Book Title: Light Beyond the Darkness (Lightbearer Series Book 3)
Author: Tami Lund
Release Date: April 27, 2015
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Wanting to forget the magical world from whence she came, lightbearer Carley Santiago seeks sanctuary in the human world. But when she meets shifter Reid Hennigan, she finds her heart is not so easily controlled. As passion turns to love, Carley finds that keeping secrets and hiding from her past could be dangerous for them both – fatally dangerous. Welcome back to Tami Lund’s magical world in Light Beyond the Darkness, Book 3 of her paranormal romance series, Lightbearer.
Carley was once the premier chef for the King of the Lightbearers. But when her mate pushes her over a cliff and she miraculously survives, she flees the coterie, knowing he will want to finish the job. She figures hiding in the human world is the best way to ensure her safety.
While working as a chef at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, she meets Reid Hennigan, a lone shifter running from his own past. Carley tries to push him away—she wants nothing to do with anyone from the magical community, even a persistent shifter who insists he only wants to show her pleasure.
Reid Hennigan is another reject from Quentin Lyons’ defunct pack. When he received word his pack master was dead, Reid ran away, having no interest in being forced to be subservient to another abusive pack master. Unfortunately for Reid, shifters are hardwired to be part of a pack, and soon he is wandering aimlessly through life, with no clear idea of what to do next. When he stumbles upon the shy lightbearer working at a restaurant in Chicago, he discovers a new lease on life.
Passion turns to love, and Reid figures his life is pretty damn perfect, despite no longer belonging to a pack. But Carley has secrets of her own, and her secrets could be fatal—to both of them.
Content Notes: Spicy, Paranormal, Shifters, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fairies, Magic
The shifter narrowed his eyes. The good thing about the overly bright kitchen was that the humans probably hadn’t noticed his glowing eyes. She watched as he clenched his jaw, trying, she assumed, to tamp whatever magic caused them to glow. What had Cecilia told her about a shifter’s glowing eyes? She couldn’t remember. So much of her life within the coterie was a blur these days. Most of the time, she was grateful for it.
“You’re welcome,” he said shortly, biting off the words as if he was literally chewing them. Then he abruptly turned and allowed Vivian to herd him out of the kitchen. She knew he allowed it because she was absolutely confident that this man would not be herded by anyone, even spunky, uncompromising Vivian, unless he determined to do it all on his own.
Carley turned sharply at the sound of her friend’s voice. Vivian, with her blue-black hair, heavy, dark makeup, and ungodly number of piercings, actually gave her a sympathetic look. Sympathetic was not a normal emotion for the hardcore human.
“Yes, I’m fine,” Carley said stiffly as she rubbed her special blend of herbs onto a thick filet, before wrapping it in bacon.
“No, you’re not,” Vivian stated. “I’ve never seen you so out of sorts, other than that first day we met, when I could have sworn the hounds of hell were on your trail.”
Carley nearly stabbed herself with the toothpick as she tried to secure the bacon around the piece of meat. At the time, she’d believed the hounds of hell really were after her.
“He just…surprised me, that’s all. You know how I don’t like surprises.”
That much was true. She hated surprises, mostly because she was still half-afraid someone was going to show up at dawn and drag her from her bed and her new life. She didn’t ever think about what would happen next. She’d never be able to sleep if she did.
“Do you know him?”
Carley shook her head. “I know of him,” she hedged. She knew of his kind, of course.
Since the dawn of time, his kind and hers had been mortal enemies, spurred by the belief that to kill a lightbearer was to inherit their magic. It was only little less than a year ago that lightbearers and shifters had come together in an entirely different light. Today, the princess of the lightbearers, the only offspring of the king of the lightbearers, was mated to a shifter. Olivia was due to birth her first child any time now. The first interspecies babe ever to be born, according to the history books. That anomaly of a child would grow up and eventually become the king of the lightbearers.
She had no proof whatsoever that the shifter who just left her kitchen was a friend of the lightbearers, like Tanner or Finn. According to Cecilia, there were still plenty of evil shifters out in the world, the ones who believed they could kill a lightbearer and inherit her magic. Carley never dreamed that one of them would stumble into her restaurant. She’d thought hiding in the middle of a large, crowded city full of humans was the perfect guise. But then again, she wasn’t exactly an expert at running away and hiding. She’d only done it once, after all.
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