I Thirst for You

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No one sets fire to the page like Susan Sizemore! In her sensual new vampire romance, an unsuspecting mortal is embraced in darkness and passion....
He appears out of the dark desert night — a huge, dangerous stranger who sparks desire and fear in her like she's never known. Josephine Elliot knows only that her captor's name is Marcus Cage, and that he's on the run. But who is chasing him, and why? Is Marcus protecting her by taking her hostage...or is he planning to use her to ...

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Overview

No one sets fire to the page like Susan Sizemore! In her sensual new vampire romance, an unsuspecting mortal is embraced in darkness and passion....
He appears out of the dark desert night — a huge, dangerous stranger who sparks desire and fear in her like she's never known. Josephine Elliot knows only that her captor's name is Marcus Cage, and that he's on the run. But who is chasing him, and why? Is Marcus protecting her by taking her hostage...or is he planning to use her to buy his own freedom? And why, above all, is she so inexorably drawn to him, body and soul?
Marcus is overwhelmed by his thirst for Josephine and instantly recognizes her as his soul mate. Desperate to evade enemies intent on destroying him and his kind, Marcus has no choice but to take Jo on the run. But when she unwittingly betrays him to his enemies, both are thrust into mortal danger. Can their newfound love survive her deceit and spare them a dark fate? Or will their insatiable desire burn for eternity?

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Editorial Reviews

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Romantic Times An utterly engaging new world. I Burn for You is sexy, exciting, and just plain thrilling. It's the perfect start for a hot, new series.
Romantic Times

An utterly engaging new world. I Burn for You is sexy, exciting, and just plain thrilling. It's the perfect start for a hot, new series.

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Escaping from an experimental medical facility and now desperate for blood, vampire Marcus Cage comes across Jo Elliot camping alone in the Arizona desert. Instinctively recognizing her as The One-his soul mate-and knowing he must feed or die, he clouds her mind and slakes his thirst. Confused, wary, yet attracted to this stranger, who seems to be able to read her mind, Jo has no idea who Marcus is or what has really happened to her; but as they flee across the desert, she can no longer ignore her feelings or the strange bond that is forming between them. But danger is near, and when Jo inadvertently betrays Marcus while trying to help him, they both end up in jeopardy. Passion, betrayal, and fast-paced action abound in this sizzling tale, the second entry after I Burn for You in Sizemore's new vampire romance series. It will appeal to fans who like their vampire heroes hot, sexy, and Prime (read: alpha male). Sizemore is a veteran author of both historical romances and a popular vampire fantasy series, "Laws of the Blood." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743467438
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.95 (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

Two things pain can do for you: sharpen you up or dull you down. It never does anything for your mood. He'd been in pain for over a week, and the crystal clarity he'd run on was dulling down to shards of scoured glass. He'd been running on adrenaline, when he needed blood. That had to change — soon — if he was going to survive. Blood was survival.

If he survived long enough out here, once he was free he could start thinking about revenge. He yearned to think about what he'd do to those who'd imprisoned him — but letting those thoughts surface could easily lead to hallucinations, a sure way to get himself caught again.

"Not going to happen," he growled, the sound a rumble of thunder in the desert night. The name of the game was survival, and survival meant paring himself down to pure animal instinct.

Blood.

That was the only order of business.

He crouched on the ground, where scorpions scurried to get out of his way, rested his hands on the thick base of a saguaro cactus, and concentrated on finding blood. Animal blood wouldn't do; it had to be human. Preferably female.

He could hear the soft breathing of doves nesting in the cactus. Bats fluttered and flitted overhead, and he could hear their sonar squeaks piercing the air. Hearts beat all around him, so many small living things going about their nocturnal business. He was surrounded by life, but had never been so alone.

He blocked out everything else and searched for the one heartbeat that had to be out there. Had to be waiting for him. When the need was the greatest, that was when you found The One. Wasn't that how the old myth went?

Eventually his head came up, then turned, nostrils flaring.

"Son of a bitch," he muttered.

A slow smile creased his pain-ravaged features. He rose, gave a quick look up at the full moon, and whispered an ancient word of thanks.

Then he turned south and ran, spending all his remaining energy in a burst of desperate speed.

The stars were huge overhead, and the moon rode high in the sky. Stevie Nicks's voice was in her ears, singing about sorcerers and sapphires. Maybe she should have been enjoying the deep silence of the desert night, but she preferred the music coming through the headphones of her Discman as she lay on a sleeping bag outside her tent and drank in the vast emptiness.

She'd always liked being alone, but since the plane crash she craved privacy more than ever. She'd been called brave and heroic, and she hated that. She'd been the pilot, and she survived — which seemed so wrong to her. The admiration made her cringe; so did the sympathy. She hoped the solitude would be healing.

She'd always absorbed other people's emotions too easily, and it was worse now, since her head injury when the plane hit the ground. The physical wound had closed, but her mind was still open. Things poured into it, thoughts and emotions, things that had nothing to do with her. She used to be able to control it most of the time. "Empath," a witchy friend had called her once, a Sensitive.

Once it had been kind of fun to have this psychic ability; now it made her a fugitive. Now the need to be alone was the reason she'd camped out in the national forest south of Tucson. Here, she had some peace from the joys and pains and hungers that didn't belong to her.

Right now she concentrated on the music to get away from the pain that did belong to her. Four people had died in the plane crash. Four others had lived besides her, but lives saved didn't make up for the guilt of lives lost. No one called it pilot error; it had been a freak storm. Wind shear. Lightning. An act of God. But she should have...

Something. There must have been something she could have done.

Try not to think about it. Try to move on. She'd heard those words so many times. But where did you move on to when by all rights you should be dead?

Maybe she was dead, and hell was having to hide away from the rest of the human race to keep from —

Hell? You don't know anything about hell.

The thought raced out of the night, straight into her heart, like an avalanche with a New York accent.

Then hunger shot through her, hunger that was a burning pain that set her writhing on the ground and clawing feverishly at the earth. It absorbed her, nauseated her, leaving her twisted up in a sweating, cringing ball when the pain withdrew. Gradually she realized that the pain was not hers...but that it was coming for her.

And she realized she did not want to die. In that way, the rising fear was a gift.

Terror pumped adrenaline through her, bringing her to her feet, and she turned to run from the unknown danger.

And found that she had turned toward the very thing she feared, as he came rushing at her like a runaway freight train out of the night.

She caught a quick glimpse in the bright moonlight of a big man, densely muscled. At least, he was shaped like a man. But his eyes belonged to a hungry, hunting beast. Fire burned in those eyes, the deep red of glowing coals, and the anguish in them was terrifying.

The woman's fear speared him, but he kept on coming. He had no choice: he was hunter, she was prey. He felt her pain when she pivoted and twisted her ankle trying to escape him. She ran despite the sprain; instinct made him follow.

After being pursued so long, being the pursuer brought him pinpricks of pride, and pleasure. He almost remembered what it felt like to be Prime.

It was a short chase. He followed the pounding of her heart and quick, sobbing breaths a few yards, then grasped her around the waist and brought her to the ground. They landed in the spiky shoots of a yucca, but he pulled her out before any cactus spines penetrated her skin. Her blood belonged to him — every drop — and how he took it was under his control.

Another time he might enjoy subduing her struggles, but he didn't have time to waste with love play. He was growing weaker.

He carried her back and sank to his knees onto a sleeping bag in front of her tent.

He ripped off her loose-fitting shirt while she fought and scratched at him. He was aware of her surprise when he didn't go for her bra or try to rip off her pants. He stroked a thumb down her long, lean throat, feeling her blood like blue heat beneath the satin skin, loving the strong, fast pulse. His fangs were already out, had been hard in his mouth for days.

He pushed her down and fell on top of her. Her scream punctured what remained of the shielding that protected his mind, and her fear drove through him like a stake. Shock sent him into her mind. He found psychic injury, a torn-open place that left her nearly helpless all the time.

He pulled out quickly, unwilling to take more from her mind than he must. And at least he could ease this for her — so there would be a give as well as take.

He drilled a thought into her head and made sure she understood.

Then he forgot about everything but need. He kissed the side of her throat once, because he could not bear to make this intimate act completely impersonal. Then he sank his fangs into her. His need was so desperate, he couldn't make the bleeding a slow, sensual sipping. What he did brought her to powerful orgasm within a moment.

It brought him life, and he drank and drank and drank.

Copyright © 2004 by Susan Sizemore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    Super vampire romance

    He¿s running from his captors in the Arizona desert when vampire Marcus Cage stumbles upon Josephine Elliot who is camping there. She is a sensitive empathic pilot struggling to cope from a crash that killed five passengers. A crazed Marcus, weakened from the drugs he was forced to take and the rays of the sun thinks running into Jo is a miracle. Marcus drinks Jo¿s blood until she becomes unconscious. Marcus needs to protect his Breed, but he also believes that meeting Jo is a miracle because she is his soulmate............................... Marcus keeps her captive until he realizes that Jo being with him is dangerous to her so he walks out on her. The local sheriff persuades her that Marcus is crazy and needs to be found for his own protection. She finds him, but they are handed over to the Patron and his followers at a top secret laboratory. They want the secret of immortality and thinks Marcus can give it to them. When the vampire gets over being angry at Jo for leading his enemies to him, they work together to find a way to escape............................ Flat, sizzling and erotic are only some of the words that describe the relationship between the vampire and the empath. The author is so good at world-building that readers find themselves believing that vampires are living in this world hiding in plain sight. There is a lot of action in I THIRST FOR YOU but it is the characters who make this vampire romance such a compelling and enthralling reading experience that it will satiate readers thirst for a tale with a bite.............................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Excellent!

    Jo was exactly who Marc needed; her mind called to him. However, that did not mean she would be happy about being the one he needed. When Marc 'rescues' her, Jo would call it kidnapping. He refuses to honor her vegetarian wishes, keeps a close eye on her, and won't even call her Jo, but insists on Josephine. Still, there is something about him that is incredible. She is drawn to him against her will. Just when she begins to lose herself to him, Marc uses all his self control and sends her away. .......................... That was his biggest mistake. It only takes a short time for the scientists who are looking for Marc to capture Jo and con her into betrayal. They want to use Marc to create immortality for a rich old dinosaur, and if Jo is the key to Marc, then they'll use her too. Caged together, love, lust, fear and anger run amok. No matter how Marc wants to hate Jo, he can't, any more than she can truly fear him. To escape, they will need each other, and a little help from friends. The future of all vampires depends on them. If they fail, vampires will be hunted down as lab bats. ............................ ***** The action in 'I Thirst for You' takes off on page one and doesn't really slow down until the end. Passion simmers until it explodes. No shortcuts are taken, making the world realistic in every way. This is the kind of book both sexes can enjoy, full of romance and action both, making for a balanced plot. *****

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Great Romance!  If you like the on the run theme, this Vampire

    Great Romance! 

    If you like the on the run theme, this Vampire Romance is one of the best out there. The world building is excellent, creative, and compelling. 




    Josie is great heroine and watching Marcus fall in love is great stuff. 




    If you love Vampire but are sick of the same old same old, try this series. 




    This book can be read as a stand alone though. 




    This love story has humor, action, well done sexy times, and a couple you really want to have a happy ending. 




    A really fun and original book with a set of themes that allow the couple to really spend time with each other. 




    Great reading! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Yay Vampires! 3

    Holy wow! I loved this book. It was recommended by one of my freinds and i was like huh? I dont read. lol. But i did, and wow, i wanted to read your other books as well. I love how the relationships are going and all your books connect. Amazing job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Just what I hoped.

    I had read some negative reviews about this book, but am glad I ignored them. They are totally unjustified. I knew the short excerpt I'd read couldn't be a fluke. I was caught by the top of the third page, and couldn't escape until I'd read the last titillating paragraph. Some say it might be a tad 'raunchy', but I disagree strongly. Passionate, ravishing, yes. Most definitely. Tiny negatives: I didn't like the vague explanations about the vampire hierarchy, but there are more books in the series that I'm sure will explain more thoroughly, so that's alright. It just makes me want to read the others even more, and find out everything. ^.^ Also, I didn't think Jo fought against the craving to drink Marcus' blood strongly enough. Things moved a bit fast once they were in the compound together, but that's alright too. It's still an overall great book. I would buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    If you're looking for a book thats not over dramatic, easy to read and doesn't drag on this is the book for you. Its more suited for a TV programme than a novel. Although the author isn't particularly a favourite of mine this book was okay however, i have read better. I Thirst for You is the first book in the series and as you read through each novel you will come to realise that the characters are all connected somehow. Pick up this book and give it a try, if you like it or just to satisfy your curiosity you'll read the rest. ENJOY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Good Book

    This was a nice book for those who like non-sexual romance books for a vampire. i like the story line and the characters, but it was full of surpries when he kidnaps Jo and immediately takes a shower with her and plants a big kiss on her. kind hard to accept when he sucked her blood and then has sex with her and gives her a big hug. it was a slow read but i did enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    romantic book lover

    you gotta be nuts if you dont love this book it is erotic and wunderfull i cant put it down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    AWSOME

    I loved it so much I have read it so many times. I can't put it away because I love the story of Marcus and Jo. I hope she finishes the story about them because that would be so cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    WOW!!!!

    Very good....couldn't put it down...read it in two and a half hours!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    i loved it so much

    this book starts right at the piont and it gets more and more intesting as the story go's.very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Interesting

    The book does not have a direct connection to I Burn for You.. It mentions something from that book like 2 times.. It was not the over whelming read but it was good none the less.. I was not totally disappointed in the book just the lack on connection between this book and the other one.. other then that it was a great read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    NNNNNOOOOOO!!

    Please take my word borrow this from a library before you decide to spend your money.

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