Demon Huntress: Love Me To Hell And Back
“According to an ancient scroll discovered a few hundred years ago, there will come a human with god-like powers— an Eda.”
I yawned. “Excuse me,” I muttered. “How does a human become an Eda?”
“We only know what the scroll tells us, and according to the scroll, when the sacrifice is made, the Eda is born.”
He paused a moment and stared at me, seemingly deep in thought. Finally, slowly shaking his head, he spoke again. “This world is full of mysteries.”
Leaning back, I crossed my arms over my chest. “What were you thinking?”
“I only hope this prophesied Eda is good. If you give a human ‘God-like’ powers,” he shook his head, “Well, let’s just say, I’ve never met a man who used power for good.”
I scoffed at him. “What makes you think it’ll be a man?”
He laughed as if what I had said was a joke. It was far from a joke. “Because women are too selfish to sacrifice themselves for someone else.” I heard the pure distrust he had for women in each word he spoke. It made my heart hurt.
We stayed quiet, staring at each other. I moved my eyes over his face. His eyes were sad, his lips turned down, and his jaw muscles were tense.
“Maybe you’re right,” I said. Ezra lowered his brows, looking at me curiously. “But I’m pretty sure you’re wrong.”
Ezra folded his arms over his chest. “You disagree?”
I shrugged my shoulders. “I don’t know, Ezra. I have faith in mankind. After all, you and I are going to Hell without greedy intentions.”
He made a steeple with his hands and touched his lips. I tilted my head, unsure again what he was thinking. “Are you sure about that?” he asked.
I shifted in my seat, unsure where this conversation was going. “What do you mean?”
He leaned forward, and a few gold strands fell over his strong cheekbones. “I sense a bit of regret in you.”
I jerked my head back as I was caught off guard. I didn’t think he’d say that. “Regret?”
“You’re going to Hell to save a friend.” I nodded. “Or are you going to Hell to ease your guilt?”
I narrowed my eyes, glaring at him. Yup, I totally wasn’t expecting that. “And what guilt do I have, Ezra?”
His lips turned up into a cocky smile. “You tell me.”
Was he right?
Sure, I regret not listening to Emerich when he said not to go on this last hunt, but who would go to Hell just to ease their guilt? That’s a bit excessive. But I do believe someone would go to Hell to save a friend.
I held up a hand to ward off the truth behind his words. “You don’t know me, Ezra. Not well enough to judge me like that, anyway.”
“You’re a strong fighter and damned skilled at throwing knives, but that isn’t enough to survive Hell.” What was he saying? I’m a trained jinn hunter. “I fear you’re weak here.” He pointed to his right temple. “That can make you weak here.” He brought his finger to his heart.
I stood up and pushed a pile of boxes at him. “If I’m so damn weak, then find someone else.” I was tired of everybody pointing at my weakness, telling me to hold back. Damn it. I need people to point out my strengths!
He caught the boxes before they slid off the table. Then, lightning-fast, he was on his feet and in front of me.
I formed fists and turned my head away from his prying eyes. I was breathing heavily, my chest rising and falling to the fast rhythm of my heartbeat. Ezra was close— too close. He had a clean, dangerous scent. I felt my knees tremble as his body heat seeped into me, and when he placed his finger under my chin, the shared heat and sensation thrilled me.
He gently turned my head, but I kept my eyes down. “Maeve,” he whispered, getting me to look at him. I allowed my eyes to wander, taking in his beauty. His sheer maleness overwhelmed me, and every instinct I had said he was different. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Still, there was something about him that was…. contrasting. I couldn’t quite figure him out. It was a feeling of lust mixed with a feeling of fear. Like a jinn, he was beautiful yet scary. There was something dangerous simmering under his cool façade. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I was captivated by that mysterious side of him. His eyes penetrated mine as if he were seeing into my soul. “I don’t want someone else,” he said.
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I can't believe this is it...the end of an era, the final semester in the PSU series. And Kandi Steiner did not let me down. There was laughter, heartache, hope, tears, all the steam and of course...DRAMA!!
I loved getting to spend time with the characters that had graduated and were just finding their footing outside the classroom. But also riding the wave of apprehension and sorrow and joy for the group that was in their last year.
I felt like a proud mama watching Erin tackle her demons. Bear make moves to give himself a future he would be happy with. Jess make her choice, that really wasn't a choice at all. And owning up to the pain she caused, not just herself but to the guys as well. Ashlei and Brandon in all their reunited bliss, and giving everyone the shock of all shocks. Skyler and Kip finding their way out of the stalemate (I rubbed my chest one too many times with those two). And, of course, it wouldn't be a trip to PSU without Adam and Cassie floundering in some way and making up in an even bigger one.
There was so much happening in Greek...big decisions to be made, big moves, big changes but most of all, big love. I could feel it rippling off the page with every hug, tear and laugh between this crew that had become its own family. There were all the bittersweet, happy tears as this journey has come to an end and I am just happy to have been along for the ride.
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Release Date: September 15
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