The demon Palla is a warlord’s enforcer, a stone-cold killer. Wallace Jackson is a pacifist witch with a dangerous power. He wants nothing to do with humans until he needs Wallace and her unusual ability to help him free his former lover from a living death. His plan is to work with Wallace until she has control of her magic, free his former lover’s spirit from unimaginable suffering, and then, if he’s still alive, walk away. Done.
Wallace Jackson has been recruited to train with a group of street witches being taught to work with demons sworn to the local warlord. After weeks of failure, Wallace has decided there’s no point in continuing. One of the other witches is making her life hell, and any attempt to work with the demons leave her sick for days. No one is more shocked than she is when, Palla, one of the demon warlord’s most deadly assassins, proves her wrong. To say they dislike each other is an understatement, and, yet, after nearly killing her, he wants a favor. The problem is, she can’t say no.
No part of Palla’s plan involves falling for Wallace. He doesn’t like her, she doesn’t like him, and that suits them both just fine. But as they work together, they discover they have more in common than either of them imagined.
1. I prefer beta guys with a conscience.
Palla the hero is a dangerous uncaring demon, literally. Here’s the thing: Carolyn Jewel does bad men extremely well. I don’t mean bad boys that snarl and threaten. Palla cops the threatening attitude, but he has also killed people and doesn’t care. He throws a beer bottle at the heroine, Wallace—just to see how she’ll respond. He might have killed her with that bottle and he knows that, yet he hurls it easily and without much thought. What an asshole—which is what the heroine’s response. But the more you and Wallace get to know him, the easier it is to understand everything he’s done. He’s no emo; he’s bad to the bone. He’s hot and, by the end, he’s fantastic. He doesn’t lose the snarl-appeal but he’s swoon-worthy.