There’s always a choice…even if the options are deadly. Rook Vasser hunts with the fate of his vampire clan riding on his shoulders. Without the clan’s stolen moonstone, an all-out war and his leader’s death are inevitable. Acting on a tip, he heads deep into the Blood Mountains, confident the stone is within his grasp. He doesn’t expect to find it hanging around the neck of a beautiful mortal—or that it will be nearly impossible to get it away from her. Ember Chalane came to the mountains to recharge her critically low healing powers. The lovely stone she finds lying in the grass is more than a shiny trinket. She discovers it restores and enhances her empathic ability, flooding her body with fresh life force she’s unwilling to give up—not even to the dark, sexy vampire who wants it back. Rook tries everything to get his hands on the stone, including seduction…only to learn that not only does it protect her from his bite, without it she becomes dangerously sick. With time running out, Rook faces the darkest of choices—save his falling clan, or save the woman for whom he’s fallen.