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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from The Darkest Assassin by Gena Showalter




43174656. sy475 The Darkest Assassin
(Lords of the Underworld #14.6)
by Gena Showalter
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…

Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents.
Ability to open portals—check
Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes
tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she
could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
Tragic, torture-filled past—check
A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

And learn to love… 


Excerpt:

The fine hairs on the back of her neck stood to attention, as if a great and terrible evil had just neared.  A reaction usually reserved for a prince of darkness.  “What’s happening?” 
Bjorn’s tension redoubled, then redoubled again.  His breaths turned shallow.  Panic lit his eyes before he blanked his expression.  “Stay silent, no matter what you behold, hear, or smell.  Draw no attention to yourself.”
Wait.  Hold up.  Did he radiate fear? 
No.  No way.  This particular Sent One feared nothing.  But, as minutes bled into each other, her curiosity intensified.  Seriously, what the hell was going on?
He thinks to trick you somehow.  Whatever he tells you to do, do the opposite! 
And there was Distrust, ready to work her into a frenzy.  Fox resisted the urge to obey, instead pressing her lips together and nodding at Bjorn. 
Her ears twitched, the click-clack of high heels reverberating through the cell at a slow, steady pace.  Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.  One after the other. 
“Tsk, tsk, tsk, Bjorn.”  A woman’s lilting voice reverberated through Fox’s cell.  “In the past hour, I’ve summoned you twice, yet here you are.” 
Summoned?  What, the bitch had snapped her fingers?  She must be his lover, then.  But why would he act so weird about a girlfriend?  And why were Fox’s nails sharpening into claws at the thought of Bjorn with some nameless, faceless female?  Foolish!
At last, the speaker strode into view, stopping directly in front of Bjorn.  Fox stared, awed.  Beautiful.  Oddly magnetic.  Angelic.  On the short side and trim, wearing an ice-blue gown made from see-through scarves.  Curly white-blond hair flowed to a trim waist, the perfect complement to her tanned skin and black-as-night eyes.  Her nails were blacker than night, and as long and sharp as Fox’s claws. 
Bjorn didn’t move, didn’t speak.  Then.  In that moment, Fox realized the truth. He did fear this woman, but mostly he raged.  Whoever she was, he hated her with the heat of a thousand suns. 
The woman walked a circle around him, tracing one of those razor-sharp nails across his chest and back.  Blood welled and dripped.  Wow.  She’d sliced his skin, and he’d let her.  Seriously, what the hell is going on?




About the author
Gena Showalter
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com.



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