My lunchbreak was over, just when it got exciting (as usual), so I finished the last 10 minutes of this book in the bus on my way home. This is the 6th book in the Paladins of Darkness series.
Hard-eyed and hard-bodied, Hunter Fitzsimon isn't what Tate Justice expected in a tenant for the apartment above her garage. Terse and intensely private, Hunter's mission is to protect a narrow stretch of the barrier between Earth and Kalithia against the Paladins' ruthless enemies -- a job that would be much easier without his sexy landlady nosing around. So when she follows Hunter into the woods late one night, he decides to teach Tate a lesson with a passionate kiss that brings her to her knees...and unexpectedly ignites red-hot desire deep in his soul. But the warrior's dark and dangerous world is no place for his fiery lover. Does possessing Tate mean turning his back on his brethren...or will Hunter forsake the woman of his dreams for the harsh duty he's always known?
Hunter has been tortured to death in the previous book in this series. He is recovering, and still has a bad leg. And of course the memories haunt him. He can’t stand to be inside much, or be touched. So he left Missouri and the few friends he has there, to come to a little town near Seattle, where he is assigned a small piece of the barrier, to keep watch at.
He finds an appartment to rent, but didn’t count on his landlady to be young and attractive and paying way too much attention to him. So he tries to keep Tate at arms length, but not really succeeding in that. He is kind to the aunties M, mows their lawn in exchange for cookies.
But where does he go at night when he walks into the woods? Does he know the path is treacherous, even in daylight and even when you have two good legs? So Tate follows him, to warn him. And that is when he finds the first clue the traitors are really near his little stretch of the barrier. That they have used this cave for a long time, going by the camping gear and the footprints inside.
So when Tate finds him just when he spots the strangers, he knows only one way of shutting her up: kissing her senseless.
When back up arrives, he is irritated when DJ flirts with Tate, even when he tells himself there is nothing between them, nor can there ever be. The next time he dies, he probably won’t come back sane. And there will be a next time, as a Paladin cannot live without the barrier, and the fights with the Others that are part of that life (and death).
But when Tate safes his life one night, and sees him come back from the death, he has no choice but to tell her everything, which, of course, se does not believe. She kicks him out of her life, but cannot forget him. And in the end, it is Tate who finds out who the traitor is … and Tate whose life is in danger …