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This week's quote: Is from Leaving Lily Behind by Christine Wenrick. There are a few fun scenes in this book but I had to share the very first one. The scene takes place just after Lily was attacked by a Brethren member who like Aiden, was given vampire blood transfusions and is now transitioning into a vampire. Aiden feels a strong attraction to Lily but he’s afraid to hurt her and so he’s decided that if he has to be observed and have tests done he doesn’t want Lily to be doing the observing.
“You’re a Dhampir. Just because you’re not showing any marks this morning doesn’t prove that you were not injured last night.”
“Well, I can’t prove to you that something didn’t happen. So let’s focus on the task at hand, shall we?”
Aiden straightened up from the table and crossed his arms determinedly, showing he had no intention of cooperating with her today.
“Do I have to call Dr. Li?”
“I told you last night, I don’t want you administering my tests. In fact, I don’t want to see you at all.”
Refusing to be deterred by his demands, Lily decided to ease the tension by blatantly glancing down at his erection, which was showing no signs of easing, then smiling back up at him. “I think Benjamin, there, is glad to see me this morning.”
Perhaps that was not the best idea. Aiden appeared speech-less for a moment. “Did you just call my dick Benjamin?”
“Well, I assume you have some sort of manly name for it. Most men do.”
Aiden scowled at her. “If I did it certainly wouldn’t be a pompous, uptight name like Benjamin.”
“Very well . . . how about Benji? It’s very British and sexy,” she continued to tease him.
“Benji’s a dog’s name! What the hell is wrong with you this morning?” he demanded. “I seriously think you hit your head last night!”
Aiden Rowan has made a choice he wishes he could have back. As a human guardian for The Brethren, he agreed to be part of a former Elder's super-soldier experiments involving vampire blood transfusions. His reasons for doing so were close to his heart, but the results are now costing him his humanity and slowly changing him into the lethal and dangerous creature he wanted to defeat - a vampire. Just when he thinks he's accepted his fate, a woman enters his life with the promis that she can help. From the moment Aiden lays eyes on Lily Abbott he feels lost in a good way - a human way. But can he trust himself now that he's changing? Refusing to allow the darkness growing inside him to ever hurt her, he chooses to leave Lily with the intention never to return.
Lily has many secrets, and some she must keep from the man she has come to The Oracle to save. What she didn't expect was to care deeply for Aiden, or be so affected when he refuses her help and leaves abruptly. But when she's attacked one night by another super-soldier, Aiden returns as quickly as he left. Once the two are reunited, the pair have an almost combustible chemistry, leading Aiden to question what brought Lily to The Oracle and into his life in the first place.
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