Book Title: Light Beyond the Darkness (Lightbearer Series Book 3)
Author: Tami Lund
Release Date: April 27, 2015
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Carley was once the premier chef for the King of the Lightbearers. But when her mate pushes her over a cliff and she miraculously survives, she flees the coterie, knowing he will want to finish the job. She figures hiding in the human world is the best way to ensure her safety.
While working as a chef at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, she meets Reid Hennigan, a lone shifter running from his own past. Carley tries to push him away—she wants nothing to do with anyone from the magical community, even a persistent shifter who insists he only wants to show her pleasure.
Reid Hennigan is another reject from Quentin Lyons’ defunct pack. When he received word his pack master was dead, Reid ran away, having no interest in being forced to be subservient to another abusive pack master. Unfortunately for Reid, shifters are hardwired to be part of a pack, and soon he is wandering aimlessly through life, with no clear idea of what to do next. When he stumbles upon the shy lightbearer working at a restaurant in Chicago, he discovers a new lease on life.
Passion turns to love, and Reid figures his life is pretty damn perfect, despite no longer belonging to a pack. But Carley has secrets of her own, and her secrets could be fatal—to both of them.
Content Notes: Spicy, Paranormal, Shifters, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fairies, Magic
He shrugged. “I don’t know. I mean, I know why I’m still here. That’s because I’m a shifter, and we’re obsessive by nature. I can’t give up until I reach my goal. As to why I chose you, I have no idea.” He sounded as mystified as she felt.
“What is your goal?”
“To be with you.”
“Oh.” She did not know what else to say. Other than, “I’m not sure I can, Reid. I’ve never…that is…Sex—relationships—they’ve never been particularly…appealing.”
Reid gently grasped her elbow and pulled her to a stop. They stood in the middle of a bike path in a park, during the late afternoon. Despite the chilly weather, there were plenty of humans out and about, walking dogs and jogging, going to work or heading home or walking toward nearby Miracle Mile, to spend their hard-earned money.
She lifted her face to look at him, and he gently cupped her cheek. “I’d like to change that opinion,” he said.
She nuzzled his hand. It felt good. “What if I’m a lost cause?”
“You aren’t,” he said with absolute conviction.
She smiled at his tone. “Such confidence,” she teased.
“I’m going to kiss you.”
She stiffened. Her eyes widened, and she abruptly stopped nuzzling his hand.
“Now that you are expecting it, why don’t you try to relax?” he suggested, without making a move toward her.
She tried, she really did. But she couldn’t. The fear left over from the experience with Miguel, coupled with a strange sensation of anticipation had her so on edge, she felt like a rubber band stretched to capacity, and yet someone was trying to stretch some more. She was so distracted by the feeling that she did not even resist when Reid bent his head and brushed his lips across hers.
Her lips puckered automatically, but he was already gone, leaning away, watching her closely. She lifted two fingers and touched her lips, bemused.
“That’s it?” she managed to ask after a moment’s hesitation.
Reid smiled a lazy, confident smile. “Not remotely,” he promised. “That was just a taste. A very small taste.”
“It…it was nice.”
“It was. The problem is, I don’t particularly want nice.”
“Oh.” What did he mean by that?
“Which is why we are going to continue walking now, before that look on your face encourages me to overstep my bounds.”
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