A Bite in Time
by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey
A dangerous secret, a vampire, plus one sexy cop is a recipe for trouble.
JOHN REEDER has accepted his love for VINCENT KAMATEROS, but he doesn’t know his lover is a vampire. When aderanged vampire targets Vincent, John has to deal with uncovered secrets that blow his life apart.
Will Vincent reveal his true nature to protect the cop who has come to mean more than his own life? In doing so, he might ruin his only chance for a ‘happy ever after’ with John.
The Black Brew loomed at one end of the L-shaped building. Vince pulled into the first open spot in the parking lot and strode toward the entrance. His senses flared and he stepped back into the shadows. Power, ancient power, threaded the air. His chest constricted as he fought down his urge to gasp.
Two men exited the Black Brew and Vince dropped behind a white Chevy truck. Vince’s heart seized at seeing John talking with the innocuous, bespectacled, middle-aged man. Bonaventura stood in front of John, casually talking to him.
Dio. The bastard had used glamour on John.
Vince clenched his hands, fighting back the urge to rush forward. Instead he crouched in the darkness. Steadying his nerves, he listened in on their conversation, ready to spring into action.
John showed Bonaventura a photograph. “You’ve seen this man. You’re sure?”
“Yes, maybe a couple of a week ago.”
“Was he alone?”
“Yes, he was sitting alone in back of the room. I noticed him because he stood out.”
What the devil was this monster thinking? Was he baiting John, enough to lure him into a secluded area? To sink his teeth into John’s neck.
Rage filled Vince as he visualized the horrid scene. He’d go to hell and back to protect John. Time to end this.
Pick on someone your own size, Bonaventura. Or, are you afraid to face me?
The second Vince’s thought entered Bonaventura’s mind, the vampire’s jaw twitched. But he remained composed, his disguise in place, his smile fixed on John.
Vince had to keep taunting. Find a way to lure the Ancient away from John without an open confrontation.
You choose to attack a human? The great Bonaventura has sunk so low, picking on someone who can’t fight back.
Vincenzo. The disgraced heir who no longer has a place in our lustrous history. I hold more power in my little finger than your puny display.
Come on, John. Move on.
Bonaventura leaned in and whispered to John. John’s shoulders went slack, his mouth and his eyes drooped.
Vince was losing control of the situation. He needed to lure Bonaventura away from John to break the spell. He called out to Angelo for backup before going back to taunting Bonaventura.
It is me you want. You and I know this. Why waste time with this human?
I get pleasure luring humans into false security and then seeing the terror in their eyes when the glamour wears off and they are confronted with their biggest nightmare.
You will not get away with it tonight. I will stop you.
What is one more human life lost? Or perhaps this human interests you?
Humans are immaterial to me. I am trying to stop your foolish actions, which could lead to the discovery of our people.
Bonaventura tensed as Vince sensed Angelo’s presence in the vicinity. Time to make his move. Vince shot from the shadow of the truck. His fangs burned in anticipation of a fight but he resisted the urge.
Come on, old one. Let’s take this somewhere else.
Bonaventura sketched an imitation salute. “The Quester and the exile. We shall meet again.” With that, he blinked out of sight.
“John!” Vince waved his hand in front of John to wake him from the trance.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
What inspires me - the reality that romance between lovers is a hope more than a guarantee. My stories are an eclectic mix of contemporary and paranormal, but it is always romance that drives the story to its final happily-ever-after. There's nothing better than reading a good book over an espresso, watching a movie or trying out a new restaurant. I'm the author of several gay romances, including Last Chance, Rainbow Award winner for the Best Gay Paranormal/Horror. Viki’s website is http://www.vikilyn.com/
Vina Grey loves writing about romance. Two people finding each other, the two-step before they get together and the happily ever after, have to be the best story ever. Throw in some paranormal elements and she's in heaven. Vampires and cops, anyone? She loves to jabber away with anyone about books, so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vina’s cyber home is here: http://vinagrey.wordpress.com/
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