Elias tightened his trench coat as he restlessly paced back and forth on a small stretch of sidewalk. Looking up to the starless heavens, a few drops of rain spattered against his face. Evil forebodings thickened the air, making him question his wisdom in coming here without the aid of a warrior. His strength felt weaker here, and the unexpected change left him anxiously vulnerable.
A tall shadowy figure stepped into the empty street. The grating echo of boots against asphalt announced his inevitable approach. Elias’ energy soared in response to the darkness standing before him.
The figure slowly glanced left, then right. “So, this is it?” His coal black stare fixed on Elias, sending a shiver of dread racing up his spine. “Earth—can’t say that I’m overly impressed. But, I am surprised you summoned me, Elias. I didn’t think you’d have the nerve to do it. She must certainly be something special to warrant all the stir she’s caused.”
“I know what you’re planning to do,” Elias accused, “and I came here to stop you before it’s too late.”
“Too late for whom? Surely my welfare is of no concern to you.”
That’s not fair, Max. I’m your brother.”
“Correction, you were my brother. Now you’re nothing more than a nark who’s become an incessant pain inmy ass.”
“It’ll never work. She’s never going to love you. Her guardian will never let you have her.”
“We’ll see about that,” Max sneered with confidence.
His perpetual arrogance had only gotten worse since his fall. Time had certainly done nothing to curb the rebellion that darkened his soul.
Max’s top lip curled up in a smile that held no humor. “How long have you known of this girl?”
Uncertain why that would be of any relevance Elias answered, “All her life—Eighteen years.”
“And what do you think? Is this human worth it?” “They’re all worth it.” He met Max’s eyes, nothing short of cold hatred radiated in their depths, chilling him to his core.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.” He waved his hand flippantly. “That’s what you have to say. But what I want to know is if she’s worth it. Is she worth your life, Elias?”
Max stood less than a foot away, meeting him eye to eye. Silence hung in the air, a looming ominous cloud. Tension mounted as he hesitated to give the answer that would seal his fate. He should have known the Dark Court would never have sent Max if he couldn’t get the job done. Unfortunately, he’d underestimated the fallen angel, and for that he would surely pay the price. More than ever, he regretted not bringingthe girl’s guardian along. Only a fool would think he could talk some sense into his brother. What did he expect? That Max would just give up and go back to Perdition where he’d come from?
“Well?” Max snapped impatiently.
“She’s worth it.”
The air crackled with energy. “That’s what I thought,” Max sneered, pulling a dagger out of his jacket. With blinding speed, he drove the blade into Elias’ chest—a swift upward thrust. Elias gasped, stumbled a step back, and fell onto the pavement at his brother’s feet. The cold, damp ground quickly leached into his bones. Bright red blood flowed freely onto the sidewalk in a river of betrayal.
Elias stared up at Max watching helplessly as Max glanced down at his hand covered in red sticky liquid. Max’s face contorted in disgust as he bent down and wiped the back of his hand clean on Elias’ jacket.
As Max stood, a bolt of lightning rent the midnight sky, opening the heavens. Rain poured down upon the earth in torrential proportions. Elias’ vision slowly faded as his brother shivered, warding off a sudden chill. Max turned abruptly and walked back into the darkness from which he’d come.
The rain washed his blood down the sidewalk in rivulets, carrying it into the sewer drain where he could hear the water rushing below. His energy flickered as his body began to fadeaway. Failure and regret weighed heavy upon his soul. Soon, it’d be as if he’d never been here, and Olivia Norton’s world was about to change forever.
A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…
Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.
The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s never known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.
But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.