Dragged through hell, can two immortal lovers accept their fates?
Several citizens of Coventon have experienced bizarre near-drowning incidents, their lungs filling with water despite the fact that they're nowhere near water. These mysterious cases bewilder the medical community. When people begin to whisper about possible supernatural causes it makes Dr. Xandra Carrington even more concerned since her family are wiccans, and she doesn't want to deal with the negative attention this will bring to them. So she's more than a little put off when a hot-shot reporter shows up to investigate.
Jian Akvo is an award-winning journalist and author. When he arrives to investigate the strange incidents, he's captivated by the beautiful, young doctor. However, Xandra is cautious of Jian. As soon as she met him, she knew he was immortal, and when she discovered he was a Krevellian water wizard, she knew she couldn't trust him, because no one can trust a Krevellian.
Despite that, they end up joining forces in an effort to solve the mystery. Together they will face enemies and even visit the depths of hell. And during the journey Xandra finds herself drawn to Jian. Is it possible for the immortal daughter of a witch to find happiness with a water wizard? And will they find the answers they seek before it's too late?
Content Warning: contains explicit sexual content and some violence
Hands on his hips, the man towered over her like a giant. "I've been waiting for some time."
"I apologize." Xandra gave him her most winning smile and spoke the soothing tone she used with difficult patients. "But as you know, hospitals are busy. And unfortunately, tonight was especially so."
He seemed to cool a bit, and she noticed the muscles in his jaw relax.
"I've not introduced myself. I'm Dr. Xandra Carrington, and the chief of staff asked me to speak with you." She extended her hand. "It's good to meet you."
"I'm Jian Akvo." He took her hand and shook it. Almost instantly, a burning sensation traveled up her arm to her heart. She started to perspire as she felt his energy, it was white-hot and it made her sizzle all over.
Damn, she hated her abnormal abilities. Why couldn't she be clueless like everyone else? He's furious enough to make my blood boil. I need to cool him down or we'll both go up in steam. She looked directly into his eyes. Damn it, I knew it, he's not human. He's a warlock or a wizard. What the hell did he want with their town? He should be able to sense her family's presence there and be deterred.
Quickly, she pulled her hand out of his grasp, but the odd feeling lingered. Evidently, he doesn't need to be deterred. He's incredibly powerful and probably fears nothing and no one. Maybe he was behind the odd near-drowning episodes. A spark of awareness ignited in his gaze, and he finally smiled. Her knees weakened as his face transformed. Now he was even more devastatingly handsome. Often evil is pretty, she reminded herself. It was as if now he truly saw her and his demeanor abruptly shifted. He knows I'm different too. Of course he does.
"Mr. Akvo, would you like to go to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee? I can try to answer your questions."
"That sounds perfect. You can call me Jian. May I call you Xandra?"
"Yes, certainly. Follow me please. The cafeteria will be mostly empty at this time, and their coffee is delicious."
"That will be a first for a hospital. However, it seems this hospital has a lot of…differences." He winked. "Lead the way, Xandra." He stepped back, giving her space.
The atmosphere in the room was thick with electric energy. It bounced between them like a volleyball. If there's a spark, an explosion might take out this whole hospital.
They walked in silence down a hallway to the elevator. She could feel him sizing her up and she was doing the same, hopefully without being as obvious. It was as if, as soon as his annoyance evaporated and he touched her, he noticed her, really seeing her for the first time. Now, she had his full attention, whether she wanted it or not.
At the last minute she decided to take the stairs. She veered to the left and pushed the stairwell's door open. She took off up the steps quickly. He was right behind her without hesitation. When she got to the fifth floor she exited the staircase to the cafeteria. She looked over her shoulder at him. He was unaffected by the exercise. Of course he'd be fine. He's obviously the perfect specimen of good health. Being immortal does help. She rolled her eyes, careful he couldn't see it.
Then she turned to look at him. "I hope taking the stairs was okay. It helps me stay alert for my late-night shift," she lied. "It's a habit. I'm sorry."
"No problem." He grinned. His bright white teeth emphasized his nicely tanned complexion. She could tell by the twinkle in his eyes that he fully understood her motivation and found her to be amusing. "The elevator can be claustrophobic, and I prefer the stairs anyway." He shrugged as they both headed toward the food area. It was self-serve, and he picked up a cup and filled it from the coffee dispenser. She walked up next to him with a tray in hand. "Do you take cream or sugar?" he asked.
"A little of both. Thank you." She got another tray and handed it to him.
"Here you go, you can make it how you like it." He sat the creamers and sugars on her tray. "I take mine black."
"I'm not surprised," she whispered under her breath.
"What?" He looked over at her and gave her a lopsided grin. "What did you say?"
"Nothing." She shook her head hard enough for some of her hair to fall free from its bun.
"Yes, you said you're not surprised." He tilted his head to the side as he regarded her. "Well, I'm not surprised you take cream and sugar. You look like the sugary-creamy kind of woman."