And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.
Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past—but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.
Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.
But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.
“Oh,” breathed Lu, amazed, watching it go. “I’ve never seen one of those before. Only in books.”
Magnus had grown up in the Amazon. He’d seen every kind of bird and reptile and mammal—had, in fact, eaten all of them—and couldn’t imagine growing up as she had, confined to a city with no access to the natural world. She was an animal, as were they all, and she needed animal outlets.
He was arrested by that thought. She’d said she’d never had a chance to practice her Gifts, spending all her energy on trying to be “normal,” and had only just yesterday Shifted for the first time . . .
“Do you know what the Ikati actually are, Lumina?”
She didn’t turn to look at him, and really, could he blame her? He knew he’d been acting on the far side of sullen and testy, but keeping her at a safe arm’s length had become of paramount importance to him. After that kiss, after everything that itched and throbbed between them, after the revelation about his own, imminent, demise . . . Magnus was taking no chances.
He was going to die. Soon. He couldn’t—wouldn’t—be so selfish as to take what he wanted from her, which was much, much more than just another kiss.
“What do you mean?” Her brows pulled together in confusion.
“You, Honor, and your mother are the only living Ikati who can Shift to something else than our original form . . . you know that, right?”
Now she did look at him, and that familiar snap of connection made his blood sizzle in his veins.
He couldn’t help it. His own hand betrayed him. Before he could think, he reached out and lightly touched a lock of her hair. It was like silk between his fingers. When he spoke again, his voice was husky. “This body is a clever disguise. We learned to look human millennia ago as a survival mechanism, but this isn’t what we are.”
Her hand lifted, then stilled in the air, just inches from his, as if she’d been about to touch him but stopped herself. “What are we then? Will you show me?”
Her voice was lowered to match his own, the softest throaty purr, and it was all he could do not to take her into his arms and give in to all the wild thrashing inside him, the burning and the need. Instead, he only gave a curt, wordless nod, dropped his hand and turned away.
J.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. Her debut fantasy romance Shadow’s Edge was a #1 bestseller on Amazon US and UK and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up novel, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA Award finalist for Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.
She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.
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