Paisley Nichols owns Paisley Vakery and Cafe in San Francisco, California. After the disaster that was her last relationship Paisley took herself out of the dating market and focused on her business. She rents a garage apartment. But when she finds herself interested in a regular customer, Paisley decides she is ready to start dating again. When he asks her out for coffee she agrees to go. Things go bad on that first date and she decides she does not want to see him again. But he will not take no for an answer and starts sending her gifts, calling at all hours, and showing up at the cafe. Unknown to Paisley he is not just a stalker but he is a Mage, and he is very dangerous.
Iskander is not only Paisley's landlord but he is a fiend. A fiend is a kind of demon. Iskander is also an assassin working for the local warlord. Iskander has his home and Paisley's apartment warded so that any Magekind or the mageheld cannot enter the building. When he notices that the wards to the apartment have been broken he goes to check it out. But all he finds is a very ill Paisley. When he first rented the apartment to her, he did so because she was full human. But now she is radiating magic just like a witch does. When the stalker destroys her apartment, Iskander asks her to stay in the house with him until he can get her apartment fixed. Paisley knows nothing about the world of demons and magekind. She knows something strange is happening to her. Iskander will have to keep her safe from the mage and teach her how to control her new powers. Iskander was betrayed by his blood twin for the very mage that is after Paisley. Iskander and Paisley are drawn to each other. But will they be able to stay safe from the danger stalking them long enough for their feeling for each other to grow.
This is the fourth installment in Ms. Jewel's My Immortal series. This is a story about two people who have been hurt by love before. Ms. Jewel brings these amazing characters to life. She is able to blend the two different worlds together with ease. There is enough action and romance to balance the story out. The characters are interesting, even the villains. Ms. Jewel's My Immortal series should be on everyone's reading list. She is an auto buy for me.
TEMPT THE DARKNESS
Strong-willed and independent, Paisley Nichols is used to taking care of herself. But when an insane mage begins tracking her every move and threatening her at every turn, she has no choice but to put her life in the hands of a demon.
RISK THE PASSION
Burned by betrayal, demon assassin Iskander won't get too close to anyone. He spends his days serving his warlord and his nights indulging in carnal pleasures . . . and that's exactly how he likes it. But when a mage wages a wrenching psychic assault on his beautiful tenant Paisley, Iskander must defend her. Under his protection, she will be drawn irresistibly into his life and learn about her own mysterious powers. And not a moment too soon. The mage haunting her isn't acting alone-and he won't rest until he destroys both Paisley and Iskander.