Carinian's Seeker (Vampire Council of Ethics Book 1)

Carinian's Seeker (Vampire Council of Ethics Book 1)

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by T. J. Michaels
     
 

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She's his target.and his mate. Aw, hell!
Book One in the Vampire Council of Ethics series.
Beautiful genius, Carinian Derrickson, wants to live long enough to date a man from the future generations of spacemen, complete with ray guns and starships. She's not crazy, she's just afraid of dying young of some dreaded disease, like all the rest of her family. Her

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She's his target.and his mate. Aw, hell!
Book One in the Vampire Council of Ethics series.
Beautiful genius, Carinian Derrickson, wants to live long enough to date a man from the future generations of spacemen, complete with ray guns and starships. She's not crazy, she's just afraid of dying young of some dreaded disease, like all the rest of her family. Her research into gene therapy has shown her the way to extend her life is by emulating traits only before seen in fiction. Vampire fiction. Only the beings that shouldn't exist are very real indeed.
Unknown to her, there's a bad boy vampire in the lab next door with a goal quite the opposite of hers. If he has his way, he'll bring the Vampire Council of Ethics (V.C.O.E.) to its knees.
Jon Bixler is a Seeker for the Council-an assassin and undercover operative in a world of humans. Bix must get close enough to this rogue to find out exactly how he plans to dismantle the Council. And Carinian is just the ticket. But when he meets her, all his vampire common sense flies out the window as his libido leaps off the charts. What's he going to do now that the woman is in danger and secretly trying to do the impossible?
Bix and Carin can't deny the combustion of love and lust between them. They accept their mating. But can they stay alive long enough to enjoy it?
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599984292
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Vampire Council of Ethics Series, #1
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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Carinian's Seeker


By T.J. Michaels

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2007 T.J. Michaels
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-429-2


Chapter One

"I'll take that for you." With an easy manner, he reached out and took the duffel from her fast freezing fingers. She stiffened as his hand brushed hers and her bemused expression set him off on a new round of laughter.

"What's the matter now?" he teased. "Never met a gentleman before?"

She rolled her eyes and gave him her best "what do you think", one-sided smirk. In all her thirty-six years, she'd never met a man who held doors, pulled out chairs or offered to carry her bag. Or set her blood pulsing in her ears, and sent butterflies winging up and down her spine. And the simmering, appreciative looks he'd passed her way over dinner. Lord, it was too much.

"May I see you to your room, Carinian?"

Hell no. She just didn't think she could continue to act right if he got anywhere near her room. But by the time she'd managed to stutter out all her arguments they were standing in front of her door.

Bix set her gym bag on the typical hotel-brown carpet, reached out and gently took her by the hand. She looked down to where his fingers stroked hers, liking the contrast between his lightly tanned skin and her darker cocoa tones.

"Carin?"

"Yes?" she answered absently, her mind focused on the slightly rough skin of the palm holding hers securely. And what happened to the formal Carinian of only a few seconds ago? The more informal he became the more her goose bumps came out to play. What was up with that?

"May I kiss you good night?"

Always the gentleman. She nodded and waited anxiously as his head descended at a leisurely pace, like one big slow-motion picture. When he finally reached her lips she was almost giddy with anticipation, wondering what his gorgeous mouth would feel like, taste like.

He pulled her close and took her lips in a sweet caress. The kiss began innocent enough, but she knew, knew he wanted more than a chaste meeting of the mouths. He wanted to deepen the kiss, to ravish her. To press her up against the wall as his blood pounded through his body.

Now how the hell did she know that?

His hands slipped from her waist up to her shoulders and held her there a moment before he broke away, his breathing harsh and unsteady.

Bix couldn't believe the tremendous amount of effort it took to hold himself in check. He wanted nothing more than to rip her clothes off and take her right there in the hallway up against her door, and then hold her to his heart while his fingers tenderly stroked through the cottony curls at the nape of her neck. To softly kiss a path down the side of her neck, reveling in her natural scent as he made his way to her pulse point. He locked his knees to keep them from shaking as he forced his body to obey his mind. God, his fangs throbbed and hummed beneath their sheaths. The fine tendons that controlled their movement pulled taut, begging him to bare them, to sink them along with his throbbing cock deep into the sweet depths of her body.

What was it about this woman that made him want to rut like some untamed animal, then treat her with such tenderness? It was damned strange. And sexually frustrating.

He bid her good night, licked his lips and grinned at the dreamy-eyed look on her face. With a gentle kiss to her palm, he stepped away and strode down the hall. For the first time in his life, Bix wished he wasn't well-endowed. His damned dick rubbed painfully against his zipper as Carin's loudly projected thoughts followed him down the hallway.

You're so sexy. Stay and make love with me.

Twice he almost stopped and gave in to her unvoiced wishes. Her next thought slammed into his brain and his back stiffened in anger as his feet ground to a halt.

What would be the harm? I'll never see you again in my life anyway.

What? Anger welled up in his gut, sudden and fierce. A feral growl erupted from his throat as he whirled around and glared back towards her hotel room door. It closed with a quiet snap and he stood there a moment just to make sure she stayed inside, alone. The urge to scout the hotel for any other male vamp in the vicinity overwhelmed him. Not an ideal inclination for an undercover Seeker.

Bix's mouth dropped open as he looked down at himself in alarm. His chest was puffed up, his teeth bared and his lips pulled back tightly at these sudden feelings of possessiveness. His fangs had slipped free and were visible to anyone who might happen to walk down the hall. Was he in someone else's skin? He hadn't bared his fangs "accidentally" in, what, a hundred years? What the hell was going on?

Walking the short distance to his own door, he dug down into his jacket pocket for the keycard to his room as he thought on Carin's last words.

The woman thinks she'll never see me again, eh? We'll just see about that.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

TJ Michaels was born into a musically eclectic family. She sings, even outside of the shower. She also loves to read. You'll find her with her head buried in a book every day of the week, whether it's her own creation or something snagged at the bookstore. So, where does this writing stuff come from? Working for a pretty interesting organization allows her to interact with even more interesting customers. With an imagination expanded beyond belief after the birth of her two (now teenaged) children, spinning life's experiences into tales is a blast! And now that books have caught up to technology, TJ's eBook reader is shown no mercy, forced to entertain her at all hours of the day or night. Even in the dark!

Her favorite compositions are multicultural romances in various genres, some naughty, none nice. With several works in the wings, TJ loves to spin, create, and explore whatever world her mind decides to conjure. She currently lives in Colorado with her two children, and enjoys working as a technical resource with a company that provides analytic solutions to large pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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Carinian's Seeker (Vampire Council of Ethics Book 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
This book was just ok with more draw backs than positives. The positives? The story was alright. Then men were the hunks you come to expect in a vampire book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading. I liked that the couple was interracial, which is the reason I picked up the book in the first place. The draw backs... well now that I think about it they were rather major draw backs for me. For one Carin, the main character was a doctor, who we're supposed to believe is top of her field. It was hard to reconcile her education with her language. She didn't talk like someone who would have the education she was supposed to have. Now I understand some of us talk one way at work and another way when we're relaxed with friends. Carin however had one pattern of speech, and I struggled with how stereotypical it sounded. She's a beautiful, educated, brilliant black woman... why couldn't she sound like it? The writing also had holes in it that became very annoying. There were points when the characters would respond to something and we the readers were not immediately clued into. I'm guessing the writer thought this a suspenseful writing technique, personally it was just annoying, causing me to re-read a section several times to figure out what I missed. My other problem with the writing was the run on paragraphs. (Is there such a thing as run on paragraphs? Well there is now, this author single handedly invented them.) Some natural paragraph breaks that would add to flow and ease of reading were missing. An example would be a point in the story where they were at a party. The paragraph starts out with Carin's feeling about the conversations around her, moves on to a description of the room they're in, and THEN it moves back to the conversations around her. Really the writing style was so distracting it detracted from the book for me. The characters were mediocre and one dimensional. There was nothing very interesting about any of there characters which was nothing more poor writing and even worse story development. What I mean is, this book is the fist in a series right? And some of the characters we met in the book would be expected to show up in other books right? Perhaps even as main characters? So why not do more to make us interested in the other characters? Give us a real glimpse of what lays beneath the surface. There were several characters far more interesting than Bix and Carin, who's surface we didn't even scratch. We didn't find out anything of Bix's history, his family, or his Clan. We didn't even find out until well into the book that he was the leader of the Seekers. This book was just interesting enough to finish, but not interesting enough to continue the series. STATS: Ebook pages: 504 Genre: Paranormal Romance Steam Factor: Hot Hot Re-Readability: None
Drmgrl99 More than 1 year ago
I love vampires and it's hard to find a sexy, paranormal romance with a kickass heroine. So if you’re like me and are a vamp lover that wants to see some serious action—both outta bed and in bed—this is a great choice! Ms. T.J. Michaels has created a fabulously interesting world that is appealing, action-packed, and arousing. Very strong characters, great plot, and it leaves you wanting more. Jon Bixler or Bix is a VCO Seeker, and has been assigned to infiltrate a lab to find out what a rogue vamp is up to. To gain access Bix uses Dr. Carinian Derrickson, a woman he has recently become very familiar with, but Bix isn't just using her…she is his mate. When things for Carin turn dangerous, the Alpha Prime Male in Bix comes out and he will stop at nothing to protect his woman, his council and his friends. What is the rogue vampire up to? Why is Carin in danger? What is the VCO and who does it consist of? You have to read the 254 pages to find out. I very much enjoyed this series and will be picking up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took several chapters before I decided I could like the book and now I'm going to pick up Book 2 of the series. Just wait for it to find its plot and the characters will reveal themselves (no pun intended although that happens a lot)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
all i can say is wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved each characters. If u dont like steamy sex. Then this bok is not for u.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading vampire series. I have read a few other authors on the topic. My favorite being L.A. Banks. Carinian's Seeker is now included on my list of favorites. I like the writing style, the story line is original and interesting. Once I started reading, I found it difficult to put it down.I am going out to get the 2nd V.C.O.E. novel in the series. I hope Bix and Carinian will appear in future books in the series. And even if they don't I think the author will have other interesting characters to satisfy readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. I really like that the heroine is strong and can handle the alpha males that she suddenly finds herself surrounded with. I've never read vampires like this before. I hope I'm not giving it all away, but I like that they're not undead. And talk about sexy? Oh. My. God! I can't wait for the rest of the series!
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This book is hot, luv it!!!!
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