When threatened by a powerful enemy, what lengths will she go to in order to save someone she loves? Anjali, while recovering from a failed coup attempt in Hell, must battle false gods who plan to wreak havoc on the Mortal Realm. She must hunt an old foe and bring him back to the Hall of Shadows before he creates an army large enough to transform the mortals into werewolves. Is she strong enough to fight the gods or will they use her to conquer the world? Tristan, the Angel of Fear, has learned how to survive by ignoring the terror inside of him and blindly walking through his day. Though he once wished his Master, Anjali, was dead, secretly he knows that she is the only one who can help him become the angel he was meant to be. Will he stand by her side against a dreaded enemy, or will he betray her in order to be free? A chance meeting one night with a vengeful god turns Liam Leavitt’s world into a living nightmare. Now, there are two voices in his head: one is the woman he prays can save him from a terrible fate, and the other is the Wolf God who will do anything to bend Liam to his will. Can love protect him from becoming a helpless puppet, or will loving her lead to his demise? The Third Throne: Angel of Fear is the fourth book in the steamy Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy series. Each angel brings the world closer to the Apocalypse!
*Note that this book is intended for Mature Readers due to language, sex, violence, multiple romantic entanglements, and death.
He sniffed the air and gagged when smoky air filled his nostrils. It smelled like a campfire without the marshmallows. He had to cough to clear his throat. That’s when the sweet scent of something he couldn’t place hit his senses and made his heart speed up. His entire body responded to the scent. It wasn’t flowery, but it was distinctly feminine.
Hearing the sound again, he recognized it was a heart beating. He opened his eyes and jumped out of his bed, ready to defend himself.
He panicked when his eyes focused on his surroundings and he realized that he wasn’t in his bedroom. He was standing next to a large bed with black sheets. Sitting on the edge of the bed was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He was momentarily dazed by her lovely blue eyes. She appeared startled, but gave him a guarded smiled.
She didn’t speak right away, which was fine by him. He was too busy examining her long black hair and red lips. She had an unusual formal dress that made her look like a Goth girl, except it showed off her pale skin all the way to her stomach. He tried not to stare at her cleavage, but she was a welcomed sight after seeing the intimidating man in the woods.
“Where am I?” he finally asked, deciding it was time to speak to the gorgeous woman.
“You’re somewhere safe,” she said. This time she gave him a full-blown smile that reached her eyes.
“Who are you?” he asked bluntly.
“I’m Anjali, Burke’s daughter. He called me after what happened. He thought that I might be able to help you,” she said softly.
He didn’t know Burke had any kids, but after seeing his daughter, he understood why he would hide her away. He wondered why Burke had called her, unless she was a zookeeper.
He gulped as the events of the day came rushing back. He remembered lying in the tub and seeing his skin split open to reveal white fur. He saw Burke’s bleak expression when he explained the awful truth of his situation. He heard Dylan sobbing and apologizing for getting him into this mess. The incident in the park seemed like a bad dream, but his transformation felt like a horror movie.
Feeling like his legs would give out he slumped down on the bed. “I really thought it was all a dream,” he sighed, putting his hand over his mouth. “Everything is so jumbled; I can’t remember things in the right sequence. I really turned into a wolf, didn’t I?”
She nodded. “Yes, you did. You were attacked by a wolf named Fenris…”
He quickly stood up and put up his hand to stop her. “It has a name?” he asked skeptically.
She bit her lip and scooted closer.
A man, whom he hadn’t noticed before, was suddenly standing next to him with a Beretta 9mm aimed at his head. Liam quickly thought of a way to disarm the man, but Anjali stood up and put her hand on the man’s other arm. “This is Calin, and he’s not going to shoot you,” she replied.
“Then why is he pointing a gun at me?” Liam asked defensively. His body was still coiled, ready to punch Calin and take his gun.
Anjali glared at Calin. “That’s his way of saying hello.” She tilted her head and motioned for Calin to back away.
“I see,” Liam said cautiously.
Calin, thankfully, lowered his gun and sat down on a red plush chair across the room.
Liam vaguely wondered why he only heard the thumping of one heart, but decided that he didn’t want to question it; otherwise, he would have to question why he could clearly hear someone’s heart beating.
He shook his head and stared at the woman. “I have no idea what’s going on, but if you have a way to fix this, I’m listening.” He looked at Calin from the corner of his eye to make sure he was still on the couch.
She cleared her throat and smiled. “Liam, there is a lot you need to learn about Fenris and why this is happening. Unfortunately, I’m not sure where or how to begin because I don’t have all the answers. I can only tell you what I know so far. First of all, I’m sorry to say that you can’t go back to your old life. When Fenris’ venom entered your body, it changed you permanently. If you go back home, you might hurt or kill someone accidentally. You could shift and become the wolf without thinking, which is why I prefer you to stay here. Secondly, Fenris will do anything to find you. I don’t know what he wants from you exactly, but he creates followers called, die Drei. They are very loyal to him and they will do whatever he asked of them. Please understand that Fenris is the bad guy, so you have to find a way to fight him no matter what he says to you. Lastly, I need you to trust that I will do everything I can to keep you safe and to keep you from losing yourself to the wolf. There is a very real possibility that the wolf could take over your thoughts and feelings. If you aren’t careful, Liam could disappear,” she said sadly.
He ran his hand through his hair and scrubbed his face. “This is ridiculous! How could my life have gone to crap so quickly? I didn’t ask for any of this. At no point did I ever say, hey I want to work for a giant scary man who can turn into a wolf. There has to be a way to stop this. I don’t want to hurt anyone and I don’t want to be anyone’s follower. What am I supposed to do?” he asked, frustrated by what she was saying. A sudden flood of emotions overwhelmed him, though anger quickly made its way to the forefront.
Winner of the Top Medalist Honor in the New Apple Literary 2015 Summer eBook Awards in the category of Adult Romance.
1st Place Winner Urban / Fantasy Romance Series in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer Awards 2015
Tabitha Barret graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English. She married the guy from her Creative Writing class and together had two amazing children. They live together in a quiet town in New Jersey with their four insane dogs. She is currently working on her award winning Paranormal Romance series, The Third Throne, and her new Mystical Haven series. In her spare time, she reviews other independent authors and posts Author Spotlights on her blog, The Throne Room.
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