Alexis Morgan continues her dazzling paranormal series about larger-than-life warriors and the women they love....
As a Paladin warrior, Blake Trahern fights and dies again and again to keep mankind safe from the Others. Sensing his humanity slipping away with each battle, he retreats from the world...until the one person who still has a claim on his soul needs his help. It's been twelve years since Blake vanished from Brenna Nichols's life, years that have turned her from a love-struck teen into a headstrong, sensual woman. He'll fearlessly give his life to protect her -- yet he dare not risk his heart.
Brenna is stunned by Blake's reappearance, and by a shocking discovery about her father. Everything she has ever believed is thrown into question -- everything except the desire that Blake still ignites. But as they search together for a traitor among the Paladins, danger looms: the next battle could tip Blake into madness, destroying his life, his soul...and the only woman he has ever loved.
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November 27, 2006
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Excerpt from Dark Defender by Alexis Morgan
Murmurs and whispers danced just out of reach. Brenna remained in the darkness, content to stay where she was. The fire of pain waited for her each time she tried to open her eyes; it was far better to huddle in the black chill than to let the monsters in.
But then a new voice entered the discussion, a masculine one that wouldn't be ignored. A woman answered his demands, sounding defensive and a little afraid.
A few seconds later, heavy footsteps approached and another man started to speak, trying to placate the newcomer. Though the stranger made the others nervous, the deep resonance of his voice comforted Brenna somehow.
She tried to concentrate, to make out what they were saying, but waves of agony immediately sent her diving back down into the darkness. It was enough to know he was there, watching over her. She floated under the edge of pain, content to let his voice soothe her.
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Blake Trahern inched closer, making sure Brenna was still asleep. He'd arrived too late to do more than bury her father and say he was sorry for... so damn much. His presence would only upset her, and she had enough on her plate right now without him adding to the mess.
The need to touch her burned along his nerve endings, but he forced his hands to remain at his side.