You’ve probably heard me talking about this series here or on Twitter, but in case you missed it (or you haven’t gotten around to it yet) –listen up. I’m gonna tell you about the Shade Assassin books.
Darian started her life as an ordinary human. But a mysterious man with extraordinary gifts rescued her from the confines of an abusive relationship and helped her transition into a nearly immortal Shaede. She uses her new abilities to become an assassin, cut-off from relationships and emotion. But that all changes as she finds others of her kind and falls in love with a man who is totally crazy about her. I love this series. The heroine is emotionally stunted, but we get to watch her evolution –both in her personal life and as we see her powers grow. Tyler is a great hero: patient, loyal and powerful. And there’s an engaging cast of secondary characters that grow in importance as the series goes on. Whirlwind action, great world-building and a romance to root for makes this an Urban Fantasy series you don’t want to miss!
If that sounds familiar, that means you have probably visited my Favorites page before. Yep! This series is one of my favorites in Urban Fantasy. And book 3, Crave the Darkness, is out on March 5th. Still not sure if it’s right for you? Amanda Bonilla is sharing an excerpt from the new book. Check it out:
“Wh- hat?” I stammered.
“Wish. For. Something.” Tyler’s eyes were hard, unyielding, and his stare bore into me with such intensity that I couldn’t look away. His hand, still wrapped around the back of my neck, held my face close to his, and the cold that emanated from him chilled me to the bone. “Do you know how fucking frustrating it is for me that you never wish for anything? Well,” he scoffed. “I guess you make the occasional wish. But only when you want me out of your hair.”
“I wished for you,” I said, my voice thick with emotion. “Almost every day. And no matter how much I wanted you with me, you stayed away.”
“Wants versus needs,” Tyler scoffed. “Your wishes are dictated by magic, Darian. You might have wanted me for whatever reason but you didn’t need me. I’m at your disposal . . . night, day, whenever. And still, you only make selfish wishes. Wishes to keep me home and out of your hair. Wishes to bring me to your side to relieve your guilt. Do you know how useless that makes me feel?”
“Tyler . . . I . . .” What the hell could I say? He was right. I refused to make wishes, even though his very nature demanded that he grant them. I hadn’t wanted to use him, to treat him like a slave.
“Is it easier to be with him?” Tyler asked. “Does he give you space? Freedom? Does he let you be in charge, because I have a hard time believing that he’d let you. Does he even care what happens to you as long as you’re front and center when he wants you to be?” His eyes left mine and his heated gaze swept my body, sending a liquid fire through my bloodstream. “Do you tremble when he touches you?” He swept his forefinger along my collarbone and over the swell of one breast. Can he make your breath quicken like I can?”
Little puffs of steam burst from my parted lips. “Stop it, Tyler,” I said, too breathily. I tried to infuse my voice with strength and resolution, but fell short. “You don’t want me anymore. Why are you doing this to me?”
“Make a wish,” he commanded.
My gaze darted from his eyes to his parted mouth. I could almost feel his lips on mine: soft, yet demanding. “I wish . . .” you’d kiss me.
(*thud*) I wish he would kiss her too!! Clearly, there is angst afoot. I’ve got some buy links for the new book below. But if you’re new to the series, check out my review for book one –and give it a try.
Amanda is giving away a copy of Crave the Darkness before you can buy it. Just enter the Rafflecopter form below to enter. US/Can only.