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FANGS AND FLOGGERS
by Saloni Quinby
Heat Level: Erotic
Publisher: Changeling Press
Cover art: Bryan Keller
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To lure his rebellious blood children back into the fold, ancient vampire Tarun abducted the hunter Adrian. He hadn't bargained on his human prisoner being a match for him in every way--including his darkest desires.
Now Tarun is the captive and a player in Adrian's carnal game--an orgasm for an answer. Though Tarun warns Adrian that he won't like what he hears, the hunter is determined to uncover the secrets of the vampire's twisted past.
The following excerpt from FANGS AND FLOGGERS is for readers 18 and over.
It is said that every villain thinks he's a hero, but what about the hero who thinks he's a villain? Eventually he becomes what he believes himself to be. Still, he has the soul of a hero and only if he lets it guide him again will he find redemption.
Adrian had written those words in his journal just hours ago, when his lover had been at the threshold of salvation or destruction. Tarun had been whole in body then, but shattered in mind for more centuries than Adrian could fathom. Now his body was in the same state as his mind -- seriously damaged but possible to restore.
Adrian had tried to warn him that his blood sons would attempt to destroy him tonight, but Tarun had been determined to welcome them home. It had nearly cost his life.
The van carrying Adrian, Tarun and two of his lover's minions who were necessary for this escape, sped down the dark country road.
"I don't know why I'm trusting you," Dirk, the burly redheaded vampire driving the van called into the back section where Tarun lay on the verge of death, Adrian beside him. Cara, a rare medical doctor who specialized in vampires, worked at saving Tarun's life.
"Because you know you can," Adrian replied. "Now shut up and focus on driving."
"And slow down!" Cara snapped. "Hit another bump like the last one and we'll probably lose him."
"Well it won't take Bryce and the others long to figure out what happened to us. Then we'll all die. Except Adrian. His damn vampire-killer brother will probably make sure he stays alive."
"Don't be so sure," Adrian said softly. One thing about Shane, he lived by his own code and no one changed his mind once it was set.
Or at least that's what Adrian had thought. He'd been shocked to learn that Shane had taken a vampire lover -- unfortunately Bryce was Tarun's archenemy. He had been the first to rebel against Tarun. The first to bide his time and turn more of Tarun's blood children against him.
The problem was, like most vampires as well as most humans, they were completely ignorant of the truth -- the hidden truth. Both Shane and Adrian had been born with certain gifts that had enabled them to become great vampire hunters. Both were immune to vampiric mind control, but Adrian had an additional gift -- he could read vampires.
Everyone had secrets, some so deep that they even disguised them from themselves. After nearly three thousand years, Tarun had many secrets.
"You need to pull over," Cara said. "The bullet is very close to his heart. I need everything to be still for me to help him. Adrian, you'll have to assist me."
"Where should I pull over?" Dirk demanded.
"Anywhere!" Cara shouted.
The brakes screeched as he pulled off the side of the road, behind a clump of bushes.
Cara released a pent-up breath. Glancing at Adrian, she said, "Ready?"
"I'd better be," he replied.
As a vampire hunter, Adrian was no stranger to blood and injury. He and Shane had patched each other up countless times over the years. This was different. It was the first time Adrian had ever wanted to save a dying vampire.
Glancing at Tarun's pale, angular face, he thought about how tumultuous their relationship had been. Tarun had started out as his enemy. The vampire had wanted to slay him, but something drew them together. It wasn't just sex -- although that was amazing. Despite how they appeared to be total opposites, their lives were similar in many ways. They understood each other. Adrian had never felt this way about anyone. Now that he'd found his soul mate, he didn't want to lose him.