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Rory has accepted love. So what if his lover is blue, horned, and very protective? Actually, a bagu mate suits Rory just fine, especially since Inkiri loves doting on Rory. But after the attack on Esaka, Rory once more finds himself frustrated with the magic he has access to, and he’d prefer to get rid of it. If that’s not an option, he’d prefer never to be in a situation where he has to use it.
Inkiri, ever the supportive mate, does his best to encourage Rory to learn about his magic, and new friends are more than happy to help Rory with that. Actually, Rory discovers that learning about magic isn’t all that bad, especially if no one wants to murder you or your friends. However, Rory’s power attracts those who would use him to their own ends, and escaping those forces forever is not possible. Which leaves Rory with a choice: hide and run, or fight.
Warning: Blood & Fate (Monster Apocalypse 3) ends on a cliffhanger which will be resolved in Monster Apocalypse 4. (As of this writing, the characters are still arguing with the author over the title… And Because I said so is a perfectly valid response).
Praise for Blood & Fate (Monster Apocalypse 3)
"I absolutely love The Monster Apocalypse series. Alexa Piper keeps writing my favorite stories with my favorite couples. I just adore Rory and Inkiri. As always with Alexa Piper's stories, well-written, intriguing and riveting plot with well-developed characters."
-- 5 Stars from MM Book Reviews, Goodreads Review
"The story keeps you learning more about who to and not to trust. I love reading all of these books with Inkiri and his friends and being a part of their family... there's humorous parts in this book and more Barb talk to enjoy. I highly recommend this book."
-- 5 Stars from author_books_friends, Goodreads Review
"Blood & Fate is a series that I can absolutely commit to, as Alexa Piper continues to thrill us with Rory’s magical journey. What makes this third book, in the Monster Apocalypse series, exciting is Rory’s steamy romance with Inkiri blossoming and the terror of the deadly happenings being provoked by the cola a-holes and humans. Love, love, love this series!!!"
-- 5 Stars from DMCechak, Goodreads Review
"I really liked the developing of the story, the details and the humor."
-- Merit, Goodreads Review
"This book’s biggest strength is the marvelous world building of Alexa Piper that gives this alternate earth a terrific realism that made this fantasy a lot more believable and interesting to me. This story is one that I am really enjoying except for the fact that this book ends on a cliffhanger. I will definitely be hanging on waiting for the next book."
-- 4 Stars from Suzanne Irving, Amazon Review
"This is the third book in the series and it just keeps getting better. Again there is plenty of romance as Rory and Inkiri continue to develop their relationship. Looking forward to next in series."
-- 5 Stars from Rani, Amazon Review
"I've been really enjoying the Monster Apocalypse series, and this newest addition is no exception. Great world building and wonderful characters. I really love Rory and Inkiri and enjoyed the continuation of their relationship over the course of this book. I also like a number of the supporting characters."
-- 4 Stars from Nina D., Amazon Review
"This has been a wonderful series and I can't wait to see how everything gets resolved in book four. Meanwhile, in this book we have a nice mix of things going on. Rory and Inkiri continue to develop their relationship and Rory finds support both from his mate and from friends and allies as he is still conflicted about developing and using his magic."
-- 5 Stars from Ida Umphers, Goodreads Review
"I love the world that the author brings to life through the quiet times in these books, with beautiful details about the clothes, food, and buildings. There is more Vergis in this book and I am here for it."
-- 5 Stars from Amanda, Goodreads Review
"This series continues to be a delight... I love the harmony the author manages to compose from interesting world building, a plot that blends adventure, romance, relationship development, and exploration, and beautifully drawn characters: Rory and Inkiri are each, in their own ways, and even more so together, awesome, but I have to admit that with each installment of this series I get more and more attached to the supporting cast."
-- 5 Stars from Juniper, Goodreads Review
"I freakin love Rory and Inkiri!! Rory gets the help he needs with his magic! Questions are finally answered. The banter is so freakin funny. Love all the secondary characters. Love the world building and character development. There is a cliffhanger. Overall, a fantastic addition to the series. Well written with great pacing! Kept me flipping the pages."
-- 5 Stars from Janet Hunt, Goodreads Review
"I love this series and how devoted Rory and Ink are to each other."
-- 5 Stars from Jacquie Stewart, Goodreads Review
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Blood & Fate (Monster Apocalypse 3)
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Copyright ©2022 Alexa Piper
The rain that had welcomed me back to Earth, back to Ireland, and back from being unconscious for days hadn’t let up. It beat down in sheets and slicked against the kitchen window to our left, but Inkiri’s body radiated warmth. There was a chicken on the kitchen table in Donna’s farmhouse, and it was looking at my bagu mate, the chicken’s beady eyes bright, her mottled gray feathers freckled with white.
Inkiri clicked -- possibly at both me and the chicken -- and ran his hand over me, double-checking that the blanket was drawn tight around me. Donna was at the counter between the large fridge and induction hub, filling an espresso maker with ground coffee, her head half-turned, her long brown hair braided over one shoulder.
“I’ll be honest with you, Rory. You looked like a corpse who’d foregone the beautifying appointment with the mortuary technician,” Donna said and glanced at me. The chicken clucked at Inkiri and lifted a clawed foot as if she were about to jump into Inkiri’s lap except, of course, I was in that lap.
“Yes, you were very pale, sadir,” my mate said and used the opportunity to lick over my neck.
My throat constricted. I remembered the streets of Esaka, the chaos, the Koa Esher… or maybe I could call them cola asshats now that Vergis’s dad had approved of my abuse of the Lugarran language. At any rate, I remembered the magic and how that voice in my head had said something about how that same magic that had saved Nokim and Vergis might hurt me so badly that some rest -- well, a three days’ time-out in this case -- wouldn’t make me better. I shuddered to think what the magic could have done to me. Could it have made me sleep forever?
I didn’t want to share that with Inkiri, so I swallowed the lump in my throat and wiggled around under my blankets.
“Yeah, but look.” I pointed at myself when I’d successfully extracted my hand from under the folds. The chicken followed my fingers with her black eyes. “I’m all better now. Uhm. Donna, do you think I could take a quick shower here?” The thing was, even if Inkiri had cleaned me up with a cloth back in the tent, he still produced a lot… just a lot. Of stuff. Well, cum was the stuff he produced a lot of, and it was still trickling out of me.
She looked back over her shoulder. “Sure, honey. There’s a bathroom upstairs with fresh towels in the cabinet.”
Inkiri huffed and clicked. “I will take care of you,” he said and stood. Still with me in his arms, which was excessive. I also maybe kind of liked it, because my mate’s nearness was such a huge comfort, but I was pretty sure I could stand and do stuff, never mind that I knew I needed more rest after the drain of the magic.
“I’m fine,” I said. “Put me down. I can shower by myself, Ink. I told you, that’s a human thing.”
“But, sadir --”
Donna turned to face the bagu, who was some two heads taller than her. “What have we been talking about when it comes to touching others and randomly carrying people?” she said to Inkiri and crossed her arms.
Inkiri made a purring noise with only a hint of a growl in there, but he ended in a soft click. “But Donna, this is my mate. He’s so frail. He --”
“Oh, put him on his feet, you overgrown blue goat,” she said.
Inkiri huffed, but slowly and with exceeding care, put me down. His touches lingered, indigo cat eyes searching my face for any hint that I’d forgotten how legs worked all of a sudden.
“I’m fine,” I told him. And me. The verbal confirmation was good.
“I brought fresh clothes for you,” Inkiri said and took a step toward a honey-brown kitchen cabinet and pulled open the bagu-made backpack that sat next to it on the floor. It was a pretty big backpack, the kind of size hikers would like, and it looked heavy. “It’s shibiya. You liked those before.”
“I did. I do. Thanks for packing for me.”
Inkiri frowned as he rifled through the backpack. “It’s a small thing, sadir.”
I curled my toes in my cat socks as I stood there and looked around the kitchen. The farm was an old building like so many in Ireland. Wooden beams in the ceiling showed their exposed ebony, and copper pots looked like they’d been here for no less than a century. There were four chairs around the generous kitchen table and a bench running underneath the window, which was framed by blue-and-white checkered curtains. Also, there was that chicken. She behaved like she belonged in this kitchen, eyeing all of us as if we were intruding on her day.
“Hey, where are the rest of the guys?” I asked.
“Good point,” Donna said. “And why did you only bring the acquired taste and his daddy?”
I smirked a little at Donna calling Vergis that. I was suspecting he wasn’t as bad as he pretended to be, maybe, even if he was still plenty murderous. After all, he’d used a bear as a weapon, so at the very least, he was happy to facilitate carnage. Also, he’d killed that bear.