Matthew Raleigh knows Hell intimately. He’s been there too many times in the past, and he’ll do anything to avoid going back again. A former SEAL determined to bring hope to the hopeless, Matt formed Project Prometheus, a mercenary organization dedicated to eradicating terror. But his own prejudice against the supernatural could cost Matt the only thing he’s ever wanted — love.
“Deadly Alliance” – Excerpt from IN HER NAME (Project Prometheus, Book #1)
They were nearing Nineveh. She could feel the energy within her rise, and her power come flooding back. Black Widow glanced at the man driving the battered old jeep and triumph bubbled through her. Once she told Ra’id that his slut of a little sister was on her way to Nineveh, she had his complete attention and cooperation.
“They’re on foot, Ra’id,” she reminded him wryly as she steadied herself with one hand on the dashboard again. “I think it’s safe to slow down.”
He shot her a scowl. “If you had done as you were told and sat in the back—”
“I’d be laying back there in the sand somewhere. Don’t give me that crap about a woman’s proper place,” she snapped. “This is my proper place. And you don’t have to break land speed records to get there. She’s not going to beat us to the temple.”
His face twisted derisively. “You do not know these women as I do. Especially not the little virgin. They all have evil powers that they use to ensnare men. They can appear suddenly, far from where you believe them to be to torment any man they choose. My father told me this.”
Black Widow bit back a laugh. Ra’id believed that the Daughters of the Star of Heaven were evil! What would he think if he knew he’d made a pact with the Devil – a pact to become the Devil?
“She’s not a virgin anymore,” she said instead, taking glee in the darkening of Ra’id’s scowl. Apparently, the desire to murder one’s sister was immaterial when it came to her interaction with the opposite sex. Ra’id looked protective as all hell.
“How do you know this thing?” He demanded sharply.
A sadistic smile twisted her lips. She wasn’t about to let him know the truth. “You have your spies; I have mine.”
He cast her a disgusted look. “If she is no longer a virgin, then she is no longer a threat.”
“You fool!” Black Widow hissed, sitting upright sharply. “As long as she remains alive, the Poet-Priestess is a threat. Didn’t you read those incantations on the tablets?”
“Fiction,” he dismissed her words with a condescending sneer. “All that is of any value in those tablets is the location of the hidden door.”
She laughed darkly. “Keep telling yourself that, sugar. In the meantime, we need to remain alert. Even if you don’t believe your sister is a threat, the man who travels with her is.”
His attention snapped to her. “What man is this?”
“A man you’ve already killed.”
As Ra’id’s face paled, Black Widow sat back, satisfied that she’d at last convinced Ra’id she was serious. She needn’t tell him that she could control Matthew if she wished. Ra’id wasn’t going to live long enough for that to make a difference to him.
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