Just another day on the job for Officer Claudia Donovan of the Crimson City police department. Two guys dead in what looks like a paranormal kill, and now she has to deal with Tiberiu Korzha, a vampire who leads a notorious criminal enterprise. When demons kidnap her and her daughter, they work dark magic on her to enable her to open the long-closed portal to the demon world. After a dark demon bonds with her, her only hope for survival may well be Korzha.
Tiberiu Korzha has little use for humans until he’s trapped in the demon world with Claudia Donovan, the one human woman he’s tempted to bite. His puts his private deal with the demons on the line in order to help her rescue her daughter. Can he and Claudia survive the dangerous demons who’ll do anything to escape into Crimson City?
PRAISE FOR A DARKER CRIMSON
Sinclair Reid, Romance Reviews Today:
A DARKER CRIMSON is a fast-paced, attention-grabbing, action-packed hell of ride into the unknown demon world. Claudia is a tough-as-nails cop and a loving mother all rolled into one. . . The chemistry between Tiber and Claudia is intense, emotional, and simmers just beneath the surface, adding another level to the dangerous situation they are in. Another ingredient added into the turbulent mixture is Lath, the Bak-Faru demon who happens to be Claudia's vishtau mate.
“You are one hell of a woman, Donovan.” His face went completely and deadly still. But his eyes glittered. “A very long time ago, I won my independence. I will not now tolerate being manipulated. Not even by you. I will not make another vampire.”
“Why not? Vamps go around biting people all the time.” She put her hands on his face. A slight roughness on his cheeks, but cool skin. “Despite the laws, vamps bite people all the time. Here I am, telling you no limits. No stopping point.” She had to convince him. She had to for Holly’s sake. “I’m not going to file a complaint afterward. What’s the problem? You get performance anxiety or something?”
His teeth flashed. “I resent being treated like an animal. A performing bear.”
“I don’t mean it like that.”
“Yes, you do.”
“I’ve read your file, Korzha. You hit the society pages about as often as you end up on the blotter. You got caught fang-deep in Senator Baker’s daughter. Salvatore Giamani testified you hit his Persian connection and had a drink afterward. How come I fall below your standard?”
“She was biting me, Officer, and there were seven witnesses who directly contradicted Giamani.”
“Smoke and fire, fangs. Smoke and fire. You’re a bad man.”
“And an even more dangerous fang.”
“They want to keep my daughter here, the demons do. She’ll grow up without me, Korzha. I’m her mother. I don’t want to leave her. She’s only ten.” She swallowed the lump in her throat. “Who else is going to love her no matter what?”
Korzha closed his eyes and whispered, “Draga inama.”
Her breath caught and rattled on the way out. Her chest constricted until there wasn’t enough room for her lungs to expand. The force of his thoughts around her, calling to her made her sick to her stomach. “Stop that.” She bent her head, fighting the sensations. “Stop it.”
“Why, when you won’t stop torturing me?”
“Don’t you get it, Korzha? I’m going to die like all the others Aslet has made open the portal. You’re crazy if you think I’m going to leave Holly here at the mercy of these freaks. If you don’t help me, I’ll make my own damn deal, and you can stay here and rot for all I care. You’re not the only vampire in the world. I’ll tell them to bring back someone with fewer scruples than you.”
He had only one hand on the wall now. The other swung free. He leaned in closer, pressing her against the wall. His clothes rustled, but she didn’t hear any breath sounds from him. “You have no idea what you’re asking.”
“I bet you say that to all the girls.”
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Published November 24, 2011
by Carolyn Jewel, Author.
Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, History.