Broken Dawn by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians #10)
English | 2020 | Romance, Paranormal| ePUB | 2.9 MB
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series.
Nick Belanger can’t stop thinking about the single mother who lives next door. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s so beautiful he can’t stare at her too long for fear his eyes will start to glow. But Kayla thinks he’s just an ordinary guy who works in security. Finding out he instead is a powerful immortal warrior who hunts and slays psychotic vampires for a living may not go over well, particularly since she has a daughter she doesn’t want to endanger.
Kayla Dorman can keep neither her gaze nor her thoughts from straying to the man next door. Who can blame her really? He is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome with smart, charming, and honorable thrown in. He’s also a few years younger than her and surely would not be interested in a single mom who hasn’t dated since her divorce. At least that’s what she thinks until an accident nearly takes her life and Nick risks all to save her.
The dynamics of their relationship swiftly change. The friendship they’ve developed over the years deepens into love as the two spend every minute they can together, laughing and teasing, never suspecting a threat may lurk in the shadows. But that threat soon strikes, making it clear that Nick is the target and his enemy doesn’t care if Kayla gets caught in the cross fire. Though Kayla bravely rises to the occasion and is determined to do whatever it takes to help Nick defeat his enemy, Nick is terrified of losing her. Can he identify and eliminate his new nemesis before the man takes everything from him?
When Nick had begun to suspect Becca was developing a crush on him, he’d asked Eliana to come by his place several times. Though he had never actually referred to Eliana as his girlfriend, Becca had drawn the expected conclusion and the problem had been solved.
“Ooh!” Eliana exclaimed. “I know. Get Lisette to do it. She’s a telepath, so she could read the little snot’s mind and threaten to expose all her most embarrassing secrets if she doesn’t start playing nice.”
He stared at her. “Actually, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll think about it and…” A foul stench reached him.
Eliana grimaced. “Ugh. Why is personal hygiene the first thing vampires abandon when insanity starts to kick in?”
Humans who were infected with the vampiric virus suffered progressive brain damage that rapidly eroded their impulse control and drove them insane. Fortunately, Nick and Eliana had escaped such a fate. Both had been born gifted ones with advanced DNA that granted them special gifts and protected them from the more corrosive aspects of the virus. Since they hadn’t descended into insanity when they were infected, they spent their nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires to protect humans. And unlike the vampires, they actually enjoyed taking showers.
The stench that floated on the breeze mingled with a subtler aroma: perfume.
He shared a look with Eliana. She nodded her head in the direction of the building to their right. A security camera perched on one corner.
He whispered a curse.
Winking up at him, she stepped closer and slipped her small hand into his as they picked up their pace.
It was a ploy they had used often when hunting together on college campuses. He smiled.
The first time she had taken his hand, she had burst out laughing at the surprised look on his face. “Relax,” she’d said. “It’s just for show. If they think we’re a couple, they won’t freak out over the way we’re dressed.”
An unfortunate number of the mass shooters in the United States had garbed themselves all in black. So instead of thinking him a Goth or some guy trying to look cool or tough, people now often viewed Nick with suspicion… particularly on college campuses. But vampires tended to be creatures of habit and often preyed upon students who were too drunk or distracted to pay attention to the dangers that lurked in the shadows.