Soul Magic (Wing Slayer Hunter Series #2)

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KISS OR KILL

When an ancient pact is broken, powerful witches who once used their magic to help humanity become the twisted playthings of demons, and the mortal men who once protected the sorceresses become witch hunters, cursed with the longing to spill the witches’ blood: an irresistible craving that will cost witches their lives and witch hunters their souls.

The Wing Slayer Hunters fight this curse, guarding innocent witches until the urge ...

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Overview

KISS OR KILL

When an ancient pact is broken, powerful witches who once used their magic to help humanity become the twisted playthings of demons, and the mortal men who once protected the sorceresses become witch hunters, cursed with the longing to spill the witches’ blood: an irresistible craving that will cost witches their lives and witch hunters their souls.

The Wing Slayer Hunters fight this curse, guarding innocent witches until the urge to harm them grows too strong–then they must kill their own. Wing Slayer Sutton West has always honored that vow. His own father killed himself rather than go rogue. But now Sutton is tempted as never before by Carla Fisk, a brilliant psychologist and dynamic witch whose twin sister, Keri, was murdered by rogues.

Bound by blood and passion, Carla and Sutton dare not succumb to their deadly attraction. Yet when a mysterious rogue named Styx joins forces with the demon Asmodeus, witch and hunter have no choice but to work together. For Keri’s immortal soul is at stake–and with it, balanced on a knife-edge, is the fate of humanity itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345506351
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Wing Slayer Hunter Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 796,710
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Jennifer Lyon always wanted to be a witch. Since her witch powers never materialized, she went on to Plan B and now creates magic in her books. The author of a mystery series as well as several other romances, she now lives with her husband and three sons in Southern California, where the horrendous traffic affords her plenty of time to dream up stories.
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Chapter One

Sex wasn’t working for him anymore.

 Sutton West leaned against a black acrylic bar etched in fiery red lights. The nightclub, “Axel of Evil,” had a whole hellish theme going on. The music pounded, the colored strobe lights flashed, and the smell of sweat and alcohol permeated the room. 

It was last call.

 A few mortal women lingered on the dance floor, and some witch hunters lounged by the two fire pits watching them with pointed interest. 

Sutton returned his attention to the dancers, looking for one to take to bed to ease the pain of his cravings. He spotted a woman with long, shimmering black hair, chocolate eyes, and long legs. His interest barely stirred. He shifted his gaze to the two blondes, one in a yellow dress, the other in tight jeans and a black top. Both were hot, but when another man walked up and started dancing with them, he moved on without a stitch of regret. 

One redhead stood out. She was taller and curvier, and she danced with her whole body. She practically burned up the dance floor. He watched her the longest since she was his usual type— a woman who threw herself into life with untamed enthusiasm. 

Sutton had an absolute rule about women: They were helping him beat back the curse, and he would treat them with the respect they deserved. The redhead deserved more than he had to give to night, and he looked around the club again. This lack of interest in sex worried him. Sex was how the hunters controlled their compulsion for witch blood. If they gave in to the compulsion and killed a witch, they lost their souls and went rogue— living only for the next “fix” of witch blood. For Sutton, losing interest in sex meant the curse was getting a foothold in him. He’d touched the blood of a witch, and now he was on the edge of losing control. He tightened his jaw in determination. Never. He’d never give in to the curse. His father had set the standard, and Sutton would live up to it. 

Which meant he’d die before he let the curse win and take his soul. 

Pushing his dark thoughts aside, he focused on the three men returning from hunting rogues. Key and Phoenix went to report to Axel, while Linc headed toward him. Linc was one of their two candidates set to be inducted into the Wing Slayer Hunters. They both had the outline of their wings tattooed on their bodies: Linc Dillinger had chosen a falcon and Brigg Cusack had chosen a crow. 

Now they all waited. Each of the two men was preparing to face a test that would prove him loyal to the Wing Slayer. The test was an unknown, but Axel Locke, their leader, would recognize it when it happened. 

Linc came to a stop next to Sutton with barely a whisper from the perfectly cut slacks and coat over an open- collared shirt. His rich brown hair was expertly tousled. His gold eyes were dark and troubled under the pulsing strobe lights. “You heard anything from Brigg?” Sutton shook his head. Brigg had left the club two nights ago and evidently no one had seen him since. “I looked for him to night. I couldn’t find anything, not a goddamned trace of him. It’s not like him to just vanish like this.” 

The tension of waiting for their mysterious test was taking a toll on both men. “Maybe he found a party and hasn’t come up for air.” They all had their times when the curse drove them to extremes. Sutton took himself off to the most isolated spots he could reach. He climbed, hiked, ran, and swam trying like hell to sweat out the curse. Then he’d return to civilization and find a willing woman. As many as it took. 

“He should have checked in,” Linc said. 

He silently agreed. It was giving him a bad feeling, too. “Could be getting cold feet about becoming a Wing Slayer Hunter. It’ll make him a target for the rogues.” The Wing Slayer had created the witch hunters to hunt and kill demon witches while protecting innocent earth witches. Because the Wing Slayer was half demon and half god, invoking his god powers required complete and total ac know ledg ment from his witch hunters that he was their god. The demon Asmodeus had his demon witches cast the curse to break the bond between the Wing Slayer and his hunters so he could gain power on earth. It had been working until the five of them recommitted to the Wing Slayer, reinstating his god powers. 

Linc shook his head. “No. Brigg is hard- core about passing the test and getting fully winged at the Ceremony of Induction. We both are. We want to vow our allegiance to the Wing Slayer, take our oath to protect the innocent, and never give in to the curse.” 

“Might be that Brigg is facing his test now,” he pointed out. “There are some things a man has to do alone.” Sutton knew the man was really worried about Brigg, but under that was the resentment that Brigg might be facing his test and would be ready to take his wings first. 

Linc let the silence stretch out, then he shrugged, looked around, and said, “Any claims on that redhead?” He tilted his head to the woman Sutton had noticed earlier. “Nope. She’s yours if she’ll have you.” 

He looked at Sutton with a gleam in his gold eyes. 

“Thousand bucks says she does.” 

“Sucker bet and I’m not a sucker.” The man was throwing off pheromones so heavy that women across the club were glancing his way. 

Linc chuckled and strode off to the dance floor. Sutton turned back to the job at hand, closing down the club for the night. He glanced at Key, Ram, Axel, and Phoenix. They were spread out around the club, checking things out, closing down the bar, saying good night to patrons, and making damn sure a rogue hadn’t gotten in. The rogues had been quiet for the last couple of months. Witches still disappeared, but the rogues weren’t challenging the Wing Slayer Hunters openly. They were scurrying in the shadows. 

He knew from his constant efforts to hack into their new databases that they were rebuilding the Rogue Cadre. They had created new and better firewalls, showing a sophistication that did not bode well. They were also trying to recruit witch hunters to go rogue and fill their ranks. Quinn Young, the rogue leader, had to find a way to kill all the witches. He had a very demanding master— a demon— who wanted all the witches dead. Young and his rogues were out there, strategizing and planning to make it happen. 

Sutton got the all- clear signal from the others. He dropped his crossed arms and raised one hand. The music cut off, the colored strobes died, and the house lights went on. 

Witch hunters and the women started making their way out.

 One woman hung back, a mortal with wavy brown hair and bright brown eyes, wearing an emerald- green dress that swirled around her thighs. She was rooting around in her purse with a frown. He walked over to her. “Lose something?” 

She lifted her face, and he saw the sheen of sweat from dancing. Flashing him a smile, she said, “I don’t think I should drive home.” 

They were prepared for that. “We have several cabs out front.” 

She moved up closer to him. “Or you could drive me home.” 

She smelled of peppermint blended with her natural scent. Maybe he should take her up on it. Take her home, give them both a little plea sure, and leave. Too much effort. 

He’d rather go to the ware house to work on cracking the firewalls into the Rogue Cadre databases. “Maybe another night. But I’ll help you to a cab.” 

She shook her head, looking embarrassed. “No thanks. I’m fine. I just got a little overheated from dancing.” She started walking away, putting her hand back into her purse, probably looking for her car keys. 

He regretted embarrassing her, and turned away to make a last circuit of the club. 

He heard a click and whirled around, spotting the gun in the woman’s hand just as she fired at him. 

The sound exploded in the club. 

He caught sight of Ram pulling his knife out. Sutton bellowed “No!” and spun to protect his heart. The bullet tore into his right shoulder. 

The searing pain lit his nerve endings on fire. He snapped his teeth together and forced himself to breathe. Damn, that was one woman who didn’t take rejection well. But it didn’t make any sense; why had she shot him? He looked up. Key had wrenched the gun from the woman’s hand and held her by the arm. 

Axel strode up, his green eyes furious. He held a white bar towel in his hand. “Sit down, let me look.” 

“Later.” He took the towel from Axel, pressed it against his shoulder, and walked over to where the woman was standing. 

Her eyes were wide, sweat coated her face, and her hands trembled. “I shot you. My God, I shot you!” “Why?” Sutton asked. The pain in his shoulder was burrowing into the nerves and firing his compulsion for witch blood. But this woman wasn’t a witch, she was a mortal. A harmless little thing, she barely reached his shoulder. 

“I don’t know! I don’t remember! I . . . I don’t even have a gun!” 

Sutton watched as Axel faced the woman and looked into her eyes. Witch hunters had the ability to travel the optic nerve mentally and shift memories. Axel was seeing what he could get by touching her memories. 

He turned to meet Sutton’s gaze, his face grim. 

“Rogues.” 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Loved it

    One of the best i have read all year. I was hooked in the first chapter. If you like reading fantasy books and want a break from the common vampire/warewolf, than read this and be totally captured in this captivating saga.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    A different kind of love story

    I really enjoyed this book and think it gives JR Ward a run for the money on her BDB series. I love them both so much but like the witch storyline and I primary read vampire smut, lol. I can't wait to see how thisa series unfolds!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

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    Not what you expect, but perfect

    Jennifer Lyon followed up Blood Magic with a beautifully written Soul Magic. The twist was unexpected and hearthwrenching. I laughed, I cried and I had my "awww" moments. Both of these books are well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

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    Very good easy read,good for vacation and travel. Very different and interesting, and imagination capturing.

    From the first book Blood Magic, I couldn't wait to find out what happens to Sutton and Carla. Jennifer Lyon should write more frequently, so that her fans can get more of her Wing Slayers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    he second Magic romantic fantasy is a super saga

    Wing Slayer Sutton West has vowed to follow his father's lead if the moment he can no longer control his blood lust begins. When the curse began to overwhelm his sire chose suicide rather than harm an innocent witch.

    Rogue witch slayers killed Keri Fisk. Two years have passed and her twin sister psychiatrist Dr. Carla Fisk still mourns her loss. Sutton finds he is attracted to Carla, who runs a clinic, but he fears that desire might be the first step in the curse. However, he saves her life when rogues attack, but both realize a shocker; the rogue Styx and the demon Asmodeus have teamed up and trapped Keri's soul in a knife used by the witch slayer to provide his partner with the souls of witches she kills. As they try to save Keri's soul, Sutton and Carla wonder which twin is his soul mate.

    The second Magic romantic fantasy (see Blood Magic) is a super saga as readers learn more about the plight of Keri and the soul mirrors through the lead couple. The fun in the tale is observing Sutton and Carla forging a loving relationship in spite of the curse placing them in opposite hostile camps in which their attraction means death. Filled with danger Soul Magic is a terrific tale that stands alone, but reading the previous entry enhances the knowledge of the Lyon world of Magic.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    ¿Soul Magic¿ was such an amazing continuance of the Wing Slaye


    ‘Soul Magic’ was such an amazing continuance of the Wing Slayer novels. I really thought when I finished ‘Blood Magic’ that I had a good idea what was going to happen in the second book. Considering each member of the Wing Slayers had to find his mate or other half of his soul if you will, I thought all the novels would be of the same basic story line. Oh how mistaken I was, even though this novel does tell the story of Sutton and Carla bonding, it has very little similarity to Axel and Darcy’s story. To me this is a very rare talent to be able to write a series based on the same plot but make each one so completely different and intriguing.

    Sutton was fighting the curse ten times worse than Axel ever had to with Darcy, he couldn’t get Carla out of his head, yet he had no idea whether he wanted to make love to her or kill her more. Then when an out of control psychic rogue lets loose on Carla’s mind and she realizes her twin sisters soul in trapped in that rogue’s knife, she asks Sutton to help her on a nearly impossible mission. Her sister, Keri is convinced the eagle can save her; Carla is convinced that Sutton is that eagle because of the tattoo on his back.

    The question is can Carla and Sutton resist the lethal attraction to each other long enough to save Keri or will they seal the bond and leave Keri’s soul floating in unrest forever?

    The plot and layout of this story is so much more intense than ‘Blood Magic’ don’t get me wrong I loved the first novel but this one blew me away completely. I even cried a few times during ‘Soul Magic’. Sutton and Carla face so much together and it’s hard to believe the way everything turns out. You find yourself going back and forth between the scenes, trying to figure out how it is going to end. This book will keep you on your toes and leave you in a state of awe. Jennifer Lyon completely upped the stakes in ‘Soul Magic’ and I absolutely cannot wait to sink my teeth into ‘Night Magic’ and see which character is taking his turn next offering his soul and waiting to see if he is Wing Slayer worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Don't want to ruin, so this is gonna be short

    I fell in LOVE with Sutton!!! I would have to say out of the 4 books that I've read this is my abso. fave!!!

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Love this author!!!

    Great book. I love this series and look forward to reading more.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

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    A new favorite series for paranormal romance fans!

    A good follow-up to Blood Magic with Axel & Darcy's best friends, Carla & Sutton. The story slowed down in a few places but overall kept me turning the pages. Sutton and Carla's relationship really tugged at my heart, throw into the mix Carla's dead sister and I found myself tearing up at a few points. Plenty of action and suspense with the intriguing world of the Wing Slayers building upon itself, I really love what author Jennifer Lyon has created with this series. I can't get enough of these sexy witch hunters and am really looking forward to Key's story but first I must start on Phoenix, which I am off to do now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Fabulous

    Cant get enough of these stories they are great

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    love this book

    couldn't put this book down. can't wait for the next one in the series

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