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Title: Judgment: Lars (Part 2 of The Judgment Duet)
Author: Lora Ann
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Dark Urban Fantasy
The action-packed conclusion of The Judgment Duet.
Neither fallen nor pure … he lies in between.
Redemption is unheard of for a fallen angel, but Lars is unlike any other. His heart is overwhelmed with grief as the child with extraordinary gifts still needs protection. And a certain Dark One prowls in search of all who stand in the way.
The gatekeeper who holds Lars’ heart becomes prey, and he finds himself going straight to Hell. The lesson that all things come at a cost also brings him face-to-face with another life-altering choice. No one is more shocked than Lars when he is called to lead a new army of those like him—in between. But evil has plans of its own.
The clouds hung heavy midway between the forest floor and the tree tops, haunting yet beautiful. Light attempted to pierce through the eerie blanket, to no avail. Sharadian sat on her perch from above him, her soul torn. If she went to him, he could reject her again. A fate she didn’t have the strength for. If she stayed where she was, and he learned of it, well, his wrath might destroy what was left of her sanity. And if she did nothing… “Tell me how to help him,” she cried with her face toward that persistent light.
Silence met her pleas. She deserved more than that. Why hasn’t He sent his guard to lock me away? Her eyes fixed on the Angel who held her heart in his hand. Maybe that was her problem all along. She gave Lars precedence over the Creator. A raven joined her on her perch. “I have failed him in more ways than I can count,” she confessed, swiping at the tears that refused to abate.
The intelligent bird turned toward her. Her gifts were not conducive to animals. But the trees were another story. Energy radiated from the branch to her core. Comfort, but something else lingered in the air as the cloud cover thickened. She fought to keep her eyes on Lars, but he disappeared behind the curtain that fell. “Please,” she implored on a sob and lost her hold, falling.
Damp, dead leaves stirred as she remained face down in the dirt. Her companion spread his wings, majestic in his black beauty, as she glanced up. “You’ve come to gloat,” she accused. “Watch the Gatekeeper’s fall from grace. Well, you’re too late. But, by all means, go ahead and mock me.”
Instead, the bird came closer and cawed. What was he trying to convey? Tell her she was a failure? Aware of all her mistakes, she pushed up to her knees but remained with her face on the ground. A strong flap of wings raised her hair and her gaze once more.
“What do you want from me?” she cried.
“I am sorry. Is that what you need to hear?” She reared back and screamed. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done!”
Black eyes searched hers when she finished. No trickery, just intelligence stared into her soul. He hopped forward, bobbed his head, and took flight. She remained on her knees, searching. “Figures. You’re a stupid girl for hoping that was somehow a sign of redemption,” she mumbled to herself.
“Negative self-talk only keeps you from doing what you’re supposed to do,” came a voice from behind.
She peered over her shoulder. “Laish, I’m a lost cause without a purpose.”
“I can’t disagree with you.” he scoffed. “But, Sharadian, I wouldn’t be here if that were true.”
She stood and faced him. “You just said you agreed with me.”
“I did. I do have my own opinions.”
Her eyes widened. “Why are you here?”
“To help you fix this epic error you have made,” he affirmed.
She shook her head. “There’s no fixing the fact I made a deal with the opposing team.”
“Yes, that was a grievous mistake. However, one that can be used for good.”
“How?” pacing before she stopped abruptly, “Ohhhhh, you want me to play both sides.”
He grinned slightly. “More or less.”
“But how can good ask for anything less than honest?”
“If you actually think that is what is being asked of you, then you do not understand the meaning of good,” he apprised.
“Right,” she sighed. “It can’t. So then…”
He stepped closer and placed his hand above her heart. “You must be certain this is not deceiving you.”
“Are you asking me to stop loving Lars?” The words alone brought a barrage of tears.
“Sharadian, love is not the problem. It never was.”
“You have all the answers, you just don’t want to accept them.”
She backed away. “That’s not true.”
“But it is.”
She wanted to refute him, to rage at his misunderstanding, but she couldn’t. He was right. She glanced up, but he was nowhere to be found. Figured. Once more, she was at a crossroads. If she chose wrong, many would get hurt. If chose right, some still might. There was no easy path. Both were hard and treacherous. She fell to her knees and wailed, “I can’t do this! Do you hear me? I cannot do this!”
Lita T’s Review:
Judgement: Lars Part 2 of The Judgment Duet Lora Ann picks up where Kain left off. Kain is mortally injured. Afton is beside herself. Lars is coming to terms with being brought back into the fold while the team tries to keep Cole safe. The fight between good and evil continues in this book. There are many different stories going on between the different characters. This book was more about the forbidden love between the characters than the safety of Cole. Somewhere along the line that storyline fell by the wayside. Not sure if there was a true resolution as to whether that fight is still in play. We do see the conclusion to the forbidden love; a love that caused a group of friends to implode. For those who know their Bible and the stories between good and evil this might not be the book for them. I personally found it interesting even with the religious undertone. Between the profanity used and the BDSM aspect this book is really something to behold. Angels, demons, goblins, imps, dragon, half breeds and other creatures, this book has it all. Definitely nothing like anything I have ever read. 3.5 star read.
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Judgment: Kian (Part 1 of The Judgment Duet)
by Lora Ann
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Dark Urban Fantasy
“You are hereby sentenced to one lifetime on Earth as a human.”
Kian kneels as they rip the wings from his body, strip him of his armor, and give him the form of a man. His orders are clear. “Find the child. He will be of great power someday if you can protect him during the most vulnerable time of his life.” The floor of gold opens…
Afton finds safety in isolation, penance for a past she wants to escape, until a man appears on her hike. Did he fall from the sky?
Kian and Afton discover their explosive bond will be taken to the brink as sides are chosen in the war for souls.
More than love is at stake.
More than lives lie in the balance.
And an unexpected, hair-raising twist will alter it all.
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About the Author
A homeschooling mom by day and hot, steamy romance writer by night, there isn’t an adventure Lora Ann doesn’t mind taking.
The love of travel led her to the career of an international flight attendant as a young adult. And she still loves to travel, although her “wings” are now retired. Spending time with her sons, friends, hiking, and disappearing into the realm of all things possible, are just a few of her favorite things.
Lora does believe in happily-ever-after but knows that it doesn’t come without hard work and fight. Her stories reflect that real-life struggle and those who seek to destroy. Not only does Lora write romance, but she blends in action and adventure, suspense, crime, along with jaw dropping thrillers. Her newest genre is paranormal and dark urban fantasy. Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life as you dive into her books.
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