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Title: THE JACK
Author: MK Harkins
Genre: Paranormal Romance
About The Jack:
What matters more to Archer: saving the woman he loves but can never have, protecting humanity, or avoiding a prison sentence that would stretch for eternity?
Archer is a half breed, caught between two opposing heritages – the Jacks, a bloodthirsty race who kills for sport, and the Readers, a docile race trying to save humankind. Two years ago, he betrayed the Readers, though, in a last-minute change of heart, saved them from ultimate destruction. But now he’s all alone, wallowing in unrequited love.
Sadie is an Immortal Seer with a dangerous calling: she must hunt down and destroy the last of the vengeful Jacks. But her quirky humor and gentle spirit make her an unlikely fit for the job.
Archer is drawn to Sadie’s pure, kindhearted nature, rekindling hope he might not have to live a solitary life, but he has no idea the danger he’s in.
When fate forces the mortal enemies to work together, Sadie must determine which side Archer is on, how much of his charm is real, and if she should follow through with her directive: should she kill him or save him?
“You can start by telling me why I’m handcuffed to this fence.” If I was going to die, I wouldn’t go out being polite. But why was he talking about trust and breaking things to me gently? Was he trying to trick me into feeling safe? Maybe so he could get all the information about what happened to his Jack friends in Arizona.
He turned to face me. “I need at least an hour to explain things to you. I didn’t want you taking off before I got the chance to tell you everything.”
“Go on.” Ugh. Might as well get this story over with.
“Okay. Well, um, I moved to Cannon Beach two years ago to guard you.” He stood still and waited for my reaction.
“Guard me?” Did he really expect me to believe that?
“Yes. From Archer.”
“And why would I need to be protected from Archer?”
“You know why.” He tilted his head and narrowed his eyes.
“No.” I wasn’t giving anything away.
He glanced at my handcuffs. “Just trust me.” His fingers raked through his hair. “I know. I know. I put you in handcuffs. Not great. But I had to keep you secured so you’d hear me out. I’m telling you the truth.”
“Again, handcuffs? You could have just knocked on my door and told me everything in my living room. Now that’s a novel idea. Isn’t that what sane people do?”
He sighed. “Yes, but what we’re dealing with isn’t sane. And I didn’t want Archer interrupting and trying to fill your head with lies. I know you met up with him in Portland. I just don’t know why.”
I glanced at my shackled hands. “And you think I’ll tell you?”
Ian puffed out a large breath and frowned. For a Jack serial killer, he didn’t seem to fit the part. And it wasn’t because of his off-the-charts good looks. He hadn’t killed me yet—score one. He seemed stressed and worried about my reactions—score two. He was incredibly attractive—score, wait, that didn’t count.
“Okay, why don’t you just spill it, and we can get this over with?” My arm ached.
“If you’ll agree to listen to the end and promise to stay. If you try to escape, I have other ways to stop you.” He glanced at his backpack.
“Well, aren’t you the little Eagle Scout all prepared to keep me in place.” Frustration and anger bubbled in my chest and spread throughout my body, making my skin hot and prickly. If I got free of this, I’d hit him over his crazy head with a rock and make my escape.
He eyed me and sat down about two feet away. “Archer is a Jack.”
I kept my expression bland. “And what’s a Jack? Is he a drug lord or something?” Might as well play innocent until I could figure out his angle.
He rubbed his face. “You asked about the handcuffs? This is a perfect example. Just come clean and we can get this over with.”
Meaning, he’ll kill me once he gets the info.
I let my eyes drift out over the stunning ocean vista. A clear day, with only tiny puffs of white clouds sprinkled over the horizon. The calm sound of seagulls overhead, along with the waves lapping on the shore, clashed with the turmoil brewing inside. Would this be my last day on earth?
“Stalling is just going to make things more difficult. We need to have this discussion.” He looked down at his hands. “I can’t believe I let Archer get to you before I could explain everything.”
“Archer didn’t get to me. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Tell me this. Did he use his Jack charm on you? Do you consider him a friend, or maybe more?”
“First of all, that’s none of your business. Second, well, it’s the same as the first. Why in the world would you care if I’m friends with Archer?”
“Because you have to kill him.”
Catch Up on the Series
About MK Harkins:
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)
Unintentional, the second book in the series, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional (Cade – an engineer/rock star). Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.
Breaking Braydon, another stand-alone book, is now available on Amazon.
Taking Tiffany (A spin-off) is available now.
MK is currently working on a paranormal romance – The Reader. Due out 2016.
When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)
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