Catching Caroline


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Catching Caroline

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Can the hunger that thrives in darkness be a love for eternity?

Jack Shaw’s reputation as a wicked libertine is well deserved. He lives for the moment, indulging in temporary pleasures. Until he meets Lady Caroline Seton. Now he wants more than one stolen kiss, he wants forever. But Caroline hides a dangerous secret, one that could cost him his life. Will his love be enough to save them both…?

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Catching Caroline:

Genre: Historical
Original Publication Date: June 11, 2005

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Sylvia Day

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“Wicked men are a weakness of mine.”

“Good heavens, Julienne.” Lady Caroline Seton smothered a laugh as she entered the Dempsey ballroom. “You are incorrigible.”

Julienne La Coeur arched a brow. “You have no notion of how fortunate you are to be unhindered by the rules of Society. You may do and say whatever you wish. You can associate with the rakes you prefer and marry whomever you like. I, however…” She paused and shot a glance at her aunt behind her. Lowering her voice, she continued, “Am destined to do whatever I’m told.”

Caroline offered a quick commiserating smile as she waited at the top of the staircase for the majordomo to announce their party. Her gaze drifted across the occupants below, taking in the various gowns and the number of guests in attendance. At one time she had attended such events with her own family, but they had passed on to their reward long ago and she had learned to manage on her own. Her lack of familial ties and comfortably sized trust funds afforded her a freedom other women of her station, women like Julienne, did not enjoy. Unfortunately, it was also very lonely.

With her thoughts elsewhere, Caroline might have passed over impressively broad shoulders and hair as dark as night had the tiny hairs on her nape not stood at attention and her jaw not begun to ache in a wholly unfamiliar way.

She stilled, her attention riveted on the tall man whose powerful torso tapered to a narrow waist and lean hips. His black hair gleamed under the golden glow of the chandeliers, the ends curled lovingly around the top of his starched cravat. The evening attire of stark black and white appeared to have been made with him in mind, showing off the austere beauty of his features to perfection, a beauty enhanced by the statuesque blonde who clung to his arm.

Caroline stared at the man shamelessly, knowing that even if the animal inside her had not felt the singular attraction, she would have wanted him anyway.

With his full lips and intense gaze, he was gorgeous, his face so perfect as to outshine any classical painting or statue of her recollection. She’d never witnessed a more resplendently masculine being in her life. There was something about him, a dangerous edge, a predatory alertness she found utterly mesmerizing. Just looking at him made her nipples hard, her body soft, and caused moisture to pool between her thighs, readying her for his possession.

Just one look and she was nearly undone.

“Jack Shaw.”

Caroline glanced aside at Julienne. “Beg your pardon?”

“The man you are presently drooling over is Jack Shaw, an American. Obscenely wealthy I’ve been told, due to his shipping interests.”

“He’s… stunning,” Caroline murmured, acknowledging even as she spoke what an understatement that was.

“Yes,” Julienne agreed. “With a fabulously wicked reputation. How I envy you your choice of men such as him.”

Wicked. Caroline shivered with desire. She knew he would be, just from the sight of him.

As if he could feel the longing and need in her regard, he looked up and caught her gaze, revealing the molten silver color of his irises.

The connection was devastating. Caroline was unable to halt her instinctive reaction. Her own blood flooded her mouth before she realized her fangs had descended.

It took everything she had to prevent leaping from the staircase and biting deep into his neck. The desire to pierce his skin, to drink him in, was so overwhelming she didn’t trust herself to be around him. In the century she’d been vampire, she’d never experienced such a soul-deep pull to another being.

Startled, confused, and deeply afraid she would do something she’d regret forever, Caroline covered her mouth and spun blindly away. She ran past gaping guests in the crowded foyer and fled to the safety of the night beyond.

Sylvia Day

Book Extras

More About the Story

    • Catching Caroline was originally titled A Love for all Time.
    • A Love for All Time sold to a romance-centric magazine, Arabella, making it the very first sale of a fiction work I ever made.
    • I got "the call" from Arabella while spending a week on a houseboat with friends in Lake Havasu, which started a tradition of my receiving good publication news while away from home.
    • Unfortunately, Arabella went under before the story was published.
    • I later edited the story, retitled it Catching Caroline, and entered it in a contest with e-publication as the prize. Catching Caroline won and was subsequently published.
    • When the rights reverted to me I decided to offer Catching Caroline as a free read. It's a small way to say "thank you" to my existing readers and it affords new-to-me readers a chance to try me "risk-free." If you read Caroline's story, I hope you enjoy it!
    • A few of my stories are loosely connected. In this book, Catching Caroline, Julienne La Coeur from Scandalous Liaisons makes an appearance (her story is Lucien's Gamble).
Sylvia Day

News & Reviews

Good News

  • Number One

    Catching Caroline hits the #1 bestseller spots on Amazon’s free Kindle bestseller lists in Regency, Short Stories, and Erotica. It also hits the Top 100 lists on both and

    — December 31, 2010
  • Most Downloaded!

    Catching Caroline is the most downloaded Romance title on Smashwords and the tenth most downloaded book overall!

    — October 25, 2010
  • Amber Heat Wave Contest Winner

    Catching Caroline is a 2005 Amber Heat Wave Contest Winner!

    — January 30, 2005

Industry Reviews

    • Road to Romance:
      “Wow! Catching Caroline is a wonderfully crafted short that holds you riveted to its all too soon end. Terrific characters, heated sex scenes, and descriptive writing all await you in Catching Caroline. This is my first Sylvia Day book, but it won’t be my last.” — June 2005
    • Coffee Time Romance:
      “This is a wonderful short story, both delicately painted and exquisitely erotic. A romance in the truest sense of the word… This story works on all levels. Vampire fans will love it as will those who enjoy tasteful erotica at its best. Kudos to Ms. Day.” — June 2005
    • Love Romances:
      Catching Caroline is a provocative and well-written book. It has everything a reader could want: love, action, suspense and a high dose of eroticism. This was a highly enjoyable story that ended much too soon to this reader’s sorrow. Ms. Day has vaulted herself to this reader’s auto-buy list with this gem!” — June 2005
    • The Romance Studio:
      “Enjoyable storytelling and a new twist on the familiar make Catching Caroline a different kind of paranormal romance. If you like your historical romances with barely-contained sensuality, you’ll enjoy this book. Ms. Day has penned a story full of passion, adventure and a wonderful hint of mystery that pulls it all together in a terrific package.” — June 2005
    • In The Library Reviews:
      Catching Caroline by Sylvia Day is a historical with paranormal tendencies. I loved her view of Vampire Society; I found it to be fresh and new. The interaction between Jack and Caroline keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who’s going to win between these two determined people.” — June 2005
    • Romance Junkies:
      Catching Caroline was an awesome read. The cat and mouse game between Caroline and Jack is endearing. The sheer eroticism when they’re together is deep and alluring. For such a short read, it was a heart-wrenching tale, and wholly satisfying. I will definitely be looking to read more from Ms. Day.” — June 2005
    • Ecataromance:
      Catching Caroline is a sizzling hot historical romance about secrets and dark passions which will arouse your senses and leave you breathless! Sexy, passionate and deliciously decadent, Catching Caroline is a must-read for fans of erotic historical romance!” — June 2005
    • Historical Romance Club:
      “Jack and Caroline are charming and vibrant characters who draw the reader into their lives. Catching Caroline is a breathtakingly paced, and entirely engaging short story.” — June 2005
    • A Romance Review:
      “Sylvia Day’s Catching Caroline is a very short erotic historical that I enjoyed greatly! Ms. Day gives Vampires a new twist that I found refreshing and highly enjoyable. This book is hot, hot, hot so enjoy!” — June 2005