by Linda Nightingale
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Morgan D'Arcy is an English lord, a classical pianist, and a vampire. He has everything except what he desires most—Isabeau. As the Angel Gabriel he's steered her life and career choice, preparing her to become Lady D'Arcy.
Many forces oppose Morgan's daring plan—not the least of which is Vampyre law.
Isabeau Gervase is a brilliant geneticist. Though she no longer believes in angels, she sees a ticket to a Nobel Prize in Gabriel's secrets—secrets that have led her to a startling conclusion. Gabriel isn't human, and she fully intends to identify the species she named the Angel Genome. Morgan is ready to come back into Isabeau's life, but this time as a man not an angel. Will he outsmart his enemies, protect his beloved and escape death himself? For the first time in eternity, the clock is ticking
“Isabeau!” Morgan’s voice would forever strike a chord deep inside.
He leaned over the mahogany railing, his eyes alight, his smile breathtaking.
“Morgan,” she breathed, her heart thudding.
Tonight, she’d caught him in his robe. Riding mid-thigh, the green brocade smoking jacket showed fine, long legs. Hair mussed, eyes sleep-misted, Morgan looked like a boy who’d just woken up. The slender, muscled physique was all man. The handsome devil must have had one hell of a late night and slept all day. The brunette’s face popped into Isabeau’s head. Jealousy even tasted green. What if the woman was still here!
Avery caught her hand, claiming her attention. “Madam, do you like Beef Wellington?”
A languorous stretch elongated Morgan’s perfect body. “Yes, she does.”
Isabeau frowned, opened her mouth to ask how he knew. A flash in the corner of her eye, and Morgan stood at her elbow, his smile and his eyes sheer mischief.
“Sorry. I shouldn’t have spoken for you.” He took her hands, his touch sizzling over her. “I can’t believe you’re actually here. I’m delighted to see you.”
“Even unannounced?” She squeezed his hands. “I’m sorry about the other night.”
He shook his head, his gaze hot and intense. “Think no more of it,” and her embarrassment evaporated. “Please join me for dinner. Avery has been eager to flaunt his culinary skills. If you refuse, he’ll never forgive you, will you, Avery?”
“No, madam, I shan’t ever forgive you.” The old gent gave her a mock stern look.
“How can I tempt you?” Morgan bit the lower lip of a smile.
She laughed. “Oh, I don’t know. Do you have a piano by chance?”
He snapped his fingers. “Avery, isn’t there a piano in the music room?”
The old man frowned, shaking his head. “Sir, I believe there’s a piano in the music room but then we’d require someone to play it.”
“I can play chopsticks.” Morgan touched her shoulder, zapping her knees weak.
“I can prepare a delectable Beef Wellington.” Avery nodded emphatically.
Morgan’s Gabriel eyes caressed her. “Sorry you caught me looking like this.”
You look good enough to eat. She hadn’t spoken aloud, but Morgan arched a brow
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
She enjoys dressing up and hosting formal dinner parties!
After 14 years in Texas, Linda just returned home to her roots. She has seven published novels, four of which are available from Audible.com in audio. For many years, she bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses on their farm in Five Forks. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer. Our local author has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt. She retired from a career as a legal assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center to write full time.
She has 2 wonderful sons—one in Texas; one in England—and 4 equally marvelous grandchildren.
She loves horses, sports cars, music, and piano.
Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com
Sinners’ Opera (Obsession)
Author: Linda Nightingale
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
American release date: October 7, 2019
Format/Genre/Length: Kindle/Paranormal Vampire Romance/460 pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★★
When you have all the time in the world, you can learn to do many things. And if you make the right investments over the course of many years, you can live like royalty. Although Morgan D’Arcy really is royalty, being a peer of the realm, a British lord. But he’s also a world-renowned accomplished pianist. At least in this “lifetime”, he is. Morgan is also a vampire, which means that because of his longevity—read immortality—he has to reinvent himself every so often. People get suspicious of someone who never ages, even the good-looking ones. And Morgan is undeniably good-looking. Just ask his good friend and mentor, Lucien.
But there is something Morgan wants more than anything else, something he has been unable to attain. Or should I say who, for Morgan’s obsession is with a woman named Isabeau. A woman he’s been watching and guiding since before she was born. She knows him, but not as Morgan. To her, he is Gabriel, the man who visits her in dreams. Who watches out for her and cares for her. With his help, Isabeau has become one of the foremost leading geneticists in the country, if not the world. With her help, Morgan hopes she can cure the genetic defect which keeps him from siring an actual child, and together they can have a baby. But how to explain all that to her, as well as the truth about what he is?
Isabeau has been quietly in lust with her Gabriel for a while now, but it’s hard to have a relationship with someone who comes and goes at his own whim, and who leaves no real evidence that he’s ever been there. She has her job, of course, and her friends. And a boyfriend she plans to marry. But Gabriel… he’s so much more. If only she knew if he were real or just a figment of her lusty imagination.
Morgan has very strict rules under which he lives, enforced by a council of vampires which includes Lucien. He’s spent his various lives doing pretty much as he pleases, within the parameter of those rules—it’s easy to live dangerously when you know you can’t die. From fast horses to fast cars, as technology progresses over the years. Women of all sorts, his for the taking. But something has changed. Now he has so much more to live for… and he’s willing to break the rules in order to have that.
This can either be a love affair made in the heavens or one with origins a little bit south of that….
I have to say that I fell in love with this book from the beginning, particularly with Morgan D’Arcy. He is sexy as hell, so charming it should be illegal, and yet possessed of a certain vulnerability that makes you want to hug him close (before turning to other activities, of course). I love the world this author has created with its own vampires and their own unique qualities. There are many vampire stories out there, but this one stands out to me. Linda Nightingale knows how to make us see and feel what she’s writing about, very vividly, on a very visceral level. I felt as though this book ended far too quickly, I just wanted it to go on forever. At the same time, it’s dramatic, romantic, intense, and heartbreaking.
If you enjoy romances, if you love vampires, if you love drama and excitement and characters who both attract and repel, I highly recommend this book. Morgan D’Arcy is like a drug, one I cannot get enough of. I hope there’ll be many more books featuring this enchanting man!
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