(Unfortunate Blood #5)
By H.G. Lynch
Publication date: July 24th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
They’ve faced ghosts, fought witches, and escaped the clutches of a lunatic cult…but this may be their most difficult enemy yet.
The new girl. One girl with the power to take Reid’s eye away from Ember, the power to break friendships, the power to destroy relationships.
And to top it off? Something is drowning students in the local lake.
It felt like an eternity he swam with Ember’s limp body trailing behind him, before the black waters finally gave way to grey and then cobalt and then pale blue-silver as the surface came into view, coloring the water above him with the dying daylight. Then, at last, he breached the surface. Air hit him like a slap in the face and he shivered automatically, taking a gasping breath that he didn’t need. His eyes were blurry and stinging, his muscles cramping, but he hauled Ember to the shore and Hiro was waiting to grab her other arm and help him pull her out. Throwing himself onto the lake bank, Reid rolled Ember over and pressed his fingers to her neck for a pulse, barely daring to hope she was still alive. Vicious claws raked at his heart inside his chest, tearing him apart. For a terrifyingly long, horrendous moment he thought she had no pulse. But then he felt it, faint and unhealthily slow, just the lightest of beats against his cold fingertips. It was all he needed.
He turned her over carefully, gently, and folded his hands over her back and pressed down once, twice, three times, four, five, six. He had to get her to breathe, dammit! Hiro was hovering by her head, kneeling with his hands on her temples. His mouth was moving, forming incomprehensible words so fast that even Reid couldn’t make them out. They may have been in another language, possibly Japanese or just some secret Kitsune language. A yellow glow was passing from the Kitsune boy’s fingers into Ember’s temples, lighting up her skin like there was a candle burning inside her skull. Still, her lips were a dark shade of blue, edged with indigo. Her skin was so pale he could see all the dark veins running through her, on her jaw and her wrists and her throat.
Some way away, Sherry was sprawled on the grass but Ricky was with her now, holding her head up as he pressed his wrist to her mouth, feeding her blood. Brandon and Perry were running through the trees behind him, Cris was a shadow chasing them. Overhead, the clouds were so dark they were almost black and there was a fierce wind he hadn’t noticed before. He only noticed it now because Ember’s tangled hair fluttered onto her face, dancing over her closed eyes and catching in her lashes.
He kept pressing on her back, trying to force her lungs to expel the water, but he could hear her heart pumping laboriously in her chest, each beat painfully slow like her heart was encased in sludge. Eventually, Hiro sat back, his face twisted with a kind of vulnerable agony that Reid hadn’t imagined the Kitsune boy capable of. His odd amber eyes stayed on Ember face, suspiciously bright. At some point, he’d taken one of Ember’s hands and now held it in both of his against his chest, whispering something over and over into her fingers, rocking back and forth just slightly. Reid didn’t realize he was crying until Ricky put a hand on his shaking shoulder. He’d thought the salt in his mouth and the water on his face was from the lake. Now he noticed his shoulders were shaking and his hands were trembling, but he had to keep going. She wasn’t dead. Her heart was still beating…or so he thought…he paused for a moment, listening hard, but there was no beating now. Her heart had stopped. She…she was dead.
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H.G. Lynch is a Paranormal Romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.
Her books are dark paranormal romances.
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