Gunnar’s hand shot out and speared into her hair. He fisted the thick tendrils and pulled her back, right in front of his face. She’d see his fangs all right, if he showed her his current physical state, but he kept his yap shut, wishing he knew what was up with his fucking genetics. He’d never lost control before this. Hunger and rapid healing must be screwing with his head.
She squirmed and pulled against his tight hold. “Gunnar, please.”
Squeezing his eyes shut, he tried to breathe, to get some oxygen into his body and stop acting the numbskull. She tugged again and his eyes popped open. “Don’t move, Nadia. Just stay still. Until it passes.”
He fought his preternatural impulses. One bite would taste divine. It would sate the parched thirst he struggled to ignore.
Kan Asma Vampires Book 1
When the kraliyet bodyguard ended up in her hospital bed after an explosion left him in critical condition, Nadia tried to warn herself not to fall in love with him. After all, she’s no vampire Cinderella, and happily-ever-afters didn’t happen to low-born females of the Kan Asma. But her heart wouldn’t listen, and soon she wanted to claim Gunnar as her forever mate, even if it meant taking him the only way possible, as a husband in a disgraceful human ceremony.
Gunnar fell in love with his nurse the moment he saw her smile. He yearned to claim her as his, but the Council would never allow him to mingle his powerful blood with a female from a poor family. The penalty for an unsanctioned mating is a death sentence. He doesn’t care about the threats and possible consequences of making her his. Though, due to the high probability of genetic incompatibility, he can’t complete their blood-bond without knowing if it might take her life. Losing her would be worse than torture.
Their only hope lies with the treasonous Faction hell-bent on destroying the very people Gunnar calls family. Determined to find a way to be mated, Gunnar seeks out the leader of this hidden uprising. Together, Nadia and Gunnar must break every law and rite of their vampire culture to become bonded for life. Gunnar will play a deadly game of subversion or pay a blood price that would sever him from their people and put a bounty on his head. They must survive a dangerous infiltration of the Faction, because they’ll do anything to be together, even if it means being mated in treason.