Eternal Kiss (Mark of the Vampire Series #2)

Eternal Kiss (Mark of the Vampire Series #2)

by Laura Wright

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ISBN-13: 9780451233844
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Series: Mark of the Vampire Series , #2
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Wright is passionate about romantic fiction. Though she has spent most of her life immersed in acting, singing, and competitive ballroom dancing, when she found the world of writing and books and endless cups of coffee, she knew she was home. Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and three lovable dogs.

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Nicholas Odysseus Claudius Roman did not fight. In fact, as he lay on his back, strapped down to the stone table, bare as the day he slipped from his mother’s weary body, he projected an almost eerie calm.

The leather restraints placed on his upper arms, belly, neck, and ankles by the Order sliced into his skin like dull razor blades, but he ignored the pain. It was as it must be. Inside the Tomb of Nascita, the massive hole cut deep within hundreds of layers of rock, the Order performed the morphing ritual several times per year. When a paven hit his three hundredth year on earth, he was brought to the tomb, laid out on the slab of stone, and more often than not, held his position without restraints. He was, after all, being gifted with the strength and power of morpho. But the ancient ten were a bit unsure of how the Son of a Breeding Male would react to the final strikes of the maturation ritual. After all, their body and brain chemistry were so very different than the average paven. Would Nicholas Roman’s pain override his good sense and spur on the instinct to attack, to drain, to kill? No one was sure. So imprison him they must.

“Get on with it,” Nicholas said with grave irritation, lifting his chin. “My brothers search for a way here even now.”

One of the female members of the Order sniffed her disbelief. “Surely they wouldn’t come without an invitation.”

“There is no one who wishes to incur the wrath of the ancient ten,” said the paven beside her.

Nicholas laughed bitterly. “If you think that, you’re all even bigger fools than I thought you were.”

Several low, bloodthirsty snarls sounded behind him, but one very cool head prevailed and the paven said, “We waste time with things that matter not. Prepare yourself, Son of the Breeding Male.”

There was a sudden crack, and above Nicholas, the perfectly painted night sky split apart. The sounds of day echoed all around him—birds waking one another, insects searching for a meal, and in moments the cold, happy darkness ceased to reign. The brilliant white light of a fabricated sun spilled into the stone room, its greedy fingers reaching for every dim corner and crevice.

And for the skin of a newly morphed paven.

No stranger to pain, Nicholas remained still as death, even as the hot branding iron of the false sun went to work on his forearms, carving the daggers and his true mate’s marks into his skin. It took only minutes, but when it was done and his arms smoked in the light, he cursed his ancestry as he had many times in his one hundred and fifty years. For most pavens, this would be it, the end of the physical torture, but not for Nicholas. He was a Son of the Breeding Male and his pain had just begun.

Up the heat traveled, over his chest and shoulders, up his neck, trailing his jawline in savage pursuit of its target until the blazing sunlight reached his cheekbones. A hiss escaped his lips as the needle of fire carved the second set of brands into his cheeks—the Breeding Male circles, and his true mate’s symbols within it.

As quick as the light had come, its return to the makeshift heavens was even quicker. The sounds of day died off and the ceiling fused, and once again he was bathed in darkness. Breathing heavily, his head feeling as though it had been rammed against a brick wall forty times in succession, Nicholas heard the gentle footfall and swish of the Order’s burgundy robes as they approached him. The ancient rulers, the treacherous ten, gathered around the stone table and trained their eyes on him.

Cruen, as he so often did, spoke first. “Dare has been in hiding these past months, licking his wounds, eerily silent—like a rat. But he has emerged, calling Impures to his fold—filling their heads with lies, filling their hearts with a need for freedom. Find and kill him,” he said, but through Nicholas’s mind he uttered, Or your brother will have stone at his back, leather around his extremities, and no doubt two empty circle brands on his cheeks.

Nicholas hissed and pulled at his binds, strained to get up and extinguish the pale blue light in Cruen’s malevolent eyes forever. But he was held, caught.

The image of Lucian, circle brands on his cheeks with nothing inside, no mark of his true mate because he would never have one. No love, no life—only the cries of a near-animal-like paven bent on feeding and breeding.

The possibility that any one of the Roman brothers could have the Breeding Male gene was a good one, but Nicholas and Alexander had long suspected that Lucian, with his pale features and insatiable sexual appetite, was the carrier.

It appeared as though Cruen believed so as well, and if Nicholas wanted to keep his oath, his private promise to protect his younger brother, as Lucian had once protected him—resurrected him—on the dirty, dangerous French streets all those years before, Nicholas would heed the monster before him.

“Release me,” Nicholas demanded. “Now.”

Cruen grinned, his red fangs—a symbol of the Order’s end of blood consumption—were pin-prick sharp. “I appreciate your eagerness. Will you be a good little paven, then?”

It took every ounce of mental restraint for Nicholas to spit out the words “I will.”

The thick leather straps around his arms, belly, neck, and ankles evaporated like boiling water, and before another word was spoken, before he could even sit upright, he was flashed from the Tomb of Nascita and dropped naked, his brands still smoking, onto the mountaintop next to the cave.

Night covered the sky, a spring mist coated the air, and his brothers stood at the mouth of the cave, matching expressions of rage on their faces.

Chapter One

Vermont credenti

As the blue light of day succumbed to the pale lavender of evening, a bitter cold moved over the land, shook the snow from the trees, and curled around the veana and the balas who sat on the front steps of the small credenti elementary school. The snow on the ground that had been melting just a few hours earlier now glistened under the rising moon as water quickly turned back to ice. It was nearing six p.m., and in accordance with the laws of the Order, it was time to end the labor of the day and begin the calm of night. Most residents of the credenti had left their work or schooling and had entered their homes for family meal and reflection. Kate Everborne, however, had no family to go home to. What she did have was a belief that reflection was for unthinking drones and the unwelcome responsibility of a seven-year-old balas who once again had to be watched until his mother showed up.

“She’s not coming.”

Kate glanced down at the boy. With his large black eyes and shock of white hair he didn’t blend in well. She knew how that was. “She’s coming. She’s just late.”

“She’s always late,” he grumbled.

“Give her a break, okay, kid? She’s doing the best she can.”

“She should work inside the credenti. Like you. Do what veanas are supposed to do.”

The smile on Kate’s face was tight and forced, just like the white purity bindings on her wrists and throat. The last thing in the world she wanted to be doing was living inside the credenti, or any vampire community, for that matter. And her work at the elementary school, passing out lentils and fruit during mid-meal—well, it was utter bullshit, a way to keep her in plain sight, see if she could live among society again.

But she didn’t have a choice in where she resided. Not yet.

“She dishonors my father’s memory by leaving the credenti,” the boy continued.

“You’re a good kid, Ladd Letts, but right now you’re acting like a brat.”

He crossed his arms over his chest. “I don’t care.”

“Yeah, I can tell.”

“I don’t care about me and I don’t care about her.” He puffed out his lips. “Maybe I wish she’d never come.”

Kate sniffed. “Maybe she wishes that, too.”

Ladd’s eyes grew wide and balas-wet as he stared up at her, took in what she’d just said and molded it into the worst possible abandonment scenario.

Ah, shit. Kate released a weary breath. She could be a real asshole sometimes. “Listen, kid, I didn’t mean it like that.”

“I’m here. I’m here.” Mirabelle Letts came running across the tree-littered play yard toward them, her feet sinking calf-deep in the heavy snow. She was a pretty veana—small, curvy, with soft brown doe eyes that did their best to exude happiness. Slightly breathless, she called out, “Sorry, Kate.”

“No problem,” Kate returned, coming to her feet. She was just relieved the veana had shown up. She really sucked with kids, wasn’t sure what to say to them, how to comfort them. Sticking her in a school wasn’t the Order’s smartest move, but hell, she wasn’t about to complain. She had two months left on her work release, two months until she could finally consider her time spent in the vampire prison, Mondrar, over and done, the debt for another’s crime paid.

Until then, she was keeping her nose clean and her fangs retracted.

Ladd jumped to his feet and waved his arms like he was landing planes, all anger gone now. “Mommy! I see you!”

Kate chuckled at the quick recovery. At Ladd’s age, it seemed that no matter what a parent did, said, or forgot, they were always a welcome sight.

Give it a few years, kid.

No more than ten feet away, Mirabelle waved back at her child as she waded through the snow. “Training went over and there was a gardening demonstration—”

Something shot out of the shadows of the trees, cutting off Mirabelle’s words. A paven, tall and dark. In under a second, he was on Mirabelle, ripping the scarf from her neck, searching her flesh. Kate opened her mouth to scream when she saw a silver flash. A knife! Oh, shit. No! Terror locked the scream in her chest, and she fought the dual urges of running to help the veana and protecting the young balas at her side.

Before she could make her choice, the paven plunged the knife deep into Mirabelle’s chest, then yanked it back out again and took to her thighs, slashing at her skin until he severed the two main arteries. Blood exploded from her legs in violent sprays.

Her attacker released her, let her limp body drop to the ground, and a piercing scream whipped through the night and jerked Kate from her horror.

Ladd.

His face contorted with panic, he tried to run to his mother, but Kate caught him in her arms and held him back.

The dark-haired male suddenly glanced up, locked eyes with Kate, and grinned. Fuck. It was there in his eyes, in his smile—hunger to spill blood. He was going to take her out and the kid too if she didn’t run or fight him off.

The butcher paven started toward her and Ladd, his movements graceful, catlike. Knowing she couldn’t outrun him, not with the boy, Kate shoved Ladd behind her back, opened her arms to the evil coming at her, and flashed her fangs. Come and get it, then, asshole. His smile widened, the moonlight catching the tips of his fangs. Then suddenly he stopped, lifted his chin, and sniffed the air. With a growl of annoyance, he turned around and ran back across the field, into the trees.

What the hell?

Kate sucked in the bitterly cold air scented with blood and screamed, “Help!” Silently praying that Mirabelle was still alive, she raced to the female’s side, Ladd at her heels. The veana’s eyes were open, but her quick, shallow breaths signaled how close to death she was. Kate dropped down in the snow and pressed her hands to the gaping wound in the female’s chest. Forcing up the healing energy all Pureblood veanas possessed, she blew on the wounds in Mirabelle’s thighs—back and forth, back and forth, each breath a show in pure determination and desperation. But the cuts were so deep, the femoral artery calculatedly severed. Red death seeped between her fingers, over the veana’s chest, spilling out onto the pure white-powdered floor.

“Goddammit!” Kate screamed. “We need help here!” Darkness had come. Where were all the selfless, community-first, pious bastards when one of their own needed them?

Ladd laid his head on his mother’s belly and howled in misery.

Mirabelle’s eyes were glassy as she hovered somewhere between this world and the next. Her gaze flickered toward her son, then back up to Kate. “Take him,” she uttered through short gasps of breath.

“Don’t talk,” Kate said.

“Take him. Please. He can’t be tested.”

Lifting her head again, Kate yelled into the frigid air, “We need help!”

“No!” Mirabelle rasped. “Please. Before they come . . . take the balas.”

She was delusional, had to be. Kate shook her head. “He’ll be okay. Don’t worry.”

Mirabelle whispered something.

“I can’t hear you . . .”

“Come. Please.”

Kate lowered her head, her ear to the female’s mouth.

“He will be . . . caged if they find out.”

“Find out what?” Kate uttered, keeping her ear close to the female’s lips.

In the last seconds before her death, Mirabelle revealed not only her secrets, but her desperate plea to save her son’s life, all to the one vampire on earth who, if she wanted to gain her freedom, could do nothing for her.

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"Gentle emotions are not for the Roman brothers, as their destined mates are fated to learn. Complex and riveting!" —-Romantic Times

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Eternal Kiss (Mark of the Vampire Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although he detests what he has volunteered to do, Nicholas Roman remains resolute that his brother Lucien will not become a breeding male like their unknown dad was. Thus he agrees to work with the vampire Eternal Order instead though he loathes doing anything for this tyrannical group as he prefers living as a normal. Female vampire Kate Everborne is near release having served her sentence for breaking the law in a vampire prison. However, she observes impure vampire Ethan Dare murder a female vampire. The dying female persuades Kate to escort her son Ladd to his pure-blood vampire father, Nicholas. Kate accompanies Ladd to his sire, but is caught in the crosshairs of a vampiric war between Dare and the Roman siblings. The second Mark of the Vampire (see Eternal Hunger for Alexander Roman's tale) is a super urban romantic fantasy due to the powerful Wright mythos that makes the realm of the Eternal Order seem genuine and ergo readers will believe vampires exist. Nicholas and Kate are a fabulous pairing as she trusts no one except his siblings and she trusts no one as betrayal is the norm in her experience. Yet trust and reliance are needed if this pair is to not just survive, but to mate in love. This author clearly has the Wright stuff with the complicated world of the Roman vampire brothers. Harriet Klausner
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the Roman brothers in the first novel of the Mark of the Vampire series, Eternal Hunger but this novel, Eternal Kiss, just blew me away! Nicholas Roman's story is dark, deep, dangerous and enthralling - I could not put it down! He has a lurid past and a shocking secret that could destroy the life he's built with his brothers and his developing relationship with Kate if it's ever revealed. I have to admit that I was drawn to Nicky from the start, in the first novel he was the gentlemen of the brothers but you could tell that there was a tortured soul underneath his calm veneer and in Eternal Kiss author Laura Wright masterfully peels away the multiple layers in his character, drawing you deeper and deeper into him until there is no turning back. Honestly, he is one of my favorite heroes out there. Everything I look for in one, he has! Loyal, sexy, self-sacrificing, fierce, strong, smart, brave, loving.I can keep going and going. He is paired with the perfect heroine for him, Kate Everborne. I rarely find a series where I love all the heroines but so far we're two for two here. Kate is smart, courageous, strong and witty; the ultimate heroine. The relationship between these two could not of been better written. Both Nicky and Kate have major baggage and trust issues but the intense sexual tension is the biggest shining point, and it leads to a scorching climax for these two. Scorching people. But they weren't the only characters in this book; there were subplots involving others that just enhance the story and invest you further into this world. The dialogue between the brothers themselves is humorous, sarcastic and entertaining; some of my favorite scenes are with all three of them. Every scene is well thought out, detailed and descriptive; immersing the reader fully into the story line. I loved the fact that Wright provided a glossary for this novel, the word that she has created is interesting and unique but it always helps to have a page you could turn to if you forget what a new word or term used in the story means. Nail biting twists and turns, fantastical suspense, relentless action and fiery romance this is a paranormal romance that you cannot pass up! There was also a fabulous set up for the next book in the series, Eternal Captive, which I am just dying for!
Slion on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The 2nd book in ¿The Mark of The Vampire¿ series from Laura Wright is ¿Eternal Kiss¿. As the 1st book, ¿Eternal Hunger¿ was about the insatiable bloodlust or ¿hunger¿ that Alex Roman had for his mate Sara, this book¿s title is also significant. ¿Eternal Kiss¿ is about our Nicholas Roman who is forced into maturity or morpho at the beginning of the book and his mating marks are lips or an eternal kiss, as it was. This means that Nicholas¿s mate will also bear this mark. Nicholas is then request by The Order to complete the same task as his brother, Alex, failed to do, kill Ethan Dare. If he fails, Lucien will be morpho¿d , and Nicholas cannot take that chance. Kate Everborne watches over a boy, Ladd, as part of work release from the prison. She had 2 months left on a 10-year sentence. As the boy¿s mother runs across the play yard to get to them, a man comes out of nowhere and kills her right in front of Kate and Ladd, and then flashes away. The mother whispers her dying wishes into Kate¿s ear to take Ladd to his father. His father is one of The Roman Brothers. Kate will have to risk her freedom to take the boy to him. This is how she meets Nicholas.I could not put this book down. There is so much going on, many different feelings, characters, and tangents to assimilate. It¿s quite tasty to read, actually. There is more revealed concerning the larger evil at large in the vampire world and more character analysis into our vampire council, The Order. Nicholas is a much more complex individual than Alex was, and his past is more tainted. It shapes whom he is and how he reacts to the woman who presents him with a child claiming to be an heir. I loved the depths and emotions of Nicholas. I also liked the different portrayals of the women in this novel. Sara¿s new roles as well as a Dillion¿s performance were both refreshing. I saw the evolution of Kate¿s feelings in the novel towards Nicholas a natural progression and very smooth. Lucien¿s attitude and character attributes were also more natural here. The plot threads that lead out from him to our third novel had my heart accelerating. The developments surrounding Gray were tantalizing since this will round out what Laura seems to be trying to express about class inequality in the vampire society. What was everyone fighting for: freedom. Nicholas cannot get free of his past or this image of himself. Nicholas needs the freedom to love. Kate needs physical freedom and emotional freedom. The Impures need the freedom to have equality. Gray needs the freedom to choose his own path. Lucien needs the freedom of his fate, to be The Breeding Male. This book had intrigue and was fast paced, and was great with character development. It built on the solid foundation of book 1, ¿Eternal Hunger¿, and it is a sure bet as far as recommendations are concerned.
AllmyBookfinds on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Once I got started I couldn't stop! It has the perfect balance of so many things: danger, sacrifice, love, initrigue, viloence, sex....and so many more great qualities! I can't wait to spend a lot more time with the Roman borthers!
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the second book in the Mark of the Vampire series and I will admit, I was not sure if I was going to like this one as much. I loved Alexanders story in Eternal Hunger and Nicholas was present, but more in the background and did not really stand out to me. Lucian is actually the brother I am dying to read more about, but still the Roman brothers are a intriguing bunch to watch, so I was still excited about this book. I have also figured out that the more I read about these Roman boys, the more I fall in love with them.A little word of caution though, I mentioned this when I reviewed the first book, but I think it needs to come up again. These boys are not the overly sweet, sensitive vampire that is going to whisper sweet nothings in your ear. They are fierce, no crap taking, kicking butt and taking names kinda boys. To say they are rough around the edges I think is putting it mildly. The point of this description? The brothers language is not always pretty, actually wait, it is never pretty. They describe things like they see them and it can be a bit jarring if you have not read about them before. I personally don¿t mind it because I know that is how they think. The point of being in a characters head is to see the world as they do and these brothers are not shy about how they see things. So just a heads up, language sometimes blunt, but makes total sense since these books are a view of the world through the Romans eyes.Onto the content, this book is all about Nicholas, the ¿lover¿ as Laura has called him. I originally thought that term meant he was the sensitive one out of the group. Um, no. I was forced to rethink that whole theory after this book. I had no idea what was in Nicholas¿ past and when it was revealed to me I was thrown through a little bit of a loop, it was something I did not see coming. His past did add depth to his character and his actions made more sense once I knew where he came from. I always enjoy delving into charters past and seeing what has molded them into becoming what they are now. I have also found that Laura is really good at throwing curve balls at the reader unexpectedly and it keeps me on my toes through the books, which is awesome!So, back to Nicholas. At the end of book one, he was sent through morpho and now shows the mark of his true mate on his cheeks. He has no interest in finding her at the moment though, because he is trying to keep the Eternal Order from pushing Lucian through morpho. While trying to track down Ethan Dare to satisfy the Order he mets Kate a veana (female vampire of pure blood) who claims she has brought him his son after the boys mother was killed. It puts a little bit of a kink in Nicholas plans and sets him and Kate on a series of events that challenges both of them.The relationship between these two characters was tense at first, but the chemistry was there from the beginning, lurking below their tough facades and itching to break through. Kate was strong willed and did not just bend to Nicholas¿ every whim. She did not fall at his feet and do whatever he asked. In turn, Nicholas had to work to win Kate¿s trust and vis versa, and this made the relationship more interesting to watch unfold. Just like in Eternal Hunger there are many obstacles that stand in the couples way. However, watching both of these fiercely independent people try and fight their feelings and learn how to rely on another person, kept me completely engrossed in the story. Laura does a fantastic job of connecting you with the couple and letting the characters stay true to who they are.Don¿t worry though, you get to check in on the other two Roman brothers from time to time and there is still plenty of brother banter to go around. I always enjoy watching the brothers taunt each other and Eternal Kiss did not disappoint me there either. We even get a glimpse of Lucian interacting with Bronwyn. I am keeping fingers crossed that she is meant for Lucian, but ther
Basista More than 1 year ago
Buy it...you'll really like the series.
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Enjoyed the ride!
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FastReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book...I thought that it was even better than the first one. This is a series that I had put off reading based on some of the bad reviews but I finally decided to give it a chance. Definitely should be read in order to understand some the terminology and to understand why some of the characters do what they do...I do not think that this book is a stand alone story. I will continue to read the next book and any that (hopefully) follows...
AllieM More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! There is a little of everything in this book. The whole series is a must read. You won't be able to put it down...
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Great second book can't wait to start the next one....loving tnis series glad it got recomended to me
KaraleeLovell More than 1 year ago
I loved Nicky's book. His pain was so sad and real. When you finish you feel you truly know him. The only problem for me is I don't want to wait for the next in the series to be released. I need my Roman fix on a regular basis.
KimT1969 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the mark of the vampires series. Nicholas... Dark Past and his story really tugged at my heart. I loved Kate. It's nice to see a strong heroine instead of some of the whiney ones I've seen lately in books. I thought the first book was awesome but Eternal Kiss kicked it up a notch!!!
Liesa More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series! Its about Nicholas Roman , who is my favorite brother!! These books keep getting better and better!!
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PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
His father unknown, his mother dead, Nicholas Roman was raised by the vampire Breed with one wish: to live as a normal vampire. But once he's transformed against his will into a gifted immortal, Nicholas now has one goal: to stop the Eternal Order of vampires from controlling his life and from transforming more males from his bloodline for their vicious reign. Then comes a beautiful stranger with a startling secret . . . Vampire Kate Everborne claims she's sheltering Nicholas's long-lost son. If this is true, then who is the mother? And how endangered are they if, indeed, Nicholas does possess the bloodline so coveted by the Order? These are questions that with every seductive whisper, every silken touch, draw Nicholas and Kate intimately closer and nearer still to the truth. But aroused too are Nicholas's fears that this tantalizing woman has even more secrets -- both dangerous and provocative -- she has yet to share. Raised by the Breed, Nicholas Roman wants to stop the Eternal Order of Vampires from controlling his life, and using other males from his bloodline -including possibly his son- for their vicious reign. Only a beautiful vampire stranger can help him, but what are her true motives? If you enjoyed the early years of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, then you'll easily get sucked into this story. It's almost shocking how similar the tales are, but regardless, this book was entertaining and intense. I enjoyed the heat between Kate & Nicholas the most, but also liked their competitive & silly banter throughout the book as well. Ladd was a delightful addition to the overall characters and really added a lot of sentimental value to many of Nicholas's actions. If you're looking for a hot story with lots of dark adventures, Eternal Kiss won't let you down. Now I'm on to reading Book #1 and Book #3, coming out early next year. Likes: Kate's joyful experiences of pop-corn and movies were cute since they were so new & exciting for her. Dislikes: Just like the BDB series, there were parts I just skipped over because they bored me -- thus I skipped lots of Ethan Dare's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series and can't wait for the next one to come out. If you like vampire books, this is a good series to read.
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