Undying Destiny

Undying Destiny

by Jessica Lee

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ISBN-13: 9781622660988
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Series: The Enclave Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 902,386
File size: 2 MB

About 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 Destiny

The Enclave

By Jessica Lee, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Jessica Lee
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-098-8


"Whoever you are, you'd best have a damn good reason to continue breathing," Kenric rumbled.

It took balls for someone to enter his secured, private quarters within the compound while he slept. A part of him respected the bravado, but he despised games.

The cold edge of serrated steel trailed down his midsection. "Now, Kenric St. James, is that any way to speak to your sire?" An unmistakable female voice whispered at his ear.

He lunged.

Kenric's momentum propelled them both across the shielded darkness of his bedroom. Her head smacked the wall with a satisfying crack followed by the thud of the blade against the hardwood floor.

With his hand constricting her throat, Kenric hissed through descended fangs, "Death is all that awaits you here, Marguerite." The thundering beat of his heart filled his ears. "I will see you pay for murdering Annice. And I'll have revenge for every other life you've destroyed."

A wicked smile curled her lips before she laughed. Ready to purge three centuries of vengeance from his gut, he tightened his grip.

His hand collapsed around dead air. "Son of a bitch!"

Seconds later, a force slammed into his chest, propelling him across the room. His back struck the mattress. A naked, grinning Marguerite appeared, straddling his hips. Her hand slid between their bare bodies.

Kenric snatched her wrist. "That will never happen again." Tossing her off him, he leaped to his feet.

"Maybe this would be more to your liking?" Marguerite's form shimmered. Her black-as-sin hair morphed into long blonde ringlets. Her body transformed. Layers of white satin and lace soon covered her nakedness.

His gaze followed the familiar white dress down to her small slippers, then up again, following her soft curves and slight bosom. A sorrow-filled lump, the size of his heart, formed in his throat. His breath hitched. The gown was exactly like the one Annice had been wearing the day he'd proposed — more than three hundred years ago.

Large blue eyes, almost too large for her face, met his gaze. He grabbed the nearest bedpost, steadying his legs. Kenric stepped forward before his mind even registered he'd moved. But reality slammed into his brain and he yanked on the brake.

How could Marguerite be this evil? What the hell was he thinking? Marguerite Devonshire didn't give a shit. She didn't care if she ripped open old wounds and flooded them with salt. She only cared if the action suited her own needs.

Annice was dead. And the woman wearing the masquerade had murdered her.

"How are you doing this, Marguerite?" he growled. "And what the hell do you want? You're too narcissistic for a death wish, and I damn well don't need a reminder of what a sadistic bitch you are."

"Ouch, darling." Marguerite clucked her tongue and wagged one thin finger back and forth. "Now that's not nice. I'm here because I've missed you." She rose and sauntered forward, a disturbing blend of Annice's body with Marguerite's voice. She lifted her hand as if to rest it on his chest. Kenric backpedaled before she could make contact. Her eyelids narrowed as she dropped her arm to her side. Yeah. It was Annice's face, but malice leaked through her pores like venom, a stinging reminder that she was all Marguerite.

"I wanted to surprise you. Do you like your dream so far?" She caressed the curves of her borrowed image.

A fucking dream. She was inside his head and screwing with his mind. Marguerite had already taken his life and blackened his soul, but no way in hell was she going to crawl around inside his brain and infect the only part of him left that was human: his memories.

With a smug grin, she added, "I had to do something to get the master of the Enclave's attention. We've been out of touch for far too long. What has it been, three hundred years now?"

If she wanted chitchat, she had the wrong enemy. He shot her a look that said, get to the damn point.

"Don't look so grumpy, love. I wanted to remind you of how perfect we are for each other. Annice would have never been happy with you."

"Don't even go there. You defile her name," he spat. "You didn't know a damn thing about her."

"Oh, I'm sure the pitiful human female would have wanted children, and as you know, that's not possible. You would have made her miserable . Not to mention the bloodlust that would have plagued you each time you fucked her."

She giggled. "Her sweet little heart would have never fared well with that healthy ..." Her gaze dipped low, then back to his face, "... appetite of yours." She released a long sigh before continuing. "We belong together, Kenric, and you need to accept that fact."

"The only fact that needs to be accepted here is that when I find you —" his voice dipped into a snarl, "— and I will find you — you're going to wish you'd never tasted my blood. Because I'm going to make sure Annice's death is paid for with yours." He wouldn't give her the satisfaction of a reaction to her declarations about Annice — it would only encourage her. Even if she was right. Not about the children. The bloodlust. Unlike human men, he'd been gifted or cursed, depending on how you looked at it, with the benefit of never having to worry about disease or pregnancy when he fucked. The burden he carried was much worse. Sex and bloodlust went hand in hand. He never wanted to submit any female to the cravings he'd experienced during his time as Marguerite's slave.

Marguerite scowled and whirled. "You always were a self-righteous, holier-than-thou son of a bitch. I see a few centuries without me have done nothing to improve your personality."

His jaw ached under the pressure of his clenched teeth. She stood there, with her head held high and spine straight, as if she were the victim.

"We can see each other a little more often, now that I've mastered my new skill. You would like that, wouldn't you?" Marguerite tilted her head, glancing at him over her shoulder. She reached out, intending once more to touch him. Kenric whipped his arm forward, knocking the vile appendage away. He couldn't stomach the thought.

"Is there any point to this?"

"Tell me, my dear. I'm dying to know ..." Her eyes blazed with fury, but her lips wore a smile of seduction. She stepped closer, her words hot against his skin. "Do you enjoy seeing your precious Annice again?"

A roar erupted, and his rage unleashed. With the power of a thought, Kenric launched Marguerite into the air and against the far wall. With his mind, he held her up with her feet dangling. Every instinct rebelled at causing pain to the image of innocence reflecting back at him. It isn't her. It isn't her. The mantra looped in his head as he stalked closer.

"This is my mind, Marguerite. It would serve you well to remember that the next time you think to play in my head."

Her stunned expression shifted to a sneer, exposing her fangs. "You think you have the upper hand, love? You always were a little cocky." Her gaze dropped to his groin. She licked her lips and tongued a fang.

Kenric hit her with another blast of energy, choking off her humor. The force pressed her body and head tighter against the wall. He couldn't resist having his moment. She couldn't die here in this delusion of her creation. But he didn't give a damn. It was too sweet not to try to kill the coldhearted bitch.

"Fine, Kenric. You win. This round," she conceded, lifting her shaking hands in surrender.

He sucked in a deep breath before releasing it along with his hold. Her body glided down until her feet met the hardwood floor.

"I can feel how much stronger you are Kenric, even as you sleep. Think about it. A master vampire, one with the potency that you possess, blended with the strength of my six centuries, plus the power I've procured — we would be a force unlike any vampire or mortal has ever seen. Nothing and no one could ever touch us."

He didn't think it was possible, but she'd grown even more insane. She spoke of power as if it were a lover, her eyes wild with lust. "What have you done, Marguerite?" Christ, what had she tapped into? "What is this procurement ? Is that how you're doing this?"

"So many questions." She shook her head. "Join me, and in due time, all shall be revealed." Marguerite planted another beckoning smile on her face.

"My answer still hasn't changed, Marguerite. Never! Never again will I submit and give my mind and soul to you."

She stepped forward, squared her shoulders, and pinned him with a glare. "You're a fool, St. James. You'll regret those words."

"So be it."

Her eyes shifted from blue to green. Her face, body, and clothing reversed to their original state. Her hips rocked back and forth in invitation.

She was pure sex.

But it was difficult to be aroused when his every instinct would rather rip her apart than fuck her.

"This isn't over," she simply stated. A red ring swirled around her green irises, giving away just how pissed she really was. Good.

He seized her chin, enjoying her sharp intake of air from his sudden grasp.

"For you, Marguerite, it soon will be."

She pulled herself free and raked him with a hungry glare. Their gazes held once more in challenge before she erupted in laughter. Her image faded to mist.

Kenric gasped, lunging upright in bed. What remained of his bed linens lay tangled at the foot of his mattress. A fine sheen of sweat covered his body, chilling him to the core. The room was still, except for the sound of his rapid breaths. He scanned the darkness of his bedroom.

He was alone.

The shower door swung wide, striking the side of the glass block encasement, rattling its hinges. Even though it had been an illusion, it had felt good washing the touch of that evil bitch off his skin. Kenric stepped out onto his rippled bath mat and grabbed a towel from the bar.

The moment he dropped down on the edge of his bed, the house phone beeped. He groaned. It had to be Guerin. With the edges of the sun barely dipping below the horizon, the only person ringing this soon would be him, since he'd covered operations last night. Reaching over, Kenric pressed the speaker button.

"Yeah. What is it?"

"Damn, man. Good fucking evening to you, too," Guerin said, laughing. "Who pissed on your sheets?"

Kenric let silence hang on the line and breathed deep before he took any more of his anger out on his second-in-command. "Marguerite was here."

"Shit! How? There's no fucking way she should've been able to get through without detection. We're sealed tighter than damn Fort Knox. Do you want me to run a diagnostic on the sensors?"

"No, that's not necessary. There's nothing wrong with your sensors." Kenric ran his hands through his damp hair, pushing the unruly waves over his head, and leaned against the headboard. The antique wood frame creaked from his weight. "She was here, but not in the physical sense."

"Not in the physical sense. What do you mean? Like a ghost? What, is she dead? Could we get that lucky?"

"Shit, do you think I'd sound so pissed off if that were the case? No, in fact she's gotten stronger, and apparently, when I'm asleep, she's fucking found a way into my head. She's discovered a new talent, and now she can crawl inside my mind and pay me a visit."

Guerin whistled, long and low. "Damn, she's one sick bitch. Any idea how she's gained this new strength? If she's here messing with you, she must not have found a new male to get her hooks into."

"No. To quote you, 'I didn't get that lucky.'"

"We're going to find her. It will happen, my man. But you've got to promise me one thing."

"What's that?"

"A ringside seat when you run her through. You hear me?"

"Yeah, I hear you. And you've got it."

Guerin started detailing the previous night's watch. Kenric picked at the loose fiber in his towel, the other male's voice a distant hum in his ear. In the shower, he'd replayed every word Marguerite had uttered. There had to be a clue. She did nothing without an agenda. Marguerite was too arrogant not to have given him a hint so he'd figure out what she'd accomplished. "Blended with the strength of my six centuries, plus the power I've procured." Could it be that simple? "I want you to ask Elle to research something for me," Kenric cut Guerin off.

"Oh, okay. Spill."

"I need her to find out everything she can on vampire lore from around the fifteenth and sixteenth century."

"All right," Geurin drawled. "Any particular thing she's searching for?"

"Marguerite chose her words carefully when she mentioned her new power. She brought up the fact that she's six-hundred years old and that she'd procured her new strength ..."

Kenric flexed the fingers of his other hand, curling and uncurling his fist. "See if she can find any mention of ancient vampire myths pertaining to relics, or artifacts of power from that time period."

"Good idea. I'll get her on it."

"Anyway." Kenric shook his head, as if the act could erase the memory and her voice from his mind. Yeah. If only it were that easy to change his reality. Like the one where he woke every night to a dawn that consisted of shadows and moonbeams instead of UV and blue skies. If he had that kind of Etch-A-Sketch ability, he would have shaken it. "You were saying something about last night? What went down?"

"Another body's been found. A human female. Like the rest, raped and drained dry for the euphoric high by another DE-addicted vamp. That's three now in the past four nights."

"Too damn many." Kenric closed his eyes and squeezed the bridge of his nose with his thumb and forefinger. A headache hammered at the back of his eyeballs. "Where was she found?"

"The Docks. Arran found her on a side street, slumped behind a Dumpster. We took care of the remains."

"Marguerite's getting inside my head must be connected to the surge in the number of Death Euphoria-addicted vamps. She's turning innocent humans then watching them kill and fry their brains. No doubt they're her calling card to get my attention. And her presence felt too real to have been carried off telepathically from a long distance. She must be tired of playing hide-and-seek and now wants a game of tag."

Unbidden, Kenric's fingernails lengthened and curved into claws that dug into his palm. He needed to shift. The ability to shape-shift was the best part of being a vampire. If such a thing as a good part even existed. "Good" and "vampire" didn't quite belong in the same sentence. God, he needed to run, run until he exhausted some of his anger, before he exploded.

"Guerin, inform Arran I'll be on patrol tonight. Those murdering bastards are mine. Their cravings aren't going to give them a rest, and they won't be smart enough to find a new area for their prey. They'll be hunting tonight ... And so will I."


Midnight in Elizabeth Bay, South Carolina. Prime feeding time for the bloodsuckers he hunted. Despite the weight of his steel-toed boots, Kenric moved like a ghost on the cobblestoned streets. The music from a nearby pub vibrated against his chest and rang in his ears. He grimaced as a heavy-metal guitar solo ricocheted off the brick walls of the alley.

His black leather trench coat billowed behind him as the cold wind coming in off the bay funneled between the buildings, carrying with it the fish-laced, briny smell of the Atlantic. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't also mixed in with the stench of rotten garbage and stale tobacco.

In a few hours, the bars along The Docks would close, emptying their drunken patrons. Most would stumble off to their vehicles, and if lucky in their state, would arrive home safely. A few wouldn't be ready for the party to be over, and they would linger, joining others who loitered after midnight on the dark corners. It was a vampire-feeding wonderland of drunks, prostitutes, the homeless, and drug addicts — a bountiful mix of easy prey.

There was only one problem: a vampire who couldn't control their urges and continued to feed until they killed their prey became addicted to Death Euphoria. From what he understood, DE was the exhilarating high received by the vampire at the moment their human prey died. DE-addicted vampires, or DEADs, were a menace to the human population, and had become an eternal pestilence for his Enclave.

Only one other thing competed with Death Euphoria for its addictive nature: the blood of an ancient or master vampire, the very thing that gave Marguerite control over her minions without the nasty side effect of turning their brain to mush like DE. He'd witnessed the effects of her ancient blood firsthand during the years he'd spent as her prisoner, watching as she used a vampire's craving for it as a tool to ensure his devotion. The vampire would become addicted to her and would do anything for Marguerite as long as he got another trip to her vein.

Voices neared the mouth of the alley. Stepping into the shadows, Kenric stilled, allowing the darkness to envelop him. Moments later, a young couple turned into the narrow corridor. They weaved into the alleyway, drunk and oblivious to his presence. Not that they would have noticed him, though, unless it was his wish.


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Undying Destiny 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
WendyBook-Scents More than 1 year ago
In Undying Destiny, Kendric St. James is a master vampire that runs the Enclave, which includes other Enclave warrior vampires. Their goal? Protecting humans from the vampires that have no control and who ravage unsuspecting people. For Kendric, this job is his life. At the same time, Marguerite, the vampire who turned him is now also after him. She's hell bent on having him be mated with her so that she can share in his power. She has now tracked him down and has been sending attacks his way. One night, as he's injured in the road, Emily Ross, a nurse runs into him. She helps him and that literally changes her life. The characters are great. I love that we can see the hurt and turmoil that has occurred in Emily's life. My favorite part is how Kendric is this huge, domineering, alpha male vampire but at the same time can be the most gentle, caring and freeing person in the world. They click and work together. Their chemistry is off the charts. And Kendric will do anything to save her and I love that. Secondary characters are also developed and I have a particular soft spot for the Scottish Enclave warriors. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the accents. Anyway, while the character developments were fantastic, I felt that the story was too predictable. Even when there was danger, I didn't feel it. Everything happens just like you think it will. It just felt too much like it was just a set up for the upcoming books in the series. Saying that, I feel like the upcoming books will be a lot better since the set up is already done and now we can go on and delve more into "what happens next?" Definitely check this one out if you are a fan of vampires, especially sexy, protective and awesome ones like Kendric. =)
peacnik More than 1 year ago
Undying Destiny started of very angry, and that made it a bit hard for me to get into.  While it was descriptive enough to make me “feel” the anger of the character, it made me hesitant to read further.  By chapter six, it seems to be nothing more than a knock-off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Although the details were different, the concept is the same…a group of warrior vampires living and working together to protect the vampire and human civilians.  If you’ve read the BDB series you will immediately see that even the scenarios in the book are very similar, making it hard to want to continue reading what feels like a copy cat. The difference here is Kenric’s sexually charged, tyrannical sire that will do anything and everything in her power to regain control of him.  Her sadistic ego cannot allow her to accept that he escaped her clutches, and she wants him back.   After about chapter 8 it was easier for me to get into the story and care about the characters. Yet in the end  instead of having the feel of a cliff hanger, Undying Destiny felt like more of a letdown. For me there was no edge of my seat excitement in fight scenes, and even though the love scenes were steamy, it was not enough for me rate this book any more than a 1 star read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Undying Destiny we follow the story of Kenric St. James and Emily Ross. Kenric is a master vampire and the head of The Enclave. Emily a ER nurse finds herself on the wrong side of town and happens upon a wounded Kenric. She has him taken to the ER where he wakes and must feed quickly. From this point on there is a struggle as an Alpha falls in love with a very a women who is very over alpha men in general. Kenric’s very upset sire plays a huge roll in pushing them together on accident.  Will they be able to defend humans while still protect their home? Will Marquerite get what she wants and destroy everything that Kenric has created? Will Emily be able to work through their issues? I found that I liked the dreams that Kenric has and the family of warriors that he created. I think a lot of information was left out and I wanted more details. I look forward to seeing that else this author has in store for this story.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Kenric St. James is a vampire on a mission for revenge against the vampire that turned him and murdered the woman he loved. He has spent decades creating the Enclave, a group of vampires whose only mission is to keep humans safe from his kind. Enter Emily, a nurse with guts an attitude, who threatens to steal Kenric’s heart, something he vowed would NEVER happen again. Unfortunately, the vampires that turned Kenric has decided she is not finished with him yet and attempts to use Emily as a pawn in her evil plans. This is a real action story, filled with good vamps and bad, along with some spicy sensual romance, and a wonderful collection of characters, all well-defined and colorfully animated! This book is well edited and planned out with fast pace and detailed scenes, everything ties up nicely and there's a way left for more books in the future. Great paranormal reading! A review copy was provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
Undying Destiny by Jessica Lee is a provocative tale filled with lust and rage and loyalty. Living as a vampire for three centuries after being unwilling turned by a vampire who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, Kenric St. James lives his life to put an end to her. Marguerite is an immensely powerful and power hungry vamp who uses blood and sex to have everyone dropping to her feet to do her bidding, except for Kenric. Kenric would give her the ultimate amount of power and she has big plans for him. That is, until Emily comes along. Emily, the sweet human who has had a rough life and seems to have the worst luck with men. Of course Emily stumbles upon a vampire that needs her help and she cannot resist her nature to help others. Kenric and Emily find themselves on a brutal path that neither one of them knows how to navigate, where they will end up or if they should just continue to deny what lies deep inside them. Now, Marguerite is on the war path to permanently remove Emily from the picture, but Kenric refuses to let her win again. Undying Destiny was a fantastic read with its vivid imagery, witty dialogue, troubled characters, and the intensity between Emily and Kenric. I give 4 ½ stars and a highly recommend if you like paranormal romances that touch on secret wantings and devilishly handsome heroes. I cannot wait to see what comes next for the Enclave! (I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Undying Destiny was fantastic! I have read a lot of paranormal romance this year, and this was easily one of my favorites. I read it in one day, leaving my kids to eat lunchables and cereal all day because I did not want to put the book down! The story begins introducing us to Kenric, who was unwilling turned into a vampire 300 years ago and is leader of the Enclave. He is all of the things we love in our leading men, handsome, strong, companionate....and a vampire! Emily Ross is a feisty nurse who is trying to get he life back together after a childhood of abuse and just leaving an abusive relationship. One fateful night on her way into work, she comes across Kenric lying in the street unconscious. Those of us who love the vampire genre, this is one of the better ones for sure. It is well written with great character development, There were other characters in the book, like Ell and Arran that I would love to hear more from...maybe a spin off novel?:) I don't want to give anything away because the story was so good, but I would recommend this book to anyone, it was that good! Jessica Lee did an excellent job of balancing the perfect amount of romance and action leaving me wanting more!
ondreea More than 1 year ago
Way to start a book. This book jumps you right into the action. Long story short, Kenric St. James is a master vampire from 1700's England and originator of the group called the Enclave. The Enclave is the group of vampires that protect humans from the bad vampires. Kenric was kidnapped, raped, and turned by a female vampire 300 years prior; once he escaped he vowed to defend humanity and revenge against the one who brutalized him and stole his humanity. Kenric has been alone personally since that time until he runs into nurse Emily who saves him and ends up being is soul mate. Overall, great story and over arching story for the series. I liked the fact that this book showed a male being a victim of a female despite the misconception and stigma that surround those types of situations in our modern society. One aspect of the story I personally did not like was the premise that by dint of nature and general rule, female vampires were weaker than male vampires. I know the author had this premise to support the mating and bonding aspect she goes into, but I didn't care for it. Also at one point, Emily does something I personally found weak and morally reprehensible but Kenric forgives her. However, there are many points and aspects to the story and some interesting characters that as a reader I want to know more about. Arron is one of the characters and I want the story between him and Markus, him and Logan, and him and Elle. Michael is a human helping them and his backstory would be interesting to know as well.
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
I just love a good vampire romance book, but this was WOW..I absolutley loved it from start to finish. It was full of action and romance. What more could you want. An absolute page turner. I hope there is a follow up story, as I would love to find out what happens to Marguerite and how Kenric and Emily are getting on.... A highly recommended read
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
(56) Undying Destiny Jessica Lee (posted 7-9-13) Kenric St. James heads an elite squad of "good" vampires who fight the "bad" vampires lead by an evil queen. Emily Ross is a human nurse who helps Kenric when he is badly injured in a vamp fight. This is an OK story but as the description I just gave you tells, it's pretty much the same formula that's been done before. Hot, sexy, good vamp finds beautiful, human, soul mate and together they must battle the evil vamps so they can live happily "forever" after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, sexy and passion! Jessica Lee has defenetly earned a place on my top 3 authors. She got my attention with this book.   The character of Kenric St. James, the sexy 300 year old vampire, leader of the Enclave hungry for revenge is without A doubt my new favorite vampire boyfriend ( wishful thinking).... Emily, the nurse that came to turn Kenric's world upside down, is a breath of fresh air. And the crazy, psychotic 600 year old vampire chick who turned  Kenric against his will added a twist of unexpected outcomes. Loyalties are tested in this story. I totally recommend it!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Jessica Lee is a “new to me” author but won my attention with this book. I shall be looking for future installments of The Enclave series and will be checking out her back list.  Undying Destiny tells the tale of Kenric St. James. Kenric is a 300 year old vampire. He was turned against his will by a now 600 year old female vampire who wanted him for her mate and to increase her power. He escaped her clutches and formed The Enclave a group of warrior vampires dedicated to keeping humans safe and safeguarding the secret of vampire existence. When he is hurt in an attack he is rushed to the hospital by an unknowing human female nurse named Emily Ross who may just be what this old vampire needs to live again. Fans of Lara Adrian’s Breed series will love this book. Alpha males, smart sassy women, love, hate, jealousy, mystery, intrigue, loyalty and treachery this story has it all. This is a series to watch. I received this ARC copy of Undying Destiny from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review
Rural_ReviewsRR More than 1 year ago
Undying Destiny - by Jessica Lee Hello Kenric St. James, you may growl at me any time... It has been a while since I've sat down and read paranormal romance. It has been a little longer since I've sunk my teeth (pun intended) into a paranormal romance of any sort of depth that managed to hold my attention for any length of time. My, oh my, this book was the PERFECT fit to return to after a brief hiatus from the paranormal world! The novel is fast-paced and engaging. We are drawn into vampire Kenric St. James' complex world immediately through a dream. It is that dream we are introduced to Marguerite, an ancient obsessed that is not only obsessed with Kenric, but also wants him to join with her so they will be a force to be reckoned with. The dream is also important, as we get a look at Kenric's past and what has made him the man/vampire he is today & it also gives great insight into Marguerite's mental stability and character as the plot thickens. And the plot does thicken, quite a lot and quite well too. Enter the Enclave. Enter Emily the nurse with an attitude that made me smile. Yes, the plot thickens! The men of the Enclave also grow interesting too... such as Guerin, who seems to know how to push Kenric's buttons just right & Arran, a loner with a soft heart. Along with phenomenal character development comes not only an engaging action packed read, but also a sexy and steamy read too. (Did I mention the book contains alpha males?) I enjoyed the book immensely and felt a great kinship with the characters. In fact, this is the type of book that could easily develop into more and I would be delighted to see more from not only Jessica Lee, but also to hear more about the Enclave!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kenric St. James is a vampire on a mission. He is a leader of vampire warriors called The Enclave that helps protect humans from deranged vampires who are addicted to bloodlust. After being ruthlessly turned against his will by an evil, sadistic woman, he’s vowed to never take a mate. One fight and a hospital visit changes the course of his life forever. Emily Ross is a nightshift nurse at the local hospital. One night on her way to work, she comes across Kenric lying helplessly on the ground. Thinking he’s simply a homeless man that’s been injured, she patches his wounds and calls for the paramedics. Turns out this chance meeting is all it takes for her life to be forever changed. Kenric is scared to let her into their world, but knows that he needs her help to wipe away any and all of his existence to the general public. Emily agrees but by doing so, places them in close proximity and untimely sparks begin to fly between the two. Emily has been hurt so much in her past that she’s afraid of her feelings for Kenric. Kenric also shares deep scars from his past but together they can erase the hurt and destroy the insane vampires who plan to destroy Kenric’s and Emily’s newfound love. I really enjoyed this story and was interested from page 1. I loved the interaction between Kenric and Emily. Two tortured spirits who found love is right up my alley in terms of a good romance story. Marguerite was an okay villain. However, I’m more interested in seeing what pans out with her newfound helper (I don’t want to spoil the story, let’s just say there is a huge betrayal in the mix). The writing is wonderful and honestly makes me want an Enclave warrior of my own. I can’t wait to read the next book. ** I received my copy in exchange for an honest review.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! I have to say I'm not big into Vamp books and even less into bks that do that weird type because the character is having a dream or reliving something so when this one started w/both I thought oh crap :) But after three pages I was hooked and finished it in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down!!! It's got everything - vamps w/attidudes and weapons :) a human doc and has a story that really tugs at your heart strings. A b**ch vamp with a posse. And leading it all is a 300 yr old vamp that just wants to be left alone. This book is agreat start to a new series that I for one will be following!
cdlacombe2 More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review and I honestly loved it. Kenric is a vampire and Emily is a human. I love romance and vampires, so I really loved Kenric and Emily's romance. When Kenric was hurt, he was brought to the er where Emily works as a nurse. When he woke up, he realized he needed to drink because he was weak, so he drank some of Emily's blood and that was it, he was a goner. He only thought he knew what love was. He soon realized that he was in love with Emily, of course it is not just that simple. We have the evil vampiress Marguerite, who was his sire, who keeps playing mind games with Kenric because she wants to mate with him. When she finds out about Emily, she tries to kill her. There is enough drama and action scenes and of course sex scenes to keep you wanting to read the story. To find out what happens, you need to read it for yourself, you wont be disappointed. But you truly need to like vampires and not be offended by sex. There is so much more to this story but to say anymore would give it all away. So just take a chance
kph21 More than 1 year ago
In a word- marvelous, and even that doesn’t quite fit the bill, what is greater than marvelous?  This is a wonderful book, filled with everything that would make a book great.  The characters pull you into their world. With the first page through the end, you’re transported on a journey of love and jealousy, mystery and intrigue, loyalty and treachery. It examines the depths of abuse and opens your heart to hope, the kind that true love can only bring. Kenric’s master vampire status is craved by his sire- Marguerite. The power he would bring to her is unimaginable, and she’s in the ‘gotta have him’ frame of mind. Emily and Kenric find each other by chance. That chance meeting enter twines their lives at a time when they both need it. While Kenric knows what Marguerite wants, his heart belongs to Emily and it’s time for Marguerite’s power plays to end. Emily and Kenric’s story is filled with plenty of that sizzle of a new romance. While the trials of the world surround them, their budding relationship grows.  This story is truly a spell binder. It’s impossible to put down. The more you read, the more you’re drawn in and you want to find out more. Your mind’s eye conjures up the visual images so brilliantly written by Jessica Lee. Undying Destiny is definitely a must read for any paranormal genre fan.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
For over 300 years Kenric St. James has dreamed of revenge on the vampire that turned him and murdered his fiance. Careful to never show in interest in any woman, Kenric has lived a lonely existence until the spit fire nurse known as Emily Ross saves his life.  Now his sire has returned and more powerful than before. With his new unavoidable attraction to Emily, it puts a big target on her head.  The more Kenric tries to protect Emily the more she seems to resent his protection. Emily has suffered abuse from the men in her life and has come to a point that she won't tolerate it anymore. Can Kenric convince Emily that he isn't like all the other men before it is too late? Undying Destiny was a fast paced, easy, enjoyable story. The characters, especially the Enclave, provide great anticipation for the books that can follow. If you like strong alpha males, spirited women and a good paranormal romance you are going to really savor Undying Desting. I received this ARC copy of Undying Destiny from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Edge in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 17, 2013. Written by: Jessica Lee Series: The Enclave Sequence in Series: 1 Published by: Entangled Edge Published Date: June 17, 2013 Rating: 4 Genre: Paranormal Romance Age Recommendation: Adult