Sequel to Blood and Rain/Blood: Book Two
With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.
On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.
The voice sounded familiar. Adrien looked around to see who was speaking, but saw no one.
Laughter. Then: “You won’t find me out here.”
Who are you? Adrien hated games. He was too old for them.
“You know who I am, Adrien.”
Adrien’s head jerked forward as he woke with a start. It took him a moment to remember where he was: Jean Lambert’s plane. On their way to the Council meeting in Paris.
He glanced out the window. A sea of white clouds danced below them, obscuring what he guessed was ocean. His head throbbed. He rubbed the bridge of his nose and pulled his phone from his pocket. “How much longer?” he asked Jean, who sat next to him.
“Less than an hour.”
The attendant brought a tray of food and set it on the table between them. Adrien poured himself a small cup of thick black coffee. Maybe the jolt of caffeine would get rid of his headache.
“What do you have in mind?” Adrien asked Jean. Of course it might have been better if they’d discussed plans before Jean knocked him out. Then again, Adrien would have refused to come with Jean if given a choice.
“We will attend the meeting.”
Adrien nearly spat out a mouthful of coffee. “You’re joking. We’ll never get near the building, let alone make it inside.”
“They will permit us entry,” Jean replied, nonplussed. “Giovanetti intends to become the next regent if Pelletier doesn’t appear. He won’t risk alienating Council members sympathetic to the vampires’ concerns.”
“You really think Pelletier will show?” Adrien swirled his half-finished coffee around. Over the past century, Jean had tried to convince Adrien that Pelletier would appear at other Council meetings. Adrien had flatly refused to attend them, and in the end, Jean had been mistaken. Still, Adrien would humor Jean. He understood that Jean, like him, needed a reason to believe they’d find Nicolas.
“I believe he will. He’s always enjoyed putting on a show,” Jean replied with obvious disdain. “How much more grandiose an entrance can he make than to reappear after one hundred years? And in the Hall of Hunters, no less?”
“He’ll be ready for us.”
Jean nodded. “No doubt he has a plan.”
Adrien released a long breath. “And we have none.”
Jean frowned. “Roland will come.”
“That’s your plan?” Adrien stood up, careful not to hit his head on the low bulkhead, and ran a hand through his hair. Having his erstwhile teacher at the Council meeting would certainly help should trouble arise, but in the face of so many potential foes, it wouldn’t guarantee their safety.
“Unfortunately it’s the best I have to offer.”
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Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.
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