Publication date: May 21st 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.
Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.
As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lover’s lives.
Red stood at the window of his office, looking out onto the courtyard located in the front of the headquarters, his golden council robe hung off his shoulders, that red aura that always hurt my eyes surrounding his entire body. While I sat in the chair opposite of his desk, he stayed there for at least five minutes. I didn’t know for certain since I didn’t dare look down to check my watch to enrage him even further. After another fruitless night, I just wanted to go back home to Wendy.
“While capturing these… these things is a great job, are you any closer to finding the one who has created them?” Even though his voice was quiet, the power of it seemed to fill the large room.
“Yes and no. I’ve learned more about the whole case in the last couple of nights, but not much about the leader, especially since he hasn’t shown up in my visions since early yesterday night.” I stuck with the truth for the simple fact I knew Red already knew the answer.
I had given him a full report yesterday and about an hour ago over the phone. It was after the phone call today he told me to come in. Now that I was here, I realized it was probably so he could rant at me for not having the job done already, but there was more going on than we had first assumed.
“Barnaby, I needed this ended yesterday. While the body count has dropped significantly, the problem won’t be solved until the one responsible is captured.” He turned to faced me, finally. His red rimmed, brown eyes drilling into my body as if he wanted me dead for not having completed the task already.
“All due respect, sir,” I began, trying to keep any hint of my annoyance with him out of my tone, “You gave me seventy-two hours to complete the mission. I still have another twenty hours left until the deadline.”
Red glanced away from me and began to pace the space behind his desk. As usual, his hands were clasped behind his back as he walked. “And can you deliver me my guy within that amount of time?”
I definitely hoped so. The only thing keeping me going on this mission was the fact that it was somehow related to Wendy. I still had yet to place the exact connection, but I knew Red hadn’t been just simply using her to get me to take the job. As long as I could find the creature that got away from tonight, I was positive she would lead me to the right person.
“Follow down to the lab. There is something I wish to show you.”