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Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Hello ladies
I'm posting early because I have no idea what kind of schedule I'm having tomorrow. This is from one of my favorite series and one of my favorite authors. Yhe hero and heroine haven't seen each other in 2 or 3 months, since book 1. This is their reunion, at the start of book 2. Enjoy!


PERSON’s gaze snagged on something behind me. His eyes opened wide and I saw fear ignite in their depths. It was so at odds with the bullheaded arrogance he projected, I almost did a double take.
I looked over my shoulder.
A tall man was striding from the far end of the hallway. He wore the black robe and it flared around him, the wings of a raven about to take flight. He walked like he owned the building and he’d spotted an intruder in his domain. Magic boiled around him, vicious and lethal, so potent I could feel it from thirty yards away. He wasn’t a man, he was an elemental force, a thunderstorm clad in black about to unleash its fury. People flattened themselves against the walls, trying to get out of his way. I saw his face and recoiled. Chiseled chin, strong nose, and blue eyes blazing with power under dark slashes of eyebrows.
The HERO.
My heart hammered so fast; my chest was about to explode.
He was coming toward me.
Our stares connected. I clamped all my thoughts into a steel fist, trying to keep my reaction under control.
His expression softened and for a fraction of a second I saw him looking at me with a mix of surprise and relief. Then the gaze of those furious eyes fixed on PERSON with predatory focus. I knew that expression. It said, “Murder.”
I whipped around. Panic drowned PERSON’s face. Magic contracted around him, compressing in on itself like a spring coiling under pressure. The hallway around me stretched back as if marble and metal suddenly became elastic.
I shoved CLIENT out of the way.
The hallway compacted like an aluminum can flattened by pressure and suddenly I was airborne. I hurtled through the air, straight at The HERO.
Fate threw us at each other. I could never tell Grandma.
I crashed into HERO. Strong arms caught me. The impact spun us around, and I landed upright on the floor to the right of him. Before my feet touched the marble, HERO hurled a handful of quarters in the air. The coins streaked at PERSON, flattened bullets driven by HERO’s power, dodging random people in the hallway as they shot toward their target.
The air around PERSON shimmered. The coins collided with the shimmer and fell to the ground, bouncing from an invincible barrier. PERSON blurred, landing twenty yards back from where he’d been.
“Shoot him,” HERO said, his voice clipped.
“No gun.”
PERSON looked scared to death. People who panicked didn’t think; they ran. I dashed toward the elevator. We had to beat him to the lobby.
PERSON jumped straight up, blurred, and then fell through the floor. I caught myself on the corner of the short hallway leading to the elevator, slid on the marble floor, and mashed the button going down. HERO was only a step behind me

The elevator doors slid open and we rushed inside. I hit the button for the lobby. The door began to slide closed and CLIENT squeezed through the gap at the last moment, causing them to reopen. HERO jerked the animal mage off his feet, slamming him against the elevator wall, his forearm pressed against the blond man’s throat. CLIENT groaned, his feet above the ground, all of his weight pushing his neck against HERO’s forearm.
“Drop my client!” I barked.
HERO pressed harder. CLIENT’ face turned red. I’d seen what HERO could do with his bare hands to a person. If I didn’t pry CLIENT away from him, HERO would crush his windpipe.
“HERO! He’s a . . . he’s a civilian!”
HERO stepped back as if I’d thrown a switch. CLIENT dropped to the floor, gulping air. Apparently I’d said the magic word.
“Try that again and I’ll shock you into oblivion,” I ground out.
The elevator doors opened. Twelfth floor. HERO pushed the button, forcing the doors to close, and peered at CLIENT. “Is this my replacement?”
What? “I didn’t replace you!”
“Of course not. I’m irreplaceable.”
CLIENT finally managed to squeeze out a word. “HERO? The Butcher of Merida? The HERO?”
“Yes,” HERO and I said in unison.
“Is this the R on the dress?” CLIENT’ eyes were wide.
Think of clouds, think of bunnies, don’t think about the wedding-gown pictures. HERO claimed he wasn’t telepathic, but he could project images, which meant he could probably pick up impressions if I concentrated on things too much.
“Dress? What dress?” HERO asked, honing in on the word like a shark sensing blood in the water.
“Never mind,” I told him. “CLIENT, not another word or I walk.”
HERO’s eyes narrowed. He’d recognized the name. He was involved in this thing with PERSON up to his elbows. Just my luck.
Number two above us blinked. Almost there.
HERO tossed the coins in the air and the quarters hung around him motionless. His magic brushed past me, a raging, terrible beast. Shivers ran down my spine. Suddenly the past two months of normal life tore apart, like fragile paper, and I was right back next to HERO, about to charge into a fight. And it felt right. It felt like I’d been sleepwalking and had suddenly woken up.
I had to get away from him as soon as I could. He was bad for me on every level.
“Alive!” I told him. “I need PERSON alive.”
The doors chimed and opened. We burst into the lobby to a wall of shotguns pointed in our direction. Behind the security, PERSON lay on the floor on his back. A puddle of red slowly spread from his head. His eyes were gone. In their place two blood-filled holes gaped at the ceiling.
HERO swore.


Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Don't know it but I definitely want to know. :-)


message 3: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1137 comments OMG YES!!!! One of my absolute favourite series!!! I need to re-read them soon! Great choice Aly!!!


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Yes Leigh! I can't stop rereading favorite books and authors. For every new book I read, I reread 3-4 favorites

Stacey you'll love it, if you try the series :)


Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Yes Leigh! I can't stop rereading favorite books and authors. For every new book I read, I reread 3-4 favorites

Stacey you'll love it, if you try the series :)"


Yeah, I have a feeling I'll love it too.


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Dls | 2063 comments Mod
I have no idea


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Yeah, I have a feeling I'll love it too."

It was published in 2017 and I read it 6 times since then :D


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Susan (susaninaz) | 992 comments YES! I loved it. Good choice of a scene here.


Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Yeah, I have a feeling I'll love it too."

It was published in 2017 and I read it 6 times since then :D"


WOW!!


message 10: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1137 comments Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Yes Leigh! I can't stop rereading favorite books and authors. For every new book I read, I reread 3-4 favorites

Stacey you'll love it, if you try the series :)"

Y..."


I agree! I can't believe you haven't! (I know because I checked hahaha)


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Ladies the book is White Hot by Ilona Andrews, and it's amazing!


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Susan (susaninaz) | 992 comments I agree!


message 13: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1137 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Ladies the book is White Hot by Ilona Andrews, and it's amazing!"

YES! Do not judge the book by its hot mess of a cover hahahaha ITS AMAZING!!!!!


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Chocolatesoup | 358 comments Amazing series!


message 15: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Sorry, the notification didn't come through and I didn't see the reveal until now. I will definitely be adding this to my list. Thank you, Aly, I'm heading to Amazon :D


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Sorry, the notification didn't come through and I didn't see the reveal until now. I will definitely be adding this to my list. Thank you, Aly, I'm heading to Amazon :D"

My pleasure! And definitely ignore the covers :))


message 17: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Sorry, the notification didn't come through and I didn't see the reveal until now. I will definitely be adding this to my list. Thank you, Aly, I'm heading to Amazon :D"

My..."


I'm absolutely LOVING this series. THANK YOU!!


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Stacey I am so happy to hear this!!!


message 19: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacey I am so happy to hear this!!!"

What are Catalina's books like?


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Stacy the voice is different, but I really like it! Only book 1 is out, 2 will be out at the end of August, but I read it twice already :D Nevada and Connor don't make an appearance in this one, but from what I understood from the blogs, they will appear in this one. Book 1 takes place 3 years after they become a house and book 2 will take place about 6 months after.


message 21: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacy the voice is different, but I really like it! Only book 1 is out, 2 will be out at the end of August, but I read it twice already :D Nevada and Connor don't make an appearance in this one, bu..."

Wow, not even an appearance, that's surprising. I will definitely go on but I may take a little break. I don't want to read them too quickly. I'm also hesitant to buy a novella (Diamond Fire) for $5.61 which I think is a bit rich for 160 pages.


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Yhea, the novella is pricey. You could wait till after August, or next year when the last book is out. I couldn't stop myself from reading them :D


message 23: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1137 comments Stacey is Sassy wrote: "Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacy the voice is different, but I really like it! Only book 1 is out, 2 will be out at the end of August, but I read it twice already :D Nevada and Connor don't m..."

That does seem expensive! You don't need the novella to read Catalina's book imho. I reckon you would be ok going straight to book 1.

Also have you read the Kate Daniels books? That will keep you busy hahaha


message 24: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments I think I'll struggle to stop too. If I can skip the novella I might consider it.

I started the Kate Daniels books but I can't remember where I got up to. I need to do some research.


Aly is so frigging bored | 851 comments Mod
Stacey is Sassy wrote: "I think I'll struggle to stop too. If I can skip the novella I might consider it.

I started the Kate Daniels books but I can't remember where I got up to. I need to do some research."


Stacy you're safe to read all of the Andrews' books, they write such great heroes and heroines and their world building is out of this world!


message 26: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1229 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Stacey is Sassy wrote: "I think I'll struggle to stop too. If I can skip the novella I might consider it.

I started the Kate Daniels books but I can't remember where I got up to. I need to do som..."


I completely agree with you. Thank you Aly and Leigh-Ayn. :-)


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