When the last shadow warrior falls, so will all humanity.
With each demon he vanquishes in service to the Aztec sun god, Tomás fulfills his duty to defend humankind—and surrenders another piece of his humanity to his wolf spirit. All hope seems lost until a mission leads him to the door of the one thing he thought he’d never find…his spirit mate. The only woman who can save him from oblivion.
When Carolina hears the wolf’s howl, it pierces the very core of her lonely heart. Yet she dare not answer. As the last guardian of her land and the secret it contains, she is haunted by the mistake that cost the lives of her family. Never will she repeat that mistake, especially with a warrior who is more beast than man.
Chasing away the demon is easier than breaching the barriers around the heart of the young woman who possesses a strange power over water—and his very soul. But if they are to survive the night, he must convince her they are destined to stand together.
What the Critics Say
Library Journal “Recommended for fans of books with wild wolves that shift into brawny lovers and find their soul mates.” Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL
5 Stars San Diego RWA – “If you’re looking for a jam packed quick read, then this is for you. This novella is full of lush descriptions and enough Aztec history to make you turn the page for more. Carolina tries to be just an ordinary woman, but there is nothing ordinary about her and as a reader you know that from the first words. Add in Tomas, an ancient Aztec Shadow Warrior, and you can feel the soul searing sparks between these two characters burn up the pages as they work together to conquer their unknowns.” ~ Tami V.
4 Stars from Queentutt’s World of Escapism -”Aztec Mythology with a paranormal twist – totally loved it. The suspense has you on the edge of your seat in this short fast pace story. The Sun God, Goddess, Warrior, Guardian, wolf spirit, and evil demon filled this story with so much excitement just within the first page that I couldn’t believe the author packed all the action within 50 pages leaving me with wanting to know more about this pantheon of the Aztec world.” ~ Rhonda T.
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Rose That Rules All from Romancing the Blog Intrigue with paranormal aspect, fight scenes which had my heart pounding, secrets and hero’s and heroine’s that made me beg for more. I cannot wait to see what happens next! ~ Ivellese
Paranormal Romance WritersThis is a quick read at 50 pages but that doesn’t mean that the impact or story is any less. The relationship between Carolina and Tomas begins warily and fires up very quickly and is a very satisfactory read. ~ Heather
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A wolf’s howl pierced the desert silence, causing the animals to stir restlessly in their stalls. Wolves had been reintroduced into Arizona, but she had yet to see or hear one so close to her ranch. Was it an omen?
Carolina paused in her chores to stare out the open barn door into the gathering darkness.
For a moment, she let herself get caught up in the long, solitary note. It felt like a kindred spirit. She knew loneliness intimately. Only her loneliness did not come from the vast miles of the sun-parched Sonoran desert that surrounded her, but out of the necessity to protect her goddess, her land’s secret. As one of the few amongst her people to become a guardian, her choices were limited.
The one occasion she’d invested herself in another, he’d betrayed her. She’d foolishly placed her hope and trust in Billy and she’d paid a horrendous price. Her desire to find someone to share the workload, her joy and sadness, and the burden of her secret—just as her parents had done—had blinded her to the trap she’d walked into. By the time she understood what was happening, it was too late. Her parents were dead.
Her heart weighed heavy in her chest as if it had happened recently and not five years ago. The memory of her parents lingered too close to the surface today. This had been their land, their dream, and now it was hers to fight for. She’d vowed never to fail them again. Above her own needs came the higher purpose of protecting her goddess at all costs.
Her mare, Mariposa, snorted and reared up, pulling Carolina from her thoughts. The animals had been growing edgier with each passing minute. They sensed the evil that blew in with the warm desert breeze. She berated herself for not paying more attention to them.
Goose bumps prickled her skin. Her tattoo, a gift from the goddess, began a slow burn on her shoulder, a sure sign that evil was approaching. She felt the heat radiating through the fabric of her denim shirt. The last time she’d experienced the odd sensation, her world had fallen apart.
Cautiously, she turned her head, seeking the source.
Her breath came out in a gasp.
Less than ten feet away sat a magnificent gray wolf, watching her. Waiting.