All’oscuro di tutto questo, e rifugiatisi a Roma, Ellen e Kevin si trovano al centro di nuove oscure macchinazioni. Il tramonto inizia ad assottigliarsi, il Patto d’Equilibrio sta per essere spezzato, e le nature di Demone Emerso e Angelo Ombra prendono sempre più il sopravvento rendendo impossibile la loro vita assieme e spingendoli l’uno contro l’altra. Ma questa volta c’è in gioco molto di più che la loro felicità, perché Angeli e Demoni sono sull’orlo di una guerra senza precedenti, capace di annientare l’intera umanità e di spalancare i Cancelli dell’Inferno…
Così, tra le rovine di Roma e le nebbie di Inverness, Ellen e Kevin inizieranno una corsa contro il tempo per recuperare la Chiave di Salomone, prima che l’Ordine dell’Apocalisse abbia il sopravvento. Ignari, tuttavia, che i traditori del Consiglio sono pronti a tutto pur di compiere la loro folle missione. Fino all’imprevedibile finale, in cui ogni segreto sarà rivelato.
La risposta arriverà dalla saggezza della nonna che si occupa di loro e il misterioso e complesso mondo della stregoneria si rivelerà in tutto il suo misticismo, tra incantesimi, Tarocchi e rune. Ma praticare l’antica arte magica comporta delle grandi responsabilità e il Male è in agguato. La sfida che attende Selene e Caterina sconvolgerà le loro vite, ma ci sarà sempre spazio per amore e amicizia.
I demoni che ci tormentano sono davvero frutto della nostra immaginazione?
Lo scetticismo è conseguenza della razionalità o la difesa da qualcosa che non riusciamo a spiegare o che forse non siamo ancora in grado di accettare?
Queste sono le domande che si trovano ad affrontare Jessica e Devis, due personaggi dalle vite oscure e tormentate, immersi nel gotico ambiente del rock e le cui risposte spalancheranno le porte al mondo popolato dalle creature della notte. Si frantumerà così ogni loro certezza e si prepareranno a vivere un’esperienza surreale, dove un cuore che batte non è altro che un lontano ricordo.
I Gale possono cambiare il mondo con i loro incantesimi, e amano tenere questo potere all'interno della famiglia; alcuni potrebbero definirli come delle streghe, e questa potrebbe anche essere una definizione accurata, se si è disposti ad avere un minimo di flessibilità riguardo al significato del termine "strega". Comunque, nessuno potrebbe mai negare che la magia popolare funzioni, se utilizzata da loro.
Poi un giorno Alysha Catherine Gale eredita dalla nonna una bottega di rigattiere a Calgary. Soltanto al suo arrivo a Calgary, Alysha si rende conto che la clientela della sua bottega, l'Emporio degli incanti, è costituita da creature magiche, e che ciò che potrebbe essere "merce da rigattiere" per una persona, può costituire per un'altra un vero tesoro magico.
I Gale possono cambiare il mondo con i loro incantesimi e amano tenere tutto il potere in famiglia. Alcuni potrebbero descriverli come streghe e stregoni, e questo potrebbe essere esatto. Dopo tutto, nessun può negare che per loro la magia tradizionale funziona, e i loro vicini hanno imparato che non è una buona idea destare le ire dei Gale.
Tuttavia tra i Gale non sempre regna l’armonia. Le zie dominano la famiglia, o almeno credono di farlo, e Charlotte Gale, che è in possesso del Potere Selvaggio, non lo ha mai esercitato perché la sua unica ambizione è quella di suonare in un complesso di Rock Celtico. Charlotte suo malgrado viene coinvolta in una guerra tra la stirpe dei Selkie e una Compagnia petrolifera il cui impianto altererebbe l’equilibrio naturale della regione. Charlotte per evitare il disastro ambientale è costretta a usare il suo Potere Selvaggio, ma non sa che la Compagnia per raggiungere i suoi scopi ha assoldato una zia Gale, anch’essa in possesso del Potere. Per contrastarla, Charlotte dovrà imparare cosa significhi davvero essere una Gale.
In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with the strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?
Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.
With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.
Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.
But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.
As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
From the Paperback edition.
TO SAVE HER TWIN SISTER SHE MUST SWITCH PLACES WITH HER...
When her long lost sister – a prostitute - is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group on behalf of the Associates, and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.
Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…
Little by little, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?
“I am hooked on Carolyn Crane’s Associates series.” ~Under the Covers Book Blog
"Wow. I loved this book! This is one of my best books of the year and has reminded me why Carolyn Crane is one of my favourite authors. With Into the Shadows she has crafted a book that was emotionally intense, full of action and hot as hell." ~Under the Covers
"This is one of those reviews in which I just want to tell you "buy it, read it, and thank me later", but I know that doesn't work with you greedy people. So let me tell you why you should follow my advice... Because this book will rock your socks off!" ~The Bookaholic Cat
HE’S WORKING FOR THE GOOD GUYS. THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE’S ONE OF THEM.
He's a killer.
Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him.
She can't risk her heart.
Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity—especially from his father.
Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery…and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?
**This standalone suspense book is #3 in the Undercover Associates series, but it can be read on its own.**
**Nominated for the 2014 RITA award**"This book was raw, dirty and quirky. It was the perfect mix of suspense and sexiness." ~Fiction Vixen
"Into the Shadows feeds into that yen for the dark, damaged hero like catnip for felines." *A recommended read* ~Dear Author
"If you like gritty, dark, violent romantic suspense, this is the book for you. I'm not sure I breathed through several scenes in this one." ~USA Today Book Blog
"One of the very best romantic suspense novels I read this year." ~Dabney, ThePassionateReader.com
"Off the Edge is such a well-crafted romantic suspense story. Full of action and sparkling chemistry between Laney and Peter, this book is so much fun to read." ~USA Today
SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.
They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.
A book from the Undercover Associates world (#2). This is actually the best place to start the series.
"Do yourself a favor and pick up this Carolyn Crane book. It is unique and stimulating and one of my favorites for this year." ~Sunny, Love Affair With an Ereader
"Wow...this book was most definitely a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of novel. I went to bed when I was around the 60-65% novel, then woke up wide awake at 2:00 AM thinking about the book. There was no way I was going to go back to sleep until I finished the book. Yes, it was one of those. "~Smitten with Reading
Top Romantic suspense novel, romance novel, steamy romance, thriller
~ Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks
SHE’S AN EX-SAFECRACKER FORCED INTO ONE LAST HEIST
Angel Ramirez left the safecracking game five years ago, and she’s worked hard to make amends and build an honest life. But when a beloved aunt is kidnapped, she must reunite with her girl gang to acquire the unique ransom: Walter Borgola’s prized diamonds. It’s a simple job that turns into a nightmare, thanks to a surprisingly clever—and searingly sexy—security guard named Cole Hawkins.
HE’S AN UNDERCOVER AGENT WITH BIG PLANS FOR HIS GORGEOUS THIEF
Cole is one of the Association’s most brilliant agents, under deep cover investigating a ruthless killer. He’s also running out of time: hundreds will die if he doesn’t stop the plan Borgola’s set into motion. Catching Angel is the break he needed--he promises not to turn her in if she poses as his lover and uses her unique talents to unlock the sociopath’s dungeon vaults.
But as pretend passions turn real, Cole regrets drawing Angel into his deadly game…and danger is closer than either of them could ever imagine.
"Against the Dark is briskly action-packed, genuinely suspenseful, wryly witty, and hot. Plus it has a villain who's so evil it's quite a satisfying thrill when he gets his comeuppance."
~ Dear Author
"Action packed, sexy and lots of fun. I definitely recommend this one."
~ Smexy Books
**From the award-winning Undercover Associates series**
This is #1, but you can start the series anywhere.
Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.
Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.
From the Paperback edition.