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Eternal Pleasure (Gods of the Night Series #1)
     

Eternal Pleasure (Gods of the Night Series #1)

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by Nina Bangs
 

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The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil?

Kelly Maloy opens her car door to much more than a great looking stranger at the Houston airport. Terror, desire, and a horrible truth climb in with

Overview

The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil?

Kelly Maloy opens her car door to much more than a great looking stranger at the Houston airport. Terror, desire, and a horrible truth climb in with him. She’s only supposed to drive Ty Endeka around the city for a few weeks. Too bad no one tells her that once day fades she’ll become part of a battle fought in the darkened streets with an enemy that isn’t human. And the sensual man who feeds her fantasies hides a soul that gives new meaning to animal magnetism.

Eleven Gods of the Night… The only creatures more deadly are the ones they’ve been summoned to destroy.

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Publishers Weekly

In a series inaugural from Bangs (One Bite Stand), the Gods of the Night are incarnated for the first time in 65 million years, summoned to protect humanity from an all-encompassing evil that is coming in 2012, at the end of the Mayan calendar. While currently incarnated as deadly, handsome men, they have the ability to assume their prior forms-those of gigantic dinosaurs. One of them, Ty Endeka, develops a powerful attraction to his driver, Kelly Maloy. She never expects to be drawn into this world of demons, vampires, werewolves and otherkin, but when she is, she handles it with aplomb, even when the Eleven's mysterious leader, Fin, tells her she has a crucial role to play in the coming fight. Bangs's skillful blend of vampirology, Mayan lore and extinct monoliths lays solid groundwork for the series-and almost makes it possible to wrap one's head around the idea of men with the souls of dinosaurs as sex objects. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781428512771
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Gods of the Night Series , #1
Pages:
320

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Eternal Pleasure
By Nina Bangs
Dorchester Publishing Copyright © 2008 Nina Bangs
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8439-5953-6



Chapter One Come on, come on, come on. Kelly was not a patient woman. None of the Maloys was. It wasn't in their genes. She tapped out her irritation on the steering wheel. The plane was late, and she was tired of waiting.

Fin is paying you crazy money to wait. He's also paying for your apartment with the nice soft bed. Yeah, there was that. Besides, the job was pretty straightforward. Nothing complicated. Pick up the guy Steve was bringing in from Ireland. Then drive him around wherever he wanted to go until he left Houston. A few weeks, tops. The best part? Once he was gone, she'd have enough money to finally get her degree without eating peanut butter and crackers for dinner every night. It was worth taking off a semester to play chauffeur.

She stopped tapping as she thought about Fin. She'd never actually met him. His assistant, Shen, who ducked and dodged all meaningful questions about his boss, handled the face-to-face stuff. But Fin's money was very green, so she was very satisfied. And if she had a few unanswered questions about what her boss was doing in his big penthouse condo, well, she wasn't being paid to ask questions.

A few minutes later Steve walked out of the building, and she sighed with relief. But she had to suck her breath right back in again when she saw the man behind him.

Whoa! He rang the bell on her personal demigod meter. Tall, muscular, dark hair, great face, and ...

She didn't get any further. Unusual, because she was a detail person, and she hadn't gotten anywhere close to an inch-by-inch appraisal.

Something was coming. Something big. Kelly sensed it on a level that didn't answer to logic. It was the moment between the lightning strike and the thunder. You knew the boom was coming, but you didn't know how loud it'd be.

It struck. An emotion so raw she wanted to clutch her stomach and scream, a darkly erotic punch in the gut that was more about pain than plea sure. What the ... She tried to crawl free, but the images and impressions followed her-heat, hunger, violence, sex.

Kelly gripped the steering wheel until her knuckles turned white, but it didn't help. Her common sense was trying to drag her battered psyche to its feet when the second emotion flattened her.

Terror. The black crow of panic was perched on her shoulder. She'd never felt this scared in her whole life.

Don't open the door. She pried one hand free of the steering wheel and reached for the door to lock it. Wait. That's stupid. Run like hell. In the fight-or-flight mode, flight was a winner. She was getting out of Dodge.

Steve knocked on the closed passenger window, and what ever weirdness had a stranglehold on her loosened its grip. Thank you. She shook her head, trying to clear away the residual terror. What was that about?

"Unlock the damn door." He didn't sound like the goofy Steve she knew and avoided.

She blinked. When had she locked the doors? "Sure." Keeping her eyes carefully averted from the man still standing a short distance behind Steve, she released the locks.

Steve yanked the door open, but he didn't bother saying anything about the locks as he leaned into the car. "Look, I'm not riding back with you. I'll get home some other way." He hooked a thumb at the man behind him. "He's all yours."

Hers? Until she untangled her emotions, she'd like a buffer in the backseat. As Steve started to turn away, she leaned across the seat to shout at him. "Wait. You can't just go off. Why aren't you riding back with us?"

He stared at her, his face pale, with eyes that showed a lot of white. "I flew across the ocean with him. Felt like I was sitting next to death the whole way. By the time we landed, everyone around us had moved." He held up a hand to ward off questions. "Don't ask. I don't know why. The dude just scares the crap out of me. Scared everyone else too." His smile was grim. "And don't tell me you don't feel it."

Shocked, she watched Steve drag his bag to the taxi line. They didn't make white knights like they used to. Warily, she cast her soon-to-be passenger a glance before waving him over. What she felt was primal, instinctive, and didn't make one bit of sense. She'd either overcome it or lose her job. She'd take steak over peanut butter and crackers every time.

Still, she had to renew her grip on the steering wheel when the man slid in beside her and slammed the door closed. His presence filled the car, and she fought the return of her panic, her need. She pressed her lips together as she tried to wall off her feelings until she could figure them out.

"No bags?" She forced herself to turn her head and meet his gaze.

"I travel light." His voice was a soft, sensual rasp. He could use that same tone to say, "I want to have sex with you," or "I'm going to eat you, little girl," and Kelly would've believed either statement.

She didn't think she had any breath left in her lungs, so she just nodded as she drove away from the airport. Once on the freeway, darkness wrapped itself around them. And if someone didn't say something soon, she was going to pull the car over and do a great impression of a gazelle across someone's field.

"Fin said your name is Ty. Ty what?" A last name would make him seem more real, more solid, less dangerous. Maybe.

"Endeka." He clenched and unclenched his hands as he watched traffic whiz by.

Maybe he wasn't used to busy highways. That tiny glimpse of vulnerability helped dispel some of her fear, but it didn't do much for her other problem. It waited, dark and threatening, in a shadowed corner of her mind. It didn't have a reason for being; it just was. Sex. Not just ordinary sex, but a craving so powerful she knew taking him inside her would never be enough. Only absorbing every single cell of his body would quiet the need.

She almost snorted. Great. Kelly, the human amoeba. She beat that stupidity back and tried to bury it under who she was-a woman who chose her men based on a whole bunch of sensible criteria. I-want-your-body wasn't one of them.

"That's Fin's last name. You guys related?" She smiled. Okay, so it was a little shaky around the edges.

He didn't smile back. "Cousins."

Kelly took her attention from the highway long enough to sneak another glance. Less dangerous? Maybe not. For the first time, she really took stock of what he looked like.

About six-four, broad shoulders, with a muscular build that came from real work and not a weight room. Dark hair that was a little too long, and a hard face with gray eyes she didn't think she wanted to study closely right now. He had a sensual mouth, his only softening feature. Jeans, a dark gray pullover, and a short leather jacket completed the picture.

She looked back at the road. Nothing about him should cause the suffocating fear she'd felt, still felt. But logic wasn't a passenger to night.

"Your name? Fin forgot to pass that info on." He stared out the side window at the darkness rushing by.

Kelly frowned. Tension rolled off him in waves. She didn't have to be particularly sensitive to feel it. "Kelly Maloy. I'll be your driver until you leave Houston." When in doubt, ask. "Is something bothering you?"

He paused, and for a moment she thought he'd tell her. He didn't. What he did do was fumble for the button to lower the window and then stare into the woods they were passing. "Stop."

Startled, she put her foot on the brake and eased the car to the side of the highway. "What? Do you feel sick?"

Mr. Scary didn't answer. He shoved the car door open and leaped out. While she watched open-mouthed, he raced into the woods.

"Well, hell." No matter how terrifying this guy was, she couldn't go back to Fin and say she'd lost him. She needed this job. Besides, she knew how miserable carsickness could make you feel. He'd probably run into the woods to throw up. She should make sure he was okay.

Grabbing the pepper spray and her cell phone from her purse, along with the flashlight she kept under the seat, she locked her car and followed Ty into the trees.

Kelly heard the screams first, followed by what sounded like the roar of some animal. A big animal. And not one she recognized.

Common sense said that bad things were happening when people screamed like that, and what ever animal was out there would probably snicker at her pepper spray, right before it swallowed her whole.

Common sense also suggested she go back to her car and lock herself inside until Ty came back. But what if he didn't come back? What if he was in trouble? With a muttered apology to her common sense, she kept going.

A wild thrashing in the underbrush was her only warning as four men burst from the trees. Kelly planted herself and readied the pepper spray. Wasted effort. They ignored her, racing past and disappearing into the darkness.

She exhaled the breath she'd been holding. That had gone well. But where was her missing paycheck? She found him a few seconds later.

Kelly stepped onto the old dirt road that ran through the woods and froze. Her mind checked off the obvious-white Honda, windows up, two terrified faces pressed against the back side window, Ty standing a few feet from the car, and ...

Her mind refused to put a check beside the last item. It looked like there was some huge ghostly shape dissolving around Ty. What ever it was, it disappeared even as she stared. She shook her head. No, she hadn't seen that. It was just her stress, fear, and the night playing games with her senses.

Before she had a chance to ask what was going on, the faces disappeared from the window. Kelly could see the two teens, a girl and boy, scrambling into the front seats. A minute later, the boy started the car, and they raced away, leaving a cloud of Texas dust in their wake.

She took a deep breath and forced herself to walk over to Ty. "Explain."

He shrugged. And then he smiled.

Kelly felt her fear ease into that other emotion, the one she wouldn't give a name because it didn't need any encouragement. He had a great smile, if you liked smiles laced with promises of danger and secrets. Evidently she did.

"The men who probably passed you on their way out were trying to rob the people in the car." His smile widened. "They changed their minds."

The logical question was why? Kelly didn't ask. She was too busy fighting the fear-and-sex thing. Besides, she'd had about all the strangeness she could take for one night. And she had a suspicion his explanation might involve the ghostly image she definitely had not seen. Hey, denial was her friend.

"We need to get moving. Fin will be calling to find out what's happened to us." She turned and headed back to the car. Even though she couldn't hear him following her, she sensed Ty with every primitive instinct remaining in her modern human body. She controlled the urge to run. Never run from a predator. Where'd that thought come from? Kelly pushed it away.

They spent the rest of the long drive from Bush International in silence. Questions stood shoulder to shoulder in Kelly's mind. How had he known something was happening in the woods? What was the animal she'd heard? Why were those men so terrified? Why hadn't the two in the car at least rolled down their windows to thank Ty for saving them? And what was ... No, she wouldn't think about that again.

She didn't ask any of those questions because, well, he might answer them. Maybe tomorrow she'd be ready for answers.

There was one comment she felt safe making. "Rushing in to save those people in the car took guts."

Ty threw her a puzzled look. "I wasn't trying to save anyone."

Uh-oh. Maybe she didn't want to hear this. But she couldn't drive with her hands over her ears.

"I was there for the hunt. Too bad you interrupted." He smiled again. "I could like Texas. A lot."

His smile sent icy worms slithering and wiggling down her spine. Okay, small talk done for the night. They didn't exchange any more conversation for the rest of the trip. He seemed fascinated with Houston, and she didn't try to distract him.

By the time she turned off Memorial Drive and stopped at the front entrance to Fin's high-rise condo, her muscles ached from tension. She nodded toward the door, where someone was already headed their way. "That man will make sure you get up to Fin's condo." She watched Ty climb from the car, then turn to stare back at her. "I'll wait for you."

To night as she lay in bed, she'd have to come to terms with her feelings. She couldn't let phantom fears derail her plans to get her degree. And the sexual thing that was totally not her? That was a curiosity she needed to lay to rest.

She worked up a real smile for him. "I'll see you in a few hours." She'd end this on a light note. He wouldn't want someone around him who radiated fear every time he looked at her. "And I'll be ready to drive you to hell and back if you need me."

His expression gave nothing away. "Remember that promise." And then he strode away.

When would this freaky night be over? She'd park the car in the underground garage, take the elevator up to the condo's lounge, where she could get some caffeine in her system, and wait until he needed her.

A short time later, she settled onto a leather couch with her cup of coffee and one of the books strewn around the lounge. A serial-killer mystery. Good. She needed something simple and ordinary to calm her down.

(Continues...)



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The author of more than 16 novels to date, Nina Bangs has published with Dorchester and NAL. Nominated for four Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, she won in 2009 for Best Shapeshifter Romance (Eternal Craving).

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Eternal Pleasure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this title as an ARC. This is not a book I would usually read, leaning more to bios and mystery/detective titles. Once I started this book I did not want to put it down, the action just kept going. The story is about a group returned to life from many eons ago to help save the world. They have supernormal and paranormal powers as do their (and our) enemies. The best part for me was probably the love story that ran all the way through the action. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and will be first in line to pick up the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book and was excited to read it. I am a fan of all of Nina Bang's books. This is a new series that involves The Eleven, a Mayan Prophecy that the world will end on 12-21-12, and the Nine Immortals. The Eleven have been brought here by their leader, Fin to save the world and destroy the Nine and ultimately their leader. Eternal Pleasure is about Kelly Maloy and Ty Endeka. Ty is one of The Eleven and Kelly is his driver. The love interest between Ty and Kelly is a passionate one. If you enjoy the paranormal, you will find everything here werewolves, demons, vampires, prehistorics and the human element. There are new twists and turns to whet your appetite. I am already anxious for the next book.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
Now that was fun. I enjoyed this one very much. I mean, what's not to like about a group of warriors who were dinosaurs in a previous existence. They all work with Fin (a very beautiful and mysterious guy who holds all the answers I suspect) and work with demons, vampires and werewolves to save humanity. Yes, the concept is "over the top", but that is one reason why I loved it so much. In this genre, I enjoy reading what concepts authors come up with. Loved the heroine who was very smart and able to keep her head during some very unbelievable times. I recommend this if you like this genre. Ah, romance...
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Every sixty five million years, ten immortals descend on Earth, determined to wipe out the dominant race to make way for a new species to move to the top. The last time this happened, it signaled the end of the dinosaurs. Now, the ten are back, bent on total annihilation of the dominant species (humans). But there is a difference this time, and that is a group of eleven immortal beings determined to stop the ten at all costs. These Gods of the Night, as they have been dubbed by the bad guys, have been sleeping for all this time: well, the souls of ten of them anyway. When their leader, Fin revives them, he places their souls into human males, all gorgeous and strong in their own right. But when their souls break free, they are nearly invincible, because they become what they were so long ago: the ultimate predators-dinosaurs. When Ty Endeka gets to Texas, he is met by his human driver, Kelly Maloy, and sparks fly. Seems the emotions of these immortals kind of leak, and what Kelly feels is raw lust rolling off of him. But soon they are in the thick of battle, trying to send "Nine" back to the cosmos and prevent Houston from being destroyed. Can Ty get a handle on his inner beast, and survive the battle to come? Can Kelly see past the beast to the heart within? Eternal Pleasure is the first book in Nina Bangs' newest series, Gods of the Night. This is an interesting twist on the Mayan end-of-days prophecy, and I found this book to be a really riveting reading experience. When I think of Nina Bangs, I envision hot hunks, and we have lots of those here. She has come up with a new twist on shifters with this and there is a humorous twist as well. And no Nina Bangs book would be complete without a love story, and scorching hot sex. She has it all in this one. And the characters are unique and well crafted. Kelly Maloy is a strong and determined female. She needs money to finish her schooling, and she accepts Fin's offer of a job as Ty's driver. I love her strength, and her willingness to jump in and do her part to save humanity, once she learns the truth. She is loyal, and honest, and willing to get in Fin's face to get what she wants. Ty Endeka is sort of "leader of the pack" in this one. Considering he was a tyrannosaurus rex in his last life, he is the "baddest of the bad" but luckily he is one of the good guys this time around. I enjoyed watching Ty get a grip on his inner beast, and learn how to be human to be with Kelly. His patience was a wonder. I mean, the guy hasn't had sex in sixty five million years, and his fated mate is next to him in a car most of the time. Talk about frustration. All of the characters are unique and well defined. I love the sense of humor that Ms. Bangs gave to their leader, Fin. His idea of names for his men is really tongue in cheek, and once you meet each of them, it becomes clear that this character (Fin) is the most enigmatic character ever written. And he doesn't let them know everything at once, leading us to surprises along the way. I look forward to reading more in this series, and I highly recommend it for those who want something different. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
DChaching More than 1 year ago
I like Nina Bangs new series it is a little different with a few new ideas with the same paranormal charachters. You will enjoy how she tells a tale of gods and demons immortal beings vampires werewolves working together as well as against in this good verses evit tale. I say go for it these gods of the night are really hot animalistic lovers that have been asleep for 65 million years and now they are out to protect man and fall in love. Something they have never been. I loved seeing that unfold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It takes a lot of courage to set aside well-loved characters and a writing style that launched you onto the Bestseller lists but Nina Bangs has done just that- with amazing success! Eternal Pleasure is the first of eleven `Gods of the Night¿ series. Delving into the dark and serious side of paranormal, Nina has created an incredible new world full of original plot points and surprising twists-so much so, I am unable to summarize without ruining the story for you. Hint: She pairs a predator alpha-male with a perfectly normal human female, throws them in life-endangering situations with breathtaking frequency and- uh yeah- it¿s Nina LOTS of sexual tension! Will they save humanity in time? I¿m not telling, buy the book. Suffice it to say this is a can¿t-put-down page turner (warning: if you¿re reading it pool-side, be prepared for a second-degree sunburn!) Congratulations Nina!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs introduces a new paranormal romance series based on a Mayan mythology spanning past and future. A slip in a carefully laid out plans draws a spunky heroine and an uber-alpha male into super-hero roles to fight battles to save humanity from forces invading everyday life. Breathtakingly intricate imagination, hot romance and humor make Eternal Pleasure a top romance choice and downright reading fun!// The Mayan Calendar stops at December 21, 2012. What did the ancient Mayans know that we don't know today? An alliance of predators, the ultimate alpha fighting machines with their primal instincts and their deadly bodies as weapons have joined forces as The Eleven, in a battle to save humanity from the Nine and a force that seeks the destruction of humanity and the Earth. Fin has summoned together forces from 65 million years ago, forces now in human form. Now as the Gods of Night, they must hunt down the Nine and prevent the ultimate cataclysm, the dark force that wipes out dominant species. To make matters even worse, the Nine are not alone. They enlist the otherkin, vampires and werewolves as subordinates and subterfuge in this wicked plot to complicate the battle to kill off humans. The Eleven are an unlikely alliance --- ancient warriors, primal warriors with an instinct for the hunt, raw sex and killing. Although these men might be human now (Or maybe not? What amazing imagery Nina Bangs creates!), 65 million years of hunger for the thrill of the kill and mating is too long. Lock these alpha males together in one room, and what a mix! Primal testosterone in human bodies. Can they work together as humans to save humanity?// Kelly Maloy takes a job as a driver to pick up some extra money. The job offer and the pay were just too good, but when Ty Endeka climbs into her car, her whole world is about to change. Terror and desire mix together when Ty enters her life. Ty has never been a stay-by-your-woman kind of man. For him, it's all about sex, the pure pleasure of sex, at least, until he meets Kelly, that is. With Kelly, he finds himself feeling emotions and thinking things he never thought possible --- human things that go beyond his exterior right down to his soul. When Kelly becomes a pawn in this battle, can he protect her? When Fin tells them the cost of their love, does Ty choose to protect her or expose her to the darkness of his soul? His choice might seem difficult, but Kelly may have the most difficult choice to make.// This was a fun book! The world-building in Eternal Pleasure is exquisite --- eclectic, mysterious and fun. Nina Bangs gives more and more intricate details, piece by piece, to create unique and breathtaking images while also leaving just enough up to the imagination to make readers very eager to see how she will develop this series. Nina Bangs integrates her world-building perfectly, never once detracting from the romance itself. Nina Bangs adds each detail in the perfect measure to heighten the romance and the mystery of the story.// Eternal Pleasure will delight readers with its steamy romance, humor, and fresh intriguing cosmology. Nina Bangs creates a special flair with a wonderful self-awareness of the genre as well as movies and even comic books that will have readers laughing with her, moving from humor to suspenseful, intriguing encounters between the Eleven and the Nine and back again with a smooth, natural narrative flow. Nina Bangs's characterization of Fin becomes more and more intriguing with each new revelation. In Eternal Pleasure the first book of a new series, Nina Bangs has the perfect mix of introducing some of the other future primary characters here while also maintaining a satisfying focus on the dynamic romance between Kelly and Ty. Eternal Pleasure is a fast-paced fun read. What an ending! (No matter how much you might be tempted, don't jump ahead because a reader won't understand its significance without all the careful world-building t
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rmswan More than 1 year ago
I enjoy more character development. I didn't hate the dinosaur thing but it's a weak story line. I hope Nina keeps writing because I think she has talent. I just will pass on this series.
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