Abigail Tate was a normal human girl—until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never-ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it’s with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler—except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby soon discovers that she is the one with the biggest secret of all.
Stone got up and walked over to me. I stopped pacing, and he grabbed my shoulders and turned me around to face him. “You can’t go after him alone,” he murmured.
I couldn’t fight it any longer. Tears trailed down my cheeks. “That’s the only way I’m going. I’m not risking putting anyone else in danger.”
He shook me gently. “What if he overpowers you, if he gains control over your mind? Then no one will be able to stop him. He’ll force you to use your abilities for his victory over anyone who tries to stop him.” He pulled me into a caring embrace, whispering in my ear, “I don’t want that to happen to you. I care too much about you.”
Burrowing my face in his chest, I started crying harder. There was no doubt that he was concerned for me, but I couldn’t think about that right now. Dealing with Tyler would be challenge enough. I couldn’t handle arguing with either of them over something they obviously didn’t understand. Lily was my friend, not theirs. So to ensure my own safety, it was easy for them to feel she was dispensable. But I, on the other hand, felt the polar opposite. I couldn’t just sit back and let Bronx use her. I needed to do something. Lily needed me. If I could release the full potential of my new ability, I could easily take Bronx down.
But could I kill him if it came to it? He would never give up and just let me live without him. He’d made it very clear that I would be his eternal lover. Eternal lover…I cringed at the memory and the realization that his death was my only assurance for my afterlife. If Tyler or Stone were to help me, what would Bronx do to them? The guilt I’d feel if either of them was hurt would destroy me.
Even though the back room was barely lit by the overhead canned lights, suddenly in my mind, brightness shot through it. I hugged Stone tighter, hoping to conceal the glimmer of my thoughts. There could be no reading of my blood tonight.
My final decision to help Lily was made. And I’d be doing it alone.
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