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Vigilant (MF)

Sequel to Luminous Nights

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: STEAMY
Word Count: 109,838
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[BookStrand Futuristic Sci-Fi Romance, angels]

Alliance I-Marshal Weber hauls Yadira to her home planet and infiltrates the human-trafficking ring controlling her. But he finds himself unbearably attracted to his witness. A gift for detecting deception reveals she’s the next victim of a criminal industry.

Descending into shadowy worlds of slavery, Yadira endures a dark angel stalking her dreams and watches the quiet I-Marshal become dangerous in her defense. Everything about him moves her…except the memory of seeing him execute the most important man in her life. Shouldn’t she take vengeance? Delusions of a heavenly guardian affect her mind.

Slavers and demons plan to snatch her from Weber’s custody while he is uncovering connections, and Weber won’t hesitate to execute the guilty surrounding Yadira. Who but a son of fire can save her from fiends harboring hardcore fantasies of harming her?

Note: This book contains adult language used as profanity.

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Vigilant is a deeply emotional story filled with action, danger, and passion. Yadira is a compelling character I really connected with. Her story took me on a roller coaster of feelings. Weber is HOT!...

- dking-book lover

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5 STARS: "I must say that this sequel is even better than Hart's fantastic Luminous Nights. The opening pages throw you straight into a kidnapping scene on a subway-like cab car. You can instantly tell that the bad guys are trying to take a woman named Yadira for the purpose of their boss selling her off to the highest bidder. Then you have Weber, our beloved I-Marshal, who is there to make sure that is exactly what doesn't happen. When the kidnapper is shot dead, the victim taken into custody and the entire subway car blown up with over 100 people dead, … that is when the adventure starts to happen. This is a fast paced novel, full of action, plotting, and intrigue. People are not who they say they are, and nothing is as it seems. Vigilant kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, not sure who to trust or what will happen next. I honestly believe fact paced, action adventure romances from Hart has become her bread-and-butter writing style. I just can't get enough of it. I loved the push and pull between Weber and Yadira. Neither can trust one another, yet they can't afford to tackle Brinolis alone. Yadira can't shake the thought of seeing Weber murder the love of her life on that subway car. She hates Weber but knows that he is also trying to protect her from falling into the hands of a slave-trader. Weber is very attracted to Yadira, but he can't afford to get lost in his thoughts of her or else they can both be dead. I cannot wait to read more from Hart. She is an amazing author and I declare Vigilant to be another hit in her serious. Vigilant is beyond 5 stars!" -- Zee, A Journey of Romance Reviews

5 TEA CUPS: "Human trafficking is one of our dirtiest little secrets. In Vigilant, Weber is an I-Marshal whose current assignment is to stop a gang of bad guys from kidnapping the highly prized blonde-haired, blue-eyed women sought for sale. Yadira, a woman who was part of the gang, is his prisoner and his way to bust the ringleaders. I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but I found Vigilant easy to read. While some things were different from a contemporary piece, enough things were similar so that I didn't feel lost or like I had to learn a new culture in order to understand the plot. Hart does a wonderful job of weaving vital information into the story in such a natural way. She has a friendly writing style that invites the reader into a wonderful, interesting, exciting world. The characters were very well developed. I liked how Yadira grew as a person from the beginning to the end. She starts out as a sheltered person, but she really comes into her own and takes control of her own destiny. Weber's journey was also riveting. As someone with supernatural powers, he's jaded by what he can see about a person. Yadira makes him understand that his powers don't have to keep him apart from people. I liked the whole idea of angels, and I loved how Hart wove Dokiel into the story. Like Yadira, I couldn't tell whether he was part of Weber or a separate being. It added another element of mystery and suspense. Though the novel is longer, the pacing keeps it moving quickly. This is the first novel I've read by Ms. Hart, and I very much enjoyed the adventure. Whether or not you're a sci-fi fan, you'll enjoy this stirring, romantic adventure." -- Clare C, Happily Ever After Reviews

5 STARS: "When I first began reading this novel I was trying to remember why I agreed to read it. I am not, to state it bluntly, really a sci-fi fan in any of its forms, whether the print media or any other form of entertainment. I just can't seem to find the energy to wade through all the ins and outs of alternate universes, or to keep straight characters whose names sound like pharmaceutical generics, or figure out how all that futuristic stuff relates to all the other component parts of a story. In short, I usually don't read sci-fi or futuristic novels. However, that being said, I am so incredibly thankful that I didn't miss this one. Yes, there are demons, non-humans galore, guardian angels, uber-cops who have an extra gene which relates them to the heavenly beings (niphilim), teleporting all over the place, really evil -- I mean virulent evil people and a crime organization populated with these non-human "soldiers" who have managed to pretty much overtake the home planet of the heroine, a scientist who might not be "mad," but who is just about as greedy as one can get and thus manages to do some fairly dastardly stuff. Wow! what a cast of characters! Add in the fact that the action in this novel begins with a big bang of sorts, and I defy anyone to not be hooked almost from page one. It is definitely the kind of novel that moves past one's literary prejudices and gets into the mind and emotions of readers just like that! Weber is an uber-cop. Don't ask what his first name is--he never will reveal that--and somehow he is connected with the powerful guardian angel Dokiel. As an I-Marshall who keeps the inter-planetary peace and who has the technology, smarts, training, and will to take down just about any calliber of criminal, Weber is given undercover responsibility to scope out an organization which is abducting blonde, blue-eye women for sale to buyers who will break their will and use them for sexual satisfaction until the cruelty and torture kills them. Yadira, as the only survivor of a space tragedy, is taken into custody as one of a group of terrorists seeking to abduct one of these blonde/blue-eyed women and who finds everyone else in her group killed. Weber believes her to be innocent as he has the gift of reading auras and sees no evil in her, even though she was a part of the group and participated sort of "around the edges" of the action. Out of their initial encounter in a holding cell grows an attraction that is certainly greater initially for Weber than for Yadira, yet as the story progresses, their connection grows and Weber makes it his mission not only to find the source of the human slavery traffiking, but to protect Yadira from those who would drag her into the evil out of which this illicit activity grows. As the case progresses and as Weber makes contact with the crime bosses, both he and Yadira are subjected repeatedly to situations out of which they may never come as whole and live people. But it seems Dokiel is always there in the shadows and somehow Weber's knowledge and use of technology as well as his super speed and strength manage to move them in and out of an almost impossible number of strange scenarios. We know who the bad guys are and we know who the good guys are, well--mostly, anyway. But there is so much more to the story and to really delve into the depths and the surprises and the twisty bits all along the way, you are just going to have to pick this one up and read it for yourself. You will encounter love at its finest, true and horrific hate, deep grieving and overwhelming joy. It is a tale of people who may live in a strange and wonderful world, but all the component parts that make up real life are there in some form. And through it all is woven the strand of the telling of a journey of growth and becoming a woman of strength and inner beauty in such magnitude that when it is all done, Yadira doesn't even resemble the reticent and shy girl of those first pages. Obviously Michele Hart is one of those people whose imaginations never quit and who has gifted readers with the fruits of her dreaming. She has also demonstrated a very skilled writing style that moves the story along and keeps the interest of the reader successfully throughout. This is one of those wonderful books that make me wonder out loud: 'How do they think up all this stuff?' It will be a rare person indeed who does not find this story to be awesome and one of the Grade A, Top-of-the-Mark books no one should miss." -- Judith, Book Binge

4.5 STARS: "This was my first foray into sci-fi erotica and it's been an interesting journey, one that was certainly memorable and I'll be visiting again soon if Vigilant is an example of what can be found in this strange new world. This is actually a sequel to Luminous Nights, but works really well as a stand-alone read. The plot here revolves around an officer trying to crack a human trafficking ring, it's an interesting tale and is conveyed with quite a relaxed writing style. I was worried at first that we'd have all kinds of new made-up terms for everything and it'd be a real drag to read but those fears were very quickly allayed as I quickly got a grip of things, making this an enjoyable, well paced read.Yadira was a fun character and it was nice to see her develop throughout the tale. Starting out quite shy and reserved but coming into her own and taking control of her destiny, Weber was the alternative took grew within the tale also, learning that people can be more than the seem at the start, this is a lesson I wish more people would learn and Michele did an excellent job of conveying his growth in an entertaining fashion making for a compulsive read I raced through. In a world where real angels and demons exist things are never really going to be what they seem but where as all this could have been confusing it's been handled in such an Intriguing and well written way that the reader is never lost, and I think that's a real credit to Michele Hart. This is one for those who believe in Angels and like their erotica futuristic, fresh and fun." -- Mitnik, Sexy Reads

4.5 STARS: "Alliance I-Marshal Weber is assigned to bring down a human-trafficking ring. Weber sets a trap but everything goes wrong. He is forced to kill two of the kidnappers and takes the third kidnapper, a young woman, to headquarters for questioning. Weber has a gift that allows him to read guilt from a person's aura and he finds out that his prisoner is really a victim of the ring. Weber finds himself attracted to his prisoner. She cannot forgive him for killing her husband who was one of the kidnappers. Can Weber convince her to forgive him and still bring down the human-trafficking ring? Yadira's life was never easy. J, the man Weber killed, was the only person in her life that she loved. Now he is dead. Her troubles, however, are just beginning. Now that J is no longer there to protect her, she is at the mercy of the leader of the human-trafficking ring. Only I-Marshal Weber stands between her and pure evil. Members of the crime ring turn out to be real Demons. No matter how often she escapes them, they always find her and bring her back. Can she survive? Michele Hart introduces a world where real angels and demons exist. The angels work with the I-Marshals to combat evil. The demons infiltrate a planet to make life miserable for its inhabitants. The I-Marshals have their work cut out for them. Not only do they have a human-trafficking ring kidnapping innocent girls, but they also have a traitor in their ranks working with the demons. Ms. Hart takes the reader on a ride guaranteed to leave you breathless by the end of the book." -- Candy, Sensual Reads

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The steam engulfed her, and water jets pounded her. The spray beat her body into bliss, reinvigorating her. Weber stood for the abuse, standing spread eagle and enjoying the rough massage. It felt very good, and he looked very good doing it. She wanted to put her hands all over him, but she’d never done such a thing before. She tried to make it feel normal and ordinary that she showered with a naked man. A big, handsome, strong, protective, brave man. It was a naughty thrill for her just to stand in the same room with him and look at him, clothed. The man moved her.

“Weber, what do you know of angels?”

“It’s angels again… I thought you didn’t believe in them. Have a few dreams changed your mind?”

She hadn’t told him of the second dream. They hadn’t had time between the daredevil escape from the Alliance’s clutches, the visit to the doctor’s lab, and the awesome view outside their hotel window. He revealed himself in incremental hints to see if she caught on.

“Maybe it wasn’t a dream,” she proposed, her eye on his default expression of stoicism. The water droplets raced down his hard body like shooting stars. “Maybe they were visitations. I thought I was asleep, but I wasn’t. Did I tell you the angel confessed to me he was a part of you?”

“No, you didn’t tell me that part. What color was your hair when he spoke to you?”

Her hand went to her hair beneath the pour of a showerhead massaging her scalp. She looked down to see her saturated black tresses covering her breasts and thin black drizzles of the hair color draining down her body with the water. “I didn’t notice. Why would that matter?”

He took the small distance separating them, and he put her into his arms, the sprays all around them. Naked and pressed against him shut her mind down to all but what he did to her.

“It seems to me if they were simple visitations, your hair would be black, as it is in this reality. If your hair were blond, as you truly are, how the Maker made you, then you may have been taken to a spiritual realm where corporeal bodies don’t exist and the barriers dividing souls is thinner. A place where only truth exists. Your black hair is a lie and couldn’t appear there.”

She smiled in surprise of his answer, had expected a denial. “You hold revelation of the spiritual world, Marshal. Does that mean you have the soul of an angel?”

Parting the pour of water from his face, his hair drenched and slicked-back, he smiled in reply, as if he’d bested her. “No, it means I can use the terminology to make you think I do know much on the subject.”

She frowned at him and wished she could tell when he lied.

After all the stress of the hard day had been beaten from them, Weber adjusted the pressure of the jets as she soaped up a bath scrubber in her hands. When she attempted to bathe herself, he snatched the scrubber away.

“You can’t have that,” he told her, like an order given her by his badge. “You can’t bathe yourself. You must wait for me.”

With the heavenly subject of conversation past them, her shyness rushed back to disable her. She pulled all her dark hair around her to hide behind. She saw the moment he picked up on it, and she shouldn’t have thought he wouldn’t notice. It was his job to read clues. And she was too inexperienced to fake having been in this position before.

He took her hand and guided her to the wall away from the main assault of the water, and he gently put her back to the tiles. Taking the soap into his hands, he stood very close to her, and he teased her into a kiss. His naked closeness stirred her, his alpha-male nearness subliminally dominated, and she was surprised how every step he took toward her sizzled her into a surrender that shot tension and thrill through her.

His sensuous mouth. She recalled noticing the bow of Dokiel’s lips before he kissed her. They were very similar to Weber’s own.

When she was mesmerized by his lips, he put the soap in her hand, then took it to his chest. Then he trapped her small hand under his, and they slowly soaped his arms and shoulders, his sinewy chest and river-rapids abs. She watched his hand, the only other part of Dokiel she’d seen, scribbled with tattoos of angelic script. Weber’s hands were very similar. The angel’s and the cop’s hands were big-palmed, long-fingered, hot to the touch. The contact drew the air from the room for her, and she felt a mixture of want, excitement, and uncontrolled arousal she’d never felt before. But she’d never touched a man like this.

He gave her his sinewy back while he shampooed his hair, and she sudsed him down, driving away the shyness. Her hands all over his body, his broad, hard back, his narrow waist, his round ass. He was an extra-fine specimen of man. Her thighs were on fire just from touching him.

There was no way her chastity would last the night. She wanted to pack it in a shiny wrapped box with a big bow and hand it to him. It would soon be his.

Her soapy hands reached his hips, and he guided her hand around to his manhood. She took a big, anxious breath for the experience. Together they sudsed his thick, stiff shaft, gently bathing him. He was so hard and bigger than she expected. She knew for sure he would hurt her. Touching him just made her hungrier.

He groaned and took her hand away. “If you keep doing that, we’ll never leave this shower.”

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