Mr. Right [Blind Date After Dark 1]
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by Lara Santiago
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance
Description: Lonely Melisa agrees to meet a blind date at a Halloween party. An unexpectedly delicious, masked vampire greets her at the door. Once into the party, David whisks her upstairs after she trips and tends to her skinned knee. Has she finally met Mr. Right? David hasn't made time for the "right" kind of woman in his life until an unwanted blind date falls into his arms on All Hallows Eve. Is she the one he's been waiting for to share his life? [Erotic Contemporary Romance: contains graphic sexual content and adult language.]
eBook Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc./Siren Classic, 2008 2008
eBookwise Release Date: August 2009
40 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [69 KB]
Reading time: 34-48 min.
"4 Stars: Melisa doesn't want her life to lead into a permanent spinsterhood direction so when she is set up on a blind date, she's anticipating that this date will lead into something more. Melisa and David have a memorable first meeting at the Halloween party. She literally falls in his arms and gets swept away by his charm. This instant connection is the foundation to a promising night of passion forming an emotional bond between them. Yet with this nagging sense of darkness within the party, Melisa and David are swept up in an exciting twist in their budding relationship. I found myself gravitating to these two characters as the story unveiled. Their desire for meeting "the one" makes you want them to stay together forever. Ms. Santiago has created a wonderfully enticing romantic Halloween short story full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you in the Halloween spirit. Mr. Rightis a fascinating tale to start off the Blind Date After Dark series and I look forward to reading more from this author."--Tallyn Porter, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"4 Stars: Spooky?Written with a lot of wit. This is a spooky romance perfect for Halloween. David is a hunky Count Dracula. There are several twists that make this an attention grabber."--Anne Boling, Review Your Book
"4 Blue Ribbons: Lara Santiago kicks off her BLIND DATE AFTER DARK series with a quirky tale full of passion, mystery and intriguing characters that will hold your interest through each page. MR. RIGHT allows readers to believe that a blind date could lead to a happily-ever-after even if there are a few obstacles thrown in along the way. Ms. Santiago's storylines often take readers in unexpected directions that give you a little extra incentive to stay immersed in the pages. If you enjoy this story then be sure to pick up a copy of the second book in the series THE PERFECT TOOL--and check Ms. Santiago's website for other stories that might be of interest to you."--Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies Reviews
All Hallows Eve
Melisa Berrand brushed imaginary lint off of her costume, took a breath for courage, but paused before pressing the doorbell. The spooky party house, decorated elaborately for Halloween, awaited her. She wasn't trick or treating tonight, unless of course trolling for a man counted.
A shiver of apprehension raced down her spine as she faced the ornately carved gothic door. Was someone watching her? Was there some spook or ghoul also attending the party tonight hot on her trail?
She glanced over one shoulder at the dark sidewalk behind her. The dimmed streetlight didn't even cast enough of a glow to reach the road below.
She patted a hand over her loose curls. Nothing was out of place, except the hair bristling on the back of her neck. The well-manicured yard looked empty. She pushed out a long breath. Get a grip. No one is even out there, let alone paying any attention to you.
Glancing down at her medieval wench costume, she wondered if her attire said, "Sexy party outfit," or "Desperate single female on the make." Did she really need a date that badly? Perhaps not a date, but she wanted a man in her life, even if only temporarily.
The mere suggestion of going home alone to hand out candy to the few kids in her apartment building made the decision for her. Blind date nerves trumped loneliness every time.
She was sick of being solo during holidays. Did Halloween even count as a holiday? It didn't matter. Thanksgiving, followed closely by Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day loomed closer and if she didn't find a steady date soon, Melisa fearfully imagined she was headed for permanent spinsterhood.
Lonely libido kicking her in the core, she resolved to make tonight's blind date work, no matter what it took. Thinking back to the past couple of abhorrent men she'd gone out with, she hoped tonight's blind date was at least tolerable in the short term.
She sighed and rang the doorbell. The eerie creaking sound registered seconds before the huge door opened all by itself.
A self opening door? Really?
Head tilted to one side, she leaned forward to peek into the entryway. The lemon scent of well-conditioned hard wood and the waxy smell of burning candles greeted her. The sliver of space she could see was empty.
The door continued to open slowly. A sinister laugh pealed when it reached halfway. Another riotous tingle swept down her spine. Not for the first time, Melisa wondered if meeting a complete stranger at a Halloween party was the best idea.
An acquaintance, or rather Bill, the boyfriend of the new girl in the office, had set up this auspicious blind date. He insisted that the "vampire" she would meet tonight would change her life.
Melisa wasn't looking for a life change so much as a steady boyfriend to keep from sitting home alone during the coming aforementioned romantic holidays. Although, if he were a vampire, she would miss out on so many cool daytime activities.
Given the beastly behavior of her last boyfriend, foregoing the daylight seemed a small price to pay if this guy would simply not be a bastard. Chiding herself for even the momentary belief in vampires, Melisa gathered her strength. There was no such thing as blood-sucking dead people roaming the earth.
"Enter if you dare!" the sinister voice from within the house bellowed. The entry challenge was followed by maniacal laughter.
Taking a deep breath for courage, she lifted her long wench skirt and stepped across the threshold. A tall man in a mask and a long black cape appeared out of nowhere, startling her. Melisa promptly tripped over her feet. Arms flailing, she landed hard against the man's body grabbing onto his outstretched arms to keep from falling to the floor.
The caped man slid his hands beneath her arms, clutched her torso gently and steadied her on her feet. The movement brought her face first into his chest. Cheek resting against a firm unmovable body, Melisa looked up and found she embraced a fabulously luscious man.
Her palms slid from his muscular biceps to his solid forearms. His hands remained firmly attached to her torso, which was not a hardship. Having a man's hands gracing her body after so long without intimate contact made her long for more touching.
"Are you all right?" he asked.
She sucked in a breath to answer and with it came his delectable male scent. Wrapped in his strong arms, she inhaled another lungful of delicious man before responding.
"I'm fine. Thanks for catching me."
"No problem. Sorry you tripped. The wires for the sound effects run under the step. I told my bone-headed friends not to put them there."
"It's all right. I don't think it was the wires. My serving wench shoes are hard to walk in. I'm not sure why Dutch clogs belong with medieval serving wench's attire, but they came with the costume."
Melisa took a reluctant half step away from him without releasing his arms and lifted her foot to show him her clog. He didn't let her go, either. As he glanced at her foot, she snagged a better look at the man holding her.
Dark, glossy hair framed a tanned, square-jawed face beneath the black mask hiding everything from eyebrows to cheekbones. A lock of straight, dark hair graced his forehead and rested above one eyebrow. His eyes, currently focused on her foot, were a sharp vivid blue and she decided he was incredibly easy to look at even with the mask. In fact, he was gorgeous. He lifted his gaze and studied her face intently with his vibrant sapphire eyes. When he grinned, she saw fangs.
Was this man her date? Oh, please.
"If you're Count Dracula and looking for a blind date, I'm it."