Summer Heat: Star Crossed Series 5 - eBook

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Book 5 – Summer Heat

On the heels of one battle, Kayla and Kaleb race to aid their new friend Peggy Periwinkle. They discover her shop in shambles, and Kaleb senses at the heart of the attack a presence he hasn’t felt in a long time—a childhood friend who had disappeared when he was young. The news sends him reeling, and he disappears on Kayla to process what he’s learned. Worried Kaleb has gone on a renegade mission, Kayla seeks comfort and answers with her new friend Peggy. Together they devise a plan to find Kaleb and the man responsible for the destruction to her shop. New friendships forged, old connections strengthened, and the past gets cleared in their Hearts. As Shadow brings the heat to their summer, Kayla and Kaleb fight back with the only weapon strong enough to defeat the darkness—Love.






Kayla closed her eyes for a moment and reached out with her senses to find her friend. Peggy’s presence remained on the earth plane. Thank God for that. In fact, she swore she heard her swearing a blue streak.

Her eyes popped open to meet Kaleb’s concerned green-eyed gaze. To her surprise, a warm wind caressed their faces, and the smoke dissipated before their very eyes. She removed the cloth from her mouth, and looked around, searching for the source.

Peggy rounded one corner of the shop, waving her hands and muttering incantations, mixed in with the occasional curse word. Kayla thought she heard the word ‘bastard’ uttered a few times, but couldn’t be sure. She called out to her friend. “Hey! Need some help?”

Peggy jumped at the sound of her voice, then a relieved expression took over her features to become a palpable energy Kayla could feel. “Yes, please,” Peggy answered. “Fire is out. A small blaze I got under control. Now to clean up the mess. All magic welcome.”

Nodding in unison, Kayla and Kaleb set to work. Kayla noted Kaleb’s furrowed brow as they set about using incantations to set things in order. In no time at all, broken glass had been piled to the side, and between the three of them, they used levitation spells to put water hoses to work, extinguishing the fire.

Peggy conjured a small tornado of wind that dried the mess, and then Kayla set to work levitating items back on their appropriate shelves with a few spells of her own. Kaleb saw to the disposal of leftover ashes.

When everything had been restored to as good as it could be for the moment, Kayla addressed the worry she sensed in Kaleb. “You haven’t said a word since we arrived. What is it?”

He shrugged a shoulder, and responded in a gruff tone. “Not sure.”

His answer didn’t appease her. She could feel when he held back. Letting it go for the moment, she asked Peggy, “What happened here, Margaret?”

“Ahren.” Peggy spat the word. “That no good, two-timing, son of a b—”

“Did you say Ahren?” Kaleb snapped the question.

Peggy waved a dismissive hand. “Yeah, I should have known better than to let him into my shop.” Her voice dropped to mutters. “And here I thought you two would blow up my store…”

Kayla blinked, wondering if she’d heard right. “Wait a minute—this Erin and you are...?”

Peggy waved her hand again. “Were lovers, yes. And it’s pronounced Ah-ren, like—ah, Lord and Lady he’s handsome.” Her wistful sigh told Kayla that she doth protest too much.

Before Kayla could comment, Kaleb strode to Peggy and grabbed her by the shoulders. “How long have you known him? What does he look like now? Did he hurt you?”

Peggy attempted to step out of Kaleb’s grip. “Whoa there, cowboy—get a grip, and not on me.”




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