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Soul Sucker [NOOK Book]

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Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.

The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another...

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Overview


Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.

The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.

Naturally, the government decides to throw them together.

They resist at first, but they can't deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer's strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426895340
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2013
  • Series: Soul Justice
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 120,009
  • File size: 741 KB

Meet the Author


 

Award-winning author Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. She graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and write her first romance novel. You can find Kate on her website, www.katepearce.com; Twitter, @Kate4Queen; and on Facebook.


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Ella Walsh cast one last look at the naked man sleeping in her bed, then frowned down at the note she was trying to write him. What the hell was the guy's name? She'd hooked up with him in one of the tourist traps down by the beach last night and brought him back to her apartment for some hot and dirty sex. The sex had been mediocre, and his name still escaped her.

She settled for writing Hey, what's up?—the universal Californian dude greeting—and went on to tell him that breakfast was in the refrigerator, coffee already brewed and to lock up when he left. He'd do what she told him. She'd already implanted the instructions in his mind and he wouldn't be able to deviate from them. During sex, she avoided using her empath abilities to access her hook ups' minds, but making sure they left and forgot what she looked like was essential.

She checked for her weapons and keys and headed for the door. While she fumbled in her pocket for her sunglasses, she screwed up her eyes against the blinding sunlight, barely glancing at her million-dollar view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco looming in the mist across the bay.

As she headed down the driveway from her basement apartment a screen door rattled above her head and she immediately went for her weapon. She spun around to see her neighbor's eight-year-old grandson waving at her from the balcony of his house. She waved back and he beckoned her urgently. After another quick look around, she turned back.

"What's up, Tom?"

He didn't smile. "That thing? It came back last night."

"The thing under your bed?"

"Yeah. I saw more of it this time. You know in those alien movies when those creatures with the long bony fingers hug your face? It looked like that except more like long fingernails than claws."

"Your gran lets you watch those movies?"

He shrugged off the question. "What should I do?"

"Don't go under the bed."

"Ella, that's stupid. I—"

She put a finger to her lips as his voice rose. "I'm serious. The first night I get a chance, I'll come over and check it out with you."

Tom studied her for a long moment. "You really believe me, don't you?" His face reddened. "No one else does. They all think I'm a wuss."

"I believe you." She hesitated for a second. "Just keep it to yourself from now on, and we'll deal with it together."

"Okay." He took a deep breath. "As long as you let me help you catch it."

She nodded. "I'll definitely need your help. Work permitting, I'll try and come over tonight."

"Thanks, Ella."

She smiled, and then started to walk down the hill toward the oceanfront path that would take her to the Tiburon Ferry terminal. It was only a twenty-five-minute ride into San Francisco. It also gave her the necessary separation between her job and the rest of her life. Not that she had much of a life, but the older she got, the more she needed to distance herself from the craziness of dealing with Otherworld.

The thing under Tom's bed didn't worry her too much. It was unlikely to harm him, but it still needed investigating. If it was bold enough to allow itself to be seen, it might be stupid enough to try and take a bite out of the kid. And, whatever the species, bites were never good. Tom's ability to see the creature so clearly was more disturbing. He obviously had some emerging psychic talent and, as a registered empath, she was required to report in with both governments if she saw the gift in anyone else. Like she'd ever do that.

Some gift.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I really love paranormal romance. The first thing that caught me

    I really love paranormal romance. The first thing that caught me about Soul Sucker was the blurb. I guess that goes to show you that a blurb can really make all the difference in whether or not your book gets read!

    As I started reading, I was initially put off a bit by the introductory stuff, but then again, I always am. The story already! That’s my impatient brain, not me. It’s not the same thing, right??

    We got to the story, then, and all bets were off. The first thing that I noticed, although being put off by the initial scene being the post-one-night-stand morning, was the quality of the writing. Generally speaking, I can tell right off whether or not I’m going to be spending a story with my teeth in half-gritted position. In this case, I was able to relax into the story, without fear that I’d have to read past errors (which always catch my eye and make my reading stumble slightly).

    I like our heroine and the fact that she’s not universally liked or desired, because, let’s face it, who is? She’s very down-to-Earth, and so far in the story, doesn’t run right into dangerous situations mindlessly. Romance novels are kind of like horror flicks that way on average.

    I love how very unique the whole universe is. It is seamlessly drawn into a modern setting, and the characters, the abilities, and the general lore is unusual enough to be fascinating.

    I’m also vindictive enough (or something) to love the twist on “mates” that Ms. Pearce employs here. It takes a special person to take the standard and heave it on its head, invert it, and skewer it. Ms. Pearce is definitely up to the job!

    I like also the relationships amongst the characters. The interactions of the bosses, the coworkers, the neighbors. There’s a sense of greater community in the book, rather than everything being 1,000% about the central relationship.

    And the fae web… I absolutely love, love, love it. It is a great plot device without being one at all. How’d she manage that? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Anyway, I liked the ending a lot. It wasn’t predictable and the bad guy was a pleasant surprise. In this genre, predictability is a real problem. I enjoyed the book tremendously over all, and because it was very well-written and actually gasp proofread, I give it an extra star above the “engaging storyline” that I typically give 5 of 5 stars for.

    So although there were a few things I didn’t like about the behavior of the heroine (and when you will ever agree with another person completely?), I really loved the book and I’m now a fan of Ms. Pearce.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Not too shabby...

    I'm a big fan of this author's work and this story is no different. Interesting plot and great characters. Seriously recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    Wow, loved it.  Very happy I decided to take a chance on a new a

    Wow, loved it.  Very happy I decided to take a chance on a new author.  Looking forward to hearing more from Ms. Pearce's new world....and hopefully a continuation of Vadim and Ella's story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

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    Great book ! I'm a new fan of this author. I couldn't put this down !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly

    4 out of 5 Licks

    I love Kate Pearce. The world building in this book was amazing! I love the cross between the "normal" world and the Otherworld. With the market so saturated with contemporary and BDSM books, I tend to forget just how much I love paranormal. I bought this as an eBook and then got the Audiobook so I could start listening at work and once I did I couldn't stop until I finished. I couldn't read it fast enough and I hated when I had to focus on work or do silly things like sleep! There was a lot going on in this book and at times I felt like there was a book before this one that I might have missed but that is not the case. There are also some times where things were left unresolved, but overall I really enjoyed this one. Ella and Vadim have some awesome banter and while there is some heavy stuff happening and there are several sad moments Mrs. Pearce was able to keep the pace going and keep us guessing as to what will happen next. Ella was just spunky enough to make you both love and hate her all at once and Vadim sounds like sex on a stick and he has plenty of sarcasm to keep Ella on her toes. I was sad to see the ending of this one was a bit of a cliffhanger but thankfully I was prepared with the second book in the series (Death Bringer). I really hope Mrs. Pearce is going to write more in this series. I will grab them up and devour them without question! Also as a side note: While Mrs. Pearce has this series listed as non-erotic romance on her website don't worry there is plenty of steamy sex between these two-enough to make me wonder what she requires in a book to be called erotic! ;)

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