Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)

Passion is blind in vengeance and love  …

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:

KILL THEM ALL.

The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest.  To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most.  She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice.  As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

Never gamble with vengeance

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Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath #1)

CHAPTER ONE

Ice water.
The frigid sensation sliced through Ayden’s veins, leaving a numb trail in its wake as she stepped through the remains of the abandoned factory—one of many havens for the crack addicts and prostitutes. The old Packard Plant had become no more than a ghostly haunt for tormented souls.
Shitholes were cropping up everywhere, much more rapidly than ever before. Detroit, once a thriving city, brought to ruins. Gray and lifeless like the suffocating overcast that loomed during daylight.
A vile stench assaulted her nose, a potent blend of piss, sex and rotted meat, as garbage crunched beneath her boots. Foundation had collapsed all around where she stood, crumbled as if the building would fold into the depths of hell.
The graffiti spattering the walls gave the impression that gangs were the real threat—‘We don’t die, we multiply.’
Right. Like gangs own any part of this city, anymore.
A Beretta, loaded with silver bullets and a silver parrying dagger rested at one of Ayden’s hips, a silver bullwhip at another, as she moved past comatose bodies and decaying corpses.
Feeding grounds, like a bait pile.
Deadened eyes slowly tracked her movement in the darkness, squinting, as though craving the light that hers didn’t need to see. Humans so strung out on drugs, they failed to recognize the half-eaten carrion were once their own kind.
Not that knowing would stop them. They’d apparently chosen to face danger rather than kick their addiction, roaming the streets every night in search of their next high.
Lambs.
They were already dead. Death just hadn’t come to collect yet.
The blissful sigh of a hopped-up junkie reached her ears. She snarled her lip. “Enjoy it while it lasts, asshole.”
It’d be one thing if they were homeless. Hell, she might’ve fired a warning shot to evacuate.
The homeless didn’t come here, though.
Neither did the police—making it the perfect spot to get wasted and hustle some money.
Shots fired would’ve been nothing more than a momentary distraction before their minds slipped back into their ignorant state of euphoria.
Screw ‘em.
For any other girl, the place promised very bad things—an opportunity for a sadist to live out wild fantasies without ever getting caught.
For Ayden? Humans posed no threat. Their fragile bodies would shred like paper dolls against the work of her hands. Luckily for them, she sought something else to sate her thirst for bloodshed, something far more threatening than their most psychopathic criminal—and she’d tracked it right to the surrounding cornucopia of human flesh.
A thin, black mesh hoodie beneath her jacket concealed her face while the shiny black leather covering her body acted as a beacon in the moon’s light.
Full moon.
It didn’t matter.
Contrary to the fairytales and movies, they didn’t need a full moon to change.
Werewolves, some called them—like a supernatural Bigfoot on the loose. Nothing more than fodder for the tabloids, not to be taken seriously.
Lycans is how those ‘in the know’ referred to them.
The bastards could transform at will. In the middle of the day, if they wanted. Though, like a true predator, they’d evolved throughout the centuries, eluding humans by hunting them at night, catching their prey in their most vulnerable state.
Ayden reached a door in a darkened corner. The stubborn panel held stiff against the push of her palm, giving way only beneath one heave backed by exceptional strength. Beyond, a spiral of stairs wound above and below. Visuals flashed through her mind as she imagined the stairwell bustling with men in suits who passed each other with carefree visages—every one of them ghosts that roamed the destruction.
A quick scan showed no movement.
She tipped her head back and inhaled the repugnant scent the beasts had left behind.
They’re close.
Her feet took light steps, hardly making a sound against the concrete as she descended further into the pit of hell otherwise known as the lycan’s lair.
With each step, she wished her heart would pound wildly in her chest, or that her pulse rate would surge—both human reactions to fear. Neither of them did.
What fragments of her human soul remained had been stripped bare the night the Alexi made her one of their own. Even that, as tortuous as the unrelenting pain that seared through her body while it underwent its transformation, was a memory she could hardly summon anymore. Only a silent blackness dwelled in the place where snapshots of her life would have roamed free, a void that she couldn’t see beyond, separating her present from past.
She’d become one of them: an Alexi soldier. A cold and remorseless killer designed to eradicate in one sweep.
A noise piqued her sensitive ears.
Two flights below.
It could’ve been the skittering feet of a mouse beating against her skull like a bass drum.

The thirst for blood moved like a dark storm cloud through her veins, a mix of raw adrenaline and something else—the something that came with her transformation.
Destroy.
Her feet moved on impulse, carrying her closer to whatever it was, rendering it nothing more than a thread-width away from its death.
In the corner of a landing, he sat hunched over on himself, body convulsing.
A grin skated across her face as she approached her first kill of the night.

 

“The Sons of Wrath wish to say hello.”
~Head of Security

Praise for Soul Avenged

(Sons of Wrath, #1)

“Keri keeps you on your toes and just when you think you know where the story is going to go, she throws you off the trail with a great plot twist. Her characters will make you laugh and piss you off.  This is one of the best paranormal reads I have read in a long time.” -Bitten by Paranormal Romance

“This was an exciting and entertaining read. Although it’s Ayden’s and Kane’s story, meeting the sons of Wrath (Gavin, Logan, Calix, Zeke and his twin brother Zayne) makes it a quintuple excitement … “  -The Reading Cafe

Soul Avenged was a great debut to what seems like a promising series. This book was really graphic and somewhat violent, which was a refreshing change of pace that made me realize how often these elements should really be in a lot of paranormal romance …”  -Gravetells News & Reviews

“Soul Avenged is the stuff that great Urban Fantasies are made of. A kick-ass heroine, a brave hero, sexy and funny alpha males, action, romance, and suspense mixed with just a dash of sci-fi.”  -Book Soulmates

“***5 Badass Stars***  The scenes of all of them fighting Lycans, was AWESOME!! I just could not get enough of their badassness! I want more!” -Meli Mel, Druken Pervy Creepers Book Blog

“It’s truly a treat to grab up an indie author’s work only to find out that you’ve come across an amazing writing talent, and that’s exactly what happened when I read this first installment of Keri Lake’s Sons of Wrath series.” -The Autumn Review

“This is the kind of book you wish you’d picked up years after release, fell in love with, and devoured the next five or six within a single week, skipping meals, losing sleep – all for a bunch of demons for hire. Ones who will be with you LONG after you’ve finished their stories.” -Terri Rochenski, author of Pool of Souls series

“The Sons of Wrath are one sexy demon brood. I know demons aren’t supposed to be sexy but KLake managed to make these brothers so…Keri Lake, you just got yourself another SoW groupie.” -Talk Supe Blog

“READ IT! And then you’ll want more, and will be able to join my army of nags who’ll demand Ms Lake get her fingers out and provide it.” -J.A. Belfield, author of The Holloway Pack series

“Soul Avenged is an impeccable start to the Sons of Wrath series. Ms. Lake’s world of evil Lycans, sexy demons, twisted villain and a kick ass heroine had me turn the pages nonstop.” -Under the Covers Book Blog

“Let me just say….Keri Lake, you are freaking AWESOME. I am not sure why I haven’t read this book before now, but it was absolutely amazing!” -Melissa, Druken Pervy Creepers Book Blog

“Paranormal romance is my absolute favorite genre and this is a prime example of why I read it. This book has it all: very hot vengeance dealing demon brothers, a very hot sexy Lycan and a death dealing kick butt heroine.” -The Jeep Diva

“In this book you meet Gavin, Calix, Zayne, Zeke and Logan. And let me tell you each and everyone of them are panty-dropping-H O T!!! -Reality Bites, Let’s Get Lost Blog

“This book is a wonderful read that makes you yearn for more. It has a very good story that keeps your interest throughout with not a single “slow” moment. For me, it ended too quickly. I will be in line to get the next book by this author.” -Bitten by Books

“A fierce heroine, a forbidden romance and non-stop action…a must read for urban fantasy lovers!” -Romancing the Dark Side

“You can tell with this first book that this series is going to just get better as it goes along, so check it out!” -Urban Fantasy Reviews

“This book was amazing. Its dark urban fantasy that has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Plus it has sexy demons, killer werewolves and a crazy super human group on the hunt.” -Awesomesauce Book Club

“Let’s just take a moment to thank Keri Lake for giving us Ayden, shall we? Holy Hell! I didn’t even realize just how much I missed a strong and fearless female MC like her, but I did desperately … This book was flippin’ fantastic and I’m extremely sad that it’s over. The book plays out like a movie and Keri has a gift for making us feel everything around us.” -Amanda, Druken Pervy Creepers Book Blog

“Keri Lake’s “Soul Avenged” is an action-packed, fast-paced, emotional roller-coaster that will have you begging for more.” -Book Lovin’ Mamas

“Hells bells. Ms. Lake has officially introduced me to a new clan of brothers to fall hopelessly in love with! I’ll gladly go on the record right now and call for no less than 7 full books for this series.” -PRUF Reads

“Love, fangs and enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat – What a beginning of this thrilling series. Urban Fantasy lovers… you must read this one!” -Paranormal Cravings

“So, why should you read Soul Avenged?
Because it’s one hell of a story.
Because Keri Lake is incredibly talented writer.
Because her world-building is exquisite, her characters are flawed, damaged, alluring, witty, real…
Because she’ll show you that the greatest weakness can sometimes turn out to be the greatest strength.
Because this is not an easy, light or short read. It’s full of action, it’s bloody at times – definitely NOT for the faint of hearts – but, once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop, and by the time you finish it, you will most definitely want more. Much more. And you’ll want it right now!” -Reading Infection

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