Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!
So wonderful watching Miller get his well deserved happy ending. Holt was very sweet in how much he cares for Miller. Plus he’s more of a sweetheart than he leads everyone to believe. He may have started out his relationship with Miller on the wrong track, but he definitely got himself straightened out quickly. I wanted to smack Holt a few times for how his hatred for werewolves was effecting Miller and their relationship. But again, he got his head out of his ass in time. I inadvertently spoiled who the kidnapper was; but that also made me look extra hard for clues along the way. Nope, none. So I would have been super shocked if I hadn’t peeked ahead. Bad Molly! *slaps hand*
I asked Holt to join us and talk a bit about what it’s like overcoming past prejudices. He’s got some interesting views on the topic. Read and enjoy!
Good morning, Miss Molly, and thank you for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today.
People fear what they do not know or understand, which has led to many misunderstandings over the years, especially when it comes to those who are different, such as vampires. Superstitious people spread the seeds of ignorance, and thus folks tales were born, which have followed my people since the beginning of time.
How do you deal with people who fear you’re going to bite them and drain them of their blood without provocation? Not to mention, the concern that they may end up as us, as vampires, unable to go out in the sun, drinking blood to sustain their night-time existence? The truth is that vampires have no overwhelming desire to create new vampires just to do it. We are like other people, in that we love one another and have families, and children. Our children are vampires, as we are, so what need do we have to turn unwilling people into vampires too?
People fear us because we only come out at night, for obvious reasons, although I hope to be able to change that one day. I also hope to change how society views those who are like me. That is one of the reasons Helios was born, the company I now own, which was begun by my mentor, Marcus Leandro. I employ vampires and non-vampires alike, without regard to anything other than ability. My own assistant, Sarah, is quite human, and I could not do without her. (Don’t tell her that, by the way, I’ll never hear the end of it).
People were even more afraid of vampires before the invention of Blut, the artificial blood which makes it possible for us to not depend on human blood for our sustenance. That is when it became possible for us to appear more publicly, without fear of retribution, in what some refer to as our “coming out”. Prior to that, we had, by necessity, to remain in the shadows. But in this new enlightened age, we can be proud to be who we are.
Helios is a way of bringing people together, to overcome ancient prejudices, so that humans can see that we aren’t really very different from them in many ways. That is the message I hope to get out.
Thank you for allowing me this time. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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