Title: Blood Bonds
Series: The Progeny Series, #2
Author: Ashlynne Laynne
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Erotica,
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Release Date: July 14th 2012
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“Forever. For always. For eternity.”
The ties that bind two hearts are powerful. For Ascher Rousseau and Shauna McCutchin, it’s more than just a blood bond. Their union is that of vampire legend. Their love is a predestined prophecy foretold centuries ago.
It’s a week before Ascher and Shauna's sealing and the couple is making final preparations for their eternity, but Ascher's ex has other plans. Ursula is hell-bent on revenge—revenge fueled by lover's scorn and her father's death—and she begins breeding a fresh army of newborn darklings to do her bidding.
When Ursula finds a new weapon—an ally with the capability to dismantle the Rousseau clan— Ascher and Shauna's bond is tested and they must stand together against Ursula or lose each other for eternity.
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Shauna wavered dizzily as her sister’s words resounded in her head. She’d endured his ridicule and constant put downs for most of her teenage life. She’d begged her mother to move in with her when she left, but she decided to go back with him. Shauna thought back to the day she left—the last time he’d ever lay a hand on her. Unable to control the rage, she shook violently.
“Shauna!” Katy shouted. “Are you okay? Do I need to call Ascher?”
Shauna said nothing as she stood in silent shock, the repressed memories flooding her. Suddenly, she saw herself lying in the floor, her father standing above her cursing and screaming. “Son-of-a-bitch!”
The window flew open.
“Ascher!” Katy screamed, as she grabbed hold of her sister’s arm in an attempt to comfort her.
The floor shook beneath their feet and the walls vibrated with her ire. The memories washed over her, bringing the fury and wiping her mind clear of everything else.
The picture of Andreas Rousseau fell from the wall as the room continued to quake with her anger. A crystal vase of red roses flew across the room, shattering into glass powder. Shauna released an ear-piercing scream, as a crash of thunder boomed outside.
“Shauna?” Katy gasped as she now cowered in the far corner of the room.
Talking about their childhood really chafed Shauna. She knew that she’d have to bring closure to it for her sanity, but all she could think about when she thought of Gregory McCutchin was blood, destruction and fire. She wanted him to hurt as much as they did and to pay for what he’d done.
Goddesses as her witness, she’d make him suffer. “He will pay for what he’s done.” Her voice was shrill, menacing and multi-layered—like the voice of a demon in a horror movie. “Goddesses be my witness, he will pay with his life!”
Ascher yelled, “Shauna,” as he furiously attempted opening the locked door.
“Katherine, dearest, are you okay? Can you get to the door?”
“No, I’m afraid to move!” Katy replied.
“Stay out of here,” Shauna ranted, her mind hurling the desk at the door.
“She’s raging,” Katy shrieked. “It’s really bad!”
Shauna’s determined mind was insistent on keeping them out. She pointed towards the heavy wooded bureau, sending it flying across the room, wedging it on top of the desk and against the door.
“Gabe!” Katy called out with a freaked out look on her face and fear in her voice. “Oh God, Shauna. No.”
The bed levitated above the ground, hovering and twisting in the air before she made it zip out through the glass balcony doors.
Dizzy and dazed, Shauna’s body slumped, falling to her knees.
“Shauna!” Katy screamed again.
Closing her eyes, her head pounded with pain as Shauna furiously chanted, asking for guidance and strength to control her rage.
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