She excels as an assassin. Will she fail at love?
Vampires are real, existing alongside regular humans as a secret subspecies. The malevolent of their kind exploit their powers and immortality at the expense of their human counterparts. The Organization, a league of benevolent vampires headed up by the anonymous Mr. X, works covertly to keep this threat in check. Amber Ridley is the company's top agent, unique to the team as the only human working alongside her vampire allies. She is an ‘Impervious', a rare human with powers that can be used against the malevolent.
When Amber's latest mission takes her back to the UK to work with her close companion Valentino, she meets his old colleague Hayden Knight. Hayden is infamous to Amber as the man who betrayed their organization and abandoned her friend Valentino in the past. She dislikes Hayden instantly, and his arrogant, cold demeanor does nothing to aid this.
Amber and Hayden are forced to work together on The Organization's most important mission to date, and they must put aside their differences to take down the menace that threatens the very existence of their group. Amber must put her trust in Hayden, but is she impervious to love?
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A loud crack pierced the moonlit darkness of the trees. Amber peered out from the large fir she was crouching behind. She couldn’t see Victoria through the cover of darkness, but she could sense exactly where she was. Amber lifted her hand and gestured toward the noise, indicating for Victoria to proceed with the plan.
Amber closed her eyes. She felt Victoria’s presence move away, closer to the target. Louder and louder noises emanated through the wilderness from that same direction. The target was clearly distracted by his human prey and unaware that they were closing in on him. Amber took the opportunity to stealthily rise and creep closer herself. She could sense that he would soon be in her line of vision.
Then there he was, in a small clearing among the firs. He crouched over the limp form of his victim, snarling as he took his fill of blood. Amber darted her gaze over the clearing to where Victoria was hiding in the darkness. Their eyes met, and Amber nodded almost imperceptibly.
Victoria leaped toward the man. As she flew through the air she snarled, revealing her extended razor-sharp canine teeth. He snapped up his head from his distraction, blood smearing his face and dripping from his own pointed eyeteeth. However, his reaction had come too late. Victoria slammed into him, knocking him off the body and rolling him farther into the clearing. She pinned him to the ground and slammed her fist so hard into his face that the impact drove his head into the earth below. He was strong from his feed, however, and his sharp reflexes kicked in. He flung the bottom half of his body upward in a forceful jab, sending Victoria over the top of his head, where she tumbled over the forest floor and landed lightly on her feet. She circled him as he rose to standing and the two of them faced off a few yards apart.
Victoria smiled, tossing her long blonde hair over her shoulder. She lifted her hand, turned her palm upward and brought her fingers toward herself in an invitation to the fight. Her insolent gesture had the desired effect. He growled, and in a blind rage ran in her direction. She had already pulled back her arm and, as he reached her, she smashed her fist into his face, sending him hurtling away toward the tree line, where he crashed into a thick trunk, cracking it in the process. Within a split second Victoria was upon him, pinning him in place. She glanced over at Amber, who was still hidden a few feet away, and nodded.
Amber was by Victoria’s side quickly, even though, unlike her partner, she wasn’t capable of vampire speed. The man’s black, dead-looking eyes met hers, and registered her human form. A sneer appeared on his face as he started to thrash in an attempt to escape Victoria’s grip and get at Amber. Before he could gain any purchase, Amber closed in, grabbing hold of the man’s head. He screamed in agony, and Victoria stepped away while Amber did her work.
A few seconds later, silence fell. Moonlight shone on the fir-lined clearing, devoid of any presence except a mound of ash sitting beside a cracked tree trunk.
Amber leaned against the doorframe of Victoria’s bedroom, watching her partner pack her suitcase.
Victoria gestured toward her. “Pass me that wash bag, will you?”
Amber tossed it over, and Victoria caught it deftly in one hand before depositing it on top of the clothes in the suitcase.
Amber lifted her hands and started scraping her jet-black hair into a ponytail. “Got everything?”
Victoria stood back, surveying the room with her hands on her hips. “Yeah, I reckon so.” She glanced toward Amber. “Going on your run?”
Amber nodded before grabbing the doorframe with one hand to steady herself while she lifted her leg in a quads stretch. “I’m going to try to beat my personal best for twenty-six miles.”
Victoria zipped her bag. “Aiming for two hours then?”
Amber lifted her other leg. “Yep.”
Victoria smiled. “A snail’s pace.”
Amber laughed. “Yeah… Well, it’s fast for a human.”
Victoria went to the bedroom window and took in the view over the parks and the river from their elevated vantage point at the edge of downtown. “See ya, Calgary. It’s been a blast.”
She turned back toward Amber. “So, I’ll be gone when you get back.”
Amber nodded. “Where to now? Back to Australia?”
“Nope.” Victoria shook her head. “South America. What about you? Heard anything yet?”
“No,” Amber said. “I think they’ll call later today after I’ve finished my training. I’m going to the gym this afternoon then I’ve got a combat class, so I guess it’ll be evening before I hear.”
“Cool,” Victoria said. “Hope it’s somewhere awesome.”
Amber smiled at her. “Okay. Well… Have a safe trip.” She came toward Victoria and held out her hand.
Victoria took her hand in a shake. “Great working with you. Hopefully we’ll be paired again sometime.”