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To prevent their imminent murder, Bethanie Clark flees New York City with her 11-year-old son Ethan. Her destination - a remote cabin isolated high in the Smoky Mountains.

A city dweller her entire life, she never realized there was more threatening their lives than the enemies of her son’s father. In winter, in the high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains, surviving the elements is a challenge.

During one innocent foray into the forest, she and Ethan become lost. With night descending rapidly, poorly dressed for a sudden blizzard and lacking any shelter, Bethanie realizes she has unwittingly sentenced herself and her son to death. Mother Nature would accomplish what her human enemies could not.

For 25 years, the Guardian shadow known as Lycos has rid the earth of the embodiments of evil - individuals so dark they no longer deserved to be called human. Continually, he absorbs their evil to blend in, to get close to his targets, and over time, he acknowledges the difference between him and his prey has grown impossibly fine.

For Lycos, an off-the-grid, self-sustaining home bored into the side of a granite mountain provides blessed sanctuary. His quiet retreat from humanity is shattered with an unexpected call from Guardian that tasks him with protecting a woman and her son.

A hardened killer, Lycos balances on the fine line of damnation. When he saves a mother and her son from freezing to death, this one act has the power to redeem him, for the pair will offer him the fulfillment of an impossible dream - unconditional love and an exit from the world of the Shadows.

To his sorrow, leaving his former life won’t be so easy, for the evil Bethanie fled away from has found them, and they have Ethan.

©2019 Kris Michaels (P)2020 Kris Michaels

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  • 12-11-20

Never disappointed!

It doesn’t matter how many times I read or listen to these books, I am NEVER disappointed! Excellent plots, characters, banter, inter-relationships, tender moments, sexy moments, hard emotions, touching vulnerability....this author has it all and delivers time and time again. Read in order for the best results and I swear you will never regret it. 10 stars. 😉

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  • Alison Linsell
  • 11-29-20

Fantastic!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Story line held my attention and Matt Haynes performance adds to the experience. Would highly recommend this book.

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  • hayho
  • 11-26-20

Fabulous series

This is a great book and is part of a brilliant series. Lycos is one of the Shadows and works for Guardian. Bethany is on the run from evil who want to remove her because she might know something. Narration as always is great. Can’t wait for Thanatos!

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  • 12-02-20

good but not great

this was definately out on it's own! we hardly hear of Lycos and this story let's you know why. there's a few chinks in Ms Michael's storyline and it seems she has no choice but to write it like this as the antagonists aren't finished. I'm stuck now as thanatos isn't on audible yet. there was no slow build up in this story...it skipped through pretty quick and there wasn't much deep retrospection from any of the main players. lots of background story to fill us in though. I found it unusual that Lycos was so forthcoming with his past and his occupation....for a solitary man he didn't seem to mind sharing???? none of the other guardians/shadows liked to put what they do out there for spouses etc...found it to be a flaw in the story. I missed the rest of the family and hoped the D's where going to meet their family....perhaps in another book.