Once Bitten . . .

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One minute Leigh is walking home in the beforehand hours the the morning, and the next a vampire is sinking his teeth right into her neck. Transforms out it was a rogue vampire marked for termination, but it walk Leigh little great because the damage"s already been done. She"s become one of them.

Lucian Argeneau, hunter of rogue vampires, has been lively for over two thousand years, and also there"s very small to wake up him anymore. Food has become tasteless, sex is ordinary. Climate Leigh drops right into his life. All of sudden he finds himself craving coffee . . . And also imagining the sassy brunette atop the black color satin sheets on his nice large bed. It"s Lucian"s job currently to enlighten Leigh on the inner functions of being immortal . . . And also tutoring she is igniting a fire in him the hasn"t burned in centuries.

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But till they stop a renegade bloodsucker from damaging the human being race, passion will need to wait!


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Lynsay Sands is the country bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and also anthologies. She’s been writing because grade school and also considers herself extremely lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is the readers can gain away indigenous their daily stress v her stories, and if there room occasional uncontrollable fits the laughter, that’s just a big bonus. You re welcome visit her on the net at www.lynsaysands.net.


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Leigh was only a block and also a half from home when she i found it the footsteps echoing she own. At very first she didn"t think something of it. This to be Kansas. Nothing ever before happened here, particularly not at five in the morning. Even Dorothy and also Toto had to acquire picked up by a tornado and also dropped elsewhere for adventure to come their way.

the course, this to be Kansas City, no some backwater town. There to be crime in the city. That was additionally five o"clock in the morning, and she was a lone mrs walking down a dark street that--while a residential area the old dwellings with families--was likewise only a couple of block from the downtown core where the homeless and druggies had tendency to concentrate.

A shiver of unease crept up Leigh"s spine as she became mindful that the footsteps behind her had actually picked increase speed and also were drawing nearer. She"d go this route thousands of times over the last five years and never when felt uncomfortable . . . And also didn"t like that she now was. Informing herself to stay calm, she tried come recall what she"d been taught to perform in self-defense class, but, the course, currently that she essential it, her brain was blanking on her.

Wasn"t that always the way?

She felt her muscles start to tense as the footsteps continued to attract nearer, and feared if she didn"t do something soon, it might be also late.

The assumed spurred herinto action. Changing direction, Leigh cut toward the curb to cross the street, spreading a nonchalant glance earlier as she did, as if trying to find traffic. The watch didn"t reassure her. The human being approaching to be a man; tall, slender, and also dressed in dark clothes. She couldn"t watch his face, however; it remained in shadow, thanks to the hood of his jacket. Every she"d controlled to carry out with her quick glance was do herself much more uncomfortable, more on edge. More scared.

Acting together if she weren"t troubled by his presence, Leigh started across the street, her mind now considering and also discarding possibilities of what she must do. A glance approximately the dark house-lined street front told she she to be on her own, there wasn"t a vehicle or pedestrian to be seen. No aid there.

She yes, really should have actually taken a taxi home, she acknowledged, but had never had a difficulty before, why must she have actually thought this morning would be any different? Besides, the was too late because that regrets, they weren"t going to gain her anywhere.

Leigh felt her heart squeeze tight together the footsteps complied with her across the street. Now her gaze was sharp together she scanned the dwellings she passed, searching for any type of sign that life, trying to deduce which she should strategy for help. This to be a quiet residential street, the residences in darkness, world having long retired for the night and not yet rising. She showed up to it is in the only human in this area who worked late and also was quiet up.

Coco"s, the restaurant/bar she owned, closed in ~ 3:00 A.M. Well, the bar closed then, the restaurant area closed much earlier. Leigh regulated the bar in ~ night. When the critical customer trundled out and also the cleaning crew collection to work, she retired to her ago office to execute paperwork; filling out the work schedules, check time cards, creating up orders, checking the day"s receipts, and so on. She was typically done about the exact same time together the cleaners. Otherwise, she waited for them to finish, experienced them out, locked up and headed home . . . Constantly between 5:00 and 5:30 A.M., the dark predawn time when many criminals to be tucked in bed.

simply as anyone on this road showed up to be, Leigh thought, her heart sinking. Then she spotted a porch light pop on several houses up. A moment later on the prior door opened and also an older lady in a housecoat appeared. The woman didn"t an alert her coming up the street, her attention on the German shepherd who slipped past her come pad eagerly under the measures onto the front lawn.

"Waking me up before dawn." The woman"s annoyed mutter carried plainly in the near silence. "You should have gone when I take it you the end for her walk earlier."

Leigh"s heart lifted. A for sure port in the storm. She might seek shelter from the woman and call the police, or maybe just a taxi. For sure the dog"s existence would discourage the man complying with her native making a nuisance the himself?

She put on a to explode of speed and also opened her mouth to call out, however that was as far as she got. She never ever heard the guy behind her pick up speed, never ever realized he"d rushed forward. Suddenly he was there before her, forcing her to an abrupt halt.

"Hello, Leigh."

The sound the her surname made she pause through confusion, then the man shrugged the hood off his head, revealing his face.

"Donny?" She stated with surprise, relief coursing with her. Donny Avries had worked the bar in ~ Coco"s for a year. The was constantly eager to please and a hard worker. Milly--Leigh"s friend, and her work manager in the restaurant--claimed he had actually a crush on her and had begged for stable night shifts to be close to her, yet Leigh assumed that was nonsense. Lock just obtained along well as friends. She"d been terribly upset as soon as he"d unable to do missing an ext than a week ago.

usually prompt, and also often even at an early stage for his shift, Donny just hadn"t displayed up on Monday night. Leigh had actually tried phone call his apartment, yet there"d been no answer. When he hadn"t shown up the next night, she"d called again, climate grown concerned and also called his landlady to have actually her check on him.

The woman reported the while everything looked fine in his apartment, his cat to be obviously hungry and also the litter box had actually been overflowing, saying he hadn"t been home for a while. While there to be no indications that he"d left . . .