Vampire bodyguard Quinn has lived the last 200 years as a playboy trying in vain to forget the only woman he has ever loved: his human wife Rose, who he believes to be dead.
But Rose is very much alive. Now a vampire herself, she has lived in hiding from Quinn all of these years, having faked her death to hide from him a terrible secret--one she knows would drive him to kill her.
When a powerful and evil vampire threatens to destroy Rose's--and Quinn's-- only living descendent, she has no choice but to come out of hiding and ask for Quinn's help. As Quinn struggles with the shock of Rose's reappearance, and they reunite to battle a common foe, they rekindle the flames of their past. But will the passion that reignites between them be enough to overcome the secret that separates them?
He could see it now: the way her eyes drifted away, how her voice trembled almost unnoticeably, how the vein at her neck twitched. Even her scent changed, her glands emitting more of her clean sweat. She was nervous. Not because of Keegan, but because she was dishing him up a lie and was hoping not to be caught in it.
“You’re lying to me.”
“No!” she protested. “I left Keegan.”
“So you did. But that’s not why he wants to hurt Blake.” Quinn paused briefly, pinning her with his eyes. “Not even you are that good in bed.”
The barb hurt him more than it seemed to hurt her.
“Think what you want. The fact is that Keegan is bent on revenge. I need you to help me protect Blake.”
He would get the truth out of her, one way or another. Maybe not tonight, but if anything, he was patient.
“Fine. Stick to your lie. What does he want to do to Blake? Kill him?”
Rose shook her locks, squeezing her eyes shut. “He wants to turn him.” When she opened her eyes again, anguish had settled there. “I can’t allow that.”
Realization spread quickly, making him take a step back.
“You hate being a vampire.”
She glared at him, not masking her feelings. “What’s there not to hate?”
In disbelief, he shook his head. How could she have lived as one of their kind for such a long time and not seen the advantages, the benefits of such a life? How could she still hate it?
“It wasn’t your choice, was it?” She’d been forced into this life.
“It doesn’t matter now. What matters is Blake. Are you going to help me or not?”
The wounded look she tossed him was enough to slice his heart in half. Without thinking he nodded.
“Under one condition: you tell me how you got turned.”
He could see the wheels spin in her head. Was she trying to construct another lie she could serve him up?
“Once Blake is out of danger.”
“Why not now?” Quinn pressed. Why could she not tell him what had happened?
“Because you’re not ready to hear it.”
She shook her head, her lips turning into a hard line. “When Blake is safe, I’ll tell you what happened.”
He observed how her chest heaved with each breath she took. The knowledge that she was hiding something, something he felt instinctively, concerned him, gnawed at him. But he also knew that she wouldn’t cave. Not yet anyway.
“Fine. Have it your way. But the moment he’s safe, I’ll demand to know.”
She acknowledged his statement with a nod. “Good. Now let’s talk about how we can protect him.”
Quinn raised his hand. “Hold it. We’re not done negotiating.”
Her surprised look could have been droll, had he had any sense of humor. As it was, he was all out of humor, and no supply truck was on its way to deliver more. But what he had in abundance was anger. And he would unleash it on her.
If she thought she could just waltz back into his life without any explanation, without any remorse for the pain she’d caused him, he’d make her pay in his own way.
“Now to the payment for my services.”
She raised an eyebrow. “I’ve already told your boss that I’ll be paying Scanguards one million dollars for keeping Blake safe. Isn’t that enough?”
Quinn suppressed his surprise at the large amount. Clearly, Blake meant a lot to her, otherwise why would she shell out that kind of money? However, he wasn’t interested in cash. He had more than enough to see him through eternity.
“The million is for Scanguards, not for me. I prefer something more personal than cold hard cash.”
He roamed his eyes over her lithe form. God, she was gorgeous. He remembered her glistening body as if it had been yesterday. He could still feel her muscles squeezing him, her heels digging into his backside, her hands caressing him. Despite the many women he’d had after her, he’d never forgotten his night with Rose.
But it would be different now. What he was planning wasn’t meant to rekindle those sensations. It was meant to destroy them, so he would finally be free of her.
“What do you want?”
Quinn raised his eyes to meet hers. He noticed the apprehension that had taken over her face.“You pay with your body."
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