Christian’s Coven 2 Nija’s Temptation Jimmy bartends at night, drifting along in life as a deep hunger eats away at him. He has a good family and a best friend, yet there is something missing. One night while working, Jimmy notices a dark and sexy stranger watching him. What he thought was going to be a one-night stand turns into so much more. Nija rescues his mate from two bloodthirsty vampires. He heals him and takes him home, scrubbing Jimmy’s memories of his attack, of vampires, period. But what he doesn't know is that Jimmy is more than he appears to be. When the elders invade The Manacle, insisting that the prince of vampires, Christian, join their circle, all hell breaks loose. Jimmy is caught up in a world that makes no sense, yet he has two vampires gunning for him. And one of them is an elder. Can Nija save Jimmy from the ghouls that have kidnapped him, and can Nija stop the elder that has targeted his mate for his foul plan to take down the prince? Genre: Alternative (M/M or F/F), Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves Length: 37,136 words .
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NIJA’S TEMPTATION Christian’s Coven 2 LYNN HAGEN Copyright © 2011 Chapter One “How is my favorite button?” Jimmy asked as he smiled down at his niece. “I’m not a button.” Felicity pouted. “I’m a girl.” Jimmy laughed as he shook his head. “Yes, you are. But you’re still my button.” He held his hands up when his pint-size niece growled at him. “Whoa, no angry bears, okay?” “I’m gonna eat you if you call me a button again,” she threatened as Jimmy chuckled, clearing the dishes from the dining room table. “Dinner was good, Jimmy,” his sister, Melissa, said as she patted her swollen belly. “Real good.” Jimmy deposited the dishes in the sudsy water he had made moments before. “Thanks.” He turned the water on and began washing them. His mind began to drift back to the other night when he visited a club called The Manacle. He wasn’t sure why he had gone there, maybe out of curiosity, but he knew he wouldn’t be going back. Besides the fact that the place had given him the creeps, he had strange dreams about that night. As hard as Jimmy tried to forget, he kept having dreams about vampires attacking him and then one rescuing him. It couldn’t be real because vampires didn’t exist. The .
8 Lynn Hagen idea that his brain insisted that it was real didn’t sit too well with him. He was a responsible person, and conjuring up mythical creatures wasn’t something he made a habit of. It was one of the reasons he wasn’t a big drinker. But he had to have been that night because the memory was so damn vivid. It was almost as if it really happened. Which it couldn’t have, because vampires weren’t real! He didn’t even remember drinking any hard alcohol. All he had was a few beers. “Mom wants you to stop by Saturday to help her out,” Melissa said as she carried her glass into the kitchen and set it on the counter. “I have plans Saturday.” Melissa threw her hands into the air, being the dramatic queen she had been known for all her life. “You know she needs you. Ever since Dad died, she hasn’t been the same. Go over there, Jimmy.” “Why can’t you go and help her?” Jimmy asked as he rinsed a cup. It wasn’t that he was trying to dodge his mom. He really did have something to do. His best friend Eli had tickets to the concert he had been dying to go to ever since he learned their tour schedule was bringing them through his town. “Duh.” Melissa pointed at her swollen abdomen. “What about Larry?” He was desperate to find someone else to help out. Jimmy really wanted to see the Rolling Heads. “He has to work a double. Go, Jimmy. Help Mom out.” Jimmy sighed. He knew he would. The problem was, his mom would keep him there by giving him a chore list a mile long. He’d be lucky to get out of there in time to get ready and head to the concert. He smiled at his sis and kissed her on her cheek. “I’ll go.” Melissa gave him that devilish grin. The one that said she knew he was going to capitulate all along. She helped him finish the dishes and wipe down the kitchen before grabbing Felicity. “Time to go home, baby. Daddy will be home soon.” .
Nija’s Temptation 9 Jimmy helped his sister gather Felicity’s things and then walked her out to her car. Melissa turned toward him once she had her daughter secured in her car seat. Jimmy braced himself. He knew that look. “You should find you a nice girl and settle down. I hate seeing you alone.” She held her hand up. “I know Eli is good as a friend, but you need more than a buddy coming over to watch football.” Jimmy knew she was right. He just hated hearing the truth about his nonexistent dating life. It seemed no matter what girl he dated it never felt right. He’d seen too many friends end up in divorce and he didn’t want to be one of them. Call him old-fashioned, but Jimmy believed he would know instantly when the right girl came along. “I’ll keep looking, sis,” Jimmy promised as he kissed her on the cheek again before taking a step back. “Drive safely.” “Will do. Love you, Jimmy,” his sister said before slamming the car door. He walked to the back window, making a funny face at Felicity. “Bye, button.” He waved, laughing when his five-year-old niece growled at him. He blew her a kiss before heading back into the house. Jimmy hit the switch for the porch light to come on and then locked the front door, feeling tired. He walked into the kitchen to grab a glass of wine and then headed toward his bedroom. It had been a long day and he was ready to finally relax. His step faltered when he heard scratching at his bedroom window. Setting his glass down on the nightstand, Jimmy took a hesitant step forward. He wasn’t sure what the noise was. It could be just a branch scratching the side of the house, but he had a feeling it wasn’t. He strode across the room, grabbing a bat from the closet before walking over to his window. It wasn’t that he was brave, far from it, but he wasn’t a big chicken either. Okay, maybe he was, but Jimmy needed to know what that noise was. .
10 Lynn Hagen He could feel his heart beating faster as he lifted the curtain, pulling it aside so he could investigate the noise. “Holy fuck!” Jimmy nearly jumped out of his skin, dropping the bat and grabbing his chest as his best friend Eli laughed hysterically while standing in his backyard. Goddamn it. Jimmy was ready to take the bat and knock some sense into Eli. The fucker played around a little too much sometimes. There was nothing funny about scaring the shit out of someone. Not when he was the one being scared. “Get your ass in here!” He grabbed the bat and pointed it at his friend, giving Eli the stink eye. Jimmy tossed the bat aside as he walked through the darkened house, heading to the sliding glass door in the kitchen. He stopped for a moment, the hairs on the back of his neck rising as he looked around. When he didn’t see anything, he cursed. “Fucking Eli has me jumpy as hell now.” Jimmy stalked through the kitchen and slid the glass door aside, placing his hands on his hips as Eli snickered. “Get your ass in here,” he said with a bite as he glared at Eli. His friend laughed as he held his hands up, scooting by Jimmy as if he were waiting for Jimmy to knock him a good one. He should have. Jimmy got that strange feeling again, like someone was watching him. He stood in the doorway for a moment, looking out into the backyard. He usually didn’t spook too easily, but damned if the hairs on the back of his neck weren’t standing at attention. “What’s up?” Eli asked as he looked around Jimmy’s body. The guy was short as hell. “You see something?” Jimmy shook his head, unsure at this point if he hadn’t just imagined it. “No.” He slid the door closed, but the feeling hadn’t gone away. He brushed it aside as he headed toward his bedroom. “Did Melissa and button come by?” he asked from the kitchen. Jimmy grabbed his glass of wine and then headed back to where his friend was digging into the fridge, making a plate of leftovers. Jimmy grinned at Eli. They had been best friends since the sixth grade. Eli had always made himself at home when Jimmy lived with .