The Immortals After Dark Series is introduced in this anthology. Wroth is a vampire, Myst a Valkyrie, and they are fated mates. But like any relationship it's not easy, starting with the five year hard on Myst leaves Wroth with. As fated mates only Myst can give him release and when he finds her the gloves are off.
This book was a fast paced read with plenty of action. I would suggest you pick this one up, not only for the Kresley Cole story, but for the other authors as well.
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn't enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than natural born vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can "make you want her even as she's killing you." She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one-for with Wroth's heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she'd purposely, boastingly, subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?