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The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele) [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie M. Liu
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“An uber-sexy escapist paranormal….The perfect beach read.”
—Eloisa James

“Anyone who loves my work should love Liu’s.”
—Christine Feehan

New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu has created a dark and complex world of mystery, danger, passion, and sensuality with her remarkable Dirk and Steele novels, and The Wild Road carries us back there once again. Publishers Weekly calls her paranormal stories of love and supernatural adventure, “a fresh thrill for anyone in the market for an extraordinary romance,” which includes any reader already addicted to the novels of Christine Feehan, Jeaniene Frost, and Nalini Singh. In The Wild Road, a breathtaking, solitary creature, the last of his race, is irresistibly drawn to a mysterious woman with no memory of who she is but is in obvious peril. Discover why Booklist says, “If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”

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Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only anexceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures,hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters.His existence is solitary and sad—until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate,frightened, with no memory . . . and covered in blood.

She has no recollection of who she is or whatshe's done—and now she must trust a mysterious strangerwhose imposing presence masks a gentle heart.Her need draws Lannes into a mystery that will cause himto confront his worst fears and question everythinghe believes—and compel him to risk his secrets for the one woman who might well be the love of his life . . .or the destruction of it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843959398
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (8 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P8OZ14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A woman awakens in a strange hotel room with blood and dead bodies surrounding her. She has lost all memory. Is she a murderer? The only clue is a note with the word "Run" --and run, she does right into Lannes Hannelore, a gargoyle, a member of a race that now hides in plain sight. Lannes feels drawn to her, can feel her thoughts. She wakens in him something he has never felt before. When her entire life has become a nightmare of epic proportions, the woman oddly feels comfort, understanding, and support from this strange handsome man. Lannes stands by her, trying to unravel the clues and restore her memory even though she might be the end of life as he knew it. Can these two discover her identity and find true love, a soul love, or will the unveiling of the past threaten them even more than the current dangers? When the Dirk and Steele agency gets involved, the clues become more mysterious, more dangerous.

Lannes Hannelore captures the heart from his first appearance. Gentle, kind, and so moved by the plight of this woman, he knows her even as she cannot know herself. He knows her heart and protects her intuitively. When every clue should make him run, she wakens in him something altogether unfamiliar, a part of him that has been locked away and never before experienced love or this kind of empathy. She does not even know her own name but something about this woman makes him feel known. Can his caring and growing love for her bring her to a space where she herself feels known as he does? Will the shocking truth, once found, separate them? Can love enter into the midst of the ultimate darkness?

In THE WILD ROAD, Marjorie M.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dirk and Steele" series book 8 8 Aug. 2008
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When gargoyle Lannes disguises himself as a human; masking his true appearance behind illusion in order to visit an old friend, he suddenly finds himself on a rollercoaster adventure with a mysterious woman with no idea of who she is. This woman whom he names Lethe remembers nothing of her life before awakening in a hotel room with a gun, covered in blood and surrounded by dead bodies she assumes she shot. Alone, scared and unable to recall any personal details, Lethe instinctively knows only one thing; she has to run and hide. Throughout the course of this book as Lannes and Lethe attempt to avoid detection and death from an unknown enemy; they slowly learn Lethe's true identity, who she runs from and why.

I can confirm that Lethe has appeared significantly in a previous Dirk & Steele novel; however I'll leave you wondering who she really is. Also, although "The Wild Road" is a stand alone novel, I would perhaps suggest that fans of this series may benefit from first reading the short story "A Dream of Stone and Shadow" found in the anthology "Dark Dreamers" (if they haven't already done so that is :D). This short story introduces Charlie (Lannes' brother) and details some history of the gargoyle race plus the brothers' captivity and torture at the hands of a sadistic, power hungry witch before they are rescued.

Lannes is still haunted by his experience, unable to trust and unbelieving that any human female could accept what he truly is; yet when he encounters a strange woman attempting to steal his car he finds himself overwhelmingly drawn to her. In turn Lethe, with no idea of who she is and who to trust begins to accept that Lannes wants to help her recover her identity and believes her innocent of any crime; despite the fact she is covered in blood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and well-written 3 Nov. 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Marjorie Liu's books seem to be a bit hit or miss. I loved 'A Taste of Crimson' by her, couldn't get on with 'The Red Heart Of Jade' at all, and found some of her other books in the Dirk & Steele series rather forgettable. However 'The Wild Road' is a real return to form, a fast-paced and gripping story with some of her familiar themes (romance between humans and otherworldly creatures, the Dirk & Steele agency) but feeling very fresh.

Lannes Hannelore is a gargoyle, a winged creature who has lived for seventy years but tends to keep to himself because of a troubled past. Lannes' closest friend, Frederick, is getting very old now and Lannes can see a time in the future where he has no-one for him apart from his brothers. Lannes knows that he needs to get out more so he is able to magic a certain amount of glamour which hides his wings and makes his appearance that of a normal human, albeit a very tall one. The glamour doesn't work against touch though so Lannes has to ensure that no-one touches his back or they will feel his wings.

When Lannes' claustrophobia causes him to leave a bar in a hurry he's surprised to discover a woman trying to steal his car - a woman who is covered in blood and has lost her memory. He feels it's important to help her and tries to gain her trust. But the woman is afraid, she knows she must run but doesn't know what from or where to. As Lannes tries to help her they begin to discover that the fact that she's lost her memory isn't her main problem, and as people start dying they begin to uncover a long-ago secret which is having significant repercussions today. Can the woman and Lannes make something of their differences and can they keep each other safe?

Once again Liu has written an unusual lead character in Lannes.
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