The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead—at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing—until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen.
When Petra’s health begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. Though reluctant to see Petra, he cannot turn his back on his own innocent child. But night after night, as his feelings for Petra are rekindled, Syn becomes increasingly torn.
Although everyone assumes that Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced—and is still hell-bent on finding and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too late?
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The hawk shifter flew overhead, circling Petra in the cloudless sky as she stumbled back and forth in front of the mouth of the cave—the same Rain Forest cave she’d pulled a burning, fiercely stubborn Synjon Wise into after he’d tried to follow his lover into the sun seven months ago.
Now it was Petra’s turn.
Not to burn, but to feel the constant aftershocks of a misery she couldn’t shake.
Tears ran down her cheeks, another great sob exiting her tight throat. She was in so much pain. Unimaginable and inescapable. Her body, her swollen belly, her mind, her heart . . .
No. She had no heart. It was silent. An empty, useless organ.
It was a realization that had once filled her with curiosity. She was a vampire. A veana. Not a shifter, like her adopted family. Gone were the perpetual feelings of being an outcast among a society who wanted nothing more than to embrace her. Now she had living proof of her own existence. Now her questions could truly be answered.
Who did she belong to? Where were others like her? What could she expect from her life? How long would that life be?
He had gifted her with those answers. That male. The dark-haired, dark-eyed paven who’d come to the Rain Forest to bury his beloved, and himself if Petra hadn’t been there to stop him. Inside the shelter of her tree house so many months ago, Synjon Wise had told her everything, offered her a future. He’d just had to kill someone first. She could hear his voice in her head even now. That deep, rich accent.
Vengeance before romance, love.
But the one he’d had to kill, the one who had murdered his Juliet, well . . . he was Petra’s only connection with the outside world. Her only connection to her blood. He was her father.
Another pained cry wrenched from Petra’s lungs, from deep inside, from the place where the ache seemed to originate, and she stopped and gripped the cool, moist curve of the cave’s entrance.
She heard her mother’s voice somewhere behind her. “What can we do?” Not the mother who had given her life, but the one who had raised her. As part of her pride, a cub to be cherished.
The beautiful lion shifter Wen had been the best mother any creature, shifter or vampire, could hope for. Now she nearly wailed in pain at Petra’s distress.
“I don’t know,” said the other female, the one who had brought Petra to the Rain Forest a week ago. This was her biological mother, Celestine. A Pureblood vampire who was as desperate to make up for lost time and bond with her daughter as Petra was to push her away.
She didn’t need another parent. Especially not one who considered her part in creating Petra a grave mistake.
“You’re a vampire, like her,” Wen continued, her unsteady voice carrying on the breeze. “Surely you’ve seen this kind of—”
“Never.” Celestine’s tone was emphatic, impassioned. Fearful. “Her sister, my daughter Sara, is also in swell, but she is an Impure. She never went through Meta. Getting pregnant before you’re of age, before you experience your transition, is very rare.”
“Do you think that’s why she’s reacting this way?”
“Emotional surges are expected in pre-Meta swell . . .”
“But not like this.”
Celestine paused before saying, “No, not like this. And not this far along. The surges are purported to be very early on in the pregnancy.”
“What are we to do?” Wen said, her own voice breaking with emotion. “She’s been here a week, and every day—every hour—it grows worse.”
Their impassioned chatter grated on Petra’s exposed nerves, searing her mind with agony. Her nails scraped against the rock.
“There must be something we can give her to ease this suffering,” Wen continued. “This strange hunger. The pain.”
“Blood,” said Celestine.
“She won’t drink it,” Wen returned. “I’ve tried. You’ve tried. She—”
“Stop it!” Petra snarled over her shoulder, tears raining down her cheeks, relentless. “Stop talking about me as if I’m not here!”
Both females froze in the glare of the sunlight, their gazes cutting to her immediately. Petra despised the fear and empathy she saw in their eyes. Or maybe their expressions made her feel frustrated . . . or was it desperately sad? She didn’t know.
Whimpering, she gripped the underside of her large belly. She couldn’t decipher her feelings. There were too many of them, and too much of them. What was wrong with her? And was it affecting her baby?
Celestine moved toward her. “You must drink.”
“No,” Petra growled. Blood. Just the thought of it on her tongue, running down her throat, made her gag, made her vicious. She hissed at the both of them and pressed herself back against the mouth of the cave. She wanted to drink, wanted to feed her growing balas, but she couldn’t keep anything down. Gods, wasn’t vomiting worse for the child?
Tears in her own eyes now, Wen started rolling up her sleeve. “You can have mine, baby. Take all the blood you need. Please, Pets.” She bit her lip, the loving childhood nickname swallowed up by a sob of despair. “Seeing you like this . . .”
Overhead, the hawk cried, swooping in low, before returning to the sky. Petra glanced up and growled at the bird. She’d told Dani she didn’t want to see her, didn’t want a ride over the treetops of the Rain Forest, didn’t want the female’s looks of sympathy or fear. But her best friend refused to leave, to retreat to her nest.
“Our blood won’t stop this, Wen,” Celestine said gently. “I’m afraid she needs his.”
“The father of the child . . .”
Father! Petra silently screamed. Synjon Wise was no father. That bastard wanted to kill her, and the baby. She’d seen it on his face in the dim light of the mutore Erion’s dungeon a week ago, heard it in his voice when he’d repeated her admission about the child she carried being his.
She turned and ran into the cave. Sobs burst in her chest, scraping her throat. She wanted to get away from her mother and Celestine. From everyone. From light, heat, sound. She wanted to search for darkness. Maybe it would claim her.
No. Fuck no. She had to survive for the balas. She had to fight her pain and misery, grant this child the home and family it deserved.
“Oh, gods!” she heard Wen cry. “It’s not possible to bring Synjon Wise here, is it? To ask him to care for her and the child? After what was done to him, does he even remember their time together?”
“His memories weren’t taken, just his emotions,” Celestine said, her voice echoing inside the walls of the cave. “He knows about her and the balas. He knows that she carries the grandchild of his enemy. The question is, will he care?”
Petra met the back of the cave. It was dark and wet and cold and rough, but it welcomed her. Breathing heavily, panic and sickness and fear and anger rippling through her, she curled up against it and tried to force every thought, every feeling, every memory out of her mind.
But it was impossible.
Along with the staggering emotional and physical pain in her body, her brain conjured her past, flipping by, scene after scene. She saw every bit of her childhood in the Rain Forest. She saw the hunts, the shifters, her friends. She saw her work, helping shifters with their early transitions. She saw her brothers.
She saw Synjon.
Once again, she experienced the desperation and pain of dragging him inside the cave she huddled in now. She felt his interest in her, both mentally and sexually. She felt his kiss, his touch.
She felt the moment he’d placed a child in her womb.
Tears flooded her cheeks. He was responsible for this, what she was going through. And yet he was completely at peace, his brain turned off to any and all emotional connection. She didn’t know if she was grateful or pissed off at the Romans for striking the bargain between Cruen and Synjon. She’d hoped for so much more than just being free, her balas momentarily out of harm’s way as she’d watched Synjon’s emotions being bled from his body on the dungeon floor.
She’d hoped for something of the male who’d held her, kissed her, cared for her once upon a time in the tree house that she had yet to return to.
Petra swiped at her eyes and whimpered. As she leaned into the cool, hard rock, growing more and more lost but still blindly determined to do anything and everything to protect her child; Synjon Wise was out there in the world somewhere, devoid of care, of concern. The balas and its mother the furthest thing from his mind.
Within his sprawling penthouse of glass and brick, Synjon Wise sat comfortably at his Bösendorfer, his fingers moving quickly across the keys as he played something light and pointless.
The party guests circulated through the six thousand square feet of interior space, leaving the wraparound terraces and 360-degree views of Manhattan to the shard of moon and the cold December night. It was his third party in seven days. The first had been the very night he’d bought the place. The small crowd had been courtesy of his Realtor. Broadway actors, artists, financiers, Pureblood and Impure vampires. He’d never thought much about owning a flat, or dipping into the massive wealth he’d accumulated over the years. He’d been far too busy working, spying, following the trail of vengeance . . .
This was so much better.
This was a blissful nothingness.
And the vengeance? It would be coming to him now.
He glanced up from the sheet music he didn’t need to read. The dull hum of conversation, the deep thirst of those who continued to empty glass upon glass of Dom Pérignon White Gold, and the females whom he’d instructed not to come near him until he ceased playing. It was a far cry from the manic scene in the mutore’s dungeon a week ago. Here, no pleas for mercy pinged off the walls, no shocking secrets were revealed, and no blood was being extracted from his person.
In this house, he did all the drinking.
A flash on the terrace snagged his attention even as he continued playing. Three massive fanged blokes appeared on the flagstones, their eyes narrowed, their expressions grave in the bleak moonlight as they quickly assessed their surroundings, then headed for the glass doors. Synjon knew them, of course. One far better than the other two, and although the memory, the history, he shared with them held a good amount of tension, he knew absolutely that they were not his enemies.
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“Wright knows how to lure you in and hold you captive until the last page.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Larissa Ione
“Be warned, you will quickly become hooked!”—The Romance Readers Review
“Absorbing and edgy, darkly seductive—everything vampire romance should be!...an enthralling read.…Laura Wright turns up the heat and takes you on a wild ride. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”—Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author of Darker After Midnight
“Grabs you by the heartstrings from the first page and pulls you along until the cliff-hanger of an ending….[The] complexity of emotion is what makes Laura Wright’s books so engrossing.…One of the best new series and authors around, I highly recommend [it] to all lovers of paranormal romance.”—Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
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“Very sexy.…The emotional strength of the story elevated this above other paranormals I’ve read of late.”—Dear Author
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“Just when it seems every possible vampire twist has been turned, Wright launches a powerful series with a rich mythology, page-turning tension, and blistering sensuality.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Wow what a great continuation of this series. When I bought these books I assumed it would be just another vampire series, but boy was I wrong. Ms. Wright has a fresh take on so many of the key parts of PRN--vampirisim, mating, supernatural powers and more. An action-packed read filled with intense scenes of intimacy and mysterious reveals that slowly adds to the backgrounds of the characters that live in the Shifter world. The action is very smooth and flashes from place to place just as the vampires themselves do but there are some intriguing developments. Overall, this was a very enjoyable tale about Synjon and Petra with enough twists that leave one anxious for the next in the series I loved it! The drama was fantastic, the suspense was riveting. This one had the kind of emotional heartache that grabs you by the throat & doesn't let go until you get your happy ending. I loved Synjon, with his sexy British accent. Loved the emotional rollercoaster that Laura Wright has created. The love scenes were so hot that they sizzled with passion.
Let me start by saying, I am beyond addicted to USA Today's bestselling author Laura Wright's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE series. On a whim I was rustling through the box of books that Penguin Group sent my way a few weeks back. I was bored but once I found ETERNAL SIN from Laura Wright my boredom was over and then some. ETERNAL SIN is the sixth, yes sixth book in her erotically seductive MARK OF THE VAMPIRE series. If you chose one book to reade from Laura Wright, I say, make the right decision and pluck ETERNAL SIN of your favorite local book store on November 5th. Ms. Wright knows exactly what she is doing when you swipe her finger tips of her magical keyboard. Ms. Wright is an artist of the heart having immersed in acting, singing and competitive ball dancing. That being said, you can see how creative this author is that her stories must be just as well developed and stopped in creative juices pouring from page to page. To say I'm a devoted fan is like saying does a woman like chocolate. Reading a Wright book is complete escapism and adventure for the romantic reader at heart. Why? Her characters are so well written and grounded in reality even being set in the paranormal genre. Take away the paranormal element, the erotic sexual love scenes and you have flesh and blood characters that want what all readers want. I love so deep, passionate and to mean the world to some one that Wright makes this element in her story quite clear from the get go. That no to say that her characters, especially in ETERNAL SIN Petra When and Synjon Wise do not have the obstacles to overcome. Wright is brilliant at blocking this couple’s happy ending at every turn. Just when you think the couple has defeated emotional and physical demons Wright pulls the fantasy from beneath her readers’ feet time and again. She is flawless in keeping her readers engaged from page to page. ETERNAL SIN is the perfect read for paranormal and urban fantasy readers. A book with Laura Wright’s name on the book a reader knows they are in for one intensely passionate adventure. Wright delivered with Petra When and Synjon Wise. Most of the time, I am drawn to the hero of the book. I believe somewhere deep inside of my beating heart I’m hoping they might exists. It’s my fantasy and I’m sticking to it. Petra is the perfect heroine. She has so many things happening that any normal person would have lost her mind. She is contemplative and courageous that the hero couldn’t help being drawn to her. Petra is self possessed, knows herself but at the best of times isn’t intimidated to show her softer side. This heroine is one bad as chick. Not in she won’t hand the hero his walking papers or kick his deliciously sexy butt, which she does, but this character has a quiet strength that drew me. I spent two straight nights reading into the wee hours of the nigh because I was desperate to see how Petra turned her emotionless vampire around. Thing is, Petra did it by just being herself. No magic powers or spells, Petra just went on with living her life and being the kind of heroine that I was proud to have read. ETERNAL SIN is not for the faint of heart when it comes to sexual love scenes. Wright is explicit in her descriptions and her word usage might not be some readers cup of tea, but do not let that dissuade you. The core or the heart of the story at the beginning is vengeance. As readers continue to read and watch the characters develop into living breathing characters that leap from the page to grab you by the heart they see a two individuals who finally let go of the fantasy to grasp for that golden ring…love. ETERNAL SIN is a must read in my opinion.
Laura Wright brings readers the sixth book in her Mark of the Vampire series, Eternal Sin. Petra and Synjon finally get their story, which begins in the novella, Eternal Beauty. Wright gives readers a tortured hero in every sense of the word, with Synjon Wise, who lost his mate, tried to take his own life, and now has had his emotions drained from him. Wright's patented sexy writing style is evident on every page, with tension both sexual and emotional between the two main characters. Fans of the series will see the beginnings of a new story arc and the return of many previous characters from the series. It's a story you won't want to miss! The Mark of the Vampire series has long been a favorite of mine. Readers first met Synjon in Eternal Captive, the third installment in the series, and that sexy British accent has had them reeling ever since. Syn is a changed man in this novel though. In Eternal Sin readers meet him after he has lost his one true love, Juliet to the hands of the Cruen the vampire and mad scientist who is experimenting in some pretty nasty stuff. Cruen has not only killed Juliet but drained Syn of his emotions. Syn has become a first class jerk. He doesn't care about anyone lest ways Cruen's daughter, Petra who saved his life. They spent one romantic night together resulting in a child. Now seven months pregnant, Petra needs him to survive, but frankly he doesn't give a darn. Though Syn starts out with no emotions, there is a ton of emotional tension in this novel. Will he get his emotions back? Can he love the daughter of the man who killed his mate? Will he take revenge on the father of the woman carrying his child? It's a mess and Syn is right there in the middle of it. I loved the way Wright is able to show him as a real tough customer here. He has always been bold and rugged but he is totally ruthless in some aspects in this book. I loved the total shift in character and how he slowly but surely gets back to his old self. It's almost a kick on the theme that you can't hide your true self no matter what happens to you. A great plot line! Petra's adopted family of shape shifters play a pivotal role in Eternal Sin which will lead readers to see that Wright is changing things up for coming books. By adding in the shifters the story is taking a different turn which could provide a lot of variety and interesting story lines. The animal shifters are interesting and I think readers will really take to them. Though the vampires have always been the focus of the series and I think they still will be, there is more going on here, which I think is a great direction for the series to go. Syn eventually gets himself together and realizes he is growing a whole new set of emotions regarding Petra and his unborn child. Though he needed a little help to get him going, he finally turns back into the man readers have loved from the start. It was a very hard road for these two, but when the passion ignites, it's gets very hot, very quickly. Wright knows how to write a good love scene, with just enough to whet the readers appetite and letting them let their imaginations fill in the rest. This was a great addition to this series and I think is proves that there are still a lot of stories to be written in this world. Wright sets up a new arc and keeps readers wanting more!
4.75 stars: ETERNAL SIN is the sixth storyline in Laura Wright’s Mark of the Vampire series. This is Synjon and Petra’s storyline which began in the novella Eternal Beauty. Following the murder of Synjon’s first mate Juliet at the hands of Cruen, Petra would discover Synjon as he is about to take his own life. What ensued was a passionate affair that has left Petra pregnant with Synjon’s baby and Synjon is nowhere to be found. Eternal Sin follows Petra as she is unable to feed or care for herself without the blood of the vampire male with whom she has mated. But Synjon’s emotions have been drained and on the surface he does not appear to care about anyone or anything-including Petra and his unborn child. So, as Petra returns to the Rain Forest awaiting the birth of her child, her friends and family will take it upon themselves to bring Synjon to feed the woman to whom he no longer feels any emotional tie. The reader is pulled into a storyline about two people so wrong for one another but so right in the end. Petra has been abandoned and humiliated by the vampire that she has now chosen to live among her adopted family of shifters. And Synjon, without his emotions intact, wanders through the nights hoping to find something or someone that will stir up needs and feelings. The relationship between Synjon and Petra begins as one of necessity but as the storyline progresses Petra’s presence in Synjon’s life jump-starts a whole new set of emotions that Synjon can no longer hide. The storyline is also setting up a different storyline arc for the series as Petra’s family of animal shifters play a pivotal role in the storyline as part of the back story to Cruen’s vampire/animal experiments known as Mutores reveals much more in Eternal Sin than anyone knew. Laura Wright brings together many of the series’ previous storyline characters including the Roman brothers, Dillon and Grey, as well as a number of Dillon’s mutore brothers. Eternal Sin is a fascinating and wonderfully written storyline that has been building over that last few instalments including the possibility that with Cruen old habits never really die, they remain hidden where no one is looking. Laura Wright draws the reader into a story about two people whose lives crossed at one moment in time and whose lives are now forever changed. Synjon has a second chance at life and love and, Petra looks to the future with the man to whom she has fallen in love. Eternal Sin is a necessary read in the Mark of the Vampire series and sets into motion the potential for several more storylines. Laura Wright has created a colorful world of sexy vampires, demons and shifters and brings them together in a series that is a must read. Copy supplied by Netgalley.
I am so addictive to this series. Highly recommend it :)
Spent the week indulging in a Mark of the Vampire series reading marathon. Enjoyed each and every book. She develops new characters and interweaves their lives seamlessly. This last story was the best! The last book was released in 2013 - where's the rest? You left me looking for.the next one....
I really enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed all her mark of the vampire series. I felt like this book was unfinished at the end but that could just be me. I would like to know when the next book is coming out. This series is the greatest.
So far, I have enjoyed all of Laura Wright's Mark series. I liked Sin's story but parts of it frustrated me. The female character, Petra was aggravating to a point, and at one time I really wanted to stop reading but then it all seemed to flow into a good plot, and by the end I was happy once again. I do look forward to seeing more Mark of the Vampire series.
love this series. Mark of the Vampire series keeps getting better. Synjon and Petra take us on an emotional ride. There is drama, suspense and just enough funny lines to keep me laughing . There is still the order,Cruen the crazy who everyone is after and the Breeds .Synjon had his emotions removed cause he was really out of control. Petra is carrying his baby and is having a really hard time of it. we find that love overcomes hate when it really matters. i can't wait to see who next book is about, hope its Dani and Phane .
Synjon stole my heart! I’ve been reading the Mark of a Vampire series since the very beginning and I'm never disappointed when a new book is released. Readers were given a small sample of Synjon and Petra in the novella Eternal Beauty, which only served to make us want so much more! While it’s always difficult to read a story where the emotional torment of a character rips at the very foundation of your soul, it’s just as hard to travel a journey where a cold and calculated barrier has been erected around their unbeating heart. I am always surprised by how quickly I consume these novels, but it’s obviously a testament to the author that I become so totally engrossed, I can’t tear myself away until the very last page. Synjon and Petra’s story is an all consuming, enthralling read filled with deception, tears, pain, laughter, and passion; so get comfortable, have the tissues handy and don’t say I didn’t warn you when you can’t put it down!