Reborn to Burn
Reborn, Part Two
December 8, 2014
“My life ended three thousand years ago, and I can’t go home again.”
After three thousand years as a mummy, Dawn awakened to a dangerous new reality where science and the supernatural collide. Reborn without a name and saddled with amnesia, genetically altered by scientists who never expected her wake up, she struggles to understand why she lives. Desperate to escape her captors, she has entrusted her life to Jake Maxwell, a sexy, mysterious grad student with an unusual talent for evading bad guys.
Jake sacrificed the safety of his old life to free Dawn from the clutches of Redeo Biotech, but now he fears he won’t be able to protect her from a new enemy, the enigmatic Anton Vahl. Dawn’s resurrection spells trouble and power for Vahl, and he will stop at nothing to recapture her. But Vahl covets her brain, not her life…
As Dawn and Jake flee into the unknown, fragments of memories from her past life tantalize Dawn with the promise of regaining herself — and chill her with the fear of what she might discover. As their enemies close in, they surrender to a fiery passion and unearth a bond deeper and stronger than time itself. But soon, a shocking revelation about her newfound life rocks them both.
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Jake lurched forward, grimacing as he twisted his body to squint at the back window. “It’s them.”
“Why don’t they kill us and get it over with?”
“They need your brain undamaged. An auto accident would be…messy.”
“Charming. But a few hours ago, you said they’d kill me simply for being alive.”
“That’s when Saxon was in control. He’s gone.”
A chill shimmied through her. Saxon was gone because she’d killed him, to save Jake. Her finger had pulled the trigger, and a part of her wondered whether she’d swapped his life for her own.
“Trust me,” Jake said, “the other scientists at Redeo understand the importance of examining an intact, resurrected brain.”
“Great, I feel much better.” She pushed the SUV harder. The other car, its shape invisible behind the glare of the headlights, receded in the mirror.
“It won’t be that easy.”
“I know,” she snapped. Redeo Biotech had created her, in a way, and they despised giving up anything they owned. “What would you like me to do?”
“You said that wouldn’t help.”
“No, I said it wouldn’t be that easy.” When she opened her mouth to protest, he laid a hand on her shoulder. “Use your knowledge. Most of us born into this world don’t know it as well as you do. Tap into what you learned during your soul journeys.” He gave her shoulder a light squeeze. “And drive faster. It’ll buy us a little time.”
She rammed her foot down on the accelerator. The car shot forward, pinning her to the seat. The steering wheel shimmied, and she gripped it tighter. The headlights of the other vehicle shrank in the mirror. She released the breath trapped in her lungs.
Headlights surged closer. A powerful engine snarled behind them.
Electric ice zapped through her, clenching her hands and quickening her breaths. So much for buying time.
She stomped her foot on the accelerator.
The other vehicle snarled, revving its engine.
Blood thundered in her ears. Every muscle in her body went rigid.
The other car slammed into them with an explosive crunch. The concussion flung her forward. She clung to the wheel as it jerked in her hands. Christ, no. The seatbelt gouged into her, radiating pains through her chest. She gasped, gritted her teeth, and held on.
An object thunked in the center console. Her gaze flicked to the cup holder, and Jake’s gun stashed there.
The attacker barreled his car into them a second time. Their SUV fishtailed. She fought to control the wheel, but the SUV fishtailed again. Skidded sideways. Thwacked over a bump.
And spun out into the night.
Praise for Reborn to Burn
Ms. Durand in a short amount of time has once again filled the pages with more romance and suspense. She has developed the relationship between the two main characters giving them more of a bond, heating things up and having them realize how they feel for each other. They have something stronger than just the chemistry. There is something else pulling them together.Avonna