A Kiss Between Friends on Christmas Eve - Brooklyn Ann
A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
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Merry Christmas, everyone! I was assigned the theme, “A kiss between friends.” Unfortunately, I don’t have a scene from any of my books that fits that exactly…. But then I realized that the epilogue of ONE BITE PER NIGHT occurs on Christmas and features a character thinking about a kiss…and a little more.
Not only that, but it leads into my next book, BITE AT FIRST SIGHT, which releases in April.
I hope you enjoy!
Rafael Villar stood in the dark drawing room at Burnrath House, watching the snowfall blanketing the lawn. Warm light glowed from the windows of the neighboring houses where families were dining together and enjoying their exchanged gifts.
Far away in Spain, his mortal family was doing the same. Alejandro, his uncle and maker, should send him a letter soon letting him know if the presents he’d sent arrived on time. The thought of presents made him think of the ones he’d received, the first in centuries. Vincent’s youngling had sent him a magnificent painting of a stormy sea along with a jesting note saying that it reminded her of his temperament.
Anthony, his third in command had gifted him with a tin of Turkish cigars. He’d also received a beautifully illustrated copy of Don Quixote from Lady Rosslyn. Rafe stroked the cover and scowled.
After Ian and Angelica departed, Rafe had enjoyed his new peace at Burnrath House. No more irrepressible duchesses, no more chaperones looking down their noses at him, no more snobbish, mocking whispers and stares from the ton and best of all, no more inconvenient and dangerous involvements with mortals.
Unfortunately, Lady Rosslyn seemed determined to disrupt that peace. He’d received several dinner invitations and she’d even attempted to call upon him twice. Angelica’s friend had harbored a pointed interest in him since their first encounter at Burnrath House. When she noticed his scars she did not regard them with disgust or pity like everyone else. She only studied them with curiosity, an unspoken question in her eyes… eyes as bright blue green as the Mediterranean Sea.
Rafe had rebuffed all of her attempts to further their acquaintance, ignoring her subtle inquiries as to his refusals. He could not tell her that he was the most powerful being in the city. He could not tell her that the longer she remained in his vicinity, the more he wanted to yank out all of the pins restraining her auburn hair to send the coppery mass tumbling over her perfect shoulders before claiming her luscious lips with his. How he longed to plunge his fangs in her throat and taste the very essence of her life.
The front door opened and a blast of winter air cooled his heated fantasy.
“You missed a jolly good party, my lord.” Anthony shook snow from his tousled brown hair. “The champagne flowed and Madam Florence’s girls were in a most generous spirit.”
One glimpse of my face would quickly banish their generosity. Rafe frowned and lit a cigar. “Did you look in on the East End before your revels as I asked?”
His third sobered. “Yes, my lord. There is talk of humans roaming through the cemetery at night, though that seems to have stopped a few weeks ago. I told them to inform you straightaway if they see another one.”
“Do you think they were hunters?” Rafe fought back a growl. His burn scars seemed to flare with fresh pain.
Anthony shrugged. “I am not certain. If they were I’d think they would have made a move by now.”
Rafe shook his head and took a deep draw on his cigar. Between a pertinacious countess and the possibility of vampire hunters skulking in his cemeteries, his reign was not commencing as peacefully as he’d intended.
Want to know how that works out for Rafe? Find out in BITE AT FIRST SIGHT, which releases in April!
Now for the giveaway: Tell me a favorite Christmas Eve tradition and I’ll give one commenter an e-book copy of ONE BITE PER NIGHT!
Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...
Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.
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