Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Fallen by Alicia Sparks

The Fallen by Alicia Sparks


Start the Soulbound Series with Book 1 
When Genesis Martinez went into Lake Ponchartrain and died, her 

nightmare was just beginning. Resurrected and soulless, she falls victim 

to wandering souls seeking a body. Cassius Ramirez went into the Lake 

sixty years ago and knows he died, but when he woke up in the morgue, 

everything has changed. Something is killing people in New Orleans, and 

Cass knows he’s responsible. But when he meets Gen, he knows he will 

do anything to protect her. Cass isn’t the only man who feels a connection 

to Gen, and when his brother Craven catches her scent, all bets are off. 

Detective Brick Parker has seen a lot of things in his years with New 

Orleans Police, but he's never seen anything quite like what's happening 

now. Bodies torn to shreds, brains missing, creatures roaming the night, 

victims with human teeth marks in their flesh. Worse of all, his partner, 

Jules, has been throwing around a Z word usually reserved for late night 

horror movies. 

As creatures roam the streets of New Orleans, Gen's very existence is on 

the line. She's unleashed a creature unlike any other and now she may 

have to pay the ultimate price. There's a cure, but it may cost her even 

more than her soul. 

**Content Warning: May contain explicit content and scenes. Intended for 

18+ Audience.


Gen tried not to flinch when he touched her but everything about this 

situation was setting off alarms in her head. Not to mention what it was 

doing to her stomach, creating little flip-flops that were making her 

nauseated. As much as she wanted to pull away from him, his touch was 

soothing, which in itself should have been enough to send her running. And 

her tough girl attitude, the one that had saved her so many times and was 

currently fueled by her Metallica t-shirt, could only take her so far. 

She found herself mesmerized by the steady movements of his hands and 

the gentle way he cleaned then wrapped her arm. His fingers were rough 

but instead of chafing her skin, the calloused surfaces made her want to 

purr with delight. Something was definitely wrong with her. Genesis 

Martinez did not react like this to men, even ones who were built like 

action heroes with silver eyes that looked entirely other-worldly. His pupils 

seemed to appear and disappear as he touched her, as if the contact 

was having an effect on him too. He wore his hair and beard close 

cropped, neat, no frills, 100% man with definite Hispanic blood in his 

veins. He was definitely built like a boxer, with wide shoulders, narrow 

hips, and thighs that fit very nicely into his jeans. His dark t-shirt hugged 

against his chest, outlining the proof of hours spent in the gym. He had 

haunted the few dreams she’d managed to have between ten pm and 

three am last night, his smile an intoxicating blend of sin and salvation. 

The man in the flesh was both calming and powerful, a paradox of danger 

and safety, the kind of man who could really get a girl into all the right 

kinds of trouble. But Gen already had a working relationship with trouble, 

and she didn’t need the kind that would come with smoldering eyes and 

sensual lips. But the thing inside her wouldn’t let her trust him, didn’t want 

him to be close. It was almost as if it knew him and was warning her 

against him. Of course that made sense. The body was in his gym, and 

the chances that he was the reason for that were pretty solid. Still, he 

had so much to lose if he were a killer, which would probably explain why 

the body was so well hidden. 

His boxing career was on fire right now, and the odds of him winning his 

match tonight were very high. The bets had been coming in for a couple 

of weeks, but the past twenty four hours had seen an influx, enough to 

pay her rent for a couple of months and have plenty left over. Her 

business as an online bookie depended on guys like him, but she never 

imagined she’d be sitting here letting him wrap up an old wound that had 

popped open in last night’s scuffle. 

There was something about him that was extremely familiar, and it 

went beyond the fact that she could spout off all his stats for the past two 

years. It was as if she knew him, and not the Cash Money side of him but 

the man whose hands were making her stomach churn. He looked down 

at her arm, concentrating on every movement, touching her so gently it 

made her want to scream at him. When he finally looked up at her, his 

pupils had disappeared and were just now coming back into view. 

It was there, right on the tip of her tongue. She wanted to ask him a 

question that defied logic, but instead she swallowed it. Do you believe in 

life after death? 

“There,” he announced. “I think that should hold.” 

“Yeah.” She pulled her arm away as quickly as possible and slid her 

sleeve back over it. “Thanks.”

“You look a million miles away. You okay?” 

“Just focusing on the pain,” she lied. 

“Hmmm.” He leaned back in his chair, his eyes focused on her, making 

her feel very self-conscious. It felt as if he were looking straight into her, 

seeing things she never showed anyone. “Sometimes it takes pain to get 

you through, huh?” It wasn’t a question but a statement, as if he 

understood exactly what she meant. 

“Yeah. Whatever. Thanks.” She stood and tucked the first aid kit under 

her arm. 

“Wait.” She had almost made her escape when his deep timbre stopped 

her. Turning slowly, she realized her hands had been gripping the first aid 

kit to the point of causing numbness in her fingertips. “Yeah?” Her voice 

was softer than she would’ve liked, and she cleared her throat and set 

her jaw, steeling herself for whatever he said next. 

“You never said what you were doing here.” His long legs made him seem 

predatory as he walked across the room, his eyes never leaving her face. 

He made her nervous but at the same time, the sensation was a welcome 

one. It had been a long time since she’d been touched so gently by 

someone who she knew could tear her apart if he wanted to. 

“Guess I was wrong,” she shrugged. “No. I think you were looking for 


For the third time in recent history, she found herself trapped between a 

man and a wall. Only this time, she wasn’t afraid. She was practically 

tingling with wanting, wishing he would reach out and touch her again. The 

way his eyes flashed, she wondered if he could feel it, too. The predatory 

look on his face should’ve frightened her, but there was something there 

so familiar she couldn’t bring herself to be afraid.

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