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Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret—or secrets—is he hiding? With her own secrets and a past she is running from, Michael understands Nicole better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, they are falling deeply in love—a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever. However, as the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host’s terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.
with similar wonder. “And,” she added with a soft, slow smile, “may I point out that you didn’t bite me.” “No. I didn’t.” “That’s a little victory for you, isn’t it? That you could make love and not lose control?” “I suppose it is.” Hesitantly, she asked, “Were you tempted?” “Yes.” Her brow furrowed with concern as she looked at him. “How tempted? Was it . . . difficult for you not to . . . ?” Michael moved on top of her, his eyes smoldering as he wrapped her more tightly in his embrace.
her gasp and call his name. The texture and taste of her was intoxicating. He took his time, felt her legs tremble violently beneath him as her fingers clenched his arms. He moved up to take her, but Nicole suddenly spun in his embrace and rolled to a sitting position, trapping his legs beneath her on the couch. He tried to drag her to him but she stopped him, placing a silent fingertip to his lips. Settling atop him like a sylph or siren, she slowly planted kisses over the curves of his chest,
it. Very much, in fact.” “You’re supposed to like it,” Michael said grimly. “Here, let me mend the wound.” Gently, he pulled her backward in his arms until she was sitting in the V of his legs. Tilting her head to one side, he slowly, tenderly ran his moist tongue over the tiny wounds on her neck. Even under his light touch, Nicole’s pierced flesh smarted slightly, as if that spot were under the siege of a hundred needle points, just as it had when he’d cured the cut on her forehead the night
make me a vampire.” “I told you I will never do that.” “But if it’s what I want?” she persisted. “You don’t know what you’re asking!” he cried angrily. “I’m asking for a chance to be with you, to share the life you have here. And if that’s the only way it can happen—” “Do you really want to exchange your human life for an existence like mine? To spend a lonely eternity hiding from people and the sun?” “We wouldn’t be lonely if we were together.” “If I made you a vampire, it wouldn’t
beside her, taking her hands in his. “Nicole, life is meant to be lived, and you deserve to live yours to the fullest. To marry, to have the children you’ve always wanted. I could never give you that.” “I don’t want those things anymore. I just want you.” “You do want them, my darling.” He tenderly stroked her cheeks and wiped away her tears. Nicole sobbed quietly, knowing deep down that he was right. “But I love you. No one has ever understood me as well you do,” she whispered. “I’ve never