Zane is not a good man, but who said he has to be to fulfill his Outsider destiny? The battle has come to a head and, with everything on the line, it’s time the Outsiders stopped playing it so easy. At least as far as Zane is concerned.
Raquel exists to handle flames. Her soul mate needs to be a man who can handle her heat. Zane is just the man for the job. But with the world exploding around them, it may be too late for love. The battle has just begun and yet it’s already too late.
Unless they can still win the day.
I was so happy to see this one! I’ve been waiting what seems like forever for this saga to continue. That said, I don’t think I’ve felt bad for any of these couples except maybe Leonardo and Alexa who really have some stuff to overcome.
In every story the attraction has been pretty instantaneous and hotter than hell. However, Zane and Raquel have a hard time just being together for more than a couple of minutes before some sort of hell breaks loose, let alone make love.
So here’s where we are, Alexa is in a sorry state, covered in demon that the healers can’t seem to clear. Zombies are everywhere. We still don’t know where Gia is. Sebastian is still causing havoc and his father gets pissed.
Zane and Rachel are together and trying to connect further but things are intense and interruptions are rampant. The first right at the beginning has Zane and Rachel in a future they need to get the others to help prevent.
This is a favorite scene that ultimately sets up the rest of the book.
“This is pretty bad, isn’t it?” Zane whirled around at the sound of Kal’s voice. But… that was impossible. He was dead. The other Outsider, one of the most powerful SOBs Zane could ever imagine, glistened in front of him, looking a phantom rather than the flesh and blood man Zane had seen only that morning.
His friend shimmered forward. “I brought you here. This glimpse of the future is courtesy of me. And Gabriel. And Jason helped too. Don’t tell Isabelle. Only you can see me and it’ll hurt her tremendously to know I can’t talk to her. It’s the Fates. They have their rules.”
“What can I do to see to it this never happens?” Because if Zane had any say in it, the future he found himself in would never take place.
“That’s the million dollar question.” Kal looked away. “There were a million small decisions which led to this. But the biggest was Leonardo and Alexa. Our leader is stubborn and where I was back then, I didn’t feel I had the right to challenge him on his love life or lack thereof. Eventually, Alexa gave up. She let go and died. In no world should a power as strong as Alexa Lane give up hope. That’s on all of us. But mostly on him. I don’t know anyone who challenges Leonardo like you do. Or like you will do. He has to be made to see. This is where we are headed if we don’t win the war. And Sebastian wasn’t wrong. He can keep this dimension as long as he wants it. If he never gets bored, we don’t have another battle. It’s all over. We lose.”
Zane didn’t have as much of a relationship with Leonardo as Kal suggested. Maybe he would but they weren’t there yet. Although to avoid the future around him, he’d fucking play matchmaker if he had to and force their leader into compliance. If such a thing was possible…
Rebecca Royce. Love Beyond Flames.(Kindle Locations 816-835). Fireborn Publishing.Kindle Edition.
Between the zombies, trying to help Alexa, finding a way to open the safe of their memories and so much more, you won’t be able to put this book down.
I can’t wait for the next one, Love Beyond Lies!
5 Contented Purrs for Rebecca!
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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
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