By Sharon Ashwood
Ex-detective Macmillan has a style for undesirable ladies, yet his final lover particularly took the cake?and his humanity. Now a half-demon, Mac?s misplaced his associates, his family members, and his activity. Then a beguiling vampire asks for his aid to discover her son. unexpectedly, Mac has a case to work?one that leads him deeps into the supernatural criminal the place Mac learns that cracking the case will price him his final scrap of humanity.
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The stuffed doll sailed through the air, vanishing against the shadowy ceiling before landing with a faint thump in the dust. "Go, boy! " Viktor wheeled and plunged toward the toy. His jaws champed the air with ferocious glee, the banner of his tail thrashing as he gave a puppyish bounce. Constance lifted her long skirts and sprinted after. Her shoes were silent, drowned out by the scrabble of Viktor's nails on the stone floor of the corridor. She kept poor, mad Viktor in sight. He might forget what he was chasing and go trotting off to parts unknown, stuck in his beast-form, dangerous, doomed, and dim-witted as a loaf of bread.
Not much of a crossroads, but enough to keep her down. It said something that the ones doing the burying had been vampires. They didn't scare easily, but the woman now resting beneath the earth had been a demon, a monster's monster, evil pure as... What was the right comparison, anyway? Mac looked up at the fading horizon, memories as black and sharp-edged as the cedars etched against the ocean. Sudden, cold nausea invaded his gut, riding a wave of remembrance at once intimate and brutal. What could compare to the desperate, terrifying hunger that had flayed him until he shrugged off humanity like a tattered bathrobe?
I will not surrender. Not to him. Not to myself Walk away. But where? His apartment was too obvious. He needed to hide. Where? Mac had an idea, then wished he hadn't. But it made sense. Nanette's strap-'em-and-slap-'em funhouse was open around the clock, a place mostly for weres with liberal views on pain. Caravelli wouldn't think of looking for him there. It was a good place to lie low for a few hours. Very low. Like under the bed. Mac dodged traffic across the busy main drag. He slid into the revolving door of the department store, passing through the stench of the perfume section—that should hide his scent—and then into the connecting shopping center.
Scorched by Sharon Ashwood