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This week's quote: Is from Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It takes place shortly after Valerius and Tabitha meet and Tabby is kind of getting back at Valerius (or “Val” as she likes to call him) because of his uptight behavior and rudeness to her.
She brought a small bowl over to where he stood, then covered the pasta with sauce.
“Better?” she asked, handing it to him.
Valerius nodded, until his gaze dropped to the noodles. He blinked in disbelief as the shape of the pasta hit him.
No. Surely he was seeing things.
Was that a . . . ?
His jaw went slack as he realized that it was what it appeared. Little tiny pasta penises were swimming in the red marinara.
“Oh, come on,” Tabitha said in an irritable voice. “Don’t tell me a Roman general is having trouble with penironi.”
“You don’t honestly expect me to eat this?” he asked, aghast.
She huffed at him. “Don’t you dare cop that superior attitude with me, buddy. I happen to know exactly how you Romans lived. How you decorated your houses. You come from the land of the phallus, so don’t act so shocked that I gave you a bowl of them to eat. It’s not like I have the flying phallus wind chime hanging in my house to ward off evil or something, but I’ll bet you did when you were human.”
It was true, but it had been centuries since . . . come to think of it, he’d never seen anything like this.
She handed him a fork. “It’s not silver, but it is stainless steel. I’m sure you can make do.”
He was still mesmerized by the pasta. “Where did you get this?”
“I sell it and boobaroni in my shop.”
Valerius isn't a popular Dark-Hunter-he's a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he's very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding. So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux. She's sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she's the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val's mortal enemy.)
What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who's managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them.
To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts.
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