Consuming the Darkness
needs your heart to live.
In Jacob’s Cove, where death is as common as
apple pie, a serial murderer is a first.
Lieutenant Sienna Storm, the town’s newly minted
homicide detective, is eager to prove she’s up
to the job of tracking down the demon who rips
out his victims’ still-beating hearts. Even if
it means using her innate ability to connect
with him through his blood.
Detective Nathan Powers lost his partner to the
aptly named Heartless Killer, and the trail of
bodies leads him straight to Jacob’s Cove.
However, this is no typical small town. It’s a
strange world populated with bloodthirsty demons
and run by a vampire. Still, the leggy blonde
Sienna is a pleasant distraction. Until he
discovers she’s after the same killer—and she’s
Minds clash as the hunt intensifies, but the
more they run into each other, the harder it is
to stay apart. Together they discover not only
clues, but a searing need that rises higher by
That need may be their downfall when Nathan
becomes the killer’s next target, and Sienna
must risk everything to get him back.
“Behind you! Get down.”
The gun came up in his hand, aimed at her head.
She felt the presence of the vampire as he
jumped out from behind the dumpster. As she spun
around to take him down, the gun fired, hitting
the vamp in the right shoulder. He jerked back,
screeching like a banshee.
“What the hell are you doing?” she yelled at the
man with the gun as she ran to the vamp. “Daisy,
stay!” Daisy sat as she’d been instructed while
Sienna knelt down beside the screaming vamp. She
pressed her knee to the vamp’s bleeding shoulder
to ensure that he wouldn’t move. “You are under
arrest for breaking the laws of human and
vampire and will be detained in the local jail
while awaiting trial.”
“You’re a cop?” the guy behind her responded.
“Yeah, I’m a cop. Oh, stop your screaming
already,” she yelled at the vamp, then flipped
him onto his belly and pulled his arms to his
back, pinning them in one hand while she
searched for her handcuffs. “Damn it, why don’t
I have my cuffs on me. Wanna tell me why you
were about to attack me?”
“I wasn’t…honest…I was only…out for a walk.
Yeah, I was walking. I’m going to sue the cops
for harassment. I was minding my own. Fuck, my
shoulder is killing me. Police brutality!”
“Shut the hell up. No one gives a damn.”
Sienna glanced up to see a set of shiny silver
handcuffs dangling down before her. Glancing up,
she took a moment to survey the gentleman and
noticed he wasn’t bad on the eyes. His dark
brown hair was messed up but somehow looked
natural. And wow! The guy had a hell of a body.
Broad shoulders, wide chest, and narrow waist.
His face was pretty decent to look at, even with
that thin line of hair over his upper lip that
ran down the sides of his mouth to cover his
chin. He had nice eyes, dark, round, with long
lashes. “I’d prefer a regulation set rather than
your bondage toys.”
“These are regulation. I’m a detective. Nathan
Powers,” he introduced in a deep, throaty voice
that sounded as if he’d had one too many
The vamp squirming beneath her, she took the
cuffs. Before slapping them on the vamp’s wrists
she made sure they were regulation. Flipping him
onto his back, Sienna pinned him with her knee
as she had before. “Don’t try anything stupid.”
“Bitch!” the vamp spat.
“What the hell’s with the yellow contacts and
Sienna glanced over her shoulder as she
responded to the detective. “What? You’ve never
seen a vampire before?”
“I heard you. I thought I’d seen it all, but I
guess not. Now we’ve got junkies playing
vampire,” The detective chuckled with a shake of
One look at the guy told her he was serious. “Oh
jeez, he’s a virgin.” She rolled her eyes. “I
told you to shut up.” She yanked the screaming
vamp to his feet. “This is a vampire, not a
fake, the real deal and if you plan on being in
Jacob’s Cove for any amount of time you might
want to be on the lookout for them. Some of them
refuse to abide by the new laws. Isn’t that
“Seriously though, he’s a vampire like the
“Don’t know any other kind.”
“Shouldn’t you like…you know, jam a wooden stake
through his heart? I can’t believe I just said
that.” He laughed boldly.
Was he for real?
She didn’t care for the sarcasm in his voice.
“Neither can I. We prefer to rehabilitate them
rather than turning them to dust.” Holding the
vamp in one hand, she pulled her cell phone out
with the other and dialed the station.
“Lieutenant Storm here. I have a rogue vamp I
need brought in.”
“I wasn’t doing anything, you stupid bitch.”
She clamped onto the squirming vamp a little
tighter as she gave her location. She slipped
her phone back into her shirt pocket when she
was through and gave the vamp a hard shove
against the dumpster. “Right, you were only
skulking in the dark because you needed a smoke,
“It’s a free world last time I looked.”
“Sure, except when you’re attempting to drink
someone dry. Save it for the judge; I’m done
“You can’t prove anything. I’m innocent.”
“Do you know what I am?” she asked as she leaned
in real close. “I’m a Tejakkan which means I
have precog abilities. I saw you moments before
you jumped out and I saw just what you’d planned
to do so save your ‘I’m innocent’ act for
someone who gives a damn.”
“That’s right and remember it.”