“Grant me strength.”
Iris lurched to her feet, wings heavy with sea water, exhaustion taking its toll. She’d wounded him, but not enough.
As if summoned, the demon climbed from the water, powerful and beautiful, dark wings stretching behind him. Iris’s heart pounded as he strode to her side. That strong body had lain with hers that morning. Those lush lips had burned fire across her skin before fate set them in opposition. She was a Guardian now and he mustn’t win.
“You can’t save him from me.”
Iris raised her chin. “I will.”
The demon’s reply came sharp as sin. “I have many years. What of the pettiness of childhood, the passions of youth?” He stepped closer, whispered. “What if he loves wrongly, kisses a boy?”
Iris threw her head back, her laughter a tinkle of bells. “Love, whatever form is chooses, only strengthens our side. Find another weapon, demon.”
“The vices of adulthood, then? Greed, lust, power…”
She met his dark gaze. “Don’t.”
Agony fleeted across his face. “I must. My master is…unforgiving of failure.” Despair laced his voice. “Run from me, angel, though you take my heart. My attacks will come as whispers in the lonely night, alluring temptations. Protect him from me if you can.”
She kissed him, lived a moment in the sweet fire of his passion. “I will teach him kindness and love. You can’t win.”
He touched her mouth. “I can be persuasive.”
She inclined her head, acknowledging the challenge.
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart… misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.(less)
Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices–and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.(less)
Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out.
Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire? When one of Wren’s friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.”
What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence.(less)
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin chills with her newest novel of suspense and romance in the award-winning Tracers series, when a woman police detective in a small Texas town discovers that the only thing more terrifying than a killer you don’t know . . . is the one you do.
Motive, opportunity, and no alibi—it seems close to a slam-dunk. But while rookie detective Allison Doyle’s department has ID’d a suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she is uneasy. Then legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe shows up with a startling theory: if he’s right, the real murderer is an elusive psychopath just days away from another kill.
Using Allison’s contacts at the Delphi Center crime lab, Wolfe is finally in striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except that as they work together, Wolfe finds the ambitious, stubborn woman a tempting distraction. And with this brutal predator, every thread of evidence can make the difference between being the hunter . . . and the prey.
Copyright © 2012 Laura Griffin
L’histoire en quelques mots :
Les frères Grondin attisent bien des convoitises.
Philippe essaye d’étouffer la blessure qui ne le quitte pas depuis la mort de sa femme en se plongeant à corps perdu dans le travail et dans l’éducation de sa fille. Saura-t-il saisir l’amour au vol quand celui-ci viendra papillonner autour de lui ? Max incarne la force tranquille, le charme auquel on ne peut résister. Il a irrémédiablement brisé le coeur d’Annie, son ex-petite amie. Max traîne avec lui sa réputation de séducteur, ce qui ne va pas l’aider à inspirer confiance à Bernise, qui a bien peur de n’être qu’un nom de plus au tableau de chasse de ce Don Juan. Sylvain, enfin, masque tant bien que mal sa fragilité sous un humour qu’il veut à toute épreuve. Mais les démons contre lesquels il a déjà lutté autrefois reviennent le hanter, sans qu’il soit sûr de parvenir encore à les dompter.
Autour de ses trois hommes virevoltent de jeunes et jolies femmes, avec chacune des motivations différentes, mais une quête commune : trouver son « héros ». Annie, malgré l’attitude de Max, ne désespère pas de le reconquérir. Bernise aimerait pouvoir vaincre sa peur de l’amour et de l’engagement, et faire confiance à Max. Julia voudrait, malgré les évidences et les conseils de ses amies, vivre sa romance avec Tom Turner, l’indispensable salaud de service, et pour cela elle est prête à garder les yeux fermés. Jeannette, l’épouse de Sylvain, veut à tout prix sauver les apparences et laisser croire que son couple est parfait. Quant à Sophie, elle cherche l’âme soeur, en distillant autour d’elle des petites étoiles qui agissent comme de véritables philtres d’amour qui semblent piéger les hommes qui s’en approchent. (résumé éditeur)