Payne could feel the questions bubbling inside her and he knew that she wouldnâ€™t be able to resist voicing them forever. He wanted her to. She was beautiful, bewitching, and he couldnâ€™t deny that he was attracted to her, but whenever she mentioned his incubus side, he wanted to leave and forget helping Andreu and Chica.
He could be their only hope though. Elissa could be their only hope.
They reached the edge of the woods and she paused and faced him.
â€œHave you ever submitted to someone?â€
Payne froze and blinked hard. He had to have heard his petite, enchanting Elissa wrong. She couldnâ€™t have just asked what he thought she had. The dark colouring on her cheeks said that she had and was regretting it.
He forced a shrug. â€œOnce or twice.â€
His stomach clenched. He hoped that answer would satisfy her.
The frown on her face said it hadnâ€™t. â€œI donâ€™t believe youâ€™ve ever really submitted to someone. It isnâ€™t in your nature. Thatâ€™s part of your problem… neither side of you can submit. Both sides crave control too much. The incubus and the vampire.â€
Payne couldnâ€™t deny that and he didnâ€™t like that she had seen it in him so quickly after meeting him. His version of submission had been letting women go on top. Hers seemed far more threatening, and alluring. Surrendering complete control to a woman? The very thought had him as hard as steel in his jeans but at the same time made him want to flee.
She swallowed, her sexy throat working overtime, and braved a step towards him. Her eyes were dark in the low light but he didnâ€™t miss the challenge they issued.
â€œSubmit to me,â€ she said and he almost choked, barely stopped himself from making a scene that would only render him weak in her eyes, stripping him of his masculinity.
He wanted to tell her that there was no way he was going to do such a thing and that he would find some incubi and ask them about finding the den and his grandfather. He still tensed inside whenever he thought about that. The ring he needed was not only in the clutches of an incubus. It was in the grip of his grandfather, a man he had hated without ever knowing.
He must have looked as though he was going to ditch her because she launched forwards and grabbed his wrists.
Elissa looked up into his eyes, that sense of fear, desperation and hope in them again. She needed him.
He needed her, but he couldnâ€™t indulge such desires. What she was suggesting was dangerous.
â€œOne night of passion at my command. It will help you. It will help us both. The only way to find the incubi hideout is to embrace your incubus side and let it take control. Youâ€™ll sense the location and be able to teleport straight there.â€ She paused for air and tightened her grip on him and he could feel her trembling. â€œPlease, Payne. We both need this. Please. Surrender to your desire.â€
He knew his eyes were positively glowing at the prospect but he couldnâ€™t stomach the thought of allowing his incubus side to take dominance over his vampire one. He shook his head.
â€œYouâ€™re afraid.â€ She didnâ€™t say it in a mocking way but that was how his heart heard it, and he couldnâ€™t deny it. It wasnâ€™t fear holding him back though.
â€œIt isnâ€™t that,â€ he said calmly and her grip on his arms eased. â€œI cannot do it. My incubus side will want to dominate you as well as the vampire in me.â€
â€œThatâ€™s only because youâ€™ve never really embraced it. You constantly want to reject it. Itâ€™s the whole point of the exercise… you need to embrace that side of yourself if weâ€™re going to stand a chance of discovering where the other incubi are hiding.â€
Payne despised how easily she could see through him to the truth he tried so hard to hide. What else could she tell about him whenever she looked at him? He hoped she couldnâ€™t see some things, like the black stains on his soul.
â€œYou just want to get into my pants.â€ He gunned for charming even though it was hard to smile at her when his insides were in turmoil, his heart and head tearing him in too many directions.
She smiled and it was dazzling, alluring and just a little bit wicked. He had the feeling that her one night of passion had absolutely nothing to do with helping him connect to his incubus side so he could find this place of the incubi. She really did want him. Why? What did she see in him to make him worthy of her that he couldnâ€™t?
He had tried to figure her out back in her temporary home. Whenever she had glanced his way with desire darkening her beautiful eyes, he had tried to understand what it was about him that made her look at him that way. He had snarled at her, gnashed his fangs, and hurt her, and she had still found ways to touch him, still smiled at him, still wanted him.
He didnâ€™t understand her at all.
â€œIâ€™m only asking for one moment with you, Payne.â€
One moment too many and one thousand too few.
Payne stared at her, knowing his eyes were brightening and unable to stop the reaction. He couldnâ€™t take it anymore. He was so hard for her, too far gone to care about the danger or the details. She was offering him a moment with her and he needed it. He had never needed anything so fiercely. She might break him though. He had never submitted to anyone because it wasnâ€™t in his nature, but he would try for her, because right now he would do anything for a taste of this exquisite beauty before him.
He would try to stifle his incubus side to protect her. He couldnâ€™t embrace it though, not as she wanted.
He had only embraced his incubus side once in his lifetime and it had awakened something terrible within him.
That night, he had lost the only woman he had ever loved.
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A vampire with a past stained with blood and a soul tainted with darkness, he is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld threatens to reawaken long denied hungers and tempts him with carnal pleasure.
Payne despises the incubus side of his mixed genes and refuses to give it free rein, but when the wickedly sexy Elissa offers him a possible way to help a friend, he finds it difficult to resist paying the price, even if it will be his undoingâ€”one night of passion at her command.
Elissa is a witch down on her luck until Payne comes crashing into her life. The dangerously handsome male is the key to fulfilling a promise she made, but he is also forbidden, and surrendering to the wildfire passion he stirs within her means risking ruin and death.
When one incredible night of fulfilling their deepest fantasies leads to more than just a pathway to keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?
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Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #1)
Crave (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #2)
Seduce (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #3)
Enslave (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #4)
Bewitch (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #5)
Unleash (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #6)