For our second post, we’re going to take a closer look at Noblesse’s dad, the Vampire King of New York.
Max is a modern day CEO, a vampire and a Viking. He’s been without love for over a thousand years and now that he’s asked the help of the Norse Goddess Freya, he must find the one woman who can heal his heart or be forever encased in ice.
Ready for a little tease! In this scene, Max is back in New York and has met Evelyn. She lives temporarily with her sister, Laura, and her brother-in-law, David, who is one of Max’s sons. Even though Evelyn doesn’t trust men and doesn’t want the vampire lifestyle, she has started dating Max. Everything is happening fast.
Sleep was not always her friend. This time was different. She focused on Max and let her mind play out what would have happened if David hadn’t interrupted them. His touch. The heat of his lips on her skin. The gentle way he coaxed her thighs apart and kissed his way to her core. Evelyn whimpered in her sleep. She wanted more, needed more.
Groggily, she climbed out of bed. The alarm hadn’t gone off. That’s right, it was Sunday. She didn’t need to be up. Evelyn slipped on her blue robe and went out into the kitchen. She was about to open the refrigerator, when she spotted a light in the living room and went to investigate. A man was lying on the sofa holding open a map.
Every fiber in her body immediately went into hyperdrive. His presence was enough. She couldn’t be sure who exactly was on the couch, until he lowered the map revealing a familiar smile and a powerfully built chest. Evelyn pondered the effect of raking her fingernails over his musculature.
“Good morning, Evelyn. When I came back, you were sleeping, so I thought we’d talk this morning. Are you often up early?”
“No. I didn’t sleep well.” Walking over to the chair opposite him, Evelyn sat and folded her legs beneath her. Max, who reclined on the sofa, was barely covered by the crocheted flower afghan with the holes in all the right places.
“I’m sorry to hear that.”
“You don’t have to sleep on the sofa, Max. We have two guest rooms.”
“Both are currently occupied by Arnhem Knights. Besides I’d prefer not to sleep in a guest room.”
Evelyn blinked, her heart racing like a rabbit hearing a shot.
“David said you needed to speak with me.” He said it with such nonchalance, as if he had never mentioned his preference.
Evelyn shook her head. “I wish he hadn’t told you.” She avoided his gaze, but it didn’t matter. Her embarrassment bloomed in a burning flame on her cheek.
In a blur, he was sitting on the coffee table directly in front of her. All she could think about were his strong, sculpted biceps, the chiseled muscles of his chest. He was pale, which was to be expected, but the muscular definition of a warrior’s body made her dizzy. The fact that he was wearing blue silk boxers that showed an appreciable bulge wasn’t helping matters.
“Are you feeling better? Have you recovered completely from the poisoning?”
He grinned and took her hands in his. “I am fine. It’s going to take more than a little poison to get me. Of course, I am grateful your sister has that voodoo book. How did she come by it?”
“A friend from New Orleans sent it.”
“That has to be quite a friend to give such a book to a vampire.”
Evelyn started to stand but too late. Max had her in his arms and they were on the sofa, snuggled beneath the afghan. His lips went to her neck, and she stilled.
“Are you still afraid of me?”
She shook her head. When she faced him, they were only inches apart. “I know you won’t bite me, that you’ll keep your word.”
“Then what is it?” He lovingly stroked her hair.
“Max, I was badly hurt by a man I trusted. I’m not eager to jump into another relationship so soon.”
He kissed her but didn’t linger. Max leaned back and gazed into her eyes not to intrude but to silently tell her he cared. “I will wait for you, Evelyn. Just tell me what you need.”
She smiled, trembling, her fingers touching his hair, caressing his cheek. “Okay, this is going to be weird, but I need to know. What other ways can you die?”
He howled with laughter. “I’m sure it’s in that book of Laura’s.”
“I want to hear it from you. Besides the poison, how can someone kill an ancient?”
His smile faded into a straight line. “Well, I can be destroyed by beheading.”
“And a stake through the heart,” she added.
“No. Not a vampire of my age. I would simply pull it out and heal.”
“No. I would walk through it.”
“Is there anything else?”
“An ancient would only die from sunlight, if they lay out in it for two days. Even the night between would not save them.”
“Why would an ancient do that?”
He lifted the afghan over their heads, to make a little tent secluding them from the others. “A broken heart. Please, don’t break mine.” He kissed her, this time taking her without any restraint, his lips pressed firmly against hers with their white-hot heat. His tongue pushed her lips apart and invaded, stroking the inside of her mouth until she moaned.
Evelyn pushed him away. “You have the power to break my heart too.”
He gazed into her eyes then past that, into the essence of who she was.
Sighing, she moved her fingers through her hair as if the motion would help her think because this was a situation where she needed to think.
“I will never hurt you, the way Jack Beaumont did. I will never betray you. A true lifemate cannot betray their only love, my Evelyn.” He took her hand and placed it over his heart.
She moved her hand away. “I am not your Evelyn.”
“I am your Max.”
“I am my own Evelyn.”
Outside, metal crashed into metal. The sound shook the building and the ensuing screams sent Evelyn to the window. “It looks like a cab hit a bus.”
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