Snow glanced up into her eyes and lingered, the red around the edges of his irises fading and the darkness lifting. Sorrow replaced it, but mixed in with that sombre emotion were others. Warmer ones that gained ground the longer he looked up at her, obliterating the pain until it was gone and only they remained, filling his beautiful eyes with a look that verged on tender.
Aurora breathed slowly, fighting to steady herself, battling to resist the urges that look in Snow’s eyes awakened in her. It would be all too easy to surrender to the pressing need to touch him and feel the coolness of his skin beneath her fingertips. From there it would be but a step to lean down and bring her lips to his.
And then she would be lost forever.
Snow would claim all of her with that one simple kiss. She would lose her objectivity, and most likely her heart, and it would become impossible to bring herself to judge him with clear eyes.
It took all of her strength, but Aurora managed to take a step backwards, placing a small distance between them. That distance felt like an ocean and she longed to cross it to him, to fall into his arms and discover the reality of her darkest desires.
Aurora lowered her eyes to the black bedclothes, focusing on them to steady herself.
“You should sleep,” she said and her voice had never sounded so hollow to her ears. It wasn’t what she wanted to say to him, but it was what she had to say. She had to get things back on track. She had to resist her forbidden urges.
Snow slipped off the bed and walked past her, so close that she could sense his power as a hot shiver down her spine and she ached for him to brush against her.
She looked over her shoulder, gaze following him. He reached his wardrobe and began to strip off. Slowly.
Aurora had the distinct impression that he was doing it on purpose, drawing out his undressing because he liked the feel of her gaze on him, watching as he slowly unbuttoned his black shirt and revealed inch after inch of delicious pale skin stretched tight over powerful defined muscles.
The ache started again, hot and fierce, making her belly flutter.
He tossed his shirt onto the laundry basket in the corner and then tackled his jeans. Aurora told herself to look away but failed to follow the order when he pushed his jeans down, revealing his black underwear and long toned legs.
A blush heated her cheeks.
Snow glanced over at her and she swore a wicked smile tilted his lips before he turned his face away. He was enjoying tempting her. Perhaps her master was right and he was evil after all, but it was a strange sort of evil, a sinful and sexy sort.
He finally dropped his jeans on top of his shirt in the basket and crossed the room, slowly stalking towards her, his gait that of a predator hunting prey.
She had no chance to stifle the blush that covered the full length of her body this time, burning through her blood. She wet her lips, trembling all over, stomach fluttering as she stared into his eyes, caught by them and unable to escape.
It took all of her willpower, but she tore her gaze away, only for it to fall on the top of the tattoo that poked out above the waistband of his black boxer shorts. She wanted to know what the rest of it looked like.
“Your tattoo intrigues me,” she whispered, unable to find the courage to voice those words any louder.
Snow cocked an eyebrow, grabbed her shoulders so quickly that she gasped and jolted, and made her sit on the end of the bed. Her backside hit the mattress hard enough to make the springs creak. She didn’t notice. Her focus was wholly on Snow as he stood before her, his lean hips eyelevel to her, the pronounced muscles of his abdomen on tempting display. So close that her breath was probably skating over them.
Aurora told herself to look up. Her willpower failed her this time. She stared at the sexy dip of his navel and all that sensual hard-packed muscle. Her heart thundered, pumping wildfire through her veins. What would he do if she leaned forwards and swept her tongue around his navel?
She wanted to find out.
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A powerful vampire lost deep in his bloodlust, Snow is a savage animal, mindless with rage and a thirst for violence, and trapped with no hope of awakening from an endless nightmare… until a song draws him up from the abyss, restoring his sanity but leaving him haunted by the sweet feminine scent of lilies and snow, and fragmented familiar lyrics.
When the mysterious and beautiful songstress reappears in Snow’s room at Vampirerotique, she awakens a fierce protective streak and stirs dark desires that drive him to claim her as his female, even when he knows his touch will destroy her innocence.
A single forbidden taste is all it takes to unleash emotions in Aurora that she shouldn’t possess, tearing her between duty and desire, and luring her into surrendering to her wildfire passion and embracing hungers that burn so hotly they threaten to consume them both.
One act of kindness can lead to one thousand acts of sin though, each a black mark against the bearer’s soul and another grain of sand that slips through an hourglass. The clock is ticking and time is almost up. Can beauty save the beast?
If you haven’t had a chance to read any of the books in the Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series yet, they’re all available at major ebook retailers and in paperback, and you can find the links and samples of the books at my website:
Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #1)
Crave (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #2)
Seduce (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #3)
Enslave (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #4)
Bewitch (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #5)
Unleash (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #6)