Double Image

Double Image

by Jaye Roycraft


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Vampire Dalys Aldgate has been a survivor for 235 years. Life as an Australian convict has sharpened his survival skills, but the bush also bestowed him the ultimate gift of survival – a journey to the Other Side. With his soul left behind, Dalys became a mirror on to which humans project their fantasies, never seeing the “monster” on the other side. In present day Mississippi, using one of his many aliases, Dalys lives a reclusive life as the owner of a haunted inn until his even more haunting past catches up with him.

Ex-cop Tia Martell is trying to adjust to life “after the job” and put the years of violence and death behind her. While on a freelance photography assignment to shoot antebellum mansions in Natchez, Mississippi, murder brings her face to face with Dallas Allgate, the coldest, yet most fascinating man Tia has ever met. Before Tia can unravel the mystery of the man with the hypnotic eyes, a young vampire and his master, Jermyn St. James, seek him out for revenge. St. James only wants Dallas’s true death . . . until he sees Tia. Now, he wants her, too.

One of them will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. But will Dallas let Tia make her own choices, or will he bend her will by projecting her fantasies upon his . . . Double Image.

Jaye Roycraft, a former Milwaukee police officer, has incorporated her police procedural knowledge and experience into her books, beginning with her debut novel Rainscape. A combination of romance, mystery, and science fiction, Rainscape was followed by the vampire romance series Double Image, Afterimage, Shadow Image, and Immortal Image and the hard-edged vampire series Half Past Hell and Hell’s Warrior. Jaye has presented workshops both online and at conferences, has been a contest judge, and has been a featured panelist at Dragon*Con.

Jaye now lives in Arizona where she is happily retired in the Valley of the Sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893896666
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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"Come in, Miss Martell."

He watched her cool blue gaze crawl down the length of his body to the tips of his polished black shoes, then climb up again to grasp his eyes. His abilities didn't quite extend to the reading of specific thoughts, but what was on her mind was clear nonetheless. Her eyes had outlined his size, and the quirk that returned to one eyebrow asked why he didn't move that size to allow her more room.

He stood his ground.

She smiled in return--a strong smile that told him she accepted his challenge.

She carried a bulky camera case on one arm. Turning sideways to squeeze herself and the bag through the opening he had given her, she faced him, her eyes inches from his. She paused, adjusted the weight of the bag on her shoulder, tossed her head to extricate an errant tendril from her face, and sidestepped past him. Her gaze remained locked on his, her smile confidently in place.

His strategy backfired in his face.

Desire flared in him as her fragrance flooded his senses. Life itself had its own scent, but the chemistry of each individual seasoned it uniquely. This one was sweet and strong, the clean tang of her blood spoiled only slightly by the trace of artificial perfume. He could almost taste her heated skin on his tongue, honeyed and unspoiled. He inhaled her flavor, and it ran along his skin like the sweet sweat of arousal, insistent and undeniable.

One sleeve of her flowing silk blouse brushed his arm, and her heat freed her scent even more. Every breath filled him with the reminder of the covenant he had made with Death two hundred years ago. All the gentility and civilized living he could cocoon himself in couldn't change theprimal need that animated him. That need raged inside him now more strongly than it had for a long, long time. It was the blood, but it was more than that. It was the journey that led up to the blood.

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Double Image 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I couldn't the book down once I started reading it. It got me hooked on the 'Image' series by Jaye Roycraft. Excellent vampire-story writer!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Once Tia Martell was a police officer but the deaths and depravity that were a normal part of her job sickened her until she quit. Nowadays she tries to make a living as a photographer with her latest assignment to take pictures of the stately homes in Natchez, Mississippi. It is at Bishop House that she meets the magnetically attractive Dallas Aldgate.

They become involved when Tia snaps photos of a hit and run accident that is somehow connected to Dallas. Despite his better judgment, Dallas has a hard time fighting his feelings for Tia, and soon brings her into his own world of the vampire in order to save her life. Dallas has made an enemy of his own kind, one who will do anything to destroy Dallas and all he cares about.

DOUBLE IMAGE is a fascinating vampire novel focusing on a creature struggling to with the tough and evil image he expects of himself. Tia is a heroine in every sense of the word because of her ability to look beneath the surface and see the true reality of a person and not the projection her beloved portrays. Fans of the paranormal will want to read Jaye Roycraft¿s cleverly crafted novel.

Harriet Klausner