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  She scurried from the bed. "Why would you be unfaithful to Saroya? The first time we were together was because she was late for a date, the second just happened, but this would be premeditated. Why cant you just wait for your Bride? It isnt me you want-youve told me a thousand times how inferior to Saroya I am. I swear I will let her rise. "

  Ignoring her, he commanded, "Return to this bed now. "

  "Did she recede because she didnt want you?"

  He gave a raw laugh. "What female wouldnt want me?" Lothaire-speak?

  "Me! You asked me why I was still a virgin? Its because of men like you-the takers. Selfish, stupid men! I dont want you!"

  "Of course you do, Elizabeth. Just looking at me gets you wet. "

  "Looking at you reminds me of the kind of man I should be with. "

  "And what kind of man is that? Drunken, poor, pathetic?"

  "No. Ive never met him, but I see him plain as day. He has crinkles around his eyes when he smiles and tanned skin from working outdoors. Honest labor has callused his hands. He and I will hunt together, cook and eat big family meals together. Hell marry me and love my family, too. " Voice gone soft, she said, "Hell give me a baby boy and a girl. "

  Lothaires eyes narrowed. "No. He wont. Youll never know another but me. Now, come back to bed and stop behaving as if this is some kind of event. Weve pleasured each other before, and all I want from you is to exchange a couple of orgasms. "

  "Im not the type of woman wholl let a man treat her like trash, then get him off whenever he likes. Youve done nothing to deserve being with me. "

  "But your honest, tanned, imaginary husband has? Think about him

  all you like, yet it will be me who wrings screams from you tonight. I can make you want this. One bite, and youll be begging for me to touch you. "

  "A vampire roofie? Cant get it any other way?"

  "Do you want me to work for it, then?" Lothaires voice grew husky. "I will, Elizabeth. Im not above seduction to get what I want. "

  His eyes locked on hers with that predatory glint, and she again felt like his helpless prey, the object of a merciless vampires lust.

  For some reason, the idea of that made her breaths shallow. She felt her skin growing flushed as if to attract him-

  One instant she stood beside the bed; the next she was in it, lying back under the firm press of his hand.

  Before she could even think about defending herself, hed worked the silk down off her shoulders to pool at her waist.

  Indignation burning inside her, she threw a wild punch, but with that supernatural speed, he easily secured both of her wrists in one hand. "Ah-ah, youll only hurt yourself. And amuse me. Now, relax. "

  She tensed even more.

  "Sweet Lizvetta, with your hot skin and hot blood. " He stretched her arms over her head, pinning her wrists there once more. "Let me see if I cant stoke a fever in you. " With his free hand, he rolled one nipple between his thumb and forefinger. "Do you like this?"

  "No!" She gasped out the word.

  "Liar. And what about this?" He pinched the other one.

  Her hips bucked. "No!"

  At her ear, he purred, "Be my dear, and tell me you want me. "

  "I wont do it!"

  He bent to one of her breasts. She felt his warm breath fanning over it and barely kept her eyes open.

  Hed never suckled her before. Hed wanted to the first night, but shed denied him. During their second time together, hed been intent on other things. Now his desire was clear.

  "Look at your pretty nipples. " His tongue twirled one, making her choke back a cry. "They beg me to taste them, blood stiffening them until theyre like little berries. It will be everything I can do not to pierce them. " He snared the tip between his teeth . . . and gently tugged.

  She heard a whimper, could barely believe that carnal sound had come from her.

  His lips curled into a grin before he closed them around the peak to suck. His mouth was searing as his tongue lashed her.

  When he drew back to watch her reaction with his wicked red gaze, she was panting, fighting the urge to arch up for more.

  "Ah, you like that. " As he nibbled and sucked her other breast, his fingers trailed down her body, circling her navel. Against her wet nipple, he rasped, "And you liked when I touched you here, didnt you?" His hand snaked under the teddy.

  "No!" she cried as his forefinger glided between her folds.

  "You dont want me to continue?" He stopped everything-his suck on her breast, the skillful play of his fingers.

  "Lothaire . . . "

  "Beg me to. Tell me you need me, that you desire me alone. "

  She shook her head.

  "I feel your trembling, feel you getting slick. Why are you being so stubborn?"

  Stubborn? That was the one thing she couldnt seem to be with him! Because right then, all she wanted was for him to make love to her with his mouth and hands.

  "For seven days, Lizvetta, Ive thought of this constantly. I know youve needed me as I have you. " The underlying vulnerability in his words was almost her undoing.

  But then he went back to aggressive Lothaire. "Fuck this. Ive got a weeks worth of seed for you-and youre already on the verge. " He began stroking between her legs again. "You might not beg with words, but your bodys pleading. "

  Wait. A weeks worth? Realization surfaced in her desire-saturated mind. Then Saroya truly hadnt pleasured him tonight? Sex was obviously important-critical-to him, and Saroya wasnt putting out.

  Maybe Ellie had been right and Saroya had never put out. Perhaps the goddess of blood wasnt a goddess in bed? "Lothaire, tell me that I dont compare to Saroya. "

  His fingers slowed. "What?"

  "You heard me. Youll tell me directly after we come, so I just want to get it out of the way now. Tell me, You dont compare to Saroya. Then I can relax-Ill be all yours. "

  "Im busy right now. " Another rapturous stroke.

  Concentrate, Ellie! "Just tell me those five words, and then Ill do anything you want me to. "

  "Soon youll do anything that I want anyway. "

  He cant say it. Lothaire was beginning to feel something for her.

  When shed mentioned another man, the vampire had seemed jealous. Earlier, shed asked him about tender thoughts toward her, and hed deflected that question as well.

  Which means the game-with my one available move-is still in play.


  Perhaps she should give the vampire exactly what hed wanted. Ear horn, Sadie? Well, Ellie had something she desperately needed to communicate to him.

  I want to live, to be free of Saroya!

  "Lothaire, I think I do compare to her in your eyes. "

  "Think whatever you like. " Drawing his hands away from her, he lay back, tense with frustration. But again, he didnt deny it.

  I still have a shot with him! "She doesnt desire you like I do, does she?"

  His fists clenched, his expression heralding another rage.

  "What have I said about watching your tongue?" Lothaire hadnt wanted this mortal to know Saroya didnt desire him, but of course, nothing escaped Elizabeth.

  His nerves were frayed, his fury escalating. His cock and balls were so swollen with pent-up need they felt like theyd been battered. Suckling her plump breasts and hard little nipples had only made the pain grow. . . .

  She turned to her side, cupping his face with her palms. When he eventually shifted to face her, she said, "Saroya cant want you as much as I do, Lothaire. No one can. "

  So similar to what hed said about Elizabeth.

  In a breathy voice, she murmured, "Ive been aching for you. "

  Gods, how he loved hearing that, like a balm on his pride. "Say it again. Tell me how much you ache. "

  "Ill show you. " When she leaned in and pressed her lips to his, he worked to control himself-taking her mouth in a slow, languorous kiss, their tongues lazily tangling.

  Just as in the past, sh