"Vampire Fight Club" by Larissa Ione
When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice--with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can't conceal the lust that simmers between them . . .
"Darkness Eternal" by Alexandra Ivy
After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there's no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch. . .
"Kane" by Jacquelyn Frank
Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his. . . just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane's hunger is more powerful than any punishment. . .
"Dragon on Top" by G.A. Aiken
Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna's patience. . . and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist. . .
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About the Author
Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at www.AlexandraIvy.com.
Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the World of Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), the Gatherers series, and the Three Worlds series (including Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames). She lives in North Carolina. Visit Jacquelyn at jacquelynfrank.com.
Originally from Long Island, New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Writing as Shelly Laurenston, she is also the creator of the wickedly funny Pride series for Brava. For more info about G.A. Aiken’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com.
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Larissa Ione Alexandra IvySupernatural
By Jacquelyn Frank G. A. Aiken
ZEBRA BOOKSCopyright © 2011 Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Chapter OneBlood. Violence. Sex. Cheering crowds.
None of it fazed Nathan Sabine anymore. If someone had told him a hundred years ago that he'd be completely numb to the gladiatorial battle taking place in the hockey rink-sized arena below his VIP booth, he'd have ripped out their throat with his teeth.
Hell, that still sounded like a good plan.
Instead, he was watching a hyena shifter rip out the throat of another hyena shifter. Should have been the same-old, same-old, but one of the males hadn't shifted out of his human form.
Which was why the male had been at a serious disadvantage, and why he was now bleeding out in the sand.
Nate didn't give a shit why the guy had wanted to fight this battle, but he had to have known he couldn't win. The fool. No amount of money was worth dying for. Nothing was worth that.
Turning his back on the bloodthirsty roar of the spectators, Nate strode out of the private viewing box reserved for club personnel and wondered if it was possible to hate himself more than he did right now. Doubtful. He might be anesthetized to everything outside his body, but inside, he was a seething cauldron of self-loathing. Sometimes he thought that if he wasn't a daywalker, a rare vampire who could tolerate natural light, he'd step out into the sun and end it all.
And wasn't he a hypocrite of epic proportions, given that he'd just wondered why the hyena non-shifter had given up his life.
He took the stairs down into the commons, where people sought refreshments and placed bets while they waited for the next death match. At one time, the sour stench of their excitement and greed had turned his stomach. Now it was like any other unpleasant odor the nose learned to ignore. Lately, though, the stink was stronger, the result of a command from the big boss to step up the number of fights—and the brutality—in order to maintain pace with the unrest in the underworld. Fade was desperate to keep paying spectators coming to the club instead of enjoying the violence elsewhere for free.
The crowd parted for Nate, some whispering his name as he passed. An ugly-ass, gray-skinned demon male near the pit railing asked when Nate was going to fight again, and Nate swung around, his black hair snapping about his shoulders, his fangs bared.
"You volunteering to get in the pit with me, demon? Because I'm itching to put another set of antlers on my wall."
The normally inaudible beat of music from the dance club upstairs rang clear enough in the sudden silence to identify the artist.
The demon cleared his beefy throat as Goldfrappe Ooh La La'd its way to the end of the song. "Another time, perhaps."
"That's what I thought." Nate hadn't been in the arena in nearly seven decades, and these morons still wanted to see him fight—as long as he fought someone else. No one ever volunteered to step into the pit with him.
He sliced through the throng and slipped past the two guards who kept the general public out of the tunnel separating Gladius from Thirst, the respectable half of the club complex. He'd only gone about ten yards and taken the first corner when he heard footsteps behind him.
Nate stopped but didn't turn around. "What, Gunnar?"
"The body, sir." The hulking werewolf 's voice was little more than a rumble in the shadowy hall.
"Why are you asking me? Where's Budag?"
"He went out."
Budag, who had once been Attila the Hun's right-hand man, was the only person besides the club owner who outranked Nate, but the asshole was hardly ever around. Nate had no idea what the demon in human clothing did in his spare time, but he certainly seemed to have a lot of it.
Exhaling on a curse, Nate looked up at the flickering fluore scents on the ceiling. "The male is a shifter. You know the rules."
Usually the dead were fed to the creatures that were kept either as bait for training or for actual gladiatorial matches, but a few species, including most shifters, could bond so strongly to a mate that after death, the surviving partner would be driven to find them. The club couldn't afford for some grieving, pissed-off female to track down the male's remains and cause trouble.
Nate continued down the hall and up a flight of cement stairs. A casual observer who arrived at the narrow landing would see only a monitor mounted on a textured black wall. Nate checked the grainy screen, and after he'd ensured that no one was inside his office, he pushed on the wall, opening a hidden doorway.
From the office side, the door appeared to be nothing more than a sturdy wine rack, and it made a whisper of a click as it closed. Only Thirst's top management knew that this was one of two entrances from the dance club to the fight club. Most of Thirst's employees weren't even aware that behind and underneath the most popular vampire bar in North America, was the most popular blood arena in the human realm.
Nate had known for over a hundred years. He'd known, and he'd planned to take it down. And he would, when the time was right.
Self-loathing slithered through him again, because he'd been singing that tune for decades. So many right times had come and gone, and he'd done nothing. His interest had been as dead as his heart.
Cursing himself, he slammed out of the front door of his office and into another hallway, this one brightly lit, the walls plastered with gaudy murals depicting scenes of various underworld creatures getting their grooves on under disco balls. His shoes sank into the plush crimson carpet as he strode toward the club's public area. The music grew louder as he walked, throbbing through him like a pulse and granting him the illusion, at least, that he was alive.
Once he went through the swinging door at the end of the hall, he was immediately assaulted by sultry heat, glaring, colored lights streaming in the darkness, and all the erotic sounds that went with a place like this. The lower level was a mass of writhing bodies—people dancing, sexing, feeding. At the tables and on the couches lining the walls on the upper and lower levels, there was more of the sex and feeding. Cocktail waitresses delivered drinks under the watchful eyes of bouncers who ensured the waitresses went unmolested.
That had been one of Nate's changes when he'd been promoted to manager—a rule that no one touched the staff or he'd maim them. Period.
"Yo, Nathan." Marsden, Thirst's vampire chief of security and Nate's second in command, shoved his way through a gaggle of males eyeing three scantily-clad females leaning over the railing on the upper level. "We have a situation." Marsden's hazel eyes shifted to the medic station near the rest rooms, and Nate sighed.
"Injury, overdose, or overfeed?"
"Overfeed. Vic is human."
"Shit." Bad enough when a vampire got too eager with an underworlder, but humans were a lot harder to treat, keep alive, and dispose of if they died.
"It was the perp's second offense," Mars said, as they moved toward the medic station. "He's been given the boot."
"Hope that boot was up the nightcrawler's ass."
Mars, the only soul on the planet who knew about Nate's daywalker status, didn't take offense at the dig at regular vamps. He merely grinned, revealing the latest in vampire fashion; gold-plated fangs studded with jewels. Feeding must be a bitch for both him and the victim.
"Boot went far enough up his ass that he lost a couple teeth."
Inside the thirty-by-thirty room set up as a medical station, John, a human EMT who moonlighted here on weekends, was monitoring the flow of blood through an IV inserted into a red-headed woman's freckled arm.
"She'll be fine," John drawled, his twang betraying his Texas roots. "This ain't her first rodeo."
True enough. The woman, whose name Nate thought was Allison, lay motionless and pale on the table, her silver tube top barely covering breasts made too big by a surgeon's scalpel, and her black micro-mini skirt definitely not covering what it needed to. She was a regular here, a swan who gave herself to vampires for blood, sex, or both.
John carefully applied a bandage over the punctures on her neck ... a neck that was scarred from hundreds of feedings.
The scent of blood teased Nate's nostrils, drawing his gaze to a crimson trail on the inside of the girl's thigh and reminding him that he hadn't fed recently.
"There were two feeding on her," he said, gesturing to the seeping punctures in her femoral artery. Some vampire had done a piss-poor job of sealing the wound.
John leaned in to examine the second bite. "Could have been just the one, tapping two places."
"Different size fangs. The one at her throat was female." Which, dammit, meant Marsden had another vamp to punish. "Alert me when you release the human."
Nate didn't wait for a response. He went straight to the bar, poured a double shot of O-neg, and took the edge off his hunger. His blood hunger, anyway. As he watched the grind of bodies on the floor, another need rose in him, one he hadn't sated in far too long.
Marsden came up behind him and clapped him on the shoulder. "That hot little piece of human ass at the end of the bar has been eyeing you."
Yeah, he'd already felt her lusty gaze on him. "I don't need your matchmaking skills."
"You need something. You're wound around the axel, man. Want me to send her to your office?"
The human woman tilted her head to expose her slim throat as she ran black-lacquered fingernails along her cleavage in blatant invitation. He wondered if she was a star-fucker who knew who he was, a legend in the blood arena, or if she was a run-of-the-mill vampire chaser eager for any set of fangs to penetrate her. Either way, Nate wasn't game no matter how strung out he was. He'd always preferred to get his blood and sex from females he hadn't seen screwing other males that night.
"No." He started to walk away, but Marsden's hand on his arm stopped him.
"Trust me on this. You need to work off some juice."
A chill shot up Nate's spine, and his jaw clenched so hard he could barely ask the question he already knew the answer to. "Why?"
Marsden's nostrils flared, the diamond nose stud glinting in the smoky light. "He's coming."
The demon who owned both Thirst and Gladius was coming for a visit. Nate waited for the hatred to sear him from the inside, but instead, his chest cavity filled with ice, and his entire body went so cold he shivered. Fade was the reason Nate had infiltrated the club's organization in the first place. He'd waited for decades to destroy the bastard, had gained his trust while growing stronger and amassing a fortune at the demon's expense.
Nate's hatred had eaten him alive for decades, but now it seemed that the hatred had been replaced by apathy. Once upon a time, Fade had killed the love of Nate's life, and it was now becoming obvious that the demon had also killed Nate. He searched deep inside himself in an attempt to find a flicker of life, but there wasn't even a spark.
He. Was. Dead.
Chapter TwoIncoming emergencies got Vladlena Paskelkov's adrenaline surging and brought her to life like nothing else. As a nurse at the only hospital that catered to vampires, demons, and other various underworld creatures, she got to see things she'd never encounter at a human facility and, as with most medical people, the more bizarre or horrific the injury, the more excited she got.
It wasn't as if she liked seeing anyone hurt, especially not the young of any species. But she'd inherited the medical gene from her father, who had been a surgeon at this very hospital.
Until he was tortured and killed by The Aegis, a society of human demon slayers who called themselves Guardians and made it their mission to rid the planet of evil.
Lena had been bitter, but not for long. Her father, though he'd been good to her, had walked a sinister path, and she was surprised the slayers hadn't killed him sooner. She'd also learned to like a few Guardians, including one who used to work at Underworld General but now ran The Aegis, and one who was mated to the hospital's chief of staff.
And speak of the incubus, Eidolon, a dark-haired, impossibly hot Seminus demon, jogged into the bustling emergency department and snagged a pair of surgical gloves from the supply stand.
"What have we got?"
Lena gloved up as she spoke. "Male shifter, unknown breed. Found like the others, with multiple wounds, no vitals when the paramedics found him, but Shade got him jumpstarted."
Eidolon smirked. "What were Shade's exact words?"
Shade, Eidolon's brother in charge of the hospital's paramedics, rarely minced words. Yes, he'd given her all the technical jargon, but only after his more personal observations.
"Hell's fucking rings," she said, doing her best Shade imitation. "Dude looks like he went through a wood chipper."
One dark eyebrow arched. "That's more like it." The red rotating light at the ambulance bay doors lit up, signaling the ambulance's arrival in the underground lot. Before the doors opened, Eidolon turned to her, lowering his voice. "Did the serum work?"
All the adrenaline that had been surging through her veins turned to sludge, and she absently rubbed the spot on the back of her hand where she'd given herself the injection.
"No." She cleared her voice to rid it of the sudden hoarseness. "I didn't shift."
Pity dulled Eidolon's espresso eyes. "I'm sorry, Lena. I'll keep working on it."
He didn't say anything more. What was there to say? Sorry you're a freak who can't shift into your animal form, even with a drug that works on everyone else? Sorry you're going to go insane and die?
Over the years, she'd been through therapy and lessons, desperate to shift into her furry form before she turned twenty-four, when the inability to shift would kill her. Yesterday, on her twenty-fourth birthday, she'd injected a drug Eidolon had developed as a catalyst for those who couldn't shift any other way. It hadn't worked. She was a failure among failures, and it was probably a good thing her father wasn't alive to see how, very soon, she'd lose her grip on reality and grow violent before finally dying in agony. Shifters with her problem rarely survived more than six weeks after turning twenty-four, and she'd already started marking off days on the calendar. So much time wasted. So much more she'd wanted to do.
This really sucked.
The ER doors whooshed open, and Shade and his partner, a werewolf named Luc, wheeled in a bloody male on a stretcher. As they hurried the patient to a room, Shade rattled off vitals, the dismal numbers putting an immediate damper on hope. Lena had only been out of nursing school for a couple of years, but she knew a goner when she saw one.
The acrid stench of death clung to this male like a dire leech, and ... she gasped, grinding to a halt as Shade and Luc lifted the patient onto a table.
"Vladlena?" Eidolon's right arm, which was encased in glyphs that ran from his fingertips to his shoulder, lit up as the healing ability inherent to his species channeled into the male. "You know this patient?"
"Vaughn." She stumbled to the side of the bed, her legs threatening to give out on her. "He's my brother."
Vaughn had been the only one of her three brothers who hadn't tried to kill her. As the runt of the litter, she'd been the target of their vicious games, and if not for her father, they'd have slaughtered her. Now that he was gone, Van and Vic had made several attempts on her life ... which was one of the reasons she pulled a lot of double shifts at the hospital. Here, she was safe.
Eidolon motioned for another nurse to take over for Lena, and she didn't argue. Vaughn needed care she couldn't give right now. Not with the way her hands were shaking and her mind was spinning.
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Table of Contents
Contents"Vampire Fight Club" by Larissa Ione....................1
"Darkness Eternal" by Alexandra Ivy....................105
"Kane" by Jacquelyn Frank....................217
"Dragon On Top" by G. A. Aiken....................301
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vampire Fight Club by L Ione-This was a very exciting story involving a secret, supernatural fight club. Vladlena Paskelkov was an emergency nurse at Underworld General the night her brother is brought in after suffering a beating at the local underground fight club. Lena is a shifter and goes undercover as a medic to find who is responsible for what happened to her brother. At the nightclub, which is the front for the fight arena, she meets Nathan Sabine, a vampire who manages the nightclub. Although she is drawn to Nate, she first has to determine if he is responsible for the fight club. I enjoyed this story. It was well paced and kept you interested. I like Larissa Ione's writing. (4 stars) Darkness Eternal by A Ivy-The story centers around Uriel, whom we met before in Yours for Eternally and Devoured by Darkness. He is sent to rescue Kata, who has been held prisoner by her twin sister, Marika (now a vampire) and her pet wizard, Sergei. Kata is sent into Hell and Uriel follows to help get her out. After being held prisoner by her vampire sister for several centuries, Kata is not thrilled with the idea of putting her faith in Uriel. Since I am a fan of the series, I liked the story, but it was not my favorite of the series. Like most short-stories, it felt a bit rushed. There was not enough action to make it truly exciting, but too much so that the romance felt forced. If you want to try the Guardians of Eternity series, read When Darkness Comes, Darkness Everlasting or Darkness Unleashed. (3 stars) Kane by J Frank - This story is about Kane who finds his fated mate in Corrine who he thinks is human and therefore forbidden. Kane is the taken away and punished for trying to be with her. But when Kane touched her, her dormant Druid nature starts to change her. Without Kane's energies to sustain her, the change almost kills her and leaves her weak and bedridden. I was disappointed in this story. First, for a short story, it was REALLY short, and secondly, the whole story was about the fact that she was his fated mate and due to the fact that it was the night of the Samhaim moon, he was crazed with the need to mate with her. Since she was recovering from her Druid change, he had to be chained down so he wouldn't attack her. This lack of real story was unfortunate since I was very interested in the premise of Kane being a "young" demon (only 98 years old). Since most stories are about how the demon has been around for centuries and how powerful he or she is, it would have been an interesting twist to see a hero just coming into his powers or abilities, maybe struggling overcome a more powerful and older opponent. Sadly a lot of of potential wasted. (2 stars) Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken-The Princess wants Captain Ghleanna to protect Bram when he travels to the land of the Sand Dragons to negotiate a treaty. Bram doesn't want Ghleanna to protect him since he has been in love with her forever and because he is not a warrior, she doesn't even notice him. I liked this story. I just wasn't excited about the dragon thing. I was confused from time to time if they were now dragons or people since they would be speaking to each other, writing, drinking ale, etc. in dragon form, same as in human form. Take out the dragons, and Bram and Ghleanna were delightful characters. Their dynamic is wonderful. Bram was charming and Ghleanna and her brothers were hysterical. If this had been a straight medieval period story, I would have enjoyed it more. 5 stars
"Vampire Fight Club" by Larissa Ione. In Demonica, shapeshifting nurse Vladlena goes undercover inside a vamp fight club to end a wave of violence, but meets the owner Nathan the vampire. "Darkness Eternal" by Alexandra Ivy. In the Guardians of Eternity realm, four centuries of incarceration by a vampire left recently freed Kata wary of the Undead, but her vampiric sister leaves her no choice but Uriel the vampire is her only hope to save her soul. "Kane" by Jacquelyn Frank. Nightwalker demon Kane knows Corrine the human is his soulmate but she is forbidden fruit. "Dragon on Top" by G.A. Aiken. Dragon Warrior Ghleanna detests escorting royal diplomat Bram of the Dragon Kin through deadly Sand Dragon territory as he is a pain in her cute butt who she wants to share fire with. The four fun romantic fantasies take place in the respective author's world so fans will want to join the quests with the polar opposite Demonica and Dragon Kin entries superb while the Guardians of Eternity and the Nightwalker entries somewhat thinner. Harriet Klausner
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If you couldn't tell I loved this book so much!!! It was awesome all around!!! Larissa ROCKS and her story wasn't a disappointment!! Jacquelyn's story was great too-I can't wait until the next Nightwalker series comes out!!! This anthology introduced me to two authors who I had never read before, but rest assured, I will be checking into their other work!!! Just a heads up!!! There are a lot of steamy scenes in this book, so if you are faint of heart when it comes to alot of hot sex-PLEASE REFRAIN FROM READING! I'd hate to see these authors,who did such a fantastic job on this book, get a crappy review because someone got a mental eye full of sexy demons, vamps, and dragons and couldn't take it!!! To those who can take it-PLEASE ENJOY!!!
This was an excellent hot paranormal read- 4 short stories by 4 fantastic writers. The cover is a little confusing though, so don't let it fool you. From the 4 stories, I liked Kane best, a demon who becomes consumed with Corrine to the point of them having to stay near each other for Corrine's safety. this was the one I wished was longer.
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyDon¿t let the cover fool you, this is a super sexy anthology featuring demons, witches, vampires, and dragon shifters determined to claim the ones they love. All four stories tease and tantalize readers to delve deeper into their paranormal romance series, and in two of the four stories, they succeeded."Vampire Fight Club " by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #1.5)Set in the same word as Ione¿s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series (and featuring character cameos from both series), ¿Vampire Fight Club¿ follows a young shifter who infiltrates an underground supernatural fight club in order to avenge the death of her brother. She ends up working for the jaded and detached manager and vampire, Nathan, who has his own vengeance to deliver. Sparks fly fast and hot between these two while still allowing the motives of each character to stand on their own. The obstacles to their relationship are genuine and kept the romantic tension sizzling throughout the story. Newbies to this world will definitely want to plan a longer trip while series fans will enjoy this deeper look into Nathan¿s life. Sexual Content: Scene of sensuality. Graphic sex scene Rating: 3/5"Darkness Eternal " by Alexandra Ivy (Nightwalkers #1.5)¿Darkness Eternal¿ is sort of a supernatural Snow White story where the prince is a vampire and Snow White is a centuries imprisoned witch. The two end up in running from a demon in the underworld which consisted mostly of sex scenes and just a little running and fighting right at the end. The characters had whiplash inducing mood swings that had them insulting, comforting, and declaring eternal love for each other all within hours of meeting. It was jarring and had me rolling my eyes several times. While the writing was good, and the worldbuilding had potential, the characterizations and flimsy-even-for-a-novella storyline kept ¿Darkness Eternal¿ from sitting well with me. Sexual Content: Several graphic sex scenes Rating: 2/5"Kane " by Jacquelyn Frank (Guardians of Eternity #7.5)¿Kane¿ is the perfect example of what a good novella should be. It established a very cool demon/druid mythology with lots of subtle nuisances and a real sense of the worldbuilding without dragging down the story, and made me want to read the rest of the Guardians of Eternity series. Kane, a demon, becomes consumed with a human, Corrine until one night he touches her. His punishment¿and consequently hers¿is swift and brutal, until it is revealed that Corrine is Kane¿s mate and their separation nearly kills her. For a story that takes place almost entirely in a bed, I found ¿Kane¿ to be the most romantic story of the bunch. Yes, it gets very steamy, but the romance builds beautifully and makes those steamy scenes truly satisfying. The writing is top notch too. My only complaint is that it wasn¿t long enough. Sexual Content: Scenes of sensuality. Graphic sex scene Rating: 4/5"Dragon on Top " by G.A. Aiken (The Dragon Kin #4.5)¿Dragon on Top¿ is all about role reversal. The uber alpha dragon warrior is the female and the quiet, peace-seeking character who needs protecting is the male. I tend not to enjoy these type of stories anyway, but I found this one to be especially off. Ghleanna is so alpha she practically pees standing up, and Bram is beta with a lowercase `b¿. It was almost like someone went back after the story was written and just switched all the pronouns. It didn¿t help that Ghleanna was constantly bickering with her equally annoying brothers. This was my least favorite story in the anthology.Sexual Content: Several graphic sex scenes Rating: 2/5
Quick & Dirty: This anthology delivers four very steamy stories from some very talented authors. The Review: I originally read this book for one story, ¿Vampire Fight Club¿ by Larissa Ione. I can¿t seem to get enough of the Lords of Deliverance series. Those guys plus the Sem brothers, originally from the Demonica series, equals supernatural sexiness. I suppose there is nothing wrong with reading only one story in an anthology. In this case, I must request that you try all of them on. Well worth your while. You may even find a new favorite series out of it. ¿Vampire Fight Club¿ by Larissa Ione (Demonica Book 5.5/Lords of Deliverance Book 1.5) What would you choose to do if you knew you had only a short time to live? Why, solve the mysterious death of your brother and then avenge him, obviously! Vladlena, known to her friends as Lena, is a shapeshifter that cannot shift. She¿s tried everything, knowing that if she can¿t shift, she will die in a matter of weeks. After the body of her brother is found in an alley by a well-known night club, and a not so well known fight club, she decides that she will discover who killed him and why in the short time she has left. She gets a job at the club, as a medic, so she can snoop around. She finds Nathan. Nathan is the manager of the club, and one sexy vampire. He too once sought revenge against the club owner, but finds that he no longer cares. Let¿s just say that Lena and Nathan have a lot in common, and it¿s not just sexual chemistry. Will Nathan be able to shake off his lethargy when Lena¿s life is at stake? Will Lena finally find something worth living for other than revenge? This novella does not require you to know the series before hand. It may, however, entice you to pick it up. Rating: 5/5 ¿Darkness Eternal¿ by Alexandra Ivy: (#7.5 of the Guardians of Eternity series) This is Uriel¿s and Kata¿s story. Uriel is charged by Victor, his vampire king, to find and retrieve Laylah¿s missing gypsy mother, Kata. Little did Uriel know all that awaited him on this seemingly simple assignment. Kata is the twin to Marika, evil vampire extraordinaire, and has been held captive for the last two centuries. Now that Marika is dead, she is free from the spells that held her, right? Wrong. Marika has bound their twin souls together so that when she dies, so does Kata. By the time that Uriel finds Kata, the two of them are transported to Hell to await the pleasure of Marika¿s madness. In the midst of all of this drama, Uriel and Kata fall in love. Will their past prejudices get in the way of their future happiness? But how long will they be allowed to enjoy their new-found love when they are being hunted by the invincible Marika whom wishes to see them both suffer for eternity in hell with her? I have yet to read the Eternity series, but this novella is a great read on its own. Rating: 4/5 ¿Kane¿ by Jacquelyn Frank (#1.5 of the Nightwalkers series) Kane is a mind demon that has broken one of his race¿s greatest laws, he wants a human. His desire to make Corrine his own has overwritten his better judgment. In his world, demons don¿t mate with humans; they are not even allowed to interact with them. So when Kane finally approaches Corrine and goes to claim her, the punishment for violating the laws is immediate. Kane is erased from her mind and taken away, and Corrine will be left alone. But by Kane touching her, Corrine¿s dormant druid DNA is awakened and the two Imprint on one another. Imprinting is a phenomenon that makes the two parties part of a symbiotic relationship where one can no longer live without the other, literally. Corrine¿s separation from Kane is now the reason she is dying. They are brought back together but it¿s during a dangerous time for demons. It¿s a time when demons are savage in their lovemaking and unable to control themselves with their mates, something that a fragile female could die from. There is a bunch of back story included but it boils down to two unlikely people
Enjoyed the short story!
Can't wait for another.
Great short story. If you're a fan of the demonica series, give it a try.
My only complaint is its not a full length novel. I crave her books. Enjoy
Very well written involves the other books as well
Great reading I love vampire books and this one rocks. Great characters. - - Received copy through NetGalley - - L
I love this series and want as much as I can get of it
Nathan Sabine, a vampire who is also a rare daywalker, is the manager of Thirst a bar that also houses a supernatural blood arena. Supernatural medic Vladlina Paskelkov decides to go undercover when her brother is found dead one night. This was a great story. It was short but very fast paced and full. I really liked both main characters. Their interactions with each other were definitely memorable. I look forward to reading more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Highly recommend it :)
Absolutely love this series and the characters are beloved Ione writes perfect balances of humor, drama, suspense, intrigue and heartfelt connections.
Loved this and all of Larissa’s work,
I love ALL of Larissa's/Sydney's books! The stories suck you in. You can't put them down until you finish it. If you have never read one of her books I highly recommend you get a copy. You won't be disappointed. Happy Reading:)
I read constantly, and L. Ione is one of my favorite writers. The creatures, along with the descriptions of their traits and powers they have are unique. Ione's vivid descriptions of Sheoul, UGH, battles, and spicy sexual encounters that I can see the story in my mind playing out as a movie while reading. Kitsune
Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione which was previously published in Supernatural is a dark paranormal romance about violence that hits too close to home forces Vladlena Paskelkov… a shapeshifter and underworld nurse undercover. Even though Vampire Fight Club was short, only 88 pages, a novella really. But it sure packed a punch. The banter between Vladlena and Nate was the highlight of this story, it certainly made up for the lack of romance.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 I have read this story before when it was in the anthology Supernatural. Vampire Fight Club is a short read that takes place in the Demonica world. We follow Lean (Vladena) on a journey to find out who killed her Brother. Along the way Lean learns more about herself than she ever imagined. Nathan has been buying his time until the end will finally greet him. So when Lena walks in to apply for the new medical assistant job Nathan pretty much loses his sh*t. This was a good but short story. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.