Never take Fate along on a date. The kiss goodnight could be deadly.
Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humour.
Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.
Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction. Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.
This exclusive excerpt was chosen by the author and happens to be a favourite scene of mine.
Hugh drove Tess’s Beemer through the streets of Los Angeles, speeding through yellow lights and only reluctantly stopping for red. He slammed on the breaks when a white Ferrari crossed into his lane to avoid a limousine stopped illegally in front of a club. God, he hated Sunset Boulevard on weekend nights.
Tess didn’t flinch at the sudden movement. In fact, she’d remained eerily still and quiet since he’d hijacked her car. Every attempt to engage her in conversation had met with cold, hard silence. Her head was turned to the side, relaxed against the headrest of the passenger seat, but he could hear the blood rushing through her veins. She wasn’t calm. Not by a long shot.
Since her attention stayed on the passing scenery, he snuck glances at her legs. They were tan, lean, muscular. Smooth and silky. He pictured them wrapped around his waist before forcing his eyes back to the road. His grip tightened on the steering wheel, he did multiplication problems in his head. He had to get the fuck over the desire she stirred in him and get her talking about eliminating him. That ought to cure his idiotic attraction to her.
“How about we’re honest with each other?” He tossed a sideways glance and smile her way.
“You’re an asshole,” she said without moving a muscle.
“Okay. That’s a start. You’re”—he hung on to the “rrrr”—“a bitch.”
She whipped her head in his direction and shot daggers at him, then just as quickly turned away so she looked out the passenger window again.
“I thought we were being honest,” he added.
“You know, a bitch isn’t all bad. Especially coming from a wolfen.”
“You started it, Tess. So why don’t you finish it? Come on. I know there are things going on in that head of yours. Let’s hear it. Give it to me straight.”
The road grew more congested so he made a turn down a less crowded street. They were only a couple of miles away from his hideout now. Up the canyon and they’d be there. He didn’t plan on telling anyone where he was, at least for tonight. The place was well equipped with food and necessities for occasions like this, so even if they needed to stay a few days, it wouldn’t be a problem.
He turned on the radio.
She turned off the radio. By lifting her leg and slamming the bottom of her shoe into the knob.
Yeah, that did nice things for his viewing pleasure. She wiggled, trying to get the dress to cover a little more skin. Didn’t work.
“Want to try again?” He needed confirmation she was an eliminator, and if so, who hired her and how it related to Trey’s disappearance. “I’ll start. You’re the most confusing woman I’ve ever laid eyes on.” There were a few other adjectives he could use—compelling, beautiful, impressive—but he needed to keep those to himself.
Her head rotated against the backrest in slow motion until her blue eyes rolled at him. “I’d be happy to be a part of this conversation if you’d be so kind as to take the duct tape off my wrists. It hurts like hell.”
“You know what hell feels like?” he joked.
She sighed disapprovingly. “I think I’m in it right now.”
He laughed. “So belligerent.”
“You’ve fucking kidnapped me. I think I’m entitled.”
“This isn’t a kidnapping.” Now it was his turn to roll his eyes. “More like I persuaded you without risk of bodily harm. Your hands are a deadly weapon.”
“Trust me. It’s not just my hands.” She shifted in her seat, sat up taller.
“That’s what I’ve been trying to do, sweetheart. You ready to talk?”
“I think I am. I need to make a correction. You’re an asshole I’m going to kill.” She tilted her head and gave a tight, closed-mouth smile like she was quite happy with herself and positive she’d succeed with her mission.
Hugh couldn’t have been happier. “Now we’re getting somewhere.”
This is the debut paranormal novel from the fantastic Robin Bielman and let me tell you, that you are in for one hell of a ride.
Think Alias mixed with 24, then add in some paranormal creatures not to mention plenty of snark and you get a taste of what this book offers.
I was hooked from the first page where we first meet our kick ass heroine Tess to the last paragraph that left me turning the page with a satisfied sigh. Okay and maybe a longing for a Hugh of my own. You will understand why when you have finished.
In Hugh Langston and Tess Damon we the reader get two characters that are both strong, determined, flawed, hot headed, passionate, loyal and just plain amazing.
Few books I have read lately have left me with a crush on both the main characters and I can fully admit to having developed a huge crush on our hero Hugh and a girl crush on Tess.
“Men can’t think straight when a woman’s naked. Something about their brain cells getting jumbled. And then their favourite word becomes ‘yes’”.”
I guess I should actually tell you about the book right rather than just drooling over the characters, right?
Well, the book starts off with a bang. We are quickly introduced to Tess, an Eliminator for the clandestine government sanctioned group called P.I.E or Private Investigations and Eliminations, who tracked, monitored and when needed eliminate non humans aka Veilers.
Tess is on a mission for P.I.E and when things don’t go quite as planned her boss, who I couldn’t stand from his first appearance, gives her a new assignment and a warning that this is her last chance. She jumps on it for more than saving her own hide. You see Tess has an ulterior motive, she promised her dying fiancé that she would find and eliminate the person who killed him and she has every intention of doing so til she meets her target……Hugh.
Hugh is just…..sigh. I loved him. He’s a super-hot wolfen, the current alpha of the Night Runners pack, co-owner of an air charter business and a rescuer of a lost hiker/camper/fool in the woods extraordinaire and all round nice guy till you piss him off. Hugh is also in desperate need of a break away from civilization. But when his second in charge goes missing and he finds out there is an elimination order on him, Hugh forgoes his break to find answers.
When these two meet be in for a treat. You have heard of awkward blind date stories before but this takes the cake. Hugh takes the place of Trey, his second in command and missing, who has a date planned with Tess. To say he was a bit of an ass is an understatement but when plans change, the date goes from awkward to adventurous very quickly and ends up with a killer kiss that gives us a taste of the chemistry that sparks between Hugh and Tess. Talk about fireworks.
“No one else ever touches you again. I’m the only one who gets to kiss that sexy mouth of yours. The only one who gets to taste between your legs. And I’m the only one who gets to bury himself inside your sweet pussy and make you come. You’re mine to keep.”
Before long these two are working side by side, yes the eliminator and her eliminatee, trying to get answers as to where is Trey, who took him, who put the hit out on Hugh and is he really an innocent or does he deserve to die?
It’s fun to watch these two fight themselves and each other as they realise that the other is more than they bargained for. There is a both hot and tender scene at the hangar that is a favourite of mine.
We also see some life altering moments occur. It’s not all action sequences. For Tess the realisation that the organisation she works for and the family it gave her when she had none, could possibly be doing more harm than good, that she no longer wants to be an eliminator and realising that she could love again, show’s a different side to her that proves she not always a tough kick ass woman.
With Hugh it’s the anvil on the head moment when he realised that Tess is his mate and that he can love her. Which he never though he wold do after the heartbreak of watching his brother die from a broken heart. I know it will sound a bit mean but I loved watching him mope around without Tess. It showed a softer side and made me crush on him just that little bit harder.
Add in murder, a WTF reveal, betrayal, an absolute asshole of a boss, some wonderful best friends for both Hugh and Tess, whom I really want to get their own HEA (are you listening Robin?) and you get a fantastic book that kicks off what I hope is not only a series but a long term career in writing paranormal books. I have a new favourite para author and if you give this book a chance I think you might too.
USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity.
She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
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