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Black Atonement by Sasha Hibbs

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The Vulcan Legacies, 3

The burden of Dave’s girlfriend’s death pushes Brandi, the Seraph of Love, to abduct David Howels in hopes of protecting Dave from his murderous father. Will Brandi be able to show Dave that all in life is not lost in death? Twists and turns abound as Brandi discovers her own shocking revelation—that Dave has been her soul mate all along. 

Separating Dave and herself from their allies on the threshold of the apocalypse, Brandi turns to an old friend for help—a witch—to aid her in her quest to prepare Dave to face his worst fears and her own. Filled with curses, and secrets that threaten to destroy everything, Brandi must find forgiveness from within before she can find love. In the past, healing a broken heart would’ve been easy, but now faced with the task of healing Dave’s broken heart while not exposing her own, Brandi learns why love is truly the greatest gift of all.

14+ for adult situations

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Excerpt:

She began walking towards Dave and stopped. It occurred to her to bolt from the room. She knew Abraham cast a spell on Dave, that he wouldn’t remember anything from tonight. But she would. What would he think of her? God! It had never occurred to Brandi before, in all her vanity, would Dave even think she was pretty? Doubts surfaced in her mind. She’d never had to deal with these kinds of emotions before. She was Brandi, the Seraph of Love. She was gorgeous. Every mortal wanted her. But Dave wasn’t mortal. Dave wasn’t everyone.

Brandi turned to leave, but stopped dead in her tracks as Dave turned at the same moment. His blue eyes caught hers, a glass of punch up to his lips, him stopping as though stunned at what he was looking at. Brandi looked behind her. Did something else capture his attention? She turned her gaze back around. Dave kept his gaze fixed on hers while setting his drink down. His mouth formed a perfect O. Brandi’s heart leapt into her throat. He started walking towards Brandi, his pace slow, as though time stood still.

Dave stopped inches from her, almost as though unsure of himself. He wore a black tuxedo, a matching black mask covering his face. He slowly removed his mask as though it was obstructing a clear view of her.

They stood there together in a timeless moment just taking each other in. Brandi felt like a timid rabbit, too scared to move. Finally Dave took the first step.

“Would you like to dance with me?” Dave asked, his voice so different. It was the same, but it was the Dave she knew before he had lost so much, before he had been thrust into a supernatural world he knew nothing of, before he lost his soul mate. This Dave was untainted by the stains of loving and losing.

Brandi’s voice was jammed in her throat, a first for her. She had never been so nervous before, never had a reason to care what anyone thought of her. “Yes….”

Brandi extended her hand, her gaze locked onto Dave’s. He put his mask back on. Dave brought her up close to him, one hand holding hers up and the other going to the small of her back. He spun her around in circles and all Brandi could do was stare into his blue eyes. She was mesmerized, lost.

She had never been this close to him. If there was something about the Dave spinning her around now, he seemed surer of himself, more confident. Brandi would hold this moment close to her for the rest of her days.

The room was buzzing with music, men and women swirling in symmetrical patterns, the lights casting shadows on the walls, but to Brandi there was only one girl, one boy.

It was only her and Dave in the ballroom, dancing close together, the only melody heard in the great room was the sound of their hearts beating wildly. Brandi gave up on love a long time ago, but staring into Dave’s blue eyes was the closest she came to renewing her faith that something beyond her own self torment existed. She could see a paradise in his gaze, one she wanted to live in.

In this moment with him, Brandi realized a surge of truths. Dave had been the most carefree-vibrant-full-of-life boy she’d ever encountered, a sense of humor so bright it would light up the darkest days. He was everything Brandi wasn’t. And she loved him for it. Brandi Frasier, aka the Seraph of Love, was in love with Dave, aka the man-child whose heart had been shattered by the death of his soul mate, whose mind was currently under the care of a witch, and who right now, this very precious second, was looking at Brandi as no one in the world ever had. Dave looked down on Brandi as though he felt the same way Brandi did.

“What’s your name?” Dave asked, his voice a breathy whisper.

“Brandi.”

“You look stunning,” Dave said, his voice low.

“Thank you,” Brandi said nervously.

“Would you think I’m crazy if I told you it felt as though we’ve met before?” Dave asked, his voice warm.

“Not at all,” Brandi said, her gaze still locked with his. She couldn’t steal her eyes away from his.

“Do I know you?” Dave asked, the corners of his lips turning up into a smile.

“Perhaps in a previous life we knew each other,” Brandi said, the truth painful.

“What were we in our previous lives?” Dave asked.

“Hmm…I don’t know,” Brandi said leaning in closer to Dave.

“I know,” Dave said, twirling her out and then bringing her in closer and closer. “I was a composer and you were a ballerina, my little dancer.”

“A ballerina?” Brandi said, arching a brow and smiling at him unconvinced.

“Sure. I wrote music, not just any music, but I strung together sounds and melodies so great, they would have matched Amadeus, and they were written just for you. I can see you, a dress as elegant as the lines of your body. You’re in the distance, a soft spotlight framing your tiny figure, you gliding across the stage gracefully…a little ballerina. My little ballerina,” Dave said, his voice dropping an octave.

“Was I happy dancing for you?” Brandi asked breathlessly, his presence closing in on her.

“Yes, and I was happy writing music for you, watching you dance. But in our previous lives, I always watched from afar, never brave enough to ask you to dance with me, as you are now,” Dave said.

“Well,” Brandi said, her gaze lowered to his lips, “it’s good we have our chance.”

Dave lowered his head, resting his brow on hers. Brandi’s heart jumped into her throat. She had never craved anything more. David Lee Howels, her soul mate, the greatest love of her life, only discovered weeks ago, was seconds away from kissing her and she felt like the most fragile girl in the world, her sanity hanging by threads.

Dave cupped her face, tilting her head so she was looking into his eyes.

“My beautiful little ballerina,” he said, and then he kissed her softly, his lips moving gently across hers.

Brandi melted in his arms, leaning into his kiss in complete rapture, her guard down, her heart wide open, the walls protecting that muscle now down. She tangled her fingers up in his red hair, pulling him down on her. She was dizzy, the music playing softly, the moment more perfect than she’d ever dared hope. 

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  1. A great instalment!, 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2014

    Black Atonement is the third book in the ‘Vulcan Legacies’ series and this time it took on a different feel as we focus on only one pair of characters.
    As the title will suggest - someone has to atone for their sins – and I can think of no one better in this this series to find redemption than Brandi our resident b*tch. Throughout the series we have heard all about her exploits, she was responsible for a lot of hurt and to be honest, I don’t know if I thought she could be a good person but low and behold…. We’re about to see it for real. At the end of book 2 there were some major losses for the good guys and non more so than Daves - who lost his soul mate Lucy at the hands of Ragnor, his father. Dave would have died had it not been for Brandi breaking the rules and resurrecting him and by doing that she discovered that she has found her soul mate but Brandi didn’t believe she was worthy of that gift so the focus of this story is that she will make everything right for Dave in the only way she knows how and that is by aiding him in going into the void to snatch his sister back from Ragnor’s clutches and getting revenge for the loss of his soul mate. Before they can do that though, they must train at the hands of the mysterious Abrahim for the perils that await in the void, where they will be forced to face their own worst nightmares.
    I really enjoyed this book, it was a change to have the focus only being on the two characters when we would normally have a lot more and I did miss the others especially with Ally’s cliffhanger ending that had all of my attention. I do realise that this book needed to happen though and it goes a long way into changing my opinion of Brandi. In this we see most of her dirty laundry aired and how she really felt about events that stemmed from her actions and it’s definitely an eye opener because Brandi is indeed full of remorse and also as the Seraph of love that she doesn’t really think she is worthy of love. I liked the journey she went on throughout this because it challenged her in a way that I don’t think she has faced before, she needed to redeem herself to become a better person and by gaining her soul mate in Dave, she had reason to try even more than before. I liked that she had her chance at love and that Dave was given a second chance because it was heartbreaking to see what happened to him and when Brandi saved him, it was telling that it would make a massive connection between them – why she felt the need to save him may also be down to fate too.
    Most of the story is about Brandi’s inner turmoil and training to get Jessica back which in itself is good but what I love about these books is the action and we get that later on in the story which as always - is awesome. It’s quite a short story but packed with content as Brandi not only atones but trains, falls in love, attends a ball and travels to the gates of hell in a death defying rescue mission where Brandi will really show how far she will go for love. This was a nice instalment to the series but I’m looking forward to having the gang back together again.


  2. No spoilers but I think this is by far the best book in the series, they just get better with each ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Oct 2014

    Black Atonement book three in the Vulcan Legacies. Yay Brandi's story, I have been looking forward to Reading more about Brandi although at first she came across as bitchy and down right mean, I felt there was so much more to her. Well I wasn't wrong.

    This book begins with a twist and the surprises don't stop there. Brandi along with Dave set of to rescue Dave's twin sister, for Dave this is not only a rescue mission but a mission of vengeance, vengeance against his father for the loss of Lucy. Together Brandi and Dave travel and seek help from a witch, this witch prepares them to enter the Void and fight the hell hounds, it has been said never trust a witch..

    No spoilers but I think this is by far the best book so far they just get better with each new instalment. The author has an amazing ability to build the characters and storyline to really captivate a reader. Overall a brilliant read with some truly heartfelt moments that make for a fantastic read.

    Having read and reviewed the previous books in the Vulcan Legacies, I do recommend that you give them a read before starting Black Atonement. Would recommend this Book to all YA and Paranormal fans..


  3. Young adult paranormal at it's best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    A character you loved to hate and an exciting new character introduced, well delivered. Eargerly waiting for the culmination of them all.


  4. The author that keeps on giving 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    At first I had a hard time getting involved in this book there was a lot of details thrown at you at once. As soon as I hit the third chapter I was hooked. Ms. Hibbs delivers characters you can connect with. Intriguing plots and just enough to leave you wanting more. Join Brandi on her journey you won't forget!


  5. Suspenseful and dark 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    Black Atonement is my favourite in the Vulcan Legacies series so far. I've been wanting to read more about Brandi since the very beginning. Although she at first appeared as a bitchy character, I always felt there was more to her than that - I suppose that's because of Sasha Hibbs' great characterization skills that I trusted from the first book on.

    Black Atonement certainly didn't disappoint with Brandi's story. It was the most poignant and heartfelt story so far. We got to see new layers of both, Brandi's and Dave's complex characters. On top of that, more of the mythology and background of the story was explained and that added to the understanding of the previous books, which is always an important factor in a series.

    The novel is also an appropriate introduction into the war that's coming and that I suppose will be the topic of the next novel in the series. Black Atonement sets the dark, almost hopeless mood and shows us a bit of the devastation that awaits the characters. I loved that. It made me hungry for more of the Vulcan Legacies.


  6. Brandi & Dave's story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    Black Atonement is book three of the Vulcan Legacies and follows Dave and Brandi after their disappearing act.

    Of to rescue his sister and get vengeance for Lucy's death, Dave thinks he's ready to face down Ragnor, his father and leader of the hell hounds. Brandi knows he's not, and won't be fast enough. She also knows one startling truth that changes the way she sees him forever. Dave's not just another boy. Not to Brandi.

    Training to enter the Void brings both Dave and Brandi to their knees and tests ever scrap of determination left in their bodies. But they know that Jessica's life may be on the line, and neither is going to let her die in hell. Literally.


  7. This was a great book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    I could not put this book down. It was a great book just like the others, and it was worth the wait to read it. I would recommend everyone read this book.


  8. Gripping and dark 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2014

    Black Atonement is my favourite in the Vulcan Legacies series so far. I've been wanting to read more about Brandi since the very beginning. Although she at first appeared as a bitchy character, I always felt there was more to her than that - I suppose that's because of Sasha Hibbs' great characterization skills that I trusted from the first book on.

    Black Atonement certainly didn't disappoint with Brandi's story. It was the most poignant and heartfelt story so far. We got to see new layers of both, Brandi's and Dave's complex characters. On top of that, more of the mythology and background of the story was explained and that added to the understanding of the previous books, which is always an important factor in a series.

    The novel is also an appropriate introduction into the war that's coming and that I suppose will be the topic of the next novel in the series. Black Atonement sets the dark, almost hopeless mood and shows us a bit of the devastation that awaits the characters. I loved that. It made me hungry for more of the Vulcan Legacies.


  9. This was a great book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2014

    I could not put this book down. It was a great book just like the others, and it was worth the wait to read it. I would recommend everyone read this book.


  10. Brandi & Dave's story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2014

    Black Atonement is book three of the Vulcan Legacies and follows Dave and Brandi after their disappearing act.

    Of to rescue his sister and get vengeance for Lucy's death, Dave thinks he's ready to face down Ragnor, his father and leader of the hell hounds. Brandi knows he's not, and won't be fast enough. She also knows one startling truth that changes the way she sees him forever. Dave's not just another boy. Not to Brandi.

    Training to enter the Void brings both Dave and Brandi to their knees and tests ever scrap of determination left in their bodies. But they know that Jessica's life may be on the line, and neither is going to let her die in hell. Literally.


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