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Devil’s Deceit by L.A. McGinnis

Title: Devil’s Deceit
Series: Shelton Family Legacy #2
Author: L.A. McGinnis
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Apocalyptic Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2021


I’m Andy McHale, private investigator.

Fugitive from the law.

Unregistered Hyperion.

In my world, having fire magic is pretty much a death sentence, so let’s just keep that last part a secret.

Once, my life was perfect. Then my past caught up with me. Now I’m stuck in a city I despise, trying to outwit the shadowy forces hunting me, and fixing my ruined relationship with Gabriel Vanguard. While he might hate me, we are far from finished.

In fact, we’re just getting started.

But when I discover my family’s terrible secret, my love life is the least of my problems, as I stay one step ahead of the enemies who framed me for murder.

Can I reconcile with Gabriel, uncover my family’s secrets and figure out who wants me dead, all in the same week?

I guess we’ll find out.



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I took a deep breath, knowing I had to convince Gabriel or he’d kick me out again. “My parents are ruthless. But they’re also human, which means they’re fallible. So what if we failed to bring them down the first time around? We keep trying.”
Gabriel was quiet for a long time, staring into the distance, his expression thoughtful.
“If they find out who you are and what you’re doing, they’ll kill you, Andy,” he muttered before his intense gaze swung back and caught me by surprise, my knees nearly going out. “We do this my way. You want to go back into the viper’s nest, then fine. But I have conditions.”
Gabriel really had forgotten who he was talking to, but I was kind of liking this obey or else tone in his voice.
“I know I’ve never said this, but when you disappeared all those years ago… my world fell apart.”
I completely forgot what I’d been about to say. My heart twisted at the vulnerability in his voice, the needy look on his face. “You were the only good thing in my life, and then you were gone, just like that,” he whispered quietly.
God, this whole time I thought he’d hated me, when maybe it was the exact opposite.
“After you left, I was alone. No one to talk to. No one to trust.” He indicated the stark office around him.
“This place is a poor replacement, but work served the purpose of keeping me from thinking about you.” He smiled slightly. “Until you roared back into my life. Once you did… I promised myself no one would take you away again. Not ever.”
He really wasn’t kidding.
“You built Vanguard Enterprises because of me?” Nobody had ever built something because of me before, except maybe a sandwich.
“I decided to build my company the day you disappeared. I figured your parents had killed you, but I couldn’t prove it. So, I decided that since they took away what I loved, I’d do the same to them.”
With those blue eyes locked on me, he stalked closer. “So the answer is yes. I will help you take down your parents.”
Heat flared to life in my stomach. I chuffed out a low laugh, my eyes riveted on his ridiculously beautiful face. “You never needed protection from my parents, did you?”
“No more than you do,” he countered, though he didn’t sound happy about it.
“What if…” I held my breath. “What if instead of protecting each other—which clearly isn’t working—we combine forces? You know, like old times?” I suggested.
“We always did make a good team.”
Gabriel’s answering grin was blinding, and my heart thundered in approval.


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Fueled by black coffee, ice cream and bad nineties music, L.A. McGinnis spends her days writing best-selling steamy fantasies filled with damaged heroes who long to be whole and smart, authentic heroines. A life-long fascination with storytelling inspired her to weave these contemporary tales of legendary fated mates where the princess never needs rescuing, but sometimes the hero does.