Three years ago, Zola Noite's nemesis killed her sidekick and forced her to watch. The guilt drove her to hang up her cape. Zola knows one thing for certain, as a result. She will never be a superhero again.Psychologist Dr. Arturo "Fort" Forte specializes in super-powered mental health. He’s the only reason Zola can once again call herself sane—although, truth be told, the heat between them is slowly driving her back to mad.When three mega-villains escape the prison Fort oversees, all Zola's best laid plans go up in flames. Fort asks her for help, and she can't turn down the man she's come to love. As battles ensue and clues add up, the one thing Zola trusts is called into question: Fort's true agenda and which side he’s on.
Zola nodded to Fort, Justice, and Quickstep, holding out a hand for them to precede her. The two male heroes went first. Fort lagged behind to speak with her. “You said you weren’t Watcher anymore.”
She sighed and gave him a wan smile. “Thrall still believes I can dismantle anyone in five moves or less. It’s easier that way. When you have a foothold in someone's mind, your legend beats them up so you don’t have to.”
Brilliant. He wondered if the same strategy might work in his favor. He knew Zola had fallen for him the moment they first touched. That mattered in ways she'd never begin to guess, not as long as he had a foothold in her mind to utilize. Perhaps when this ended, and if she forgave him, she'd allow him to touch her, to make love to her until she writhed mindless beneath him. He wanted to hear his name, breathless on her lips. Fuck it. He wanted it all, his job, to be a legend in his field, and Zola Noite—every part of her. ★
About the Author:
Shirin Dubbin is often called a “chic geek,” and she likes the sound of it. Especially since she’s a closet wallflower (albeit one with a fabulous alter ego).When not working in graphic design or hosting The Fantastic Forum—a celebration of comics & speculative fiction—she writes stories inspired by the art, literature, international cinema, and anime she grew up with.
In her own storytelling, Shirin spins tales of sci-fi and urban fantasy with romantic edge. The battle between good and evil, humor, and break neck action are ink to her imagination.
Culturally, she’s half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits. Government reports show a residence in DC, but Shirin lives largely on the astral plane and hopes to meet you there.
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