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I was amazed, again, by Mary Hughes, her style of writing, her way of bringing her story and characters to life and her way of drawing you into the story and not letting go. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
Author Mary Hughes’ newest release NIGHT’S CARESS is book one in The Ancients series. Brie Lark has given up her hometown and vampires. Too bad the FBI just teamed her with the perfect male specimen, special agent and ancient vampire, Seb Rikare.
Title: Night’s Caress
Author: Mary Hughes
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 25, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Series: The Ancients
Page Count: 288 pages
In this small town, nothing is as it seems…
When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.
FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.
When I got Night’s Caress, I thought it was a totally new series by Mary Hughes. How surprised and thrilled I was that we were returning to Meiers Corners. The only difference that I could see is that this is a little more intense and darker than what we have previously read about our Meiers Corner residents.
Brie was what you would expect. Lite, airy and fun. She couldn’t get out of Meiers Corners fast enough, away from vampires after her break up with Derek. Now, she’s attracted to the one male that she shouldn’t be, Seb. She knows that he is a v-guy and won’t let herself be attracted to another one. But, since she is trying to make her way up in the FBI as a forensic artist, she has no choice but to return to the dreaded Meiers Corner with Seb on her arm posing as his girlfriend.
Seb is hard-hearted and has no wish to go to Meiers Corner but he, too, has no choice. All murders are pointing to the Ancient One, Elias and that’s one male he never wants to see again. He’s the reason why he’s a vampire, that he has live over 4000 years alone and has given up on love. Then, he has to go there with the one woman who intrigues and annoys him. He can’t get her smell out of his head, he can’t stop hearing the jingling of her bracelets, he can’t stop touching her. He has a mission and he can’t let her infiltrate his mind or his heart. He also can’t stop himself from wanting her in his bed.
As all the factions of the vampire world come together, the elusive Elias, Julian, Aiden, Camille, Thor and Nikos come together with Seb to finally take down Nosferatu/Cleomenes only to have the Shadow Lord step in and set up a trap that could kill them all. Will anyone be able to save Seb and Elias? Will anyone be able to stop the vampire war? Who is the Shadow Lord and just what is his end game?
Yes, a new series by the incomparable Mary Hughes. We may see a few familiar faces but there are a lot of new, darker ones that we will get to know. I think we will fall in love with the heroes and totally despise the corrupt ones as they try to take over. But, as usual, we will enjoy the life lessons that Mary always puts in her stories. So, what did I take away from Night’s Carress? Open your heart, learn to forgive, let go of the past … learn to live in the here and now and accept what your heart is telling you. Yes, I was amazed, again, by Mary Hughes, her style of writing, her way of bringing her story and characters to life and her way of drawing you into the story and not letting go.
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Night’s Caress Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Mary Hughes
I was intensely aware I was alone in a bedroom with Seb Rikare.
My whole body clenched.
His eyes changed. Heated. Darkened.
I swallowed hard. My heart started to beat faster. What would it be like to caress the silky-looking skin of his face? Nibble that honed jaw? Touch my mouth to those perfect, masculine lips? All I had to do was take a few short steps to find out.
I took one without even knowing it.
His nostrils flared and he drew in an excited breath.
He wants me, too. At the thought, my belly thrilled and my heart thumped hard. He’d touch me in return. Hold me secure in his strong arms. Cup my face in his big hands, press his lips to mine, communicating his need in a passionate kiss.
I took another step toward him.
He took a single, unconscious step toward me.
Oh, yeah. In that moment, I wanted to play with fire.
Sure, Derek had me under his spell within weeks. Seb, as strong and handsome as he was, could no doubt do it in days.
But just once wouldn’t hurt, right? I wanted to, so badly.
Couldn’t I touch him once, to see if his skin was silk or cream? Nibble his jaw, to test how honed it was? Taste his mouth, to satisfy the curiosity burning in my body?
Just a taste.
Somehow, while I argued with myself, my curious feet had brought me to stand before him. He gazed down at me. At nearly six feet myself, I was usually the one looking down. Even with me in heels, he was over half a foot taller. The novel experience sent another thrill through me.
I made a small noise, like a whimper.
His black eyes lit with fire, a hunger so primal I could see it burning in his gaze. His hands rose. Slowly, so I could have stopped him, he cupped my face in both his hands. My whole face. Damn, the man had big hands. He bent closer, his intent clear.
He was going to kiss me.
Other Books by Mary Hughes
BITE MY FIRE http://amzn.to/2wleuUl
CIN WIKKID http://amzn.to/2y6C2bV
About Mary Hughes
Mary Hughes writes steamy paranormal romances and wickedly fun romantic adventures, stories that crackle with action and love. Challenging, smart alpha men—and women not afraid of a challenge. Oh, do the sparks fly when he meets THE woman guaranteed to infuriate and inflame him most.
In real life she’s an author, a spouse and mother, a flutist, a computer geek, and a binge-TV-watcher of The Flash, Elementary, NCIS, and Wynonna Earp.