Victor Nicolescu wants only two things: blood to sate his hunger and a woman to love him for eternity. The blood is easy—his butler donates to Victor’s personal blood bank on a regular basis. Sometimes, however, Victor has an undeniable craving for fresh blood. His most recent craving leads him straight to Claudia Reyes, a gorgeous psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in the existence of vampires. His bite transforms her into one of the mythical immortals and forces her to leave behind everything familiar. Victor longs to help her adjust to her new life as a creature of the night, but her anger at his choice to transform her threatens to destroy their chance for love. When the night of the full moon rolls around, however, Claudia discovers he desperately needs her help to overcome a part of him even he never knew existed.
** Thirst for Love is temporarily unavailable due to the publisher closing. **
The Hispanic woman in the center of the trio looked up, her gaze locking with his. Her heart beat faster, and he knew she was the one. He tried to move toward her, but his step faltered. She would have to bring her precious blood to him.
Come to me, love. Come and dance.
She walked toward him, her hips swaying hypnotically under her pale yellow dress. The light fabric threatened to drive him completely out of his mind as it flowed around her like the rhythm of deep red streams coursing through her veins. He fought to maintain his composure and began to work his magic on her.
He inhaled her scent and spoke softly in her ear. “So sweet. So beautiful.”
“My name is Claudia,” she said with a definite American accent. Eastern Pennsylvania, if he wasn’t mistaken, and he rarely was.
“I am Victor.” He inclined his head and then straightened with difficulty. “We will dance now.”
Taking her in his arms, he held her close and forced himself to move slowly. Her delicious curves pressed into him, begging for his attention. He dragged his thoughts away from her sensual touch, if all went well, he would have plenty of time later to enjoy the delights of this creature. For now, he must concentrate on one thing: dinner.
He slid one hand to her lower back and pressed her closer. His other hand slipped up the back of her neck, and his fingers tangled in her silky hair as he tilted her head back just a little. When he lowered his lips to the throbbing pulse in the side of her throat, he could feel her fear. He projected soothing thoughts into her mind and savored the feel of her warm flesh and the blood flowing beneath it.
Trust me. I will not harm you.
He sank his fangs into Claudia’s skin, unable to wait any longer. She gasped, but he quieted her with his mind. Warm, thick sweetness flowed into his mouth, and he drank deeply, his strength returning with each swallow.
Claudia leaned into him, her movements seductive as she tried to dance while she weakened. Victor had to restrain himself as her blood filled him with warmth and her body filled him with desire. It had been a long time since sating one hunger had ignited another, but he knew couldn’t completely satisfy himself tonight. She would be too weak after giving him the sustenance he needed to satisfy his other cravings.
She grew limp in his arms, and he forced himself to stop. He had swallowed more than enough to regain his full strength, but she tasted so sweet, so wonderfully feminine. He withdrew his fangs and kissed the slight trickle of blood from her skin, healing the twin wounds with a gentle swipe of his tongue and leaving only faint scars on her smooth, caramel neck. She shivered and moaned softly as she leaned into his embrace.
“Thank you, love,” Victor murmured, supporting her with strong arms. He shouldn’t have waited so long to feed, but he had craved specific blood. Nothing else would do. Now that he had met Claudia and tasted her, growing so weak had been worth it.
“I don’t—I don’t feel well,” she said, sagging against his chest.
He had taken too much from her. She wouldn’t last much longer as a human, but he could provide the proper care to ease her transition into a vampire. His bite had started the process, and soon she would slip into a coma. Then her heart would slow until it stopped completely, the last step in the transition. Although the process wouldn’t be uncomfortable once she lost consciousness, he couldn’t leave her like this. He had with others, but Claudia was different. She had put her own spell on him, and she didn’t even know it.
“Let your friends know you will call them.” He stroked her long dark hair, every touch invigorating him even more. “I will care for you until you are well.”
She nodded, and he helped her turn toward her friends, masking her weakness with his strength.
Smile, love. Do not make them worry.
Claudia smiled and signaled she was leaving and would call. Victor felt her drop a little and tightened his arms around her, nuzzling her neck to make it look like passion caused her to swoon. She released a happy sigh, and the sound fueled his desire further. He forced himself to wait until her friends grinned and waved, then he guided her toward the back hall. To all observers, it would look like a lover’s embrace.
Once in the dim hallway, Victor lifted Claudia into his arms and carried her to a metal folding chair someone had left near the outside door. He considered setting her on the chair, but he didn’t want to risk her falling while he called his butler. He sat down and placed her across his lap instead. She put her arms around his neck and snuggled close.
Her soft curves pressed against him, and he fought against his basest instincts. There would be plenty of time to satisfy those needs after she recovered. He shifted to retrieve the cell phone from his pocket, and she wiggled in his lap until she melted comfortably into him and buried her face in his neck. He suppressed a groan and shifted again. Even in her current state, she could drive him mad. What would it be like once she had her full strength and all of her faculties? What would it be like when she grew even stronger and her powers rivaled his own?
Soon, love. Soon you will learn what you do to me.