Royal Blood (Vampire Kisses, Book 6)
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Alexander's spooky mansion feels like home to Raven . . . but could his residence in Dullsville be coming to an end?
Summer break is over, and Raven's sleep-filled days and romantic nights with her immortal boyfriend, Alexander, must end. The shock of daily attendance at Dullsville High isn't the only change in store. An unexpected letter turns up at Alexander's mansion—announcing his parents will be coming to town! Once they arrive, it seems just about everyone has had a sighting of the macabre couple except Raven. Is Alexander hiding something about his parents' homecoming? Will Raven ever meet them, and can she face the biggest threat yet to her love with Alexander?
blacktop? Conjuring the dead?” Now he was getting on my bad side. “Then maybe I won’t do it,” I challenged him. Trevor paused. His face grew red with anger. “I knew that was your plan all along. I’m not going to let you ruin my chances for a soccer scholarship, Monster Girl.” The bell rang, ending our hostile discussion. “Don’t bother asking me to walk you to class,” he said sharply. Here I was worried Trevor was planning to sabotage me when all along he was thinking I was going to do the
It was a landscape of the country club itself. By Alexander. I was so proud, his artwork was displayed for all to see. No one even knew Alexander had painted it. “This is a painting from a rising European artist,” Mrs. Mitchell said. “There was little information about the artist, but as you can see, the work speaks for itself. A one-of-a-kind original painting. The artist states, ‘The inspiration was the beauty that unfolds when I open my eyes in this town.’” The audience whispered and sat up
still another shouted. “Do I hear nine-fifty?” the auctioneer asked. “A thousand,” the first bidder answered. “Eleven hundred? Do I hear eleven hundred?” The second bidder held up her sign. “Fifteen hundred—” The signs went up until it reached two thousand dollars. “Sold for two thousand,” the auctioneer proclaimed, and slammed his gavel. I grabbed my boyfriend and hugged him with all my might. Even though I knew Alexander’s art was priceless, I was so proud his pictures commanded so much
of you that wonders what it would be like,” Trevor said. “I already know,” I said. “The cheerleaders have it written on the bathroom walls.” I withdrew my hand and left his room before he tried to hold any other part of me. 31 The Good Deed Hello, Miss Raven,” Jameson said as I entered the Mansion. “Alexander will be down in a moment.” I waited in the parlor room. “Hello, Raven,” Mrs. Sterling said, stepping into the room. “Did you like the auction? I thought it was a blast.”
would never have been able to leave. I felt sad, for Alexander and for me. Tears welled in my eyes, and I couldn’t help but frown. “Why are you crying? I thought you’d be happy,” Alexander said, wiping a tear from my face. “I thought I’d be, too,” I said. “I didn’t want you to move, Alexander. But I didn’t want them to either.” Alexander gave me a soft kiss in the rain. As the car disappeared, he put his arm around me and led me back inside my second home—the Sterling Mansion on Benson Hill.