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What is the connection between you and our handsome host? Aunt B asked.

Blackberries taste much worse when they try to come back up your throat. "Uhhh..."

"Uhhh is not an answer," Keira informed me.

Andre must not have told her about Hugh, and I had no desire to explain who my dad was. "We never met but we were trained by the same person. Now he works for a very powerful man who will kill me if he finds me."

"Why?" Keira asked.

"It's a family thing."

"That explains the attraction," Aunt B said.

"Attraction?"

"You're that thing he can't have. It's called forbidden fruit."

"I'm not his fruit!"

"He thinks you are. The word you're looking for is "smitten," my dear." Aunt B smiled. "I'm sure the way Megobari looked at you made Curran positively giddy.


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Did those nice church ladies come by again?"
He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then t...
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George grimaced. “Jack is spoiled. Things are hard for him, but he isn’t the only one who doesn...
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Doode," George said.
He'd practiced all morning but still didn't get it quite right. "Nope, mor...
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My point is, I would never hurt you or your family.”
I raised my chin at him. “If you tried...
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Enough," Curran said. An unmistakable command saturated his voice. Jim clicked his mouth shut. I cro...
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Oh no, is it naked time?
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Please, Kate. Suspend your dislike of me for a few moments and listen to what I have to say. It make...
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No matter what happens, you will always be Pack. Because you have that loyalty and restraint. Not hu...
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I can't give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you'd set it on fire.
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Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.”
“Maybe you should have it...
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Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its hou...
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Congratulations," he said, his voice dry. "You finally managed to find a woman as tragically noble a...
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I'm counting to ten in my head."
"Is it helping?"
"No."
"It doesn't help me with you ...
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I've read your summary."
"And?"
"It's not incompetent."
Be still, my heart, so I don'...
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You will not pass!” Roman thundered.
Great. Now he had decided he was Gandalf.
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You say the sweetest things. And that spaghetti perfume you're wearing is to die for. No hobo could ...
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Breaking into the house in the middle of the night just wasn't his style. He did his best work in pl...
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Oh, so it was a lifesaving kiss."

"Well, if you want to put it that way..."

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You’re the most experienced investigator I’ve got who’s not tied up in something, and I can’...
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Kate smirked.
"What?"
"Your horse looks pink."
"So?"
"If you paste some stars on...
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Would you like to work here with me?
We have no clients and the pay is shit.
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I have a serious question."

"I will give a serious answer."

"Can a god be kill...
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I batted my eyelashes and did my best to appear dumb as a board
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I gave him my Order smile: sweet grin, hard eyes, reached over to my passenger seat, and pulled out ...
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Raphael turned me over and looked at me, his face close to mine. "You and I will never be done.You'r...
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Are you implying that our relationship is like a Spanish soap opera?”

“I’m not imp...
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Kate stood by the door with her arms crossed.
That was an anti-Curran pose. What the hell was t...
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Since we’re playing that game… I tilted my face up to his and gave him a lovesick gaze.
“...
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Ascanio..."
"Yes, Consort?"
"I think you misunderstand the whole nature of what it means t...
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She put her hands over her face. Ah crap. What do I do now? Do I say something, do I not say somethi...
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Who is there with you?"

"Raphael"

Kate's voice snapped. "I'll be in Atlanta in...
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If you come back to me, I'll never leave you", I whispered into the furry ear. "I'll make you all th...
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Cute. I think I would prefer to be stabbed in the eye rather than be called cute.
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Have you ever met someone and felt… I don't know how to describe it, felt a chance at having somet...
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Because he has the best equipment in the City and he knows how to use it!
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You should name him Fezzik."
"Inconceivable.
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It seems that the young woman made some indelicate suggestion of a threesome...When I got there, Mis...
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What's that?"
"That's my attack poodle.
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Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?"
"Yep."
"Is he carrying the moon on his pitchfo...
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Are you out of your mind?"
It's not polite to lie to your best friend. "It's a possibility.
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The phone rang. I picked it up.
“Are you sitting down?” Curran's voice asked.
“Yes...
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Fuck the pack. I gave them fifteen years of my life. I fought for them, bled for them, and the momen...
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Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.
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I had the metabolism of a hummingbird on crack.
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Now climb, young grasshopper, so your Kung Fu won't be weak.
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You're an interesting woman."
"Your interest has been duly noted.
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You don't cause problems. You cause catastrophes.
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He whirled in the water and grinned at me. Damn, he was a handsome bastard. I realized he was half-n...
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Call her out,” Arabella said.
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So, are we still on tonight? For our dinner?” I asked.
“Hell, yes. We’re on for tonight. ...
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I don’t believe she sees him as family,” Cornelius said.
“She can see him however she wan...
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I like that you’re jealous.”
“Rogan, put the car back.”
“Come to dinner with me ...
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Curran snarled and hurled the rock against the mountain. The boulder flew, hit like a cannon ball, a...
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Go home, kiss your wives, hug your children and put your affairs in order, because tomorrow I will b...
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May I say that I am delighted that my favorite alpha is feeling better. Why, you'll be running reckl...
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I came to the table, pulled up a chair, and sat.

“Everyone brought a pet. I feel left ...
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I said, I know why you’re afraid to fight with me.”
"And why is that?” If he flexed again...
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His Majesty needs a can-I girl anyway. And I’m not it.”
“A can-I girl?” Andrea frowned....
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I lied. I need your help."
"Who are we killing?"
"Do you have a pen?
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...you expect me to fall on my back with my legs spread."
"Not necessarily. ... You can fall on...
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Curran looked back at me. "Why is it you always attract creeps?"

"You tell me." Ha! Walke...
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Would you care for something to drink?”
“Is it poisoned?”
“It’s Saturday,” I...
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She crouched with her hand out. What the hell was she doing… "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty." Oh my Go...
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There are only two things that can screw this up for us: you and me."
"Then we're doomed for su...
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If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.
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you might want to decide fast. We live in a dangerous world. If you see a chance to be happy, you ha...
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That's all right," she told him. "I can manage. I can sleep outside just fine."
Four pairs of e...
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Did I hurt you in the parking lot?"
"No, m'lady. I fell, so I could put a tracker on your car."...
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You're right, my problems are the biggest problems ever," George said. "No, honestly, it's horrible ...
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I would try being friends with her, but she's too busy being a smartass."

"Now you know h...
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Jack didn’t fully get Jesus. Audrey tried to explain it, and he could repeat it back to her, word ...
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When in doubt, poke the beehive with a stick to see if anything interesting flies out.
I clappe...
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Everybody has something, that one thing they must do to feel happy. I think this is yours, and I wan...
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I know people who will gently persuade you to be forthcoming.
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I've been assigned to bodyguard you."
You've got to be kidding me.
Derek snorted. ILONA ANDREWS
swore. “Barabas said you might say that. I’m supposed to tell you this.” Ascanio cleared his t...
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