A-Fourteen has been wasting away in a dungeon for decades. Tortured for years in the name of science, he was stripped of everything—including his name. Scientists want to know the secret to the Kan Asma Vampires’ longevity, but there’s no way they’ll make him talk. They’ve tried everything, but he’d rather die than betray his people.When they bring the frightened scientist into his cell, he is unimpressed with their newest tactic. The moment he tastes the blood of that unsuspecting woman, his entire world is turned upside down. Mariyah touches him with kindness and manages to shatter his resistance. Because of her, A-Fourteen feels more alive than he has in years. She promises to try and save him. But can he trust her?
Mariyah’s life takes a deadly turn when her blood becomes the key to the Lifespan Institute’s fountain of youth. When she is left to bleed out in the cell of a vampire prisoner, the last thing she expects is to survive. A-Fourteen shows her mercy by not killing her…and Mariyah ends up giving him her heart. If she fails him, he will die, and his blood will be on her hands, staining her soul.
Now she needs to protect herself while trying to rescue the love of her life. When she forms an alliance with the Kan Asma refugees, she plays a dangerous game of double agent. She knows the risks, and she also knows time is running out.
Mariyah will do anything to save A-Fourteen and set him free…even if it means sacrificing herself to give him a chance to live.
Strict professor by day. Romance author by night. Lover of all things alpha-male twenty-four hours a day. Christa Paige is a multi-published author in several genres. Her passion for love stories spans many tropes. She writes sensual, romantic tales and sweet love stories. In her free time, Christa, likes knitting and has a yarn stash that keeps growing. (Especially if it is bamboo.) She has a love/hate relationship with running but can’t turn down a themed 5k race. Her beagle babies are her running partners. She never tires of watching a Star Wars marathon or rereading Lord of the Rings. There’s a special place in her heart for the Regency Romance. Mr. Darcy is her favorite Regency hero, especially when he is wearing Hessians and a cravat.
Christa’s series The Blood-Vine published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Kissin’ Cops published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Women Who Serve (Book 1 Coming soon), Kan Asma Vampires published by Hartwood Publishing.
“In all the years I’ve been locked in this dungeon and forgotten, no one has cared if I live or die. Until you.” His hands skimmed downward, cupping the nape of her neck. “I have done nothing to deserve you. Yet, I can sense your honesty. You mean me no harm. I’m a broken, weak male and when I’m with you, I feel different. I’m stronger. I want you to see who I should’ve been. The powerful Kan Asma vampire I was born to be, for you.”
“Ashe.” She scooted closer until only a breath separated them. “I feel it too.”
“What do you feel, nefis?” His lips skimmed across her cheek to her jaw and below her ear. “Give me something to hold onto while you are gone.”
His nipped her earlobe and a shudder wracked through her. She gasped as he lapped at her ear.
“I feel…” Her voice cracked as he trailed his fangs down her throat. He captured her skin, rasping the pulse point.
“You feel?” He drew the flesh between his teeth, nibbling with sharp stings and soothing with the sweep of his warm tongue.
“Want,” she managed to croak the answer. Her head tipped of its own accord, almost inviting Ashe to go further, to punch those fangs through her flesh and drink from her.
“Oh, yes. I want too. I want you in my arms. I want you underneath me. I want your blood inside my veins. But do you know what I want even more?” He drew away from her throat and set his thumb on her mouth. “I want your kiss.”