How about another excerpt? This time between Rowan and her friend, who also happens to be a cop, Jack – after they’ve been to a murder scene…
GODDESS WITH A BLADE by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Carina Press
Releasing June 6!
“So, what’s going on in your life these days?” Jack began to mow his way through a very large club sandwich. Not an ounce of fat on the man, but he was built like a tank. It wasn’t so long ago that she’d been able to forget just how good he looked naked.
“Started a new workout that’s totally kicking my ass. I need to go to the dentist. There’s a whackjob on the loose. Same old same old.” She knew he wanted to hear about Clive, but unless he asked directly, she was going to make him work for it because she was just that petty.
“When did this thing with whatshisname start?”
“Whatshisname? I don’t believe I’ve seen him since whatsherfoosits was in town. Hey, and how’s your delightful lady friend, Lisa, these days?”
He winced and she sent him a sunny smile.
“What’s the story with you and Stewart? He’s not your usual type.” He said it like he had a stomachache.
“Usual type? You mean incredibly handsome, stylish, a great job, oh and a sexy accent?”
He laughed. “Yeah, I guess so. You seem to prefer them more rough and tumble.”
A spark of what they’d had in the beginning danced along her skin for a brief moment. It was bound up in their friendship as well, an intensity of connection on all kinds of levels. It was what made them needle each other, what made her laugh, what had made the sex between them rather rough and tumble as he’d so rightly said.
“There’s nothing to tell really.”
He gave her a look and she laughed. “Really, I swear. He’s an insufferable ass. He’s not my prom date or anything. We fucked.”
“I don’t like that guy. What are his motivations?”
“Motivations? Are you worried he’ll try to touch me in my no-no places or something? Little late for that. Anyway, you met him for like four minutes. I thought you two were too busy trying to give each other the macho handshake to chitchat much.”
“The guy gets to town shortly after you disappear. I can’t find shit about him except for generic stuff. Articles about him in the British press. Plus, that Die Mitte place is hinky. I can feel it.”
“You think Die Mitte is mobbed up or something?” Amused, she managed to put a little more gusto into her food. He wasn’t that far off from the truth. The Vampire Nation was far better and had been involved in organized crime far longer than any humans had been.
“He’s too slick.”
“He’s all right in his own way. But he’s a powerful man. Just let it be. You don’t need any part of what he is.” Amusement at his jealousy was one thing, but Clive would eat him alive if Jack pushed too far. “Speaking of dislike and insufferable asses, again I ask how Lisa is.”
Today’s prize is a copy of Rachel Caine’s ILL WIND (the first in her amazing Weather Wardens series) – I think this series stands out as one of the most clever and unique in urban fantasy and really it’s one I absolutely love. So in the interest of sharing the love – I’ll send one directly from Amazon to the winner! (Or if you’re in Europe and Amazon won’t deliver to your country, I’m also happy to ship from Book Depository 🙂
Today’s Question: What was the first urban fantasy book you read?
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