CREAM by Zenobia Renquist
On the Hunt (multi-author series)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
She’s entered a world where blood, sex, and cash rules everything around her.
What do a four hundred-year-old vampire and a mid-level necromancer have in common? Money. Jeliyah needs it to pay off the people who trained her and Teaghan enjoys killing to get it. Together they hunt rogue vampires—assuming Teaghan can focus on something other than getting her in bed and Jeliyah doesn’t put a bullet in him first.
The uneasy partnership promises to be lucrative until Teaghan and Jeliyah get on the wrong side of a feud. Jeliyah is forced to use forbidden magic and finds herself bound to a man she should hate—but whom she can’t stop fantasizing about.
Every second they stay alive fuels a growing desire Jeliyah is unwilling to deny. Is it the magic? The danger? The only way to get the answers she craves is to outrun the enemy or kill them. She knows Teaghan’s preference but it’s Jeliyah who must put their mind-blowing sex aside and make the choice that will decide both their fates.
Inside Scoop: An interracial romance between a wannabe-gangtsa vampire and a career-focused magic user who go from being the hunters to the hunted in an exciting new urban fantasy world.
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He bit her and fed quick, taking two pints. His giggling donor moaned with passion. She mistook vertigo for pleasure. Not his problem. He released her, ignoring her stumbling movements, and grabbed another girl to feed him.
Anyone who knew him would notice his out-of-character actions. Teaghan didn’t indulge. He sipped at the donors supplied to him, giving each enough attention so they would volunteer again the next time he showed up. A few sips spread out over five-to-seven girls equaled a meal for him.
That’s all the girls were—dinner. Before Jeliyah came into his life, he would have singled out one girl for a quickie in the back office once the club closed to feed his other hunger. A player’s lifestyle. One he enjoyed. Jeliyah—his abrasive little necromancer—compelled his full attention, whether she wanted it or not. He planned to do all in his power to keep her safe.
He released the second girl and a third rushed forward to take her place, baring her neck and her breasts in one movement. Not long ago such a display would have had Teaghan pushing her up against the table to fuck her while he continued mixing music. Now, his dick didn’t so much as twitch. Yup, his necromancer had done a number on him. He was glad he had practice blocking his thoughts or else she would pick that fact from his mind. He planned to have her take responsibility for impeding on his lifestyle as soon as he was sure they wouldn’t be killed.
“Done,” he said to the girl.
She pouted and stroked his side, running a single finger along the top of his pants. “Come on, Teag. Me too. Please,” she purred.
A quick glance around the booth showed the remaining three girls were eagerly awaiting their turns and would be just as demanding as the one in front of him.
Just do it, vampire, before she makes a scene. Jeliyah’s annoyed tone let him know he would be paying for his feedings later.
He bit the girl in front of him, feeding a little and then letting her go. He was close to full. Too much blood and he would be too drunk to fight, making him sluggish and uncoordinated.
The last three girls got their nip-and-sucks out of the way and left Teaghan in peace. He went back to watching the three vampires, waiting for them to do something he could claim was threatening so he could take them out.
They were watching him the way he watched them. He had no doubt they were all aware of the situation as it stood. Teaghan had called his necromancer close to him and fed enough to ensure he’d be at the top of his game if a fight broke out. Jeliyah’s rings might be in the car but she had her necklace and he’d strapped his sword to his back as well and had her gun tucked in his calf harness under his jeans.
Since Lee trusted him, Teaghan didn’t have to go through the normal weapon searches as the other club patrons. Teaghan hoped tonight wouldn’t change that. He would hate to stop working with Lee over the issue of protecting himself.
Teaghan cued up a song with lyrics that sent a clear message to the other enforcers—your move.
The two vampires Teaghan suspected were enforcers left the club. Ephraim toasted Teaghan with Jeliyah’s discarded drink and then followed them.
Teaghan didn’t know what was happening. After this, he planned to find out. He glanced over his shoulder at Jeliyah.
She said from her mind to his, I know. We’re moving hotels again.
Not just hotels. We’re getting the fuck out of town. I’m putting some distance between us and them so we can figure this shit out.
Sounds like a plan.
Teaghan would have to break the bad news to Lee about not being able to do the rest of the week. He planned to say a hunt came up. Lee wouldn’t whine as much with that excuse.
The rest of the night passed with no more than the normal level of club excitement. The enforcers didn’t return but Teaghan wasn’t stupid enough to think they had left. At the end of the night, he offered the bogus hunt excuse to Lee before hustling Jeliyah out of the club and to the car. He’d pulled his earplugs the second the music stopped so he could hear anything and everything. No way was he repeating last night and letting some asshole get the drop on him.
Jeliyah’s nervous fear filled his thoughts though she tried to put up a brave façade. She relaxed once they were in the car and on the highway headed back to the hotel. She asked, “What’s going on?”
“I’m finding out now.” Teaghan pulled his phone, hit the speed dial for Fredrick and then laid the phone on the dash. The ringing filtered through the car speakers.
“Hello, Teaghan. I thought you might be calling me soon.”
Teaghan snapped, “What the hell is this, Fredrick? I’ve got three enforcers sniffing after my ass.”
Fredrick laughed. “You’re not as sharp as I thought if you only managed to spot three, Teaghan.”
He gritted his teeth. That wasn’t what he wanted to hear. He glanced in the rearview mirror. The highway was the perfect place for a tail to hide. There was no way to spot a car following when they were all going in the same direction. Teaghan took the next exit, deciding to use the city roads instead.
He said, “Why are you after me, Fredrick?”
“I couldn’t care less about you. I’m following orders. The one giving the orders was more than a little put out when you killed that rogue.”
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