Can they love again? Is it too late?
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Byzantine Heartbreak is the second book in the Beloved Bloody Time series:
Book 1: Bannockburn Binding
Book 1.1: Wait*
Book 2: Byzantine Heartbreak
Book 2.1: Viennese Agreement *
Book 3: Romani Armada
(With more to come!)
*Time Twist Tales are short stories and novellas featuring characters and situations from the Beloved Bloody Time series.
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Can they love again? Is it too late?
Nayara Ybarra and Ryan Deasmhumhain are the most powerful vampires known to humans in the 23rd century. They lead the Chronometric Preservation Agency, welded together yet divided by grief that won’t heal, their lives on hold. Vampires have lived apart from humans in the two hundred years since Nayara and Ryan jumped back in time and killed their lover, Salathiel, to halt the time wave that was destroying humanity and vampires.
Now, Càel Stelios, Worlds Assembly member, intends to make humans like vampires any way he can. He knows the vampires must become allies. Their unique strengths and abilities will help humans in the coming battle against the raging psi and their psychotic leader, Gabriel.
While he wages his political and social campaign he hides his true ambitions: to win Nayara and Ryan for himself. But despite being politically powerful, rich, smart and sexually potent, Stelios has a overwhelming disadvantage: He’s human. “No” is not a word he accepts without a fight, however. The psi-filers and Gabriel have plans, though, that will make fighting very real and bloody indeed…
WARNING: This book contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes, frequent, explicit
and frank sex scenes and sexual language. It includes heart-stopping sexual
scenes between the aforementioned sexy heroes, menage scenes, and anal sex.
Do not proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you.
No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel.
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BYZANTINE HEARTBREAK is hot damn awesome!
Holy swear-word, is this an awesome book! The sci-fi world is fascinating, the romance utterly compelling and the secondary characters amazing. I want to squee like a rabid fan-girl but I’m going to try to coherently explain why this book is so great.
First, the world building is outstanding. Vampires, humans and the mysterious psi co-habitat in the 23rd Century. The vampires have only recently been successful in their fight for civil rights and in turn, started the time travel agency Chronometric Preservation Agency. In this mythos, vampirism is caused by a symbiont who enables time travel. Of course, there are many other intricacies to being a vampire that are unique to this world and totally captivated me. The humans are a delightful mix of allies and enemies and add a beautiful element of political intrigue. The psi are very mysterious but with a very tragic backstory that made them sympathetic bad guys. This world captured my imagination in book one, Bannockburn Binding, and it continued its excellence in this book.
Next, the romance is deliciously emotional and sexual. Nia and Ryan had an intense ménage relationship that lasted over six hundred years but when their lover turned mad, it destroyed them. The book explores this past relationship and how it crippled these two powerful vampires until the human Cael forces his way into both their hearts. These characters are beautifully developed who stay true to who they are even as the romance develops. These aren’t simplistic cookie-cutters characters and I adored all three. This is a complex ménage relationship and one with so much emotional and sexual intensity that it satisfied on all levels.
The secondary characters and storylines are outstanding too. The powerful vampire Brenden with his rogue nature captured my attention in book one and he’s still got that charisma here. The trio from book one also make important cameos in this book and it was nice to catch up with them. Additionally, there are new characters and side relationships introduced, foremost the doomed love affair between a Russian vampire and the pet psi at the Agency. These characters are all fascinating and guarantee I’m a lifelong series fan.
Please permit me one squee! here. An important portion of this book involves Nia and Ryan telling Cael their doomed love affair with the now-deceased Salathiel. This was so well integrated into the growing relationship between Nia, Ryan and Cael and really helped explain who Nia and Ryan are. I can’t say too much about this but as I was reading about Nia and Ryan having to hunt Salathiel down in the past, my heart was breaking for them. The author could have easily glossed over the conclusion but she took the hard road and allowed the characters to play this drama out and oh, how this paid off for this reader!
BYZANTINE HEARBREAK is a total must read for any fan of captivating storytelling. I relished this book and paced myself but still finished too quickly. I promise I will reread both books many times over and know other readers will too. Oh please, Ms. Cooper-Posey, write faster!
J9 for The Romance Reviews
The second book in the Beloved Bloody Time series is an emotionally stimulating and passionate story that keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end. Tracy Cooper-Posey’s unique story line continues to entertain and intrigue with surprising twists and turns, compelling characters, and scorching hot frequent sexual interaction that includes sexual language, menage and anal sex. The chemistry and emotions of Nayara and Ryan are conveyed with great detail and arouses the reader’s passion and empathy for their situation. And when Cael joins the couple, things become even more arousing.
At a slightly slower pace than Bannockburn Binding, Byzantine Heartbreak gives the reader the past drama through the memories of Nayara and Ryan as well as the present drama taking place in this world with many layers of complexity that flow clearly and smoothly from one event to the next. This futuristic world is described with clarity and vivid detail that grabs the reader’s imagination and keeps them totally captivated.
The author uses well written dialogue and an interesting and enticing world to ensure that the reader will keep coming back for more. The only drawback to this story is that it ends in a major cliff hanger in the conflict with the psi. I can’t wait to read the third book in this great series.
Eva for The Jeep Diva
This is another outstanding novel by Tracy Cooper-Posey! She is the epitome of a truly talented author who uses her wonderful writing skills and vivid imagination to bring us a world that is unique, bold, passionate, and fresh to the erotic world. I must say I was not sure how she was going to make Byzantine Heartbreak unique since it is based on the same concept as the first book in the series. Not only did she pull it off, she left us with a sense that there will definitely be more to come in the Beloved Bloody Time Series. All I can say to that is: THANK GOODNESS! This powerfully passionate and emotional tale will rock you to the core and have you on your knees pleading for more stories by this amazing author.
Danielle for Coffeetime Romance Reviews
Hot damn is this a great book! The sci-fi world is outstanding, the romance a perfect blend of emotional and sexual, and the secondary characters outstanding. Why more readers aren’t gobbling this series up is a mystery to me. Do yourself a favor and read this series. (And before you wonder, I don’t know the author or publisher, just an avid reader!)
J9 Moore – Goodread Reader
Holy crumb, this book was emotionally wrenching. Is it just me or does the thought of two people lingering for TWO HUNDRED years without one another hurt? That Salathiel really did a number on poor Nayara and Ryan. Shattering the trust of your menage by attempting to destroy life as we know it isn’t something that’s easy to get past.
Seriously, I’m still a little flaily. Nayara and Ryan have all this history together. Six hundred years as lovers and two hundred as lost souls. That’s a lot of anniversaries. The twist of fate that gives vampires crystal clear memories makes it hard for them to get past what they had to do to right the wrongs Salathiel caused. Good thing they have a hard-headed human on their side who’s willing to force them to see what they’re doing to one another.
And good thing that Stelios has a thing for both Nayara and Ryan. It makes menaging so much more fun when all three are into one another.
This book gives us more layers to the vampire world, more naughty sexy times with three powerful people, and one bad guy who is a very real threat. Time travel, vampires, and menages. Oh, my!
(Yes, I’m still totally on board with the idea of time traveling vampire menages. We need more books like this. MOAR!)
Kelly for Reading the Paranormal
When asked if I would review the second book in the series, Byzantine Heartbreak, I jumped at the chance and was rewarded with one of the best stories I’ve read this year. The world that Cooper-Posey has built in this series is so dynamic that you forget you’re reading about the future and you’re simply drawn into the time, space, and characters’ minds. The emotional draw to the characters is amazing and it’s impossible to not wonder/worry about them even after you’re finished reading. Thankfully, we get a look at many of the characters from the first book as well.
In the first book we met vampires, Ryan and Nayara, leaders of the Agency, and Cael, a member of the Worlds Assembly. Ryan and Nayara are the most powerful vampires anyone knows. No one, even the other vampires, know exactly how old they are or what all their powers are. In Byzantine Heartbreak we learn their history and why, even with all the tension between them, they are inseparable. There is something between them but no ones knows exactly what. Their history is a painful one and after 200 years it’s still not something they can get past. When Cael, a human no less, comes into the picture it’s hard to tell if he will be the key to bringing them together or the final straw that pushes them apart. While Ryan, Nayara, and Cael deal with their relationships, they are also facing the crazy Gabriel and the Psi-Filers and what they have in store for the vampires and humans alike. The ending of the book is one of the biggest cliffhangers I’ve read and I cannot wait for the next book!
As with many of Tracy Cooper-Posey’s books, there are a lot of smoking hot scenes, menages, M/M action, all beautifully written. I don’t feel that any review can truly cover everything this series has to offer or explain the depth to the world and characters. I highly suggest visiting Tracy’s site to read the overview and facts about the world of Beloved Bloody Time.
Rhonda for Vampire Romance Books
This author is on auto-buy for me and she did not disappoint with this book. Byzantine Heartbreak is sexy, intense, and keeps you in suspense until the end of the book. I could not put it down and read it in one day. This book has it all and an ending that leaves many issues unresolved so we can look forward to a sequel which I know that I will be anxiously waiting to read.
Kittylover – Amazon Reader
This is yet another book that I wish would not have ended! Tracy has out done herself and please continue with these types of books!
C. Carreon – Amazon Reader
i just loved the book tracy keeps you in the story.it is hard to lay the book down once you started.i am ready for the next one in this sieries hope it will not be long.
Maria Hall – Amazon Reader
Ms. Cooper-Posey is a talented writer and created a world that sucks you in very quickly. This is the second book I have read from her and find it difficult to believe more people have not discovered this treasure. If you are tired of the cliched paranormal novels, then this book is for you.
Divamomma – Goodreads
Here in this second book of the series, the author takes us on a journey with her beautifully drawn characters to the twenty third century. The vivid description of this world set in the future is a major plus side to this book. The reader is swept along by the events happening to the characters. Of course the love scenes are explicit, but written with sensitivity and passion. An excellent addition to the series. I am grateful to the author for ARC.
Linda Sims – Top 50 Amazon UK Reviewer/Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
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An Excerpt From: BYZANTINE HEARTBREAK
Copyright © TRACY COOPER-POSEY, 2012
All Rights Reserved
Stelios nodded. “Fair enough,” he said. He opened the drawer of his desk and pulled out his reading board and threw it at Christos, who caught it one-handed. “The top document…book, I suppose. I had it commissioned several weeks ago and it was delivered last week. I’ve read it. It took me all week.”
Christos turned the board on and thumbed his way through the book. “There’s…fuck, there’s thousands of pages here!” He looked up at Stelios. “Did you sleep at all?”
“Not much. What I was reading gave me nightmares anyway.” Stelios grimaced and sat on the edge of his desk.
Christos frowned as he flipped through more of the book. “Why’n hell would you want to read something like this?” he asked.
“I have to work with them,” Stelios said simply. “I wanted to know them better and they weren’t about to tell me themselves.”
Christos snorted. “You don’t have a few years to spare for the telling, human.”
Stelios turned and poured himself an ouzo on ice from the supplies in the refrigerated cupboard. He held up the bottle. “I’d offer you one, Spartan, but…”
Christos tilted his head. “I’m not sure I’d take one from you, anyway. Not yet.”
Stelios tossed back the shot and poured again. “You know them. Better than perhaps anyone else in the world.”
“No one knows that pair well.” Christos placed the board back on the desk gently. “This research is just dates, facts. Timelines.”
“Exactly,” Stelios said. “It’s probably the first time those dates have ever been pulled together, but it’s still just resumes.” He sat on his desk again. “Ryan Deasmhumhain and Nayara Ybarra are both over two thousand years old. Together they run the most powerful vampire organization in the world. And nobody knows anything about them. You’re the closest to an expert on them.”
“I’m not an expert.” Christos crossed his arms over his great chest. “I’m a friend. And this friend is wondering why you’re so damned curious about them.”
Stelios put his hand on the reading board. “I’ve been working with them for weeks, Brendan. I can’t figure them out. And I can’t get anywhere with them if I can’t figure them. We’re going to be working together more in the future. I need to know what makes them tick.”
“You do, huh?” Christos grinned. “You’re a lying sack of Greek shit, Stelios.”
Stelios drained his glass. “Am I?”
Christos jerked his thumb over his shoulder. Toward Athens. “I’m not one of your voters, Assemblyman. I don’t get a vote, remember? I’m not allowed to vote, because I’ve been around long enough to know you’re laying it on thick enough to choke a lamb to death.” He pointed to the board. “You’ve read that and you’ve been locked up in the station with Ryan and Nayara for days on end. You’re a smart man, Stelios. You’ve already got more than half a picture about them by now. I know that because Ryan hasn’t gelded you, they haven’t drawn your blood and Nayara hasn’t tossed you out of the nearest airlocked. You’ve figured them out enough to get along with them in all that time. So what do you really want?”
Stelios felt the sudden urge for another drink. He cleared his throat and moved around the desk, back to the chilled cabinet.
Christos made a breathy sound behind him. Then: “No…! Tell me you don’t really hold some sort of…” Then he heard Christos laugh, low and long.
Stelios busied himself pouring the drink. By the time the drink was ready, his face was under control and Christos was silent once more. Stelios returned to the desk, staying on this side of it. He looked Christos in the eye.
Christos had the grace to not laugh again. But he was smiling. “Man, you aim high,” he said simply. “Which one?”
“Does it matter?” Stelios asked, glad to hear his voice emerge evenly.
Christos considered and shook his head. “In the end, no. You’ll never get either of them. They’re welded together, those two.”
“They’re not together romantically. Not any more,” Stelios pointed out.
“Not since Salathiel died,” Christos agreed. He stepped up to the other side of the desk. “Got another one of those in that bottle?” he asked, indicating Stelios’ drink.
Surprised, Stelios nodded. He turned and poured another drink into a fresh glass, added ice and pushed it over the desk toward the Spartan. Christos lifted it and sniffed appreciatively. The glass looked dimunitive in his big hand. “Aahh. Brings back memories,” he growled. He looked Stelios in the eye. “Now we have the measure of each other, human. I know what you want.”
“What do I want?” Stelios asked curiously.
“You want the key to unlocking them.”
Stelios considered that. “An odd way to put it, but appropriate.” He drained his drink, considered getting another one but didn’t move. “Of course, this stays between you and me.”
Christos smiled. “Just like that nasty little clip stays between you and me, right? I told you I had the measure of you now.” He swirled the glass so the ice circled and made a musical tinkling sound, but made no move to drink the ouzo. Instead, he raised the glass again and carefully inhaled.
Stelios waited him out. The cards were all face up on the table now. He could afford to let Christos take his time reaching the point he was clearly about to make. Stelios moved back around the desk and settled his butt back on the edge of it once more.
Christos put the glass down on the desk, dipped one big finger into the ouzo and licked it. He sighed. “Good stuff,” he judged and stepped back.
“Tell me why Ryan and Nayara are so welded together,” Stelios coaxed. “Salathiel died over two hundred years ago and they separated after that.”
“Physically, yes.” Christos crossed his arms. “Your problem is, you’re thinking in human terms. You have to start thinking like a vampire if you want to understand them.”
Stelios leaned back on his arms, feeling the weariness of a long day that was far from over pulling at his muscles and mind. “Explain it to me, then.”
Christos stared at him, like he was more than slightly mad. Then he rolled his eyes. “They were with Salathiel for hundreds of years. Hundreds. You don’t walk away from that and just…walk away. Not when you have perfect memories like we do. You humans, you heal. You forget.” Christos pointed to the reading board. “Neither of them get to forget any of that. They remember all of it every time they look at each other.”
Stelios recalled some of the blood and pain and drama he had discovered in the hundreds of pages of dry facts and dates and footnotes of speculation the researcher had compiled for him. His heart had skipped along uneasily just reading the data. What did it do to those who had lived through it, then then remembered it perfectly every time?
“Why are they still together?” Stelios asked. “Why do they stay where they remind each other?”
“That’s your key,” Christos said. “You answer that, you get what you want.”
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