Erin R. Flynn
My name is Tamsin Vale and I’m the last known fairy… And I think I’m out of time. The walls are closing in from all sides and we’re quickly running out of options.
But I don’t think help is coming.
Making up with Darby and Lucca—having them at my side—has helped my soul, but I’m still missing pieces of it. I want to let Hudson back in, though I don’t know how.
And I really wish I could move on from Craftsman. Why can I not let go of the man who nearly destroyed me?
There are too many other things I should be focused on. McGrath is circling and must be handled. The warlock elders are stepping up their attempts to get me. Others are getting too desperate and that makes people dangerous, but trying to make friends with the wrong people will get me killed.
I really wish help was coming because I don’t think I’ll survive without it.
Tamsin and Darby are an item again, and Lucca is with them too, but in secret because of who his father is. With Hudson, they are going back to square one, working to be friends. Only Craftsman hasn’t been forgiven at any level and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
The first order of business comes with the appearance of ‘supe security’ demanding she come with them, and threatening all that get in their way. This is a violent scene as Tamsin protects not only herself but also everyone around her.
Next order of business is Instructor McGrath, I really liked that one. He truly gets his comeuppance.
Then there’s the supe version of football, lots of fun with Darby, oh and I might have been wrong about Julian Craftsman.
Tamsin hasn’t really forgiven anyone but Darby and Lucca, and with all that’s going on around her she’s still feeling very alone. Her working to bring faerie back is slow, she wants to know if there are answers to be found.
This is one of my favorite scenes.
I needed a serious break and brought everything I needed to work in Faerie as I did almost every Saturday morning now. My power was strong enough that I could let out all the reservoirs I collected during the week and the boxes and boxes of recharged crystals. That was my routine.
What had also become my routine since I’d been able to do this on my own without White was to pray. To whom?
I had no idea, but I had been. Maybe I was praying to Faerie to help a girl out.
Maybe to the gods to realize I couldn’t handle any more.
Maybe to the other fairies to hear me and fight to meet me halfway.
I didn’t know, but I didn’t even have it in me to pray anymore. No one was listening. No one cared. No one was coming to help pick up the fight and take the next round before we all drowned.
I was so tired and out of hope, part of me wondered why I still kept coming and pumped so much magic into this world. Was I stupid? Was I crazy to keep trying and trying and trying to find someone—anyone—after over a year? Not even an animal yet and still, I nearly killed myself to keep doing this when we had piles of problems, fair folk were in trouble all over the place, and people constantly wanted my head.
I had to be a machoistic.
Still, I focused my power, closing my eyes and visualizing as I needed to. I frowned when it didn’t go as it had been for months. It didn’t stall, but started almost revving like I wasn’t in gear.
I adjusted my magic as if I was shifting gears and moved my hands over everything, making sure I was calm and centered. I let out a cry as it all shot out the left side of me, down my arm, and splayed from my fingers hard enough that it hurt. Seriously hurt. It was a huge burst that was made me feel worse than any hit I’d taken during sparring and totally knocked the wind out of me.
“What the fuck was that?” I whispered, clutching my throbbing arm I couldn’t even move to me. I felt woozy and heard my heartbeat echoing in my ears, trying to calm down and relax now that the burst was over. I was fine and I could ask White later.
But then I realized it was Faerie.
And it wasn’t my heartbeat echoing.
It was a second heartbeat here.
I jumped to my feet, tripping over them as I thought of the rune to use fairy speed. I raced in the direction my magic had shot out, traveling miles too fast and pushing myself too hard. Sliding to a stop when I felt where it ended, I locked gazes with maybe the lightest green eyes I’d ever seen.
“What did you do?” his deep voice choked out.
“I-I—” I didn’t know how to explain any of this, too shocked I actually fucking found someone. I gasped and stumbled away when his magic ramped up, able to feel it and terrified of his power.
“What did you do?” he shouted, his voice still completely raw.
It took me a split second to decide what to do. I was injured, drained from releasing him and racing there, and at a disadvantage. He was powerful, pissed, and clearly disoriented.
I ran. I turned on my heel and used that rune to get the fuck out of there. I put every ounce into running and headed for the bike I now kept there, driving it with one arm at full speed back to the portal. I dumped the bike and activated the portal, flying through it and pulling my magic back.
Panicking on what I should do, I patted myself down to find my phone, freaking I’d dropped it in Faerie. Then I remembered I’d left it in the kitchen to charge and after a few failed attempts, managed to push to my feet. I stumbled up the stairs, ignoring Darby and Mel in the kitchen, and practically tore my phone from the charger, calling who I knew I should first.
“Tamsin, it’s not a good—” Geiger greeted.
“I found someone,” I shouted. “I found someone in Faerie, Geiger, and he is pissed and scary and I don’t know what to fucking do! I just ran. I don’t know if he can come through the portal, but he was—his power is more than mine and it hurt me to do. He was disoriented and has green eyes. What the fuck do I do now?”
Flynn, Erin R. Dodging Calamities (Artemis University Book 7) (Kindle locations 3151-3199). Supernatural Script, Inc. Kindle Edition.
The fairy she released, or rather Faerie had released wasn’t at all what Tamsin expected. He was a Prince and thought they were betrothed and she should be compliant. Yeah, right.
Everyone rallies to support Tamsin even as she struggles with new knowledge coming from Prince Neldor. There’s more and more fallout and traps set. One that Tamsin is really worried about hurting someone she loves.
Plenty of action and suspense, some forgiveness and yes, sizzling heat too.
5 Contented Purrs for Erin!
Click the Cover for Buy Links
Erin is a born Chicagoan who decided to state hop a bit, given she works from home. She currently resides in Georgia with her pup, Lord Vader Flynn. With an eclectic and addictive personality, there isn’t much that doesn’t interest her or she won’t pour herself into if it catches her fancy. She has always been interested in the darker aspects of life and mythologies—especially vampires, shifters, the occult, and anything paranormal.
To date, she has published more paranormal books than she can keep up with the characters for, in different genres with dedicated readers who await each release to her numerous series under any of the three Flynn names she writes.