They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....
He ran with the wolves...materialized from the mists...hijacked the very heavens to his whims.
He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless... read more
For centuries, Lucian Daratrazanoff has been the dark guardian of his people, living a bleak existence of violence and horror. But now his kind, the Carpathians, are dying out or falling prey to the souless life of vampires. Only by finding and claiming his destined life mate can Lucian... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
For centuries, Lucian Daratrazanoff has been the dark guardian of his people, living a bleak existence of violence and horror. But now his kind, the Carpathians, are dying out or falling prey to the souless life of vampires. Only by finding and claiming his destined life mate can Lucian stave off the ever present lure of the soulless evil. Part man, part predator, Lucian will stop at nothing in order to find his mate.
Jaxon Montgomery is anything but ordinary. She is stubborn, independent, but a damn good cop with an unerring sense of impending danger. Honed by a traumatic childhood and years of training in Special Forces, she is determined to sacrifice everything to protect others. But now the monster from her childhood has returned, and anyone who befriends her is in mortal danger. The last thing she needs is to become involved with a man, even one as mesmerizing and bewitching as Lucian Daratrazanoff. But Lucian will not be rebuffed, and is determined to possess her, to guard her for all time, to make her his life mate...and save his soul.
“And then the two warriors came striding out of the fog-filled night. They moved as one unit, in perfect accord, in perfect step. They moved with a peculiar animal grace, fluid and supple and totally silent. They were both tall and broad-shouldered with long, flowing hair and eyes of death. Some said they could see the red flames of hell burning in the depths of those icy black eyes.The two warriors looked neither left nor right yet saw everything. Power clung to them like a second skin. They ceased to move, became as still as the surrounding mountains as the village elder joined them just above the scattered huts, where they could stare out at the empty meadow separating them from the forest.”
“No vampire would do such a thing. Never. The undead fought with their dying breath to kill everyone and everything around them. To sacrifice one's life was not the act of a vampire.”
“I'm younger than most of the other students, but, to tell you the truth, I feel so much older than most of them, sometimes I want to scream.”Jaxon
“When she went to sleep without the aid of his command, she was restless and in distress. Lucian was well aware that Jaxon spent the majority of nights working at her job, physically driving herself to the point of exhaustion. But her dreams were merciless. Lucian had shared a few of them with her, merging his mind with hers so that he might know her demons intimately. She had far too many demons, and he intended to exorcise every one of them.”Lucian
“She didn't like puzzles. She had no idea where she was, only that she was ill and had strange dreams of a dark prince taking her blood and tying her to him for all time.”Jaxon
“If you believe nothing else of me, Jaxon, believe this. There is no other in this world as dangerous as the man in this room with you.”Lucian
“A few centuries? Just how old are you, anyway? Wait! Don't answer that. I don't want to know. Just stop talking to me. This is crazy. I must be on very powerful drugs, and soon I'll wake up in the hospital, and everything will be back to normal. I made you up. What I'm going to do is ignore you and take a bath. Vampires and you are gone forever from my mind. So don't talk to me.”Jaxon
“I knew better. I knew I wouldn't want to hear this. Nearly two thousand years, you say? That would make you way old. You're right—you're far too old for me. Couldn't you at least look wrinkled and dusty, with most of your teeth missing?”Jaxon
“I forgot to mention I am a very jealous man, honey. Do not go too far with being happy to see this male.”Lucian
“Overload, Lucian. I can't take in any more. Let's do something normal. I don't know what normal people do, do you?”Jaxon
“Give me back my gun. Wolves? I should have known. Of course you have wolves. Doesn't everybody? The gun, Lucian. Hand it over. I've decided I have to shoot you after all. It's the only way to preserve my sanity." "I do not think I will ever give back that weapon of yours. It gives you hostile ideas.”Jaxon and Lucian
“Do not confuse that with fear of me. You know I would never harm you. I am incapable of harming you. You are my heart and soul. The air I breathe. You bring light to the terrible darkness in my soul. There are moments when I feel you can collect all the missing pieces of my soul and put them back into place and make me whole once again.”Lucian
“All those empty centuries, all the dark deeds, necessary though they might be, all the missing pieces—she was somehow putting him back together again.”Lucian
“She watched him turn back to the computer screen. He seemed very intrigued by his work, although she had no clue what he was doing. Once she saw that he received e-mail from Gabriel, his twin. Two of them like this in the world! That was a scary thought.”Jaxon
“Can all you people read each others thoughts?" "Yes and no. It isn't quite the same as with lifemates. There is a standard path of communication for our people, and more private ones are established if blood is exchanged. I can read Gabriel's mind and always could, but who would want to do so now? All he thinks about is Francesca. Well, Francesca and the girls. Skyler is their ward, a young teenager once badly abused. She is human, a psychic. And they have a little daughter now, not yet a year old. Gabriel guards her with good reason, but still, he has turned into a fussy old man.”Jaxon - Lucian
“I knew you would. Now just stay put while I ask these gentlemen their reason for visiting." "That sounds like something I'd do—just sit around twiddling my thumbs while you go serve our guests tea.”Lucian - Jaxon
“Even before you were converted to our blood, your heart and soul were still the other half of mine. Once I spoke the ritual words, we were finally bound together as one. We belong. We are complete now. You are the light to my darkness. I am the predator, and you are compassion. I need you just to be able to feel emotion, to see the colors in the world, to enjoy each day and night. You need me to protect and cherish you, to be certain of your happiness. It is not exactly the same relationship as that of humans; it is more intense and continues to grow so as the years go by.”Lucian
“Come to me." "Just like that? You think to win so easily? I don't think I want to make it that easy. You would never fully appreciate me.”Matias - Jaxon
“Lucian shook his head as he gathered Jaxon into his arms. Gabriel had to have the last word. He was like that." "Only because I am always right.”Lucian and Gabriel
“You are blatantly trying to seduce me into missing our wedding and disappointing our guests. Shame on you, angel. And I am so susceptible to your charms.”Lucian
“This from the woman who helps me destroy vampires and ghouls and runs around like a maniac chasing criminals?" "Settle down, angel. Francesca is coming down the hall to help you dress." "Kiss me now, Lucian, or I might run for it.”Jaxon and Lucian
“Fog. In the house. Of course there was fog in Lucian's house. Wasn't fog in everyone's house?”Jaxon
“What have you done this time?”Jaxon to Lucian
“Be with me. Live with me. Learn to love me. Accept me as I am,”Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
I met a man many centuries ago. Some say he was the Son of God. Others say he did not exist, and still others say he was merely a good man who lived an exemplary life.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
“I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you. I offer my life for you. I give you my protection, my allegiance, my heart, my soul, and my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. Your life, happiness, and welfare will be cherished and placed above my own for all time. You are my lifemate, bound to me for all eternity and always in my care.”Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
I had touched the light as no one else had ever done. I could not forget that moment, touching a mind so pure and beautiful, so completely good. It was a gift I could not turn my back on. I never had a choice to lose my soul after that. I would never turn my back on something so completely of the light. I knew the truth. I knew we were here for a purpose and that our lives counted for something.”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Gregori was blood kin to Gabriel and Lucian. The Dark Ones. Those of that bloodline were always the defenders of their race, the ones who brought the undead to justice.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
“I cannot bear your tears, my love. Tell me what you want me to do, and I will do it. Anything. You are the only thing in this world that matters to me.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“Before I do this thing, before you are mine for all eternity, I want you to know that I know I can make you happy in this existence, that there is no other who can do so, and that I will move heaven and earth for you if that is what I need to do.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you. I offer my life for you. I give to you my protection, my allegiance, my heart, my soul, and my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. Your life, happiness, and welfare will be cherished and placed above my own for all time. You are my lifemate, bound to me for all eternity and always in my care.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“We can get through anything as long we are together. I cannot ever be without you. You are the air I breathe. You are in my soul, my heart. Look into my mind, into my memories, see my life, empty and endless without you. You could never contemplate such a thing if you knew the way I needed you. I cannot be alone again.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“Couldn’t you at least look wrinkled and dusty, with most of your teeth missing?”Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
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