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This Week’s Excerpt: Soul Avenged (Son of Wrath #1) by Keri Lake
Passion is blind in vengeance and love …
Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.
The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.
Now, one motive burns in her soul:
KILL THEM ALL.
The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.
Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.
Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.
Time is running out.
In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.
Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.
A soft knock at the door interrupted Kane’s thoughts. A silver-haired podgy woman wearing an apron entered the room. The tray she carried gave off a delicious aroma that had his nostrils flaring in instant appreciation.
He straightened his legs beneath the sheets and pushed up to a sitting position.
“Miss Ayden requested that I fetch you some breakfast, sir.” The woman wheeled a silver table behind her and pushed it right up against the bed. She removed the silver plate dome atop it, revealing a piling mound of bacon, eggs, toast, sausage and potatoes.
Kane closed his eyes, inhaling the scent. Heavenly.
He probably should have thought it odd to be so preoccupied with food after having just received his date with death, but the growl in his stomach spoke far too loud for question.
The smell taunted his restraint. He shifted on the bed, patiently waiting for her to set down the silverware. “Thank you, miss …?”
“Annabelle.” She dropped a napkin onto his lap and smiled. “And might I say you are a handsome gent. Beautiful green eyes! I can see why Miss Ayden fancies your company!”
Kane frowned. “Miss Ayden? Is this the same creepy woman with the gray eyes and weapons arsenal dangling from her hips?”
“Why yes, sir. Although, she’s not so scary, once you get to know her.” Anna backed away and clasped her fingers together. “Bit of a sweet spot she has.” She winked.
“Yeah. I noticed.” Reaching for a slice of bacon, Kane cleared his throat then bit into it. He groaned and his eyes nearly rolled back in his head as the savory flavor coated his tongue. Goddamn, this is delicious “How long have you known her?” Affected by the party going on in his mouth, his voice arrived at a slightly higher pitch.
“Miss Ayden’s been around for quite some time now. She’s a client of the brothers.” Anna pointed a finger at him. “But you didn’t hear that from me, see? Masters like to keep their clients under wraps.”
“She’s a client for the demons? What exactly do they do?” His gaze trailed back down to the mound of meat on his plate. Saliva pooled in his mouth as the smell pervaded his brain and detonated his senses.
“Well, by day they run their casino, Sanctuary. By night, they’re vengeance dealers.” She gave a quick nod. “They’re Wrath Demons, ya know.”
A strip of bacon fell out of Kane’s hands and hit the plate. “Vengeance dealers?” He gulped as he swallowed the bite. “Wrath Demons? Like, wrath, as in extremely violent?” What the hell is this place?
“As in, the demon prince, Wrath. They’re his sons. If someone has been wronged, they can summon the Wrath Demons for vengeance. If the Masters are willing to take the case, that is.” She tipped her head forward and peered at him over her brow. “They’ve been rather picky about their contracts as of late.”
“So Ayden’s been … wronged. I’ll assume by lycans, considering how fond of me she is.” He rubbed his non-greasy hand down his face. “And she’s sicced the prince of violence and all his sons on me. Fantastic.”
Annabelle shrugged. “I’m afraid I don’t know the details of her contract.” She pointed a finger at him. “But don’t you worry, love. If they wanted to kill you, you’d already be dead. They’re quick about it.” Her eyes diverted away for a moment. “Well, except for maybe Master Logan. But he really is a sweet boy beneath all that”—she motioned to her face—“whatever he’s got on the outside.”
“Oh, I have no doubts.” Kane rolled his eyes. “Demons exist.” He shook his head. “To think, two days ago the most horrific creature known to man was my neighbor’s dog. Today, they’re werewolves and demons.”
A tittering laugh tipped Annabelle’s head back. “Oh, not all demons are monsters.” She patted the bed beside him and winked. “I’m not frightening you, am I?”
“You’re a demon?” His eyes widened. “Jesus, hell doth not discriminate, does it?”
“I’m a Gambis demon.” She nodded. “Pleased to make your acquaintance, kind sir.”
“Gambis? Is that another demon prince?”
“No, no.” Anna grinned. “We’re thieves. And gossips, as you can see. But don’t worry, master Gavin placed a spell on the house.” She shook her head and gave a warm smile. “Sweet dear. Couldn’t steal a thing if I tried. So nice not to be seen through suspicious eyes for once.”
“Believe me, I’m not worried about what you’d steal.” He bit off another piece of bacon. “Do you have any idea what Ayden wants with me?” The chewing of food while he spoke garbled his words. “I mean, why she brought me here?”
“Don’t know that either, sir. Miss Ayden’s never brought home one of your kind before. She must like you quite a bit to bring you back here. Well, with her and Master Gavin’s history, and all.”
“Gavin, Logan, Calix. Was there a sale on trendy names when they were born, or something?”
Annabelle smiled. “I don’t think the master’s real name of Gavius would go over too well these days. They try keep with the times and not draw attention to themselves.”
“So what’s their history? Ayden’s and Gavin’s?”
“I’m sorry, I’m afraid I’ve said too much as it is.” She gave a quick flutter of her hands through the air. “Enjoy your breakfast, sir.”
Kane nodded and raised the slice of bacon in the air. “Thank you, Annabelle.”
She smiled and rose from the bed, closing the door behind her once she’d puttered out of the room.
Much as his mind begged to absorb their conversation, Kane’s stomach won the battle for his full attention. He dug into his breakfast as if it was the first time he’d eaten in months. It seemed that way, anyway. Everything tasted so good.
What if she poisoned the food?
The fleeting thought escaped his mind as soon as it’d entered.
Does it matter? Have eggs ever tasted so damn good?
About the Author
Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.
When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.
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