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Delve into the most eagerly anticipated book in New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) Immortal Guardians series.
Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.
Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth's eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he's different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.
Adira squirmed in Leah's arms, wanting down.
Leah lowered her until her little sneaker‐clad feet touched the floor.
Adira toddled away, patting the garments that brushed her head and shoulders.
Straightening, Leah watched her for a moment, then turned back to Seth. "I guess I'll get back to work."
Was that disappointment he felt upon hearing her words? He really was enjoying her company.
Adira turned around and toddled back. Grasping Leah's fingers, she reached out, took Seth's hand, and placed Leah's in it.
Seth instinctively curled his fingers around Leah's.
Satisfied, Adira turned and toddled off once more.
"Oh," Leah said with a surprised chuckle. "Well. Maybe not."
Seth was surprised, too. What was Adira thinking?
He glanced at Leah. Should he apologize? "Sorry about that."
"No worries," she said with another charming smile. Raising their clasped hands, she turned them so his was on top and slid her free hand over it. "Oooh. Look how big your hand is."
How many times had he heard Tracy or one of the other mortal women he frequently encountered think Oooh. Look how big his hands are. You know what they say: big hands, big feet, big package in much the same tone as Leah's.
Seth couldn't help it. He barked out a laugh.
Leah's eyes widened. "Wait. I didn't mean that the way it sounded."
"It sounded as if you like that my hands are so big."
She flushed. "I do, but I didn't mean it like you think."
"How do I think you meant it?" he asked with exaggerated innocence.
Face red, she laughed. "Stop making me blush. I just meant I like that you're so big. Not just your hands. But all over." Again her eyes widened. "I mean, not all over, but—"
Laughing, he took pity on her. "It's all right. I understood what you meant the first time."
Smiling, she squinted up at him. "You like to tease, don't you?"
"Guilty as charged." Many immortals did. It helped lighten what could otherwise be a dark existence.
She caressed his hand again, sending little tingles through it. "My hand actually looks small in yours. That's so cool."
It did. And the sensations her soft touch inspired unnerved him a bit. His pulse even picked up.
Seth eyed her curiously. "You really dislike your size so much?" He thought it a shame. She was a beautiful woman.
Shrugging, she released his hand and let hers fall to her sides. "When someone gives you a complex in high school, it tends to stick with you."
Adira reappeared as if by magic. Taking Leah's hand, she again placed it in Seth's, then moved away.
The two looked at each other and smiled.
Leah nodded after Adira. "Maybe she's hoping I'll distract you so she can take her time looking over the toys she plans to coax you into buying before you leave."
Seth winked. "Or maybe she just heard you say you like my big hands."
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