Anna Durand

Book Cover: Reborn to Avenge (Reborn, Part 3)

A passion that outlasts time itself…

Dawn and her lover Jake Maxwell share a sizzling bond even death can't sever, reunited through his reincarnation and her awakening after three thousand years as a mummy. They're on the run from Redeo Biotech, the company that resurrected her — and Redeo's founder, Anton Vahl, is hell-bent on reclaiming her to mine the secrets of her rebirth. When he offers to let Jake go free if Dawn surrenders to him, she must sacrifice her freedom to save the man she's loved for eternity.

The power of vengeance is undying too…

With Dawn in his clutches, Vahl sets out to help her regain her lost memories, of the life she lived in ancient Egypt. She may be forced to submit to his tests, but she will never give in to his will. Underneath the scientific curiosity, she senses a darkness more disturbing than his claims of legal ownership over her body. As Jake embarks on a desperate quest to uncover Vahl's true motives and free Dawn, she is shocked by what her newfound memories expose about her past and her future. Now she's in a battle for her life and her soul, determined to vanquish an evil that knows no bounds.

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A bead of sweat on her forehead slithered down her temple. "What happens if I decline your generous offer?"

"My men are waiting outside—hidden, of course. They will take you by force, and I imagine Jake will intervene, with serious consequences to his health."

"You'll kill him."

Vahl shrugged. "That depends upon how much he fights."

Ice frosted over her heart. He'd fight to the death, she knew it. For her, he'd risk anything. She loved him, more than reason allowed, and she loved his protective instincts. But not when they put him in danger.

She studied Jake, at his chiseled profile taut with contained fury, until he sensed her attention and his eyes rotated toward her. His expression softened a little, his eyes shimmering with empathy, but his tight smile betrayed his concern.

Let him die? Hell no. They hadn't come this far to lose each other now.

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Despite rifling through her brain for a better plan, she came up empty. So that left her with one choice. One terrifying, unthinkable decision.

Jake's anger disintegrated into muted horror. He shook his head.

She prayed her face revealed to him her sorrow and love. She prayed he'd understand, someday, somehow, why she did this.

Facing Vahl, she said, "I'll go with you."

"No!"

Jake's exclamation resounded in the tiny room, a bellow of such magnitude, filled with so much grief and rage, it rattled her eardrums and rent her soul. No, Jake, please don't fight this.

His body quivered, his jaw grinding. He glowered at Vahl with enough heat to melt steel. "You. Can't. Have. Her."

The softness of his voice carried a deadly threat.

Dawn rushed to his side, seizing his arm in both hands. "Please, Jake, please. Don't do this. I've made up my mind, I'm sorry, I can't lose you."

The quaking in his jaw bled into his lips. A pallor seeped into his skin, yet his expression remained stony.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, hugging him tight, and whispered in his ear. "I'm sorry. Please forgive me."

He made no response, in voice or body, his every muscle stiff. She withdrew, biting her lip to stave off the tears burning in her eyes. Then she confronted Vahl.

"Are you ready, my dear?" he asked.

"Yes."

He rose and placed a hand on the small of her back to guide her toward the door. Jake blocked their way, a pillar of granite flesh and stone-cold eyes. Dawn beseeched him with her gaze, and somehow he knew what she wanted, because he took one wide step to the side.

Vahl swung the door inward. "My men will instruct you on how to contact us. As I said, you're welcome to visit her."

Jake fixed his scalding glare on the wall. He blew a breath out through his nostrils.

Dawn let Vahl escort her through the door. As she passed Jake, his fingers sprang out to brush hers. She clasped them briefly, her throat constricting, then shuffled outside to the silver sedan awaiting them.

Inside the car, settled into the passenger seat, she buckled her seatbelt and looked out the windshield. Jake stood in the doorway. Tall. Tense. Impassive.

She watched him while Vahl backed the car out of the parking space, craning her neck to see him when the vehicle swung left, coming up parallel to the building. And she kept watching until the doorway shrank out of sight.

Vahl patted her knee. "Don't worry, child. You are in my care now."

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Reviews:on Romancing the Book:

I enjoyed the connection between the characters and the revelation of their past connection of guardian/lovers. It brings a bit of depth into this story which kept me interested.... In this story I really liked how the secondary characters were more rounded bringing them into the story to show their connection to both Jake and Dawn. Vahl wants Dawn for his own and within this story we soon learn the twist and I can say I didn't see this coming. I also was very surprised with another revelation as Jake seeks help to rescue Dawn. Well, I can't tell all the secrets...You will just have to read this three short stories and find out you own answers.... All in all was a good read.