Found on Twitter: this link to a novella from Kresley Cole, set within the world of her Immortals After Dark series.
Cole is a New York Times bestselling author with Pocket Books. Though I couldn’t find the original source page for this novella, the link below appears to work just fine. It leads to a PDF, which includes a 100+ page novella, and several excerpts from Cole’s other books. Enjoy!
Subgenre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: 291 pages (total length of download)
Formats: Adobe PDF
Author’s Website: http://kresleycole.com
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he takes no breaths, has no heartbeat, and is consequently weaker than fully-blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the Lore as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?