The legend is whispered from one generation to another about the fate of two people who will save the lives of many. When the ground starts to shake and the ancient volcano god is warming below, needing to release his pressure once more, one woman and one man will come together, taking the fire and pressure into themselves, calming him once more.
But will the other six follow suit?
Bella Ozter hated her life. She always felt like an outsider, ignored to the point that even her mother and father couldn’t look her in the face and tell her what was wrong with her. Bella is ready to leave Ohio for someplace warm, to find that one special man who will love and cherish her, even though she is plump and geeky. But her plans changed when she died twice in the hospital after being hit head-on by a drunk driver.
Raul Lombardi was one of the most powerful of his kind—half-wolf and half-gargoyle—in the United States, and he loved his life in Vegas. With his family and the elders of his pack hounding him over and over again about fulfilling his destiny, whispers about his fate made him cringe. There was no way a single human female could please him and make him happy—or, for that matter, help him understand what he was. But if it meant saving his people, Raul would do anything, even sacrifice his life to the fires below. After all, gargoyles have been protecting the human race since the beginning of time.
“What the hell were you doing?” he snapped when the call connected.
“I was holding on very tight actually. I wanted to say that I’m sorry my friend threatened you. It was wrong, and she had no right. After all, we don’t even know if I’m yours or not,” Bella said, and her voice calmed him.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to snap. You shouldn’t be taking off, Bella. What if something happened to you?” he growled and she laughed.
“Something has happened, Raul. I just needed to feel normal for a minute, and having a quiet beer with a friend, well, it helped. I love the water and watching it come on the shore. It’s peaceful here, and it’s sad that I have to give it all up. Oh, and don’t be too mad at your brother. He was a gentleman, unfortunately,” she mumbled and he smiled.
“If you’re nice, maybe I’ll allow you to dance with me if you want,” she said.
“Oh, I want, and I can promise I won’t be a gentleman, little fire. Soon, I’ll help put those flames out,” he growled. “Now let me talk to my brother and you go get some sleep. Tomorrow will be a long day in the car. Wait! Why don’t you fly here in the plane? There is no need for you to drive now.” He cringed saying the words that hurt her.
“I guess you’re right. I’ll talk with Charley. Here’s your brother.”
Raul heard Mario asking her what was wrong before he came on the line.
“Damn it, Raul, what the hell did you say to her?” he snarled.
“Getting a little protective there, brother, aren’t you? And I screwed up. I just suggested you fly back here since there was no need to drive. I didn’t mean to hurt her.” Raul sat on the porch railing as one of his wolves howled in the distance.