Stargazer (Halos #2)
by Sunniva Dee
I’m Luna, and I’ve been in the Twilight Zone since I moved in with my sister and her boyfriend.
I sense their secrets in every corner of the house.
Gabriel is eerily beautiful, and his personality disturbingly perfect, while Gaia’s inexplicable PTSD and mood swings bounce her between bliss and despair.
Until Gabriel’s brothers pay a visit.
He’s the night to his brother’s day. He’s sex personified and the devil in one hell of a stunning package. It’s been years since I last saw him, but this man makes me burn. He hooks me with his touch. Enthralls me with those oddly simmering eyes. He pierces my soul with his knowing smirks, and I am losing myself in him.
With pearlescent hair and spring green eyes, he crashes into my world. I thought this crazy, beautiful man could mend my bleeding heart. Make things recognizable again—normal. Instead he pulls me from the embers and feeds me to the open fire.
College life. Is this what everyone goes trough?
Since I was little, my dreams often spun reality-based webs; if I fell asleep with the TV on, its babbling characters colored my nightly imagery. When I woke up, I’d always take a minute to discern the world around me.
This morning, I lay in bed studying the intact window. There wasn’t a sprinkle of glass anywhere, no paint chipped off the windowsill. Clearly, the shattered window had been part of my dream.
Cassiel’s visit was damn real, though. The way he held me, tempted me, I’d been seconds away from surrendering.
“I’m not done with you, Sweets.” Cassiel’s parting words jarred me. His effect on me…already, he had the power to destroy me and we hadn’t even slept together. This wasn’t how things should go. With his outlook on life—on women—he needed to stop festering in my heart.
How do I break this circle?
Then, there was the stranger appearing in my room. He’d been a full-on shock. Ka, was it? I clutched my head, trying to keep my brain under control.
In my mind, the reflection of Gabriel’s unknown brother still melted with my dream. Clearly, my subconscious had issues: a beautiful angel crash-landing in my bedroom?
I worked to separate the brother from Dream Guy, but Ka had Dream Guy’s face and body. What they didn’t share were the angel wings and that pretty sparkle.
Ka was one good-looking specimen. Damn good.
I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.
I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.
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