The Rending – Book 1
by Cara Carnes
Heartscape Publishing, LLC (June 30, 2015)
A Paranormal Romance
Mira grew up in a savage tract of existence known as Hell’s Highway—a parcel of land for genetically impure humans (Impures) cast out during a savage battle between humanity’s government the NAH) and the Paraspecies. When a cease fire was declared, the two opposing sides retreated, regrouped, but the fight for survival had just begun for Impures forced to exist within a kill or be prey existence.
As a runner for The Alliance, Mira ran messages and provisions back and forth between her camp and Redemption—a bartering outpost created by the Paraspecies to help Impures within Hell’s Highway. But for the past two years Mira has been a prisoner of war, detained and tortured in an unsanctioned NAH facility within the lawless lands of Hell’s Playground. Now free, she must risk her life to fulfill a promise made to a fellow prisoner—travel to Redemption and enlist the aid of the Paraspecies. Returning to the outpost, though, means reuniting with the Alpha wolf she’d once hoped to have a future with.
As Quadrant Alpha of the most dangerous section of Paraspecies land, the last thing Adrik needs is the Impure from his past suddenly returning after two years. He ripped Hell’s Highway apart searching for her two years ago, and his pack reaped the consequences of his shattered soul. Now, with a civil war threatening on his southern border, the constant battles with the succubae on his eastern border, and the latest command from Headquarters to assume the role of Alpha Commander, he doesn’t have time to wander around Hell’s Playground searching for a secret facility no one believes exists.
But the temptation to spend time with the Impure he’d once intended to mate proves too tempting. Together they must heal the wounds their time apart created and find a way to survive the dangers awakened.
Dragons, gryphons, and wolves, succubi, mages and half-breeds and impures. Oh My! All of these are present in this tale of betrayal, survival, loyalty and love.
Mira was thought to be the Alpha Adrik’s mate. She disappeared two years earlier and had been imprisoned off the radar in a place unknown to anyone connected with Redemption.
Worse was she remembered. No one ever remembered they were brain-washed each night. Somehow she was not and they don’t trust her.
Somehow she has to get Adrik to believe her and return to free the others imprisoned there especially the one who helped her to endure the torture. The one responsible for her memory not being totally erased, the one she calls Deimos.
A favorite scene is after they have destroyed the facility and have stopped on the way back to redemption.
Heat settled in his eyes when he looked at her. He closed the distance between them and wrapped an arm around her side, drawing her into a half embrace. She hid her grimace in his shoulder and inhaled his scent. She surrendered to the weakness in her limbs and leaned into his strength.
“Fuck, sweetheart. I was an ass.” His hot breath fanned her earlobe and she shivered as a trill of pleasure swept through her. “Seeing that place and knowing you were there, suffering and defenseless, did something to me. Adding Deimos into the mix awakened my wolf, made me snarl and spew shit I shouldn’t have.”
“I wanted to share more about him with you, but I made a promise. He didn’t want anyone to know about him, the fact he was a Paraspecies,” she whispered as she pulled back to look up at him. Warmth settled in her belly and fluttered southward into a splay of tingles that made her legs weaken for an entirely different reason. “I missed you.”
He squeezed her waist and drew her forward until all she inhaled was him. Her pulse quickened. “I’m thinking we need some alone time, sweetheart.”
“Can you get away? Is it safe enough?”
He feathered her lips with a kiss. “I’ll always keep you safe. They’ll never touch you again.”
Then all the real fun begins. I love this world, and the way we are introduced to it. The beginning of the book introduces us to the terms we will see throughout this book and future ones. The characters are very diverse yet all bound to the quest of a secure future for not only the paraspecies but the Impures as well.
I am looking forward to more of this series.
5 Contented Purrs for Cara!
Redemption’s Forgiveness (The Rending, Book 2) is in the most excellent collection Romancing the Wolf .
Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13.
In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading.