She had finished reading the letter for the third time, taking notes in her quickly expanding notebook when she heard the door push open. Beatrice looked up, immediately aware of the hiss of energy that ﬁlled the room. She glanced toward the door to see an attractive man in his mid-thirties approach the reference desk with a smirk on his face.
Something about him gave her pause and as he approached the desk, she knew what it was.
This was definitely another vampire.
A distinct tremor ran down her spine. He was more than handsome, with his pale curling hair, soft blue eyes, and almost feminine features. He reminded Beatrice of a Botticelli painting she had seen during her recent research on the Italian Renaissance. However, the light behind his smiling eyes was cold, and she looked at Giovanni to reassure herself.