She’s already cheated death once…
Rose’s hometown is a war zone. A madman holds Boston in his clutches, using an army of ravenous immortals to take what he wants.
Only Rose, Horus, Seti, and Ra stand between annihilation and survival. So, while the vampire brothers had sworn they wouldn’t fight again, they’ll do what they must to protect the woman they love.
But Rose has changed. She’s ready to charge head first into battle, and more than willing to lay waste to anyone who threatens her vampires.
The prologue of this book gives us much incite as it details Horus, Seti, and Ra’s past.
Then we continue on with the our tale of Rose and her vampires. Horus isn’t healing as fast as he should and that has everyone worried.
This is a favorite scene.
He wasn’t healing.
Horus touched the scabbed scrape across his lower torso, dragging his fingers over the raised purple wound. He knew the phases of healing. He’d watched his body fly through each one. Beads of blood solidified into a scab that sloughed off, leaving bruised skin that reddened, then pinked, and finally, disappeared completely.
From the moment he was born, that was how he healed.
This. This. A lingering wound still tender to the touch. This was wrong.
“What’s the matter?” His eldest brother, Ra, had sensed his disquiet.
“Nothing,” he was quick to answer. He wanted to work this out before he worried them.
“Liar, liar, butt’s on fire,” Seti, his twin, teased.
“Pants, idiot,” he couldn’t help but return.
“You’re sleeping with Rose,” Seti said. “Why are you wearing pants?”
True. He wished he wasn’t wearing pants, but his relationship with the strange and beautiful girl who slept by his side hadn’t progressed to that point. They were still learning each other. Still stealing kisses and holding hands.
He’d never done this with someone before. His experience was limited to quick, frantic couplings whose only purpose was to relieve tension.
With Rose, everything was drawn out. A touch of her fingers could get him hard faster than… well, than anything he could remember.
Next to him, Rose let out a breath and snuggled closer into his side. The curtains to the bedroom were open. There was a full moon, and it made the interior as bright as daylight.
Rose’s eyes danced beneath her lids. She was dreaming, and if Horus concentrated, he’d be able to see the scenes playing in her mind.
This was another thing he hadn’t told his brothers.
She was already picking up on their conversations, overhearing bits and pieces of the communication that always stayed between the three of them. Every so often, she’d answer a question one of them had asked the other.
In their minds.
Horus didn’t think she realized it yet.
But this connection was different. It was something Horus could see that the others couldn’t. It was an experience unique only to him and Rose. The bridge between dreams and memory wasn’t long.
Horus had almost died. He’d come closer than he ever had before to becoming nothing.
Because before he could disintegrate into ash, Rose had saved him.
He was bleeding out, dying, and she gave him her blood. If he thought hard about it, he could remember the pain that came with it. Her blood was poison, but also human. It helped him stay alive long enough for his brothers to arrive.
Now, though, things were different. Dreams and memories. Healing and pain. They were a part of Horus’s day to day.
“I’m not ready,” Rose said. Her body jerked, and he pulled her into his arms.
“Shh,” he soothed. Her curls were tangled, but he stroked them from the crown of her head to her neck, and she slowly began to calm. “What are you dreaming?”
The question pulled him from the reality of their bedroom in a town outside of Boston to someplace he didn’t recognize.
Ripley Proserpina. Echoes of Blood and Glory: Daylight’s Crown, Book 2 (Kindle Locations 78-105).
Dr. Stone still wants Rose and is doing much to draw her out. It’s not easy since her vampires are protecting her and her friends have gone into hiding.
Now there’s so much more going on and since Rose can’t analyze her own blood, she decides to investigate the properties of it that she exhibits. What she learns is quite the turning point.
This is a page-turning read, with plenty of hold your breath action, tears and laughter. I love the relationship between Rose, Horus, Seti, and Ra, it’s quite the love story with plenty of sizzle!
5 Contented Purrs for Ripley!
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Ripley Proserpina spends her days huddled near a fire in the frozen northern wilds of Vermont. She lives with her family, two magnificent cats, and one dog who aspires to cat-hood. She is the author of the Reverse Harem series, The Searchers, Midnight’s Crown, and the young adult/fantasy duet, Wishes and Curses.