No man rules the Red Queen.
In her Court, a black market organization that specializes in magical artifacts and antiquities, Eden Farrow rules with an iron fist and a steel-boned red corset.
Some of her employees want her to transition into more traditional criminal commerce, but Eden—also known as the Red Queen for her ruthlessness and the Queen of Hearts for her uncanny ability to steal the hearts of men after one night in bed with her—refuses to budge. She prefers a cleaner, nobler kind of illegal activity.
She’s also a vampire with a taste for the gothic and theatrical, and she’s used to getting her way.
All that changes when another vampire and his werewolf companion invade her territory. She brings Antony and Luca in, preparing to torture them mercilessly before forcing them to submit to her bite.
But they aren’t like other men.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of blood, gore, violence, horror, sexually charged fighting, non-consensual bondage and threat of sexual assault, as well as a non-sexual MM D/s pairing.
General Release Date: 10th April 2015
Her lieutenants returned to their duties, some to the streets and some to the line of computers along the wall. At least half of the new world was cyber and the best criminals were hackers these days. Eden was nothing if not flexible in her efforts to keep her business not just alive but thriving.
Callum lingered behind as she settled herself at her desks in her section of the giant warehouse room. One of them was personal, the second professional, the third to display some of her wares and new acquisitions for potential buyers. Callum stood in front of the professional desk, a simple glass table with a few clear drawers, a leather blotter, and a slim, black desktop computer.
“What’s on your mind tonight?” Eden asked.
The man was troubled. And when one of her men was troubled, she listened, especially with someone like Callum. He was one of the few members of her organization who hadn’t been in her bed and one of her few lieutenants who knew she was a vampire.
A woman didn’t broadcast that information for all and sundry, because then turmoil in the ranks brought out the crosses and holy water. Those things didn’t do a damn thing to her, but they sure got annoying after the fiftieth holy water bath, which tended to ruin her leather. Stakes and sun—those were the real dangers, but only to those who knew best how to wield them. The city had a wealth of vampire hunters, though none yet keen enough to defeat her. She even had a few on her payroll after getting her teeth into them.
“I was approached by J and Santos again,” Callum said.
Eden closed her eyes and sighed. “They approach you because they know they can sell to you and not to me,” she said.
“Santos says that with our resources, we can easily pull in an additional seven million dollars a year.”
“By smuggling in their cocaine and their women,” Eden said. “And giving them the resources to cook their meth and manufacture their heroin.”
“I’m not saying we have to stop doing what we’re doing now,” Callum said, running his hand through his blond hair. He needed to get it cut. It made him look too young and innocent when Eden knew he was neither. “I’m saying we can make that much on top of what we’re already doing. It’s not like we don’t have the manpower.”
“It’s not about the money or the manpower,” Eden said. She drummed her dark red lacquered nails on the glass, each tap like the clicking of a death beetle.
Callum swallowed but stood his ground, the petulant line forming between his eyes. Eden had grown used to seeing it these last six months. J and Santos had been grooming him—and likely garnishing his palm for the honor.
Word Count: 20,490
Book Length: NOVELLA
Genres: BONDAGE AND BDSM
MÉNAGE AND MULTIPLE PARTNERS
Aurelia T. Evans is an up-and-coming erotica author with a penchant for horror and the supernatural.
She’s the twisted mind behind the werewolf/shifter Sanctuary trilogy, demonic circus series Arcanium, and vampire serial Bloodbound. She’s also had short stories featured in various erotic anthologies.
Aurelia presently lives in Dallas, Texas (although she doesn’t ride horses or wear hats). She loves cats and enjoys baking as much as she dislikes cooking. She’s a walker, not a runner, and she writes outside as often as possible.
Reviewed by The Romance Reviews
Hawt forced submission. BDSM. Werewolf, vampire, rough sex, bondage, what's not to like? This is a straightforward book filled with delicious erotic chemistry between three strong and deadly predators. The act...
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