Angel's Pain

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Book twelve in Maggie Shayne’s bestselling Wings in the Night series


Vengeance will be hers…


Briar is driven by only one thing: her need for vengeance on Gregor, the rogue vampire who turned her, then betrayed and brutalized her. To make that happen, she joins Reaper, himself a renegade vampire, and his gang of misfits, who are also on Gregor’s trail.


A loner by nature, she tells herself she’s only with them until she can destroy Gregor, and then she’ll be gone. But she hadn’t counted on the way the gang feels like family, the way they need her to complete their circle. And she definitely hasn’t counted on the way Reaper, the charismatic vamp who holds them all together, needs her—much less the way she has come to need him.


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Twilight Memories

Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella Beyond Twilight

Born in Twilight, with bonus novella Twilight Vows

Twilight Hunger

Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella Run from Twilight

Edge of Twilight

Blue Twilight, with bonus novella Before Blue Twilight

Prince of Twilight

Demon’s Kiss

Lover’s Bite

Angel’s Pain

Bloodline, with bonus novella Vampires in Paradise

Twilight Prophecy

Twilight Fulfilled
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Harlequin
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Published on
Nov 15, 2012
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781460307618
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
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