After Midnight by Merline Lovelace

By Merline Lovelace

Again while she used to be a scrappy eight-year outdated, Jessica Yount and her mom have been escorted out in their native land by way of the neighborhood sheriff-and she by no means discovered why. Now she is again in Valpariso, Florida, drawn right into a police research surrounding the demise of a neighborhood man-and into an irresistibly passionate, tension-filled affair with Sheriff Steve Paxton.

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Gabrielle lifted her chin, prepared to fight for her right to stay. "Your wound is deep, Traian. You need to go to ground. Even with my blood, you don't have strength enough to heal that gash. He nearly tore out your heart," Gary said. But he was watching Joie. The first ripple of pain crossed her face and sent a shudder through her body. Traian felt the pain take her, a fire burning with the force of a torch in the center of her body, blossoming outward like an explosion. He merged with her, trying to take the brunt of the pain, determined to make her initiation into his world as easy as possible.

Traian murmured softly, sparing Jubal the initial fright as he opened a vein in his wrist and fed. Forgive me, Joie. I know you did not want this. Strength flowed into his depleted body. If I am to save us, this is our only choice. Both of us are wounded. If I can get enough blood, we will survive. There was a faint stirring in his mind. A touch, no more, like the light caress of fingers on his face. Traian carefully closed the pinpricks on Jubal's wrist and gathered Joie to him before he awakened her brother from his enthrallment.

He would watch over Traian's lifemate and family. A matter of honor in the Carpathian world. Chapter Ten Joie was dreaming of a hot, moist mouth pulling strongly at her breast, of hands stroking her body. Of lips traveling down her bare skin to her navel, swirling kisses and teasing bites over her stomach. Hands on her thighs tugging her legs apart. She opened her eyes as the waves of sensation burst through her like a gift. The wealth of Traian's silky dark hair slid over her skin, the sight more erotic than she had ever imagined.

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