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Undying Embrace
     

Undying Embrace

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by Jessica Lee
 

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Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won't let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.

Gabrielle Steven's sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her

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Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won't let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.

Gabrielle Steven's sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her face to face with the one vampire she can't forget. Their missions combine and thrust them into the heart of evil. Will their passion be enough to overcome the pain from their past, or will their dark desires destroy them both?

The Enclave series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Undying Destiny
Book #2 Undying Embrace
Book #3 Undying Desire
Book #4 Undying Hunger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622661145
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Series:
Enclave Series , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
241
Sales rank:
329,830
File size:
2 MB

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Undying Embrace

A Novel of the Enclave


By Jessica Lee, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Jessica Lee
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-114-5


CHAPTER 1

Fairfield, South Carolina

"You look like you could use some company, darling."

The syrupy drawl of the female's voice dragged Arran MacLain's attention from the beer he nursed. Damn, he'd chosen the darkest and most isolated table in the bar for a reason. To drink alone. Despite the fact the bitter shit did little to numb his brain, no matter how hard or how often he tried to drown the gray matter in it.

Without an invitation, the buxom brunette maneuvered herself onto the seat beside him. Every muscle tensed, including the grip he had around the thick neck of his beer bottle. Tobacco, mixed with the minty remnants of chewing gum, assaulted his nostrils. He jerked his head away from the offensive odor and studied the label on his Heineken. Maybe she would get the hint.

"My name's Star."

Maybe not.

"Whatcha doing all the way back here by yourself, handsome? Hiding away from the world?"

He swung his head around, intending to inform her to find someone else to hit on when the light, reflecting off the bold highlights in her hair, jammed the words in his throat.

Shit. For a moment, the color had reminded him of the woman whose face was a permanent fixture in his head every time he closed his eyes.

Star leaned in. "You and I could have a real good time," she whispered in his ear. "I betcha I could put a smile on those gorgeous lips. I'm told I'm the best."

Arran squeezed his eyes shut and swallowed hard. He should get rid of her. He didn't have time to fulfill those needs. At least that was what he had tried to tell himself. The real problem was that no one ever fulfilled his needs. Not in the two years since that night when he'd held Gabrielle in his arms. The night he'd tasted her lips for the first time ...the sweet scent of honeysuckle from her hair had invaded his mind, leaving him forever marked. The memory of that evening unfurled once more inside his head — vivid, bold — as if it had only been days, not years.

He was inside the former Enclave mansion during the DEAD invasion, battling one of the bloodsuckers. DEADs or Death Euphoria Addicts, were the sick vampires who got their rocks off by draining their human victims dry. DEADs were merciless and it had been the Enclave's job to curtail their activities.

Tapping his earpiece, he checked in with Gabrielle, who was monitoring the mansion's surveillance. "Gabrielle, status update." Moments passed in silence on the other end of the comm unit. "Gabrielle, come in. Status update." A sick feeling took root in his gut. Spinning on his heels, he hauled ass in her direction.

Two strides into the hallway, a crash ricocheted off the walls coming from the security office. Less than a heartbeat later, he entered the room.

Gabrielle's broken chair lay shattered behind a DEAD who held her against the wall.

"Well, well," the bastard slurred. "Lookit the prize I found. Baby, you gonna be so sweet."

The DEAD reached for her face. Arran snatched his hand before he connected with her flesh. He wrenched the vampire's arm. A loud pop of bone surrendering under extreme pressure filled the small confines of the room. Nice. A scream tore from the bloodsucker's throat as he was pulled away from his victim. The Enclave warrior held on and matched the DEAD's movements until he found the perfect angle to sink his blade into the DEAD's chest.

Before the smoking body hit the floor, Arran crouched by Gabrielle's trembling frame. She flung herself at him, knocking him to his knees. The sudden warmth of her body shattered him. Her full breasts had pressed into his chest, and the honeysuckle scent of her hair had filled his nostrils, setting his body on fire.

Gabrielle leaned her head back. Sparkling amber eyes had met his from under a thick fan of dark lashes. Her pupils dilated, darkening her gaze. His ability to draw a breath wilted into nonexistence.

Before he knew it, his fingers were tangled deep in her hair. The silky feel of her tresses against his skin had echoed like strokes along the ridge of his cock, bringing him to an immediate throbbing erection.

The pink tip of her tongue had darted out, and she had licked the top and bottom of her lips. One simple act, and it had fried what minuscule control remained.

Gabrielle sealed her lips with Arran's before he'd realized either of them had even moved. He wanted to savor every second. But the moment her sweet lips touched his, he devoured her.

She fractured his mind, his sanity.

Her tongue battled with his for dominance, as crazed as he for a taste.

But ... even though he had never thought fate, for any reason, would bring Gabrielle into his arms, the baggage they both carried was an insurmountable mountain of shit they could never climb over. And his personal collection was not something he wanted Gabrielle to pry open. She was reason one why he'd left and his ass sat in a bar a couple of hundred miles away from the Enclave's headquarters. Reason number two: his former partner, Markus. The vampire who'd betrayed them all with the Master of the Enclave's psychotic sire, Marguerite. He should've detected sooner that something was off before Markus had ordered Marguerite's DEADs to overrun the mansion. He'd known the male had been having headaches and not acting like himself. It had been right there in front of his damn face. The other warrior had not only been his partner, but the closest thing to a friend he'd ever had. What a fool he'd been not to see the obvious changes in him before Markus had nearly destroyed the Enclave. Now it was Arran's job to find him and make things right. And, when he found the bastard it would be a bitch. Killing a friend couldn't be described any other way.

"Hey ...?" The prostitute yanked him back into the present. "Did you hear what I said?"

Reaching up, he buried his fist in her hair and stared at the strands of brown and dyed gold. Her glassy eyes met his for a moment with a drunken half smile on her lips. "Fifty bucks." She pushed back, then stopped. "On second thought." She wrapped her fingers around a loose strand of his own hair and tucked it behind his ear. "Make that forty. I have a thing for hot blond guys." Her fingertips brushed his flesh, the contact gentle, yet it scraped across his nerve endings.

Wrong.

A growl emanated from his chest.

She jerked, her eyes widening. "What the hell was that?"

This was not going to work. Who the hell was he trying to kid? No other woman's touch was ever going to feel right, not when Gabrielle owned a piece of his soul. He opened his mouth, intending to spit out some sort of lame excuse. Instead, he cupped her cheek.

"What are you doing?" Star grabbed his fingers.

"You need to go." The command rumbled deep from within his chest.

"Who the hell do you think you are, giving me orders?" She glanced up into his eyes and froze, dropping her hand back to her side. The sight of his blackened eyes had the desired effect.

"It's time to for you to leave, Star. Very quietly. You've made a few bucks, but you can't remember who or what the john looked like." Arran slipped a fifty from his wallet and stuffed it between her breasts, pushed high from the tight red corset. This was the easiest and safest course of action. He didn't need her making a scene.

Dazed, she nodded, then blinked rapidly before fixing him with a stare. "Who the hell are you?" She tilted her head and studied him for a moment. With a shrug of her shoulders and a shake of her head, she turned and exited the booth without a word. Good girl.

"Damn," he groaned, grabbed his bottle of brew, and extracted himself from the table. Instead of following her toward the front of the bar, he pivoted, choosing the back door to slip away.

A single streetlight lit the back alley with a dull yellow glow. Loose, wet gravel crunched under his boots as he passed a Dumpster enclosure positioned a few feet from the back entrance. The smell of rotting garbage permeated his senses.

Pausing, he turned and leaned his shoulders against the wooden frame, allowing his head to fall back against the hard surface. "Gabrielle Stevens," he whispered and closed his eyes. "How am I supposed to get you out of my mind?"

A scream pierced the alley, jerking him back into the here and now. His focus, his senses, narrowed toward that singular sound. It pierced his eardrums, and a one-of-a-kind smell registered in his brain. DEADs. Even though he was now solo, he continued what he'd started with his fellow warriors, ridding the world of the rabid bloodsuckers one DEAD at a time.

"Motherfucker," Arran mumbled.

In one swift move, he leaped to the top of the closed half of the Dumpster. A banged-up Crown Victoria sat between him and three DEADs crowding a woman against a brick wall. No, make that two DEADs. One of them wasn't showing the signs of the nasty addiction. A tall, skinny male, his jet-black hair spiked on top of his head, hung back from the rest, shifting on twitchy feet. Watching, nervously wiping his hands on his pants. He appeared new to the game. Too new.

Arran stepped back and then launched himself into the air, clearing the large car before landing on his heels behind the vampires.

All heads swung around. "Who the fuck are you?" The tallest of the group, his shaggy dark hair hanging down in a greasy clump, stepped forward and pulled a blade.

"Help me. Please, help me."

Arran glanced at the sobbing female guarded by the other DEAD. Wearing a sparkling sleeveless tank top and shorts, she appeared to be a college student who'd picked the wrong night to party. Black streaks of makeup ran down her face. "Please, don't let them kill me." She wept uncontrollably and gasped for air, on the verge of hyperventilation.

"Shut up, bitch!" Shaggy hissed. The woman screamed and went limp, collapsing onto the pavement.

Arran returned his attention to the filthy bastard before him with the big knife. "Nice blade." He reached down, without taking his eyes off his mark, and pulled a dagger from each boot. "I've got two of my own." The DEAD curled his lip and released a slow hiss.

"So, who wants to go first?" Arran lifted a brow, looking from one vampire to the other, and he opened his arms. In each palm, he clutched the hilt of a custom six-inch, silver-plated dagger. The blades curved gently toward the tip, the last three inches serrated. Oh yeah, they were sweet.

The DEADs growled in retort. The goth-looking newbie with spiked hair edged even farther away, taking a stance behind the redheaded vampire who guarded the woman. Spike looked shaky, scared. And hungry. If Arran had to guess, he couldn't be more than a few weeks out of transformation.

Shaggy tossed his weapon from hand to hand. "You didn't answer me, asshole. Who the hell are you?"

Arran grinned wide, displaying his own set of fangs. "The one who's going to kill you." Out of the corner of his eye, he didn't miss the other DEAD pulling a switchblade from his back pocket.

"What's it to you who we kill?" Shaggy eased backward, his upper lip curled like a rabid dog in his attempt to appear menacing. He was going for the woman. Arran had seen this maneuver too many times; Shaggy planned to use her as a shield. A coward and a murderer.

"You're one of us, brother. Come on." The DEAD jerked his chin in the direction of their victim. "Join us." Shaggy crouched beside her and reached for her face. His grimy fingers gripped her chin.

Arran exploded. With his blades crisscrossed, he landed at the vampire's feet. Before the DEAD could so much as gasp in surprise, he swung his arms wide, cleaving Shaggy's head from his shoulders.

A roar sounded from behind him. Arran whirled in time to catch a blur of red hair before it slammed into his chest, knocking him off his feet. A burning sensation flashed across his midsection and sternum. The air punched from his lungs as his back impacted the street, sending one of his daggers flying out of his hand. Locked in battle, the vampires skidded across the wet road, concrete chewing at his T-shirt and eating at his exposed flesh.

Rearing his arm back with his palm up, Arran drove the heel of his hand into the vampire's face. Red howled. Blood sprayed from his nose like a macabre Halloween fountain. Crimson droplets splattered across his chest as the DEAD toppled over, clutching his busted nose.

He palmed the smooth surface of the remaining dagger's hilt and rocked to his feet. A wave of dizziness assaulted him. "Shit!" He staggered. The bumper of the old sedan caught the back of his thighs, preventing him from falling flat on his ass. Hot, sticky liquid saturated the waistband of his jeans. He glanced down. The front of his T-shirt lay open, revealing a gash that zigzagged across his chest and down to his navel.

"Son of a bitch," he mumbled. The bastard had cut him. Sucking in a deep breath and fisting his blade tighter in his grip, he shoved away from the car and scanned the area, sizing up what remained of his battle. The other young vamp was making like a statue against the wall. He hadn't run. Fool. But he hadn't engaged in the fight either. Wise.

He narrowed his gaze on the redheaded vampire pushing himself up from the concrete, the need for blood drumming inside his ears. It had been days since he'd last fed, and the metallic scent rode the air in a heady musk. Bloodlust seized his gut and stroked his mind like a lover.

With his prey targeted, he closed in like an assassin. He glided without a sound across the pavement, waiting for the perfect moment. The DEAD, sensing his imminent demise, scurried across the pavement and grabbed the dagger.

Arran struck.

The DEAD struggled for air as his windpipe was placed in a chokehold. Arran lifted Red off his feet, dangling him like a rag doll. Spastic arms and flailing legs swung as the DEAD weakly attempted to jab Arran with the blade. Giving his arm a swing, he tossed the pathetic vampire to the wall. His back and head collided against the brick with a hard smack, sending the vamp into a dazed state and knocking the dagger from his grip.

Before Red could regain his bearings, Arran was in his face. "You wanted to play?" He shoved his palm into the DEAD's chest, holding him immobile. With his other hand, he slid the blade he carried into his own waistband before he gripped Red's head and jerked it to the side. The DEAD's jugular lifted, engorged by his frantic heart rate. Arran's fangs ached with anticipation, his own pulse a wicked hum in his head. Red squirmed and whimpered under his grip. "What's the matter?" He leaned into Red's ear. "Isn't this what you intended to do to the woman?"

"Fuck you!" The DEAD strained against his hold. "If you're going to kill me, do it already."

"Oh, I intend to kill you." Arran shoved the side of Red's face hard against the rough surface of the brick. His gaze darted to the vampire who still stood with his back plastered to the brick wall of the building, his eyes wide, his mouth hung like an open barn door. The look on his face said he had no intention of intervening on his buddy's behalf. Smart move. That was precisely where he needed to stay. His prey hissed a curse. Arran refocused on the situation at hand. "But first, you owe me one." He flung his head back, unveiling his fangs, then stabbed them into the DEAD's vein. The strike wasn't pretty or gentle. It wasn't meant to be. A DEAD was hardly his meal of choice. But this was more about payback than dining preference.

Hot blood poured into his mouth. His heart raced as more adrenaline spilled into his veins. He swallowed hard and released a satisfied groan. Hunger was a living beast inside him. And she demanded to be fed.

He drank until his beast calmed, and the drumbeat of need quieted in his head. Arran jerked his head away from the vampire's vein, determined to only satisfy his hunger, not to kill. Not like this. Plus he had no intention of draining the guy and running the risk of dosing his veins with traces of Death Euphoria. Stepping back, he freed his hold on Red's neck and chest. The DEAD slid down the wall, stopping when his rear bumped the pavement.

The half-drained vampire lifted his eyelids, and his over-dilated pupils rolled up into his head, exposing a rim of white beneath. A thin rivulet of blood oozed down his neck and seeped into the black cotton of his shirt. "Why ...?" Red began, gasping for mouthfuls of air between his words. "... didn't you ... kill me."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Undying Embrace by Jessica Lee, Erin Molta. Copyright © 2013 Jessica Lee. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Jessica Lee lives in the southeastern USA with her husband and son. She loves writing, and can't wait for that quiet time each day when her son is in school and she can get lost in another place and world with the fantastical, sexy creatures in her head. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, FF&P, Carolina Romance Writers, and Passionate Ink.

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Undying Embrace (A Novel of the Enclave) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Grapeapril75 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series, I was not a fan of the first but this really was a step up!! I Loved Gabrielle and Arran!! Their story made me laugh, and cry and fan my face because it was ever so steamy!! Really great story telling and wonderfully paced. There is so much going on a girl doesn't have time to get bored!! Loads of twists and turns, some expected, some surprising. Ms. Lee really does a wonderful job of crafting the characters. There are so many secondary characters to help make a fuller story. I really was rooting for Markus. Oh the steam, yeah..there is loads of hot and heavy action to warm up your gurlie parts!! Ya might need to take a cold shower after this one, or during, or just read it while soaking in a cool bath!! Temperatures will skyrocket! This book ends with things open for another book in the series. Who will it be, what delicious vamp is next to fall for a lucky mortal? I am waiting with baited breath!! *Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
Oh my another great read, Undying Destiny was excellent and this one is just as good. Another sexy, yummy vampire joining in the action with hot sex to boot. Kick ass Gabrielle and sexy Aran make a great couple. Cannot wait for the next installment in this great series. A highly recommended read for all you vampire fans
ondreea More than 1 year ago
Bitter sweet story. I had read the previous book of this series and enjoyed it. I was excited to see this book was about Enclave warrior, Arron, who was featured in the first book and really drew my interest. This book covers his backstory and love interest with human, Elle, as well as dealing with the betrayal of his best friend Markus. I still don't understand the story between Arron and Markus, but am assuming it will be covered in a later book. The author did resolve the issues though between Arron and Logan that were shown in the first book. Elle was not my favorite female character. Despite Elle after having survived a vampire attack years prior and working with the Enclave vampires for 7 years, her actions to save her sister are almost as though she doesn't understand the power of vampires and how out of her depth she was in. The "I can take care of myself" was almost too naïve for someone with her vampire history and knowledge. I wish she would have been more strategic in her actions. Strengths of this story are that I'm happy to see the author did not continue/go into the part about female vampires being weaker than male vampires as was part of the first book. The bitter sweetness part surprised me but made me like the book even more and for me made it a stronger story. Live is not perfect and HEA. Still really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next in the series.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Arran left those he knew and the human who has his heart to go after his former partner and kill him. Even for a vampire this is a dangerous mission as Dead vampires are in the way. Gabrielle the human with his heart is also in the way. She is looking for her missing sister and Arran just wants her safe and away from the danger. That danger includes him as he knows he is no good for her. Gabrielle will let nothing stand in her way including the vampire she loves. Both are headed into a dangerous place where the past may come between them if a vampire doesn't kill them first. Gabrielle isn't a bit afraid to jump into danger if it means her sister can be found and she can bring her home. She will take Arran's help if he will just see she isn't a coward and can take care of her self. She also love Arran even knowing what he is. She is a strong woman who isn't one to sit on the side lines. Arran is a sexy vampire who holds a lot in. He has done things in the past people hold against him and he likes to put a front up that he doesn't care what others think. He cares for Gabrielle but would rather push her away than be near him and in danger. I haven't read the first book in this series which I will soon redeem but I love this book and world. There is two different types of vampires in it. One is good and one is evil. I love how the author splits them up. I loved getting into this world and how they all tie in together. There is tons of action after all this is a book with vampires. I love the scenes with Arran and Gabrielle as they have lots of sexual tension between them that you just can't wait for them to act on. I won't give spoilers but the evil ones will stop at nothing to get what they want. I didn't see several things coming and the author does a good job with the surprises. I look forward to what will happen next as I have to know what Gabrielle's sister will do. If you love vampires be sure to pick this up.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Enclave series, and the first story that I have read by Jessica Lee. I was able to read this story without feeling lost. It’s a paranormal romance about vampires who are willing to fight for what’s right including protecting humans, so it has a lot of fighting. I will definitely be reading the first book in the series and am looking forward to more of her books.  Arran MacLain was a member of the Enclave. A group of vampire warriors who have promised to protect humans from Marguerite, the Enclave sire, and her rogue followers who want nothing more than to take over humanity any way they can, including destroying the Enclave. After his ex-partner secretly followed their sire and ambushed them, Arran left the Enclave to hunt him down on his own. Now, he’s a vampire who is biding his time not caring if he lives or dies. Two things are keeping him from giving up all together: His love for Gabrielle, and his past that holds onto his soul.  Gabrielle Stevens has worked with Enclave for a few years. She takes care of the technology that’s involved in helping protect humans and keeps contact open between the warriors while on missions. She cannot locate her sister, and she is determined that she will not sit around waiting for someone else to find her. But she never expected the clues she found would bring her so close to Arran again. Since she needs to find her sister and Arran needs to find his ex-partner, and all the clues they find indicate that they both need to look in the same area they decide to fight the evil together.  They are both haunted by the past, but as they search for answers their passion for one another burns. Is it enough to help them forget the past and move on? Or will the evil they fight make it too late for all of them?  I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul. Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her face to face with the one vampire she can’t forget. Their missions combine and thrust them into the heart of evil. Will their passion be enough to overcome the pain from their past, or will their dark desires destroy them both? Review: Let's start by saying these are sexy, tough vampires and nothing like those sparkly ones. This story was full of action, which I really enjoyed. I was so taken with the book I could not put it down with wanting to see what happened. I just want to say Arran is one sexy, tortured, alpha vampire...yum There are so many layers to Arran that he keeps hidden from everyone in an attempt to protect people. The one person who wants to get through to him, Gabrielle, had a tough road. Gabrielle is perfect match for Arran, she is tough, holding her own in the company of vampires. Even though she was attacked by a vampire in the past she overcomes her fear to love Arran. I liked that she goes after what she loves and wants whether that is her sister who has gone missing or her vampire Arran. This story has some twists and turns and I don't want to give away to much. I think the DEAD vampires were well written and now I want to go back to the first book and read more about Marguerite and Markus. Is the next book about Alex and Markus? I cannot wait to see what happens next. 4 stars
kph21 More than 1 year ago
Meet Arran MacLain , vampire and former member of the Enclave. He’s taken a couple of years off after having the distinct misfortune of being partnered with the traitorous Marcus.  Arran has no greater desire than bringing Marcus to justice for the deeds that he’d done.  Meet Elle, Gabrielle Stevens, a human techno whiz that’s worked for the Enclave since her unfortunate run in with Vampires. Did she roll up into a fetal ball and whine about her attack? Oh no, this woman is all spit and fire. She still has issues to deal with, but she’s not one to take no for an answer, for one, Arran MacLain. She loves him, maybe, but there’s more to it than just that. Meet Logan, now he loves Elle. Arran is a dirty dog in his book, there’s a lot of history in Logan’s and Arran’s relationship. It’s definitely complex. It’s a delight watching the dance between these comrades. Logan is so moonstruck with Elle, Arran feels he’s so undeserving of Gabrielle, and all Elle wants is to find her missing sister (for the most part). She’s so upset; she doesn’t know what she wants from either of these two warriors. Torn between two lovers comes to mind because she is torn. She doesn’t want to hurt Logan, but Arran is determined that he’s not good enough for her. It’s a fight for what’s right for Gabrielle. It’s great to see the team back together, working as a team to vanquish their enemies. This story is fast paced, and leaves the reader breathless with the action, and fanning from the ‘other’ action (wink, wink). I cannot wait to see what happens next! Write on, Jessica Lee, write on!
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of this series and though I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book if the second is anything to go by it will be amazing .This story starts out with Gabrielle wanting to find out what happened to her sister Alexandria. During her search she runs into Aaron, here’s a little insight into these two main characters: Gabrielle is a strong spirited woman who has been thru many a tragedy that would make most people not just women want to give up on life but yet she has made it her mission to not give up on life but to fight back and help keep the things that happened to her from happening to others. Aaron is the bad boy who is in love with everything that makes Gabrielle who she is but of course like all bad boys thinks he’s no worthy of her love. This is truly a must read it captivated me from the beginning.
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "This Author Writes the Way People Actually Talk" In Fairfield, South Carolina, Gabrielle Stevens learns that her sister has been missing for at least three weeks. Her neighbors tell Gabrielle that Alexandria started hanging around a Goth club called Wicked Ways. Gabrielle creates a Gothic style character that can check out the club without getting noticed. But it is what Gabrielle noticed is far beyond what she imagined. Two years ago, Arran pushed her away by telling her that her kiss was forgettable and today he sits at the other end of the bar. Arran MacLain is a vampire. He was part of a group, called the Enclave, that killed Death Euphoria Addicts. His former partner, Markus, nearly destroyed the Enclave when he turned against them. Arran left the Enclave and has been searching for Markus. Those searches lead him to Wicked Ways - owned by Markus himself. Horrified at the thought that her sister might be dead, Gabrielle and Arran team up to find Alexandria. But being around each other is much harder then they realized. They loved each other but Gabrielle is human and Arran is a vampire. How will that work? And "God forbid if [Gabrielle] ever found out about the things" Arran did in the past. She would be as disgusted as he is with himself. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars * WARNING: CONTENT & LANGUAGE * MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Read this series in order. There are references to the first book that I did not understand. Finally! An author who actually uses racy language rather then trying to keep things clean. I feel that using language that people use in real life, proper or not, brings the reader closer to the story. I could imagine myself as Gabrielle and properly enjoy the X-rated sex scenes. Until next time, life life one page at a time!
bookobsessedmomma More than 1 year ago
 Woah! Holy hotness! I enjoyed this book! It was sexy, interesting and much more.  Gabrielle is on a mission to find her sister Alex. She's on a mission to do it all by herself. But then she sees Arran at the club she's in- in her disguise. He hurt her badly 2 years ago, but she can't stay away. Circumstances bring them together again and she wants to fight for them-- but can she?  Arran is on a mission to kill Markus and while doing so finds Gabrielle. He wants to protect her and keep her safe. He doesn't believe he deserves her due to past events. He loves her and thinks walking away was and is the best. But can he leave her again?!  These 2 characters are amazing. Yin and Yang. They complete each other, but are stubborn individuals holding past events from seeing what is in front of their faces. I enjoyed their banter and much more.  The rest of the characters were also interesting to read and I cried at one part too. So sad but touching too!  Oh and that ending... makes me want more!!  This book is hot, sexy, has dominant/sub males, kick butt women, lies, frustrations, fear and loss. Wonderful story.  * I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing for an honest review* 
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
As usual, I didn't know that this was part of a series (you'd think the "A novel of the enclave" on the cover would clue me in, but noooo...then again I read on my phone, so the print's pretty tiny and easy to overlook). But that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. It pretty much can stand alone, although there was a lot of hatred and anger aimed at one of the villains of the piece that I didn't entirely understand, though the villain's actions for this book certainly deserved anger. Gabrielle ("Elle") wants to find her sister who's gone missing. She's left her comfortable home with the Enclave to go searching for her. It also gives her some time away from Logan, the vampire who wants to mate with her, because she needs to think about whether or not she wants him like that. They've been working together for a long time now, and though she doesn't want to admit it, she's never gotten over Arran (they were in a hot and heavy relationship a couple years earlier that ended...not so good).  Arran is searching for a couple of pretty evil vampires and his investigation crosses paths with Elle's at a nightclub frequented (owned) by vampires. The sparks fly pretty darned quickly and he tries to protect her even as he's drawn once more to her. He's never gotten over her. There is a great deal of growth for Elle. She comes to terms with the fact that Arran is a vampire (she had pretty big fang-fear) and falls in love with him all over again. Arran reluctantly has to let Elle risk her own life to keep from smothering her. Of course that doesn't exactly please him because well, he's a typical protective male! And there's a high cost that gets paid for her pursuit of her sister. There's plenty of blood, guts and action in this book. Lots of lovin' once the two gets past their issues. I was drawn into the world-building Ms. Lee does. I liked her take on vampires, both the Enclave and the DEAD (Death Euphoria ADdicts) vampires. I'll happily read more of her work when given the opportunity and hope to see more from her soon. And of course, once again, it's Entangled. They get the best books! I'm totally starting to recognize the cover art style when I see them on NetGalley, btw. I don't even need to see the logo - I just recognize the style. YAY! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Vampires of the Enclave are dedicated to protecting humanity from those vampires who have lost complete control. Gabrielle works with them, but now she has a personal mission. She needs to find her sister Alexandria who is missing. While investigating she see Arran who left the group to track down his former partner, Markus who betrayed his comrades. Arran and Elle have always been attracted to each other but circumstances have kept them apart. Now they have another chance. Can they find happiness among the death and danger that surrounds them? Will they be able to save Alex and capture Markus? The action is non-stop and is filled with much danger and intrigue. Elle and Arran are a very sexy couple. Their love is fierce and fiery but they are also strong and independent people who will not back down from danger. I enjoyed their story and found the writing style of Jessica Lee very riveting. Just be aware that the sex is very hot and may make some uncomfortable.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
This isn't a book I would normally pick up, but very well written. Gabrielle is searching for her sister and the last known place she might have been was a goth night club where vampires hang out turning unsuspecting humans. She ends up meeting a vampire from her history that helps her out. They both have feelings that they have been trying to fight but in this midst of working together those feelings demand to be released. A steamy book that has mystery and romance. I would definitely read another book from this author!
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I read this book without reading the first book in the series. It can be read as a stand alone. I got into the story, so I plan on going back and reading the 1st book since it definitely adds more depth to it. Arran is an old vampire who doesn't have much self worth. He thinks he can never outrun the sins of his past. He'd been living with and serving the Enclave, defending humans against the DEAD (death euphoria addicts). When the DEAD stormed the Enclave's mansion, one of his fellow Enclave members turned traitor. Arran has made it his mission to find and kill him former friend. It was during that invasion that he finally kissed Gabrielle, the human woman that he'd been drawn to for some time. Even 2 years after the invasion he still thought about her. Gabrielle, one of the few humans to live with the Enclave, was on her own mission. She hadn't heard from her sister in weeks, and neither had anyone else. While searching her sisters apartment, and talking to her friends/coworkers she hears about Wicked Ways, a gothic bar. While asking the bartender if he recognizes her sister, she runs into Arran. She's been trying to forget that he called their kiss "forgettable". Arran is furious that she's in the bar, but eventually agrees to help her find her sister, which incidentally will also help him find the traiter Markus, and Marguerite. As a heads up, and this is only my opinion, but I would say this borders on Erotica. Most of the sex in the book is m/f, but there is some m/m but it doesn't go into graphic detail.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
This is a story about vampires..both good and bad...and those who try to protect against them. It's also about a woman trying to find her younger sister with the help of a vampire she's trying to get out of her system while he feels he's not good enough for her and keeps pushing her away. There's also and old friend ...partner..who's now an enemy......and explicit sex.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It had me hooked from the beginning. I read it straight through, it was addictive. Now to read the first 2.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle is trying to find her sister Alexandria, since she been missing for weeks. The last place her sister was seen was at Wicked Ways, she started there and runs into Arran. He is the last person she wanted to see, since they kissed and hasn't seen him in two years. She has been trying to forget that one incredible unforgettable kiss but once he learns she looking for her missing sister, he insist on helping her. Arran is a vampire and Gabrielle s human. Arran wants her to have a better life then being with a vampire. Gabrielle learns her sister had been turned into a vampire and they are trying to rescue her. Gabrielle was taking and Arran is going crazy because he can't feel her presence anymore. Gabrielle wakes up and she knows something isn't right, she's a vampire. Arran has tracked down where they have taking her and planning a rescue. After getting her and her sister back, Arran knows there is no one for him but Gabrielle.