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Deadly Design (Others of Edenton book nine)
Brandy L. Rivers
Erik Mortale is on the road to being one of the first Other Enforcers for the Silver Council. Monique DeSandre is an accomplished designer and enchanter. The two are fated to be together, but when someone Monique holds dear meets a tragic end, the following events rip the two lovers apart initially with pride and misconceptions keeping them apart for decades.
Years later, Erik is finally ready to move on after chasing Monique for most of his life while Monique is finally ready to give in to Erik’s advances and their fate. Mistrust clouds the relationship even though Erik can’t resist his love for Monique. When Erik is framed for murder, the two are forced back together. They must figure out who is framing Erik and fight to keep the Others safe while managing their tumultuous bond that is growing stronger by the day.
Standalone paranormal romance with a HEA. Mature audiences only.
I loved getting to read about how Erik and Monique fell in love when they were younger. The way Brandy handled the chapters starting over fifty years prior to the main story line was different, but I ended up really enjoying it.
The story does take a little bit to get into the main plot, but the path to get there has details pertinent to story. I did feel that the last chapter ended too quickly, but maybe I just wasn’t ready for the story to be over. I very much look forward to reading Declan’s story.