Being a demi-god has its privileges. For young nymph Starling Jackson, it means the gift of seduction and, more than that, near immortality. Yet when her life is filled with spirits, forever may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
With the help of her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, and secret books left to her by her late mother’s friend, she may have found the answer to all of her problems. But first, they must find a way to locate the books in their enemy’s hotbed, all while staying safe and, most importantly, without falling in love.
In the battles between the head and the heart and enemies and friends, Starling and Jasper will need to face tough battles, and even tougher consequences. Do they have the strength together and apart to withstand Savannah’s underground spirit world?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Danica Winters is an award-winning and bestselling author who lives in western Montana where she spends her time hiking, biking, sampling chocolate, and finding the perfect wine. Find Danica Winters at www.DanicaWinters.net, on Facebook, and on Twitter @DanicaWinters.
An excerpt from Savannah Sacrifice:
More than anything, Starling was mad at herself. She shouldn’t have allowed herself to feel anything for the man who’d been sent to protect them. He’d only been doing the job he’d been given by the Sisterhood, the governing body for nymphs, by keeping her out of the line of fire in Vegas. If that meant leading her around by her hormones, he must have thought it okay, but she should have known better.
“Look, I have to do whatever I need to keep you safe,” Jasper said. “The last few months, that meant looking into the vulture shape-shifters, Catharterians, trying to find out more about the extent of Dr. Redbird’s involvement in the organization, and to see if there is any validity to the threat she made to you and your kind. But thanks to you and your running away like your ass was on fire, now I can’t do the work that needs to be done. Instead I have to be here, babysitting you, making sure that you don’t cause any more trouble.”
“I don’t need a babysitter. I’m old enough to take care of myself.” Starling jumped in line for a taxi.
“You don’t know what you need. Do you even have a place to stay? Or did you forget to plan that far ahead?”
She clenched her fist around the straps of her purse, which held her paperwork and wallet. “I have a plan. Thank you very much.”
“Getting a taxi to the cheapest hotel isn’t a plan.” Jasper’s eyes filled with fiery sparks as he stared at her.
“How did you know I was here?” she asked, hoping to divert his attention from her inadequacies.
“I’m allowed to have secrets.”
“Well then, why don’t you take your secrets and get moving. I need to take care of some business.”
“And what business would that be?”
“If you know so much, then you don’t need me to tell you.” Starling stepped forward in the taxi line.
She hated being treated like she was stupid. Though she was just short of nineteen, she was not a child. In fact, she’d barely had a chance to be young, thanks to the spirits and ghosts who invaded her reality. She’d been forced to grow up a long time ago.
“Why do you have to be such a pain in the ass?”
She whirled on him at that remark, ready to let him have it. How dare he take that aggravated tone with her? But he just smiled. The grin was more suited to a mischievous child than to the man who had broken her heart. The humid air clung to her skin, but it wasn’t the heat that made the warmth rise in her cheeks. “If you think you deserve anything more from me after the way you treated me, you have another think coming.”
“Let me make it up to you.” His smile retreated. “I booked us both rooms not far from here.”
She thought of the meager amount of cash in her wallet, but she wasn’t sure if she was ready to start forgiving Jasper just to get a free room. “No.”
“Look, I know you’re pissed. You have every right to be. But you can’t get around Savannah without me. The Catharterians are clearly already gunning for you, and I don’t think I could live with myself if I let you get hurt.”