Victor Nicolescu wants only two things: blood to sate his hunger and a woman to love him for eternity. The blood is easy—his butler donates to Victor’s personal blood bank on a regular basis. Sometimes, however, Victor has an undeniable craving for fresh blood. His most recent craving leads him straight to Claudia Reyes, a gorgeous psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in the existence of vampires. His bite transforms her into one of the mythical immortals and forces her to leave behind everything familiar. Victor longs to help her adjust to her new life as a creature of the night, but her anger at his choice to transform her threatens to destroy their chance for love. When the night of the full moon rolls around, however, Claudia discovers he desperately needs her help to overcome a part of him even he never knew existed.
The Hispanic woman in the center of the trio looked up, her gaze locking with his. Her heart beat faster, and he knew she was the one. He tried to move toward her, but his step faltered. She would have to bring her precious blood to him.
Come to me, love. Come and dance.
She walked toward him, her hips swaying hypnotically under her pale yellow dress. The light fabric threatened to drive him completely out of his mind as it flowed around her like the rhythm of deep red streams coursing through her veins. He fought to maintain his composure and began to work his magic on her.
He inhaled her scent and spoke softly in her ear. “So sweet. So beautiful.”
“My name is Claudia,” she said with a definite American accent. Eastern Pennsylvania, if he wasn’t mistaken, and he rarely was.
“I am Victor.” He inclined his head and then straightened with difficulty. “We will dance now.”
Taking her in his arms, he held her close and forced himself to move slowly. Her delicious curves pressed into him, begging for his attention. He dragged his thoughts away from her sensual touch, if all went well, he would have plenty of time later to enjoy the delights of this creature. For now, he must concentrate on one thing: dinner.
He slid one hand to her lower back and pressed her closer. His other hand slipped up the back of her neck, and his fingers tangled in her silky hair as he tilted her head back just a little. When he lowered his lips to the throbbing pulse in the side of her throat, he could feel her fear. He projected soothing thoughts into her mind and savored the feel of her warm flesh and the blood flowing beneath it.
Trust me. I will not harm you.
He sank his fangs into Claudia’s skin, unable to wait any longer. She gasped, but he quieted her with his mind. Warm, thick sweetness flowed into his mouth, and he drank deeply, his strength returning with each swallow.
Claudia leaned into him, her movements seductive as she tried to dance while she weakened. Victor had to restrain himself as her blood filled him with warmth and her body filled him with desire. It had been a long time since sating one hunger had ignited another.
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