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The Turning Kiss : Midnight Playground
Midnight Playground, Book 3
Ilana escaped a life of sex slavery, using her extraordinary beauty to survive among the few remaining wealthy humans in London. But she has higher aspirations. For two years she has haunted the BDSM dungeons of the Midnight Playground, hungering for The Turning Kiss--that deep drink that will make her one of them. An immortal vampire.
Turned out onto the streets of Edinburgh as a child, Calam's tortured path led him to a job at the club, where he also engages in exotic and dangerous sex play with its clientele. Craving, like Ilana, the eternal escape of the Turning Kiss.
Ilana is undeniably drawn to the beautiful Scotsman, but she has no time to waste; the club takes no one over thirty. When a sinfully compelling vampire pair brings them together for an unusual foursome, she and Calam are shocked to discover it isn't the vampires they crave, it's the tenderness and emotion they feel for each other.
After years of seeking to feel something, anything, other than the pain of the past, the ultimate gift is within Ilana's reach. Yet the cost--leaving her heart behind with a mortal--could be more than she can bear.
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March 14, 2011
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Excerpt from The Turning Kiss by Eden Bradley
She looked away, scanning the crowd. It was packed tonight. A few of the vampires had moved onto the dance floor. They were more than merely beautiful. Graceful beyond any human capacity. And among them were a pair she hadn't seen before.
Two males, stunning, as the vampires always were. They were dressed alike in black leather pants and no shirts, both of them tall. One with a short crop of spiky brown hair and a tight, muscular body, porcelain pale skin. The other with a leaner build, his black hair hanging in a thick braid down his back. His face was exotic, his skin a shining gold, as if he were nearly exoskeletal, made of polished metal. They moved together, their bodies in perfect synchronicity. As she watched, they surged closer, until the short-haired one was straddling the thigh of the leaner one.
Need shimmered over her skin like a wave of heat as she watched them dance. They were exciting. Exquisite.
The short-haired vampire raised his gaze and gestured with his hand. It took her a moment to realize he was motioning to her. She took a breath, stood and joined them on the dance floor.
She felt the stinging warmth of their bodies close in around her as she moved with them, one on either side, hips and shoulders barely grazing her skin, in time with the music. Then a hard pair of hands smoothing over her shoulders. Desire was an instant, steady pulse beat between her thighs.
The one with the long braid, moving behind her, whispered in her ear, "I am Luka."
"And I am Konstantine. You are Ilana, yes?" He spoke with a Russian accent, softened with time. She could feel the weight of his years as he stood before her, gazing into her face. She knew he was very old, older than the other one, Luka, by several centuries. "We have heard of you from some of the others. You are as enchanting as they said. And you smell luscious." His voice was a low purr. "Human, yet something else..."
Luka leaned in, until she could feel his breath against her ear. "Yes. She smells like smoke. Like incense." His accent was the same as Konstantine's, perhaps a bit heavier, lyrical, with an exotic edge she couldn't identify. "Like flowers."
"And sex," Konstantine added, smiling.
His eyeteeth gleamed in the pulsing lights, razor sharp and beautiful. She could see now his face was harsh featured, rugged, all hard edges and square lines. But gorgeous. His eyes were a deep, liquid brown, like two pieces of gleaming glass. His mouth was full and red, as if he'd recently drunk.
He took one of her hands, brought it to his lips, scraping his teeth across her knuckles. A wave of need rolled through her, staggering her. She swayed against Luka and he held her close, his hands closing around her waist. He had long, tapered fingers, the hands of a musician. She wanted to see him, to turn around, but she didn't dare. And she was too stunned by them both, by the sensations already spearing into her sex, simply having them this close. In fact, she was soaking wet. Ready. For anything.
So ready she was surprised when she found herself distracted by the Scotsman stepping onto the dance floor with another vampire, a petite female with a lush, rounded figure, radiant ebony skin and curling dark hair. The vampire pulled him down for a brief kiss, and she felt a strange sensation in her chest. Envy? How could that be? He was merely human. And here she was with two vampires, both beautiful, exotic, and shining with that immortal light.
Luka's hands moved down, his fingertips brushing the edge of her the low-slung skirt, and pleasure was like a knife, cutting into her, just as their teeth would later, if she were lucky enough.
"We offer you an invitation," Konstantine said, still smiling. He reached out and ran one finger along her jaw. She trembled with need.
Yes, must have him. Must have them both.
"We want you with us this evening," Luka whispered from behind her. Then he turned her in his arms.
His face was smooth, pretty almost. So different from Konstantine's. A little androgynous. But every bit as beautiful. Incandescent. His eyes were a glowing hazel, silver and bronze and dusted with gold. His black hair was like liquid jet, dark and shining like a raven's feathers. But with that hard gleam of the vampires.
Her breasts ached.
Yes...be with them...
"Come with us, Ilana."
As they took her hands and led her from the dance floor, she couldn't help but notice the redheaded Scotsman once more, her heart giving a sharp thud.
Whatever was wrong with her? She had exactly what she wanted. Or the beginning of it, at least. Perhaps these two vampires would be the ones to offer her the ultimate gift. And in any case, they were offering her an evening of sex--the most amazing, mind-blowing sex any human could ask for.
She wanted it. Needed it. Her body hummed with that need, a stark desire so pure and strong, she was dizzy with it.
So what was it about that man?
He was human. Nothing more. She could put him out of her mind and focus on the pair of exquisite creatures who were leading her up the grand marble staircase to the private rooms upstairs.
She burned with need. For Luka, Konstantine. And some part of her she wanted to deny, but couldn't, for that beautiful Scotsman with the charming dimple and the enormous muscles, who was in the arms of another vampire downstairs.