Two centuries ago, I clawed my way into a world of immorality, filth and destruction. A world seething with secrets and lies, both mortal and immortal.
Complete and utter Darkness.
I know we’re supposed to be inherently evil, but something inside me refuses to fully believe our legends. Something that calls out for more…calls out for her.
But there are rules. Rules that control the balance of nature. And if broken, it could destroy everything I’ve ever known. It could destroy me.
I am Nikolai Skotos, son of Stavros and Delia, and brother of Dorian, the heir of the Dark throne. I am one of the most powerful Dark forces to have ever walked this earth.
And I once was lost.
Now, I’m about to give it all up for the girl that found me.
*This is a PREQUEL NOVELLA for the Dark Light Series, NOT Book 3, to be read AFTER reading Dark Light & The Dark Prince*
Series Reading Order:
# 1 - Dark Light
# 2 - The Dark Prince
# 2.5 - Nikolai
I stand at the foot of the bed, gazing down at the naked bodies twisted in rumpled satin sheets. Pale moonlight kisses their skin, making them appear ethereal, ghostlike even.
So beautiful. So soft. So weak.
I lean forward, propping a knee onto the mattress, and position myself between their sleeping forms. My fingers graze their soft skin, leaving a trail of goose bumps in their wake. I inhale their combined scents, picking up traces of alcohol, sweat and sex. And something else. Something more. It invades my lungs and bursts in my chest, sprouting tingling warmth in my extremities.
Just a drop between the two, but it will do. These days, it’s harder and harder to find more than that. In a willing donor, that is.
I lay down facing the brunette, my hands exploring the soft contours of her body. I brush her cheek with the back of my hand. She was stunning once- I can tell. But her indulgences have aged her. Her vices, her weaknesses, have not been kind to her. She’ll die before her time, I’m certain of it.
“Wake,” I whisper. Instantly, her eyes open, and once her pupils adjust to the dark, she smiles.
“Hey,” she says, caressing my bare chest.
I give her a slight smile and cup her face between my hands. “Look at me.”
She complies instantly, looking back at me with trusting, brown eyes. Eyes that will forget that they ever saw my face. They dilate within seconds and her body relaxes against mine. She’s completely open to me- her thoughts, her actions…all mine. But most of all, her magic. The tiny trace concealed in her bloodline flows freely into my body as I inhale the base of her neck. I moan and let my teeth graze her throat.
Fuck, it feels good. It always does, transcending any measure of human pleasure. Breathing is beyond feeling. Beyond physical sensation. It’s complete and utter euphoria, exploding in every synapse. It’s feeding your soul and making love to your spirit. It’s life itself.
My dick twitches to life, and soon I am hot and hard against her thigh. “Touch me,” I mutter, my mouth moving down her chest. She unleashes me and begins to stroke, only heightening the sheer bliss pumping through my veins. I squeeze my eyes tight and imagine it’s someone else caressing me. Someone else kissing the side of my face as I lick a trail from her collarbone to her hardened nipple.
Amelie. It’s as if the name is carried by a wisp of wildflower-scented air.
I bury my face deeper into her skin, trying to lose myself…in myself. My desires, my secrets, my fears. They’re all magnified times ten, drowning me in the once perfectly contained emotions that seep from the cracks of my broken soul.
I can feel the pull…the pull towards her. Beckoning me to relent and stop the charade. My whole fucking life is a charade, and I’m nothing but a puppet, dancing around like a fucking fool in hopes of some type of acceptance. Some sign that I’m more than a philandering piece of shit. More than a cold, ruthless killer.
More than my father.
“Wake,” I growl, against humid skin. Within seconds, another set of hands joins us, kneading my shoulders and back. The blonde kisses my neck as she moves her body into my line of vision, offering it to me. Roughly, I grab her waist and pull her to me, burying my face in her neck and chest. Her scent, her flavor, is subtly sweet, warm, but not warm enough. Not sweet enough. Not like her. Not like…
This time I pause, but only long enough to part her legs and sink into her without warning. She cries out from shock, pleasure, and even a bit of pain. I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck about anything right now. The brunette positions herself over the blonde’s mouth, sating her own fiery need. She offers herself to me, and again, I take her. But her magic is waning. She’s weak. And while her body seeks pleasure, her soul is slowly dying. She sags against me, trembling with the aftershocks of orgasm and fatigue. I push her aside, digging into the blonde’s wet core with unrelenting strokes.
Just focus on this. Just this lustful act. Nothing else but this. Because it means nothing. She means nothing. And I feel…nothing.
I fuck her until she can’t take anymore, breathing nearly every drop of life from her limp body. When I finally stop, I realize she’s unconscious and eerily pale. Doesn’t matter. I climb out of her and sit on the edge of the bed, pulling at my hair, wishing like hell it would help me forget. That it would take away that urge to go to her. I don’t understand it- shit, I’ve never felt it before- but it’s there. And, shit, it’s stronger than anything I have ever felt. Maybe even stronger than me.
“And now, as I feel her heart beat rapidly, the heat of her skin sizzling the surface of mine, I feel as if I have been reborn. Numb and blind for two hundred years, she has just pulled me out of perpetual darkness.” Niko
Well, if you are eagerly awaiting this book then you have read the amazingness that is the Dark Light Series, and if you have not, GO READ THEM!! “It’s paranormal”, you say. “I don’t do paranormal”, you say. Well I don’t really do it much either, but this series is amazing!!! Do not let the tiny little fact that it is paranormal dissuade you! And Nikolai definitely did not disappoint! I give this four and half mean hearts, and the only reason it is not getting five is because I want so much more of Niko! I almost feel like this was such a tease, in that it only made me fall in love with Niko more, but it was nowhere near enough!!
We get a small portion of Niko’s back story, who he was before we met him in The Dark Prince. Nikolai takes place around 20 years or so before we meet him in the Dark Prince. I felt like I got to know him so much more in this story, and it is told from Niko’s POV! Niko is Dark. We know this, and we definitely meet the dark side of him in this story. For me, getting to know this side of him only made me love him more, and it made him more real or something. He is not perfect, but he is Dark and trying to be more. He is who he is, but he is still the playful Niko we met in The Dark Prince at the same time.
We get to meet Niko’s love in this story, and oh the way he loves her is amazing. She is impossible not to like, and I can see why Niko is so taken with her. Amelie is not the average human girl he comes in contact with and is definitely nothing like the Dark. Love is a powerful thing for the Dark, and Niko’s love for her is definitely powerful.
“The fire begins to burn hotter and brighter, building into a firestorm of unparalleled ecstasy.” Niko
S.L. can write an H-O-T sex scene like no other. I don’t know how she does it, but they are amazing. They are hot, but so sensual at the same time. Niko, well he’s a Skotos, and just like his brother he is like nothing in this world. Hearing it from Niko’s point of view is just…I have no words. Just trust me, that you don’t want to miss out on this.
Niko’s story also had an incredible amount of emotion for a novella. S.L. put so much in such a short amount of time and managed to push and pull my emotions everywhere, and I loved it.
I loved this story, but it left me wanting so much more!!! I loved Niko so much I want his entire story, not just a tiny piece. While this is definitely not a cliff hanger, it gave me so many more questions about the Dark, Niko, and the royal family. I can’t wait for Dark Shadows even more now and for all my questions to be answered.
Most known for her starring role in a popular sitcom as a child, S.L. Jennings went on to earn her law degree from Harvard at the young age of 16. While studying for the bar exam and recording her debut hit album, she also won the Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking invention of calorie-free wine. When she isn’t conquering the seas in her yacht or flying her Gulfstream, she likes to spin elaborate webs of lies and has even documented a few of these said falsehoods.
Some of S.L.’s devious lies:
FEAR OF FALLINGAFRAID TO FLY (sequel to Fear of Falling)- not yet released
THE DARK LIGHT SERIES
The Dark Prince
Nikolai (a Dark Light novella)- coming November 2013
Light Shadows- not yet released
TAINT- coming soon