Gabriel has been gone longer than predicted, and Evander is growing increasingly worried each day that passes without his return. Confounded by their leaders’ lack of answers, Evander and the team begin to fear the worst.
In the midst of fruitlessly searching Miami for clues to the Daemon Abaddon’s whereabouts, Evander begins to have disturbingly vivid dreams. With a little help from a newly returned and empty-handed Michael and Barabbas, Evander discovers Gabriel has been calling out for help across their nascent bond, and they set off to rescue Gabriel from the depths of the Underworld.
Gabriel is old friends with torture, and his captors haven’t been gentle. Despite growing weaker every day, Gabriel resolves to survive long enough for rescue, or to die fighting, until a Dark Seer begins to dredge up the terror of Gabriel’s horrific childhood, threatening to destroy his mind and soul. Nearing the end, Gabriel manages a last-ditch effort to contact help, reaching out to Evander in his dreams.
Against all odds, Evander and the team fight through the Underworld to reach Gabriel and come face to face with mortality. Sacrifices made for the bonds of brotherhood nearly break them, and Gabriel learns the hard way that embracing the darkness while fighting for the light may be the only way to survive.
From the underbelly of Reno to the glitz and glam of Vegas, Gabriel, Evander, and the men they call family will be tested, and the final confrontation with Gabriel’s maker may be the end of everything they hold dear.
Surviving the Shadows is an approximately 100,000-word LGBTQ urban fantasy with a romantic subplot. It is a direct sequel to Shadowing the Light and reading the first book in the series is essential to enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer on the Copyright Page for content advisories.
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Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Age Difference, Badass Hero, Biological Urge to Mate, Enemies to Lovers, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Hero and the Great Quest, Hurt / Comfort, Magic Sword
Word Count: 99,578
Setting: United States
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
When Michael appeared in the suite, all was quiet, but Evander was lying on the couch and saw his haggard appearance before he realized someone was watching him and could mask it. Michael usually appeared young and vital, contrary to the centuries he’d served the Creator.
Something was definitely wrong.
Turning to Evander, Michael raised weary, dark eyes to his and let out a sigh. “Evander.”
“Michael,” Evander replied, inclining his head. “Long time no talk.”
Tilting his head back, Michael grabbed his dreads at the roots with his big hands and pulled, his frustration palpable. “I know. I’m sorry. I couldn’t talk to you.”
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Pressing his lips together until they were bloodless, Michael merely stared back at Evander without answering. Looking at him, Evander could see the wear and tear from the past few weeks. The normal glow of his ebony skin was absent—his light had been dimmed. His eyes were flat, devoid of their usual life. Evander wasn’t sure if it was because of Gabriel or something else, but Michael had obviously been having a rough time himself.
Taking pity on him, Evander asked, “Where’s Gabriel?” Anguish flashed across Michael’s face so fast Evander would have missed it if he hadn’t been watching him so closely. “Michael… Where’s Gabriel?” Evander repeated with more urgency.
Michael choked. “We— We…don’t know.”COLLAPSE