Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:
1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero
Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*
Daisy never thought that taking a simple road trip from Atlanta Georgia to New Orleans Louisiana would turn her world upside down, turn it inside out and stomp on a piece of her she didn't know was there. She has no will power to tell her friend and roommate-Reyna- no when she said she wanted to go. It was Halloween weekend after all. What would it hurt? Uh, scratch that how much pouting could she put up with if she said no.. that’s more like the right question. So, she agrees. And after a day of driving, since with traffic their 7 hour drive was more like 10 she was a bit surprised to find her friend’s friend that was just a boy lived in a house with a roommate. But when Reyna’s boy friend opened the door and called her baby she knew she was in for a lonely weekend. She was ready for it to be over already.
Chad -Reyna’s man- let them in and as Daisy looked around she ran into Shaun in the living room. He was nice and even offered her his room to sleep in when she made a disgusted face at their couch. She thought nothing of that… but when she woke up in the middle of the night with Shaun groping her boob she figured out exactly what he wanted. And that wasn’t happening. She did wind up on the couch in her sleeping bag. It was then that she met the ‘weird’ roommate Duncan. He was weird but seemed okay. After a nights sleep she was greeted to waking and being stared at by Shaun. Dude couldn't take a hint. (laughs) So Daisy did what anyone else would have. She got up, showered and went to look around the town. I mean it’s New Orleans, not like there isn’t plenty to do. Even early in the morning.
As she made her way around looking at a few of the galleries in the area she came across one and the man was very nice to her. Harold is his name and as they look around at his photos he asked her about her time here and as they talked he told her a ‘voodoo’ shop to take a peak in. The Midnight Cauldron -owned and run by Kalisa- is a bit of a shock for her.. but its the reaction she gets from Kalisa that makes her weary. Kalisa questions her about her love life basically then performs a little bit of magic for her.
Without warning she pressed her thumb across my forehead. “I call this Seduction’s Kiss.” She ran her finger back and forth over my skin. The mixture was warm- nearly hot. “Be very careful child. Seduction’s Kiss can be extremely dangerous.”
From their her day is normal. When she returns home she finds out she will be going out to dinner with Shaun, Chad and Reyna. Of course she isn't happy about the whole going anywhere with Shaun thing but she does. For Reyna. And of course Shaun made a play at her and it had her leaving them in the restaurant. By the time they got back to the house she was ten shades of pissed and refusing to go anywhere else he was. HA! The argument was stopped when Duncan asked her to come out with him for a bit then they would all meet somewhere down town. She agreed…
By the time they got into a dingy looking dive Daisy was trying to get away from here. It was gross and felt off. She should have listened to her instincts. Because by the time she was thoroughly freaked out and ready to make a run for it Reyna, Chad and Shaun showed up at the place she was. Her text from earlier had gone through. But by then it was too late. The vampires had them all then. And they wanted her the others were just suffering from “wrong place, wrong time” syndrome. They were all put into body bags (YES BODY BAGS!) and escorted off. When they arrived at the nest Daisy was taken inside, made to change into a little bit of nothing and tied to a bed. When she woke up she was in extreme pain, lethargic and being carried off by some unknown man.
When she was able to see her hero it was someone she had seen out at the clubs. He had black wings that made her want to run her fingers through them. Mayanne, a witch was looking her over as Owen -her hero- held her in his lap because she refused to let go of him. Mayanne told her she was put under a witches curse. Seems Daisy was something special. She was meant for a paranormal. This was why the vampires were drawn to her? Maybe, that and they are pigs. But its Owen -her blond Adonis- that has caught her eye. Her friends had been rescued and their memories erased but hers couldn’t be touched.. so as she is falling asleep to rest she asks him for a kiss… and then something inside her awakes.
To be a starting novella there was a lot in here. You are introduced to the characters and the type of supernaturals (for the most part) that are there and it lets you see that this is not going to be the average PNR book. I am very excited to start this series.. I’m only one Novella in and have high hopes for it!