— A Vampire's Tale —
IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 11
Releasing July 27, 2021
A USA Today Bestseller
#1 Amazon Bestseller
A Barnes&Noble Press Top 10 Bestseller
Apple Books Bestseller
Narrated by Kirsten Potter
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers a novel—set in the "fast-paced" (Publishers Weekly) and "totally addictive" (RT Book Reviews) world of the Immortal Guardians—that revolves around a vampire... one who has become a friend and trusted ally of the warriors.
Every mortal who works at network headquarters knows that vampires reside below them. They were the first to surrender to the powerful Immortal Guardians who hunt them. And they did so, hoping they can be saved, that the doctors and scientists the Immortal Guardians employ can halt the progressive brain damage that robs all vampires of their sanity. Though curious, Emma never thought she would meet any of the vampires who remain under heavy guard several stories beneath her office. Then mercenaries strike, bombarding the building with heavy artillery. The vampires are freed to join the fray... and Cliff saves her life.
From that moment on, she can't stop thinking about him regardless of the restrictions placed on interactions with vampires. When Emma discovers a way to speak to Cliff at network headquarters, she becomes even more fascinated by him. He's smart, charming, and honorable to his core despite the darkness that lies ahead. And he seems to crave her company as much as she does his. Aware of the eyes that watch them, they keep their encounters innocent, limiting them to those of mere acquaintances. Nevertheless, their attraction grows and she soon falls in love with him even as the madness begins to claim him.
Cliff realizes his future is dark. As one vampire friend after another succumbs to insanity, hope that network doctors will be able to find a cure in time to keep him from meeting the same fate begins to dwindle, leaving him little to look forward to... until he meets Emma. Just speaking to her brings him a happiness and contentment he hasn't experienced since before his transformation. And when they finally find a way to be alone together, everything changes. Emma burrows her way right into his heart and quiets the voices. She sparks dreams of a future with her that strengthen his determination to beat back the madness. But as time passes, the voices grow louder and insanity begins to chip away at him until he fears it will eradicate every part of him she fell in love with.
Will the two of them find a way to defy the odds and find their happily-ever-after? Or will Cliff's descent consume him?
"Absolutely wonderful on all fronts!!!"
"A slow-burn that was sweet, sexy, heartwarming, heartbreaking and so dang beautiful."
"Wow. And holy shit. I love this story! Love it!"
—I'm a Voracious Reader
"Way to go!!!! This book was funny, sexy, smart and all around entertaining."
"Cliff's Descent was worth the wait. The novel hit all. my happy buttons...It's a keeper and one I'll re-read and re-listen to."
—Long and Short Reviews
"Emma was the perfect answer to Cliff's maelstrom of darkness."
"Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series is the best paranormal romance series. Every story is a treat filled with action, romance and camaraderie and Cliff's Descent is no exception."
A loud knock shook her door.
Emma damn near jumped off the sofa. Her neck popped as she jerked her head around to stare at the door with wide eyes. Her heart began to slam against her ribs as fear trickled through her.
Who the hell would be knocking on her door this late at night?
No one she knew would do so without calling first. And deliverymen and -women didn't drop off packages at freaking midnight.
As quickly and quietly as a mouse, she darted into her bedroom and grabbed the 9mm her father had bought her and trained her to use. Flicking off the safety, she returned to the living room and swung by the coffee table to tuck her phone in her pajama pants pockets in case she needed to call 911. Only then did she cautiously approach the door.
Another knock thundered through the house.
Adrenaline spiking, she peered through the door's peephole.
Shock rippled through her. "Oh shit," she whispered. Setting the gun on the coat rack bench beside her, she hastily unlocked the dead bolt, then the knob, and flung open the door.
Cliff stood before her, his big body blocking her view of the yard.
Emma gaped up at him.
He wore the standard blacks of network guards covered with a long black coat similar to that of an Immortal Guardian. His face, neck, and hands were streaked with blood. His clothing glistened with wet patches. And his eyes shone bright amber.
She had never seen them so bright and knew it meant that whatever emotion roiled inside him was intense.
Panic consumed her. "Cliff," she breathed. Stepping onto the porch, she swiftly glanced around, terrified she might see soldiers in black approaching with weapons raised.
When none materialized, she grabbed his wrist and yanked him inside.
Her hands shook as she closed and bolted the door, her fingers leaving little streaks of blood on the white surface.
Spinning around, she stared up at him. "What happened? Are you hurt?" Her gaze swept over him, noting every wet patch on his clothing, every ruby-red splotch on his skin. Was that his blood or someone else's? "How did you get here? Are you hurt?" Closing the distance between them, she began to run her hands over his chest in search of wounds.
Cliff grabbed her wrists to halt her frantic movements. His glowing eyes dropped to the points at which they touched. He drew his thumbs over her skin as if to confirm she was real. Then he met her gaze. "I need your shower," he said, voice gruff.
Heart pounding, she nodded. As soon as he released her, she pointed. "It's through there."
Without another word, he strode toward it. His heavy boots thudded loudly in the quiet as he entered the short hallway, then turned in to the bathroom. The door closed. Water began to pound tile.
Emma didn't move.
Cliff was here. In her home. What the hell had happened?
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