Charming the Darkness
Bk 4 in
the Darkness Series
Danny Vega had never been comfortable as a human, unlike his
twin brother. When he was offered a new life, Danny took it. As
a vampire. Turning his back on his family, he welcomed the
darkness. But when Chaos, the one man he has always looked up to
most goes missing, and Danny is shunned by his kind, he decides
to leave Jacobs Cove.
is, until he’s run off the road.
witch, Starla Raine is fascinated by the ritual used to cast Jacobs
Cove in darkness and decides to check it out. Entering the city
she’s mesmerized by the blanket covering the city, and accidently
runs someone off the road. When she discovers the man behind the
wheel is connected to the spell that cast a shadow on the city, she
decides to hold him captive until he agrees to help her find the
spell book. And she’ll use any means possible to convince him,
including seducing him.
Annoyed at being held against his will, Danny caves to Starla and
agrees to help her find the ritual as long as she helps him find
Chaos. He doesn’t mind using her magical abilities, or her body, for
his own gain. Sex is just sex, until his heart gets in the way. But
when she pushes him to make amends with his brother, or lose her, he
finds letting her go isn’t that easy.
open his heart to the light, or give in to the darkness once more?
“You’re a vampire?” She backed away from him, her brown
“Well…yeah. What the hell is wrong with
me? Why can’t I move?” It was like his brain had lost
communication with the rest of his body. Yet he could
“I froze you. You were
going to bite me.”
“Once again, yeah. Vampire here.
And what do you mean you froze me?” He was straining so
hard to move that if he wasn't careful he was going to
drop a load in his pants.
“I’m a witch.”
At least he could use his face and,
frowning at her, said, “You’re a witch?”
her arms over her chest and cocked her hip to the side.
He corrected his earlier thought. She wasn't just hot.
She was damn hot! “Yeah, what’s wrong with being a
“Nothing wrong with it. You just don’t look
like a witch.”
“Why, because I don’t have a green
face and a pointy nose?” She rolled her eyes.
because…well, you’re hot!” There was no denying it, the
woman had curves in all the right places and that tight,
black, v-neck t-shirt she wore teased of ample breasts.
Never mind the blue jeans that looked painted on. “Only
children think witches look like that. I’m not that
She planted her fists on her hips and gave
him an indignant look. “I don’t like your attitude.”
“No problem. Unfreeze me or whatever you need to do to
give me back the power of my body and I can be on my
merry way. Killer, hurry your ass in there already!”
Where was that cat anyway?
“Killer? There are more of
you in here?” She spun around, facing towards the
entryway to the kitchen.
Oh, this was too perfect.
“Oh yeah, there’s a whole bunch of us here and we’re all
going to take turns sucking the life right out of you.”
She glared as she turned to face him. Maybe he should
have used less sarcasm. “I don’t believe you.”
yourself. Come on out, guys!” This was too much fun.
Then Killer walked in, meowed, and wound his body around
Danny’s legs. How was he supposed to pretend to be mean
when the cat was cuddling up to him?
“There’s no one
else here, is there?”
“Sure there are.” He was losing
“I don’t think so.” Daringly, she inched
towards the doorway, peering around the corner.
just couldn’t resist. “Get her!”
She jumped, spun
around in some sort of karate kick, her fists raised and
It was the hottest thing he’d ever seen.
knew it! There is no one else here.” She spun back
towards Danny. “You lied.”
“Can’t blame a guy for
trying. All right already, Killer, go lay down on the
sofa or something.” The cat was annoying him only
because he was tickling Danny’s shins and there was
nothing he could do to stop it, being frozen and all.
“Killer? That’s Killer?” she chuckled as she made her
way to the cat, scooping him up. “You don’t look so
“Come here pretty girl.”
“He’s a guy.” The
nerve of her assuming Killer was a girl!
a sweetie pie?” She nuzzled her face into the cat’s fur.
“Yes, you are.”
Killer was loving every minute of it.
“You wanna unfreeze me now?”
“Right, because I look
“You walked into it,
She narrowed those big, brown eyes at him.
“Don’t call me that. If I let you go the first thing
you’ll do is jump me and bite my neck.”
to be the neck and I’d probably do more than just jump
Her eyes narrowed a little more. “What does
“Just forget it. If I promise I won’t
bite you, will you let me go?”
“Sure. NOT!!” She
laughed at him then took a seat on the sofa with the
cat. “What’s a pretty kitty like you doing with a big,
bad vampire?” Her head jerked up and her eyes went wide
making them look even bigger than they already were. “Oh
my Goddess! You don't drink from him, do you?”
was just the most appalling thing he’d ever heard.
“What? No way. Killer and I are tight. We’re pals.”
“Yeah, I saved him from a bunch of
hungry dogs a few weeks ago and we’ve been roomies ever
“You’re roomies?” Her lips twitch with a
He wasn't impressed. “What’s wrong with that?”
“That’s sweet. You have a kitty as a pet.” Snuggling the
cat to her face, she flashed a huge smile at him.
“Wanna release me now?” He didn’t like the way she was
looking at him or being called sweet. He was anything
She leaned back and Killer made himself right at
home on her lap. “Not yet. So why were you leaving—I
don’t even know your name.”
Starla Raine. So why were you leaving?”
What kind of name is that?”
“It’s a perfectly fine
name. Starla was my grandmother’s name.”
“So Raine is
your last name?”
“Yes. Why were you leaving?” she
repeated, gently stroking the cat’s head.
Maybe if he
played nice and gave her what she wanted she’d release
him and then he and Killer could go on their merry way.
“I’m tired of this town.”
“I would think someone like
you would love living here where there’s no sun to burn
“The sun doesn’t kill us. That’s just a
myth. But it does give us a nasty third degree burn.
I’ve spent twenty years learning to live with the sun,
doing so now won’t be any different.”
She frowned. “How old are you?”
“Get out? Wow, how old were you when you were taken?”
“Thirteen. I answered your questions, so you wanna let
me go now.” His body was starting to cramp up and it was
not a good feeling, especially since he couldn’t rub the
“The response you gave to my
question was lame. Now tell me the real reason you and
Killer,” she smiled down at the cat on her lap, “were
“Why does it matter to you?” She was
pissing him off now.
“Just curious. What’s the real
She just wasn't giving up. “If I tell you
the truth, will you please release me?”
She kicked her legs up onto the couch and
stretched out, placing his paws and his face on her
“You are just loving this,” he growled at
Killer. “Okay, I’m kind of an outcast here. I used to be
part of the group of vamps that started this whole
darkness crap, but I disobeyed the leader and so he
kicked me out. Now no one wants to hang out with me even
though Chaos has been taken hostage and is hidden
somewhere. So why stay where I’m not wanted?”
was the leader?”
“Yeah. Now you know the truth you
can let me go.”
She stood up holding the cat in her
arms. “I don’t think so.”
“What? You said you would?”
This was bullshit!
“Yes, I did, but that was before I
knew you were connected to the darkness.” She walked
right up to him, her face a breath away. “I came to
Jacob’s Cove to find out everything I can about the
ritual that cast the city in darkness. I’m thinking you
might come in handy.”
She walked off towards the
kitchen, the cat in her arms.
“What? No way! Get back
here. Did you hear me, Starla? Get your ass back here
now!” If he had the ability to chase after her she would
so be on her face right now. “Damn it, Starla. Let me