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A Dark Gift by Andra Lake

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In a world where humans know vampires exist, people will do anything to obtain the dark gift. When Jules awakens strapped to a bed, he knows he’s a vampire. The only thing that will make it perfect is if he can change the girl he met while working as a bartender in San Francisco. Jules has never wanted a woman as much as he wants Cayley, and he has very particular tastes. Jules’ sire, master vampire Kosta, demands that he stay away from her and focus on the colony. But Jules has never let himself be controlled by anyone, and he’s not about to start now.

Nineteen year-old Cayley has had a crush on the handsome bartender Jules since the day she met him, but he has never made an indication that he returns her feelings. When he shows up one night and reveals his change, she’s more than welcome to accept the gift. However, Jules' offer contains a stipulation: she must agree to be his completely—mind, body, and soul. 

Be Warned: BDSM, spanking

 

Excerpt:

I begin to kiss her ear, and she melts into me, tilting her head slightly so her neck is exposed, like an offering. I’ve heard stories about this happening from other vampires, and it takes all my control to stop myself.

“I want you,” I whisper, “and I want you to give yourself to me.”

“And if I don’t?”

I frown and pull back. Faced with the reality of it, I don’t want to force her, and it is a sobering thought.

“Then I will leave you.”

Her face falls and she looks down at the table.

“Do you want to control me?” she asks, and I’m surprised the direction the conversation has headed. “I mean, I’ve heard stories of vampires who just want to use humans for nourishment and ... sex. You know—those underground clubs.”

So there is more to Cayley than meets the eye. It surprises me how much she knows and that she can talk about it so candidly.

“What was your question?” I ask, forcing her to clarify.

She takes a deep breath. “Do you want that from me?”

“I want to control you, yes, but I want to deserve to control you.” When she doesn’t respond, I add, “I don’t want the kind of relationship you described, no.”

“Then what?”

Her blue eyes are staring at me as if trying to read my mind. It is obvious now that she is interested in—or at least intrigued by—what I’m suggesting. Has she imagined herself with a vampire before, or am I already controlling her somehow?

“I want you to be mine. I want to grant you immortality.”

A slow smile slips across her face until she is almost beaming, and I have my answer. She’s wanted to be a vampire all along.

“But I have a price,” I shrug and lazily take another sip of my wine. My equilibrium has been restored. I am back in the driver’s seat.

“The control thing,” she says simply.

“Almost,” I say and move a strand of hair off her face. “I want you to be mine forever. Anything I want, you will obey. I want you to be so grateful to me that you will do anything to please me. I’m not interested in forcing anything.”

She bites her lip, as if weighing her options.

“I will be kind. Sometimes I will be tough, but for the most part, I will be kind. I will promise to act only on the best interests of our relationship and to love and protect you.”

“It sounds like a warped marriage vow.”

I laugh. “I guess it is.”

“I don’t want to kill.”

“There are ways around that.”

She bites her lip again, and this time I really do lean in and release it with my teeth. A bead of blood forms on the bottom lip and I lick it off to seal the wound.

I am not prepared for the rush I feel from my first taste of her blood. I can feel her emotions, her desire to join me wrestling with her desire to live. She is intelligent and loyal, strong and kind, but she is surrendering to my charms and it terrifies her.

“When do I have to decide?” she asks breathlessly.

The door to the wine bar swings open, and in storms Kosta, furious eyes searching the room.

“Now,” I say and grasp Cayley’s wrist. “You have to decide now.”

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  1. "Fantastic Vampire Romance" 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th May 2015

    The characters in this book are amazing and the story line is awesome!. Jules is forced into becoming a Vampire. Kosta His sire turned Jules to become a Vampire warrior for him. But Jules had fallen for a young woman now he wants to turn her . Cayley wants Jules. Kosta says if Jules turns her he will destroy them both. Jules will not let Kosta stand in the way of him getting the woman he loves. Jules knows when he turns Cayley they will have to run . Can Jules protect himself and Cayley? . Can they have their happy ever after? or will Kosta hunt them down and destroy them? . This is a fantastic book and Andra Lake is a awesome writer


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