A descendant of the accursed Nephilim, Zeke Reece prowls San Francisco by night, keeping the city free from paranormal phenomena. But even he is no match for whatever malevolent force is behind a recent rash of murder-suicides. And when a beautiful tenacious reporter becomes the next target, Zeke has no choice but to stay close to her, until he can find the evil spirit and cross it over.
The closer Kendall gets to the truth, the more danger she's in. Fortunately, a sexy and mysterious masked stranger keeps swooping in to the rescue. Kendall's life depends on finding who or what is responsible for the killings, before it finds her.
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"I can't believe it..."
"There was so much blood."
Fragments of conversation hit Kendall Glynn from all sides, but the words were no more than an irrelevant buzzing in her brain. She was just as oblivious to the emergency vehicles scattered outside San Francisco's top-rated KPOW TV station. Some of her colleagues were crying, while others spoke to police. The sea of people behind the yellow crime-scene tape all looked the sameeager spectators hoping for a glimpse of more blood, more madness.
She'd had enough of both to last a lifetime.
"Miss? Have you been treated?"
Kendall's zombielike shuffling halted at the deep melodic voice close to her, and she turned to discover an EMT had appeared at her side. For a long moment she stared at him while his words slipped across the frozen surface of her mind without leaving a mark.
"I'm not hurt." Her voice came from far off, unrecognizable and rough around the edges. Which made sense. The last time she'd used it had been to scream.
"You might not be hurt, but you are in shock." Somehow she was moving again, heading for the back of an empty ambulance. It wasn't until he helped her into it that she realized he'd pulled her along like a lost two-year-old. "I'm going to check you out, okay?"
"This blood, it's not mine." Amazing, how calm she sounded.
"I understand." After settling her on the side of a gurney, the paramedic lifted her chin with a gloved hand and flashed a penlight across her eyes. "You've got lovely eyes, just like emeralds. Do you have a name?"
"My name is Zeke Reece. I'm going to take your vitals now, okay, Kendall?"
"I'm not hurt." He had to understand she wasn't the one who needed his attention. "The others, Dave Beamer and Jane Walters, they're the ones who..." Oh, God.
"They're being taken care of." A blood-pressure cuff slipped over her arm. Began to squeeze. "You were close to them when it went down, right? Can you tell me what happened?"
"I don't know." Confused, she shook her head. "One second Dave was doing his jobsmiling into the camera and reading the copy I wrote about a couple of murder-suicides. It was my first lead story."
"Maybe he didn't like how I wrote it." She couldn't seem to stop shaking her head. "The next thing I knew, Dave was choking our anchorwoman so hard I thought he'd snapped her neck, before he took his pen and..."
"Easy." Zeke moved to sit beside her and pushed her head between her knees. "You're not allowed to go that white, Kendall. Makes me think you're going to faint."
"I don't know what happened," she said again, closing her eyes and willing the queasiness to pass. "Everyone was screaming. It wasn't until I got close to Dave that I realized he was yelling the loudest. It's like he was possessed, jamming his pen into his own neck while he screamed for someone to stop him. I jumped on top of him, but..." She gulped in air until the ringing in her ears went away. "I think he's dead. I think Dave is dead." She trembled on the verge of admitting she'd seen the essence of Dave's life drain away, just as she'd witnessed her grandfather's life essence drift from his body in the hospital when she was a child. She'd told her mother about it, and had been reprimanded for letting her imagination run away with her like crazy Aunt Maggie, a woman who read palms and talked to spirits for a living. But deep down Kendall had always suspected what she'd seen that day was real, and Aunt Maggie probably wasn't as crazy as her family claimed.
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A satisfying mix of urban fantasy and superhero action! From the cover alone, I was already expecting a storyline featuring angels, or nephilims at least. Truth be told, I was expecting that the story would simply contribute to the bandwagon of prevailing stories about nephilims. Well, I'm pretty psyched that I was proven wrong. Let's just say that the male lead character, Zeke Reece, is a man of contradiction. He's not really an angel, but he's not really a man either. He plays hero but he's got a personal interest in why he's doing it, so he's not exactly as selfless as most heroes are. Then there's the female lead, the stubborn journalist Kendall Glynn. I love the fact that even though she could be rattled and scared at one instance, she still stands back up and continue whatever it is that she does best: to investigate. I love strong female heroines who are not easily scared and Kendall is definitely one. Together, they work to uncover the mystery of the series of random deaths which are actually interconnected with one another. They both have their own agenda in wanting to uncover the culprit behind the deaths, but then again, two heads are better than one. Also, it doesn't hurt that they're attracted to each other. Oh, I also love the bit where Kendall was falling for two different sides of one man. It was definitely a nice touch. Although it's not exactly original but this book kinda made it worth my while to read about it. What else? Ah, yes! Probably the best thing about this book is the fact that it combines a hero and an angel in the male lead. I mean, aside from being an eye-candy, Zeke Reece is the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength. He's different, and he knows it. It sets him apart from humanity, but it doesn't really bring a superiority complex. In fact, it makes him feel alienated, but instead of being bitter about it, he even becomes a hero. Like I said, a man of contradictions. For fans of paranormal romances who are looking for something different, I highly recommend this one! It does not feature the usual slew of paranormal critters, but has just enough paranormal background to make you want to stay and read.
Who was that masked man? Why is investigative reporter Kendall Glynn seeing him since witnessing a TV anchorman attack his co-worker and then kill himself LIVE, on camera? Kendall's natural instincts to help, allow her to meet hot paramedic Zeke Reece. He has gotten under her skin for sure. Her natural instincts to sniff out a good story put her in the crosshairs of evil. She is rescued by a dark masked man with superhuman powers. The closer she gets to the answer, the more danger she is in, the more rescuing she needs. Not only does this masked stranger make her heart flutter, but he flies! Two guys, one Kendall, both are making her heart, imagination and body crazy, until the kiss...Could Zeke and her masked hero be the same man? The kiss tells all. Zeke is nephilim, part human, part angel, hiding out from the wrath of Heaven, all while doing his part to keep humans safe from evil. Kendall is strong, yet vulnerable. Zeke is definitely 'knight in shining armor' material...a little damaged, alone, and completely taken with Kendall. Both the characters and plot were reader friendly! The dialogue between the two of them was believable, the attraction, hot, but not too hot to handle! Seriously, hot guy with wings...what's not to like? A great read when you're looking for a little romance and a little adventure! This copy was supplied by NetGalley and Carina Press in exchange for an honest review!