His secret will shatter her world.
Katherine Colby’s life splintered ten years ago when her lover suddenly vanished, leaving her with more than a broken heart. But when Kal unexpectedly makes an appearance, her safe, dependable existence is shattered once more. Drawn into Kal’s deadly world of vampires and demons, she must now put aside her hurt and anger and learn to trust him. Can she forgive past deceptions and find the courage to love again? Or will she turn away the one man who owns her heart and soul?
Her secret will change his life.
Powerful, and lethal, Kal is a vampire warrior, sworn to protect humans from demons. Loving Katherine too much to pull her into his dangerous world, Kal deserted her, believing his decision was best for them both. But not even time could assuage his yearning for the woman who has captured his heart. As fate tosses them together once again, Kal must fight to win Katherine’s trust and forgiveness before evil separates them forever. But is he ready to become the man she needs him to be? Or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?
Once on the veranda, Kal sat on a white wicker loveseat. He pulled his coat tight against him, warding off the cool, damp air. The moon shone through the trees, and stars studded the ebony sky.
If his heart weren’t so full of dread and remorse, he’d take Katherine for a walk later around the grounds. Even though the real beauty of the gardens was asleep for the winter, the yard still held a certain charming quality.
Not going to happen. Once Katherine found out about the prophecy, she’d never want to speak to him again, let alone go for a loving stroll.
His mother’s voice pulled him back to the business at hand. “Son. What is it you have to tell me?”
“Here goes,” he whispered more to himself. “Um…ten years ago I met and fell in love with a human woman. To make a long story short, I left her for reasons I’m not getting into. Anyway, we unexpectedly ran into each other. I found out I have a son.”
Silence followed his speech. Shit, maybe she’d fainted?
“Mom? Ya still there?”
He heard her inhale, but she didn’t answer.
“Did you hear what I said? You have a grandson.”
“I don’t have a grandson.” Her angry reply hissed into his ear, ripping a chuck out of his heart. “I will not accept this…this half-breed as one of my bloodline.”
Cold rage filled him. His fingers clenched around the phone. “Don’t speak about my son that way.”
“How did this happen?”
“You were mated and had two children. Do you really need me to explain it, Mother?”
“How could you do this to me? All the hard work I’ve put in, searching for a suitable mate for you, and you ruin it.” She paused. “How do you know this…child is yours?”
Kal closed his eyes, trying to control his building temper. “He’s a vampire. Plus, he looks exactly like Kedric and me when we were younger.”
“Oh sweet Vampier, father to all vampires. Please lend me strength.”
Whisperings in their native tongue tickled his ear. His righteous mother prayed to her gods.
Try praying for your soul, Mother, because you’re being a royal bitch.
The quiet mumblings stopped, and her hard tone was back in action. “Take him from the mother. We can make this work. Of course, I will have to inform the females I’ve chosen for you of this…atrocity, yet after all, you are a respected warrior from the fifth clan. As long as we make it clear your son will not be in line to be your heir, it shouldn’t be a problem. Although, I think it would be wise if he lived elsewhere. I can set him up in a nice house and hire staff to take care of him. He’ll be well provided for. This way it shouldn’t interfere with your upcoming marriage.”
Shock over her cold and calculating words made him sick to his stomach. “Wow, Mother. You have it all figured out. But for one thing.”
“The only wedding that’ll take place is one between Katherine and me. That’s her name, if you were wondering. And obviously you didn’t hear me. I love her.”
“Oh, son. You can’t mean that. She’s a human—she’s beneath you. Don’t sacrifice your happiness, because you feel a misguided sense of moral responsibility toward her.”
Brenda Dyer lives in the small town of Sooke off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, two teenage boys, and an assortment of animals.
She is a graduate from LongRidge Writers group.
When she isn't writing you can find her out in her gardens or working with her two miniature horses.
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