Excerpt: Legacy of Temptation - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

The legacy continues…

It’s a gritty new world.

Three decades after the events of REAPER, the world is a different place. The secret is out. The existence of demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and angels has been revealed, and humans are struggling to adapt. Out of the chaos, The Aegis has risen to global power on the promise of containing or exterminating all underworlders, even if that means ushering in the End of Days.

Standing in their way is the next generation of warriors, the children of demons and angels and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

See how they become legends in their own right.

Legacy of Temptation

Eva Tennant, like everyone at The Aegis, hates demons. But she loves her job as Deputy Spokesperson for the global demon-slaying organization, and she’s excited to be in the running for Chief Spokesperson. All she has to do is not screw up the two-week exchange program with The Aegis’s rival agency, the Demon Activity Response Team. But things go horribly wrong when a murder turns her into a fugitive from justice and puts a demonic target on her back.

Logan, son of the Horseman of the Apocalypse known as Death, has dedicated his life to fighting demons alongside his colleagues at DART. He loves fighting, females, and his pet hellhound, Cujo. What he doesn’t love is The Aegis, whose leadership attempted to slaughter him at birth. Understandably, he balks when he’s ordered to protect an Aegis Guardian responsible for the deaths of his friends. Really, he’d rather feed her to Cujo.

But when an old enemy rises from the ashes, Eva and Logan find themselves giving into temptation even as they sacrifice the things…and people…they love the most.

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Excerpt: Legacy of Temptation
By Larissa Ione

Excerpt: Legacy of Temptation

Kicking off her new Demonica Birthright series, LEGACY OF TEMPTATION introduces us to a world three decades after the events of REAPER, with a new story about love, temptation, and sacrifice. I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek below!

Hey, Logan, one of the exchange Guardians left a tablet behind today. If you’re not busy, do you mind dropping it off at her hotel?”

Logan cursed Kynan’s name as he strode through the boutique hotel’s lobby, his mission cut and dried: hand off the electronic notepad and get the hell out of there.

He’d gone back to DART HQ for two seconds to drop off the trap containing UG’s renegade Nightlash soul, and Ky had ambushed him. Again.

He really needed to learn to avoid the guy.

That said, when Kynan told him the tablet belonged to Eva, the mission didn’t seem so bad. His blood had even pumped a little faster and hotter at the idea of seeing her.

He spotted her in a private corner near the window, her laptop on the table in front of her, a glass of red wine near her right hand. She’d changed into a green and black silk top that matched her skirt and emphasized her full breasts. Her long hair fell across her face, hiding her eyes, but he found himself hypnotized by the feminine silhouette of her nose and full lips backlit by flickering candle sconces on the wall.

She looked up as he approached, her sable lashes lifting in surprise. “Logan. Hi.”

“Hey.” He held out her tablet. “Kynan sent me to drop this off. You left it.” You left it. Could he sound any lamer?

Frowning, she took it. “Wow, I can’t believe I did that. My brain must have gotten rattled during your beatdown in the gym.”

He forced an expression of contrition. “Sorry about that.”

“He said, not sounding sorry at all.” She narrowed her eyes at him, but her smile was teasing. “It’s okay. I had to run back to the hotel for a new shirt, and it was only total humiliation in front of my colleagues. Nothing I can’t ever live down or anything.”

“Nah, I humiliated them too.”

Laughing, she gestured to the seat across from her. “If you want to make it up to me, I wear a size ten in blouses and drink merlot. Good merlot.”

He gestured to a nearby server. “I’d like a bottle of whatever she’s got in the glass.” He’d get his cousin Leilani to buy a new shirt. Limos’s daughter lived for shopping and keeping up on fashion trends.

“Yes, sir,” the guy said, scurrying off.

Logan sank into the plush black-and-gold chair as Eva held up her glass. “You should know that this is four hundred dollars a bottle.”

“Then I’m definitely staying to drink it with you.”

One shapely eyebrow arched. “You weren’t before?”

“I didn’t want to intrude. But I’m intrigued by the wine now.” Though not as much as he was by her. “And I’m curious about how your day went.”

“It was interesting.” She closed her laptop and sat back in her seat with her glass of wine. Her long, shapely legs crossed at the ankles, she settled in for a chat. “Not what I expected. Runa definitely isn’t what I expected.”

“What did you expect? Fangs and a taste for raw flesh? She’s more human than she is werewolf.”

“I don’t know.” Eva toyed with the rim of her glass, one slender finger doing lazy laps. “I didn’t expect her to be so down to earth and nice. And so in love with her husband. Oh, sorry. Mate.”

“Why would she not be in love with her mate?”

She crossed her toned legs at her thighs now, and her skirt hiked up, revealing enough creamy skin to intrigue him even more. “He’s a demon.”

Disappointment filtered through him. Her response wasn’t unusual for a human, but he’d hoped for something different from her, despite her allegiance to The Aegis. Which made him a fool because he knew firsthand that human females could rip out a heart as efficiently as any demon when they learned he wasn’t one hundred percent purebred Homo sapiens.


There were a couple of heartbeats of hesitation, and he wondered if she was choosing her words carefully. “I guess I didn’t think they were capable of love. Not like we are, anyway.”

He was so sick of this shit. Sure, demons were mostly depraved fiends. But even the worst of them loved something, even if it was only themselves.

“Why would you assume they couldn’t love? Humans and animals feel love and pain and sorrow and joy. Why not demons? What about people who are half-human? Do you think they can’t feel love?”

She sipped her wine, her expression contemplative. “I suppose I never really thought about it. But from what Runa said, her demon mate treats her like a queen.”

“As Shade should,” he said, mildly surprised by her response. At this point, humans usually started arguing that underworlders had no redeeming qualities. “Runa is awesome. She’s always bringing cupcakes to work. You might have seen her sons around. Blade works on the Special Forces team, and Rade is an interrogator. You can’t miss them. They’re Seminus demons, so all females notice.”

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