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by Kerri Nelson
Description: Faith Harper knew her night was bad when she agreed to have drinks with the Devil. Then again, she wasn't all that surprised at her late night visitor because when you have the ability to look at a person and see their soul, strange things have a tendency to happen to you. The very next day, she stumbles upon a mutilated corpse in the woods and things rapidly go from bad to worse. Soon, she's being followed by a sexy forest ranger who has a soul unlike anything she's ever seen before. Chase Commanche Phillips has lived most of his life in the forest. He works as the county's Chief Forest Ranger and is more comfortable interacting with animals than with people. But when the beautiful Faith Harper comes running out of the woods and into his arms, he has no choice but to get involved. After Chase discovers Faith's special gift, he knows he must protect her at any cost. With the Devil's minions watching their every move, Faith must uncover what the bad guys are really after before it's too late. Sometimes in order to save your soul, you need more than just a little faith.
eBook Publisher: Whispers Publishing,
eBookwise Release Date: September 2009
9 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [102 KB]
Reading time: 60-84 min.
"Kerri Nelson delivers heat, heart and one hell of an adventure with Soul Searcher. Don't miss this mesmerizing read!"--Kathleen Long, RITA nominated author of The Body Hunters series
"Fans of Sookie Stackhouse will delight in Faith Harper. Readers will relate to Faith's pluckiness, and Chase is a hero that would make anyone drool."--Susan Blexrud, Bestselling author of DCL Publications' FANG series
"Soul Searcher is an amazing, spicy paranormal offering from Kerri Nelson. Ms. Nelson has created a new and exciting world of demons and shapeshifters. Can't wait to read the sequel!"--Emma Lai, Author of The Mates of the Guardians Series & Twice is Not Enough
"Whoa, there.... easy," his voice breathed in her ear. His strong arms encircled her tiny waist as he prepared to do the Heimlich maneuver.
Faith didn't choke, but instead launched into a coughing fit as the cherry went down the wrong way. The coughing wasn't helped any by the Ranger's leap over the bar to rescue her, all in the blink of an eye.
Now that he had his hard body pressed against her back and his thick arms around her mid-section, she wasn't faring any better. This man was hot and she was horny. It was as simple as that.
Given her unique ability to see the good or bad in folks put a huge damper on her sex life. She couldn't bear to be with one loser after another and good men were hard to find. That was a fact of life.
She finally pushed herself away from him and nodded. In between coughs she managed, "I'm ... fine ... thank ... you."
He nodded and then slowly walked to the end of the bar, let himself out of the pit area, and strolled back over to his waiting stool. He moved in smooth strides and Faith was drawn to how graceful he managed it, given his large size.
Before her mind could conjure up more dirty images of just how smoothly his body could move, she smiled at him and asked, "What can I get you?"
He looked at her with questioning eyes and smiled.
It was the first time she'd seen him smile and it was breathtaking. His teeth were so very white. It was mesmerizing. She definitely had the hots for the Ranger.
"I'll take a bourbon and Coke."
Faith cleared her throat and began to prepare the drink. She wondered what he was doing here. Surely, he hadn't come just to have a drink and lick cherry juice off her face. Her luck wasn't that good.
She sat the drink down in front of him on a green Guinness coaster. He took a small sip and smiled again at her. This time he didn't show those amazing teeth but his smile had the same effect on her as before.
She felt butterflies in her stomach and a tingle between her legs that she hadn't felt in such a long time. She almost didn't recognize this feeling of being utterly attracted to someone.
"Miss Harper, I'm here to talk to you," he began. "About what you saw today."
"Wait a minute. How do you know my name? You never asked me my name this morning," she said as she ran the events of the morning through her mind.
"I know who you are, Miss Harper, because I've done some checking around about you," he continued.
She felt her face flush red with heat and she looked down to straighten the apron that was neatly covering the front of her tight, black jeans. Uh oh, here comes the part where he tells me he knows I'm some nut who has special abilities.
"I know you can see things and there's nothing wrong with that," he said softly.
She looked up at him with startled eyes. No one had ever told her that. In all her years, she'd only heard snide comments and snickers from people who knew about her gift.
"I'm sure you'll agree that some things are better left unsaid. If for no other reason than that folks just make a big deal out of things they don't understand."
She didn't know where he was going with this but she nodded just the same.
He seemed satisfied with that and paused to take another sip from his drink before saying, "I need for you to keep what you saw today between us for now."
He'd said this last sentence with such a low voice that Faith wasn't sure she'd even heard him correctly. She looked up at him and searched his eyes for more meaning.
"What do you mean?" she asked as she ran her fingertips through her hair and then tucked a strand behind her ear. Then she leaned closer to him and placed her hands on the bar in front of her.
"I mean that I need for you to keep quiet about what you saw in the woods today ... the body. I need for you to trust me."
Faith laughed. She laughed out loud and the Ranger looked a little surprised at her response, but he remained silent.
"Are you serious?" she asked.
"Yes," he said, and reached forward to take her hand in his. She looked down at those enormous, strong hands and how her hand looked so tiny and fragile under his.
"Miss Harper, I'll explain everything to you when the time is right, but if you don't keep quiet about what you discovered today ... your life will be in danger."