And his pride in running a club that was infamous throughout the demon world was replaced by an itch that he couldn't scratch. It was something he was trying to ignore under the theory that it was like a bad hangover — something you suffered through and forgot as soon as the next party came along. Every night we're a breath away from a riot. He snorted, folding his arms over his wide chest.
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What do you expect? Line dancing, gin fizzes, and karaoke? We've had more fights lately than we've had in the past two years. We're celebrating the defeat of the Dark Lord," he tried to bluster. Like a dog with a bone, Tonya refused to let it go. Hell, do both. Santiago wasn't sure what he expected. Maybe twin imps. He'd always had a weakness for matched sets. Nothing was more certain to distract a man than a week of incessant, no-holds-barred, balls-aching sex.
Not because the woman was stunning. That was a given. All vampire females were drop-dead gorgeous. But this one had an eerie familiarity with her long black hair and dark eyes, which contrasted so sharply with her pale skin. No, not Nefri, a voice whispered in the back of his mind. Her face was more angular and the approaching female was lacking the regal aloofness that shrouded the real Nefri. Not to mention a lack of kick-ass power that would have all of them reeling beneath the impact of her presence. The crowd parted beneath the force of his icy power, most of them scrambling out of his way with a gratifying haste as he climbed the stairs and entered the lobby.
He was way too busy convincing himself that his retreat was nothing more than anger at Tonya's interference. As if he needed the fey prying into his sex life. She was supposed to be his assistant, not his pimp. If he wanted a damned female he could get one himself. Hell, he could get a dozen.
And not one of them would be some pitiful substitute for the aggravating, infuriating, impossible female who had simply abandoned him to return behind the Veil It was a testament to just how distracted he was that he was nearly across the marble floor of the lobby and he hadn't noticed the vampire standing near the door to his office. If he could miss the current Anasso the ultimate King of All Vampires , then his head was truly up his ass. Styx was a six-foot-five Aztec warrior dressed in black leather with a sword strapped to his back big enough to carve through a full-blooded troll.
And of course, there was his massive power that pulsed through the air like sonic waves. His visage had been carved on lean, arrogant lines emphasized by his dark hair, which was pulled into a tight braid that fell nearly to the back of his knees. He didn't look like he was there to party.
Which meant he wanted something from Santiago. Never a good thing.
I just wanted to poke things with my big sword. Santiago veered past the wooden shelves that held the sort of high-tech surveillance equipment that only Homeland Security was supposed to know about, unlocking the door of the sidebar that was set beneath the French Impressionist paintings hung on the paneled walls. The last time Styx had said those words the Dark Lord had been threatening to destroy the world and he'd been teamed up with Nefri in an attempt to find the missing prophet. He was also frighteningly perceptive. Narrowing his eyes, he studied Santiago's bitter expression with a disturbing intensity.
Briefly distracted, the ancient vampire took a sip of the potent spirit, a faint smile curving his lips. Styx's smile widened. Despite being predatory alphas, Styx and Viper, the clan chief of Chicago, had become trusted friends. It was almost as shocking as the fact that vampires and Weres had become allies.
At least temporarily. The kind of mood that gets good vampires dead. There was a long pause before the king at last reached to pull out a dagger that had been sheathed at his hip.
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His short burst of humorless laughter filled the room. Hell yeah, he recognized it. He should. It belonged to his sire, Gaius, who had once been a Roman general. Centuries ago he'd watched in awe as Gaius had displayed the proper method of killing his prey with the dagger. What a fool he'd been. Of course, he wasn't entirely to blame. Like all foundlings, Santiago had awoken as a vampire without memory of his past and only a primitive instinct to survive.
But unlike others, he hadn't been left to fend for himself.
Oh no. Gaius had been there. Treating him like a son and training him to become his most trusted warrior. But all that came to an end the night their clan was attacked. Santiago had been away from the lair, but he knew that Gaius had been forced to watch his beloved mate, Dara, burned at the stake. And lost in his grief, Gaius had retreated behind the Veil where he sought the peace it supposedly offered. Gaius had allowed himself to be swayed by the promise of the Dark Lord to return Dara, and he'd gone behind the Veil to betray them all. Realizing that Styx was studying him with an all too knowing gaze, Santiago slammed the door on his little walk down memory lane.
See All Customer Reviews. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 0. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. He still yearns for sensual, raven-haired Nefri, who has inexplicably disappeared. But brooding for Nefri is a luxury Santiago does not have. His traitorous sire, Gaius, is unleashing a violent scourge upon the mortal world, and Santiago must stop him before it's too late. Nefri's search leads her to the vampire's abandoned lair--and straight into Santiago's path. It's clear Santiago intends to seduce her, but then an ancient, banished evil reappears, threatening to thrust the world into a madness it cannot survive.
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She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at www. Down in the darkness the demons were encouraged to come out and play with wild abandon. And no one, absolutely no one, could play as rough and wild and downright nasty as demons. Not that there was a need for secrecy in the club. None of them were known for their modesty. Especially when they were in the mood to celebrate. He understood their jubilation.
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Buzz kill. His lips curled as the violence choking the air was abruptly replaced by a heated lust. Tonya could make a man drool at a hundred paces. Never let it be said he went to a party underdressed. If he did Well, that would mean he'd have to admit he had been neutered.
But his general lust for life Her eyes narrowed. His dark brows pulled together in a warning scowl. The club wasn't Disneyland, but it wasn't usually a bloodbath. At least not unless you were stupid enough to join in the cage matches. Or maybe a Harpy in heat. Instead a female vampire stepped from the shadows. But she was close enough to make his gut twist into painful knots.
Tonya frowned in confusion. He had to get out. Not that he noticed. It would be easier, and certainly less dangerous, to overlook an erupting volcano. Interlibrary Loan. Login in Interlibrary Loan. Search WorldCat.
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