I Burn For You

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Embrace the darkness in a sensual new vampire romance novel from acclaimed author Susan Sizemore....
The world holds great danger for Alec Reynard and his kind. As the dark hollows of his soul threaten to overwhelm him, he undergoes secret medical treatments that allow him to bear daylight. Living a double life as a bodyguard, he must also battle the powerful chemistry that explodes between him and Domini Lancer, a mere mortal — and, ...

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Overview

Embrace the darkness in a sensual new vampire romance novel from acclaimed author Susan Sizemore....
The world holds great danger for Alec Reynard and his kind. As the dark hollows of his soul threaten to overwhelm him, he undergoes secret medical treatments that allow him to bear daylight. Living a double life as a bodyguard, he must also battle the powerful chemistry that explodes between him and Domini Lancer, a mere mortal — and, unbelievably, his soulmate.
Domini knows nothing of Alec's true nature. But when danger threatens, he kidnaps her to his clan's stronghold to protect her....and there, he can no longer hide who — or what — he is. As the forces aligned against Domini draw near, Alec wonders whether she'll accept the darkness within him — or whether she's actually a vampire slayer who's cleverly infiltrated his clan.

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Connie Brockway A dark, sexy dream of a book. You won't want to put it down.

Romantic Times Ms. Sizemore's breed of vampire is intriguing and her delivery compelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743467421
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 833,291
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Sizemore is the bestselling author of Primal Needs, Primal Desires, and Primal Heat, the most recent novels in her vampire Primes series, and more than twenty other romances. Susan, who lives in the Midwest, loves vampires, basketball, and hearing from readers.

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Chapter One

He was growing hungry for the night.

Despite modern advances that made dwelling in daylight both possible and enjoyable, Alexander Reynard felt the longing to return to darkness stalking him. Especially right now, when driving through the heavy morning traffic in bright sunlight gave him a blistering headache, despite his tinted windshield and dark sunglasses. He used to enjoy the gift of being able to greet the dawn and all the bright hours after, but lately, light hurt. And he feared he was reverting.

Alec had forced himself to sleep last night through stubborn tenacity, to prove that he could still do it. He would not let nature conquer will. He had slept, and that may have been a mistake. For in his dreams, a woman came into his bed.

She had floated into his senses on a fragrant mist. Her skin had been warm and wet, her flesh firm and slick as satin. He'd woken up hot and hard in a tangle of sweat-soaked sheets. There'd been blood on his lips and molten hunger in his veins.

Head back, he'd howled his need into the dark. Though it had been a dream, the woman was real; he was certain of that. All he had to do was find her. Claim her. It had taken all his will not to run out into the embracing night and start the search then and there.

He didn't want this now. This was not a good time or place for the beginning of a quest.

Head pounding from the sun, Alec found a place to park on Hill Street near the huge Central Market. It was at least a three-block walk through bright sunlight to his destination; if he cut through the market, he could get out of the sun for a while.

Domini Lancer woke from disorienting dreams of angels, peaches, and making love. Once awake, a powerful craving for peaches remained. She even smelled peaches while she took a long, hot shower to try to wipe the dream from her mind. But she couldn't forget it, or the strong urge to buy some peaches on the way to work. She'd tried to ignore the ridiculous urge, yet here she was at the Center Market, right where her premonition had demanded she be. This absolute need to follow a dream had never happened to her before, and she was a little scared. Scared that maybe she was going crazy. More scared of whatever was about to happen. And even worse, scared that nothing was going to happen. She'd never had such a powerful premonition before, so if this turned out to be the usual petty crap her visions pulled on her, instead of something momentous, she was really going to be pissed off.

As was her boss, whom she'd called to say she'd be late.

Old Man Lancer didn't make any allowances for Domini being his granddaughter. His deep, whiskey-growly voice had been annoyed when he said, "Fine," and hung up the phone. Though he'd always comforted her when she had dreams that came true as a kid, as an adult he didn't cut her any slack, and she didn't bring up the subject of being psychic anymore. Maybe because both of them wished she wasn't.

Domini heard music, and turned around. Melissa Etheridge's "Angels Would Fall" was coming from a radio at a fruit vendor's stand — where a pyramid of peaches was piled high at the front of the stand, gold as the morning sun, almost shining with their own light in the dim market. She couldn't help but take a step closer. The music swelled around her, bright, lively, and full of aching secret passion.

Swaying to the sound, Domini picked up the peach at the very top of the pile. Its velvet fuzz brushed sensuously across her palm, more tempting than Eve's apple. She felt as if one bite of it might send her into a Sleeping Beauty trance — or make her fall in love.

She raised it to her lips.

"You want to pay for that first?" the vendor asked.

The music faded into the background; reality came rushing back in.

Domini blinked. She smiled apologetically and quickly dropped the fruit into the vendor's outstretched hand. "I'll have a dozen," she said, and handed eleven more peaches to the woman.

After she'd paid and taken the plastic bag of fruit from the vendor, Domini headed toward the nearest exit, boiling with frustration at the universe that had cursed her with such pointless foresight. For God's sake — was that it?

Why had it been so desperately important to race to Central Market, when all she'd been meant to do was listen to a song on the radio?

"I could have stayed home and done that," she grumbled.

"Do you always talk to yourself?" a male voice asked, his voice soft yet self-confident — caressing?

Domini turned to look for the man who'd spoken. When she moved her head, something soft as a breeze, intimate as a kiss, brushed against the back of her neck. It sent a cold shiver of fear down her spine and heat racing through her blood. The combination was as dizzying as peach brandy.

Though the market was crowded, suddenly she felt as alone as if she were standing on the moon.

And someone was watching her.

Domini turned slowly around, alert to any threat, to anything out of the ordinary. The routine of running a visual sweep of her location helped calm her.

The market was a huge open space, full of noise, bustling with people shopping at aisle upon aisle of stands, and breakfasting at the snack bars. Despite the overhead lights, neon signs, and sunlight flooding in from entrances on all four sides, there was a shadowed quality about the warehouselike building.

Nothing seemed out of place. It was a normal morning, with people going about their business and enjoying the sights and sounds of the place. There was no threat within.

Domini turned her attention to the entrance and instantly saw him standing in the doorway, just across the street from the Angels' Flight sign. He wore sunglasses, yet she knew the eyes behind the dark lenses were fixed on her. She stared boldly back.

His tall, broad-shouldered silhouette was haloed by the California sunshine. His features were shadowed by the brim of the sort of hat that reminded her of Indiana Jones. All she could make out was a square jaw and cleft chin, covered by dark beard stubble.

But how could he be the one who had spoken to her, when he was halfway across the market? Unless...

Unnerved, Domini turned and hurried for the opposite entrance. She didn't know what to make of all this; all she knew was that she had to get out of here right now. It was all she could do not to run, or look back over her shoulder to make sure he wasn't following her.

Alec watched the tall beauty go. He was left with a memory of long dark hair, a wide, full mouth, long legs, and lithe movement. As she fled, he fought down the urge to follow her with all the will he could muster. Her confusion and fear clawed at him. He forced himself to remain still as pain surged through him, wanting her with all his soul, bleeding inside at knowing she rejected anything to do with him. He told himself she had every right to run, and didn't let his primal response to flight rule him. He stayed on the leash, though breathing came hard and every muscle in his body tensed solid as stone.

Let her run. It will be all right.

Even as he told himself this, the shrouded part of him hated her for running — that creature believed in soul-bonding passion at first sight. But Alexander Reynard was more civilized than that. Or so he must believe, for the woman's sake, even more than his own.

What was happening to her was beyond her ken. And very nearly beyond his, at this moment. If they touched now, it would be raw and rough.

He hadn't expected to find her so soon, and losing her instantly dealt a blow to his soul. He wanted to throw back his head and howl, the way he had last night. But he would live with the loss for now, would fight down the arousal their brief touching of minds brought him. Or at least he'd live with it until he could offer her a man, not a monster.

He could have followed her easily. Her scent perfumed the air; her aura cut a bright swath easily discernible even in the tangled mix of life signs within the crowd. But he deliberately turned his back on that path. In a few minutes, he had a meeting at a nearby hole-in-the-wall joint, a meeting that was his purpose in coming into downtown Los Angeles. He would stick to that purpose, and endure what needed to be endured.

Alec made his tightly fisted hands relax, then he made himself walk through the market and out the other side, just as he'd originally planned.

Copyright © 2003 by Susan Sizemore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Okay, but not great!

    I've read all of Susan Sizemore's books and enjoyed them. But, this one was just okay. Seemed like the male vampires that were unmated should be locked up until they learned how to behave. Supposed to be protecting humans...huh? He let her go to her grandfather's ALONE. huh? Alec was too controlling. And what's with him nearly killing her? Thought he'd never hurt her. Yeah, I read it. Had to see what would happen. This book had a lot of potential....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Disappointing with an unsatisfying finish

    I kept waiting for this book to get better. It seemed to hold such promise, but it never quite made it. I think the whole story, characters included, needed to be fleshed out more & I agee that the ending wrapped up way too quickly. Even the sex scenes were more warm than hot, particularly after reading authors like Christine Feehan & Sherrilyn Kenyon who really know how to write a love scene.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Good overall

    A few patchy parts, but overall a different take on the vampire world. An explosive relationship with bond mates finding themselves.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Great read!

    This book pulled me in from the beginning! it has humor, romance, and action. Can't wait to read the next one..today!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    Exciting

    I enjoyed reading this one just as much as the other Susan Sizemore books.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Loved it.

    Loved the characters, their interaction and chemistry was great.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    I burn for you

    An amazing read for those who have time to spare and wish to escape outside problems. For those who like vampires and romance will not want to put the book down. It is a short book but it is well worth reading and you will want to read the other books to the series. Alec and Domini Lancer are just made to be together whether they agree at the moment or not they can't stay away from each other for very long without wanting to go and find the other and bring them back home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    An OK read...not what I expected!!!

    I've read a lot of vampire stories, but this book was only semi-interesting.....I liked it because of the humor and attraction between the two main characters. Yet, I felt that I wasted money buying this book, and that was the only reason I read it completely. I found the story to be a little boring and it kept draggig as the book continued. I recommend only to those who like a light vampire-mortal romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    An Ok Read But Not What I Expected!!!

    I expected more from the book...altohugh I enjoyed the sexual attraction and tension between the two main characters....I felt the story dragged through most of the book & I was disappointed in the way Alec (the vampire) was portrayed....the only reason I read it in it's entirety is cause I paid for it & hoped that it would eventually pick up...otherwise I wouldn't have...I recommend this only to those who like to read stories about light romance and humor between a vampire and a mortal!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    A decent book

    Vaguely dissapointing in the sense that it had a plot line, interesting characters, no soul, and a rush-job ending that doesn't make too much sense. Starts off with a bang and holds your interest with great humor and groan-able irony until somewhere between page 100 and 150 where the plot begins to switch from interesting with action and humor to much slower, much less humorous facts and conversations where the only action is either impractical or uninteresting. All in all, this book was simply a decent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Great Read

    The book over all was a great read.. A person who likes Vampires would not be disappointed. A Vampire made to be able to walk in the day time and have such a strong family connectionis an interesting concept. A Vampire who is not made but is born.. even more interesting.. I thought the book was a page turner. Though I felt it ended a little quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Ended Too Quick

    Good read, really got involved but it ended too quickly. The author wrapped the ending in 5 minutes flat just like a Heinlein novel. It really needed several more chapters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Interesting

    I enjoyed the book but felt that it could have gone so much more into the story. Unless we are witnessing a series here, the story had more potenial. Still, it was very good and kept me involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Sweet but too short.

    I agreed with Kassandra, good read, interesting premise but wrapped up too quick, needed another 75-100 pages of story. Looking forward to next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Oh yes!

    Medical treatments have allowed Alec Reynard to exist among humans and lead what most would call a 'normal' life as a bodyguard. No one would guess that he is a vampire, and he has no intention of telling either, until he meets his partner. Domini Lancer invades his dreams and his heart. The chemistry between them could set off a nuclear explosion. Very few human women can get to a vampire Prime like that. Could there be more to Domini than meets the eye? Alec is not the only one to think so. Someone has tried to kill her, leaving Alec no choice but to take her to his clan's stronghold for her safety. Once there, she will become the target of every male looking for a mate. Will her heart stay true? ........................ **** The vampire legend gains a new dimension with this series. Ms. Sizemore creates a world of well defined rules and sizzling passion. Equally fascinating as the main couple is Alec's sister, Flare, and several other minor characters who I would like to see star on their own. If you think everything has been said about vampires that can be said, then read this book. It stands apart. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    Great Winter Read

    First I have read from this auther. and while I have read some better I would have to say I see great potential in this one. The book is a good easy read with a decent plot. There could have been some more details on waht happens after the get together I think the author summed it all up to fast and it was a bit of a disappointment but who knows maybe she has a series on her mind .

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enthalling, erotic and full of action and romance

    He comes to her in her dreams though she didn¿t understand what it meant. She comes to him in his dreams and he knew that he was seeing his bondmate, the one who is fated to become his eternal bride. Alexander Reynard and Domini Lancer are in the same open air market in Los Angeles, but he can¿t claim her yet for he fears what he might do to her. The drugs he uses that allow him to walk in the sunlight and be immune to vampiric allergies are not working anymore; he refuses to initiate the bond until he is sure he won¿t become feral.<P> Alexander takes a job as an operative for the Lancer security firm where Domini works. They are both assigned to work on the same team protecting Holly Ashe, pop singer, and Domini¿s closest friend. As they spend time around each other, the feelings brought about by the bond continue to grow. While both wrestles to control their desire, a hidden enemy is waiting to kill Domini and the man who raised her.<P> Susan Sizemore¿s world in which werewolves and vampires exist side by side with humanity is a fascinating one, a place many readers will want to visit. The two protagonists generate enough heart to scorch the pages of I BURN FOR YOU (a very appropriate title). The suspense sub-plot is used to generate conflict and adds another fascinating dimension to this steamy erotic novel. The structure of vampire society and those who hunt them is also believable and it is hoped that the author will return there with future tales.<P> Harriet Klausner

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