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Meet Daniella Delaney. She's all ready to open her shop, Heavenly Cupcakes, in one of Chicago's sleepier districts. But she's having a hard time convincing the local business association—namely Nick St. George—that she's a good addition to the neighborhood. Daniella hopes that her famous red velvet cupcakes will be enough to melt any man's heart. But Nick is no ordinary man. He's got fangs.
As leader of the Vamptown clan, Nick has no intention of letting Daniella breathe new life into his old haunts. But something about her leaves Nick hungry…for more. He can't control her mind like other humans, a trait that makes Daniella irresistible. Could it be that, for the first time in centuries, Nick has met his match? Love is always a force to be reckoned with. But can this vampire have his cake and eat it too?
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Cat Devon is a pseudonym for an award-winning author. A former librarian and confessed bookaholic, she has a weakness for wickedly sexy vampires, imported dark chocolate and decadent cupcakes. She and her family live in the Chicago area.
Cat Devon is a pseudonym for an award-winning author. A former librarian and confessed bookaholic, she has a weakness for wickedly sexy vampires, imported dark chocolate and decadent cupcakes. Her novels include Love Your Entity, The Entity Within, and Sleeping with the Entity. She and her family live in the Chicago area.
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Sleeping with the Entity
By Cat Devon
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2013 Cathie L. Baumgardner
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"All the good men are taken," Daniella Delaney said. "The rest are vampires."
As soon as she spoke the words into her iPhone, the hairs at the back of her neck prickled and a shiver slid down her spine. They really had the air-conditioning cranked up in this Chicago bar and grill. The place was almost as cold as her pink fridge back home. Sure, it was a warm Indian summer October day outside, but come on.
Tugging her thin black sweater tighter around her, Daniella continued her phone conversation with her good friend Suz Beckman. "I'm telling you, they're vampires. Sucking the energy and enthusiasm right out of you. So don't hook me up with any more blind dates. And you know who else is an energy suck? The head of the local business association. I have no idea what they have against me opening my cupcake shop in this neighborhood, but he's sadly mistaken if he thinks he can get rid of me. I've worked too hard to let anyone stand in my way. I'm meeting him here in a few minutes, and if he thinks he can push me around just because I'm wearing a sweater set, he's in for a big surprise." She'd no sooner said the words than a man appeared at her side seemingly out of nowhere.
"Can I help you?" His deep, smooth voice startled Daniella.
He had a tall rangy build and was dressed all in black. His dark hair was on the long side, and he had the thickest lashes she'd ever seen on a man. His eyes were a surprising shade of wickedly stormy gray. Radiating toughness and sex appeal, he had Mick Jagger–like chiseled cheekbones and fierce yet almost poetic lips.
She'd never been a Rolling Stones fan, however. She preferred her men polished and polite. Dangerous bad boys weren't her cup of tea.
"Gotta go," she quickly told Suz before ending her call and turning her attention to the man standing beside her. "And you are?" she said.
"The manager of this establishment."
"Oh. Well in that case, perhaps you can help me. I did try to order some food when I first arrived but was told that wasn't possible. It's strange having a bar and grill that doesn't serve meals."
"The regulars don't come here for the food. They come for ... the ambience," he said.
It was all Daniella could do not to laugh as she studied her surroundings — the moose head over the bar, the plastic mackerel beside it, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey lopsidedly stuck to the wall with duct tape. "Right. Because the place has such great ambience." She shook her head in disbelief. "Look, I don't mean to cut our conversation short but I have an important meeting scheduled to take place here with —"
"Me," he interrupted her. "Your meeting is with me. I'm Nick St. George."
Great. The man wasn't just the manager of the place. He was the owner and the head of the neighborhood chamber of commerce. At least she hadn't called him a downer vampire during her phone conversation with Suz as she'd been tempted to. "You couldn't have said that sooner?"
"I could have," he acknowledged, "but I chose not to." He sat in the chair across from her.
"Well, it's nice to meet you at last. I'm Daniella Delaney, but you must already have figured that out. Anyway, I won't take up much of your time. I'm sure you're a busy man. I wanted to meet you face-to-face so that we could go over what exactly your objections are to my opening my business."
"I don't object to you opening your business. Just to opening it around here."
"I'm going to change your mind." Daniella reached into her tote and pulled out a folder with photos of chocolate- frosted cupcakes on it. "My business will be a powerful addition to the neighborhood, improving the local ambience ... which is clearly needed, I might add. I'm going to spruce things up and offer yummy cupcakes. Come on, what's not to like about that?" She didn't give him a chance to answer — just kept going. "I made hard copies of some of my promotional ideas for my business. Flyers, coupons, that sort of thing. Or I can show you the entire presentation on my laptop if you'd rather do it that way. Which would you prefer?"
"Whatever brings you the most satisfaction." His voice rolled over her like warm honey.
She frowned at him. Why was he staring at her so strangely? Was the man flirting with her? Why? She was hardly a raving beauty. Not even close. She was pretty nondescript. Brown hair, brown eyes, an okay nose and mouth. Nothing special.
She'd chosen to wear a professional outfit of black pants and lightweight sweater set with a string of pearls. Again, nothing special.
Was he deliberately trying to throw her off her stride? "You know what would give me the most satisfaction?" she said. "You stopping your protest about me opening Heavenly Cupcakes."
"You don't really want to open your store in this area." His words had an almost hypnotic rhythm to them.
"Yes, I do."
He frowned and stared directly into her eyes. "No, you don't."
"Yes," she said emphatically. "I do."
His frown deepened, and those stormy gray eyes of his narrowed.
She laughed. "You seem surprised," she said. "Did you really think you could get rid of me that easily?"
"I believe you may turn out to be more challenging than I expected," Nick said slowly.
"I'm sure I will," she said cheerfully. "A lot more challenging."
* * *
Nick couldn't believe how difficult this was becoming. He might look like a regular bar owner, but deep down he was very different. He was a vampire struggling to stay under the radar. He'd overheard her talking about vampires on her phone. At first his concern had been that he and the rest of his friends had somehow been found out by this cupcake maker.
He no longer thought that was actually the case, but there was still something strange about her. He supposed it was ironic that he, the vampire, was calling her, the human, strange. But the truth was that he didn't know what to make of her.
His job as a leader was to protect his clan and keep her out. The more that humans hung around the area, the bigger the chance was that their vampire community would be discovered. He had no doubt her business would be a success, but he couldn't allow that to happen. It was much too risky.
When Nick had first set up this meeting, he'd thought it would be an easy fix. His buddy, fellow vamp and body artist Pat Heller from Pat's Tats next door, had even mockingly kidded him that it would be a piece of cake. All Nick had to do was use every vampire's favorite weapon — mind compulsion — and Daniella Delaney would obey him.
It hadn't worked. He'd never had a human resist him before. She was supposed to respond to his vamp thrall by agreeing to do his bidding. All the others had for centuries.
He'd established direct eye contact and done his vamp thing. But instead of surrendering, cheeky Little Miss Cupcake had laughed. She'd actually laughed.
Like all vamps, Nick had a superior sense of smell. He could tell by her scent that she wasn't a vampire herself. But there was something about her ...
"Do you have a cold?" she suddenly asked him. "Allergies?"
"You were sniffing."
Nick glared at her. Daniella eyed him suspiciously. And so she should. He could eat her for breakfast.
Okay, so he didn't actually eat humans. He only drained them of their blood. And only when they really aggravated him.
She finally looked away. "I, uh, brought something that's sure to change your mind about me joining your business community. I brought you ..." She carefully lifted a sturdy cardboard box from an oversized bag and opened it with obvious pride. "My cupcakes."
Studying her closely, Nick was more impressed by her great breasts even if she was hiding them under that prim sweater. Too bad vamps didn't have X-ray vision like Superman. Still, they did have supernatural hearing, and he could hear her heart beating faster.
Good. He must be having an effect on her after all.
But her focus remained on the box full of elaborately decorated cupcakes with little bats and spiders on them in honor of Halloween in a few weeks.
His focus remained on her. She wasn't the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. Not even close. But she had a passionate nature and a luscious mouth. And she got to him. Big-time.
"Try one," she said.
"No thanks. I don't like cupcakes."
She gently shoved them a little closer. "They're my specialty. Red velvet."
He eyed them. She'd gotten the red color right but the ingredients wrong. There was no blood in these cupcakes.
"Come on. Just take a bite," she said.
Nick could feel his fangs starting to emerge. Hell, yes he wanted to take a bite. Of her.
Damn. He hadn't been this tempted in ages. Literally ages. Decades certainly. An entire century maybe. He was no raw teenage vampire unable to manage and suppress his desires.
"Just one little tiny bite," she said. "It can't hurt."
He leaned closer. He could see the pulse beating in her throat. He was dying to take a bite. Well, not dying, since vamps were immortal. But shit, she was tempting him. Was she doing it on purpose? Daring him?
If so, Little Miss Cupcake was definitely playing with fire. The problem was that vampires could get burned by fire. Garlic and crucifixes didn't bother him. But fire could destroy.
Was she a witch? A demon? All Nick knew for sure was that she was a problem, and he didn't like problems he couldn't solve. He prided himself on being in total control of all situations. In total control of his emotions and his needs.
Exerting his willpower, he was able to overcome his need to feed. For now.
"Come on," she coaxed him. "I can tell you're tempted."
"Lady, you're pushing your luck," he growled.
She sat back and blinked at him in surprise. Good. Maybe now she'd pack up her freaking cupcakes and get the hell away from him.
Instead she said, "If you're a diabetic, I have some sugar-free cupcakes I can offer you."
"I don't want anything you have to offer." His voice was werewolf-rough.
She blushed. Blood rushed to her face. Her heart rate was elevated, her pulse pounding. His undead vampire body responded accordingly. Shit.
Daniella said, "I wasn't trying to seduce you or anything."
It was the "or anything" that worried him. Hell, that wasn't true. Everything about Daniella Delaney worried him. He had to get away from her.
"This meeting is over." He stood and quickly turned away.
"Wait," she called after him. "Does that mean you'll drop your protest over my store?"
"I don't need your approval," she told him. "It would be nice to have, but it's not a requirement."
Nick turned back to her, his scowl forceful enough to send fearless warriors running for their lives. Run, little cupcake maker. Run. He sent the mental order with all the considerable power at his disposal.
"I'll just leave these cupcakes here in case you change your mind," she said with her customary cheerfulness. But she did grab the rest of her things and head for the exit. "'Bye now. Have a nice day."
A nice day? Nick didn't have a nice bone in his entire body ... his painfully aroused vampire body.
He glared at the bumper sticker fastened to the wall above the bar. LIFE'S A BITCH AND THEN YOU DIE. For humans maybe. For vampires, life remained a bitch forever. And no amount of red velvet cupcakes could ever fix that.
The bottom line here was that the cheeky cupcake maker seemed immune to his mind-control powers, which meant that Nick had to figure out some other way to get rid of her.
He could do that. After all, he was a vampire and she was only human.
Or was she? Hell, Nick didn't know for sure. But he'd needed to find out fast whether she was going to be a threat to his existence or merely to his peace of mind.
Getting to know her better might be a tough job, but some vampire had to do it. Might as well be him.CHAPTER 2
"That was a waste of time," Daniella told Suz before sinking into one of her friend's comfy armchairs. Daniella loved Suz's office. She specifically loved this particular armchair, which fit her to perfection. "A total waste of time."
Suz gave her one of her trademark Really? looks over the tops of her colorful designer eyeglass frames. With her short platinum-blond hair and impeccable makeup, she was the epitome of a fashionista and as far away as you could get from the stereotype of an accountant. Suz's office looked like it had been masterfully designed by a top-notch decorator, but she'd actually done it all herself. And that wasn't her only talent. Not only was Suz a whiz with numbers and figures, but she could also throw together an awesome outfit in five minutes flat. Daniella liked Suz despite these talents, none of which she possessed herself, although she did have an eye for decorating and design. But Daniella lacked the fashionista gene.
"You mean you didn't win over the crabby guy with your charm?" Suz said.
"I gave it my best shot. I really did. I even offered him cupcakes."
"And he refused."
Suz's eyes widened. "He must not be human. No one refuses your cupcakes."
"That's what I'm saying. No one refuses my cupcakes."
Suz leaned forward in her ergonomic office chair. "Does that mean you still have some with you?"
"Well, yeah, but ..."
"No buts." Suz put out her hand. "Hand them over."
"I thought you were on a diet."
"I am. The cupcake diet. I'm PMSing," Suz warned. "So do not make me get up and come get them."
"Fine." Daniella reached into her bag and removed a small box of cupcakes. "Here." She gave Suz one of her creations.
Her friend was not that easily appeased. "One cupcake? That's all you've got?"
"I left the large box full of a dozen cupcakes at the bar with Nick St. George so I only have a couple as backup. What do you think of the little bats and spiders on top? Cute, huh?"
But Suz was blissfully unaware of the artistic decorations, because she had her eyes closed while chewing her first bite. "Mmmm."
"They're red velvet but I added a new twist. I also am experimenting with dark chocolate cupcakes with root beer buttercream frosting topped with either a root beer barrel hard candy or an A&W Jelly Belly jelly bean."
"You know I'm your official taster for all your experimental new flavors, right?"
"Of course I know that. I love your philosophy about these things."
"Life. Some people say the glass is half empty. Some say the glass is half full. You say, are you going to drink that?"
"Right. I'm practical that way."
"I'm working on being more practical myself. I think it would help my business skills."
Suz gave her an appraising look before telling her, "You've already got great skills in that area. You're a pit bull in a twinset and pearls where your business is concerned."
"Only when I have to be," Daniella said.
"Did you 'have to be' with the crabby guy you had that meeting with?"
"He's determined to work against me. Can you believe he actually had the nerve to tell me that I don't really want to open my cupcake shop in this neighborhood? He really thought I'd pack up my bags and go somewhere else just because he said so."
"He doesn't know you very well."
"That's for sure. And he never will with that attitude."
Suz shrugged. "His loss."
"There was something strange about him," Daniella said.
"Aside from his not liking you or your cupcakes?"
Daniella nodded. "Yes, aside from that."
"Describe him to me. How old is he?"
"I don't know. Mid-thirties maybe?"
"That young? I pictured him as a crabby sixty-year-old guy chomping on a cigar. Go on." Suz leaned back in her chair. "Tell me more."
"Dark hair and fierce gray eyes. He seemed ruthless and arrogantly regal, like he was the king of the world."
"That's Leonardo DiCaprio's job in Titanic."
Daniella was not impressed. "For all the good it did poor Leo. His character ended up sinking to the bottom of the ocean."
"Yes, but he did it for love."
Daniella shook her head. "I can't see Nick St. George doing anything for love. I didn't get the impression that he's a people person."
"Yet he's the head of the local business association?"
Daniella nodded. "I think that's more of a power trip than anything else. He seemed very surprised that he couldn't boss me around."
"So the guy is a bully."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Danielle Delaney is opening up a brand new cup cake shop in a building her father owns. But the local business association is unhappy a new business is moving in, the leader to this charge is Nick St. George. Hoping that she can woo the neighbors with her baked goods, Daniella can’t understand when her cup cakes to slake their appetites...you see all her new neighbors are on a liquid diet with fangs involved. Nick St. George is the business association leader and head vamp in this normally quiet Chicago district. Not wanting a new business in their neighborhood was the least of Nick’s troubles when he meets the only human he can’t compel, Daniella Delaney. Sleeping with the Entity was a cute and quirky take on a vampire story. Nick wants to take a bite out of something and it's definitely not a cup cake. Nick is forced into a guardian position over Daniella, boy was it fun to watch them suffer through their love/disgruntled relationship. Sleeping with the Entity was a quick, enjoyable, fun read with eccentric group of characters both living and undead. 3 1/2 Stars. This ARC copy of Sleeping with the Enitity was given to me by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 4, 2013.
Was pleasantly surprised with this book. This is not my normal cup of tea, but I really liked this book. I actually finished it in one sitting. The characters were well developed and surprising. I found myself laughing with them and anguishing when they couldn't get "it" right. Looking forward to reading the next one in this series.
*ARC provided by St. Martin's via Netgalley* Sleeping with the Entity is a sweet and quick romance between Daniella, a cupcake baker, and Nick St. George, a vampire. What I liked about this story is that it has humor in it, and it is very well-written. As a fast paced story, I thought that their romance wasn't fully developed. From the very beginning Nick is compelled by Daniella mainly because she is the only one that he can't control. Apart from their un-denying attracting towards each other, Nick nor Daniella have the slight intention of getting involved. Daniella's only goal is to get her new bakery open and to reconnect with her family. But as their sexual tension increases, so does the danger in their town. A group of vampires has heard about what Nick hasn't been able to do with Daniella, and they will not stop until they get her away from him. One of the things that I really liked about this book is that it has a lot of movie/book/music references that helps the novel create a more fresh take to the vampire world. I do think that it was rushed towards the end. I expected to see more and it was cut out short for me, but overall the story is a fun and quick read. I enjoyed Daniella's and Nick's chemistry, it was humorous and romantic. I do hope the author decides to write more of their story, it would really help bring everything together.
Vampires, sex, and cupcakes, !?!!
Ugh! Poorly written dreck. I finished it because I spent money on it.
Good story line and characters. Could not put down. Cant wait to read the next in the series.
I found this book very long winded and a very weak, boring storyline. After reading the other reviews I thought it was worth $8.00 but I was very disappointed. I know never to believe the reviews from people who were given the book for free for their review, but I must say I don't know where the story is that they read, for I didn't read the same one apparently. Very repetitive.
I bought it because of all the great reviews. The beginning was flat, bringing up the history of the characters in awkward teenage dialog that came out of know where. The problems at the end of the story where solved popped up out of know where also.
One of my favorite author's recommended this book so I decided to give it a try. Oh my gosh I am so glad I did. I loved it!! It was everything I love in a book. Can't wait for her next book The Entity Within.
This was one of the worst books I have read in a while. I even got it free, but was unable to finish it. I love vampire books, but this one was slow and boring. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the writing repetitive and inane. The hero was typical "strong, silent" type, with nothing interesting to add and heroine was typical "plucky, cheerful" type, with nothing exceptional or interesting to add. **I have to add that I have been disappointed inseveral books purchased thru nook based on customer reviews. It seems many books with good reviews may have been submitted with intent to boost ratings and I would caution others to take customer reviews with a grain of salt. So many bad to mediocre books with high ratings out there makes the whole process suspect!