Never take Fate along on a date. The kiss goodnight could be deadly. Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor. Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine. Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction. Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.
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"Cut the crap, Tess. Why were you following me?"
"How do you know I was following you?" Oops. She meant to say, "What makes you think I was following you?"
He gave a knowing smile—that looked ridiculously sexy rather than irritating. "I know you don’t want to insult my intelligence so let’s just say for argument’s sake, if you were following me, why would that be?"
At least she’d gotten him to change his tone.
"Truthfully?" She leaned a little closer to him. She couldn’t help it.
"That would be nice."
"I’m really not a very nice person," she announced.
"Neither am I." He reached out and moved a strand of hair behind her ear.
Was he trying to confuse her? Because it was working. She’d nearly fallen into his hand before he pulled it away. He was indeed a very bad man.
"That’s good. I hate nice guys. So where does that leave us?"
"I haven’t got all night, Tess." He lowered his chin, indicating—she presumed—he was growing tired of their banter.
She lifted an eyebrow. "No? That’s too bad. I’m a night owl. I can—"
"Answer my question before I haul you to your car over my shoulder." His tone sent a little zing of pleasure right to the tips of her breasts.
"As if you could—" She was over his shoulder in one second flat. He moved swiftly, quietly and with superhuman strength. Uh oh. "Hey, put me down!"
He started down the alley, seemingly unbothered by her spastic attempts to get him to let her go. "You ready to walk and talk now?"
"Fine," she conceded, although the view of his backside was pretty damn good.
When both feet securely hit the ground, she tugged down her dress and shifted the V-neck into place. He watched her squirm to put the rest of the material back where it belonged and his roving eyes heated her from the inside out.
"I followed you because I wanted to help."
He started walking. "Do I look like I need help?" A little gleam—and major interest?—flickered in his sideways glance.
"Well, no. But I’m very capable and I didn’t feel like going home, so I decided there was no harm in making myself available to you should you need me." She took a deep breath. It was time to put the question out there. "Did you know Dane is a—"
"Wolfen? Yeah I know."
"How do you—"
He stopped and turned toward her with confusion and passion in his deep blue eyes. For several seconds he stared at her, like he was trying to get inside her head. Guess what she was thinking. "I’m the leader of the Night Runners," he finally said.
She imagined he’d told her something he’d never told another human being before.
What the hell was she going to do now?
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Veiled Target by Robin Bielman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Veiled Target : A Veiler's Novel Book 1 by Robin Bielman is a 2014 Samhain publication.
What is a “Veiler”? Well, my understanding of it is they are shifters, “Wolfen”. Trey is a Veiler ( actually, there is more to his heritage, but I don't want to say too much) and the first man in five years that has Tess feeling “the tingles”. A blind date neither of them of them were looking forward to answers the oft asked question- Do you believe in fate?
Well, as it happens, the next target assigned to Tess by P.I.E is a Veiler named “Hugh”. Tess is going through some problems with her job and if she messes up one more time she is out, not just fired, but out, as in DEAD. So, just her luck she finds out her blind date is her target.
Hugh has a lot on his shoulders as the leader of the Night Runners and Trey is his missing friend. Tess is a complication he doesn't need right now. Once it's clear that she is on a blind date with her intended target, Tess knows she should take advantage of the situation, after all this is her very last chance, but she just can't seem to make the kill.
Tess is a girl that has known real love and real heartbreak and tragedy. As a result she has had to really toughen up, especially if she ever wanted to avenge her fiance's death. Over time she has learned to kill without emotion or conscience. Nothing could have prepared her for the situation she found herself in with Hugh. No one had ever discovered her cover but this time she is bound to be found out.So what will happen to her then? Well, Tess will have to agree to help Hugh find his fellow Night Runners. But, it's catch 22 for Tess, she can let Hugh live and have her boss eliminate her, or she will have to take a chance on Hugh despite the fact that some lines are blurred, like some pack members are good and others not and Tess doesn't have a choice but the help both the good and the bad if she hopes to get out of this alive.
Tess is in a “can't win” situation and it all comes down to the wire. Hugh, The Veilers, The Wolfen, her lust for vengeance, the lives of those she loves and cares about against her very own. Can she trust Hugh? Can he trust her?
Veiled Target is a steamy paranormal romance with shades of urban fantasy. Ladies, you will really like Hugh and you will feel for the tough position Tess is in. I did feel like the book got off to a slow ,slow start. At first, the dialogue seemed forced and the action felt kind of cheesy and over the top. But, by say, chapter seven the kinks had been worked out a little and the story flowed much more smoothly. It didn't take long before I found myself caring about the characters and pulling for them to live through the war they were fighting and make it to the other side in one peace and with a HEA. I have not read a paranormal or Urban Fantasy in a little while, so this was a nice change of pace. Overall this one is a 3.5 rounded to 4.