Four years ago, a strange creature attacked Tegan Ashton and no one believed her. Determined never to be a victim again, she’s devoted her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, she has to find the one man who might be able to help.
Gabriel Smith is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After those closest to him were murdered, he vowed to defend people from a threat they don't realize exists. But his biggest threat might be the feelings Tegan brings out in him. He cares–too much. And since everyone he loves dies, he has to struggle to keep things professional.
Fighting the hordes of demons on their tail is a breeze compared to dealing with the secrets they refuse to share.
About the Author
Lisa Kessler is an award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and many other awards. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids.
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Beg Me to Slay
By Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz
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Burning the midnight oil was nothing new for Tegan Ashton, but tonight something sinister lingered in the air. It's all in my head. She rubbed the back of her neck, wishing she could release the unwarranted dread. Anxiety coaxed her pulse, teasing her senses with its false promise of danger.
It pissed her off. The ghosts of the past were uninvited guests in her life.
Regardless, she could almost hear her father's voice in her head whispering in Welsh Gaelic, "Perygl ar mae'r gwynt." Danger on the wind. She forced her attention back to her work. The only thing in danger at the moment was her bank account.
Tegan's fingers flew across the keyboard, filling in the databases, entering the codes. Brainless, tedious work, but it paid the bills. Her new dojo in Leucadia, just north of San Diego, teetered into the red every month, so she picked up as many Internet data entry jobs as she could.
Late nights and mainlining caffeine, the glamorous life of a black-belt businesswoman.
Hoping to calm her nerves, she took a long, slow sip of her iced tea and pulled up her "favorites" tab on her computer. Although she lived in a beach town, she couldn't afford the rent on anything with an ocean view. Her compromise was an hourly treat of a five-minute break to watch the moonlight on the ocean, courtesy of the Starlight Beach Inn's twenty-four-hour webcam.
The hotel was just a few miles away from her studio apartment over her dojo, and it kept a floodlight dimly lighting the shoreline. Once she fired up her iTunes track of ocean waves, it was instant relaxation. In San Diego's North County, 2:00 a.m. was just about the only time you could stare at the waves on the beach without a bunch of people in the way. Perfect.
She double-clicked the ocean waves, grabbed her tea, and leaned back in the chair while the webcam loaded. Now all she needed was the smell of sea air and she'd be good to go. Her shoulders started to relax and Tegan grinned, taking a swallow of her tea. Anxiety attacks were no match for the calming power of the Pacific Ocean.
The grainy picture came up while she stretched out her cramped fingers. She frowned and leaned forward in her chair. Someone was on her beach.
A man and a woman. He shoveled sand while his date reclined on the shore. What were they doing building sand castles at this time of night?
She sighed and set her tea aside. So much for her beach break. Being a Peeping Tom during someone else's late-night date wasn't part of her calming respite. Tegan poised the mouse over the X to close the webcam when the guy scooped his date up and dropped her into the hole.
"What the hell?" Tegan rubbed her eyes, leaning closer to the screen.
Goose bumps lined her arms when the first shovel of sand covered the woman. "Holy shit." She reached for her cordless phone. "Shit, shit, shit."
"911. How can we help?"
Two more shovels of sand into the hole. "There's a man burying a woman on the beach outside of the Starlight Beach Inn."
"I show your location on Pacific Highway."
Tegan nodded, only half listening. "Yeah, I'm watching him on the hotel's webcam. Someone needs to help her."
"Ma'am, you realize you can be held accountable for falsifying calls to 911."
The man on the beach chose that moment to look over his shoulder, wiping his chin. His eyes glowed like a cat's would in a picture using a bright flash, but this was only the dim light of the webcam. Tegan's heart lurched in her chest. "It's him."
She clicked the off button on her phone, her lungs constricting and fingers tingling. She struggled to slow her breathing as painful memories swamped her, a massive wave of anxiety swelling inside. Even with the grainy webcam view, she recognized every angle of his face. The same face still haunted her nightmares.
The man who had attacked her in Los Angeles, the man the police had failed to catch, had just traveled south into her sleepy beach town. In fact, he was only a few miles away from her bedroom.
* * *
Tegan left the sheriff's department exhausted mentally and physically, but there was no way she was going to fall asleep. The looks on the uniformed officers' faces told her all she needed to know. They didn't believe her. Apparently a black-and-white did visit the Starlight Beach Inn at 2:45 a.m. to find the beach deserted and no signs of disturbed earth. They claimed the hotel was requesting the webcam footage from their service provider, but it would be at least a week. Without any evidence of a crime, they couldn't force the issue and subpoena any records.
All it took was pulling up her case file for all of them to get that familiar look of pity in their eyes and assure her the search for her attacker was still ongoing. It was no secret she'd had a mental breakdown after the attack, and although she'd given them a full physical description of the man, she'd been unable to tell them about her injury. They told her he'd stabbed her with an acid-dipped blade of some sort.
They'd never believe the truth.
She'd been bitten, and as crazy as it sounded, no human man had pointed teeth like those she'd seen that night when he smiled and his forehead contorted, cracked to expose something inhuman beneath.
This was information that would've kept her locked in a psych ward, so she kept it to herself. As the months passed into years, she'd started to wonder if maybe she was crazy after all.
Tegan leaned back in her La-Z-Boy reading chair, peppering herself with questions. Could her mind have been playing tricks on her when she fired up the webcam? It had been late, and she'd felt uneasy before the picture ever came up.
But she'd watched that beach hundreds of times in the middle of the night and never saw anyone. Definitely never saw a man bury a body.
If you could call that sick sack of shit a man.
Her fingertips traced the line of her fishhook-shaped scar along her collarbone, wishing she could erase the memories and rehabilitate her mind the way she had her body. She thought she'd put that night behind her.
Until the bastard showed up on the webcam and ripped the wound wide open again.
Yeah, sleep was definitely not going to happen. The threat of seeing him again in her dreams kept her too amped up to sleep. She got up and pulled the small card table to the side of the room. Controlling her breathing, she moved through her martial arts katas. Her focus on each fighting position calmed her, defusing the bomb of panic brewing inside of her. By the time she reclaimed her peace, sweat soaked through the back of her T-shirt.
She wasn't the same college student from four years ago. She wasn't a victim, not anymore. And she never would be again.
Tegan pulled her hair back into a ponytail and reached for her cell phone. If the police didn't believe her, she'd hire someone who would. Sitting back and hiding was not an option.
Multiple Google searches, several hours, and ten calls later, she chucked her hair tie across the room in frustration. She either couldn't afford the PIs she was finding or they heard there was an open case number involved and didn't want to get anywhere near it. Her gaze drifted to the picture of her folks at the country club. They'd lend her the money in a heartbeat.
But then they'd worry. It wasn't until a few months ago that her mom and dad finally started traveling again. They were supposed to be enjoying retirement, not babysitting their only daughter. If they found out she thought she saw her attacker, they'd swoop in and try to take over. Unacceptable. She could handle this. Somehow.
She grabbed the phone again. Another Google search and she scanned the names until one caught her eye: Gabriel V.H. Smith. Licensed PI and paranormal investigator.
Paranormal investigator? She stroked the mouse key lightly, not ready to commit to clicking. What kind of private investigator admitted to paranormal investigations? Did he think he was some kind of Ghostbuster? People couldn't possibly hire him to check their house for the dead and haunting, could they?
She leaned back in her chair. This guy could be a waste of time. But she'd already made more calls than she intended — and she was running out of viable options. What did she have to lose?
She made the call, relieved when a receptionist answered. He had a secretary. That had to mean that he took his business seriously — or at least she hoped so — and Tegan did her best not to judge him by the fact that he had time in his schedule to meet her that same day. No harm done in driving up the coast to San Clemente for a meeting. She didn't have to hire him. San Clemente was probably a perfect PI location, right between San Diego and Los Angeles. He could spy on cheating husbands and wives in either big city.
She closed her computer and got up. If she hurried she could get a shower before she made the forty-five minute drive up the 5 freeway.
* * *
The building wasn't what she expected. Instead of an office inside a law firm or strip mall, she parked her car in front of a small converted church. At least she assumed that's what it was by the stained-glass windows. There wasn't a steeple or a bell.
She opened the carved oak door and stepped into the shadowed office. A stylish woman with short black hair chomped her gum behind a desk, stapling papers into manila folders. Glancing Tegan's way, she lifted her hand from the stapler. "Are you Megan?"
"It's actually Tegan. Like Megan with a T."
The receptionist popped her gum and shrugged. "Suit yourself. Gabe will be back in a few minutes."
Stapling recommenced, the pound and grind of bending metal staples echoing through the space. Tegan glanced up at the high ceilings and took a seat on the long pew opposite the desk. Time slowed, the rhythmic noise lulling her into a comfortable trance. Maybe she was more exhausted than she realized.
The large door burst open. Tegan shot up from her seat, her feet instinctively hitting a fighting stance. A tall man with broad shoulders, brown hair, and dark glasses blew through the narthex toward the chapel area. His features were striking even though she couldn't see his eyes behind the dark lenses of his shades. The strong angle of his jaw and the way his hair brushed the collar of his black coat made her pulse jump. He was perfectly mussed somehow, as though he'd just rolled out of bed looking like that.
For some reason she'd been imagining him much older. The whole paranormal thing sounded like an old man chasing a silly superstition. This guy was also a little less polished than she'd expected. Judging by the swollen lip and the scrape at the corner of his mouth, he'd had a recent job that had gotten physical.
Her pulse thrummed in an inappropriate response. The fact that this guy might know how to fight should not excite her. Obviously her hormones were aching for more male contact.
Screw that. The last thing she had time for was a man.
"Martie, is my five o'clock here yet?" His voice was deep and a little hoarse. Rough and sexy.
The stapling came to an abrupt halt, and Martie pointed a red, perfectly manicured finger. "That's her."
He spun around and tipped his head, peering at Tegan from over his sunglasses. "You're Megan?"
His light-green eyes almost made her forget her own name. "It's Tegan. Tegan Ashton."
"Like Megan with a T."
She nodded, an unexpected smile curving her lips. "Exactly."
He held out a large hand. She stared at it for a second. This was a business meeting, nothing more. Other than her karate classes, she hadn't touched a man since the attack.
I won't be a victim. I'm not a victim.
She forced herself to place her hand inside his, and he squeezed, giving her a firm handshake. "Nice to meet you. I'm Gabe."
His fingers brushed her wrist, sliding across her palm as he released her. Almost tender. She'd forgotten how a simple touch could calm instead of threaten. Pressing her lips together, she reminded herself to breathe.
He gestured toward his office. "Come on back."
* * *
Gabe took off his coat, doing his best not to wince as the right sleeve skimmed his dislocated elbow. It would heal, of course, but it would hurt a helluva lot less if he'd taken the time to reset the joint.
But he didn't want to be late.
Offering her a chair, he stepped around his desk to hang his coat, but he kept his dark glasses on. Easier to give his clients the once-over if they couldn't tell where he was looking.
All part of the job. Although today was more enjoyable than usual.
When Martie had told him his new potential client thought she witnessed a murder, Tegan had his full attention. Now that she sat in his office, it was clear even if she didn't have a big case, she would've caught his attention. Her thick auburn hair fell just past her shoulders, and her dark-brown eyes and pouty lips teased him. They had a softness that contrasted with the rest of her body.
Which was toned and tempting, even through her clothes. Hard and tense, as though she was ready to take on the world at a moment's notice. Her face looked a little pale, shadows lingering under her eyes. No sleep, and judging by the way her fingers trembled when he released her hand, she probably needed to eat too. Her fighting stance the second he entered the office hadn't escaped him, either. What had turned this angel into a warrior?
None of his business. Giving a damn would only get her killed. He'd been down that road before, and he refused to lose another person he cared about. Best not to care at all.
He pulled his sunglasses off and his potential new client gasped.
"You should put some ice on that eye."
"I'll be all right." He sat behind his desk, chastising himself for not checking the mirror in the car before he came in. Damn. He knew that hit was going to leave a mark. "So, tell me why you're talking to me instead of the police."
"Because they don't believe me." Her doe eyes pleaded with him. He'd seen the look before.
Gabe rolled his head slightly, snapping his vertebrae back into alignment. "Why not?"
She wrung her hands in front of her for a moment before shooting up from her seat and leaning against his desk.
"You know what? Let's cut the crap. I have money, and after calling every PI in SoCal, you're my last shot. I need you to find the guy who gave me this."
She caught her finger in the neckline of her T-shirt and tugged it back to reveal a jagged hook-shaped scar on her collarbone, with a raised edge all the way around it. The center of the wounded flesh was discolored, almost gray. His pulse raced. He'd seen these scars before, but never on a living person. No human had given her that scar.
Releasing the shirt, she met his eyes. "It's been four years since he attacked me, and last night I saw him on a webcam in my neighborhood."
Gabe stood up, resting his hands on his side of the desk and leaning closer to her. This close, he could see the flecks of green in her dark eyes. No sign of a fine outer ring of gold — the first indication of a demon incognito.
Good. This woman was human.
And somehow she'd done the impossible and survived a Hingo demon attack. It was unheard of in his line of work.
"I'm on the case."
"Same price I was quoted on the phone?" Her eyes narrowed, her gaze searching his.
"Yeah." Gabe nodded. For a chance to send another Hingo demon straight back to hell, he'd almost take the case for free, but he kept that to himself. A guy had to eat.
He reached for his coat without thinking; his arm tweaked, unable to straighten. "Damn it."
She came around his desk, frowning. "Somebody beat the crap out of you."
"You should see the other guy." He smirked. "Do me a favor and —"
She grabbed his wrist, and already had her other hand ready to lever his elbow back into place.
"You've done this before." He gripped the desk with his free hand.
"And it hurts like a son of a bitch." She tugged hard.
Sparks lit around the edge of his vision while he screamed a few choice words. Finally a loud pop echoed through the room and she let go of his arm.
Gabe moved it a little, tentative.
"You need to ice it."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tegan is a young woman who has experienced an attack that has changed her life. She didn't understand exactly who it was that attacked her, and when she reported her attack she ended up being put in a mental hospital for it. After she was released she made it her mission to never be a victim again. Devoting her life to making herself as capable as possible to defend herself, she has pushed life to the back burner. When she sees her attacker again, she decides to hire a private investigator to help her make sense of her previous attack and maybe even a reason why she is seeing him again. Gabe has a anguished past that haunts his present. He has lost everyone he has ever loved due to his calling. Now he has made himself a bit jaded in order to avoid going through that pain again. As a private investigator, he is often put in danger but even more so in his true calling. When Tegan brings him her case, he automatically is put on alert. He isn't sure why after all of these years he has the sudden urge to allow himself to care about another person, but something about Tegan's quiet strength makes her hard to resist. While Gabe and Tegan explore a new world and new emotions, they find themselves in trouble more than not. The more Tegan's case reveals itself, the more the realize their pasts are intertwined. Fate has played a hand in both of their lives for the good and the bad to get them to this point. Will they take advantage of this opportunity to grab a hold of life again? To feel again? Or will the danger and their different worlds prove to be to much of an obstacle for them? Find out when you read this steamy and thrilling tale! ~AVC Proofreading ~Desiree
Very good, I'm going to look at more books by this author.
Tegan Ashton fought to regain control of her life. She was attacked four years ago and escaped with physical and emotional scars. She worked heard to recover. She is no victim. She is a black belt and has opened her own dojo. When her attacker returns, Tegan hires a PI Gabriel Smith. Is she in for a surprise! Gabe is a paranormal investigator and a demon slayer. She discovers that she is being hunted by Hingo Demon. Can these two work together to stop this evil? Lisa Kessler's wonderful storytelling pulled me in from page one. Tegan and Gabe are strong characters who have suffered unimaginable loss and fought to take back their lives. The attraction they feel is very hot yet very sweet. They are protective and caring. They have each others' back. The action is non-stop in this well plotted story. If you want a steamy romance with plenty of suspense and many surprising twists, this is the book for you.
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** Tegan's grit and Gabe's determination are lethal weapons on their own. Combined, this pair is unstoppable. What I loved is Ms. Kessler didn't keep Tegan as a victim. The attack that stole years from Tegan's life was never downplayed. It was, instead, a constant reminder and testament throughout the story to Tegan's strength and refusal to lie down and quit. Even when the going got tough, she stayed in the fight, learned how to hold her own against demons, and emerged a woman stronger than ever. Gabe's reluctance to involve Tegan in demon fights is understandable, but it's nothing compared to the awe and admiration that shines through the pages when he sees her hold her own. His world doesn't frighten her. His purpose in life doesn't chase her away. And I applaud him for accepting her acceptance of what he does. Ms. Kessler has written a spectacular supernatural novel that drags the reader into a world that exists but many are unaware of while maintaining a firm grasp on the reason for Tegan and Gabe's hunt. The twists and turns throughout the story are as intriguing as their relationship, and everything comes together to create an ending that befits this slayer and his sensei.
4.5 Stars – A fast-paced, suspenseful, emotion-packed ride! Tegan Ashton suffered an attack four years ago and her assailant has never been found. She has tried to rebuild her life, learning martial arts and self-defense skills to be able to protect herself, even opening her own dojo, but her emotional scars have never healed. After spotting her attacker while watching the beach on a local motel’s webcam, she decides to hire a PI to help her find him and help bring closure to her attack. Gabriel V.H. Smith, Licensed PI and paranormal investigator, is not your average private investigator – because of his Van Helsing (V.H.) bloodline, he is also a Demon Slayer. Gabe is also haunted by tragic events of his past, having witnessed everyone that he has cared about fall victims to the demons that he hunts. When Tegan hires Gabe to help her find her attacker, he immediately recognizes that the scar she has is actually from a demon bite, and he knows he has to help her. He also can’t help the attraction that he feels for her, which only grows as he gets to know her and sees her inner strength. “He’d never met a woman like Tegan Ashton. She had moxie. She also had lips that drove him to distraction, not to mention those dark-brown eyes shadowed with wounds no one should have to carry, and so much fight and courage that it twisted his gut.” But he knows he cannot risk caring for Tegan since history has proven that if he does, it will only result in her getting hurt. Although she too feels the attraction toward Gabe, she is still too emotionally scarred to act on it. The more time she spends with Gabe though, the more he helps her begin to heal. “You told me you weren’t a victim… Don’t let that attack hold you back from living.” When the history of Tegan’s own bloodline is brought to light, Gabe and Tegan must work together to unravel the mysteries and stop the demon who has targeted Tegan, all while trying to manage the attraction that is growing between them. I really enjoyed this story and the lore that surrounded the demons. With so many books being written about vampires and shifters (which I do love!), it was refreshing to read a story with a different paranormal creature in the starring role – especially one that was the bad guy and really had no redeeming qualities! Tegan was totally kick-ass, using all her martial arts skills to be able to fight side by side with Gabe. I loved watching her begin the emotional healing process throughout the story, drawing on the strength and support from Gabe, but also finding her inner strength. Gabe was such an alpha-male, but when it comes to Tegan he is so supportive and caring. He has his own emotional demons to slay, and I found it refreshing that he put his emotions out there for Tegan and didn’t keep them bottled up or try to protect her. I also loved Tegan’s father – although he didn’t have a huge role in the story, his character was integral to the plot and he was quite colorful. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast-paced, suspenseful story with some heat and romance. Kudos to Lisa Kessler for creating such a great story that takes you along for a fast-paced, suspenseful, emotion-packed ride! I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A deliciously dark little stand alone novella from Lisa which I absolutely loved! I'd love to read more set in this world. Tegan survived a brutal attack which has haunted her ever since, she has learned to keep quiet about her experience as she knows telling the truth just makes her look insane. However, when her attacker resurfaces she knows she will need help to get to the bottom of what is going on once and for all. Hiring Gabe seems like the perfect solution, his advert says he is a Private Investigator who specializes in the paranormal, she doesn't have anything to lose. Gabe uses his day job as a PI to build contacts and leads to aid him in his destiny as a Demon Slayer. Working closely together proves to be a test of wills, we have two very stubborn personalities and as they get to know one each other the sparks really begin to fly. The case proves to have a little more to it than they initially thought and they get further pulled into a world where prophecies exist, myths have basis in facts and family bloodlines have great importance. It's hard to say which part I enjoyed more - the mythology or the characters themselves. The origins of the Demons and slayers was fascinating and the emotion and tension between Tegan and Gabe was palpable and I was firmly in their corner. This was a thoroughly enjoyable tale that I could re-read time and time again!
Reading by the Book Arc review done by Tanisha Harris Talk about gripping from start to finish. Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler covers a lot of ground. First there is a crime being witnessed via webcam that turns out to be a deadly realization for Tegan Ashton. She sees the man or thing that had attacked her in her past. When she calls about to alert the authorities, they go to investigate and come up with nothing. The body has vanished. Fearing for her sanity she enlists the help of a private investigator who is more than. Soon she finds herself fighting demons, yes real live demons and even befriending a few. What starts out as a coincidence quickly turns into an ages long fight between good and evil that has Tegan smack dab in the middle. Can her P.I. in the form of Gabe Smith help her slay dragons and keep the world order in tact? Only time will tell but they must act fast. This book was a supernatural joyride. The characters had their personalities and either you loved them or hated them. Tegan was bull-headed and continually rushing into danger and Gabe was performing his birthright task of ridding the world of demons. Alliances and double crosses makes this novel a hit. 4.5 stars goes to Beg Me to Slay.
A few months back I had received an ARC of Lisa Kessler's Moonlight, and ever since I will read anything she puts out. Lisa and author RL Mathewson are the whole reason I now read books in the paranormal genre. Needless to say when I was offered an ARC of Beg Me To Slay, I jumped at the chance. I love, love, love the fact that she writes strong heroines. Most romances, whether contemporary, paranormal, whatever, have whiny weak heroines. It's so nice to read something different. Yes, Tegan has issues, but she doesn't sit around crying. I loved that she refused to be a victim, but also was smart enough to look for help when she needed it. I loved that she wasn't content to sit around while someone else fought her battles, she joined right in. Tegan, while at college, was attacked one night after meeting someone in a bar. She barely escaped, but when she did she was left with one physical scar and many emotional scars. She decided to not be a victim ever again, and became a black belt. She's turned that into a business and opened a dojo, but also does some at home data entry to help pay the bills. While working one night, she witnesses an attack on a web cam of her favorite beach. She recognizes the attacker. Gabe, a P.I., who also specializes in paranormal investigation, meets with a possible new client (Tegan), and immediately recognizes the physical scar she bares from the attack. He, unlike the police, believe her. He realizes she's in danger, and as a slayer, it's his job to protect her.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews The book description really does sum Beg Me to Slay up nicely. This was my first Lisa Kessler book and I was NOT disappointed. It's taken me a long time to embrace paranormal books because I have to suspend my reality. Everything about this book was believable. Lisa has managed to give you characters that you can visualize and a storyline that could be real. Beg Me to Slay gives you romance, suspense, and a kick-ass hero and heroine, who refuses to be a victim any longer. Gabe and Tegan meet each other through a mixture of fate and destiny. What transpires between these two is simply magical. Four years ago while living in Los Angeles, Tegan Ashton was attacked by a Hingo Demon and managed to survive. Now living in San Diego, she catches a glimpse of her attacker on a webcam burying a body. When the police refuse to believe her or help, she turns to the one person who she hopes will do both, Gabriel V.H. Smith a private investigator and demon slayer. With the Hingo demon sending several other demons to get Gabe out of the picture, the question becomes why did Tegan survive the attack, when others don’t and what does her father’s family legacy have to do with it? Just when you think you have everything figured out and that these two are going to defeat the demons and finally find happiness, think again. One decision can lead to a tragic result but that one decision could be the one that saves the world. Beg Me to Slay will suck you in from the very beginning and will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Source: Publisher
Another home run by Lisa Kessler! I love Tegan and Gabe individually, but when you put the two of them together, WOW. They are an awesome team! I love how, when faced with her first demon, Tegan just picks up a weapon and starts kicking butt, and she wasn't afraid to remind Gabe of it every chance she got! I do have to mention there was one part in here that did have a shock factor for me, and I am usually pretty good and guessing the shock factors before they happen. I don't want to give anything away though so I guess you will just have to read it for yourself and see if you get as shocked as I did. Definitely recommend this and all Lisa's books for that matter. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A 5 STAR PANTY-MELTER! Tegan was attacked and bitten years ago. When she tried to explain to the authorities what had happened, they thought she was crazy. Tegan has relocated and tried to move on with her life pretending that everything is ok, but when she recognizes the killer of another woman on a beach near her home as her own attacker, she knew her assailant had followed her and that she had to seek help and closure. She started interviewing private investigators and just when she was fixing to give up finding anyone to believe her, she discovers Gabe, who is a PI specializing in the paranormal. But... being attracted to him wasn't part of her plan. OMG... I LOVED Gabe! He has made the best out of the rough life he has been dealt. He's SEXY, loyal, supportive-to-a-fault, mentally and physically strong and just look at his delicious abs on this book's can't-ignore cover! Gabe is an awesome tortured hero! The chemistry between Gabe and Tegan is electric. Tegan is a black belt kick-ass heroine who understandably has trouble dealing with emotional issues since her attack. I loved the world Lisa Kessler has created with demons, demon slayers, witches, and paranormal folklore. I even became quite fond of Gabe's quirky demon friend. If you enjoy a good paranormal read, pick this up! You won't be sorry! Lisa Kessler writes the BEST stories and this one is excellent! A 5 STAR PANTY-MELTER!
Superb demonic/ demon slayer paranormal adventure and romance! Oh boy, what a superb paranormal adventure this proved to be! I really shouldn’t have been surprised, though, as I’ve loved every book I’ve read by this highly talented author - and this is certainly no exception! After being attacked and bitten four years ago, Tegan Ashton just wasn’t believed when she said what happened. It has taken time, but she’s determined and resilient, taking steps to ensure she will never again be a victim by becoming an expert in martial arts and self defence. When she believes she’s seen the man who attacked her burying a young woman on a beach, again she is not believed. This time, however, she decides to pay a private detective, Gabriel Smith, to investigate. He’s not your usual PI, having a secret role of being a demon slayer. When Tegan describes what happened to her and what she’s witnessed, he knows exactly what attacked her - and how to slay it! Get ready for a superbly crafted roller coaster ride with secret family history, welsh mythology, demons, dragons and so much more packed into this enthralling adventure! The characters are well developed, easy to relate to and intriguing. Tegan is feisty, independent and has great self belief. Gabe has never met anyone like her, expecting her to hide rather than fight alongside him! Their attraction is powerful - but so is the danger. Can they survive their demonic encounters and look beyond their pasts to have any chance of a future and a HEA together? This is a fast paced thrilling read with humorous moments interspersed throughout to alleviate the tension. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys well written demonic paranormal thrillers incorporating plenty of romance and humour.
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OH WOW!!!! Two thumbs up for Lisa Kessler, and if I more then two she would get them too for Beg Me To Slay!!! BMTS, was a very exciting and passionate story. I loved it!! I loved how strong her characters were specially Tegan. For what she had gone through and then to end up a strong, but still loving woman was written very well. And Gabe well that just goes without saying with the tender and loving man he was with her.There were times in this book that I laughed, times when I got mad, and if you have read this book you know the parts that I cried with. Lisa done a great job on writing this book and bringing all of her characters to life in it!!! I am really hoping that she might find a way to make Demon Slayers a series, but if she doesn't, at lease we had the pleasure of reading this one. I always look forward to anything Lisa writes, she just brings so much to her work. Great job Lisa!!! Keep it up!!! Happy reading and writing* Teresa
Talk about two people that have baggage! Lisa Kessler created a tale, inspiring hope with a fighter’s determination to overcome the demons of the past. The message was loud and clear, round house kick that old baggage out and start living your life again! Destiny threw Tegan and Gabe together, and together they have each other’s back. The characters draw you in, the story keeps you engaged. This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down until you’re done, even at the cost of a book hangover the next morning.
First, this author is GREAT! I’ve read some things by her, and I SHOULD read them all LOL But even with a “short story” which I can’t really call a short story, but I can’t call a big novel, She still exceeds my expectations. I should know that I am always doomed for a wild ride, but sometimes I forget how fun her novels are. And this one was no exception. Enter a girl attacked, a slayer, some crazy demons, and really cute mom, and some ass-kicking, and we’re on our way to Magnificence. Tegan-like Megan but with a T- was attacked 4 years ago, and no one would believe her if she told the truth about what she was attacked by, so she has kept that little secret to herself. And she’s made herself a survivor instead of a victim. And then her attacker comes back for her. The police don’t want to help, she’s trying to keep her parents out of it, and she’s desperate, so she gooles PIs. And BOOM, enter HAWT slayer. But, that’s too far. As a character, Tegan is strong, and willful, and most importantly, a survivor. She’s had to work hard for it. And though she sometimes lets her past ruin her future, she finally let’s some of that old grudge go, and then she blossoms into a great character that I loved! Good LAWD, Gabe is something HAWT…. Like my paw’s homemade, from scratch, out of the over, home grown, pecan pie…. Like OMG. He’s the PI, who is also a slayer, who is also somewhat broken. And now, he’s hell bent on helping Tegan rid the world of this evil demon after her. He’s everything you want in a guy. He’s gorgeous, he’s kind, he’s thoughtful, he’s ass-kicking, he’s funny, and hot damn does he steam up a room. :) And he’s a good guy. First, I loved that Tegan and Gabe both fought so hard to give in to each other. I kept saying “just make out already” and still they fought with themselves. AND THEN, finally, I got a big ole “YES”, for a sweet, romantic, kiss on the cheek. Of course, it only got better after, but it made it seem a little more real. Second, I love the plot. There’s a mystery surrounding WHY the demon wants Tegan so bad, and it’ll make you a little crazy. Not because Demons are just bad guys, but this one demon, who’s attacked her already, just won’t stop. But it’s a wonderful plot, with a mystery to keep you turning the pages, and a VERY steamy romance wrapped up inside. The writing is excellent. I know it’s not huge, but it’s larger than just a short story, and it was well done. I never put it down. Everything fell into their perfect puzzle piece place. All in all, I need to get all of this authors works, and add it to my already owned. And then read them, ASAP. She’s great. I hope to see more of these characters soon. And with that, this story is summed up perfectly with a ASS KICKING, DEMON FIGHTING, SURVIVORS 5 PAWS! Yep, you should get yours hands on this one :)
Beg me to Slay is not my first book by Lisa Kessler, nor will it be my last. I loved Beg Me to Slay. This was a wonderful fun story, with a touch of witty humor and lots of action. Tegan is our heroine, and she is right from the start a tough kick assed one. 4 years ago she was attacked, and those scars remain. But Tegan spend the years making herself be able to defend herself against any kind of attack again, and she becomes a black belt. This also becomes her business running a martial arts school. She hires a private investigator, to help her find the man who attacked years before, after she saw him again from afar. Enter Gabe, the private investigator, who is also a demon slayer. He immediately recognizes the scar that Tegan has from her attack, as that of a demon. He takes her case, and is determined to stay by her side every moment to protect her. Of course, Tegan (no her name is not Megan), doesn’t believe in demons, and isn’t too thrilled with Gabe following her every move. Her comments at times are hysterical, and I thoroughly enjoyed their banter. Needless to say, it doesn’t take Tegan long to learn there really are demons in this world. But make no mistake, this is an exciting and action filled story, as Gabe and Tegan become awesome partners to find the attacker, slay demons, and try discover how to stop a demon war on the horizon. But most importantly, the romance that built between Gabe and Tegan was awesome. Both having their own issues to fight; hers getting past her attack; and his have lost his fiancée to a demon attack. It was beautiful to watch them both fall hard for each other, and try to rise above their own demons. It was an exciting story all the way through, and just when you thought it was over, another twist comes to knock you for a loop. I could not put this book down. Lisa Kessler has created a wonderful couple, who work so well as the warriors they are, not to mention how great they are together. I love the title of this book…Beg Me to Slay, but I will make a slight change. Please Lisa, I BEG YOU TO STAY with these super heroes. It would be so much fun to continue their storyline, as they battle demons together. I want more of Tegan and Gabe.
Loved this book. Very exciting ride with a new spin on Demons, Dragons and Hunters! Would recommend this book.
I recently discovered Lisa Kessler's books and have enjoyed everything that I have read so far. When I got the notification for BEG ME TO SLAY I had no doubt I would enjoy it and I wasn't disappointed. When Tegan sees her attacker on video killing another woman she calls the police. They didn't believe her so she took things into her own hands and found a private investigator. Gabe is nothing like she thought he would be and neither of them know that their fates were tied together many years ago. After Tegan survived her attack she pretty much vowed she would never be a victim again. After 4 years she is now a black belt and runs her own dojo. She knows how to protect herself and when Gabe insists on acting as her bodyguard she makes it clear to him that she can protect herself. Gabe isn't your normal PI, he also slays demons, and it doesn't hurt that he is super easy on the eyes. Both characters were pretty interesting on their own but together they really bring the story together. We find out that Tegan's family history might be the reason for her attack and her surviving all those years ago and we also watch as Gabe lets his walls downs and learns to care about someone again. The relationship is anything but smooth but watching them find themselves in each other was great. BEG ME TO SLAY was suitably fast paced and filled with action like Kessler's other books. The world has plenty of unique points and there are even some great lessons stuck between the pages. My favorite character besides the couple? Tegan's Dad! I'm glad I read this and I'm positive you will be too. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Beg Me to Slay is a wonderful well-written paranormal romance between two individuals who could easily have been broken by the supernatural forces that have invaded their lives, but who choose to fight to reclaim their lives, and along the way find a love that can triumph over any demons who try to destroy them. Tegan is a heroine I can admire. She has worked hard to put her life back together after a strange attack four years ago shattered her sense of reality and left her not only physically scarred but questioning her sanity as well. Instead of giving in to the fear that could easily have consumed and paralyzed her, Tegan refuses to be victimized ever again by earning a black belt in Karate and opening a dojo. Although she’s come a long way in healing, it isn’t until she meets PI/paranormal investigator Gabriel “Gabe” Smith that she realizes she still hasn’t been fully living her life. Their paths cross after she unexpectedly discovers that her attacker, the strange man with the glowing eyes and pointy teeth, is nearby. I like that Tegan goes on the offense by hiring Gabe to find this man before he can come after her again. Over the course of the book, she proves not only to herself but to those around her how strong she can be, and watching her face her “demons” head on is inspiring. Tegan is a real “kick ass” heroine with the skills and confidence to face the oncoming perilous situations headed her way. Gabriel is a multi-faceted character and one of the few able to get past Tegan’s emotional defenses and sometimes prickly nature with his charm and teasing personality, and he is able to bring out the playful side of Tegan that she thought long gone. It also doesn’t hurt that Gabe is easy on the eyes. This handsome demon slayer has super fighting capabilities, unusual healing abilities, and the experience to survive in the hidden world of demons living in the human realm. After Gabe takes one look at Tegan’s scar, he realizes she was bitten by a demon and, somehow, miraculously survived her attack. However, he also knows this demon will continue to search for her and is determined to protect her at all costs. He finds Tegan attractive, intriguing, and watching her in fight mode is a big turn on for him as well. However, Gabe is carrying around his own emotional baggage and experience has taught him not to get close to others or their safety will be jeopardized. Despite how cautious both he and Tegan are in guarding their hearts, the sexual tension builds between them until they can no longer resist each other, and what starts out as a business partnership gradually evolves into so much more than either ever expected. Kessler has just the right amount of sexual tension that isn’t dragged out for too long, and she writes some seductive love scenes that aren’t overly graphic. The novel’s plot is creative, well-executed, unpredictable in many of its aspects, and contains some incredible surprises. I appreciate how Kessler ties together all the story threads so effectively. Gabe and Tegan face one mounting conflict after another and the drama never stops. If you enjoy paranormal romances, I encourage you to check out Beg Me to Slay which is an engrossing read all the way to the end. I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book! I liked that Tegan even though she was a victim at one time, took control of her life so she was able to shed her victim persona. Gabe was a real take charge guy, with a dark past, that almost prevented him from moving on with his life. It was nice to see a couple work together..
I was given an ARC ebook by Entangled Publishing for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book and I hope there is a follow up to continue the story of Tegan and Gabe. Tegan is still dealing with an attack that happened 4 years ago. To make sure that she was never helpless again she threw herself into self defense and martial arts, and then opened her own dojo. Then one night she saw her attacker, leading her to seek out of P.I. to help do what the cops never could, find the man who attacked and bite her, leaving a reminder in the shape of a scar. Enter Gabe, at P.I. by day and a demon hunter by night. Of course as they work together they fight with each other, then apologize, then fight again. Both are damaged from events in their past and they both fight their growing feelings for each other. And the stress of finding the demon that is building an army to open a portal for another powerful demon to come to earth, that doesn't help. I would recommend this book. And like I mentioned before I would like to hear more of their story, even a novella would do. I will be reading more from Lisa Kessler in the future.
Tegan was attacked by a demon, but unknown to her she is one of very few who survives these attacks. She spends the few years after the attack learning and then teaching martial arts to prepare herself should she ever become attacked again. Then she spots her attacker again. Tegan goes out and hires a PI Gabe, and he seems to be the right man for the job. He also tells her about the true nature of her attack. This book follows Gabe and Tegans adventure and how they learn to eventually trust each other and fall in love. Great book full of excitement.