Good morning! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means – a Teaser! Today’s teaser is an excerpt from WELCOME HOME, VAMPIRE from my new Vector Force series (which links with my Sons of Midnight series). This novella is available as a standalone, but also as part of the Seductive Supernaturals box set which is on sale now for the super sale price of only .99 cents for a limited time.
In this scene, Cole Wagner has just met again with his long-time ex girlfriend (and more recently his best friend’s wife) to give her the dog tags and last letter from her husband. Only things didn’t turn out exactly they way he’d thought they would…
For a moment Cole’s whole world coalesced into one perfect moment where her sweet lips melded with his. The kiss stripped away any sense of where he was, or why. All the world boiled down to just this woman intimately connected to him. Here. Now.
And then his conscious hit him upside the head with a proverbial sledgehammer.
Hey, asshole. You’re kissing your buddy’s wife. Smooth. Bet he’d really appreciate it.
Cole instantly broke off the kiss. Kayla’s creamy skin was flushed with just a hint of pink and the heat in her brown eyes could have scalded him like a fresh cup of coffee. Her lips, now a deeper pink and slightly parted as her breath came faster, begged him to taste her again. But Cole held himself in check with a level of discipline that would have made his drill sergeant proud.
“I didn’t mean for that to happen,” he said, perhaps a tad too brusquely. The sparkle faded from her eyes and she pulled further away from him, crossing her arms over her chest. Great. He’d hurt her feelings. Not what he’d intended. But then none of this had been what he intended.
She gave him a narrow-eyed look. “Then exactly what did you have in mind?”
Yeah, like he had a prayer of explaining his vampire state or his powers to any civilian, let alone a woman who knew him better than anyone except his dead friend. Cole shook his head. “Doesn’t matter. Won’t happen. We had our time and it didn’t work out. I’m just here as a friend.”
Kayla’s hands dropped slowly and came to rest on her hips. “You are not seriously going to friend zone me, are you? We were sixteen. I hardly think that counts as a mature relationship, do you?”
He tried to smile, he honestly did, but it just hurt too damn much to remember how they’d been together. She’d been his first time, and he’d been hers. And it had been a total, fumbling nightmare of adolescent horniness. It had gotten better, but that had been then. This was now. And now, was way, way different.
“Your Jack’s wi—”
Before he could finish the word she placed a smooth, warm finger over his mouth. “Was. I was his wife. And I’m glad I was. But that’s in the past too. What we do, right here, right now? That’s up to us. No one else.”
Cole narrowed his eyes. Perhaps she had a point, but then her good point was totally blown out of the water by his twisted, freakish reality. Could vampires even mate with humans without hurting them? Of course he had the requisite parts, and God knew he had the desire, but would making love to Kayla have the potential to kill her?
He didn’t know.
Too big a risk to take.
“Look, you’ve got five days of leave, right?” she pushed.
She grabbed his hand, holding it loosely in hers, her fingertips brushing his. “So instead of just letting this go without giving things a shot, how about we date as adults? Just for a few days. No strings attached.”
Cole lifted one brow in question. There were always strings attached. “You want me to take you out?”
“More than that. I want us to take just a little time to get to know if there’s something we missed along the way when we were kids.”
Cole’s gut clenched. That familiar queasy feeling he had at the memory of Kayla dumping him returned all too easily. “I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.”
“I happen to think it’s a great idea.” Her mouth lifted in a sultry smile that about sent him to his knees.
“But you don’t underst—”
She again put her finger on his mouth, this time brushing it back and forth in a distracting fashion that ramped up all his senses and threatened to give him the mother of all hard-ons.
Control. Focus. You can not vamp out on her, corporal.
“I don’t have to understand. I’ve learned to live in the moment since you’ve been gone,” she said, the seductive edge to her voice unmistakable to a regular man, however a vampire could sense the increased pheromones she released into the air, like an aphrodisiac. “I’m not just letting you walk away before I know we don’t deserve to be together.” Kayla wrapped her arms around his neck, bringing her mouth perilously close to his.
“But I only have five days.”
“The world can change in five days.”
True. But in his experience, scenarios like that usually involved total annihilation. Complete destruction. No one survived intact. Everything exploded and you couldn’t exactly fit the pieces of your world back together again.
But this was Kayla. And that changed all the rules.