Lost Embrace – Book 6.5

Lost Embrace – Book 6.5
Series: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 6.5
Publication Year: 2015
Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they struggle to keep her alive while searching for an escaped killer who promises to end Sydney’s life once and for all.
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About the Book

An erotic paranormal romance novella…

Dominant vampire leader, Kade Issacson, is devastated when his fiancée, Sydney Willows, is nearly killed by a demon. As her transition into the supernatural tests the limits of their bond, he considers how far he’d go to cure her affliction.

On the brink of dying, desperate to feed, Sydney breaks free of her lover. When a cold-blooded murderer emerges from her past, seeking revenge, she’s forced to accept the reality of her situation.

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Kade struggles to keep her alive while searching for an escaped killer who promises to end Sydney’s life once and for all. Can her ex-partner, a human, teach her to feed so she can survive? Will Kade share the woman he loves for one passionate night in order to save her?

*Warning:  This is an adult erotic paranormal romance book with love scenes and mature situations.  It is only intended for adult readers over the age of 18.

Excerpts from Lost Embrace

Excerpt 1

Sydney braced for the seizure, her body tensing, readying for the barrage of spasms it would endure.  It had been a month since she’d been attacked.  She’d been protecting an innocent child from the monstrous demon who sought to claim her.  As a police officer, it wasn’t the first time she’d been in danger. But that day, she’d been no match for the evil beast who impaled her with his fist.  As death reached for her soul, her fiancé, Kade Issacson, had saved her from its finality.  Turned her without consent.

Sydney loved Kade more than life itself, but they’d always had an understanding; she’d remain human.  She’d agreed to drink miniscule amounts of his blood, allowing her the benefits of immortality.  As Kade’s singular source of sustenance, she’d always known that if she were to be turned, he wouldn’t be able to feed from her.  Having been transformed into a vampire, no longer could she serve that role in his life.  In the blink of an eye, her life had been destroyed, promises crushed.

The first round of chills racked her body, and she bit her lip raw.  She curled into the corner of the room, the hardwood floor grounding her.  She’d watched through the window as the donor approached the house.  A healthy pink tinge on the woman’s cheeks told her she’d rushed to her appointment.  Even though Sydney knew Kade wouldn’t partake of the stranger’s blood, it didn’t matter.  Jealousy clutched at her gut. He’d feed eventually…sometime, somewhere, from someone else…but never from her. He’d need a human, and human she was not.

A tear rolled down her cheek as her muscles relaxed.  She and Kade had barely spoken over the past month.  She knew he loved her, had done what he thought needed to be done.  Yet being turned had rocked her world, shattering the delicate life they’d built together.

Weak, she had been unable to feed without causing the donors excruciating pain.  It was as if her fangs were intoxicated with the demon itself.  Screaming herself awake had become the only relief from her nightmares of the beast.  She’d convinced herself that Rylion had infected her with his saliva.  Now her own fluids had brought terror to anyone she’d touched.

When Kade brought donors to her, Sydney would wait for him to sink his teeth into their wrist.  She’d be forced to watch the woman shake with desire caused by her lover.  At one time, his bite was meant only for her.  On this dark night, however, another stranger would quiver at his touch.

A knock sounded before the doorknob creaked.  Sydney shoved herself to her feet, and found a chair.  Wiping the tears from her face, she took a deep breath, trying to find the courage to proceed.  She struggled with thoughts of suicide, yet today the fight to survive prevailed.  Reluctantly she’d accept the nourishment.

“Sydney, are you ready for us?” she heard Kade ask. The door edged open an inch.

“Yes,” she whispered.

Her eyes met Kade’s as he walked into her bedroom.  A rush of excitement filled her belly as he came into view.  His blond hair had grown long, its shaggy edges brushing his collar.  Sydney found his permanent five o’clock shadow every bit as sexy as his usual clean-shaven face.  She wished she could hate him, leave him, but the deep burning love in her heart never ceased.  It tore her apart to know she’d never be what he needed.

“Love, it’s okay,” he said, his warm voice attempting to calm her.

A petite blonde followed behind him.  She knelt before Sydney and presented her arm in silence.  Sydney glanced at her for only a second before meeting Kade’s gaze.  She fought the moisture that brimmed in her eyes.

“We’ll do this quickly,” Kade promised.

“It’s okay,” she lied.

“Hey.” Kade cradled her face with his palms, his thumbs gently brushing the tears away.  “I love you.  We’re going to figure this out.  I promise you.”

When he told her he loved her, it broke her heart.  Sydney’s gaze fell to the floor, unable to look at him.  His warm lips grazed over hers, and she swallowed the soft cry that bubbled inside her throat.  As his hands fell from her skin, she gazed out the window.  She wished she could pretend to be blind to his actions.  She refused to watch his fangs descend, but the sigh of the donor’s arousal rang in her ears.  Sydney thought she’d die another death, her chest heavy with emotion.  By the time the blood hit her lips, she’d made a decision.  She knew he wouldn’t agree, but it was of little consequence.  One way or another, it was time to regain control of her life.

Excerpt 2

“I’ll be frank.  Until yesterday, there was no plan.  I don’t want to pressure you.  What I’m about to propose…you asked how you can help.” Kade paused, seeking the words that eluded him.

“Of course.”

“It’s just that Luca and I think that maybe if she fed from someone she knows…”

An amused smile crossed Anthony’s face as soon as Kade spoke, but he remained silent.

“You’re close to Sydney.  If I wasn’t totally secure in our relationship, I wouldn’t suggest this, but…”

“You want me to let her bite me?”

“Yes, I do.”

“I’ll do it,” Anthony responded without hesitation.

“You may want to take some time to make this decision.”

“What’s a little pin prick, huh?”

“I suppose you could say that.” Kade smiled, pleased that he’d agreed quickly.  But full disclosure was in order.  “I think this may work, but you must understand.  There are consequences.”

“Like what?”

“First of all, this experiment could fail.  The donors she’s bitten…it wasn’t pretty.  In terms of pain level, it could feel like someone is pulling out your tooth.”  Kade raised an eyebrow at him. “Without Novocain.”

“Hey, I’d take a bullet for that woman.  I’ve been stabbed at least once.  I think I can tough it out.”

“Second, there’s, uh, feelings.  You know, like sexual ones.  If we do this, it’ll be intimate.  We must make it as pleasurable as we can for her.  Whatever she wants…whatever she needs.” Kade could hardly believe he was agreeing to this, but desperation ran deep.

“Hold on now, are you saying that she,” he pointed to the hallway, “and me,” he placed his palm on his chest, “we’d be…together? No, no, no…you’d never…”

“It wouldn’t just be the two of you.”  Kade laid it on the table, waiting for what he was proposing to take hold in Anthony’s mind.

“You mean the three of us?” Wide-eyed, Anthony laughed as Kade nodded. “Well, shit…of all the things I thought were going to happen today, I did not expect to be propositioned by a vampire.  For a ménage at that.  Okay then.”

“This isn’t a trivial decision for me.  Sydney trusts you.  You’re here.  Most of all, you are willing.  If this could work to trip whatever block she has, I know we’d both be grateful.”  Kade hoped he wouldn’t change his mind.  The more he talked with Anthony, the more certain he was that this would work.

“I’m in.”  Anthony stood up and nodded.

“You sure?”

“Yep, I’ll do it.”

“You need to know that Sydney…she doesn’t know.”  Kade had heard Sydney’s footsteps on the stairway and was hoping to finish before she reached the kitchen, but he’d run out of time.

“She doesn’t know what?” Sydney asked.  Spying Anthony in the corner, she squealed.  “Tony! Oh my God.  What are you doing here?”

She jumped into his arms and he spun her around.  Kade smiled, observing the interaction.  Maybe Anthony was exactly what she needed.

“How’s my Philly girl?  I missed you.” Anthony hugged her, locking eyes with Kade.  He kissed the top of her hair as if testing what Kade had told him.

“I missed you so much,” she cried.

“Yeah, yeah, don’t answer my calls.  No texts.  I think you forgot me,” he goaded.

“Stop it.” She pouted.  Leaning back from his embrace, she slapped his arm.  “I’d never forget you. Not ever.”

“I don’t know.  I hear you’ve been kinda busy.”

“He told you, didn’t he?” Her face went flat, her eyes darting to Kade.

“Why don’t you guys go into the family room and catch up,” he suggested.

“Don’t you think we should do this together?” Anthony asked, surprise in his eyes.

“I think old friends need privacy.  You okay with that, love?”  Kade crossed the room, settling a palm on each of their shoulders.

Sydney responded, reaching for him.  He leaned down, gently pressing his lips to hers.  Uninhibited by Anthony’s presence, they deepened the kiss.  She swept her tongue between his lips. Passion stirred inside, and he lifted his lids to meet Anthony’s gaze.  He wanted him to have a small taste of what to expect.  Regretfully, he did have business to attend to, and thought it important for Sydney and Anthony to have time alone.

Kade retreated, giving her, then Anthony a smile.

“Go talk with the detective.  I’ll join you in a bit.”

“You invited him here?” she asked.

“Yes and no.  He called me,” he replied truthfully. “You weren’t answering your phone.”

“But you knew he was coming?” she pressed.

“I did, but this is much better as a surprise, don’t you think?”

She eyed him suspiciously in silence and Kade knew she suspected something was awry.  She’d know that Anthony would not visit without a reason, and Kade trusted him to tell her why he’d come to New Orleans.

“You heard him, Syd.  Lead the way,” Anthony interjected, his eyes meeting Kade’s in understanding.

“I’m sorry, Tony.  I didn’t mean to be rude.  This way,” she said.

Kade watched with interest as she fell into her partner’s trusted embrace and they traveled out of the kitchen.  He prayed what they were about to do would cure her.  But at the moment, more pressing issues required his attention.  The human who planned Sydney harm was on the loose.  Retrieving his phone, he texted Luca.

Excerpt 3

“From the moment we met, I knew you were mine.  Nothing about your transition has changed that.”  Kade concealed his hand underneath the fabric, working his fingers into her panties.  Cupping between her legs, he whispered in her ear.  “Your p*ssy yearns for me, doesn’t it, Sydney?  Your master has been gone too long.”

“I…I…”  At a loss for words, she resisted the urge to run.  The heat between her legs intensified, confirming what she’d always known.  She belonged to him…her heart, her mind, her body.  Despite her independence and bravado, the comfort of being cared for, loved, superseded any notion that she could survive as an island.

“I know what it’s like to be so consumed with someone that you can’t breathe without them.  I may not have been the one starving this past month, but I’ve struggled to survive without you.”  He bit down on her earlobe as he slid a finger into her slick folds.  Teasing her clitoris, he refused to give her a chance to retreat.  “Goddess, I fucking missed you.”

“Kade …they can see us,” she breathed.

“That’s exactly the point, love.  I want them to see us.  To see the pleasure I bring you.”  He plunged deep inside her pussy, withdrew and added two more.  “Fuck, yes.  You’re so wet for me.”

“I can’t do this here…oh shit,” she cried.  It had been so long since he’d touched her.  The ripples of excitement speared through her and she fought the orgasm she knew would come all too soon.

“Never again will you hide from me.  Everything we do we do together.  Feeding.  Fucking.  All of it.  Do you understand me?”  When she didn’t respond, he removed his hand and lightly smacked her mound.

“No, don’t stop.”  He was angry that she’d fed on her own.  She’d known what his reaction would be but had convinced herself he’d understand.  Yet here he stood, teaching his lesson in front of an audience.  She was helpless to argue as the ache between her legs grew.

“No running.  Ever.  Tell me you understand.”  His palm, that had rested on her belly, glided up her chest until he held her throat in his hands.  Taking her chin, he turned her head so that his lips brushed hers. “Say it, Sydney.”

“Kade,” she breathed.

“Say it.”

“I’m sorry…I knew.  I needed to do this on my own.  But I won’t ever share you.  I love you too damn much.” She grasped his thigh, digging her nails into his leg.

“This pleasure, my soon-to-be wife,” Kade pumped his fingers back into her wet core, “will only ever be yours.”

“Ah, yes.  Harder,” she cried.  Her head lolled back on his shoulder and she clutched his leg.

“And your blood…this pleasure is only ever for you,” he said, his fangs slicing into her neck.

The familiar delicious sting of his teeth at her flesh sent her into a state of ecstasy.  His bite was a validation of her role within his life.  Desired.  Accepted.  Loved.  She shook, the climax rolling through her.  As his tongue laved over the wounds, she twisted around in his arms.

“Let’s go home, love.  I think we’ve made our point,” he laughed.

“I’m not so sure about that.  You started something, and I think we oughta finish it.”  No longer encumbered with concern that the humans doubted his commitment to her, Sydney pressed her palms to his chest, guiding him against the wall.

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