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by R. W. Shannon
Category: Romance/Dark Fantasy
Description: It's his family or his life... miracles do happen. Even for vampires. In this final installment of the trilogy, vampire Aria discovers that she is pregnant and Scorpio is desperate to keep his wife out of the clutches of the Vampire Council Chairman, Aldous. But when Aria discovers the secret that Scorpio has been keeping from her, she must chose to stay by his side or go into hiding where it is safer.
eBook Publisher: Cobblestone Press, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: December 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [61 KB]
Reading time: 35-49 min.
All Other formats: Printing DISABLED, Read-aloud DISABLED
Aria gazed at the Pacific surf that crashed against the rocks below her terrace while she drained her bottle of blood. This was her favorite time of night, 3 AM. The moon hung low in the dark blue sky. And the wind blew her long, black hair around her ebony shoulders as a sudden wave of desire washed over her. It was the kind of sexy night that made her want to do something reckless. Anything was possible since she was married to one of the most powerful vampires in the world, Scorpio Stansakopolis.
Wanna play a game?
Scorpio's telepathic voice was so low that she wasn't sure if she' d heard him at first; though his words suggested that he had read her thoughts. Aria slowly turned from the balcony railing, preferring to gaze at him than the Pacific surf. His long, chestnut hair circled his bare, muscular chest and shoulders, where his olive-hued skin still glistened from the heat of the shower. From where she stood, she could smell the sandalwood scent of the soap he had used. Both the sight and scent made her dizzy with desire.
He leaned casually against the doorframe that separated the balcony from the sleeping chamber. His steely blue gaze washed over her ebony skin like mist, causing her dark nipples to strain against the almost transparent gown she wore. A beige towel was wrapped around his waist. Scorpio looked like the Greek God he was, or rather, the Greek Master vampire that he was. Aria inhaled a shaky breath.
What kind of game? she asked with caution.
Never ask a Master that.
His wicked smile caused her breath to hitch and told her all that she needed to know. Who knew what this vampire had up his sleeve. When, from behind his back, he produced a blindfold, Aria was momentarily taken aback. A blindfold? She thought he would've been more creative than that. Given the way that he had made love to her for the last twenty hours straight.
It's not for you.
She frowned and crossed her arms over her chest. Then who's it for?
With the snap of his fingers, his bodyguards brought a bound-and-gagged Barista into the chambers and deposited him in the center of the room. The Italian vampire squirmed in his wooden chair, yelling muffled curses at the bodyguards and Scorpio. With eyes wide, she looked at Scorpio. Her husband hated him, and so did she. Aria was surprised at his choice. She had expected another female vamp, not his rival. Scorpio had told her that the Vampire Council had asked Barista to keep tabs on her husband, but why?
Since she and Scorpio had gotten together on a steamy Halloween night, Barista had been trailing and keeping tabs on them. Aria wasn't sure why, and Scorpio was keeping his mouth closed. She guessed it may have something to do with the fact that she could still produce a child, despite being a vampire, and perhaps, the Council had gotten wind of this news. That was her fear, and she hoped that it wasn't so.
Returning from her thoughts, Aria gasped as Scorpio dangled the blindfold from his fingers.
"Scorpio," she protested aloud. "What...?"
With vamp speed, he closed the distance between them and silenced her question by placing his index finger over her lips. As he kissed her, he passed the blindfold to one of the guards, who tied it around the vampire's eyes before disappearing. Scorpio pulled away to lead her into the chamber by her hand.
Barista was asked by the Vampire Council to record our transaction. This is the only way I could think of to allow that to happen. Plus, it will be fun.
She raised an eyebrow. Fun for whom?
Why, she wondered, did the Council need their lovemaking on record? And why was she going along with this? Truth be told, he could've suggested anything and she would've tried it at least once, including her previous thought of a three-way with a female vampire.
Maybe next time...
Scorpio's velvety baritone entered her mind smoothly as he unknotted his towel and let the soft cotton flutter to the floor. He pushed her down onto Barista's lap. Her mouth watered when she spied his cock, nestled in his curly, brown pubic hair. He was thick and long, the way she liked it. Without prompting, she brought him to her lips and slid her tongue over the tip of his cock.