Cady Swann had lived a double life for the past nine years. She was a quiet, part-time bookstore employee during the day and monster hunter at night. She had no idea what the evil, murderous monsters were or where they came from, whether they were an invading force of evil minions or simply abominations who came to her town by chance, but she wasn't about to let them take over her hometown of Lula, Georgia without a fight. It was a thankless job to fight the beasts with their blistered, slimy skin, and inky black blood but she couldn't in good conscious shirk her duties, the innocent small-town people relied on her, whether they knew it or not!
After a particularly difficult night, Cady returned to her small home, left to her by her grandparents when they passed on, only to find a monster waiting there for her. Her enhanced senses didn't warn her because she was so tired and was wounded from her battles. Still, she wasn't about to go without a fight! Unfortunately, this particular monster was like none of the others that she usually fought. With his waist length midnight hair and amber eyes, he was beautiful and she couldn't rip his heart out like she could with the normal monsters. He also had blades that popped out of his arms that he used to pin her to the floor. Then he started grilling her about her allegiances - was she a whore for the Horde, the beasts she killed or was she a supporter of the Shikar Alliance? Having no idea what he was talking about, she said that she was neither - she was just trying to fight the beasts and keep her friends and neighbors safe.
Finally satisfied that Cady knew nothing, Obsidian, one of the Shikar Alliance's elite warriors, returned to his home deep beneath the earth's surface to report his mission to Tryton, The Elder. Tryton was not satisfied with Obsidian's report - he sent Obsidian to persuade Cady to work with the Shikar against the monsters, not to antagonize her! Resigned, Obsidian returns to Cady's home and tries to explain that he is really a Guardian against the Horde. The Shikars are an ancient and powerful race who stand watch over the Gates between the worlds, keeping the mortals and immortals safe from the tide of evil and keeping the monsters from entering the mortal dimension. Cady isn't fully persuaded, but when she sees Obsidian's team in action with a flame thrower, a blade thrower, a warrior and a traveler, she knows that these guys are serious about keeping the monsters away from mortals. She isn't sure she really trusts Obsidian, but she cannot deny that she is incredibly attracted to the gorgeous man. It isn't too long before both Obsidian and Cady give into their desires, but Cady refuses to be obedient to Obsidian in the way he is used to. Pushing him at every turn, she reluctantly agrees to move to the Shikar realm under the Earth's crust, but she still cannot understand why he won't share his seed with her. What is he hiding...?
This report prepared by Debbie