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Prologue

New York City, Four Months Ago

“Don’t fight.  It’s easier if you don’t fight,” the vampire said as he lifted Benjamin’s bloodied body into his arms.

Benjamin struggled to draw his next breath. Battled to open his eyes to see the face of the demon who held him in his powerful embrace.  Inside his core, the chill of death was spreading, numbing his body, but his spirit stubbornly clung to life.

He didn’t want to die.  He still had so much to do.

In the dim light of the underground chamber, the vampire’s face was blurred with dark shadows, his features muted.

Benjamin needed to see the demon’s face, but one eye was swollen shut from a blow to his head.

The other didn’t want to focus as he slowly lost control of his body, but he gathered his remaining reserves and peered at the vampire.

“Easy,” the vampire, Diego, urged once more.  Diego was a vampire elder, a formidable opponent, and yet he held him gently and with infinite compassion.

Ironic much, Benjamin thought.  His own brother, a reject from Slayer training, was the one who’d spent the better part of the night slicing him up.  Who had beaten him.  Tortured him. Left him to die alone in the warren of tunnels beneath Central Park.

With each second that passed, death inched closer, only he wasn’t ready to give up so easily.

Drawing in a shaky breath, blood gurgled in his lungs as he drowned in it. When he spoke, the metallic taste of his lifeblood spiced his mouth.

“Don’t. . .want . . .die.”

Diego’s body tensed beside him. “Do you know what you’re asking, Slayer?”

All he could manage was a weak bobble of his head and a harshly whispered, “Yes.”

A shudder ripped across the demon and a weak heartbeat later, a neon glow brightened the vampire’s eyes warning that he had transformed from his human form.

“Are you sure, Benjamin?” Diego pressed, his voice tinged with the animal rumble of the beast, and Benjamin understood.

As a Slayer, he was authorized to sanction any vampire who turned a human.

As a vampire elder, what Diego was about to do would empower an enemy.

He somehow managed to bring his hand up and grasped Diego’s. “Not ready to die,” he said with the last of his strength.

“But are you ready to live like a demon?”

“Yes,” he murmured since he could barely draw a breath as he teetered on death’s doorstep.

Diego didn’t hesitate.  He tenderly brought Benjamin closer and bent his head close to Benjamin’s neck.

The graze of the vampire’s fangs on his skin was a shock and his natural instinct was to fight, but he subdued that almost primal urge.

“Do it,” he hissed, literally on his final breath of life.

“God help us,” Diego said and drove his fangs deep into Benjamin’s neck.

About the Author

NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of nearly 50 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking. Caridad writes dark and sexy romantic suspense, erotic military romance, and paranormal romances for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor. For more information on Caridad/Charity, please visit http://www.caridad.comor http://www.rebornvampirenovels.com. You can also find Caridad/Charity on:

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Additional Books by the Author

Additional Books by the Author Writing as Caridad Pineiro

Books in THE CALLING/THE REBORN Vampire Novel Series

VAMPIRE REBORN, April 2014

DIE FOR LOVE, December 2013, Entangled Publishing

BORN TO LOVE, November 2013, ISBN 9781622663705 Entangled Publishing

TO LOVE OR SERVE, October 2013, ISBN 9781622663477 Entangled Publishing

FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE, September 2013, ISBN 9781622662937 Entangled Publishing

KISSED BY A VAMPIRE (formerly ARDOR CALLS) October 2012 ISBN 9780373885589 Harlequin Nocturne

AWAKENING THE BEAST Collection featuring HONOR CALLS October 2009 ISBN 0373250940 Silhouette Nocturne

FURY CALLS March 2009 ISBN 0373618077 Silhouette Nocturne

HONOR CALLS February 2009 ISBN 9781426828362 Nocturne Bite

HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE December 2007 ISBN 0373617763 Silhouette Nocturne

THE CALLING COMPLETE COLLECTION October 2008 ISBN 9781426807657 Silhouette Includes Darkness Calls, Danger Calls, Temptation Calls, Death Calls, Devotion Calls, and Blood Calls–as well as the online read Desire Calls.

BLOOD CALLS May 2007 ISBN 0373617631 Silhouette Nocturne

DEVOTION CALLS January 2007 ISBN 0373617550 Silhouette Nocturne

DEATH CALLS Dec 2006 ISBN 0373617534 Silhouette Nocturne

TEMPTATION CALLS Oct 2005 ISBN 0373274602 Silhouette Intimate Moments

DANGER CALLS June 2005 ISBN 0373274416 Silhouette Intimate Moments

DARKNESS CALLS Mar 2004 ISBN 0373273533 Silhouette Intimate Moments

Novellas in the Take a Chance Military Romance Series

ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE, March 2015

STAY THE NIGHT, December 2014

TAKE A CHANCE Box set, November 2014

ONE LAST NIGHT, October 2014

ONE SPECIAL NIGHT, August 2014

JUST ONE NIGHT, June 2014

Books in The Gambling for Love Romantic Suspense Series

THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE November 2012 ISBN 9781622668007 Entangled Publishing

TO CATCH A PRINCESS August 2013 ISBN 9781622661329 Entangled Publishing

Books in The Sin Hunter Paranormal Romance Series

THE CLAIMED May 2012 ISBN 978-0446584609 Forever Grand Central Publishing

THE LOST August 2011 ISBN 978-0446584616 Forever Grand Central Publishing

STRONGER THAN SIN November 2010 ISBN 0446543845 Forever Grand Central Publishing

SINS OF THE FLESH November 2009 ISBN 0446543837 Forever Grand Central Publishing

Other Novels by Caridad

THE FIFTH KINDOM July 2011 ISBN 9781426891885 Carina Press

SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD Dec 2008 ISBN 0373276109 Silhouette Romantic Suspense

Novellas

GHOST OF A CHANCE, paranormal short story November 2012 ISBN B00AUGV89G

HER VAMPIRE LOVER October 2012 ISBN 9781459242289 Nocturne Cravings Novella

NIGHT OF THE COUGAR June 2012 ISBN 9781459231153 Nocturne Cravings Novella

THE VAMPIRE’S CONSORT April 2012 ISBN 9781459222731 Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Novella

NOCTURNAL WHISPERS February 2012 ISBN 9781459221437 Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Novella

AMAZON AWAKENING December 2011 ISBN 9781459282766 Available Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Novella

WHEN HERALD ANGELS SING novella in A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS October 2011 ISBN 0373776446 HQN

AZTEC GOLD January 2011 ISBN 9781426891045 Carina Press Novella

Crazy for the Cat in MOON FEVER Oct 2007 ISBN 1416514902 Pocket Books

Romantic Suspense Series

SECRET AGENT REUNION Aug 2007 ISBN 0373275463 Silhouette Romantic Suspense

MORE THAN A MISSION Aug 2006 ISBN 037327498X Silhouette Intimate Moments

Additional Books by the Author Writing as Charity Pineiro

NOW AND ALWAYS June 2013 ISBN 1490362770

FAITH IN YOU July 2013 ISBN 1490412697

TORI GOT LUCKY December 2013

THE PERFECT MIX March 2013

TO CATCH HER MAN April 2014

SECOND CHANCE AT PERFECT October 2014


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