The Hunter Book 1
by R Sullins
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Secrets never stay buried…
Every secret I never knew about myself was revealed by someone who should not exist.
But they do,
They are all around us…
and I am the one they want the most.
They crave my blood.
The biggest secret of all?
I’m one of those monsters, too.
Now someone has created an army that threatens to destroy the Vampire King that calls me his mate.
Either I accept the monster I am or I lose one I’ve come to love
Approximately 73k words
Important Note: This is the first book in a series, please be aware that it ends in an HFN but the second book picks right up where the first left off.
Warning: This book has blood and gore that may offend or disturb sensitive readers. Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for anyone below 18
Turning slowly, I looked around. There were no visible signs of the revenants but there was a heaviness to the air. The smell was the strongest indicator. I heard Crispin give the group our location and the details so far. Still no sign of the revenants but I could swear the stench was getting stronger.
I unsnapped the scabbard and slowly drew my sword while Crispin did the same with his two. We stood back to back, something we had practiced many times over the weeks. We had become very comfortable and had gotten to where we could anticipate each other’s moves. It also helped that Crispin could communicate with me telepathically which I had found out during our training sessions. Crispin believed it was because we were growing a closer bond between us. He had explained most vampire mates were able to communicate that way. Learning about vampires, their abilities and Crispin himself was an ongoing experience.
“I see 3 sets of eyes in the darkness in front of me.”
Crispin’s voice caused my heart to jump but on the outside I held steady as I searched deeper into the reigning darkness. There, and there, two more there. One in the tree. “Oh my god Crispin, there are five over here. There’s one in the tree to my right.”
“Steady, Hunter, let your instincts guide you.”
There was an underlying steeliness to his voice, an indicator that he was pissed off. He’d told me before that revenants don’t hunt in packs, the last time they did they managed to kill the last leader’s mate of the area and caused many other deaths. Why had we heard of revenant activity but not of any deaths? With a group this large there should have been a sweep of deaths throughout the city. Instead, they were here, clustered in a tight group in a remote city park.
“They led us here.” I gasped at the unexpected shock of such a thing. It required thinking and planning, something revenants were supposed to be unable to do.
“Yes.” Crispin’s agreement was short, sharp. He’d come to the conclusion far faster than me.
“Why?” It was a whisper that received no answer because at that moment, with a blur of movement, 4 of them charged at once.
An ear-piercing screech came from the one in the tree as it hurled itself in my direction along with one from the ground. I moved back to defend myself at the same time Crispin moved to my left to avoid the 2 that came running at him from the opposite side. We were now several feet apart and facing down four of the eight revenants. I lost sight of the others as I focused on the two in front of me.
With a slash at one, I sliced through its chest, the stench enough to have my stomach heave. Swallowing back the saliva that pooled in my mouth, I spun to pierce the other one in the heart but it danced back out of reach of my sword. The one with the slash wound screeched and ran forward, this time close enough for me to swing my sword and sever the head. It rolled away while another revenant came running forward to take the fallen one’s place.
I kept my eyes between the two, not able to take my eyes off them to check my back. I could see Crispin fighting with the two that had attacked him, they were doing the same with him, lunging forwards alternately, forcing Crispin to step backward while slashing his sword. He plunged his sword through one and another ran forward to take its place.
“What is happening Crispin?”
“This is not normal behavior Hunter, be on your guard, they are separating us.”
Ivy’s whole life changed the night of the car crash that ended the life of her father, left her sister crippled and watched their mother walk away from them. Ivy has always been a little different, she healed very fast from her injuries and ended up caring for her sister, feeling guilty that she lived and is ‘normal’ her sister takes out all her anger and grief on Ivy, who just puts up with it.
On her nightly jog she comes across some fearsome creatures who attack her, she manages to get away by using the river but is badly hurt, she dreams of being rescued by a wolf. The wolf turns out to be the local Vampire Lord, Crispin, who is over 2000 years old and very powerful. He knows just what Ivy is, a Hunter, and take her back to his house in an attempt to find out more about her. He explains to her what she is and what he is and the world they live in and agrees to train her to her full powers of a Hunter so she can take up that mantle. The creatures she ran away from are revenants, her job is to hunt them, but they usually only attack in ones or twos…. but lately there have been packs gathering, something is happening, someone is controlling them.
Crispin also realises that Ivy is his true mate, something he never thought he would find after being alone for so long. He is determined to help her reach her full potential and try and keep her safe from the growing threat.
An interesting theme to this story, I enjoyed the characters and the background to the vampire history, but found that maybe their connection could have been better or stronger, I expected a bit of something with more oomph for such a powerful vampire. I also was not keen on Ivy being whaled on by her sister all the time. Still I enjoyed this book and would read more from this series.
The Hunter Book 2.5
by R Sullins
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The reluctant vampire…
This wasn’t supposed to be my life
I never asked to become a vampire
Falling into this world of monsters turned out to be the best thing to happen to me.
The transition from human soldier to vampire sentinel was one of the easiest things I had ever done.
Now I was in for the fight of my life, convincing my mate to take a chance on me.
The mate in danger…
I couldn’t return home no matter how much I missed it.
My mother forced me to leave for a reason.
There was an evil man after me, willing to kill anyone who got in his way.
Then a man walked through the door and set my soul on fire.
He said I was his mate.
I wanted to say yes.
But, how, when I had to save my mom from a killer?
The fight for their future…
I swore I would defeat all of her demons.
I wasn’t going to let her go…ever.
I wanted to keep my mate safe, but what if I was the monster she needed saving from?
This is a 50k word novella in the Hunter series world.
It may be read as a standalone, but you would find most enjoyment by reading the series.
Waking up straddling a sleeping vampire wasn’t quite as unsettling as one might expect. He basically looked like he was in a very deep sleep. It honestly made me think of when my great-grandma was in the hospital and had slipped into a coma before passing away.
Ummm… come to think of it, maybe waking up on top of a body that was completely checked out was a little more unsettling than I had initially thought.
The first thing I did was find the bathroom and have a nice, long, hot shower. While under the spray, I let the previous night play over in my mind and felt a heat fill me that had nothing to do with the spray.
I wanted more.
But I could see that Jared was hesitant to go further with me. I thought he might have been under some misguided belief that he was bad for my health or something. He held me so gently and was so careful with me – too careful. It was apparent he didn’t trust himself, and that made me sad. I needed to find out why. I also didn’t know whether to smack him for his stupidity or hug him for caring so much.
I thought of Ivy and her large dangerous guy and wondered if she had faced the same type of challenge.
When I got out of the shower, I took my time to get ready. I walked back into the bedroom and stopped by the side of the bed, where Jared looked peaceful, even though there was apparently zero consciousness going on. I leaned over and kissed his handsome cheek. I almost killed myself, jumping backward and tripping over the long hem of the robe I was wearing. I landed on my ass but barely felt the harsh landing over the heavy thudding of my heart.
Jared still looked exactly as he had with absolutely no change. His face was still fully relaxed, but I would have sworn to hell and back that I had heard a soft rumble, almost like a purr, come from his chest. But everything that I had been told about vampires the last couple of days said there was no awareness while they were sleeping, which was precisely why Crispin had hired so many guards to patrol and keep all of his vampires safe during the day.
I waited until my heartbeat slowed down until it was closer to normal before slowly getting to my knees and crawling the couple of feet it would take to get back to the side of the bed. I probably looked ridiculous, slowly peeking over the side of the bed.
I realized he was out, and I realized he didn’t really look dead while in his unconscious sleep, but that didn’t stop my imagination from running absolutely wild. I had seen way too many scary movies to not expect a jump scare. He was a vampire, for goodness sake.
After staring at him for a good minute, I chided myself on my childish behavior and finally got up to leave the room. Then, to prove to myself that I was overreacting and ridiculous, I gave him another kiss on the cheek. I waited, hovering over him for a few seconds, and sighed in relief when nothing happened that time.
Even though I knew that sunlight wouldn’t cause Jared to burst into flame and turn into ash, I still decided to take the front entrance to the pool house instead of the private entrance to the guest room. I had to blink and shield my eyes. It was definitely still daytime.
During the short walk back to the main house, I took in everything I hadn’t been able to see the last couple of nights. The surrounding land was beautiful, and it smelled amazing. Scents of fresh air and pine dominated the clear blue sky. Not a single cloud could be seen through the tall trees. I simply stood in the middle of the path with my face lifted and my eyes closed.
It wasn’t the sun that I was enjoying. It was the peacefulness. I wasn’t scared for once in a long time. I was actually looking forward to tomorrow and the next day.
Demons Within Book 1
by R Sullins
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
The first time she knew real happiness was when she found out that the man who raised her wasn’t her real father.
She knew that there couldn’t be monsters in the world that were any worse than the monster she had called ‘daddy’ for most of her life.
Then she stumbled into the world of demons.
The Demon King knew the second his fated mate had been brought into the world.
After living years too numerous to count, it meant little to him other than keep him from living as he had.
He now belonged to only one female – and he would have to wait years for her to mature enough to matter.
How stupid and vain he had been to think that his fated wouldn’t matter.
The very moment she entered his club he knew he had been wrong to ignore fate.
She was his.
And he was going to destroy everyone that hurt her, even if he had to burn the Earth realm to the ground.
“Okay, okay, calm down. I didn’t mean any harm. I just thought the little thing would be interested. Why else would a girl come to a meat market like this?” He started backing away.
A meat market? I guess that would be an apt description of a place where everyone seemed to be bent on finding a partner for the night.
“Well, she’s not! Maybe next time you won’t put your hands on a woman without her permission!” Even in the dim lighting I could see how red her face was. I looked over to the group and saw they had a bunch of different emotions. A couple were shocked at what happened, Melissa was smirking right at me.
Suddenly, the air felt like it was charging, like the moment before a powerful storm started pounding rain and lightning began striking the earth. The bouncer from the stairs was striding over, likely to see what the commotion was and the man, the owner, that Melissa had declared her boyfriend was right behind him.
It wasn’t the bouncer that spoke first, but the owner. “Someone want to explain what is going on over here?”
His voice was deep and had a slight menacing growl to it that caused all the fine hairs on my arms to stand up. His voice had a faint accent that I couldn’t place, but was likely european of some kind. He scanned the faces of the group, making a short stop on Melissa who stood up straiter and ran her fingers through her hair. When they met mine I felt those lightning strikes hit me right in the center of my chest. I grabbed my wrist and furiously started rubbing at the ache I suddenly felt there. His eyes dropped to my hands and his jaw hardened until the muscle there jumped with the tension.
Melissa stepped forward and raised her hand to place it on his arm but he stepped back from her and turned his glare on her. She took a quick step back and pouted. He shook his head and looked back at me.
“Are you okay?” His voice, though much softer, was no less menacing than before. Having the full weight of his stare on me made those lightning strikes worse, and the tension gathering in my chest was making it hard to breathe. I tried to make my head nod but my neck muscles suddenly felt stiff and loose all at the same time. My head wanted to loll around due to the dizzy feeling flooding my brain but I couldn’t make my muscles move. I couldn’t catch my breath and my vision was growing dimmer as the edges of my eyesight got darker and darker. The last thing I knew before I passed out was hearing the boss curse viciously and lunge for me as I fell.
Cry For Me
by R Sullins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I was all those things.
Years after my parents died, I was still being bullied, and it was all led by my cousins.
They hated me for years as children, and moving into their house didn’t make them change their minds about me.
I was counting down the days until I could finally get away from every single person in this town.
Until there was one person I wasn’t so sure I wanted to leave.
My life since age 7 revolved around football and what it would take for me to get into the NFL.
I didn’t have time for girls or parties.
I had never been tempted by anything that could take my mind away from the sport.
Until I walked into my new school on my first day of senior year.
One look was enough to change every plan I’d made for my future.
It wasn’t long before we both realized that someone didn’t like that we had found each other.
Approx 100k words
*Note from author*
While this high school romance does have elements of bullying, you will find that the hero never once says a negative thing to his girl.
For the safety conscious – this is guaranteed safe!
Just because it is set in high school doesn’t mean it doesn’t have adult situations in it. Only intended for those over the age of 18.
“Where are we going?” I yelled over the sound of the wind.
We were on his motorcycle, driving through the dark. I had my arms wrapped tight around him, and my hands gripped tight to his abs, my head resting against his back. I didn’t care where we went. Nothing mattered at that moment except him and me and the motorcycle that carried us into the night.
He squeezed my leg and ran his hand up and down my thigh before putting his hand back on the handlebar without answering.
We started slowing, and I realized he had brought us back to the same lake that he had brought me last week. I couldn’t believe that it had only been a week, even less that we had made the steps to make our relationship official. Yet, it seemed like it had been so much longer. And somehow, as if it had been only seconds.
He rode slowly towards a glow that could I could see cutting through the darkness. I squinted my eyes so I could see better and then lifted the visor on my helmet. I had to wait until we rolled closer to finally see what the lights were.
In the little clearing next to the water with its own shoreline, strands of fairy lights were in the trees giving off a gentle glow of light. A blanket was already laid out on the ground. There was another folded up on top of that one and a small cooler sitting next to the blanket.
I continued to sit on the bike and watched as Reid climbed off and shook his hair out after removing his helmet. Then he walked over to the blanket and picked it up, shaking it out before laying it back out onto the ground how it was.
He turned to me and shrugged. “I wanted to make sure it was still clean.” He walked back to me and removed my helmet. “Come on, baby.” His voice was husky. When he took my hand to help guide me off the back of the bike, I realized that my breaths were coming out quick and choppy.
“You did this for me?” I whispered.
He gave me a small crooked smile and looked at the ground before looking back at me with that smile. “Yeah. Is it okay?”
I cleared my throat and tried to speak over a whisper, but it wasn’t happening. “It’s perfect.”
“Good,” he whispered back at me and pulled my body into his. “I love you.” His kiss was full of everything I had ever dreamed of. He was everything I had ever dreamed of and everything I never knew I wanted.
“I love you, too, Reid.” I stepped back from him, and his eyes grew heated as I reached down to my shirt and lifted it over my head. I stood in front of him, baring more than just my body to him. I let him see what was inside me, my scars, my fears, my hopes, wants, and dreams. “Don’t hurt me,” I whispered, knowing he knew I didn’t mean physically.
He took the step needed to be back in front of me and dropped to his knees. “Baby, I could never hurt you. It would be like cutting off a limb. You are more vital to me than the air I need to survive. Without you, I don’t exist.”
“Reid,” I choked out.
He wrapped his arms around my hips and buried his face in my stomach. “I know, baby, I know.”
We stayed there like that for a long minute until I ran my hand through his beautiful hair. He looked up at me, and I placed my hands along his jaw. “I need you, Reid.”
“I’ll always give you what you need.” He got to his feet and swept me up into his arms and carried me over to the blanket, and gently laid me down.
Silently, to only the sounds of the frogs and the nighttime insects, Reid stripped me of the rest of my clothing and then his own. He took his time worshipping every inch of my body until I was writhing and crying out his name.
When he slid inside of me, both of us were breathing with heavy, shaky breaths. He held our hands linked together above my head on the blanket, and I felt wholly surrounded by him. His eyes told me how much I meant to him, and just to make sure I understood, he whispered the words in my ear.
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