Sebastian de Seville is a vampire down on his luck. Once a confidant of queens and a lover of kings, now he must work as a vampire for hire at Monsters inK.
But the job opportunity brings him into conflict with his human employer, the young and sexy Matthew Jackson. Never work with children, animals or computers—this has been Bas’s motto, because they are complications a vampire does not need. Sebastian must battle his unnatural attraction to a mere human whose easy charm and innocent eyes conceal a man of rare and true passion, and whose past hides a danger that could destroy them both.
Bas always rises to the challenge. What else can a vampire do but solve a problem with a simple bite to the neck? Except, simple seduction turns complicated…
“Why are you looking at me like that?” Matt asked. “Your eyes are… Christ, they’re glowing.” He went to leap from the bed, but Bas grabbed his wrist and dragged him back down.
“I want an answer, Matthew. The truth. Look at me.”
For a moment their eyes met. Matt relaxed, with Bas’s suggestion.
“The hell with you!” Matt said and punched him hard, his fist connecting with Bas’s jaw.
Matt raced to the door and Bas slammed into him, turning him, holding him hard against the wood.
“You gonna rip out my throat, now?” Matt asked.
“No. I want an answer.”
“So, okay. Ask. Don’t put that hex-look on me.”
Bas nearly smiled. Matthew was such a shock. No one had ever shrugged off his vampire hold, or stood up to him, the way this boy was doing. He’d never let a human strike him, either.
“Why do you want me back at Monsters?”
Matt swallowed hard. “Because…”
“I… I miss you.”
“You miss me, or you miss the money I bring in?”
Matt gaped. “I don’t need your damn vampire show. I’m doing fine on my own, like I always do.”
“Fine, is it?”
“Yeah, just fine!” Matt’s cheeks slowly drained of their high colour. “Is that what you think? That I came here to ask you back because of money? That I lured you with my blood? That’s one helluva blood price I paid if it were true.”
“My thoughts exactly. Humans are anxious to pay a blood price to my kind, for what we give in exchange.”
“Not this human.” Matt raised his chin. “You need convincing? Then do that mind-reading stuff that vampires do.”