Reckoning by S.J. Harper Blitz

Reckoning  by S.J. Harper Blitz


Reckoning

By: S.J. Harper
Genres: Paranormal Romance, urban fantasy
Pages: 292
Series: ,
Published on: October 7, 2014
Reckoning  by S.J. Harper Blitz

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?

 
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Excerpt

My cell rings. It’s Liz. I toss the rest of the sub into the trash can and answer. “Hey.”

One word and she knows. “What’s wrong?”

Liz recognizes my moods better than anyone.

“You mean besides that fact that I seem to be stuck. Here. Forever. Alone. That I have to walk around wear- ing some stupid Clark Kent disguise, saving people in hopes that one day the wack job of a goddess who ban- ished me will decide that the good I’ve done has out- weighed the bad?”

“Yeah, besides that.”

I smile.

Liz doesn’t skip a beat. “You know you’re not alone. You have me. And you have Kallistos.” “He keeps asking me to move in.” “Why don’t you?”

I frown. Zack is on his way back. “You know why,” I tell her.

Zack drapes his wet shirt on the wall, then sits back down and resumes his attack on the meatball and cheese. “Tell Liz I said hi,” he says between mouthfuls.

I do, then sign off, promising to call her back later and wondering how much of my conversation he overheard. I don’t have to wonder for long.

“So, it’s getting serious between you and Tall, Dark, and Pasty?”

“He’s not pasty. He’s fair. His people were Dorian.” I hand him back his gun and holster.

“Still, centuries without sun. That’s got to affect a guy.”

I recall what Kallistos looked like this morning, out on the balcony. “I think it really makes him appreciate it now.”

“He probably has a vitamin-D deficiency.”

“He doesn’t have a vitamin-D deficiency.”

“That’ll lead to brittle bones as he gets older, you know.” Zack tosses the wrapper from his sub into the trash.

“He’s already older.”

“Not to mention dead.”

“Undead.”

“Whatever.” He knocks back the rest of his soda.

“Why aren’t you moving in with him?”

The question catches me by surprise, the directness of it. “What do you mean?”

“It’s a simple question.”

My mouth opens, but nothing comes out. I release a breath. “I guess because I’m not in love with him. Moving in with someone . . . Now, that seems like a really big commitment.”

He smiles and reaches for his shirt. “And now we’re talking about me and Sarah.”

I follow him back up the stairs to the parking lot. “You’ve been living together for what—five months?”

“Uh-huh.”

“She seems happy,” I finally say.

Zack keeps walking. Stoic. Silent.

“And you seem . . . happy,” I add.

We reach the car and Zack holds out a hand for the keys. He opens the back, throws his shirt inside along with the tie and suit coat, then slams it shut.

“Are you happy, Zack?” I ask. A dangerous question. One I have no right to ask.

I’m standing, my hand on the passenger door to the Suburban. He’s on the driver’s side, key in the lock.

“I’m not sure I ever will be. Something’s missing. I don’t even know what it is, but I know I want it back in the worst possible way.”

The locks on the car pop. We both climb inside. I look straight ahead, expression neutral. The engine turns over. For a second I think he’s going to say more. Then the moment passes and he’s grasping the steering wheel and slipping into traffic.

About S.J. Harper

S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

 

 

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One Response to Reckoning by S.J. Harper Blitz

  1. I have been meaning to give them a read for ages! I love that cover. Hopefully one day I’ll make it there.

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