Discover a realm where anything is possible. Where peril and passion collide. Where a woman is tempted by a man she wants by can never have; a man she could destroy with just one kiss…
AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE
The year is 1811, and the vampire Beatrix Lisse has spent six hundred years trying to atone for the sins she committed with her adopted sister and rival, Asharti. She’s grown weary of life, until she meet John Staunton, the Earl of Langley. John is London’s most notorious rogue, but he sees an innocence in Beatrix that she no longer believes exists. But Beatrix can’t bring herself to reveal her true nature to John, even after they surrender to their fierce passion. It’s only after John abandons her that Beatrix learns that he has a secret of his own…
LEADS TO LOVE THAT BURNS ETERNAL
An undercover spy for England, John’s mission is to find out who is directing Napoleon’s network of spies. If he allows himself to get too close to Beatrix, John knows he’ll put her life in danger. But as John gets closer to completing his mission, he realizes the person he seeks is none other than Beatrix’s centuries-old rival, Asharti. With the world unraveling around them, John and Beatrix unite to fight a nemesis whose fury has no limit—even as their unquenchable passion grows more dangerous by the day…
Praise for Susan Squires and The Companion
This book was previously published by MacMillan/Pan MacMillan
Praise for Susan Squires and The Companion
“A darkly compelling vampire romance . . . the plot keeps the reader turning the pages long into the night.”
Affaire de Coeur
“Bestseller Squires charts a new direction with this exotic, extremely erotic, and darkly dangerous Regency-set paranormal tale. With her ability to create powerful and tormented characters, Squires has developed a novel that is graphic, gripping and unforgettable”
Romantic Times (4 ½ starred review)
“Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent.
“A book to be savored, not torn through at breakneck speed ... Squires is a talented author.” Romance Reader
“A vibrant, riveting, and sometimes just plain scary novel that should satisfy anyone—including the man in your life—who enjoys paranormal tales. Squires’s saga is off to an intriguing start.”
All About Romance
“Squires has demonstrated a talent that few can surpass. Her descriptions and historical details are flawless. Her characters exceed their potential and the plot keeps you quickly turning the pages. Squires has joined the company of authors whose books are classics. Look for this book to become a classic in it’s genre too. .
Coffee Time Romance
“Squires has just taken the traditional vampire novel to a whole new level with The Companion. With her riveting and compelling writing, she has woven a tale of love amidst the most desperate of circumstances and created unforgettable characters. The Companion will capture your interest from the first scene until the last…readers who like strong historical novels, as well as one with a definite bite, should add The Companion to their wish list. It will be a keeper for sure!”
New York Times Bestselling author Susan Squires is a third-generation northern Californian whose father almost disowned her for moving south to get her master’s degree in English literature from UCLA. Now she at the southern California beach with her husband, a writer of paranormal mysteries. She owns two Belgian sheepdogs, and trains them (or they train her) for dog trials. She’s an avid knitter and a hockey fan. She has travelled extensively doing research for her novels. Her books have been named Best Books of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, garnered many reviewer's choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and been nominated for Romance Writer's of America's prestigious Rita award. They have won The Holt Medallion, The Golden Heart, BookSeller's Best and other awards as well.
Squires's third Regency vampire romance (after Sacrament and The Companion) isn't just dark; it's grisly with graphic scenes of heads being ripped off and worse. Through it all, vampire and self-made countess Beatrice Lisse and British secret agent John Staunton prove their resilience, though they rarely have an earnest conversation. Instead, from their first encounter, they engage in a verbal battle of one-upmanship. Beatrice recognizes that John is more than the smooth seducer he appears to be, and he in turn realizes that she isn't a mere courtesan. But after exchanging a few barbs and a little poetry, the two are swept up in a dangerous plot spearheaded by a power-hungry vampire from Beatrice's past. Squires lays on the suspense in the final half, keeping readers guessing as to whether Beatrice and John will wind up together... with all their body parts intact. Though there's little time for the protagonists to develop a relationship, and the level of violence may turn off some readers, this tale of redemption and lust will hold true vampire aficionados the kind who admire Dracula, not Spike rapt.