By Elizabeth Jeannel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
three girls her age are found dead. When Alex's father forces her mother to skip town with him, possibly for good, they leave Alex behind to fend for herself and unfold years of lies they have built her life upon. Jaze, who has been invisible by her side for months, appears just in time to eliminate any normality that remained in her life. He's tall, dark and terrifying, though that wasn’t his intent. Just as Jaze is earning Alex's trust, the Council, a feared and powerful group of leaders from his world, orders him to protect her with his life.
Jaze quickly becomes torn between his duty and his love for Alex. When her real memories of her childhood return, Alex tumbles head first into Jaze's strange world and into his arms. While Jaze soon finds that Alex may not be the ordinary girl he had originally assumed her to be. Together the two of them discover that sometimes love and simplicity aren't always options in life.
“You are just what?” He whispered the breath from his words caressed my face, sending peppermint wafting toward me.
“I’m scared.” I whispered back.
“What of?” He asked frowning as he gently pushed a piece of hair from my face like he constantly did when he spoke to me.
“Loving you, you loving me.”
“And why does that scare you so?”
“Because every action has a consequence, Jaze.” I nearly snapped, forcing myself to look away from his intense stare.
“You will not be punished for your love, Alex.” He frowned, straining to see my face.
“But you might.” I murmured as I looked back at him. “You said yourself the council punishes people, and that members of the Guard aren’t allowed to even have friends. So, loving me is just going to cause you more grief than good.”
I wanted to add that I was an assignment; I was part of his work, and once that was over, he would be onto the next thing. I was sure that there were had to be rules about this sort of thing, even in his world, but I held my tongue. I wasn’t sure that I was ready to tell him I had been eavesdropping the night before.
“Alex, whom I love, that is my choice.” He insisted. “The council does not control my life, just my job security.”
“So, you’d throw everything away for me?” I asked as I took a step back. “Your family; your friends. You told me that if you chose to be with me, you could die, Jaze. You’d risk your life for me? You—”
“Yes,” He interrupted, moving closer to me. “Yes I would.”
“No. No, I won’t let you.”
To all of my friends and my family who have been by my side through this journey, thank you for your support. And to you reading this now, thank you for taking the time from your day. If you have big dreams, remember you can do anything with determination and a whole lot of guts. I hope I can inspire others the way that other authors have inspired me with not just my writing, but with life itself.