Kiss of Twilight: Dark Bonds [NOOK Book]

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Dupree Jackson is everything a senior soldier of the Order of Templar should be. Cold. Unbreakable. A master at arms in the fight against demons. But as a hybrid, Dupree is beginning to lose himself to the demon half of his soul. One woman has the power to save him. If he lets her.

Kara Stone wants two things in life: to be merged with a demon so that she can become a full member of the Order; and Dupree Jackson. She knows they are meant to be ...

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Kiss of Twilight: Dark Bonds

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Overview

Dupree Jackson is everything a senior soldier of the Order of Templar should be. Cold. Unbreakable. A master at arms in the fight against demons. But as a hybrid, Dupree is beginning to lose himself to the demon half of his soul. One woman has the power to save him. If he lets her.

Kara Stone wants two things in life: to be merged with a demon so that she can become a full member of the Order; and Dupree Jackson. She knows they are meant to be together, if only Dupree would love her back.

Though his desire for Kara is undeniable, Dupree's need to protect her is stronger. Not wanting to see her merge, to face the internal struggle he deals with every day, he refuses to bond with her. But when Kara becomes a target and uncovers a dark secret about her past, Dupree may no longer have a choice...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892936
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2011
  • Series: Dark Bonds, #2
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 574,958
  • File size: 2 MB

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It was the screaming that woke him.

Dupree Jackson leaned out his second story window and stared into the yard. He banged his head against the wooden frame and willed himself awake with his eyes squeezed shut, but when he opened them again the scene below him hadn't changed. The horror that froze him in place was not the white robed Klan with their burning crosses that he'd expected.

This was worse. So much worse. Monsters out of his nightmares. The creatures were massive, with short horns sprouting from their foreheads. They appeared sickly orange under the porch's floodlights and when he caught a glimpse at the eyes, he swore they glowed red. Were they the demons spawned from hell that Reverend Grant was always warning about? Had the end times that his logical, scientific mother always so scornfully dismissed come to Earth after all?

Momma wouldn't have anything to say about it later, either. She lay still on the ground and he tried not to notice the signs of her attack. Tried not to notice the blood running from her body. The great rends in her flesh and other mutilation. Both of his older brothers lay on the ground near her as if they'd tried to defend her. Neither moved.

His father was still on his feet, standing between Momma and the two creatures with a pitchfork. Dupree felt a sudden and deep sense of shame. He should be out there helping defend them. When his father jabbed forward suddenly, poking the demon in the side so it howled, Dupree's mind finally snapped free of the fear and disbelief holding it captive.

He ran to his parents' room, his bare feet slapping against cool pine floors, sounding as loud as gunshots in his mind. Inside he dropped to the floor and flung open his mother's cedar chest, shoved his grandmother's and great-grandmother's multi-colored quilts out of the way and dug out the hidden shotgun. He loaded two cartridges as he rose from his knees and shoved extras into his pockets. Then he ran outside to help and found his father swaying on his feet but holding firm.

Dupree was forced to move closer to the creatures to keep his father out of range of the shotgun, and he knew he had to be quick. His heart was a fast and furious drumbeat in his chest and his hands shook as he raised the shotgun. The first one noticed him as he squeezed the trigger. The blast hit it in the torso. It flew backward and landed against the ground with a satisfying thunk. Dupree didn't have time to rejoice in the defeat before the other one rushed him. The clawed hands reached for him as he pulled the trigger. A very lucky shot. The blast took off the top half of the demon's head.

His father fell to his knees, then slowly seemed to fold up on himself till he lay face down in the dirt. Dupree hurried to his side and rolled him over. There were deep gouges in his side and stomach. His stare was blank. Dupree had seen death before, but his mind refused to accept what he was seeing. He pressed his hands to the wounds anyway. He couldn't lose everyone, mother, father and brothers, in the same night. Not like this. Not in a nightmare vision of hell.

A roar broke the silence and Dupree turned his head to see the first demon lurch to its feet. Shock held him frozen. No one got up from a shotgun blast to the chest at such close range. Before he could lurch to his feet and even think about reloading the weapon, air whistled by his ear and a knife embedded itself in the demon's chest. Again, it fell to the ground but this time there were no twitches, no signs of life.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    In Loribelle Hunt’s novel, Kiss of Twilight, demons hunt t

    In Loribelle Hunt’s novel, Kiss of Twilight, demons hunt the Earth. An old sect of warriors called the Order of Templar fight for humanity against these evil creatures. However, their strength comes from binding their souls to a half-demon. Only by bonding to someone they love can a Templar avoid succumbing to his evil half.

    Paranormal Romance
    Kiss of Twilight is the second novel in Hunt’s Dark Bonds series. This is a well developed book with complex characters that grow throughout the novel. Dupree Jackson is a well trained warrior for the Templar but he is struggling against his evil demon side and his desire for Kara Stone. Dupree does not feel right about tying Kara to his evil half; his love for her forces him to want her to be safe and protected. However, Kara grew up in the Order of Templar and she has no desire to sit on the sidelines while Dupree and others fight the demons. Everyone in this novel has a history that is tied to fighting the demons and saving the innocent. That emotional tie to the fight is what makes this paranormal story work.

    Coming of Age
    Kara’s coming of age story is a key plot in Kiss of Twilight. Kara, like many women, struggle with determining her way. She sees herself as a capable warrior however; many around her still see her as the young girl who came to live in the Order. It is a common problem many young women face as their decisions in life may not be the path others would choose for them. Kara, however, sticks to her ground. She knows exactly what she wants out of life. The only question is how she will get it. I believe all of us struggle with this question on our journey in life. Reading about Kara’s quest is a testimony to all to believe in oneself.

    Erotic Romance
    While Kiss of Twilight is categorized as an erotic romance by Carina Press, the passion Hunt writes about fits nicely into the storyline. While there is some sexually explicit sections this is not without feeling by both characters that have made a commitment to each other. Those who have not read an Erotic Romance may find this ebook a nice introduction to the genre. I have certainly read many Regency novels with the same level of sexual detail that Hunt provides in this book. You can find Kiss of Twilight and other romance novels by Hunt on her website.

    Source
    Hunt, Loribelle. Kiss of Twilight, Carina Press. December 26, 2011. ASIN: B005Z1CU0M

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