by Cara Bristol
About the Book:
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: paranormal romance (erotic romance)
Blurb: Spurned by vampire society because of his mixed blood, Luc despairs of finding his one true mate. Then he meets her, and they share a single night of passion. Can he convince her to accept a Half Breed, or will that one night have to last him for an eternity?
Luc Fortier opened a bottle of French red wine and set it to breathe on the wet bar before drawing the drapes to expose the penthouse’s private balcony. The lights of California’s most populous city twinkled and gleamed twenty floors below. He slid the glass doors open to allow the night breeze to waft into the suite.
Miles beyond the ocean of lights rolled the Pacific, visible on a clear day from the upper floors of the Los Angeles Orion Hotel then disappearing after sundown. But its fragrance lingered, and he inhaled the briny tang. He’d loved the ocean since his first transatlantic crossing centuries ago. Timeless and mysterious, the earth’s water breathed and reclaimed life in an endless ebb and flow.
Stepping out onto the balcony, he stretched to his full height of six-foot-three, and he drew in a deep breath. He gripped the railing and stared at the city lights. His spirit ached with longing and disillusionment.
He didn’t hold much hope for the outcome of tonight’s encounter. This date was a last ditch effort at best.
A village seer had foretold of his mate arriving in the “bloom of youth.” Although he didn’t look a day over thirty-five by mortal standards, he was three hundred seventy-six years old, well past any bloom of youth—and still unmated. He’d searched the continents for centuries, but had yet to find his true one. He feared the seer had misread the signs. If his mate existed, wouldn’t he have found her by now?
He would have to face the truth that his mixed blood had sealed his fate. He had no mate.
Luc was a Half Breed, born, not sired. Not pure vamp, and definitely not human. An abomination.
From his vampire mother, he’d inherited his superior physical strength and muscled physique, excellent night vision, sense of smell, and of course, immortality. From his mortal father, he’d acquired the ability to tolerate the sun for short periods, and he could partake of some human foods, although he required blood for survival.
Despite its physical benefits, being of mixed race condemned him to a lonely eternity. Spurned. Feared.
In desperation, he’d turned to Charmed Encounters, a “discreet matchmaking service for extraordinary individuals.” Reading between the lines of the fine print, he’d inferred that they catered to a paranormal clientele. He’d expected the fee to be quite hefty, but surprisingly, there wasn’t one.
An email had instructed him to come to this suite.
Most likely the “service” was a scam of some sort, but he’d exhausted all other options, and like medical miracle cures, Charmed Encounters offered his last and only hope.
Still, he had to ask himself, what could the service do that he hadn’t been able to in centuries? He’d searched every corner of the world. He longed for his one true one with such intensity he imagined he could smell her, sensed her presence like she was a mere breath away. And then nothing happened.
This is pointless! The seer was wrong. Charmed Encounters is a hoax. I have no mate. I will spend eternity alone.
He spun around. There was no sense waiting for someone who wouldn’t show. It was time to go home.
Longing is now available at Amazon.
About the Author:
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written, paranormal, science fiction, contemporary, and spanking romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Erotic romance from the heart