As Brett Andrews, owner of the famous club On The Edge, reaches the big ‘four-O,’ he has one request and one question for his two vampire lovers, Leo and Lisa: he doesn’t want them to organize any sort of celebration for him – but he does want to know why neither of them has ever mentioned the possibility of turning him into a vampire.
The question finds an answer, and the three of them share a promise for the year to come. His request, on the other hand, is doomed from the start as they already have plans for the big day: they have a gift for him to match presents he offered each of them, and the party they planned with help from a couple of friends promises to be something special.
Vampire Anando and his human lover Virginia met at On The Edge. They are friends and occasional lovers of Leo, Brett and Lisa. When asked, they gladly accept to host the big-bash birthday party – and the private after-party, too. A good time is had by all, but the last gift is only revealed a few weeks later, to be delivered after nine months.
With both humans in love with vampires, neither expected a child in their future. As for the vampires, they knew for a fact that they’d never become parents. For all five, once the first shock has passed, decisions have to be made. Will this new adventure strengthen bonds of love and friendship, or will it tear lives apart?
Beyond The Edge
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.
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Before The Edge,
On The Edge
Over The Edge
Walking The Edge
Fifth Vision of Destiny
Out of the Box (complete series)
Living Out of the Box
Beyond The Edge
Most mornings, Brett was first out of bed. Leo was only quicker to rise when he had trouble sleeping. As for Lisa, she was of the firm and oft-repeated opinion that any time before noon was much too early to be up—although it never seemed to be too early for lovemaking.
That didn’t mean that Brett always stayed out of bed once he was awake. Both his lovers could be very convincing about getting him to come back for a few minutes, or even a few hours. The latter didn’t happen all that often. Brett usually had too much to do down in the office.
On the morning of his birthday, two things were different. For one, he’d made sure he didn’t have any deliveries, appointments, phone calls, or urgent paperwork on his schedule so that when Lisa and Leo insisted he stay and celebrate with them as he was sure they would, he wouldn’t have to say no. For the other—and that part was unexpected—he was alone in bed.
This unpleasant fact gave him pause. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d woken alone. With two lovers, it didn’t happen often—or even at all. That it was happening on his birthday of all days…
He’d asked them not to plan anything special, but he hadn’t realized they would take it this far.
Feeling more than a little grumpy, he pulled himself out of bed and slipped on a robe, leaving the belt hanging loose. After a quick stop in the bathroom, he followed a strange, burnt smell to the kitchen, and could hardly believe his eyes when he found both of his lovers in front of the stove. Lisa was wearing a black negligee that failed to fully cover her ass, and Leo wore nothing more than boxers. Brett bit his lip rather than comment on how that wasn’t suitable attire for cooking. They’d learn soon enough when they got splattered with whatever they were burning.
He’d heard some of his friends say how much they enjoyed cooking together. Daisy and her husband had even taken cooking classes together. He supposed it was fun, but he’d never know for himself. Lisa was hopeless in the kitchen. Leo was a little better: his attempts only turned out inedible seven times out of ten. Brett knew it for a fact. He had counted.
“It’s burning,” Lisa hissed, bumping her shoulder against Leo’s.
Judging from Leo’s movements, he was stirring something in a pan or skillet; judging from the smoke, Lisa was right.
“I told you it was too hot,” he replied, a heavy sigh in his words.
They were so focused on what they were doing—burning—that they didn’t even notice Brett, not until he pulled a chair away from the table and climbed onto it. They both turned toward him then, the same confused expression on their faces.
“What are you—” Lisa started, but the strident beeping of the smoke detector right above Brett interrupted her.
Brett raised his arm and pressed the button on the detector to stop the beeping.
“You might want to take whatever it is off the heat,” he said, indicating the stove with a vague gesture. “Or it’s just going to start beeping again.”
With a rueful grin, Leo picked up the skillet and dumped the blackened remnants of what might have once been bacon straight into the trash. As Brett had expected, the residual smoke triggered the alarm a second time. He shut it off again before climbing off the chair.
“Happy birthday to me,” he said, deadpan.
Lisa and Leo looked at each other and burst out laughing. Brett couldn’t keep a smile from his lips.
“Happy birthday,” Lisa said, grinning. She stepped up to him, threw her arms around his neck, and leaned in for a quick peck. “Why don’t you go back to bed and we’ll bring you breakfast?”
The proposition would have been a lot more appealing without the smell of burnt food filling the kitchen. Before Brett could express his doubts, however, Leo tutted.
“I have a better idea.”
One arm wrapped around Lisa, Brett watched Leo leave the kitchenette with a menu in hand he had pulled from the drawer by the fridge. He went to the coffee table, where Brett had left his phone the previous night, and started dialing.
“They’re closed at this hour.” Brett pointed out, having recognized the leather folder as the menu of his favorite restaurant.
It wasn’t actually a take-out menu. That restaurant, one of the best in town, didn’t do take-out. Brett, however, happened to be a long-time friend of the owner. They’d gone to business school together. And the staff was under orders to accept take-out orders for him.
“Closed doesn’t mean that no one’s there,” Leo said.
“They don’t even serve breakfast.”
Leo threw a wicked grin his way. “I guess we’ll have to keep you busy until lunch, then.”
Brett’s cock understood what Leo meant before his brain did. It leapt to life and tented his boxers, sticking out obscenely between the sides of his loose robe. Leo’s eyes burned even hotter, and so did Lisa’s lips when they trailed against the light stubble on Brett’s jaw. She didn’t say anything, but her hands settled on Brett’s hips, and she turned him toward her.
Her body pressed alongside his, tight enough that his cock was trapped between them.
“Busy until lunch,” she said against his lips. “It’s going to be hard.”
The pun was horrible, but Brett couldn’t have cared less, not when her mouth was brushing against his own, the most delicate of caresses. He could hear Leo talking on the phone, but it was beyond him to make sense of words when Lisa’s touch was setting him on fire.
Kally can sure write some sexy books!
Let me start out by saying that I am completely new to this series. That's saying something considering there is quite a large amount of books in this series. One thing I must applaud the author for is doing a great job of giving people just enough background on the characters for me to feel that I hadn't missed out on a lot. That's a very hard thing to do. Besides, the characters and the very naughty things they do took my mind off of that very quickly.
This story is so very unique. You get the vampire aspect along with Virginia's pregnancy and Brett's club. It all combines to make a heck of a story. It's kinky and fresh and definitely brings the enjoyment of reading vampire novels back because there is nothing typical about this story. It's a quick, but delightful read, one that really draws you in with the vivid emotions and interesting situations the characters find themselves in. The different tensions build up nicely in all the right places and through some very key moments, the reader will find themselves connecting with the vampires in very human ways.
Five character's lives are tied together through the unexpected blessing of a child. Out of the two relationships, I really liked Virginia and Anando. The two just clicked so well, and their relationship is very special, much like the one the other three share. Being new to the series, it was amazing to see that even though this book is far into the series, the characters and the world they live in is still developing, still changing and growing stronger as the novel progresses.
The sex is steamy, never overdone, and really strengthens the story instead of just becoming filler like some authors might use it as.
I look forward to reading more about these characters and going back to read all of the books before these to see how the characters met and their relationships developed.
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