Here is a small excerpt from Nothing Lasts Forever, the first novelette in The Nocturnal Surrender Series–AKA, TNSS. This picks up after Bastian reveals himself as a vampire to the woman he loves and has been courting for a year and a half.
“Damn it, Elise. I love you. I want to spend our lives together. This is still me.” He moved in front of her and cradled her hand. “I am your Bastian. I’m the same man you have known and loved.”
She raised her head. Her long auburn tresses cascaded over delicate shoulders. Emerald eyes, full of turmoil and confusion, locked onto his. Her rosy lips, swollen and bruised from passion, parted as if to speak, though no words came out. Soft breaths caused a slight rise and fall in her ample breasts, the milky white flesh of her cleavage enticing him.
Bastian groaned, forcing back desire. Innocent women always weakened him because they looked to him as their knight, their savior—until they realized his true nature.
Is it too much to ask to be loved in spite of what I am?
He had yet to hide his vampiric features, choosing instead to remain in full change, allowing Elise the opportunity to become accustomed to his appearance. “Please…say something.”
Her voice quivered. “What is this thing you are? Do you kill people?”
Thing… A stabbing pain tore through his heart.
And the worst question, the one they had all wanted answered. The one he feared most. Why did she have to ask it? He couldn’t admit a murderer lived inside him and then endure her reaction. Not yet.
Lowering his gaze, he caressed her slender fingers. “I promise I will tell you what you wish to know, but not now. Let us enjoy each other’s company a while longer.” Before you turn away from me forever. “There will be plenty of time for talking later.”
© Lorraine Pearl
For more information on the book and the series, and for the Amazon link, please visit The Nocturnal Surrender Series website.
Do you love vampires? Why or why not? If so, who is your favorite vamp? Mine is Mick St. John from the too-short-lived TV show, Moonlight–yes, he was portrayed by Alex O’Loughlin. If you haven’t seen it, and you like vampires, do yourself a favor and watch it.