Love For The Dark Hero by Gabrielle Bisset
I’ve watched many interviews with actors who say playing a bad guy/villain is far more creatively enjoyable than playing a good guy, and as an author, I completely understand that. As a reader, I’ve always tended toward the darker hero, the man who is good but just below the surface could be found a darker, more sinister part of him. I have been known to write the good guy, but for me, the dark hero is my favorite. For me, there’s just so much more story to mine from a character who possesses the dark with the light.
One of my favorite shows is Spartacus. Now there’s a dark hero if there ever was one. A Thracian slave who’s menacing and deadly to those he meets in the arena, he spent the first season maneuvering people and events into just the places he needed them to stage a slave revolt against his Roman master. But at the same time, viewers of the show saw how devoted he was to the woman he loved, willing to give his life to ensure her safety. This is the idea behind the dark hero. He does what he wills, but when it comes to the woman he has sworn to love and protect, God help anyone who gets in his way.
When I began writing my newest book, Blood Avenged, I already had some of the main character set since he’d appeared in an earlier novella, Vampire Dreams. Vasilije had been the villain in that book, a hedonist concerned first and only with his wants and desires, even if having them fulfilled meant one of his favorite vampires suffered. Sounds like a bad guy, right? Well, readers didn’t think so, and they immediately began asking when he’d get his own story. So I had to keep the hedonist in him while making him the hero of Blood Avenged. Cue the dark hero.
Vasilije is every bit the hedonist in his story, even more so I would say, but as the hero, once he meets Sasa, the good in him surfaces to combine with the bad boy. The key, of course, was giving him a woman strong enough to handle both sides of his personality while at the same time making her seductive enough to enchant a man who revels in the pleasures of the flesh. The mix was delicious to write, and from what readers are saying, they agree.
I am everything you desire. I am vampire.
Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.
When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel toNew Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije’s need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning…
Vasilije didn’t bother to turn the lights on once inside. In truth, as a vampire, he saw as well in the dark as humans did in the light. Even more, there was no point in acting like they were going to sit on the couch and talk or watch television.
He knew what she wanted and he wanted it too.
Closing the door behind him, he reached out to her and pulled her to him, enjoying the feel of her body pressed to his. She was so warm. So willing.
Her hands slid over his stomach and chest as she arched up to kiss him. Bending down, his lips grazed hers for a moment before he pulled her closer, wanting what she offered.
Warm and wet, her mouth eagerly pressed against his and her tongue met his, teasing him with the tip. His fangs had slid into his mouth at the first touch of her hands on his body, and each playful flick of her tongue came so close, just missing them. To feel her tongue against his fangs would be heaven.
His hand tightened its grip in her hair and tugged, making her moan into his mouth. God, he wanted to hear that sound again. The sound of a woman needy for everything he could give her.
Sasa slid her hands over his shoulders and pulled him to her, pressing her breasts against his body as she devoured his mouth. Her tightened nipples rubbed against him, exciting him. Instinctively, he slid his hand under her thin t-shirt and plucked at one hardened pearl through her lacy bra, squeezing it gently between his thumb and forefinger as he cupped the fullness surrounding it.
Again, she moaned, making that sound that hit him directly between his legs. Already rock hard, his cock strained against the front of his pants. Whatever his mind may have thought about sleeping with her, his body had different plans.
And then her tongue flicked over the tip of one fang and sensations raced from his balls, up his cock, and through his body.
“Fuck,” he groaned as she seductively slid her tongue over his fang again. She had to know what she was doing to him. She had been a vampire’s girlfriend.
The idea that he was about to fuck the girlfriend of his dead vampire momentarily made Vasilije pull back from her, but the touch of her hands on his stomach made him forget every guilty feeling he had. Looking down, he watched her fumble with the shirt buttons.
At the sound of her name, she looked up and even in the darkness he saw the look of desire on her face. In one swift movement, he pinned her hands above her head. Pushing her up against the wall, he leaned into her and pressed his thigh between her legs, feeling the heat coming from her. Slowly, a low growl slid from his throat.
Sasa pushed against his hands, but he wouldn’t release her. Grinding against his thigh, she arched her body toward his.
His free hand lifted her shirt over her head and in seconds she stood before him in only her bra. A quick flick with his fingers and it was sailing to the floor to join her shirt.
Vasilije cupped one supple breast in his hand and tenderly stroked her silky soft flesh with his fingertips. Eager to feel her on his tongue, he bent his head and captured a nipple, quickly sucking it to an excited peak. A moan drew his attention from her tightened pink nipple, and he looked up to see Sasa’s face. Brown eyes clouded over with need stared into his.
“Please let me touch you. I want to feel you.”
Silently, he released her hands and returned to what his mouth craved. She felt so good in his mouth. Each pull made her grind her pussy against his thigh. Her hands raked through his hair, stroking and tugging as he sensually nibbled on her.
Vasilije couldn’t remember when he’d been with a woman who was so responsive. Every spot his mouth and hands visited aroused her, and she seemed to worship his body as she moved her hands from his hair to caress his neck and shoulders through his shirt.
Softly, he grazed her nipple with his fangs and from above he heard her cry out. He stood up and smiled with satisfaction, his sharp fangs aching to sink into her. He was surprised to find not fear in her face but desire—pure desire. Her cry hadn’t been of pain but pleasure.
Was she just drunk or did she realize what he planned to do?
As he studied her in the darkness, she pulled him to her and kissed him with a need that sent a jolt to his cock. His hands made their way to her jeans, and he made quick work of the button and zipper. Only cotton panties stood between him and his goal.
Vasilije slid two fingers under those panties and down through her bare slickness. Sasa wriggled against his hand as her mouth fed on his, her tongue darting in and around the inside passionately.
Bending down to pull her pants off, he whispered in her ear, “Careful, love. Teagan may have been able to control himself when you toyed with his fangs, but I won’t.”
Sasa stood in front of him naked and looking up at him as she licked her lips. Lifting herself onto her toes, she whispered next to his mouth, “You mean like this?” and then slowly ran her tongue over the point of his left fang.
His head thrown back, one thought controlled him now.
© Copyright 2011 Gabrielle Bisset
About the author:
Gabrielle Bisset teaches college history by day, but by night she’s an erotic romance author. Her first book, Stolen Destiny, was published by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she’s released the novellas of The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy (Vampire Dreams, Love’s Master, and Masquerade), in addition to Destiny Redeemed and Blood Avenged, both novel length books. She is currently working on the second novel in the Sons of Navarus series, Blood Betrayed, due out in May 2012, and the third novel, Blood Spirit, due out fall 2012.
She loves the dark hero and finds writing him one of the best jobs in the world. She lives inPennsylvaniawith her teenage son and a herd of pets, and when she’s not writing or working at the day job, she enjoys getting outside to enjoy the fantastic seasons the Northeast provides.
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