"Desire By Blood" [By Blood Series, Book 1] by Melissa Schroeder (aka Kiera West)
Author's Book Description : A man with a secret.
Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a rogue vampire—one who is making his own army of blood thirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.
A woman on a mission.
Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.
A passion that consumes them both.
Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.
My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Thrust into a marriage neither ever expected, this couple finds ways to overcome their fears and follow their hearts when everything is put on the line...
I loved this dynamic duo! Cordelia with her sass and Nico with his passion made me fly through this novel trying to read more, more, more about them!! This novel got me into vampire romances again! I especially loved that it was based in a historical setting because it gave you a whole new idea of that time period. In addition, the premise of the Vampire Alliance and all of the nuances that it means to be a vampire (both female and male) were fun to learn about! It'll be interesting to see where this series will lead us next.
I recommend this novel and it's series to anyone who likes vampire romances, especially those set in a historical setting.
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Nico could not discern Cordelia’s reaction. She stared at him, no expression on her face. For the longest of moments, he thought she might faint.
“Vampire?” she asked, her voice barely above a whisper.
“You married me because I can birth vampires?” she asked.
She started to back away from him. “And your parents are vampires?”
Relief started to edge out his worry. She was starting to understand. “Yes.”
He followed her steps, and she stopped by the door. “Stop stalking me.”
“I am not stalking you. You are running away.”
She took another step then stopped. Her spine stiffened. “You tell me you are a vampire and then expect me not to be afraid.”
He hated hearing her say she was afraid, but before he could reassure her he would never harm her, there was a knock at the door.
“Go away,” he shouted at the same time she said, “Come in.”
The door opened, bumping Cordelia in the back. She pitched forward, and Nico caught her to keep her from falling to the ground. He righted her. Cordelia wrested her arm out of his hand and shot him a dirty look. His mother poked her head through the opening.
His mother smiled at him reassuringly. “I see you told her.”
She looked at his mother. “Told me?”
“What we are. He told you.” His mother nodded, slipping through the door. “I have a feeling Nico did not explain it quite right.”
“That you are a family of vampires?”
Cordelia’s voice had grown smaller each time she spoke. He didn’t like it. Not one bit. He would rather have her yelling at him.
His mother took the comment the wrong way. Her smile widened as she stepped into the room. “There. That is all settled.”
“Settled.” Now, Cordelia’s voice was barely audible. His mother finally realized that there might be something wrong.
“Yes, dear. I can answer any of your questions.”
“Cordelia, you look ready to faint,” Nico said.
That snapped the glazed look out of her eyes, and her spine straightened. “I am not about to faint. What do you take me for? I am not some silly-brained woman who faints at the slightest of shocks.”
“But of course not, my love.”
She shot him a look that told him he was in more trouble than he had expected. ~ within Chapter 13
His father caught on also and came forward. He kissed his mother on the cheek. “You will take a footman with you.”For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Melissa, then please check out her website.
It was not a request. It was an order. Those usually did not go over well with his mother, but she smiled and patted his cheek.
“I daresay we need to take several. Cordelia and I are definitely not stupid,” his mother said with a smile.
He glanced at his wife to see her reaction. She smiled, and a bit smugly at that. Nico did not say a word as he approached her.
“You will be careful.” Again, he ordered, just like his father.
“I guess I could defy you, but that would be stupid. And I will remind you, husband, that the only time I was not careful, I ended up married to a vampire.”
He sensed their audience, but he ignored them. It was not hard to do. Whenever Cordelia was near, little else matter to him. Even before he neared her, he could scent her blood. It called to him like a siren’s song.
He gave her a kiss much as his father had his mother, but whispered just loud enough for her to hear, “Do not take too long, or I’ll come after you.”
When he pulled back, her face was delightfully pink. Her eyelids fluttered then she looked up at him. She might be able to hide a lot of things, but her attraction to him was not one of them.
“I don’t like to be threatened.” Her breath whispered over his skin. He knew from her cheeky tone she wasn’t angry.
“Be careful.” Nico leaned down and kissed her nose.
She nodded and followed his mother out the door. He watched the sway of her hips until she was out of view. When he turned around, the entire room was watching him.
“It seems that our leader has truly fallen.” Saint said.
“What the bloody hell are you talking about? Leader?” He paused. “What do you mean fallen?” ~ within Chapter 15