Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson)
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In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.
Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.
For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .
spooky sounds, all accompanied by the rattle of carriages running on a wooden track. “The last carriage is going through now,” the supervisor said, as another carriage rattled into the station and two teenagers climbed out, both looking somewhat bored. “When that one comes out, you can walk through.” “Have all your people been given the word to clear out?” He nodded. “Just let us know when the coast is clear.” I waited until the last of the old wooden carriages came out, then pressed the
second vamp. He was already out of reach. Still, three against one was better odds by far. But I had little time to appreciate it as the other two attacked. They were fast and strong and coming from different directions, and I found myself backing up against the onslaught of their fists and feet. I barely missed connecting with a one-two punch to my face, felt the breezy approach of another and ducked, only to see the blur of an oncoming boot. I threw myself backward, twisting as I did so,
upward. “Why, Riley, is that a compliment?” “God, gag me with a spoon if I ever did that!” She laughed—a throaty, warm sound. “Of course. How foolish of me.” “Riley,” Jack said into my ear. “Get over to Vinny’s and grab whatever information you can about this man you saw leaving her building last night—and by whatever means necessary. You’ll have to fly, because I want Rhoan to bring Sal back to base.” Jack was obviously using a party line to talk to us all, because Sal immediately said, “I
snake was twisting yet again. “He is my creator. I had no choice in doing what he said.” Is that true? I asked, without turning to look at Quinn. Without my full attention, the serpent I held just might strike, even with Quinn at my back. To a degree, yes. The power of the creator over the fledgling lessens with time, but Vinny is not old enough to be totally free of his influence. “Give me a name, Vinny.” She hesitated, then said, “Ammon Nasser.” The man the council had all but destroyed.
paused in the doorway, my gaze sweeping the room and my senses on high alert. This room was also double height, and as before, silent machines lined the concrete floor. But it also had storage rooms or offices lining the walls of the upper story and a walkway that ran around the entire perimeter. No familiar, joyous warmth rose to warn me of Kye’s presence, but I suspected he was near, regardless. It was the perfect place for a showdown. “Kade?” I said softly. “I’m in the second machine room. I