate sex." His accent. it felt better than she imagined. "Would you want me to be that vampire to give you that love?" She encircled his neck with her arms." She stepped toward him. "Come in. "A fan of old horror movies?" "I find some of the films of vampires quite entertaining. his hard planes an intoxicating contrast to her softer curves.could I get you something to drink--coffee. washed over her senses. He carried her to the bedroom and eased her down among the clean white bed sheets. The spacious apartment seemed much smaller with his presence. but Frank Langella was much sexier.. Once his shirt was off. Only tonight? She suddenly didn't want only one night." Her body felt on fire. loud and clear. "I never drink. hungry. Her hands traveled over his strong shoulders. "I will. aching for his touch. could. How could one throw all caution and cares to the wind with a complete stranger? She knew him for all of ten minutes and already she ached with need for his touch." He entered the room with an air of supreme dominance. it was for her only tonight. his bulging erection brushing the sensitive apex of her thighs. he pulled her to him. she thought she'd explode. memorize his body. "Ah. "I'm Alonso. Could she give herself to him for a night of lust? Hell. She smiled. running her fingers through the long." she offered. but it suits you. Tiny shivers rose along her skin. for him to fill her body with his. she could smell his spicy scent.. each and every inch. examining the decor. God. Melding of lips in soft kisses quickly turned demanding. His hypnotic gaze melted her against him further. "Take me.. Unzipping his pants." Ciao. Her hips had a life of their own as she wriggled upon the bed. Sex.. And she would." he breathed against her lips before brushing them lightly in a gentle kiss. She closed the door and watched him move about the room. obviously Italian. yes. too. she pulled down his head. "Unusual apartment." he said. Placing his palm on her hip. Bela Lugosi was an awesome Dracula. her lowered them to the floor. He backed away a step and unbuttoned his shirt. She stripped away her nightgown to reveal her nakedness." He stood so close. closing the distance between them. But then. No man had the right to look so sinful naked. bonding them together as true lovers." "I liked both of those. He moaned as he stood beside the bed. To bring him closer into the devouring kisses. a glass of wine?" she stammered as she walked to the kitchen. He gazed at her with an intense heat in his eyes. I like it." "Thanks. "Only if you make love to me. Her thin nightgown became a barrier to her would-be lover. The look told her. Alonso lifted her in his arms as though she weighed nothing. His shaft stood large from a thick nest of black hair. She wanted more." he said with a warm smile. "Jolie." he said with a slight chuckle. Hot. Make yourself at home. silky threads of his hair. while she traced .
The man she thought only fantasies created. The rolling spasms ebbed. tempting him to touch her nether region." He ran his hand through her hair." Then he plunged his mouth into her pussy. She needed him to move faster. Everything. keeping her close. his tongue filling her passage and tasting each drop of her essence. "Sweet Jolie." He pushed her onto her back and slid on top of her. she learned all about him. are you okay?" he asked with some concern. Pleasurable pain. She was no longer one person without him. His sheer weight was not only arousing. don't rush. Jolie wondered at the thousands of visions passing before her mind's eye. and he the same. How can I find you so desirable after knowing you for only a short while?" "We're life-mates. Above her left breast. you Italian stallion. He inhaled sharply at her teeth grating along his skin. with his arms enwrapping Jolie. She was vaguely aware of him sliding up her body and lying next to her. he was a keeper. Minds melding together. she'd go for that. "We're lovers for the rest of eternity. and she lay drained of energy. "I want you inside me. After nearly pulling out." Her voice went husky and seductive when she added. mia amore. The engorged head of his cock rubbed against her clit. thrusting upward to take him. Alonso. and she needed it now! She spread her legs and dipped a hand to cover the trimmed patch above her cleft. He never . Her bud ached for his touch. she rode out the rapturous contractions. He entered her in a swift stroke. "I like the sound of that. Then slowly. **** Hours later. Torture.her body with her own hands. She screamed with each wave of her climax. The tempo was slow and relishing. The man she'd dreamed of finding. Nights to come within his arms. He gave her the best orgasm she'd ever known. and her hips moved in rhythm. Grasping her thighs. He licked the skin around her neck. mia amore. and he spilled into her with their mutual joining. Brushing a finger over her clit. I knew it the moment I saw you. There were many other visions of a distant past with Alonso mourning over a blonde woman. In that climactic moment when he joined his body to her. he lowered to her nub and tentatively licked it once. incomplete without her. and he chuckled. but didn't want to rush the exquisite feeling of him moving in and out. "Fill me. It was unlike any other experience in her life. "I'm better than okay. she turned to him and nuzzled his neck. a sharp pain pierced her. Nothing mattered in the world other than this moment. each connection. She worshipped the incredible mating of her own self to Alonso. For that alone. She moaned and widened her legs. She cupped her breasts and flicked the already taut nipples. her mind began to work again. Including his secret. You are mine." "Only the first?" she gasped between breaths. and he continued to lap at her channel." She licked the salty skin of his neck and nipped him along his collarbone. They bonded with each thrust. He was the man she'd waited for all her life. He lightly licked her once again. She bucked. because her eyes were still closed. giving her body and soul to this man. She called out his name as he filled her completely. Souls uniting. He crawled onto the bed between her legs. long and cherishing. what would his cock do to her once he filled her? She'd probably pass out from the pleasure. Milking him. Enjoy our first time. caressing a breast with his palm. ripping through her body as an intense orgasm hit them both. drinking her juices flowing from his touch. Did he say she was his? Hell. Jolie felt their bodies become one. He broke his hold on her skin and screamed with his climax. covering him with the juices of her desire. Hearts beating in unison. tasting her as he moved within her channel. She couldn't think on his words as the world shattered around her in rainbows of colors. "Jolie. Her muscles squeezed around his cock with each climactic wave. devouring her. And it is only our first of many. he paused before her opening. Alonso felt complete for the first time in more than six centuries. he thrust back inside. Moaning. but comforting. she gasped. Damn. Nudging apart her legs. deadly looking with blackened skin.
but it was the only way to be sure of no sunlight entering. . Alonso." she said mentally to him. After opening the door to his tomb with the wave of a hand. I must rest. Right now." His dreamy deep voice resounded in her mind. He didn't mind it. Why did he leave her alone? Men were always doing crap like that and she hated it. "Tonight. After all. she still felt him in the recesses of her mind. on a whole. I have so many questions to ask you. We are life-mates. the vision of a vampire crept along the edges of her consciousness. he flew away from his mate. he loathed the break of contact. Wham. It was convenient. she had called to him the night before. transferred to her during their joining. But then. This was extraordinary. from politicians to pirates. Not to mention the hundreds of vampires using them as their resting places. But now." Passing a hand over her forehead. Aboveground tombs lined the cemeteries and past residents of the city rested there. But he had found his life-mate. or something completely different? Niggling in the back of her mind. "Until tonight. and no mortal could easily lift it. New Orleans was built below sea level. Yet." She heard him within her mind. The loneliness of yearning for the one life-mate had been the worst part. Could he bring her over to his existence? Could he damn her to a life of a vampire? It wasn't that being a vampire was completely unpleasant. he snatched away the painful memories of his past. he had marked her so Lucius couldn't have her. he stepped inside and settled in for the day. Leaving her before the morning's light would be difficult. Within the historic St. I will answer your questions. but he felt the dawn approach. Changing into the golden eagle once more. she was bound to him. Alonso had bought the tomb under the guise of his death when he arrived in New Orleans in the 1800s. Alonso seemed different last night." Then the link was broken. too. bam. all his pieces joined in perfect harmony. so digging a grave would be likened to digging a well. and any humans disturbing his peace. After pulling on his clothes. Was he psychic. he whispered. **** Jolie awoke later that morning. Slipping her out of his embrace. So would all eternity be so bad? She slept soundly. So. Somehow it didn't spook her. At least. thank you. Would that keep the demoni from trying to claim her? Tonight. sweet Jolie. sweet Jolie. like Alonso. "We need to talk more next time. The door weighed a couple hundred pounds. especially when burial underground was not the practice. He left the apartment and raced outside. he leaned over her naked figure and tugged a blanked over her. I'll come for you. He detested slumbering in a tomb. it seemed more than a mere physical bond--it was as though she had bonded her soul to him. Dropping a kiss on her forehead. ma'am.thought any woman could take the place of his lost Vanessa. right? "Yes. missing Alonso's welcoming heat next to her. the Cities of the Dead sprouted up. Louis cemetery was where Alonso found rest. He fell into a peaceful sleep. Not until she was fully ready could he let her remember such dark moments in his history. With her he felt complete. Voodoo Queens to shopkeepers." "Okay. he shut the door and climbed into his coffin. "Don't worry. Just as the sun began to peak over the horizon. but he'd find her tomorrow night. It filled with water within minutes. She had always been psychic. He did answer her call. he'd make sure he was there so Lucius didn't. dreaming of the woman who held his heart and soul within her hands. but she never was able to talk to someone through her thoughts. Had he spoken the truth? When they'd had sex.
nothing like the scent of an aroused woman. she wanted a clear head. While shuffling the cards. She really didn't know what to expect. Jolie passed through the crowd. He filled her like no other ever had. dark and mysterious. then faced him. then proceeded to set up to do a reading on herself. he had an aura of power." She approached her usual table and set down her bag. They weren't mere men. There. Something sinister and magical.the Tower matched with the Lovers card. Her vision of a vampire that morning now made complete sense. Was it some personal reason Lucius wanted to hurt Alonso? What was the history between the men? Old. she saw clearly the question of her heart. He had given her a clue last night before they made love--"Would you want me to be that vampire to give you that love?" She had thought it was just a part he played because they had talked a bit about Dracula." she whispered. a man determined to be everything she could ask for--a loving husband. ancient souls.and menacing. Just a look from him could deter drunks from getting out of line. After cutting them into three piles. Oh. Tonight her entire life would change. She turned to face the white-haired devil. "Leave me alone. portrayed by the Magician? Then it hit her. She wanted to have him right now. There was definitely something different about those men.. "Mmm. but today." she said. But then. "Oh. It drew her to him like a deprived woman. If she was to be prepared to meet with Lucius and Alonso that night. After last night's passionate encounter. In the air hung a sense of danger. Then she had seen the marks above her breast when she stripped for her shower. "I know. she felt ready for an evening of Tarot readings. so why not vampires. She pulled out the cards and her table cover. evil and wanting to cause chaos. She felt something more in the air about them... Jolie. Would there be much trouble ahead for them from a dangerous man. filled her mind. Bourbon Street was already abuzz with activity. Could she live with the fact her lover was a vampire? He had bit her last night--did that mean she'd become one? Images of them slick with sweat as their bodies slid together. she at first thought it was just psychic. She often did her own spreads on the coffee table before the couch. no normal man for her. perfectly matched. however.Getting up. Shaking. Jolie wondered if he could match off with the powerful Alonso or Lucius. pounding his cock into her. she concentrated on Alonso and their future. God. Dressed in her typical mystic dress and velvet shawl. emanating from him. New Orleans was rumored to be a favorite haunt of the supernatural. Alonso the vampire. moving in tempo to their building passion. and she believed in many of the tales of ghosts and magic. After grabbing her bag from a nearby chair." a deep masculine voice said from behind. and her body hummed even now. The other cards. "Why are you following me?" . she knew the Tarot wouldn't be so unclear. she rummaged through it to find her Tarot. trying to make her way through the club. she stared at the Magician. she was falling for a vampire. As he looked into her eyes. and it seeped through her pores. Okay. along with the dark Alonso. within the cards. a large muscled bouncer with a shaved head waved her inside. So. She should have known. At the Razzoo. **** When the sun went down. she gathered them and cast down a Celtic spread.. clutching her bag to her chest. she threw on a robe and walked into the living room. Alonso was the King of Cups. you know by now what I am. too? Maybe Ann Rice had it right. They looked like vampire bite marks. it's the man from last night--Lucius. which meant he was a new love. she had felt it intently. She padded into the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast. Liquid heat gathered between her thighs at the remembrance of him within her. though. concerned her.
I'd screw you like no other ever could. tasting each inch with his tongue. Within the recesses of her brain. Night after night of my worshipping your body over and over. "You're mine. he leaned in and hungrily kissed her. "But I saw a woman in your future. caressing her every curve with his skilled hands. She wanted her dark lover. the bouncer tried to stop him from taking her. letting her stand on solid ground. she heard him cry in the distance. Patrons parted the way like the Red Sea for Moses. Lucius broke the kiss. with the exception of Marie Laveau's. sweet Jolie." "No. She smelled his expensive cologne. ruined in heart and soul? Can you live with the fact that I'll forever see another's face in place of yours? My heart will always belong to another.He stepped closer. The kiss was nothing like what she had experienced with Alonso. At the door. no human could see them pass. let me go. grasping her upper arm and pulling her to him. You'll be my life-mate. She asked gently. she opened her eyes and glanced around. "Please. She didn't want to give in. I need a woman to love. tempting with his tall. didn't raise her desires to the level she wished." His voice lost the power and revealed the vulnerability within. and Jolie knew he had also heard Alonso's angry scream. What if you make me your mate. She wasn't going to let him influence her. This vampire. her Alonso. Picture it. a scent intoxicating and masculine. The speed dizzying. a menacing call of outrage. inhaling her scent. her meager struggles nothing to him." His words matched the images of them in ecstasy. "Why. no other's. "I belong to Alonso. He laughed low." "He'll come for me. "Don't fight me. "Because I want you for myself." She shook her head. and bind you to me for all eternity. They must have moved so fast. The darkness encircled them within the City of the . no matter how much you wish it differently. Lucius?" "Because I'm lonely." His striking blue eyes gazed intently into hers. It was almost too much. making you the Queen of my existence. he cradled her in his arms and carried her through the club. An invisible force flung aside the mountainous man like a feather. littered with the graffiti of believers. "Here. I can give you an eternity of pleasure. I will make you a creature of the night. then you meet her? Will you toss me aside." "He is nothing compared to me. trying to break the curling effect on her mind and body. Don't do this. determined to take her. powerful essence. Give into your feelings. I've waited too long for a worthy mate. he carried her. In the busy street. It could be any number of cemeteries throughout the city. and she found this powerful vampire invading her mind." He released her from his hold." "Why are you forcing this?" She placed a palm against his face. towering over her. rolling in satin sheets as he fed off her body. his hold over her mind--so strong. All aboveground tombs looked so similar. Jolie squeezed her eyes shut. Your body wants mine. With a swift wave." "Not before I'm through. When he stopped. it was draining. He closed his eyes. he sped through the streets. She's coming. As she wavered and her eyes fluttered closed." With supernatural strength." she pleaded.
I'm going to start those passionate nights tonight. "You okay?" She nodded." She turned to him. "I drink from you to the point of completion." Alonso said. but not a life bond. "He's very lonely and his heart yearns for love." "How was it with Lucius?" His hand stilled on her hip. in the midst of the cemetery. the danger gone. Only the sounds of insects cut the silence. "And I found my life-mate. he took her into his arms. what happens to make me a vampire? Will I have to drink blood and all?" Settling in bed after they stripped away their clothes. We split. But now." "As all vampires eventually do." "You won't take mine. "Bring it on. I felt a connection to him and turned him that night. then you drink from me. Jolie." . I may one day ask you to do just that. feeding off the living." **** Back at her apartment. Turning away from her. so what was last night?" "A trial. "I need a life-mate. I vowed to never let anyone hurt me again. I'll drive a stake through your heart and leave you to burn away in the morning light. we lose hope." "And the drinking blood?" He groaned and rolled her atop him.Dead. but then. I have a blood bond with Lucius. Wrapping his arms around Jolie. sounds like torture to me. It can be a sensual bonding between a male and female. I swear. Jolie clung to Alonso. "My friend." "Lucius." There." She broke away and began to pace. She could understand why he wanted companionship in this isolated place." "Like him. "Let me see. It was not a bonding of hearts like ours will be. "Just a bit shaken up. Oh. We traveled Europe for a century. Alonso nibbling on her neck did that. "Hmm. he kissed her forehead and whispered. stepping from the darkness. his cock poised at her wet entrance. he lost some of the menacing aura surrounding him. Jolie came to the conclusion she'd never get used to vampire speed. So. Nights filled with passionate sex with a sexy vampire for all time. but I deeply felt the loss of his friendship. "I've been alone for centuries." He laughed and scooped her into his arms. "I don't think I like the idea of you drinking from any man but me. More than six hundred years ago. "Woman." He tipped her chin so she could gaze into his face. It left her lightheaded. until he had enough of me. will you sacrifice your mortality to come with me?" "Become a vampire to love you for all eternity?" He nodded. She straddled his hips. you ever try something like this again. hard question to answer. too." he sighed and looked back at her. "I was given little choice at the time. Finding our life-mate is the one purpose to our existence. I met Alonso wallowing in his sorrow over a dead woman. "So. If we don't find them after so many centuries." Lucius began to walk away. He had a different view of this existence. and that caused ripples in our relationship. humor touching her voice. but his sad voice echoed though the increasing shadows." "Oh.
She glanced toward his face. As the inferno began to flicker out of control and her body spasmed. His entire body jumped under her fingertips. keeping it steady. He stoked the flames. I'd love to fill you each night. a tenderness passed over his features. playfully running her fingernails down his sides. His breathing turned ragged and shallow." In a flash of movement. and his breathing became louder. and she wanted to taste all of him. She took him deeper into her mouth and sucked harder. He held her teasing hand. She drank from him every drop. Darkness and fear began to engulf her. building the fire in an unhurried tempo. her erect nipples brushed his chest hair. she closed her mouth over his cock and began to suckle. She draped her arm over his chest. Colors turned to black. He held onto her head. She licked away every trace of his desire." She spread her legs wider. This wasn't just sex. already recovering and coming to attention once again. He screamed her name as he climaxed. and his arms flopped down upon the bed." "There may be some pain.Leaning over." "I love you. "Mmm. I get to have you on my lips each night to survive?" She moved down his body. guiding her to continue her loving." Then. He brought his hands to her head and gently held her between his palms. testing their weight with her one hand. She teased one nipple to tautness. I need to taste you. "Ah. "Thank you. She gasped and tugged at her arms. The salty taste of him made her drunk with want. nipping along the way. "Make love to me and make me eternally yours. Alonso drank from her. too. wanting to hold him closer. his eyes closed and his mouth open. But. He moved in easy. remember?" She led her hand down his abdomen and to his cock. coursing tiny thrills through her veins. I'll be here to see you through. She loved to see him give himself over to her. The feeling of power over her lover intoxicated Jolie. then the other. A small bead of moisture sat on the tip of the large purple head. He pumped his seed into her body as he took her life fluid. He made love to her and worshipped each leisurely penetration of her slick canal." She grasped his stiff length and caressed it. Leaning over. sweet Jolie." Slowly." She giggled as she nuzzled the valley between his nipples. and Jolie thought she would die of the wondrous sensations building within her soul. this vampire. It wasn't anything dirty or obscene. sending her over the edge. Jolie. I'll give it to you. but he steadily held her arms above her head. and Alonso moaned in ecstasy. Pain coursed through her body. . and she was helpless to fight it. "You're so fucking perfect for me. and she felt her life drift away. and she knew he was getting close. He grasped her hair between his fingers as each wave of liquid sex shot from him. he rolled her onto her back and pinned her arms above her head. He inhaled sharply at her movements. "Seems he may be ready for more. She loved this man. he released her head. Bending down to the satiny covered rod of hot steel. completely under her control. and he entered her in a slow thrust. The sound of his calm breathing was all she could hear. "Are we talking sustenance here or something else?" she asked. and she thought she could not fight the encroaching dark. I've never experienced such euphoria as that. she caught the drop with her tongue. then positioned herself next to him. "I love you. the hair teasing her nostrils. filling her senses with his clean outdoor scent. She screamed his name and saw her world spin out of control with her orgasm. relishing the salty taste. relaxed strokes. Once his body drained." "It's only the beginning. with all her heart. "I want to drink from you in every way. He was delicious. She teased his balls. he bit into her flesh above her left breast. and she welcomed it. playing with the dark hair that feathered him there. Her soul recognized him as the mate for which she had yearned. "Anything you want." "Okay." She moved her hips beneath him. she moved lower.
Her break came with Lady Sheba. She sat upon a log underneath a great cypress. "That's enough for now. inhaling the scent of a beast in the distance. Gulp after gulp. Lucius knew the moment Alonso turned Jolie. she had been right." she whispered. She made a dramatic move and quit the desk job. Jolie had been right. and how much longer did he have to wait? With a fingernail. Tasting the fluid. He leaned over and brushed his lips over hers. What if the one destined to be his mate truly was still out there somewhere? Hundreds of years of waiting. a salty. drinking it into her mouth. When it came time for college. "I promise to love you forever.Then.. With his ultra-sensitive senses. He still wished she was his. There was something odd about her scent. be it oil painting or creative writing. he could understand. Then in early 2003.. The twin girls were born in March. Marianne LaCroix Author Marianne LaCroix aka Shaylee O'Hara dreamed of becoming an author ever since her parents gave her a little typewriter as a child. LoveRomances. and eventually to a nursing home. closely followed by ." They sealed their new beginning with a gentle. Lucius glanced up. her parents supported all of her creative outlets. but a wolf? She howled into the night once again. When the girls would go to bed. the rumored way to make a wish to Marie Laveau. His mate was out there. There she worked in an office for about two yeas before feeling restless." A howl rang through the air. she heard Alonso in the distance. knowing all too well the pain she felt. Something strange. married and moved to Georgia from her childhood home in New Jersey. Lucius stood upon the roof of the tomb and gazed out over the city toward the distant bayou. he picked up the trail of a female wolf. **** Sitting on the roof of the tomb of the Voodoo Queen. Mari would get on the computer and write. not just as a pastime. A wolf in the swamps of Louisiana? Alligators. he carved three Xs into the stone roof and knocked. hunting in the far-off bayou. Magic and mystery surrounded her body. When the source pulled away. a call of loneliness cutting through the dark. 2002. the warm substance renewed her strength. she said goodbye to nursing for a while. Luckily. she'd sit down and write tales of ghost pirates or roguish vampires. the beast turned and loped off into the black cover of twisted trees. In 1994 Mari earned her BA in English. When Mari got pregnant with twins. loving kiss. She earned a diploma in Practical Nursing then went to work in her local hospital. then returned to school for nursing. little one. She raised an unsure hand to his face and traced the slight stubble along his chin. And she was a werewolf. But. "Grant me my wish. and Mari has been a stay-at-home mom ever since. no matter how tired. Gazing down at her with dark eyes was the man she loved. Each night when she got home from caring for others. bring me love everlasting. Could it be this was no ordinary wolf? As if sensing someone watching her. she welcomed it. His heart ached for the beast. He zeroed in on her location and watched her with his mind's eye. "I love you." She licked her lips and opened her eyes. metallic liquid touched her lips. She also worked hard on starting and establishing the review site. then closed his eyes. and she howled at the full moon yet again. she majored in English and took art classes on the side. she decided to write romance seriously.
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