Legacy of Temptation: A Demonica Birthright Novel by Larissa Ione <— SHE HATES DEMONS & HE’S A DEMON!! AND NOW HE HAS TO PROTECT HER! And to celebrate this release, Larissa Ione (as well as her publisher, 1,001 Dark Nights Press) are sponsoring today’s newsletter! Plus she sent us a fun tidbit about herself, including diamond painting!! 😉
So what’s it about?
The legacy continues…
It’s a gritty new world.
Three decades after the events of REAPER, the world is a different place. The secret is out. The existence of demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and angels has been revealed, and humans are struggling to adapt. Out of the chaos, The Aegis has risen to global power on the promise of containing or exterminating all underworlders, even if that means ushering in the End of Days.
Standing in their way is the next generation of warriors, the children of demons and angels and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
See how they become legends in their own right.
Legacy of Temptation
Eva Tennant, like everyone at The Aegis, hates demons. But she loves her job as Deputy Spokesperson for the global demon-slaying organization, and she’s excited to be in the running for Chief Spokesperson. All she has to do is not screw up the two-week exchange program with The Aegis’s rival agency, the Demon Activity Response Team. But things go horribly wrong when a murder turns her into a fugitive from justice and puts a demonic target on her back.
Logan, son of the Horseman of the Apocalypse known as Death, has dedicated his life to fighting demons alongside his colleagues at DART. He loves fighting, females, and his pet hellhound, Cujo. What he doesn’t love is The Aegis, whose leadership attempted to slaughter him at birth. Understandably, he balks when he’s ordered to protect an Aegis Guardian responsible for the deaths of his friends. Really, he’d rather feed her to Cujo.
But when an old enemy rises from the ashes, Eva and Logan find themselves giving into temptation even as they sacrifice the things…and people…they love the most.
Eva rubbed her bare arms, even though she wasn’t cold. She was just…off-balance. She hadn’t anticipated the anxiety of being so out of her element in a place where she was constantly wondering whether or not each individual she met was a demon.
“Come on.” Logan gestured to Eva and her colleagues. “You heard her.” He eyed them all in turn, his gaze measuring, then amused, and then, finally, insultingly dismissive. “We’ll see just how good you guys are.”
Carlos, Keeley, and Sig grinned. Of course, they’d be thrilled about showing off their fighting skills. Benji and Mason seemed less excited to spar with DART agents, but she doubted they felt like she did. Like she was a gangly kid back in grade school, counting down the minutes until gym class and praying she wouldn’t get chosen last for any of the teams.
As they filed out the door, Keeley nudged Eva in the ribs. “This is gonna be fun.”
Eva plucked a packet of papers out of her tote. “It’s not on the schedule.”
“We don’t have any gym clothes.”
“No, but we’re all wearing Aegis-altered or designed clothing meant for fighting. It’ll be fine.”
No, it wouldn’t. She didn’t care that her skirt sported hidden shorts and was split to allow for extreme movement or that her Emmy Londons had been altered to hide a blade, a vial of holy water, and an ancient symbol of protection from spirits. She was going to look like a fool.
Maybe she could get out of it. Logan seemed reasonable.
He turned to look back at them, and she revised that thought. He looked like a predator deciding which prey to separate from the herd.
Keeley leaned close and whispered, “Do you think he’s really human?”
“He said he is.”
“Demons aren’t known for telling the truth, Eva. And he could be a werewolf. They identify as human. So do vampires.”
“Does it really matter? He’s going to destroy us on the mat.”
“Would you rather be destroyed by a demon or a human?”
Again, it didn’t really matter. Either way, she’d look like an idiot.
“Neither. Excuse me.” She squared her shoulders, put on her brave face, and picked up her pace.
It was her turn to be the predator.
"...The secret is out. The existence of demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and angels has been revealed, and humans are struggling to adapt. Out of the chaos, The Aegis has risen to global power on the promise of containing or exterminating all underworlders, even if that means ushering in the End of Days.
Standing in their way is the next generation of warriors, the children of demons and angels and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse..."