Kiss Of Crimson

Mass Market Paperback | May 29, 2007

byLara Adrian

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He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world—a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need—but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm…and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself….

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He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged m...

Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including the novels Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, Ashes of Midnight, Shades of Midnight, Taken by Midnight, Deeper than Midnight, Darker After Midnight, Edge of Dawn, Crave the Night, and the e...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.87 × 4.2 × 0.87 inPublished:May 29, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and sexy I love the midnight series. This is my 5th book and i just have to say Dante is my favorite. I'd like to see the women take a more hands on part with their giFts but that's just a thought. Either way damn sexy, cant wait for the next one. Thank you Lara Adrian!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiss of Crimson This is an amazing book. Lara Adrian outdoes herself with every book she writes!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next...... Absolutely loved it!!!!!
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiss of Crimson Did not let me down. Was a great read.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dante's Inferno Not a bad book 2 to this series. A bit formulaic, and still too much explaining re the Breed and the war vs the Rogues. By now, we get it and just need to gain more insight into the warriors and their mates, so we become invested in their 'lives'. I enjoyed this book, but I'm still not feeling attached to the Breed (yet) like I am to the Brotherhood in JR Ward's series! That said, the romance between Dante and Tess was steamy, the plotline was advanced (baby steps), and while there was no cliff hanger to prompt me onto book 3 straight away, I will definitely be picking it up soon.
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was destiny Kiss of Crimson is the 2nd book from the fantastic Midnight Breed series. This book revolves around the warrior Dante. His only interest in life is to kill Rogues, and he's damn good at it. He's also haunted by visions of his demise. One night while killing rogues, he finds himself almost mortally wounded. He goes to a vet clinic where Tess, the clinic's veterinarian is working late. Tess attempts to save Dante but doesn't realize that he's Breed and Dante takes her blood to save himself. Dante doesn't realize until it's too late that Tess is a Breedmate, and has forged 1/2 of a blood bond. This book has a great subplot from Agent Sterling Chase, who is on a mission to save his nephew from a drug called Crimson. Crimson turns the Breed into Rogues and he is on a mission to find his nephew before it's too late. I find his character intriguing and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for “Harvard”. This book was so much better than the first in the series, and that's saying alot. I love Dante's character, his struggles with his visions and his convictions. Tess is a beautiful woman, with a wonderful caring soul who has been through so much in her life. The two make such a wonderful match. I love how they were destined to be together. Both complete opposites but complement each other so well. Plus the sex scenes in this book are hot!
Date published: 2010-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shaping up to be a great series This is the second book in the Midnight Breed series and I'm really enjoying these books, again there alot like the BDB series but they still have there own twist to keep them interesting. This was Dante's book and I was excited to read his book, he seemed like a very interesting character and he didn't dissapoint. I really enjoyed the texed in this book it gave me a few chuckles here and there.Overall the book was great I really enjoyed it. Check it out. :0)
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good The second in the Midnight breed series, and very good. I didn't think it was as good as the first, but I did like it, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. This one sets up the next book nicely, Tegan's story.68/1000
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Series Continues Wonderfully! After confronting and being outnumbered by a group of deadly Rogues, Dante is left full of bullets and in need of blood. In a search or a host to feed from, Dante encounters veterinarian Tess Culver and bites her out of desperation to survive. Once he has fed and regained some strength, Dante realizes that Tess is a Breedmate and that by feeding from her he’s just performed half of a sacred bonding ritual. Dante and Tess feel a deep attraction to one another, and Dante knows he must bring Tess into his world to protect her from the rapidly increasing number of Rogue vampires in the area, but both have dark pasts and secrets that they hide. Kiss of Crimson is the second novel in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. Since all the basic background information and plot setup was done in the first novel, this book dove headfirst into continuing the plot and developing a relationship between Tess and Dante. I found this novel to be quite a tease with the way things were revealed and how tension built between the main characters. The whole time I was anxious for more! The continuing inter-novel plot progressed moderately, but there was plenty of action and excitement. Tess and Dante’s story, on the other hand, moved very quickly and with a lot of intensity. There were also some developments for a couple of the other warriors which hint at what is to come in the series. You won’t be bored reading Kiss of Crimson! From the glimpses of Dante in the first book, Kiss of Midnight, I already had a very hot mental picture of him, but I was surprised at how much more there was to his character. For example, Dante is haunted by very disturbing visions of the future. By giving him a weakness, it made him a much more relatable (and likeable) character. Tess seemed like a perfect fit for Dante because she also had qualities that she viewed as a weakness. Her dark, disturbing history was a bit of a surprise to me, but it resulted in my sympathizing with her as her past was explored. There was a lot of sexual tension between Tess and Dante starting early on in the book, but things took a bit longer to get really steamy than they did in the first novel. That’s not a complaint though because Kiss of Crimson isn’t lacking in the lovin’ department. When things heat up, they are very intimate and very explicit. Passion is a major factor between the characters, but I enjoyed how Adrian added another level to their relationship. Both Tess and Dante have a hard time accepting certain qualities about themselves out of fear, so they take comfort in each other while learning to accept who they are. Maybe it’s just me, but I appreciate when an author adds more than just sex to a relationship between characters. As an added bonus, there is a subplot in this novel that gives the reader a bit of a preview of what is to come with Tegan in the next novel. Kiss of Crimson is a great follow-up to the first novel. If you weren’t hooked on the series after Kiss of Midnight, you will be after Kiss of Crimson. I started reading the next novel, Midnight Awakening, as soon as I finished the last sentence of Kiss of Crimson. That’s how addictive the series is!
Date published: 2010-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even better than the first..... This is the second book in the Midnight Breed Series. Dante, a fierce Breed warrior, encounters Tess, the isolated veterinarian, by accident. Desperate for blood after barely surviving a brutal attack, he uses Tess and later finds out she is a Breedmate. He has against her will and knowledge (since he has cleaned her memory) completed half of the bonding ritual tying himself to her forever. Dante and Tess are both running. They are running from fear, death, their haunting pasts and as both try to break down each other’s barriers the blood bond that ties them causes their emotions to deepen and their attraction for each other becomes unbearable . Tess gets caught in the middle of the war against the Rogues and Dante finds himself torn between his honour as a warrior to defend his race above all else and the feelings that he has developed for Tess. As the war escalates Dante risks everything for her safety despite the consequences. I loved this book. It was a fast-paced page turner, romantic, action packed with a little humour thrown in..the dialogue between Dante and Sterling Chase (a Darkhaven agent) is hilarious. I thought Kiss of Crimson was even better than the first book, Kiss of Midnight. You won’t be disappointed!
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm hooked! This series is just as good as the Black Dagger Brotherhood-JR Ward and the Areaneau novels-Lynsay Sands. They grab you from the first chapter and you can't put it down. Dante finds his bonded mate,Tess, when he takes her blood to survive life threatening injuries he received in a battle. It's not till after he realizes that she has the mark of a breedmate, and half the bond is complete. While on a mission to stop the drug crimson which is creating rogues, Dante can't stop thinking about Tess, or even having a chance to be with her. He has to tell her about what has happened between them and his world, but he doesn't know how and afraid if he does, he may lose the one woman he truely loves.
Date published: 2009-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I really like how this series have realistic problems in them, like drug addiction, I think it makes the stories much easier to read. Dante seems to grow on you as the story goes. Turns out to be quite the knight in shining, or black, armour. I can hardly wait for Tegans story. I think he is going to be my favorite.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ADDICTIVE This is my favorite of the series so far. Can't wait to read the next one
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This novel was great. Action packed just like the first, with a great bit of romance. I loved it. Hearty and full, another perfect one to curl up with on a cold night. But as good as it was, it doesn’t rival the first.
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another very good book in this series I don’t know how I avoided it – becoming addicted to JR Wards BDB series. I’ve read the first two so far and while I really enjoyed them, especially Rhage’s story, somehow I haven’t become addicted to them like many have. Now the Midnight Breed series are almost a different story. I may be one of a very few, but I actually am enjoying this series more. I find the world building better, the heroines much stronger, the villains not nearly as obnoxious and thank the stars – no silly Scribe Virgin. Dante is the kind of hero who wants no entanglements. His prophetic mother predicted a bad ending for him and he’s almost just putting in time until his number is up. He is badly injured in a fight with some Rogues – the bad guys in this series, vampires who have succumbed to blood lust and gone over to the dark side. He stumbles into the veterinary clinic of the heroine, Tess, and in a weakened state, drinks her blood, only to discover much to his horror that she is a blood mate – a rare kind of human female that can mate with and give birth to one of the Breed heroes. He is more than dismayed because this creates a bond between them that can only be broken by death and he wants nothing to do with having a mate. I really liked this book; I thought both Dante and Tess were great characters. Tess was a fairly strong character, much more so than the heroines in the BDB books I think. As I said there weren’t that many sex scenes, but the sexual tension between the two was very good. I mentioned in my previous post on Kiss of Midnight, that I kind of like the idea that these vampires are actually from another planet that ended up on earth a long time ago.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh.. The description captivated me enough to check this out from my local library, but once reading the story, I found it to be a watered down version of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I wasn't very fond of that series, as it became too far fetched. (Even for a vampire novel.) This book was a little more grounded, thus much more convincing than J. R. Ward's work. Tess was freshing at the beginning, but fell into the same trap every other female in these vampire tales stumbles on. Damsel in distress, hero comes in saves her, they're in love, yay! I must agree with other reviewers when I say that it was an okay read, if one has nothing else to do. I don't think I'd bother with purchasing these.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Go Wrong! First, I need to thank Crystal. Had it not been for her review and recommendation, I may never have heard of Lara Adrian or her novels. Thank you, Crystal! An excellent novel! I know it took me two days to read it, but I was having a hard time putting it down when I was. Every description of the scene and location has you feeling like you're there, taking it all in with your own eyes. Action scenes have you damn near holding your breath in anticipation - enough of them and all in the right places. Erotic sex scenes make you hot under the collar - enough of them and in all the right places, LOL! And the characters! Nothing simple about them, especialy the main characters. You completely understand their world, what they are, who they are, why they do what they do and what it means to them. The vampire world comes to the reader in a small, different twist from the norm. I can only think of one other author where the vampire world came about with a slight similarity and that's Angela Knight. Otherwise, original. A great new author. I just pulled her second novel, Kiss of Crimson, from my TBR pile!
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Vamps Just more vampires and the women who can tame them.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yummy! Another author in the vampire genre. Good vamps fighting the bad vamps from destroying human kind while finding love in their war. It doesn't hurt that the heroes are all hunky males! If you like J.R. Ward, you should like this too.
Date published: 2007-07-19

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Chapter OneDante smoothed his thumb over sweet female flesh, lingering at the carotid, where the human's pulse throbbed the strongest. His own pulse quickened too, responding to the rush of blood flowing beneath the surface of delicate white skin. Dante leaned his dark head in and kissed that tender spot, letting his tongue play over the fluttering race of the female's heartbeat."Tell me," he murmured against the warm skin, his voice a low growl amid the heaving beat of the club's music, "are you a good witch or a bad witch?"The female squirmed in his lap, her fishnet-clad legs straddling him, black lace-up bustier pushing her breasts up under his chin like a buffet. She twirled her finger in her bright fuchsia wig, then let it trail down suggestively, past a Celtic cross tattoo and into her swelling cleavage. "Oh, I'm a very, very bad witch."Dante grunted. "My favorite."He smiled into her drunken gaze, not bothering to hide his fangs. He was one of many vampires in the Boston dance club that Halloween night, although most of them were pretenders. Humans sporting plastic teeth, fake blood, and various ridiculous costumery. A few others--himself and a handful of males from one of the vampire nation's Darkhaven sanctuaries, hanging out near the dance floor--were the genuine article.Dante and the others were Breed, a far cry from the pale, gothic vampires of human folklore. Neither undead nor devil-spawned, Dante's kind were a hot-blooded hybrid mix of Homo sapiens and deadly otherworlder. The Breeds' forebears, a band of alien conquerors who crash-landed on Earth millennia past and who were now long-since extinct, had bred with human females and given their offspring the thirst--the primal need--for blood.Those alien genes had given the Breed great strengths and shattering weaknesses too. Only the human side of the Breed, those qualities passed down by their mortal mothers, kept the race civilized and adhering to any kind of Order. Even then, a few of the Breed would succumb to their savage side and turn Rogue, a one-way street paved in blood and madness.Dante despised that element of his kind, and as one of the warrior class, it was his duty to eradicate his Rogue brethren wherever he found them. As a male who enjoyed his pleasures, Dante wasn't sure what he preferred more: a warm, juicy female vein under his mouth, or the feel of titanium-edged steel in his hand as he sliced into his enemies and dispatched them to dust in the street."Can I touch them?" The pink-haired witch on his lap was staring at Dante's mouth with rapt fascination. "Dang, but those fangs look wicked real! I just have to feel them.""Be careful," he warned as she brought her fingers to his lips. "I bite.""Yeah?" She giggled, gaze widening. "I'll bet you do, sugar."Dante sucked her finger into his mouth, contemplating the fastest way he could get the female horizontal. He needed to feed, but he was never opposed to a little sex in the process--prelude or chaser, didn't matter. It was all good as far as he was concerned.Chaser, he decided on impulse, letting his fangs puncture the fleshy tip of her finger as she started to withdraw it. She gasped as he suckled from the small wound, refusing to let her leave him just yet. The small taste of blood inflamed him, sharpening his pupils to vertical slits in the middle of his gold-hued eyes. Hot need rushed through him, settling into the swelling bulge of his cock, which strained beneath the black leather of his pants.The female moaned, closing her eyes as she arched catlike on his lap. Dante let go of her finger as he wrapped his hand around the back of her head and pulled her neck closer to him. Taking a Host in a public place wasn't exactly his style, but he was bored out of his skull and needed the diversion. Besides, he doubted anyone would notice tonight, when the club was rife with faux danger and open sensuality. As for the female on his lap, she would feel only pleasure as he took what he needed from her. Afterward, she'd remember none of it, her memory scrubbed of all recollection of him.Dante came forward, tipping the female's head aside, mouth watering in hunger. He glanced past her and saw two Darkhaven vampires, part of the general Breed population, observing him from a few yards away. They looked like kids--current generation, no doubt. They whispered among themselves, clearly recognizing him as one of the warrior class and trying to decide whether or not to approach him.Bugger off, Dante thought in their direction as he parted his lips and prepared to open his Host's vein.But the vampire youths ignored his dark glare. The taller of the two, a blond male in desert camo pants, biker boots, and a black tee-shirt led the way. His companion, tricked out in baggy jeans, high-tops, and an oversize Lakers jersey, strutted along behind him."Shit." Dante didn't mind a small bit of indiscretion, but he sure as hell didn't need an up-close audience gawking at him while he fed."What's wrong?" his would-be Host whined when Dante pulled away from her."Nothing, sweetheart." He placed his palm against her forehead, wiping the past half hour from her mind. "Go on now and join your friends."She obediently got up from his lap and walked away, fading into the press of bodies on the dance floor. The two Darkhaven vampires gave her only a passing look as they approached Dante's table."What's up, fellas." Dante tossed the greeting out with zero interest in chitchat."Hey." Blondie in fatigues nodded, striking a pose with his muscled arms crossed over his chest. Not a single visible dermaglyph on that young skin. Definitely current-generation Breed. Probably not even out of his twenties yet. "Sorry to interrupt, but we had to tell you, man--that was some kick-ass business you guys dealt the Rogues a few months ago. Everyone's still talking about the way the Order took out an entire colony of suckheads in one night. Blew that mofo sky-high. Freakin' awesome, man.""Yeah," added his homeboy companion. "So, we was wonderin' . . . I mean, we heard the Order is looking for new recruits.""Did you, now?"Dante leaned back in his seat and exhaled a bored sigh. This was hardly the first time he'd been approached by Darkhaven vampires hoping to join up with the warriors. Since the raid on the Rogue lair housed in the old asylum that past summer, the once secretive cadre of Breed warriors had gained a lot of unwanted notoriety. Celebrity, even.Frankly, it was annoying as hell.Dante kicked his chair back from the table and stood."I'm not the guy to talk to about that," he told the hopefuls. "And anyway, recruitment into the Order is by invite only. Sorry."He strode away from them, relieved to feel the vibration of his cell phone going off in his jacket pocket. He dug out the device and clicked on to the incoming call from the Breed compound."Yeah.""How's it going?" It was Gideon, resident genius of the warrior class. "Any topside activity to report?""Not much. Things are pretty dead out here right now." Dante scanned the crowded club, noting that the two vampires had decided to move on. They were heading for the exit, taking a couple of costumed human females with them. "No Rogues in the vicinity at all so far. And doesn't that just suck ass? I'm itching for some action here, Gid.""Well, try to cheer up," Gideon said, a grin in his voice. "The night's still young."Dante chuckled. "Tell Lucan I spared him from another couple of wannabes looking to sign on. You know, I liked things a hell of a lot better when we were feared more than revered. Is he making any progress on the recruiting, or is our boy too caught up with that gorgeous Breedmate of his?""Yes to both," Gideon replied. "As to the recruiting, we've got a candidate coming in soon from New York, and Nikolai's got feelers out to some of his contacts in Detroit. We'll have to arrange some trial runs for the newbies--you know, take them through the paces before we commit.""You mean, hand them their asses on a platter and see which ones come back looking for more?""Is there any other way?""Count me in," Dante drawled as he moved through the club toward the door.He strolled out into the night, avoiding a group of human clubbers dressed like zombies in tattered clothes and death-warmed-over face paint. His acute hearing picked up hundreds of sounds--from general traffic noise to the shrieks and laughter of drunken Halloween partygoers clogging the streets and sidewalks.He heard something else too.Something that raised the hackles on his warrior senses to high alert."Gotta go," he told Gideon on the other end of the line. "I'm homing in on a suckhead. Guess the night's not a total waste, after all.""Check back in after you smoke him.""Right. Later." Dante clicked off the call and pocketed the cell phone.He stole down a side alley, following the low grunt and stale, wafting stench of a prowling Rogue vampire as it stalked its prey. Like the other warriors of the Order, Dante had a deep contempt for members of the Breed who'd gone Rogue. Every vampire thirsted, every vampire had to feed--sometimes kill--in order to survive. But each and every one of them also knew that the line between necessity and gluttony was thin, just a few meager ounces of blood. If a vampire consumed too much, or fed his need too frequently, he ran the risk of addiction, of entering a permanent state of hunger known as Bloodlust. Lost to the disease, he would turn Rogue, becoming a violent junkie who would do anything for his next fix.The savagery and indiscretion of the Rogues jeopardized all of the Breed to exposure to the human race, a threat that Dante and the rest of the Order would not abide. And there was a larger threat blooming as well: As of a few months ago, it had become apparent that the Rogues were organizing, their numbers increasing, tactics becoming orchestrated toward a goal that seemed nothing short of war. If they weren't stopped, and stopped soon, both humankind and Breed alike could find themselves at the center of a hellish, blood-soaked battle to rival even the worst Armageddon scenario.For now, while the Order focused on locating the Rogues' new command post, the warriors' mission was simple. Hunt down and eliminate every Rogue possible. Exterminate them like the diseased vermin they were. It was a charge Dante relished, never more at home than when he was on the move, prowling the streets with weapons in hand, looking for a fight. It kept him alive, he was certain; even more, it kept the darkest of his demons at bay.Dante rounded a corner, then crept into another narrow lane between a couple of old brick buildings. He heard a female scream somewhere ahead of him in the dark. Kicking it into high gear, he sped toward the sound.And got there hardly a second too soon.The Rogue had been stalking the two Darkhaven vampires and their female companions. It looked young, tricked out in basic goth garb beneath a long black trench coat. But young or not, it was big and it was strong, fierce with hunger. One of the women was held in a death grip, the Bloodlusting vampire already latched on to her throat while the would-be warriors stood by, shell-shocked and frozen.Dante pulled a dagger from a sheath on his hip and let it fly. The blade struck hard, embedding between the Rogue's shoulders. The weapon was specially crafted of steel and titanium, the latter metal being extremely poisonous to the corrupted blood systems and organs of the Rogues. One kiss of that deadly blade and a Rogue vampire would start cooking from the inside out at record speed.Except this one didn't.It flung a savage look at Dante, its eyes glowing amber, fangs bloody as it hissed a vicious warning. But the Rogue weathered the dagger's assault, holding fast to its prey and swinging its head around to drink with even greater urgency.What the hell?Dante ran up on the feeding vampire with another blade in hand. He didn't waste a second, going for the neck this time, intending to cut it clean through. The blade sank in, slicing deep. But the suckhead spun out of the attack before Dante could finish it off. With a pained roar, it dropped the female and focused all of its fury on Dante."Get the humans out of here!" Dante shouted to the Darkhaven vampires as he yanked the woman out of the fray and shoved her toward the others. "Move it, now! Clean her up, scrub both their memories, and get them the fuck out of here!"The two young males jolted into action. They grabbed the shrieking women and pulled them away from the scene while Dante considered the strangeness of what he'd just witnessed.The vampire didn't disintegrate as it should have from the double dose of titanium Dante had delivered. It wasn't a Rogue, even though it had been hunting prey and feeding like the worst blood addict.Dante stared into the transformed face, the extruded fangs and elliptical pupils swimming in irises awash in fiery color. A foul-smelling pink spittle crusted around the vampire's mouth, turning Dante's stomach with its stench.Offended, he backed off, guessing the vampire to be about the same age as the two Darkhaven youths. A frigging kid. Ignoring the pulsing gash in its neck, the vampire reached back and removed Dante's dagger from its shoulder. It growled, nostrils flaring as though it would spring at any moment.But then it ran.The suckhead bolted away at a fast clip, the hem of its trench coat flapping behind like a sail as it headed deeper into the city on a zigzagging path. Dante didn't let up for a second. He followed it down one street after another, through alleyways and neighborhoods, then farther out, into the dockyards outside Boston proper, where empty factories and old industrial parks stood like bleak sentinels along the riverfront. The low throb of music pounded from one of the buildings, the heavy bass and intermittent flashes of strobe lights no doubt coming from a rave taking place somewhere nearby.Ahead of him a few hundred feet, the vampire sped down a dock toward a rickety boathouse. Dead end. Spitting fury through its open jaws, the suckhead swung around and went on the offensive, roaring up on Dante like a lunatic. Fresh blood soaked the front of its clothing from the brutal assault on the human female. The vampire snapped and clawed at him, its large fangs dripping saliva, the gaping maw oozing more of the foul-smelling pinkish foam. Its amber eyes glowed with pure malice.

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“Dark, edgy and passionate, an irresistible vampire romance.”—Chicago Tribune