Story: 10 of 24
Romance Featured: Sorceror
Opening Line: “Night settled, dark and wet, the air smelling of damp earth and blood and death.”
A Prologue introduces us to Daemon as he holds his dying wife in his arms. He has arrived too late to prevent an attack on their 1830’s homestead. Offering her immortality she refuses recognizing his true nature for the first time, horrified.
Rising, he held his arms wide, calling home the trinity. Again the shadows moved and three raced towards him, sleek in the night. They wound about him and through him, less than substance, more than shadow. He let his pain feed them, his rage and agony. Together, they burst into clear blue flames that spread and grew until every body, every drop of blood in the clearing was burned away in an icy inferno of smokeless blue fire.Fast forward to the present and we find Jen hiring Daemon as a handy man as she recuperates from a knee injury. Jen harbours a secret, an ability to sense danger and darkness. She senses none of this about Daemon. Daemon is careful around Jen, living for the moment, finding nothing supernatural about the woman he finds himself increasingly attracted to; but he is reluctant to involve himself with a mortal knowing that discovering his true nature would end any chance for happiness.
Weeks in each other’s company cements their attraction and they fall into each other’s arms. But the unexplained grisly murder of a woman nearby has Daemon discovering the presence of a demon that he confronts thinking to protect Jen. Jen’s powers blossom into her full sorcerer heritage and also sensing the evil she tracks it to its source. Daemon’s true nature is revealed to Jen in the confrontation that ensues and he is devastated that he will lose Jen as he did his wife. But then again this is paranormal romance isn’t it.
A lovely story with a smile on your face ending.
Mini Profile of Eve Silver
Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary paranormals, historical suspense, and speculative romance (under the pseudonym Eve Kenin).
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