For Love or Vengeance
Reborn Vampire Series
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Entangled Publishing - ignite imprint
Date of Publication: September 23, 2013
Number of pages: 178
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
FBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess. An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered.
Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need.
When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers…or death—to save the man she loves.
Miguel called himself a fool, and yet was powerless to deny he needed her. Needed the comfort of her arms. Needed to reach beyond her inflexible façade to the intense woman within. The one who felt pain and joy so deeply. Who understood the need for justice, and strove so hard to find it. The woman he hoped might be capable of more than just an occasional one-night stand.
She was leading him toward the door to another part of the club. It was guarded by a pale, muscular bouncer. The bouncer moved to block their path, but she held up the key and waved her hand, literally brushing him aside so they could pass.
Her steps were quick and short, the sound of her heels staccato sharp against the tiled floor in the hall. Room number five was at the end of the hall. Her hand fumbled as she tried to slip the large key into the lock and Miguel reached out to steady her hand.
She looked up at him and murmured, “Thanks.”
Never one to miss a beat, she said, “And mine, I hope.”
They went in and she locked the door behind him, then flashed him a sexy smile.
For a brief second, he registered an assortment of adult toys tacked up on one wall. And then her body was pressed against him, his back against the door.
She was quick to reach for his suit jacket, but he gently grabbed hold of her hands and stilled their motion. “I know you need to forget what happened today, but there’s no sense in rushing. We have all night.”
He reached up and caressed her curls, then rested his hand at the crook of her neck. He gently brushed aside her hair and bent his head. Nuzzling the soft skin by his hand, he whispered, “You’re very beautiful.”
She tipped her head to give him better access and murmured playfully, “Tell me something I haven’t heard before.”
“Immodest, too.” He kissed the side of her throat and leisurely dragged his mouth along the sensitive skin to a spot behind her ear. “And headstrong.”
“Ooh, you say such sinful things to a girl,” she cooed breathily.
He tugged on her finely worked hoop earring with his teeth, tongued her lobe, and whispered, “Opinionated.”
She cradled the back of his head and slipped her hands beneath his suit jacket to tug him closer. “I think those two are almost redundant,” she murmured.
“Smart-mouthed.” Then he covered that smart mouth with his, tasting her full lips. Urging her into the kiss with the press and tug of his mouth against hers. Inviting her to open, and when she did, slipped in to trace the perfect line of her teeth. He danced his tongue across hers and dared her to do more.
She dropped her hands from his shoulders and covered his pecs. Found the hard nubs of his nipples beneath the fabric and circled them with her fingers, making his erection surge to life. He gave a rumble of pleasure. She smiled against his lips. “You like that, don’t you?”
He could lie, but what was the sense. She seemed to know more about what gave him pleasure than he did himself. “Mmm. I like.”
She increased the pressure, tweaking the nubs before bending down to suckle first one, then the other, through the fabric of his shirt.
FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE is part of THE CALLING/REBORN series, but it’s a real departure from the other books in the series. Why? Well, there aren’t really any vampires in this story. Why? Well, I like to mix it up so that each of the stories in the series has a different flavor, even when they do involve vampires.
That’s why earlier books have included chupacabras, santeros, Chinese vampires and plain old nasty humans, like serial killers and someone ready to kill to hide art forgery and insurance fraud.
In FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE, the heroine is something other than human. She’s Nemesis, the Goddess of Vengeance, but she’s posing as FBI Agent Helene Alexander so that she can exact justice. Only Helene doesn’t understand the difference between justice and vengeance.
Enter sexy and tortured FBI Agent Miguel Sanchez, a man who knows what can happen when you’ll do anything to accomplish the end. He’s had collateral damage and he’s only just recovering from the emotional trauma and guilt of it.
So Miguel knows that Helene’s ends justifies the means attitude can only eventually bring pain to her and to others. But what Miguel doesn’t know is that if Helene fails to mete out Justice, there’s a very high price to pay. She’ll lose her powers and maybe even her life.
The case that Helene and Miguel are working on may just be the case that may teach Helene the difference, but may also cost one of them their life.
Thanks again for letting me visit! I’d love to hear from you about how you like seeing something besides vampires in the stories! Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of more than thirty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.
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