A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...
Wanting her was one thing. Keeping her was another...
Serenity Danssaert was already in way over her head. Not even her MI6 training or her powers as one of the seven Pleiades witches is going to save her sister. Then Alexi Jovec shows up. A secret operative working for unknown forces, he's impossibly sexy and dangerous...and the guy who bailed on Serenity after a red-hot, racy night.
So bonding to him as her destined-the One-is so very wrong.
While Alexi's need to own Serenity-body, soul, and beyond-is nearly unbearable, it's also forbidden. He's the last man who could ever be her destined. Besides, Hades's right-hand man cannot bond with a chosen Pleiades witch. He may be the one man who can protect her, but she can never be his to keep.
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His Witch to Keep
A Keepers of the Veil Novel
By Zoe Forward, Allison Collins, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Zoe Forward
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This mission needed a special forces unit. Balls, brains, and firepower. Not her. Alone.
Serenity Danssaert crept along the edge of the Boston warehouse and ducked behind a pallet of plastic-wrapped boxed goods. Thirty or more heavily armed Hispanics argued over the purchase price of a rocket-propelled grenade fifty feet away.
Tangling with cartel ranked high on her avoid list. If she had a choice, she'd abort, yet she had to get the cartel leader's laptop tonight or her sister would be killed.
What she wouldn't give to be able to cast a good spell or do a magical finger snap to resolve this mess. Why be labeled a witch if she couldn't perform basic fictional witchy skills? She had gifts, as one of the seven chosen descendants of the Pleiades goddesses, but invisibility, while useful to penetrate the perimeter, wouldn't guarantee a positive outcome tonight.
The shouting escalated. Her body tensed to sprint when the bullet showdown commenced.
An arm banded around her midsection and a hand clamped tight over her mouth.
"Don't move," ordered a gritty male voice.
She'd been invisible. How the hell had she been caught?
Anger and fear rippled through her when he dragged her deeper into the shadows. She prepared to head butt backward, but her brain recognized the eastern European accent. Anger dissolved into relief, followed swiftly by irritation. Her body cataloged the powerful contours pressed tight to her back.
He didn't try to disarm her. She didn't disrespect him by struggling and dropped her invisibility.
With a spin, he pressed her against the wall, maintaining an arm across her shoulders. His hand moved off her mouth. He put one finger against his lips.
Alexi Jovec. His green gaze seemed to glow despite the darkness shrouding them. What was the world's most elusive assassin, the Shadow, doing here?
"What is your game tonight?" he asked in a cool tone. That look on his face — dangerous yet volatile — cried out to every one of her senses. In all the years she'd known him, he'd always been in control. No unnecessary movement. Rarely did he demonstrate outward emotion. Except when naked. And, holy mother, did this man look amazing naked.
"Why are you here?" she asked as an uncomfortable heat spread through her body.
"That's my question for you." His gaze dropped to her mouth, where it settled on the small scar on her upper lip.
Her breath caught. Sensation tingled across her upper lip as if he'd touched the memento left from her long ago one-time torture session with witch hunters. Did I even mean anything to you? Memory of their one night together kept alive a tight need deep in her body, one she'd do anything to shake. And one she'd never admit to him.
Hoarsely, she whispered, "Are you stalking me for the witch hunters you now work for? Or have you been contracted by Russia to take me out again?"
She squirmed against his arm, desperate to put some air between them.
He leaned in harder. His strong thighs pressed into hers.
She wished he'd touch her the way his eyes suggested, although if he did, she'd be a goner. She screamed at herself, No. And say it again: no. This dangerous man had already exceeded her tolerance for humiliation this decade. If she could maneuver a fist free, she'd punch his nose just to hear the gratifying crunch. Then she'd grind his balls until he experienced a fraction of the heart-shattering pain he'd caused her eight months ago, when he'd abandoned her while she slept naked in his hotel room.
She tensed her leg to kick up, sensing his distraction while he listened to the argument behind him. He pinned her tighter. "I said don't move."
I hadn't yet. Adrenaline poured into her blood. Her training gave her the tools to escape him easily and inflict major hurt in the process, but discipline and control always flew out the window when she was near him. Her heart raced as her body betrayed its desire for this formidable man. She didn't know his specific preternatural capabilities. She'd watched him kill with more precision and less emotion than any human. What he did to kill the particularly evil placed him well into the not-just-a-human category.
"Please tell me what you are doing here, ragana." The Lithuanian word for witch betrayed his homeland. His gritty inflection of the foreign word turned it into an endearment. "Whatever you seek, you must acquire a different day."
He kept her trapped, reminding her of his strength. He nodded toward the escalating cartel argument. "That is about to become a bullet shitstorm."
She narrowed her eyes, refusing to answer.
He shifted, allowing her a measure of freedom, and whispered hoarsely, "Why?" He shook his head and exhaled slowly. "Why are you taking these crazy risks this week? Are you trying to get yourself killed?"
His troubled gaze tempted her to spill everything. But she wouldn't. This was her mess and she'd figure a way out of it. Reliance on another never ended well for her. The person almost always disappointed her or died. She said, "I must get this done now."
Concerned wrinkles creased his usually smooth forehead. His dark hair fell over his eyebrows, now longer than she'd ever seen it. It added a bad boy element to his deadly vibe. Between the hair and chiseled facial structure, she thought him model-worthy gorgeous, but the dark aura surrounding him and the death his presence promised overshadowed his beauty. He terrified most humans on a subconscious level. Most never attempted direct eye contact and avoided him. For her, his darkness did the opposite. It fascinated her.
He gazed deeply into her eyes as if trying to read her soul. "Does someone threaten you? Is that why you breached Belauger's Canadian compound two days ago?"
"How do you know about that?" Chills slithered down her neck and dispersed through her arms and legs. He'd stalked her. Did that signal a personal interest in her? Her mind spat out: Really? You're going to be that pitiful? He'd proved how interested he was when he used then ditched her months ago. Maybe Russia really had ordered he attempt to assassinate her again, although she doubted it. If Alexi intended to kill her, she'd already be dead. He didn't play with his prey.
"This ... whatever you're up to, is sloppy." He traced a finger across her cheek. "I can tell you're worried. Someone does threaten you. Tell me who."
Her body swayed toward him. She bit her lip against the impulse to tell him everything. That this was the second insane mission the faceless bastards pulling her strings had demanded she perform this week based on facts that were more than a few thousand miles off the mark. That they'd set her up for death, or at least major hurt, both times. Tonight she'd been led to expect her target would be alone, or perhaps with one or two bodyguards. All she was supposed to do was create a distraction for a few night guards, grab his computer, and leave. For an ex-MI6 operative it was so simple.
You don't trust him. She shook off whatever magic he wove, disgusted by her susceptibility to him. And glared a bitter go to hell.
Evidence he was just as affected as she by their close proximity in this whacked situation pressed tight to her abdomen. With a mental head shake, she threw off the distraction and struggled.
Bullets hit the wall above them, causing them both to duck. She twisted out of his distracted grasp. He caught her wrist and spun her face-first into the wall. She needed to go in now. A push against him seeking escape failed.
He leaned in close to speak into her ear over the gunfire. "Even if you go invisible, bullets can still kill you."
Unease permeated her brain at the echo of her own assessment. "Please, Alexi. I've got to do this."
"This is not worth death."
Her sister's life? Hell yeah, it was.
"Let. Me. Go." She struggled for freedom, managing to stomp his left foot, not that it affected him. Damn those steel-toed boots he loved. He grunted when she butt-slammed against his erection, but he didn't release her.
She had seconds before the shooting ended and her target left or died.
Alexi wrapped one arm around her front while keeping the other firmly around her wrists. He spun her and pulled her tight against his hard chest, which wasn't hard from Kevlar. He was 100 percent sculpted male. Mere millimeters of fabric separated their skin. She wondered if he bench-pressed in his spare time. He zip-tied her wrists behind her back and removed her gun.
Shock froze her. Fury bubbled from deep in her gut. "I can't ... flash out of here, not with my hands like this."
"I don't want you disappearing again, or shifting away to your alternate dimension, my little hopper, at least not until I retrieve that which you feel is worth your life. Then, you will owe me." He smiled wolfishly.
"I'm not asking you to do this. I'm perfectly capable —"
He clucked, implying she had no say in what happened. She hated that. He asked, "What's your mark?"
He had her cornered and he knew it.
She couldn't get out of the zip tie fast enough to make it into the fray. She had to bargain with him. "If you do this, what's your price?"
"We'll discuss it later. There's no time now. What do you seek to acquire?"
"Colombian cartel leader's laptop. Name is Munoz." She gestured toward the mayhem with her chin. "He's the guy who's —"
"I know who he is." Alexi pushed her to her knees near the wall.
He knelt in front of her and gently cradled her chin to force eye contact. "Stay here. I'll get the computer. You're going to try to get free and run out there. But, if you do, you will get shot."
He blew out a ragged sigh and cast a gaze behind him into the shooting. His tortured gaze returned to hers. "I can't watch you die tonight. I don't understand what's driving you to do this, but I need for you to stay here and be invisible."
He traced the scar on her lip with his thumb. Abruptly, he stood. A few steps away he glanced back, his face etched with unease. He mouthed, Stay. And then he disappeared.
She made herself invisible. From her kneel she squinted toward the lighted area of the warehouse, desperate to make out details and track him. Box towers blocked most of her view. This was her job, not his. He had no right to risk his life. She bit her lip, worried for a brief moment he'd get shot. And, if he accomplished this, then he'd ask a hefty price in exchange for the merchandise, one she wasn't certain she wished to pay.
If he accomplished this? Of course he'd succeed. He also wouldn't get shot. Alexi was superhuman. That made him a feared covert operative, although none of their cohorts knew about his preternatural gifts, or hers. He was the most successful operative she'd ever gone up against. Last year she'd been assigned to kill him. He'd apparently been commissioned by Russia to kill her, but instead he'd calmly informed her it wasn't her time to die. He had arrogantly assumed she couldn't kill him, and he'd been right. She'd ended up having the most extraordinary night of her life. Until he'd slipped away without a word or a note.
She tried to stand but realized Alexi had zip-tied her ankles as well. She shook her head with reluctant admiration. The guy was good. He must've tied her ankles at super speed. She resumed her kneel. If she could just reach her ankle, she'd retrieve the knife she'd hidden for this kind of restraint. After an uncomfortable Twister game move, she palmed the blade. She worked the knife between the tie around her ankles and popped it off. Then she started sawing behind her back on the one binding her wrists.
Before she cut free, he returned. The pop-pop of gunfire and the sounds of physical fighting echoed behind him but slowly diminished. He casually laid the miniature laptop on a box too high for her to reach, a subtle jab at her five foot five versus his six feet.
Long ago she'd discovered he could see through her invisibility. She stood and became visible. She eyed the computer while working the blade against the wrist zip tie, nicking herself a few times in the process. "What do you want in exchange for that?"
He stepped close. Only a foot of air separated them. He didn't answer but turned to glance behind him. "They're all leaving. It will be over soon."
"What do you want for that?" She nodded toward the laptop.
He gazed at her as if his request didn't come easily. "I would like the answer to one question."
She resisted her instinct to back up. "Okay," she replied warily. "Just one."
He traced a solitary finger along her jaw, then down her neck to her collar. His finger dropped away, but he didn't back off. She couldn't breathe. All coherent thought drifted away, leaving her victim to a white-hot need for this man. She wanted him surrounding her. Inside her. Against this wall. On the boxes. Hell, it didn't matter where. Just that it happened now. What is wrong with you? Wrong time. Wrong place. Snap out of it.
He said, "I suspect you won't tell me why you need that laptop. So, my little Greek goddess descendant, tell me if you have a Sentry druid you're bonded to yet. I know each of you witches usually has one within their ranks."
"What?" She halted the knife work at her wrists and forced her eyes off the temptation of his lips. His question slowly replayed in her mind.
He raised his eyebrows in unspoken demand for an answer.
She couldn't comprehend why he'd care. She'd expected him to ask for the why of her actions this week. He was right, she would've evaded. But this? How did he know each of the seven Pleiades women had one destined man chosen by the Greek gods from the ranks of their bodyguards? And better yet, why did he want to know this? He could bargain for something bigger, like a favor ... or her in bed.
Get your head out of the gutter. He'd proved he wasn't looking for more of that from her when he'd ditched her. She asked, "Is that the price tag?"
"Yes." Something primal and possessive flashed in his eyes. That instantaneous flare was so intense it shot heat straight to her center and ignited a buzzing in her ears.
Her mind scrolled images of the Sentry men, each powerful and handsome. Her mental page turning paused on Eli Morgan — not that they had anything actively sexual in their relationship, but she trusted him. She'd considered confiding in Eli about this mess. She replied, "No. There's no druid."
His eyes narrowed. "But there is one that interests you."
"Jealous?" She bit her lip against a smile. The infamous Shadow was not the cold psychopath many believed.
His gaze slid to her lips. "Did he make you scream your pleasure like you did for me?"
A final cut popped the zip tie around her wrists. She stepped into him and pressed her knife against his dark shirt, targeting the vulnerable area near his belly button. She glanced upward and grinned, enjoying his surprise. "Was I the last woman to drive you to your knees with desire? Can't stand not knowing if it was the same for me?"
Memory of her mouth on him and of him crying out her name skittered through her mind. She shoved her body's wicked desire into a dark corner of her brain.
"You think I can't disarm you of that toy?" Humor swirled in that statement, but respect reflected in his gaze.
His head moved toward hers. Her body screamed hallelujah at the possibility of him taking this to the next level. He whispered near her ear, "Will you come away with me tonight?"
The question dripped with suggestion.
Images of the last time he'd whispered that, of when she'd accepted, slideshowed angles of his sculpted naked perfection in her mind. Her body voted a resounding hell yes. Her brain spat out, absolutely not. She shook her head and dropped the knife away from his abdomen. She wouldn't hurt him. But she refused to give in again to this insane reaction her body reserved for him.
He kissed the arch of her ear. A shiver shot through her shoulders. He whispered, "When you are in over your head, contact me. If you get hurt before you phone me ... I won't like that."
He fingered a strand of her hair that must've escaped the ball cap. A deep chuckle echoed in her ear. That rich low sound cramped her belly with longing. She bet her natural red peeked through on the strand he chose. No matter how often she dyed her hair the darkest black, the natural red shed the color within weeks, sometimes days. That night when they were together she'd let that little factoid slip out.
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A sizzling paranormal romance with an imaginative storyline! "You don't have any weaknesses." "I have one." He glanced at her. HIS WITCH TO KEEP by Zoe Forward is a bewitchingly hot second installment in the author's Keepers of the Veil series. I've always enjoyed stories that incorporate Greek mythology. Add in witches and I'm more than hooked! This is the story of former MI6 agent and Pleiades witch, Serenity Danssaert, and death reaper and demigod descendant, Alexi Jovec. Both the hero and heroine were introduced in the previous book and I've been looking forward to reading their story ever since I read this series' thrilling debut novel, PROTECTING HIS WITCH. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed in the least. This book could be enjoyed as a standalone, but your enjoyment of HIS WITCH TO KEEP will be exponentially increased if you read this series in order. I loved both of these characters! Both were strong-willed and excellent espionage agents. Trust was not something that either rendered easily. Their relationship was a fireworks show many times over. They have a long history. From the moment Alexi had laid his eyes upon Serenity, he'd been mesmerized. As a death reaper, he was not privileged to have a mate. His existence was grim beyond words delivering souls to Hades at the god's whim; Serenity was the only bright spot in his world. He knew he could never have her, but he still vowed to protect her. However, now Serenity is not being herself. She's taking dangerous risks and Alexi needs to know why. Serenity never wanted the responsibility of being a Pleiades witch nor has she ever been close to her sister. But her sister is the only family Serenity has left and now she's been kidnapped. Her sister's captors are calling the show. They are making insane demands of Serenity that are putting Serenity's life on the line. If it wasn't for Alexi stepping in, she'd already be dead. Her sister's captors have forbidden Serenity enlisting anyone's help, but even Serenity admits that she's in over her head. If she dies, her sister will take her place as one of the seven Pleides. If both sisters die without giving birth to a female heir, their line will cease to exist which guarantees dire consequences for civilization. This was a fast-paced, sexy tale teeming with humor, sizzling romance, mystery and suspense. The action sequences will keep you on the edge of your seat. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
His Witch to Keep by Zoe Forward is the 2nd book in her Keeper of the Veil series. I enjoyed the first book in this series, and couldn’t wait to read this one. I am happy to say that Zoe Forward gives us another fun, sexy and exciting book in His Witch to Keep. Though the theme resolves around the seven Pleiades witches, it reads very well as a standalone, but I do suggest you read the first book in this series. Serenity Danssaert is our heroine in this book, and she is the toughest of the seven witches. Serenity has M16 training, and works undercover on some missions, not to mention has her own witch powers. Alexi Jovec seems to always be there to protect Serenity when she is in a bad spot, and the chemistry between them is hot as hell. Funny, since he works for Hades. :) Alexi also has his own powers, as he works for a god. Alexi and Serenity cannot resist each other, but both know any kind of long term relationship is forbidden. Serenity’s sister is kidnapped, and she is forced to help those who have her sister with certain jobs. It is during these jobs, that Alexi comes to her rescue, and at the same time they must find out who is trying to kill Serenity. Rather than give too much away, I will just say that this was an exciting story that was a fun read. I really enjoyed this book, and loved Serenity and Alexi together; their sex scenes were sizzling. I also enjoyed seeing the other witches together, as they try to help Serenity. So many more stories we can look forward to. Zoe Forward does an excellent job in keeping us on the edge of our seat with many twists, not to mention worrying about our couple, and if they would find a way to stay together. His Witch to Keep was a fast and fun read, which I suggest you don’t miss.
Two assassins going head-to-head and into bed? Yes, please! His Witch to Keep has the perfect combination of danger, intrigue, and a bit of magic. As one of the seven Pleiades witches, Serenity is being forced into risking her life to save her kidnapped sister. And who should show up but the very man assigned to kill her? But Alexi isn’t everything he seems. He’s a death reaper, commanded by Hades himself to go after the most wicked and evil mortals on earth. From page two, I was drawn to this hero and couldn’t put the book down. The sexual tension between him and Serenity is off the charts and two characters with such stubborn tendencies and skills to kill, they absolutely explode on the page whenever they’re the same room together. Zoe Forward’s writing pulls the reader in and refuses to let go. Very compelling, definitely sexy, and addictive. This second book in the series lives up to the first and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. 5 stars.
Definitely different, enthralling paranormal tale! Rating: 4.5/5 This is not a straightforward paranormal romance, it is so much more! It is a terrorist tale involving Pleiad witches, their protectors, MI6 and, of course, those terrorists they’re endeavouring to counteract and capture, a riveting romance and action packed page turner. There is a glossary at the start of the novel, explaining many of the terms used throughout the story. Serenity is one of the seven Pleiad witches, she’s feisty, independent, an ex MI6 operative and she’s currently trying to save her sister, Liz, from the terrorists who have kidnapped her. She’s been told to tell no one but is repeatedly saved by Alexi Jovec, a death reaper who releases the souls of evil humans for his boss, the god Hades, to collect. He and Serenity have history but both know despite their mutual attraction that the gods from whom they are both descendants have never had a couple like them as destined mates, indeed reapers don’t marry or have children whilst it is essential for Pleiad witches to have a least two daughters. Fighting their attraction, however needs to take a back seat as the two strive to save Liz – and keep themselves alive. The story is full of mythological interactions, dramatic twists and turns, double dealing, difficulties knowing just who to trust and a potentially fatal betrayal. The characters are well portrayed and the story fast paced with many revelations along the way. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys their romance tempered by the hands of mythological gods and goddesses, terrorists and true love. Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Serenity had to get a Columbia Cartel leader’s - Munoy- laptop that night or Serenity’s sister will be killed. Serenity had some abilities such as invisibility as she was one of the chosen 7 Pleiades Witches. Then Alexi shows up and pulls her farther into the shadows where Serenity had been watching the thirty Hispanics fight over the price of a rocket propelled grenade. Alexi was the world’s Most elusive assassin- The Shadow. Alexi was now believed to work for the witch hunters.He had already been contracted once by Russia to kill Serenity.Maybe he was here yet again for the same reason. But in reality Alexi worked for Hades- who was a God- and was a death reaper. Alexi was to go after the most wicked and evil mortals. Serenity had a scar on her lip from her one time torture session with witch hunters. Eight months ago Serenity and Alexi had a passion filled night but Alexi left while Serenity was asleep in his hotel room. Serenity now tried to hide her deep need for Alexi. Alexi is Hades right hand man and can’t bind with a chosen Pleiades witch. Alexi has been watching over Serenity for years. Alexi did get the laptop for Serenity and in payment all he wanted to know if Serenity had bonded with one of Zues’s guardsmen which she had not. Alexi and Serenity fight their feelings. Alexi and Serenity work hard to unravel the mystery so Serenity’s sister can be saved. I liked this story alot to it: fast paced, good plot action, mystery, romance, fantasy, a god, death reaper, witches, danger and so much more. I liked the twists in this story especially the ones Serenity and Alexi went through. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
This is the second book in the series and I have already bought the third. I don't know how many are going to be, but if they keep getting better with each book, then keep 'em coming.
So far my absolute favorite of the series! I have read this book three times since I got it. I ADORE the relationship and the byplay between Serenity and Alex. The cuteness, the teasing, the trust, the absolute certainty that when one is in need the other is there. Neither of them ever had that with anyone else; not growing up or as they worked in their respective spy careers. And definitely never as descendants of Greek deities in a modern world that no longer believes and simply cannot comprehend the abilities they have been blessed (or cursed) with. Even their family can never understand what they, as the eldest in their respective lines, are tasked with. No one else is capable of seeing them in the same light as they see the other and that is the basis of everything between them. They both have come to realize that with the other, and only them out of all the people in this or that reality, can they truly be themselves. Truly be free to let down their guard and just be. Eventually they realize how truly blessed they are to have found that someone and that fighting for what you want and the love you actually do deserve is worth taking all the chances you have!
Enjoyed the story. Nice series. Looking forward to the next one.
His Witch to Keep is the second book in Zoe Forward's Keepers of the Veil series, however, it works well as a standalone. The author does a great job of giving important details of events that occurred previously in her supernatural world and they are interspersed in the narrative instead of being one giant recap. Serenity and Alexi are a hot couple with a bond that neither can deny...literally. They have an accidental paranormal bonding that keeps them connected with each other even though they should not be mates. Alexi's attraction to Serenity began long before their one night stand and he has been following and protecting her ever since, making this a heart-wrenching tale of unrequited love. There are some very sexy love scenes when these two do get together again. The pacing of this book is nice. The story develops at points that make you want to read more and more, action-packed start to strong satisfying finish. Cons: This was my first book from the series and it is a bit of a whirlwind genre mash-up for me. Paranormal, rooted in Greek mythology, with a suspense storyline and a major amount of espionage. Serenity is a Pleiadian witch who is supposed to bond with a Druid Sentry to give birth to a Death Reaper, but she used to work for MI-6 and is taking on freelance jobs to save her sister who was kidnapped so that the bad guys could get to Serenity. Alexi is an assassin that works for Hades and takes a vow to protect her when he realizes what she is. Yet they are both technically human. Despite the heavy supernatural details, there are more gunfights and torture scenes than displays of actual power. For me, the effort to keep up distracted from the main plot. I would recommend this book to those who really like to follow a complicated storyline. While I liked it, it is not a quick, leisurely read. 3 ½ Stars
I did not get to read the first book in this series before I read this one, but I can say that I was not lost in this one. Zoe Forward does a great job of making this a stand alone. I thought that this one was very good. Lots of suspense and pretty fast paced. Kept you engrossed in the story and wanting to know what was going to happen. When we first meet Serenity, she is in the middle of trying to save her sister. We soon find out that she is in a bit over her head and needs help. Although Serenity's character is very strong and independent, she just needs a little extra help to get out of the situation she has gotten herself into. When Alexi comes along, one of her old one night stands, Serenity does not want anything to do with him at first. The banter between these two was pretty funny through the story. I like that Serenity sort of played hard to get with Alexi this time. With Serenity being a witch and Alexi being on Hades's team, will these two be able to overcome the odds that they are not supposed to be together and find true love? This one had some steamy romance in it as well. The mixture of romance, suspense, supernatural aspects and action all came together to make this a great read. I can't wait for more in this series.