Ali Lucia Sky
(The Powers That Be, #2)
Publication date: February 8th 2022
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
With Michaela in the debt of Shayteen, Whisper is finally free of the Hell World he suffered in for hundreds of demon years. But there seems to be a price for Whisper’s all-new freedom and it has made Whisper’s life just as, or even more complicated. Whisper is serving his true nature and dealing with Michaela’s service to Shayteen, all while trying to hang on to a stubborn soulmate, who won’t forgive him for the most ridiculously perceived transgressions in this life, and one or two from some previous ones. Stuck in the middle of everything, is a broken hearted Gabriel, whose odd obsessions with cooking shows, has turned him into Suzy Homemaker.
~ It’s best to know, you leave those you care about before they leave you. I’m Theadora Langdon … and EVERYTHING sucks.
Whisper is taller than I remember.
And his eyes. They are an unearthly blue with a ring of black that outlines the electric color. It’s an otherworldly mark that should raise alarm. Humans need to take care with Whisper. There is a volatility that is promised in that ring.
But it’s the burning anger in his gaze, reserved solely for me, that I can’t escape. It strips me down to the bare bones of my shame. Shame I have for what I’ve done to the girl my brother loves more than life. Whisper’s fury burns me because I know it’s rooted in his feelings and loyalty to Michaela.
“Yeah it’s totally Michaela’s fault I’m here. It’s Michaela’s sacrifice that has makes her watch her mom get more and more sick. It’s Michaela’s pain that cripples her because she knows that Gabe is miserable. It was Michaela’s contrition that screwed her over when she thought she was doing something for a friend, only to find out that person never existed. And it’s her reward for all that to find out she gets no support for any of it from her so-called friends.” He throws the sponge in the water as if it were the offending source of his displeasure.
“You know what Thea, I can’t believe I thought you were something special. That I wanted you at all. You are ugly on the inside where most people have a heart. And your brother’s right about one thing, you are nothing but a child.” He turns and walks away from me.
The feeling of being insignificant buckles my knees.
I have so much anger living inside me, so much of it unresolved. From what my friends did to me while I lived in California, it is easy to take it out on Michaela. She’s a glutton right now, a target that I could lob negativity at because she is the focus of so much bad. But this moment burned hollow by Whisper’s rage.
Ali Lucia Sky is the author of The Powers That Be series. She lives in Southern California with her husband and a house full of kitty cats and a yard full of crows.
She loves laughing, drinking good coffee, the smell of pizza, and supporting animal rescues.
When she isn’t writing or dreaming of new stories, she can be found planning her next vacation because traveling is LIFE.
If you encounter her in the wild, don’t be offended if she should run away. She’s timid with strangers, but can be plied with shiny things and pictures of your cat or dog.
She’s a weirdo like that.