Today’s tease comes from the book Love Immortal, which is a stand alone vampire / paranormal romance novel packed with action, suspense, emotion and drama. Read on for this Tuesday’s tease…
Julian closed his eyes. The minutes passed slowly, the sands of time trickling down to gradually form an hour and then two. He lost track of time as he waited, monitoring Lauren with his senses, searching for a minute sign that she was awakening. The sun drifted overhead and then sank towards the horizon. Each heartbeat was loud in his chest. Every breath was drawn for her sake.
Just as he grew tired, something sparked in Lauren.
Julian pushed himself up and moved her so she was sitting leaned against the pillows of the bed. He knelt beside her, watching, waiting for her to give a stronger sign.
Her heart faltered and then began to beat. She gasped and shot forwards. Julian grabbed her as she thrashed around and whispered soothing words to her, reiterating his promise a thousand times over. She calmed down when he managed to move closer to her and her hands went to his black shirt, gathering fistfuls of it and pulling hard.
His heart leapt when she turned towards him and curled up. Her lips parted to reveal little white fangs. The sight of them warmed him and an intense sense of connection to her broke over him. He’d never experienced such a strong reaction to her before but he liked it—he liked how close he felt to her.
He moved her in his arms, keeping her close but needing her to be able to reach his wrist. Her side pressed against his, her knees drawn to her chest. She clung to him and he held her tighter. A smile curved his lips when she mumbled something and then fell asleep again.
He couldn’t let her sleep, no matter how much she wanted to. Time was a critical factor right now. She needed blood to give her the strength to continue with the change and to bring her mind back.
“Lauren,” he whispered and jostled her.
Her nose wrinkled and she moaned. She tried to burrow her face into his chest but he stopped her by taking hold of her cheek and drawing her away. He unbuttoned his shirtsleeve and offered his wrist. She rolled her eyes open a fraction, looked at it, and then hid her face against his chest.
He needed her to feed as soon as possible but he couldn’t help savouring the feel of her against him and the fact that she was seeking comfort from him. He rubbed her back, continuing to whisper to her, and then tried again with his wrist.
He could sense her hunger. Why wouldn’t she bite him?
He bit his wrist and offered it again. She sniffed and poked her head out a little. Julian supported her back and moved his wrist towards her, encouraging her to drink. She was still wary. He was used to this sort of behaviour from her when she first woke. Her movements were weak and instinctual, but she would soon regain her strength if he could make her drink. The blood ran down his bare arm. Her eyes were unfocused at first but they tracked the rivulet and then her pupils narrowed.
Her mouth opened. The sight of her small canines sent a jolt through him, as strong as the one he’d felt in the alley when her eyes had first met his. He watched with bated breath, waiting to see if she would drink now. Her eyes melted into silver. Tentatively, she leaned forwards and he brought his arm to her. The tip of her tongue poked out and she licked the trail of blood off his arm. A moment of hesitation and then she wrapped her mouth around the wound on his wrist and began drinking.
She drank deep, filling the room with hungry noises. Her hands came up and she grasped his arm, pulling hard on his blood. There was something deeply sensual about her suckling and the brush of her lips against his flesh. It filled him with hunger, passion. Affected him so much that his own teeth elongated against his will, drawn out of him by the sight and feel of her.
Her quiet mewls of supplication made his body harden. It called out for her touch. None of her predecessors had ever affected him like this, making him burn and hunger, dizzy with lust and need.
Julian wanted her to drink forever—to take all of him into her body so they could be one at last, him and Lauren. He ached to be inside her. The force of emotion she stirred in him was consuming, driving him out of his mind with a need to act.
Lauren deepened her feeding but he didn’t care. It didn’t matter if she weakened him dramatically. He would give her whatever she needed, would do whatever it took to help her awaken, even if she drained him near to death. He lived for her. Not just because it was his duty, at least not this time. Lauren was different. He believed in the feelings her eyes held for him. He believed in the feelings that she’d awoken in him.
Her teeth scraped his wrist but she didn’t bite down. Instead, she lapped the wound, stroking his skin in a way that fanned the fire in his veins.
Julian tilted his head, closed his eyes and focused on her lips against his skin and her firm grip. His teeth sunk into his lower lip. Intense heat spread through him, radiating from the point where her mouth was against him. It had never been like this before. Never. It felt so good—so right—and he couldn’t ignore the need pounding through his body.
He dipped his head towards her. Just as his forehead was close to touching her hair, she stopped feeding, pulled back and looked at him.
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Rescued from werewolves by the most breathtaking man she’s ever seen, Lauren is dragged into the fight of her life and a dark world she never knew existed. There, she discovers that she’s the latest reincarnation of a goddess and must drink the blood of her immortal protector, Julian, in order to reawaken and continue her three thousand year old mission to defeat Lycaon, the original werewolf.
With the help of Julian and an organisation of people with supernatural abilities, Lauren fights for her life, their future and the fate of mankind against Lycaon and his deadly army, but can she succeed when Lycaon has killed all of her predecessors?
Can she crack the armour around Julian’s heart and seize her happily forever after with him? And can Julian bring himself to trust Lauren with the fragments of his heart after everything he’s been through?