Every member of the Vampire Assassin League is told that becoming an associate isn’t eternal life. It’s unrelenting existence. An endless span of spent time. An existence of sameness. There is only one thing that might change this undeath. They find their mate. The one being created especially for them. If that happens, they can expect reanimation. Cells will regenerate. Blood flows again. The heart starts beating. And passions ignite.
IF they’re lucky.
The Vampire Assassin League is a series of novellas featuring the lucky ones.
(See below “From the Author” for more information about each of the books, and the stories within).
Jackie Ivie has written several winning historical romances with Kensington Publishing, added some dark, edgy historicals with her Brocade Collection…but then she discovered paranormals. And vampires. Nowadays, she can usually be found researching, writing, and dreaming about the Vampire Assassin League, a series where only the luckiest vampires find their mate.
About the Books Contained In This Set
#1: KNIGHT AFTER NIGHT
Highland Vampire Thoran MacKettryck’s lonely. Bitter. Vengeful. For centuries now, he’s taken lives for profit and drained blood for free. Just like always. But then he’s gifted what every immortal craves: his mate. He just can’t believe his eyes when he finally hunts her down.
Jolie Pritchard’s young. Studious. Driven. Studying Medieval Literature is her life and this scholarship – her dream. She’s the last thing an arrogant, gorgeous, world-class playboy should be pursuing and she knows it. If only he wasn’t the most thrilling male she’s ever imagined…
She was warned. She didn’t listen.
#2 : BE STILL MY HEART
Vampire Sasha Stroyanovich is pure killing machine. Long-legged, lean, smoky-eyed, and sexy. Torture’s her specialty. Revenge her signature. Every man is her enemy…until she tries to take the man fated as her mate.
Dr. Stuart Emerson Findlay is tall, dark, handsome, rich…and a complete failure with women. He loves argument, hates commitment and refuses his ADHD meds; anal retentive doesn’t begin to describe him. Maybe that’s why women walk away. Maybe.
When the perfect woman walks into his office, Stuart’s a willing participant. It’s his dream and he’s having the time of his life. Until it becomes real…
#3 : DEARLY BELOVED
Dominick Miklos St. Guis is a loner, always has been. Not needing anyone makes him the perfect assassin: A shadow on the fringe. Never seen. Never surprised. But when an assignment for a wealthy businessman goes wrong, he finds something much more…
Courtney Dwyer makes her living opening lines of communication. She’s got a plan. All she needs is a little financial backing. The last thing she’s looking for is a drop-dead gorgeous, silent type…with vampirism tossed in for good measure.
The moment he touches her, Dominick’s lost. His entire being recognizes his mate. She’s perfect – sending sparks with every contact while breathing life back into his dead soul. Perfect…if only she’d stop talking.
#4 : WE ARE GATHERED
Tristan Navarre Invaris knows everything about honor and chivalry, loyalty and sacrifice, respect and principle. As the Vampire Assassin League’s Innovation Specialist, he keeps abreast of every advance, every gadget, and every facet of communication. But there’s one thing he knows nothing about: Women.
Rori knows she’s gifted in the dark arts. She’s always known â€“ regardless of what others think. She’s special. Talented. Odd. Unpopular. She’s found at the fringe of any crowd because she likes it there. She doesn’t need anyone. Never has. Until one night…on a dark empty street…
From the moment he’s sent to recruit her, Tristan’s hooked. She’s his mate. It’s not open for negotiation or argument. And his presence makes Rori’s powers sharper, more visceral, much more potent. Rori doesn’t know why she fights this mating thing. Nobody else wants her – and Tristan is the most handsome, heart-stirring creature. But there’s that vampire part…
#5 : TOGETHER TO JOIN
Garrick Wolfgar Von Holstaad is the perfect vampire hunter. Deadly. Accurate. Heartless. He’s the best weapon in the ongoing fight with the Vampire Assassin League, and he knows it. Taking out mated pairs is his specialty and if this woman would just cooperate, he’d add another patch to his collection…
Angelique du Previer is an innocent in a large world. Always has been. She finds it difficult every time she has to feed. The last thing she wants is trouble. But then she finds her perfection. Her mate. The one man who can make everything right again. If he’d just stop trying to kill her.
Garrick’s stuck, and it isn’t her bonds that do it. She shouldn’t be pretending to be a real woman. She’s dead. Decaying. Ugly. He uses these words as a shield, but even they seem powerless against her. He’s never felt like he does with her. And he wants more…
#6 : THIS MAN AND WOMAN
Vampire Jean-Pierre de Margolis is a romantic. Lonely. His free time spent wandering the earth in search of the one thing he craves and cannot locate: His mate—the person that will make him whole. Nothing else about this afterlife appeals to a man of his talents. Amid penning poems to his missing love, he prowls the nights, honing his abilities as a master swordsman and a deadly duelist. If only he could find her…
Takaiya isn’t just talented, she’s deadly. As an honored member of a hidden warrior clan, she’s spent two decades honing her abilities and perfecting her skill in the ancient arts. No one would ever guess the innocent-looking translator attached to the Japanese Embassy has a secret side—one that deals death. And that’s exactly as she likes it…
When the Vampire Assassin League gifts Jean-Pierre with a perfect Samurai sword, one of the few known as a ‘five-body’ blade, nobody realizes they’ve trafficked in stolen goods. That is—not until Takaiya is given the mission of retrieval of the sword—at whatever cost. An easy task until she finds the sword in the hands of a Frenchman with a penchant for swordplay and a flare for the melodramatic. Now, if he’d just die…
# 7 : FOREVER AS ONE
Terminally young, gorgeous, and ripped, Dane Morgan hides out tending bar at the SEX AND SUNBURN club. He’s almost forgotten his Viking past. If only he didn’t attract so much attention. Then one day, when he least expects it, his mate walks in. And his berserker comes to life.
Evangeline Harper’s a complete introvert. College educated, she works hard to appear cool, poised, and all business. Negotiation is just part of her resume; her job is acquiring beachfront property. This Dane Morgan looks easy. He’s young, rich, gorgeous, and drops everything the moment he spies her. Easy money. Easy deal.
THE ATTRACTION OF OPPOSITES
She’s out of her element the moment she hits the sand. Sticks out like a penguin in a flock of pink flamingoes. Nobody wears business attire to a beachfront club. Despite their differences, everything clicks. That is…until he spots her wedding ring.
#8 : SHOULD THERE BE
A PIRATE’S CREED
Piracy is Rafaele de Jesus y Santiago’s world. His motto. His creed. All he’s known. Vampirism only expanded his wake of destruction and his booty potential. There’s no order to his eternity. No goal. No direction. He’s got all he needs with the Brethren Code: Pillage, plunder, deceit, and self-gratification. He doesn’t even realize he’s lonely. Until one night, when he least expects it…
A WOMAN’S NEED
An emergency situation. A desperate plea. Lenna Hendershott got scared enough to reach out for help – and dialed a wrong number. Just her luck, as always. Bad. She should have known. Reliance breeds weakness. Weakness guarantees pain. She’s had enough of that to last a lifetime. Now, she’s got an agenda. Plans. A vision. She’s not letting anything stop her.
AN UNDYING LOVE
The moment they meet, Rafaele’s smitten. Enthralled. Enrapt. He didn’t believe it possible. He really does have a mate – and he actually found her? It’s every member of the elite Vampire Assassin League’s dream. Now, if only he knew how to break through the barriers she’s erected to reach her heart…
#9 : ANYONE HERE
THE GAME DESIGNER
Jake Walsh should be happy. Designing and marketing the VIDWAR video game while in high school gave him the perfect life – booze, parties, and women – anytime he wants. But for some reason, it’s not enough anymore. This life he’s created for himself and his frat buddies is flat. Uneventful. Unsatisfying. Dare he say it? It’s boring.
THE VICTORIAN VAMP
Cassandra Braun is a Victorian vampire with a vendetta. There’s nothing better than taking from a young male. Virile. In his prime. If he’s self-assured and cocky, it’s even better. The assignment to investigate Jacob Walsh’s enterprise and terminate if necessary is easy money. Until she touches him…
When Jake’s newest game, BELLUS, hits the market, he doesn’t know how closely he’s tagged the Vampire Assassin League’s operations, shedding light where no one wants it. Nor does he realize what they’ll do to prevent that. But he’s about to find out…
#10 : WITH JUST CAUSE
A COWBOY’S CURSE
Grimm Bradley’s eternity matches his life: that side of acceptable, this side of dangerous. He’s dark. Incredibly handsome. Brawny. Wary. Keeps to the shadows, avoiding trouble. Especially with women. They’re always trouble. With a capital ‘T’.
A GRADUATE’S LIFE
Deandra’s going nowhere fast. College debt ties her to a no-talent job with nowhere to go. She craves excitement. Enjoys a challenge. Joining a survivalist group sounds like a great idea. It’s part boot camp – part social club. Their bi-annual retreat is an adrenaline fest. Until it gets real…
A DESERT TRYST
The moment Grimm spies Deandra at the retreat, he’s tongue-tied and off his game. His prey forgotten. His afterlife blown apart. He’s distrustful. Suspicious. But also full of hunger. Ache. She’s his mate. But the place is crawling with Hunters. There’s going to be trouble. Dare he trust her?