Dutyor desire? Vampire soldier Adare OCearbhaills default setting is cranky. Or irritated. Or down-right hostile. Still, as a Highlander of honor and duty he stepped up to save an enhanced and special human female by mating herwith merely a bite and a brand. The last person he wants in his life is a fragile human, yet he cant get her out of his mind as she regains her strength before taking off for parts unknown. And when he discovers she is in danger, nothing can stop him from hunting her downwhether she likes it or not. Theres only one way to find out . . . Photographer Grace Cooper has had it with vampires, demons, and the rest of an immortal world she was happier not knowing about. She also doesnt believe shes destined for some great battle because of an old birthmark. Forget the fact that her mate is the sexiest thing on two stubborn feet, or that her brand is fading along with her health. Shell handle things on her ownuntil an old enemy reappears and she learns the only way to stay alive is to actually mate, wild sex and all, with that ripped and dangerous Adarea powerful, captivating Highlander who demands nothing less than everything . . .