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Kate short-circuits my brain. In my head we always have these clear coherent exchanges, but once we meet, what comes out it is, "Kate, do what I say or I'll kill you." Her default reply is, "Fuck you!" and we go downhill from there. -- Ilona Andrews
Northern San Diego. The white stucco walls rose, interrupted by huge windows. The whole structure nearly floated off the pavement, sleek, modern, and somehow light, almost delicate. The salt-spiced wind blowing from the coast less than a mile away only strengthened the illusion. He'd -- Ilona Andrews
Will I get nights of ecstasy?"
"And days. Ecstasy all the time. -- Ilona Andrews
I know a man who is in love with my friend. He loves her absolutely.
The only thing he wants in return is for her to love him."
Saiman arched his eyebrows, imitating me. "And?"
"You're the exact opposite of him. You lack the capacity to love, so you want to smother mine as well. -- Ilona Andrews
She'd been around long enough to know that it was a rare man who fully accepted responsibility for his actions, who didn't offer any excuses. -- Ilona Andrews
Judging by the hard lines of his face and the flat look in his eyes, he'd left the Marines, but the Corps hadn't quite left him. -- Ilona Andrews
I have spent my spare time studying literature popular with young women of this planet. One should always study the battlefield."
Sean glanced at him. "And?"
"I suggest you give up now. According to my research, in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl. -- Ilona Andrews
He cut right through the layers of civilization, politeness, and social snobbery to some preternatural female sense that said, "Dominant male. Danger. Power. Sex." Why -- Ilona Andrews
Life is so precious because it's short. Even the most resilient people are fragile. Life isn't about dying or not dying. It's about living well. Living so you can be proud and happy. -- Ilona Andrews
The idiot had shot their own dog. That's what happened when the destructive potential of a man's weapons exceeded his intelligence. -- Ilona Andrews
Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks. -- Ilona Andrews
It rolled over you like old oil from a fryer. -- Ilona Andrews
Oh my gods. The alpha of Clan Cat just got smacked with a rolled-up newspaper.
Mom! -- Ilona Andrews
May your life be rich in blessings and poor in misfortunes. May you see your children's children grow up and make you proud. May your fights be short, your laughter loud, and your passion hot. May you live long and die happy. -- Ilona Andrews
Shave that jaw, brush that hair, tone down the crazy in the eyes, and he would have to fight women off with that crossbow. -- Ilona Andrews
Why had I wasted all my time pretending to be someone I wasn't? I was tired, so very, very tired of standing on my own brakes. I felt ... right. I felt free. -- Ilona Andrews
That suit has gone to your head."
"It's not the suit, buttercup."
"I don't do pet names."
"Do you do werewolves?"
"Okay, I'm not talking to you anymore. -- Ilona Andrews
Ask a man how much a dollar is worth, and he'll tell you, 'Almost nothing.' Try to take a dollar away from him, and you'll get yourself a fight. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran, you can't bite his face off."
"Yes, I can," Curran said in a monster voice.
"He stole George's car. And he shot me."
"He missed, because I'm fast and I moved out of the way. If I bite his head off, he won't shoot me again. -- Ilona Andrews
I've never seen such a collection of idiots in my whole life.' Doolittle shook his head. 'If you participate in this lunacy, y'all will get yourselves killed. Then don't come crying to me.'
Now that would be a neat trick. -- Ilona Andrews
Because he has the best equipment in the City and he knows how to use it! -- Ilona Andrews
The kid was so handsome, he almost looked unreal. -- Ilona Andrews
People think I built the Pack, because I'm the guy who has the welfare of all shapeshifters in mind. They're wrong. Everything I built, I did so that when I mate and have children, nobody can touch my family. ( ... ) I built all this so I can protect you. -- Ilona Andrews
I know William," Kaldar said. "He's married to my cousin, Cerise, who is more like my baby sister. If her life and happiness were at stake, William would burn the world just to see her smile. Jack is a changeling like William. He would move the earth and the moon to protect his brother. "So -- Ilona Andrews
I'm sorry about the dinner."
"Best date ever. Well, until people died and vampires showed up. But before that it was awesome. -- Ilona Andrews
And I meant to tell you: that was a one-in-a-thousand shot."
She raised her hand. "Don't."
"It was awesome," George confirmed.
"It really was," Jack said. "His head exploded. -- Ilona Andrews
Vampires smiled for many reasons, but when a vampire male smiled at you from this distance with that kind of look in his eyes it was done for one purpose only: to impress. Look at my big teeth. I'm an apex predator. My genetic material is awesome. -- Ilona Andrews
Rose pictured him standing at the boundary of the Ogletree house in that enormous fur cape, with a giant sword sticking over his shoulder, roaring at the top of his lungs and then being upset that nobody came out, and laughed. -- Ilona Andrews
Hi, Jim," I said.
He didn't look at me. "The man wants to know what's going on. And he wants her at the
"Talking about yourself in the third person now, are we?" The bouda smiled. -- Ilona Andrews
One day, she'd find a way to live her life to the fullest. She was sure of it. She just had no idea how she would manage it. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm in a Disney movie. - Augustine -- Ilona Andrews
I wanted you to stop." "I was encouraged by you breathlessly moaning my name." I spun on my foot. "I wasn't moaning your name. I was shrieking in alarm." "That was the sexiest throaty shrieking I've ever heard." "You need to get out more. -- Ilona Andrews
What?" "She won't bite or scratch or she'll vomit. She's a vegetarian." Oh boy. "But when she's in beast form ... " He shook his head. "She eats grass. Don't ask. -- Ilona Andrews
When in doubt, poke the beehive with a stick to see if anything interesting flies out.
I clapped my hands. 'I had no idea Pit teams had such pretty cheerleaders. Can you do it again, but with more spirit this time? -- Ilona Andrews
You don't return your phone calls." The vampire leaned forward, tapping my doodle with a scimitar claw. "Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?"
"Is he carrying the moon on his pitchfork?"
"No, it's a pie. What can I do for Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead? -- Ilona Andrews
Hold your horses. I'm coming." ...
"From where I'm standing you're just breathing laboriously."
The snow swam out of focus. "Breathing hard. Are you coming or just breathing hard. You've got to get your one-liners straight. -- Ilona Andrews
No matter what happens, you will always be Pack. Because you have that loyalty and restraint. Not human, not whatever, but Kate. Unique and different, but not separate. -- Ilona Andrews
How do we get out of this circle?" I asked him.
"We kill him," he said.
"Good. Let's kill him and go home."
"I thought you'd never ask. -- Ilona Andrews
And let's be honest, you weren't exactly harmed. I even took you home." "You dumped me on my doorstep. According to my mother, I looked half dead." "Your mother exaggerates. A third dead at most." I stared at him. Wow. Just wow. -- Ilona Andrews
Hi. And what kind of screwed-up beastie would you be? -- Ilona Andrews
Hi, Your Majesty, we drugged your love muffin and then let her walk out into the dark, in the snow. Her apartment is destroyed and we're not sure where she is ... -- Ilona Andrews
Did you see how she got all hot under the collar?" Grandma Frida said in a theatrical whisper behind me. She's not over him.
"I can hear you! -- Ilona Andrews
I ordered four eggs and my new friend ordered some doughnuts. We both stayed away from sausage. Unless you knew the restaurant well and trusted the cook, ordering ground meat was a bad idea, because for some places "beef" was a code for rat meat. The -- Ilona Andrews
It wasn't real. I deluded myself. I had this aching need to be loved and it was screwing with my head. Sometimes, when you crave certain feelings, you'll trick yourself into thinking the other person is something other than what he appears. -- Ilona Andrews
Or a stuffed animal. I would've cuddled with it at night." I sighed heavily. "Oh well. I guess that's never going to happen." Arabella giggled. Grandma pointed the breaker bar at her. "Quiet in the peanut gallery. -- Ilona Andrews
The top bag popped, and a metric ton of old lasagna spilled onto my pants. The stench of soured spaghetti sauce washed over me. Ew. Of all the trash from this whole giant building, I had to step on a bag from the food court. Damn it. -- Ilona Andrews
You're the most experienced investigator I've got who's not tied up in something, and I can't ask the Consort to look look into it, because A) she and Curran are working on something else and B) when the Consort gets involved, half of the world blows up. -- Ilona Andrews
THE SKULL GLARED at me out of empty eye sockets. -- Ilona Andrews
This is payback, isn't it?" Jim glared at me. "Don't be ridiculous," I told him. "As the Consort of the Pack, I'm far above petty revenge. -- Ilona Andrews
The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them into the vamp's mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
"What are you doing?" Ghastek asked.
"My hole puncher broke."
"You have no respect for the undead. -- Ilona Andrews
a tyrant, and a conqueror. He was never elected to the office. He would probably laugh at the idea. And if he did somehow decide to hold elections, he would magic the masses into electing him, because he would honestly believe that he was best qualified to rule wisely. Having -- Ilona Andrews
Never go into the Council room without a plan. You have to give them a range of possibilities, but if they discuss them too much, they'll never make a decision. Steer them toward the right choice and don't let them derail the train. -- Ilona Andrews
Four shapeshifters are missing, the office smells like blood, you see some weird woman in a transparent gown who clearly shouldn't be in the building, and you run after her?"
"It's my job to run after her."
"I am the backup. -- Ilona Andrews
Ghastek, why haven't you married?" I asked.
He gave me a thin-lipped smile. "Because if I were to get married, I would want to have a family. To me, marriage means children."
"So what's the problem? Shooting blanks?"
Kill me. -- Ilona Andrews
Aha," Andrea said. "I'm going to ignore that you just referred to yourself as 'sugar woogums'. -- Ilona Andrews
Some men got excited by white lace and a translucent negligee. My love muffin got excited by a woman dressed to murder. There was probably something deeply twisted about that. Lucky for me, negligees were never my thing. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate, you're a pushover," the clerk said. I leaned over the counter and offered him my best deranged smile. "Wanna push and see if I fall over? -- Ilona Andrews
I love you," I told him. There. Nice and simple. "I knew you would find me."
He smiled at me. "I would never stop looking. -- Ilona Andrews
Everybody has something, that one thing they must do to feel happy. I think this is yours, and I want you to be happy. You don't have to do it, but it's here if you choose to come back to it. -- Ilona Andrews
What do you mean fainted?
Took a dive, kissed the pavement. Swooned like a southern belle after her first kiss. Had a dreadful case of the vapors. -- Ilona Andrews
He raised his hand in a peaceful gesture. "You need to relax a bit, dove. Like Mouse over there. You trust me, don't you, Mouse?"
"Ahhh, I'm hurt. Nobody likes me. -- Ilona Andrews
You will not pass! Roman thundered.
Great. Now he had decided he was Gandalf. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate's Speciality: Killing things, with much bloodshed. Talking trash, infuriating authority. Driving Beast Lord crazy. -- Ilona Andrews
Obviously I was missing the whole picture. Any minute now he would leap up, wrench the two-inch silver alloy bars apart despite the fact that silver was toxic to shapeshifters, and heroically kick Saiman's ass. Any minute now. Any minute. -- Ilona Andrews
When I'm with him, I can feel myself getting better. It's like he's picking up broken pieces of me and putting me back together, and I don't even know he's doing it. We never talk about it. We don't go to therapy. He just loves me and that's enough. -- Ilona Andrews
Where to now?" I asked.
"Hold on," Robert said. "I'm still ... coming to terms with your mode of transportation."
"Take your time," I nudged Cuddles, turning her to give him a better view. Cuddles flicked her ears, lifted her feet, and pranced. Oh dear God. -- Ilona Andrews
I promise to keep my hands, tongue, and other body parts to myself. You risk your life by staying home. It's late and we're both too wiped out to go climbing into the People's lair tonight. What do you risk by coming with me?"
"A huge migraine from being in your company. -- Ilona Andrews
Settle down, Princess. It's not my first time. -- Ilona Andrews
We Draytons are many things: pirates, witches, rogues ... but nobody ever accused us of being ungrateful. A family has to have standards. Even in the Edge. -- Ilona Andrews
Because that's what it would catch in the wild, a boar, right? I can't wait to see a pack of bunnycats take down a wild hog with those short tiny legs. Wouldn't the boar be surprised?"
Everybody was a comedian.
"May be if I oink loud enough, it'll leap across the beam and try to devour me. -- Ilona Andrews
Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty... -- Ilona Andrews
Kate sat at her desk. Grendel sprawled by her feet, an enormous black monstrosity that had more in common with the hound of the Baskervilles than with any poodle I had ever seen. -- Ilona Andrews
Can you turn so you're not pressed against me?"
"I could," he said, his voice amused. "But then you would have to lie on top of me."
My brain said, "NO." My body went, "Wheee! -- Ilona Andrews
We make our own choices in life. Our actions shape our lives and we alone are responsible for them. -- Ilona Andrews
Your body belongs to you alone. Touching it is a privilege, and it's up to you to grant it. -- Ilona Andrews
Cuddled up by a dragon. No, thank you. Let me off this train. "If you keep wiggling, things might get uncomfortable," he said into my ear, his voice like a caress. -- Ilona Andrews
Life was too short and ended too suddenly. If you didn't take advantage of what you had today, tomorrow it might be ripped from you. -- Ilona Andrews
You like the girl," Alasdair offered.
Nassar leveled a heavy gaze at him.
"Lillian said you tried to be funny in the car. I told her it couldn't possibly be true. The moment you try to make a joke, the sky shall split and the Four Horsemen will ride out, heralding Apocalypse. -- Ilona Andrews
Derek, if a boy wanted to take away a girl's power by having sex with her, what would you think about it?"
"I'd break something. His leg. Maybe his arm." He squeezed the wire tighter. "Probably wouldn't kill him unless he wanted to make an issue of it. -- Ilona Andrews
Okay," Juke said. "Your horse is a donkey, your poodle is a giant wolf breed, and your boyfriend is whatever the hell he is. You have problems. -- Ilona Andrews
If you don't explain it all to me, I might strangle somebody. Of course, Raphael might like that ... -- Ilona Andrews
Morfran thrust his axe straight up. He pretty much seemed to have one sign for everything: poke a hole in the sky. -- Ilona Andrews
I have a vamp body for you," Andrea said. "It's in the freezer."
I gave her a nice smile. "You shouldn't have. -- Ilona Andrews
Is this you trying to cheer me up?"
"What are you ... going ... to do about it?" I asked. "Your Wussiness?"
He touched his index finger to my forehead. His voice was rough. "Tap. You're out, Ass Kicker. -- Ilona Andrews
Amy," Elsie Moore said in her crackling voice, her gaze fixed on Declan. "I want you to get me a new bear. A blond one. -- Ilona Andrews
I sighed and put Slayer between the front seats. "Stay here. Guard the car."
Saiman shut the door. "Is the sword sentient?"
"No. But I like to pretend it is. -- Ilona Andrews
Would you say the shapeshifter was in distress?"
"Hell yeah, he was in distress. His tail was on fire."
"He ran like his tail was on fire?"
"No, his tail was on fire. Like a big, furry candle on his ass. -- Ilona Andrews
I had forgotten that talking to you is like trying to pet a cactus." Saiman said dryly. "Thank you for reminding me." "Always happy to oblige. -- Ilona Andrews
Oh. "So the best way to fight you is to strip naked and attack?"
His eyes flashed with a wicked light. "Yes. You should try it and see what happens. -- Ilona Andrews
They tended towards the simple pleasures in life: drinking, whoring and fighting, preferably all three at once. -- Ilona Andrews
Were you watching me sleep? Because I thought we agreed that's creepy. -- Ilona Andrews
I don't snore."
He nodded with a wide grin. "It's a quiet peaceful kind of snoring. Like a small cuddly Tasmanian devil. Kind of cute when sleeping, all claws and teeth when awake."
"You snore worse. At least I don't turn into a lion in my sleep. -- Ilona Andrews
Clothes don't have magic powers, Derek. They don't mystically protect you from three-inch claws, rapists, or murderers. If someone decides to hurt you, they will do so whether or not you have a thin layer of denim over your skin. -- Ilona Andrews
I know it may come as a shock, but it's sort of considered polite to wait for the consent of the woman. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if you don't wait, you may have to deal with pesky criminal charges like kidnapping and rape. -- Ilona Andrews
I would not leave you. I'll be there. Wherever you want 'there' to be. -- Ilona Andrews
All men are liars. All women are liars, too. -- Ilona Andrews
Wasn't sure who would win then. TEN KALDAR lay on a low ridge, wearing one of the Mirror's night suits. -- Ilona Andrews
Why couldn't she have gotten another Edger or some dimwit from the Broken for a passenger? No, she got Lord Leather Pants here. -- Ilona Andrews
I saved the baby. I saved her. For you."
- Bran -- Ilona Andrews
If you prefer, I can acquire a windowless creeper van, and we can huddle in it and eat greasy take out. -- Ilona Andrews
The dusk had arrived on the wings of a night moth, silent and soft. The sky above me darkened to a deep, beautiful purple. Stars glowed high above, and below them, as if inspired by their light, tiny fireflies awoke and crawled from their shelter in the leaves. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm a known fugitive who likes to set people on fire. Come away with me so we can have hot sex while the entire city is trying to shoot me in the head. If I get bored, I'll barbecue you for my amusement. Sure, let me get my shoes. -- Ilona Andrews
I will devour you. I will lick your bones clean and crush them between my teeth. I will suck the marrow ... "
"That's nice," Kate said. "The shield. -- Ilona Andrews
I will always be there. I will walk across the whole planet if I have to."
I closed my eyes and whispered, "I'll meet you halfway. -- Ilona Andrews
Since we're playing that game ... I tilted my face up to his and gave him a lovesick gaze.
"Do you have to sneeze?" he asked.
"Be quiet. I'm pretending to enjoy your company, just as you said."
"Try not to strain anything."
"Oh, I won't. I'm very good at faking it."
That shut him up. -- Ilona Andrews
Men and swords. My father said that if you put any able-bodied man, no matter how peaceful, into a room with a sword and a practice dummy and leave him alone, eventually the man would pick up the sword and try to stab the dummy. It is human nature. -- Ilona Andrews
Put your badass faces on and follow me. -- Ilona Andrews
I have a family full of quirky people. Someone has to be sensible so all of you can enjoy being reckless weirdos. -- Ilona Andrews
I pointed at Ascanio. Not another word. Latin is a dead language, but that doesn't mean you get to molest its corpse. Finish sweeping, ianitor. -- Ilona Andrews
Living in your dreams meant bitter disappointment when you woke up. -- Ilona Andrews
Where is the bane of my existence?"
"In the shower, freshening up."
Damn it all to hell. "Oh God, who did Ascanio screw now?"
"No, no, he's covered in blood."
"Oh good." Wait a minute. "The kid is covered in blood and we're relieved. There is something wrong with us. -- Ilona Andrews
Go to the Black Sea, meet new people, see beautiful places, get killed by a mutant carnivorous kangaroo goat. One item off my bucket list. -- Ilona Andrews
I don't want to play anymore ... I love you. -- Ilona Andrews
Grandpa?" Declan raised his eyebrows.
"We keep him in the shed out back," Jack said helpfully. "So he doesn't eat dog brains. -- Ilona Andrews
She swept away, putting an extra kink into her walk. I would not have thought that a woman with an ass that bony could make it wiggle so much but she proved me wrong. -- Ilona Andrews
Do we have a flamethrower?" Curran asked.
"We should get a flamethrower. -- Ilona Andrews
He said 'woman' in the same way I'd say 'Mmmm, yummy chocolate. -- Ilona Andrews
Outside the windows the day was bright: golden sunshine, blue sky, pleasant wind ... I wanted to punch the happy day in the face, grab it by the hair, and beat it until it told me what the hell it was so happy about. -- Ilona Andrews
Why not? It's natural selection. Just like nature." I wrinkled my nose. "Boudas love this argument, because it gives them an excuse to do all the wrong things. 'I'm sorry I screwed your sister and got my penis stuck in your German shepherd. It's in my nature. I just couldn't help myself. -- Ilona Andrews
You can try. Not that you'll get anywhere. If you were in love, that would be one thing, but we both know this is pride talking." Audrey patted his forearm. "It's all right. I won't tell anybody about your shameful failure. I'll keep it completely confidential. -- Ilona Andrews
How was I supposed to know that you let two little bears hurt you, Goldilocks?"
"Ah, yes, that mouth. I missed it. All mine now. -- Ilona Andrews
People around me die. They drop like flies. I've gone through life leaving a trail of dead bodies behind me. My mother is dead, my guardian is dead, my aunt is dead - because I killed her, and when my real father finds me, he'll move heaven and earth to make me dead. -- Ilona Andrews
And just when I thought the pain had dulled, my mind would betray me and bring Dad back to life in my dreams. Sometimes I didn't realize that he was dead until I awoke and then it was like a punch in the stomach. And sometimes I knew in my dream that I was dreaming, and I woke up crying. -- Ilona Andrews
Why could nothing with Kate be simple? Why couldn't Jim ever just come by to tell me that he had bowled a perfect game or benched a personal best.
Maybe finally asked that weird tiger girl out. -- Ilona Andrews
You call that evening the odds? You demolished them."
Demolished. He liked that. "I left you one."
"I promised to share," he told her. "Manners are very important in the Weird. Lying would be quite impolite. -- Ilona Andrews
He came for me. I couldn't believe it.
He came for me. Into a flying palace full of thousands of armed rakshasas in the middle of a magic jungle. Oh, you stupid, stupid idiot man. What was the God damn point of saving him only to watch him throw his life away?
Kate for Curran -- Ilona Andrews
On the other hand it was bad manners to look a gift horse in the mouth. Even if you're getting it from an overweight cracker in a fringe shirt. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran is the Beast Lord. Tremble. -- Ilona Andrews
I'd appreciate it if in the future when you come up with a plan that makes a hardened criminal pause, you could at least give me the gist of it ahead of time. In broad strokes. -- Ilona Andrews
Like it or not," he said, "you're still his daughter. Run from it, spit on it, that's your choice. Those of the blood can insult the blood. Nobody else. I won't allow it. -- Ilona Andrews
One does not simply ring Roland.
Oh boy. I supposed I would get a lecture on the dangers of wandering into Mordor next. -- Ilona Andrews
If I pass out face down in this water, will you fish me out?"
"Will you promise to call me Your Majesty?"
"Then I'll have to think about it. -- Ilona Andrews
Still think she is worth it?" Mahon asked quietly.
"Of course. She is my mate."
Mahon sighed. "So you decided then."
"Do you think we'd be laying here bleeding in the snow if I wasn't sure?"
"Good point. -- Ilona Andrews
Shifting in the hospital bed had blown her closet door wide open. -- Ilona Andrews
Do you ever think of anything
"Yes, I do. Sometimes I think of waking up next to you. Or making you laugh. -- Ilona Andrews
The Oracle rose. As one, the three witches bowed.
"See?" Bran jerked his thumb at the three women. "That's how a woman should treat a man. Next time you see me, I want you to do just like them. -- Ilona Andrews
As soon as the engagement was announced, the Pack Clans converged and shot the idea of a quiet ceremony out of the water and then kept firing at it until it stopped convulsing and died. -- Ilona Andrews
The Dude just pounded his way in a straight line, convinced that the lion was a figment of his imagination and that the vampire ahead of him was just Grendel's deformed mutant brother. -- Ilona Andrews
Jack sheathed his knife, tied the dressed hare to a stick, and slung it over his shoulder. It wouldn't do for the meat to touch his school uniform. Might make the kill dirty. -- Ilona Andrews
It seems that we had ... not a better education, per se, but perhaps more incentive to use it. They learn, but they hardly think. -- Ilona Andrews
I turned and bumped my head against his chest a few times. It was the nearest hard surface. -- Ilona Andrews
I was the badass Consort and he was the grim Pack's executioner. Hugging him in the hallways would be entirely inappropriate. -- Ilona Andrews
Crazy Curran ranked right up there with monsoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. -- Ilona Andrews
At the door, Audrey called, "Are you coming?"
"No, just breathing hard, love." He glanced at her and was rewarded by an outraged glare, followed by, "Oh, my God! -- Ilona Andrews
The pain gets better with time," I told her. "It always hurts, but it gets better. -- Ilona Andrews
She crouched with her hand out. What the hell was she doing ...
"Here, kitty, kitty, kitty."
Oh my God, she was retarded and I was going to kill Jim. -- Ilona Andrews
We, the human beings, are meant to live life to its fullest. We are meant to experience it all - sadness, disappointment, rage, kindness, joy, love. We are meant to test ourselves. It is painful and frightening, but this is what it means to be alive. -- Ilona Andrews
Getting a lecture on restraint from the woman who threw a hissy fit and blew up Babylon. -- Ilona Andrews
You think he's got 'government badass' tattooed on his chest?" I murmured.
A faint grimace skewed Luther's mouth. "And 'I'd tell you but I'd have to kill you' on his ass. -- Ilona Andrews
My ego doesn't need soothing. I don't want him soothing anything of mine, including you. -- Ilona Andrews
The next time I went anywhere with Mad Rogan, I'd bring one of those bandoliers action stars wore when they routed terrorists from jungles. -- Ilona Andrews
I stopped the blade two inches before it touched Andrea's neck. Because she was my best friend, and sticking knives into your best friend's windpipe was generally considered to be a social faux pas. -- Ilona Andrews
Our stares connected and we were quiet for a long minute, united by our misery. At least he understood me and I understood him.
"A fine pair we make," he said.
"Yeah. -- Ilona Andrews
Chicks dig a man of mystery." "You don't say." "You know what else chicks dig?" "Subatomic vaporizers?" "And werewolves. Chicks really dig werewolves." "Poor -- Ilona Andrews
Time stopped and for a few blissful moments there was nothing except Connor, intoxicating and irresistible, the taste of him, the scent of him, the raw male power of his arms, and the tender seducing touch of his lips... And then I was out of the car and gone before the power of that kiss wore off. -- Ilona Andrews
If the lot of you survives, Curran will fray the skin off your backs,' Doolittle said.
'That's what I always love about you, Doctor.' Raphael grinned. 'You're a cup-halfway-full kind of guy. All flowers and sunshine. -- Ilona Andrews
Maybe you should make me a list of people I can kill and ways in which they're allowed to die," he said. "You are not funny." "I'm very funny. -- Ilona Andrews
But then I didn't run from my challenges. I met them straight on and bashed my head against them, until it left me hurt, bloody, and dazed. -- Ilona Andrews
Love and hate are both means of emotional control to which we subject ourselves. Once you were done with me, you'd want to be free of the pain of betrayal. Absolutely free. -- Ilona Andrews
Man can't handle the chaos. Oh, you can understand it in the abstract, as long as you don't think about it too hard. But at the core of it, whenever humans come against chaos, they deal with it in one of three ways ... Faced with chaos you will either ignore it, dance around it, or you will go mad. -- Ilona Andrews
We live in Houston, Texas!" Grandma wiped her hands with a rag. "You'd get heat stroke. -- Ilona Andrews
I crouched on the beam. The bunnycat shivered less than a foot away.
"Here ... " Bunny? Kitty? "Here, cute creature thing ... Don't be scared. -- Ilona Andrews
It's not an abomination. It's a bunnycat. -- Ilona Andrews
I had come here intending to declare a possible war and instead ended up planning a dinner date with my father at Applebee's. -- Ilona Andrews
I don't trust tragedies much. It's easy to make a person sad by showing him something tragic. We all recognize when sad things happen: someone dies, someone loses a loved one, young love is crushed. It's much harder to make a man laugh-what's funny to one person isn't funny to another. -- Ilona Andrews
People can snap. People have a limit. And some people are just plain nuts. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels, deadly swordmaster. Fear my twitching pinkie. -- Ilona Andrews
One school of thought says that the best way to handle an issue like this is exposure therapy," Mad Rogan said. "For example, if you're terrified of snakes, repeated handling of them will cure it."
Aha. "I'm not handling your snake. -- Ilona Andrews
"No, Kate, you don't understand. He vanished. He was there one moment and then he was gone."
I couldn't resist. "Like a ninja. In a puff of smoke. -- Ilona Andrews
Being an innkeeper meant walking a fine line between courtesy and tyranny. -- Ilona Andrews
Does it involve breaking and entering?" A little smile stretched Raphael's lips. "I see His Majesty made a move. Has he asked you to make him dinner yet?" I growled. "This isn't about me and Curran. -- Ilona Andrews
You should do the dramatic door-opening thing," I told Curran. "Would you like to see me do the dramatic door-opening thing?" "Yes, I would. Very much." A quick smile bent his lips. We -- Ilona Andrews
At the core, our motives are always self-serving, Kate. Altruism is a fog created by sly minds seeking to benefit from the energy and skill of others. Nothing more. -- Ilona Andrews
He was going to take a dive into this lake. He just didn't know it. Cerise rose, finding footing in the soft mud. The water came up to just below her breasts and her wet shirt stuck to her body. William's gaze snagged on her chest. Yep, keep looking, Lord Bill. Keeeeeep looking. -- Ilona Andrews
The decorator of Las Colimas must have been a great admirer of both early Aztec and late Taco Bell architectural styles. -- Ilona Andrews
I have to say, your technique is really different. Curran hammered at the spell until it broke. You just talk. Help me out here, what's the strategy? Are you hoping the ward will get tired and kill itself so it won't have to listen to you anymore? -- Ilona Andrews
I paused with the pen in my hand. "He burst into flames?"
"He became engulfed in fire."
"Was his buddy made out of orange rocks and at any point yell, 'It's clobbering time'? -- Ilona Andrews
The woman said something to Roman. He stopped, turned to her, and shook his staff.
She crossed her arms. I couldn't see her face, but I read the body language well enough. I shake my magic stick at you!" "Let me tell you what you can do with your stick ... " -- Ilona Andrews
I'm investigating people who sacrifice trained killers to dark gods.
Perfect, it will keep him occupied.
In what capacity?
Bait. -- Ilona Andrews
It's not a loup cage, you know,' I told her. 'It's a holding cell. Or safe room. or secure room. I don't think Jim ever settled on a term he could live with.'
'Aha. It's a loup cage.' Andrea cleared her throat. 'I touched it with my finger and it hurt. Is that in case of marital problems? -- Ilona Andrews
So how was it?" she asked. "Kissing Curran?"
"I can't let him kiss me again, because if he does, I'll sleep with him."
Andrea blinked. "Well," she said finally, "At least you know where you stand. -- Ilona Andrews
I glanced at Derek. The boy wonder didn't melt into a pile of goo, although his gaze was glued to Rowena's chest. Avoiding eye contact. Good strategy. -- Ilona Andrews
Is there anything else you need to tell me?"
Every time I look at you, I have to put a leash on myself. "No. -- Ilona Andrews
I think you're confused as to the nature of our relationship. You and I, we don't get along. You're a psychopathic control freak. You order me around and I want to kill you. I'm a pigheaded insubordinate ass. I drive you mad and you want to strangle me. -- Ilona Andrews
Butterflies were small and light, and very magic sensitive. For some reason I made them feel safe and they gravitated to me like iron shavings to a magnet. They ruined my ferocious badass image, but you'd have to be a complete beast to swat butterflies. -- Ilona Andrews
Dear rabbis, I'm so sorry, I nuked your circle dude. Here is his head as a souvenir. Yeah, that would fly. -- Ilona Andrews
Go play your games with Jim. I'll find you both when I need you."
Arrogant asshole. "I tell you what, if you find us before those three days run out, I'll cook you a damn dinner and serve it to you naked."
"Is that a promise?"
"Yes. Go fuck yourself. -- Ilona Andrews
Hated each other so much their feud had become legendary. Half the jokes in the galaxy started with a vampire and an otrokar walk into a bar ... . -- Ilona Andrews
Look what the cat dragged in." He was playing to the audience. Never good. "Is he talking to me or you?" Curran asked. His voice was deceptively light. "I don't know," I said. "But I'm sure he'll get around to telling us. -- Ilona Andrews
You should try making more noise as you walk, too." Curran suggested. "Maybe the ghouls will mistake you for a small underground elephant and run off."
"When we get out of here, I'll kick you."
"You'll try. -- Ilona Andrews
Whatever storm was brewing, I'd find it and fight it. If it was the price of being with Curran, then I would pay it. He was worth it. -- Ilona Andrews
Let's play who can be a better killer. My sword and I love this game. -- Ilona Andrews
What did I tell you about plastic ties?
Only for humans, Julie murmured.
If you don't listen to me, I can't teach you anything. -- Ilona Andrews
William glanced at her sword. His upper lip rose, showing her his teeth. My, my, Lord Bill, what big fangs you have. That was all right. She wasn't Red Riding Hood, she wasn't scared, and her grandmother could curse his ass so hard, he wouldn't know which way was up for a week. -- Ilona Andrews
Tension fled from me. Tomorrow I would worry about Hugh d'Ambray and Andrea and
Roland, but now I was simply happy. Aaahh. Home. My place, my smells, my familiar rug under my feet, my kitchen, my Curran in the kitchen chair ... Wait a damn minute.
You! -- Ilona Andrews
I wondered if kicking him in the head would make the whole explanation pop out of his mouth in one chunk. -- Ilona Andrews
An old song surfaced in my memories. Love is all you need. Maybe, but in real life love was rarely all you got. Raphael and I also had pride, and guilt, and anger, jealousy and hurt feelings, -- Ilona Andrews
I will kill him."
"Erra's eyebrows rose. "You'd have to go through me first."
I shrugged. "I have to do something for a warm-up."
She laughed softly. "That's the spirit. I do think you might be my favorite niece. -- Ilona Andrews
Just wait until he figures out I shut him out of his slut hut. -- Ilona Andrews
Did you run any of this by Curran?"
"I told him I was about to do something idiotic and dangerous, and he told me to go ahead and let him know if he could help in any way."
"I don't understand your relationship. -- Ilona Andrews
That's the nature of our relationship". A spark lit his eyes. "We both do what's necessary, and after it's over, I watch you freak out about it."
"Oh, I don't want you to stop. I find it highly amusing -- Ilona Andrews
No, I never expect people to be idiots," George said. "I do expect them to lack some of the necessary information, because experience has demonstrated to me that assuming someone in a key position knows everything you do leads to disaster. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm your father. That's the great privilege of parenthood; we can comment on whatever we want. -- Ilona Andrews
How have you been?" my father asked.
Say something diplomatic ... something ... "If you build a tower in Lawrenceville, I will smash it, set it on fire, and salt the ground it stood on. -- Ilona Andrews
Andrea raised her eyebrows. "Look at you, all high-speed."
"Yeah, you'd think I was a detective or something."
Andrea held her hand out. "You'll jinx it. -- Ilona Andrews
Derek's lips stretched into a smile on their own, driven not by humor but by the instinctual need to bare his teeth as the wild inside glared through his eyes. -- Ilona Andrews
Sometimes, when you crave certain feelings, you'll trick yourself into thinking the other person is something other than what he apears. -- Ilona Andrews
Strawberry Shortcake called, she wants her outfit back -- Ilona Andrews
Nothing kills a party like an oversize metal hedgehog. -- Ilona Andrews
My future chef was an oversized, hysterical hedgehog with a martyr complex. -- Ilona Andrews
The woman stared at the ruined body. Blood dripped from her arm. A fine spray of red covered her face
must've been cast off when she slammed down the cans. She wiped her face with her left forearm and kicked the stalker's corpse with her sneakered foot. Don't mess with Texas. -- Ilona Andrews
Did you strangle the wolf alpha?" Not that she didn't deserve it.
Curran grimaced. "Of course not. I needed information. After I put her face in my mouth, we agreed that it was in her best interests to tell me what I wanted to know. -- Ilona Andrews
She had only two modes of operation: complete control or complete insanity. -- Ilona Andrews
Monogamy," he stated flatly. "While you're with me, I'm the only one. Anybody else touches you and I'll kill them."
"What if I accidently bump into someone?"
Gold flashed in his eyes. "Don't. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran grinned and my heart made a little jump. I didn't expect that.
"That's it? That's your witty comeback?"
"Yep." Eloquence 'R' Us. When in trouble, keep it monosyllabic - safer that way. -- Ilona Andrews
Dali elbowed Jim in the ribs. "What he meant to say was he is sorry that duties of his office and his own paranoid nature caused him to overreact." Jim looked like someone had hit him on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. "Yes." "And -- Ilona Andrews
Give me a few minutes."
"You have time." He sat in the grass.
"Are you just going to sit there and watch me?"
"Yes. Watching pretty peasant girls is what we poor little rich boys do best."
He shrugged. "You started the name calling. -- Ilona Andrews
Mishmar. Your father's hellish prison he cobbled together from the remains of office buildings from Omaha, which he destroyed. The Mishmar that's stuffed to the brink with mutated vampires. That Mishmar." "Yes." "You -- Ilona Andrews
Runes, runes, runes ... Runes. An inverted Algiz rune. The caption next to it said "Chernobog." The Black God. Right. Of course, it wouldn't be Chernobog, God of Morning Dew on the Rose Petals, but a woman could always hope. -- Ilona Andrews
He gave an impression of coiled power, a contained violence that if released, would explode with terrifying intensity. -- Ilona Andrews
Despite the hour, customers already flooded the market, men, women, and children of every color and race looking for the magic cure to their problems. They were what allowed the poachers to exist. They'd stop poaching if people stopped buying. -- Ilona Andrews
The world's pulse skipped a beat. Magic flooded in. "Yes." I grinned and grabbed the blanket. "Onward, my noble steed. To our inevitable doom and gory death." Thirty -- Ilona Andrews
She could've stared into those eyes for a thousand years and never noticed the time passing by. -- Ilona Andrews
Some women waited for a night in shining armor. She, apparently, had ended up with a knight in black jeans and leather, who wanted to chase her down and have his evil way with her. -- Ilona Andrews
Fuck the pack. I gave them fifteen years of my life. I fought for them, bled for them, and the moment my back was turned, they attacked my wife. I owe them nothing. -- Ilona Andrews
Did I hurt you in the parking lot?" "No, m'lady. I fell, so I could put a tracker on your car." Great. -- Ilona Andrews
He joked while Dali cut him, mangling the words with his monstrous jaws, snarled with a pretended rage and dramatically promised to kirrrl youraaalll for this! -- Ilona Andrews
This doesn't mean you're getting a discount."
Audrey heaved a mock sigh. "Oh well. I guess I'll have to ply you with sexual favors, then."
Gnome choked on the soup. "I'm old enough to be your grandfather!"
Audrey winked at him, gathering the empty bags. "But you're not. -- Ilona Andrews
It a dude and a girl, and the house and wooo scary things happen and then they kill everything. -- Ilona Andrews
Long strands of drool stretched from between his fangs and dripped on the pavement, sending a heady scent of jasmine to swirl through the air. Perfumed monster spit. What was the world coming to? -- Ilona Andrews
A man had no right to be this fiercely sexual without even trying. -- Ilona Andrews
Something clicked in my brain. "I remember where I've seen you before. You're Curran's ... " - lover, mistress, honey-bunny - "significant other." Dear God, what could the Beast Lord's concubine possibly want from me? -- Ilona Andrews
We should clap or something." Curran said. "She's trying so hard. -- Ilona Andrews
I waited. The moment you start speaking, you become less scary, and I had no intention of being less scary. -- Ilona Andrews
The good doctor put a spoon of tea into my honey." "You're drinking tea a honey badger made," Jim said. "What did you expect? -- Ilona Andrews
Your master plan has holes big enough to drive a truck through. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm Mr.Ripped. I live in the gym. My teeth have biceps and my biceps have teeth. I chew up weights and shit out lead bricks -- Ilona Andrews
Seducing him in the tub smelling of vinegar was out of the question. There had to be some boundaries. -- Ilona Andrews
He kissed me, and I pulled my personal psycho into bed with me. -- Ilona Andrews
Now remember, Kate." Barabas leaned over to me, grinning. "You are the Consort. Be the Consort." He stretched "be" into a three-syllable word. "Think like a-"
"Open the door or I'll punch you right in the face," I growled. -- Ilona Andrews
Well, check this out. Mine is bigger. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm an angel of death. I don't need night school, woman. You should just give up on this detective shit and start killing people for a living. It's simple, honest work, and you ain't got the brains for anything else. -- Ilona Andrews
Is there a cookie at the end of this lecture? ... I got a cookie after all ... Dear god, the cookie was poisoned. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm a substitute mom."
"You're more like a crazy aunt who only gets called when somebody needs bailing out of jail. -- Ilona Andrews
I can always tell when you're thinking about food. You forget to be the Serious Wolf and you get this dreamy look in your eyes. You know, most people would think you were thinking about a girl. They have no idea that her name is bacon. -- Ilona Andrews
Sex is about physical attraction, yes, but it's also about trust. I don't trust you. You're completely self-absorbed and egoistic. You offer nothing I want. -- Ilona Andrews
Breaking into the house in the middle of the night just wasn't his style. He did his best work in plain view, and, usually, his tongue was doing most of it.
Now that was an interesting thought. Heh. -- Ilona Andrews
An evil spark flared in his eyes. Trade: raccoon for some answers. -- Ilona Andrews
Is he a scumbag in training?" Richard glanced at the gunman. "At least have the decency to hold the gun properly, you fool. If you don't know how, pass it to someone who does. I'm not going to suffer being shot at by anything less than a full- fledged lowlife. (Richard) -- Ilona Andrews
Her philosophy was, if it had a pulse, it could be killed. I didn't really have a philosophy, but I could see how talking with the school director would be difficult for her. If he said something she didn't like, chopping him to tiny pieces wouldn't exactly help me get into the school. -- Ilona Andrews
Andrea stared at me. "You're not taking me seriously!"
"That's probably because you're not excited enough," Derek said. "You should clench your fists like they do in the movies, shake them, and yell, 'This is bigger than any of us! It goes all the way to the top! -- Ilona Andrews
I WALKED INTO my house to see the knight and the wizard sitting in my kitchen, drinking coffee. If you added in Julie's thieving skills and my sword, we almost had an adventuring party. "It's too bad we're missing a cleric," I said. -- Ilona Andrews
If you're really hard up, I can introduce you to my grandmother. She's a fan." Adam blinked. "She doesn't typically sleep with pretty young things, but she would make an exception in your case. You might even learn a trick or two. -- Ilona Andrews
I would try being friends with her, but she's too busy being a smartass."
"Now you know how the rest of us feel," Jim said. -- Ilona Andrews
I realized that I'm a child."
William looked point-blank at her chest. "No. -- Ilona Andrews
If the clouds split open and an archangel descended onto the street in all of his heavenly glory and tried to make Rogan see reason, he would fail miserably and have to pack up his flaming sword and go back to Heaven in shame. -- Ilona Andrews
That's all right," she told him. "I can manage. I can sleep outside just fine."
Four pairs of eyes looked at her with a distinctly male skepticism. -- Ilona Andrews
Landon spun the wheel. The Land Rover nearly careened, turning off the road. Landon parked and bolted out of the car, slapping the driver's door closed behind him. -- Ilona Andrews
Every time you see a problem and walk away from it, you set a new standard. -- Ilona Andrews
I flexed my wrist, popped a silver needle into my palm, and offered it to him.
'What should I do with it?'
He'd walked right into it. Too easy. 'Please use it to pop your head. It's obscuring my view of the room.'
- Kate & Saiman -- Ilona Andrews
I once took a city with five men and a lame goat. -- Ilona Andrews
Aha! So I'm not crazy."
"You are most definitely crazy," Derek said. "But in a deranged, endearing way. -- Ilona Andrews
DOES EVERYBODY THINK I am an asshole?" Curran asked. "Only people who know you or have met you. -- Ilona Andrews
I opened my eyes really wide and fluttered my eyelashes at him. "I'm sorry, I must've missed your coronation ceremony. Silly me." from Clean Sweep -- Ilona Andrews
Yes I can," Curran snarled. "Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do."
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat. -- Ilona Andrews
If your head explodes can I have your stuff? -- Ilona Andrews
Now was not a good time, but we didn't often get to chose the time to repay our debts. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate had never met a person she didn't want to protect, preferably by hacking at the hostile parties with her sword. -- Ilona Andrews
You might want to decide fast. We live in a dangerous world. If you see a chance to be happy, you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets. -- Ilona Andrews
Nothing is free. If you want it, you have to fight for it. -- Ilona Andrews
He whirled in the water and grinned at me. Damn, he was a handsome bastard. I realized he was half-naked. Blue swirls of tattoos painted his chest. When God made that chest, he did to tempt women. -- Ilona Andrews
I gave him a smile. I was aiming for sweet, but he turned a shade paler and scooted a bit farther from me. Note to self: work more on sweet and less on psycho-killer. -- Ilona Andrews
I want you to understand me.
This isn't vengeance.
This is punishment. -- Ilona Andrews
So this is what it's about? This is your mature response to go off into the mountains rather than talking about it and have s'mores with a gnome and a mountain man."
"What's your plan for tomorrow? Brunch with a unicorn? -- Ilona Andrews
How long does it take?" I asked. "I'm sorry?" "How long does it take you to get dressed for work in the morning?" "Two and a half hours," she said. "Do they pay you overtime for that? -- Ilona Andrews
Nice plan. Take the gullible outsiders, walk them around for a bit, then feed them to the giant tortoise. -- Ilona Andrews
Saved by the Sith. -- Ilona Andrews
Just so you know: if a rakshasa shows up, I left my sword in the car. -- Ilona Andrews
I take back what I said about the donkey,' Ascanio said. 'She's awesome -- Ilona Andrews
Only poor people are weird. Rich people are eccentric. -- Ilona Andrews
I would have to stop at a local shelter and possibly PetSmart. They had silent, stealthy, vicious predators available for adoption. -- Ilona Andrews
But she was funny sometimes, and never boring. God, it would almost be worth it to see her face when she realized that I had saved her ass again.
Actually it was quite a nice ass, come to think of it. In fact, my memory of the ass and its owner seemed to be remarkably clear. -- Ilona Andrews
He groaned and I saw his face. "Curran!" I would've preferred a homicidal lunatic. Oh, wait ... -- Ilona Andrews
He felt like an addict who, after abusing a narcotic for years, somehow found himself sober, -- Ilona Andrews
If a cultural reference flies over a man's head, does it make a sound if nobody else gets it. -- Ilona Andrews
The porch light came on and Aunt B swung the door open. Middle-aged and stout, with graying hair rolled into a bun, she looked like she should be baking cookies, not ruling a brood of social deviants with a penchant for hysterical laughter and kinky sex. -- Ilona Andrews
Just stay close to us. If we get in trouble, we'll kill everything. -- Ilona Andrews
Hey, would you look at that shit?"
I turned on my heel. The patrons who'd fled at the first hint of trouble had come back and were enjoying the spectacle.
"Clear out!" I barked.
They paid me no mind. Asshole innocent bystanders. -- Ilona Andrews
The rabbis paled. I'd managed to terrify holy men. Maybe I could beat up a nun for an encore. -- Ilona Andrews
He would soak in that silver glow until it shone from his eyes and sing a long song about hunting and running through the dark wood in the middle of the night. -- Ilona Andrews
What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'? -- Ilona Andrews
I finally understood why he was called Mad Rogan. It wasn't because he was insane. It was because he drove you nuts with sheer frustration. We -- Ilona Andrews
And you expect me to commute two hours each way from the Keep to the Order." I kept my voice mild. "I suppose I won't be needing my job, my house, or my clothes anymore."
"I didn't say that. Although let me get back to you on the clothes. It's still under consideration. -- Ilona Andrews
The four words of power. Obey, Kill, Protect, and Die. Words so primal, so dangerous, so powerful that they commanded the raw magic itself. -- Ilona Andrews
Screwy," I said. "Is that a medical term?" "Of course. -- Ilona Andrews
Between the journeymen, vampires crouched like monstrous gargoyles: hairless, corded with a tight network of steel-hard muscle, and smeared in lime-green and purple sunblock. Bubble-gum-tinted nightmares. -- Ilona Andrews
I wasn't moaning your name. I was shrieking in alarm." "That was the sexiest throaty shrieking I've ever heard. -- Ilona Andrews
It's a lovely day and we're under siege. People are trying to murder us." Her eyes shone with excitement. "Isn't it marvelous? -- Ilona Andrews
The phone rang. I picked it up. "Kate Daniels"
"It's me," Curran said. "I - "
I hung up. -- Ilona Andrews
As one, the shapechangers turned and looked at me. I wondered what they'd do if I asked to borrow a cup of sugar. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran got rid of Ascanio and saddled me with not one, but two bodyguards. God help anyone who dared to look at me funny. They would rip him to pieces, just to outdo each other. -- Ilona Andrews
Who is that?"
"You replaced me with a shaved poodle?"
"He's got mad skills. -- Ilona Andrews
Just staying sharp. Keeping you safe keeps me in shape. -- Ilona Andrews
Are you going to let me go?" Jack asked quietly.
"I'm thinking about it."
"So Gaston gets let go but I don't?"
"I like him more than I like you. -- Ilona Andrews
In the whole world, there was no better place than being wrapped in him. -- Ilona Andrews
People looked at me, shocked.
I gave them a nice big smile. That's right, look what big teeth I have. I knew I was a vegetarian, but aside from Jim and a few friends, nobody else did. Besides, just because I didn't eat meat, didn't mean I wouldn't bite. -- Ilona Andrews
"We have people monitoring police radio frequencies. They gave Jim a heads-up in case our security had to storm PAD offices and bust you out of there. I found out when I saw Jim walking down the hallway snickering to himself. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm going to shoot him," I squeezed through my teeth. "No, that would be murder," Grandma Frida told me, her voice soothing. "You've had a long day. Let's put your magic away. You know what you need? A nice cup of chamomile tea and a tranquilizer . . ." I -- Ilona Andrews
Mad Rogan: "Resistance is futile."
Nevada: "You are not assimilating me! -- Ilona Andrews
You should've let me twist his head off," Mahon said. "You can't let people insult your wife, Curran. One day you'll have to choose diplomacy or your spouse. I'm telling you now, it's got to be your wife. Diplomacy doesn't care if you live or die. Your wife does. -- Ilona Andrews
Just to make sure the odd humanoid aberration doesn't get away, always pin it through the nuts. -- Ilona Andrews
Help me, I can't breathe, your ego is pushing all the air out of the room. -- Ilona Andrews
You can stay out here and compare inches for the entire night, but I'm going inside. -- Ilona Andrews
He pulled me like a magnet. Every female instinct I had went into overdrive. -- Ilona Andrews
You're not going to die?"
"Not right this minute." And of course, saying something like that usually resulted in immediate dying. I braced myself for a stray meteorite falling through the roof to crush my skull. -- Ilona Andrews
Don't change shape," Raphael snapped.
"Be good or I'll kiss you in front of everybody."
"Hell no," I snarled. I had to hold on and live through this so I could punch him in the face. It was a great goal. -- Ilona Andrews
If I could, I would punch today right in the face. -- Ilona Andrews
Look, he isn't even concerned."
I poured the tea. "He's concerned, Mother. He just doesn't panic, because he's in charge and if he panics, everybody else will panic."
"I can jog around the room pretending to scream if you would like," Jim offered. -- Ilona Andrews
I can't wait to see a pack of bunnycats take down a wild hog with those short tiny legs. Wouldn't the boar be surprised? -- Ilona Andrews
Curran's whore comes to visit us," Jarek said in accented English.
The three men laughed as if on cue. I glanced at Mahon. "You really shouldn't let him talk to you like that. -- Ilona Andrews
Was his body made out of orange rocks and did he at any point yell 'It's clobbering time'?"
"I find your attempt at levity inappropriate."
"Consider me properly chastised. -- Ilona Andrews
What's with the beard and the horse mane? You look like Rent-a-Villain."
The volhv's eyes widened. He raised his hand at me. "Well you don't look ... female ... in your pants."
"That's a hell of an insult. Did you think of it all by yourself or did you ask your god for help? -- Ilona Andrews
I kept my hands firmly on the iron rail before me. Grabbing the weight bar and walloping the Beast Lord upside the head wouldn't be the best diplomatic move.
"I'm sorry, Your Majesty." There. I was civil. It almost killed me.
"Will there be anything else?"Your Arrogance. -- Ilona Andrews
I wouldn't put it past you," Kaldar said. "Or him. Who knows what the hell he might do?"
William made a cutting motion across his throat.
"He might kill you if you're not careful," she told him.
"Who, Will? We're the best of friends."
William rolled his eyes. -- Ilona Andrews
I could have fixed almost everything else, but death defeated me every time. -- Ilona Andrews
Hail to the Beast Lord! I waved my spatula for emphasis.
Jim spared me an ugly look and turned to Dali. -- Ilona Andrews
He finished the bandage and was examining it critically.
"You know those things are unreliable." His voice held just a touch of reproach.
"Eleven out of twelve work fine. I'd say that's better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try. -- Ilona Andrews
Maybe I should roll down the window to let some of the sexual tension out. -- Ilona Andrews
If I didn't know him and I was driving by, I would've stopped to get a second look, trying to figure out who that scary hot bastard was. -- Ilona Andrews
Tiny gold sparks flared in his irises. "You're in my rooms in my bathtub naked and you're still mouthing off."
Did he expect anything different? "Hey, I didn't kick or punch you in the throat. I consider this progress. And you haven't choked me again, which is some sort of record for you ... -- Ilona Andrews
Saiman picked up a coffee mug, stared at it, and hurled it against the wall. It shattered into a dozen pieces. We looked at him.
"Your date appears to be hysterical," Rene told me.
"You think I should slap some man into him? -- Ilona Andrews
I've read your summary."
"It's not incompetent."
Be still, my heart, so I don't faint from such faint phrase. "Did you expect it to be written in crayon? -- Ilona Andrews
When she looked at him with those dark eyes, Nassar felt the urge to say something intelligent and deeply impressive. Unfortunately, nothing of the kind came to mind. -- Ilona Andrews
The universe was full of wonders. Some of them would drive you insane if you thought about them too long. -- Ilona Andrews
She eats grass. Don't ask. -- Ilona Andrews
The stairs ended. I wished I knew the jackass who'd made the staircase so short. I'd throw him down the damn steps so he could count them with his head. -- Ilona Andrews
Are you out of your mind?"
It's not polite to lie to your best friend. "It's a possibility. -- Ilona Andrews
This was hell and I was its fury. -- Ilona Andrews
Yes, I'm a hermit. Mostly I brood," Mad Rogan said. "Also, I'm very good at wallowing in self-pity. I spend my days steeped in melancholy, looking out the window. Occasionally a single tear quietly rolls down my cheek. -- Ilona Andrews
What's the deal with the hair?"
Curran tore his gaze from the book and grimaced. "Grows every flare. Can't help it." We stared at each other. "Waiting for the Fabio joke," he said. -- Ilona Andrews
Your headlights don't scare me. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran growled. "Later, babycakes."
Babycakes. Asshole. "Good hunting, sugar woogums. -- Ilona Andrews
Go home, kiss your wives, hug your children and put your affairs in order, because tomorrow I will burn your neighborhood to the ground. We will kill you, your families, your neighbors, your pets, and anyone who will stand in our path. An attack on my family will not go unpunished. -- Ilona Andrews
Big bad merc, down with a basic hip toss. In your place I'd be blushing. -- Ilona Andrews
Is there any chance you'd overthrow the tyrannical Beast Lord and his psychotic consort?" "Yeah, I want a vacation." -Kate & Curran to Jim -- Ilona Andrews
Our relationship had been doomed form the start, because it was based on grief, and unlike love, grief eventually passed. -- Ilona Andrews
Arland hit me with another smile. Vampire smiles should really be outlawed. -- Ilona Andrews
What did you write on here? 'Don't die'?"
"No, I wrote, 'Don't be an asshole!'"I headed for the house.
"On yours or mine?"
"Well, in that case, your magic isn't working. I'm still an asshole. -- Ilona Andrews
Her imagination painted Georgie twenty years later, sitting in leg irons before some Broken psychiatrist. Well, you see, it all started with bubbles ... -- Ilona Andrews
You want to be the best innkeeper you can be. He wants to be the best soldier he can be." Wilmos -- Ilona Andrews
Logic said that at some point he must've been a baby and then a child, but looking at him one was almost convinced that some deity had touched the ground with its scepter and proclaimed, "There shall be a badass," and Jim had sprung into existence, fully formed, complete with clothes, and ready for -- Ilona Andrews
He grabbed me and kissed me. The kiss sent a wave of heat from my lips all the way to my toes. Curran's eyes laughed. "For luck," he whispered, -- Ilona Andrews
Know what they say about abominations," Caldenia said. "We make the worst enemies." "Was that a threat?"" Dagorkun's eyes narrowed. "A warning." Caldenia folded her hands on her lap. "There is only one time to make threats: when you intend to negotiate. I do not. -- Ilona Andrews
Every woman should be told she's attractive. Men are seduced by their eyes, women by their ears. Saiman -- Ilona Andrews
Some people had attack dogs. Ghastek had attack lawyers. -- Ilona Andrews
She put her hand on her hip. "Where are you going?"
"To the boat. You called me Lord Bill again. That means we're cool."
Cerise slapped her forehead with the heel of her hand and followed him. -- Ilona Andrews
So you want me to track down a supernaturally fast sniper who can disappear into thin air, retrieve your maps, and do it so nobody finds out what I'm doing or why?'
I sighed. 'I'll get the paperwork. -- Ilona Andrews
Derek favored his left side. His horse refused to bear him. I couldn't blame the horse. I wouldn't want his demonic, undead-blood-smeared, wolf-smelling ass riding me, either. But it made us slow. -- Ilona Andrews
You know, if you have certain frustrations," Ascanio said, "I would be happy to help you work them out."
Derek looked at me, pointed at Ascanio, and punched his left palm with his right fist a few times. I shook my head. No, you can't pummel him. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm sorry, I can't hear you. My ears are still ringing from that big boom your head made when it hit the stairs. Is your brain okay? Because your skull sounded hollow. -- Ilona Andrews
Some people got vicious Dobermans. I got a shaved attack poodle in a black sweater. His tough, spawn-of-hell image had taken a fatal blow, but at least he would be warm. -- Ilona Andrews
It depends. If I don't let you in, will you huff and puff and blow my house down?"
She had no idea. "I'm more of a kick the door open and cut everyone inside to ribbons kind of wolf. -- Ilona Andrews
My mind struggled to formulate a coherent though, any thought. I opened my mouth. "Your pajamas have Eeyore on them."
"I like Eeyore. He's sensible. A sober outlook on life never hurt anyone. -- Ilona Andrews
Beautiful I would never be. Striking, that I could manage. -- Ilona Andrews
Somewhere in that database my name sat in its own little niche, the name of a reject, undisciplined and worthless. Just the way I liked it. -- Ilona Andrews
You know anything about investigative work?"
"Sure. Annoy the people involved until the guilt party tries to make you go away. -- Ilona Andrews
I thought of telling him that if it wasn't for Oklahoman cowboys and Mexican whores having a bit of fun, there would've been no Texans, but that would be counterproductive. -- Ilona Andrews
Wiggles hissed as I crossed the floor toward the throne. She fixed me with her empty hateful eyes and smelled the air, her long tongue shivering
through the slit of the lipless mouth. Nice to see you too, sweetheart. Remember my cattle prod? -- Ilona Andrews
If you can't make it go away, wait it out. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran struck at my wrist. His fingers were cat-quick, but I had spent my life honing my reflexes, and he missed.
"Well, look at that." I studied my free wrist. "Denied. Good-bye -- Ilona Andrews
Obnoxious smart-ass. Never been anywhere, never done anything, huh. Arrested development, huh. Considering that it was coming from a man who spent his nights peeing on his neighbors' fences, that was rich. Shoot, I should've told him that. -- Ilona Andrews
My investigative technique mostly consisted of going through the list of interested parties and making as much noise as possible, until the culprit lost his patience and tried to shut me up. -- Ilona Andrews
Black hair, angelic face, and devil eyes. -- Ilona Andrews
On your best day, you're only as good as I am on my worst with one arm tied behind my back. -- Ilona Andrews
A ghastly attempt at a smile, sure to send any normal person to a therapist. -- Ilona Andrews
For example, if a starving man pulls a gun on you and you get the upper hand, you will likely let him go because you will feel sorry for him. That's the kind of person you are." "And what kind of person are you?" His face was hard. "The kind who shoots first. -- Ilona Andrews
You want an excuse for your failure and so you found someone to blame. If you survived, you would always be dirt, ground under someone else's boot. -- Ilona Andrews
It's not good to stare too long at the Mire. It might look back. -- Ilona Andrews
Lago nodded knowingly. "The thing with the Beast Lord didn't turn out, huh? That's okay, I heard that guy is a dick. You don't need that shit." Curran's -- Ilona Andrews
he had another think coming. -- Ilona Andrews
Even if we were mated, I have my own name and I made my own rep. I don't think the term 'mate' should trump everything I've done. I've earned more than that." Jim -- Ilona Andrews
Oh, I don't know. I might grow on you."
She furrowed her pretty eyebrows. "Like a cancer?"
"Like a favorite vice. -- Ilona Andrews
Finally, thank you very much to Jeaniene Frost and Jill Myles. This book does have sex in it. Please don't hit me anymore."
~Ilona Andrews in the Acknowledgements section of Magic Bleeds -- Ilona Andrews
It's a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really. -- Ilona Andrews
It's your duty as my best friend to be outraged with me."
"I'm outraged!" I snarled. "That bastard!"
"Thank you," Andrea said. -- Ilona Andrews
He'd laugh in my face, then I'd slice him to ribbons and then he'd break my neck -- Ilona Andrews
Why me?" He said finally. "Are you on some sort of mission to fuck up my life?"
"I try my best to avoid you."
"You're doing a hell of a job."
"I honestly don't mean to cause you problems."
"You don't cause problems. An unpiloted vampire causes problems. You cause catastrophes. -- Ilona Andrews
Where the hell would I go without you, Kate? No matter where I went, you would be there in my head. I would miss you every moment of my life. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran looked at me. What the hell was I supposed to do, catch the werebison as he was falling? -- Ilona Andrews
His eyes shone with want and predatory satisfaction. "The name's William. It's a common mistake. -- Ilona Andrews
It's all fun and games until the drunk Viking Santa shows up. -- Ilona Andrews
Enter my lair, said the dragon. I have shiny treasure for you to play with, I'll keep you warm and safe, and if it suits my purpose, I'll chain you to the floor and kill your client by throwing quarters at him with my magic. Been there, done that. -- Ilona Andrews
Failure happened. The trick was to accept the risk and try anyway. -- Ilona Andrews
When walking into the lair of the dragon after robbing his hoard, the least you could do is hold you head high [ ... ] -- Ilona Andrews
He strained to say something else. I leaned toward him. He focused on me. "Rape," he promised. "Many, many times. Until you bleed ... "
"I'm so flattered. -- Ilona Andrews
Yes, I'm too mad to punish you right now. We'll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We're going to Wal-Mart. -- Ilona Andrews
I love you, and you're the measure of my wrath.
Declan. -- Ilona Andrews
It's almost as if the dead have no value unless we know that someone they are related to is still alive and mourning them. -- Ilona Andrews
I can't hate people that much. Don't get me wrong. I want to murder every last Keeper I can find. But that's not hate. That's vengeance. -- Ilona Andrews
Next to me, Saiman smiled.
We all want what we can't have, Kate. I want you, you want love, and he wants to break my neck. -- Ilona Andrews
Your ability to remain alive never ceases to amaze me. -- Ilona Andrews
I am a god. I don't do fair. -- Ilona Andrews
We have to get the Diamond. And Cesare's head."
They looked at me.
"Why the head?" Doolittle asked.
"Because it's easy to carry and I can torture it for a long time." And I didn't just say it out loud, did I? I checked their faces. Yep, I did. -- Ilona Andrews
I had to give it him, to flatter and insult a woman in one propostition took talent. -- Ilona Andrews
You seem to be under the impression that I work for you and you can give me orders. Let me fix that. I hung up. -- Ilona Andrews
I learned that sometimes what you go looking for isn't as important as what you leave behind." My -- Ilona Andrews
No. I don't go through your things. I just come once in a while to make sure you're in one piece. I like knowing you're safe, asleep in your bed. I haven't stolen anything ... -- Ilona Andrews
Bleed him and I'll skewer you like a stuck pig," I said through clenched teeth.
"No, you will try. You'll wave your sword around and talk a lot of shit and then back off at the last minute. And then I'll snap your neck and his. -- Ilona Andrews
How do yo feel about her doing this?" That had to be Mahon. That low-pitched growl could only come from him.
"We let each other be who we are," Curran said. "I don't have to like all of the things she has to do. I love her. -- Ilona Andrews
I want to punish them. I want that punishment to be so hard, so vicious that the next who takes their place wets himself at the mere thought of trying to fight me. -- Ilona Andrews
Some men were handsome. Some were powerful. Curran was ... dangerous. -- Ilona Andrews
They say a hundred-and-thirty-pound woman has no chance against an athletic two-hundred-pound man. That's a lie. You just have to make the decision to hurt him and then do it. -- Ilona Andrews
The kind of eyes that jumped from a woman's dreams right into her morning and made trouble in the marriage bed. -- Ilona Andrews
As I walked back to civilization, I realized that for the first time in the six months I had known Curran, we had managed to have a conversation and part ways without wanting to kill each other. I found that fact deeply troubling. -- Ilona Andrews
Sometimes the Universe smiled. Mostly she kicked me in the face, stomped on my ribs once I fell down, and laughed at my pain, but once in a while she smiled. -- Ilona Andrews
Definitely an undead, but not as undead as a vampire. Perhaps she was just mostly undead. -- Ilona Andrews
Andrea raised her hand. "This is the hand that slapped Aunt B."
"Maybe you should have it gold-plated."
"Here, you can touch it, since you're my best friend. -- Ilona Andrews
He referred to you as his little snack."
"He's a sweetie. -- Ilona Andrews
Why? Is the sight of my legs disturbing you, Derek? -- Ilona Andrews
He had the prettiest hair she had ever seen on a man: dark brown, almost black, and soft like sable, it fell down to his shoulders. She wondered what he'd do if she threw some mud in it. Probably kill her. -- Ilona Andrews
If a man takes you to a restaurant of his choosing, don't compliment him. Rave about the quality of the food and he'll be thrilled, because he took you there. -- Ilona Andrews
Why the rifle? Everybody knows you can't shoot.
Who were these everybodies and would they like to stand in front of me, preferably within ten feet, so I could discuss this issue in greater detail. -- Ilona Andrews
She'd dropped to her knees and put her head on his chest, and when she'd heard the strong, even heartbeat, she'd cried and then kissed his lips gently, because he was asleep and he would never know. He'd scared her so much.
Stupid wolf. Her stupid, stupid wolf. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran never does anything without a reason," he said. "I was told you'd met him. Perhaps you indirectly challenged him at that meeting."
Indirectly? I had challenged him deliberately. -- Ilona Andrews
I smell bacon! Penelope, did you know there is a handsome man in our kitchen? -- Ilona Andrews
He looked like he could pick up a fifty-pound rucksack, run across the city with it, and then beat an ungodly number of enemies to a bloody pulp with his bare hands while things exploded dramatically in the background. -- Ilona Andrews
There are times in life when sugar turns into medicine. This was one of those times. -- Ilona Andrews
No offense, right. "No offense" stood for "I'm going to insult you, but you can't be mad at me. -- Ilona Andrews
Is it going to hurt?"
Sergeant Major had a lousy bedside manner. -- Ilona Andrews
Did you just grab my butt?" I whispered. "What?" "Curran!" "Yes?" I could hear controlled laughter in his voice. Unbelievable. I sped up. "We're tracking ghouls and you're grabbing my butt." "I always make sure to pay attention to important things. -- Ilona Andrews
She's your Herald," Derek said. "That's your color. Blue for humanity."
He made a big show of moving a few feet to the side.
I looked at him.
"In case your head explodes," he said helpfully. -- Ilona Andrews
Is this my replacement?" What? "I didn't replace you!" "Of course not. I'm irreplaceable. -- Ilona Andrews
It's a party house."
"I hope for your sake it's a very tame party." If he brought me to some sort of sex orgy, he would fly right through one of those pretty windows, headfirst. -- Ilona Andrews
Mahon's wife stared down at us. Her hands went to her hips. "Which one of you idiots wants to explain to me what the hell is going on?"
With great effort I raised my arm and pointed in Mahon's general direction. "Him. -- Ilona Andrews
Eleven out of twelve work fine. I'd say that's better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try." He blinked and laughed softly. "I never know what you'll say next." "I don't either. -- Ilona Andrews
wanted a man to look at her like she meant the world to him, and failing that, she would settle for someone who thought she was beautiful and told her so. William would probably fit that bill. Part of -- Ilona Andrews
Anger - a better alternative to caffeine. -- Ilona Andrews
I got a dog-training book. It says Grendel needs mental stimulation, so I tried to train him, but I think he must be retarded. -- Ilona Andrews
"That was the sound of me pulling your head out of your ass. -- Ilona Andrews
Oh no, is it naked time? -- Ilona Andrews
Kissing me won't make me more agreeable," she whispered.
"I'm not trying to make you more agreeable." His voice was rough and low. "I just can't help myself. -- Ilona Andrews
I opened my eyes as wide as I could. "Why, of course, Your Majesty. What was I thinking? I will go and do this right away, just please don't look at me." "Kate, get in the car." "Maybe you should growl dramatically. I don't think I'm intimidated enough. -- Ilona Andrews
You expect me to fall on my back with my legs spread."
"Not necessarily ... You can fall on your hands and knees if you prefer. Or against the wall. Or on the kitchen counter. I suppose I might let you be on top, if you make it worth my while. -- Ilona Andrews
You enjoyed it. It made you feel alive. You were looking kind of green."
You bastard. "Oh, so it was a lifesaving kiss."
"Well, if you want to put it that way ... -- Ilona Andrews
Ve haf vays of making you gif us your DNA sample. -- Ilona Andrews
Are you done?" he asked. "Just getting started." I was so brave over the phone. -- Ilona Andrews
I gave him my hard stare. "You're a control freak and I fight all authority. And you want us to mate?"
A wicked spark lit his eyes. "Many, many times. -- Ilona Andrews
It's this beautiful thing you can never reach. No matter what you do, you'll never touch it. You can only look and imagine what it would be like to hold it. -- Ilona Andrews
Males and farts. Any species, any planet, didn't matter. We -- Ilona Andrews
It could be worse," he said finally. "Efrenia married an arsonist. Jake's wife is a kleptomaniac. I suppose, a psychopathic spree killer isn't that odd of a choice, considering. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran and I mixed about as well as glycerin and nitric acid: put us together, shake a bit, and hit the deck as we exploded. -- Ilona Andrews
You've been here before?" Derek asked, his gaze firmly fixed on Rowena's ass shifting under the shimmering green silk a few steps above us. "Wiggles," I told him. He blinked, then realized I wasn't referring to Rowena's backside. -- Ilona Andrews
You're sending some confusing signals." Curran growled deep in his throat. "That's impressive but not really informative, Your Furriness. -- Ilona Andrews
You snore worse. At least I don't turn into a lion in my sleep."
"I only did it once."
"Once was weird enough, thank you. -- Ilona Andrews
It's not funny. I've got a naked drunk vampire running around in my orchard. -- Ilona Andrews
On Harpy's Drive we passed a row of trees, each one with its trunk unnaturally bloated and covered with black fuzz. I had no idea what the fuzz did, but we steered clear of it. The law of navigating post-Shift Atlanta was simple: if you don't know what it is, don't touch it. -- Ilona Andrews
Good morning, Ms. Daniels. I'm calling to inform you that Julie has left our premises." Not again. Curran's arms closed around me and he hugged me to him. I leaned back against him. "How?" "She mailed herself. -- Ilona Andrews
If he ever did manage to formulate his own thought, it would likely knock him senseless. -- Ilona Andrews
I lied. I need your help." "Who are we killing?" "Do you have a pen? -- Ilona Andrews
Mom?" Mother turned to Grandmother.
"She's going to lunch with her kidnapper!"
"Take a picture for me," Grandma said. -- Ilona Andrews
For me hotness was a complicated matter involving brains, humor, and some other things, but all that aside, I was willing to admit Sean Evans was nice to look at. -- Ilona Andrews
Someone knocked on the door. "Come in!" Barabas called. The door swung open and Derek stuck his head in. "Hey, do you have any duct tape?" He saw me, stepped back, and closed the door without a word. Well. "Coward," Barabas said, loud enough for Derek to hear. -- Ilona Andrews
Rene looked at Grendel. "What in the world is that?"
"That's our mutant attack poodle," I told her.
"Is he chewing on a gun? -- Ilona Andrews
One day I'll kill him, you know.
I glanced at her. She was deadly serious. -- Ilona Andrews
The lion opened his mouth, showing his big teeth. Yes, yes, you're bad. We know, Your Majesty. -- Ilona Andrews
What's Julie's number?"
Curran glanced at me.
"Julie's fluctuating between thirty-two and thirty-four units. Her shift coefficient is six point five and she's been at it for sixteen hours."
Dear God, I'd need a damn calculator. -- Ilona Andrews
If I lost him here, to this idiotic fight, after I fought and guarded him for two weeks, after I cried and thought he was dying, I would find him in the afterlife and I would murder him again. -- Ilona Andrews
No." Roman got up off his chair. "The wedding night is for you and Curran. The wedding is for everyone else and it's the price you pay so you can get to the wedding night. -- Ilona Andrews
Sean Evans was officially pissed off. Serves you right, furball. -- Ilona Andrews
I got my boots out of the closet, put them on, and buckled a belt with a knife on it around my waist under my robe. Baha-char was the place where you went to find things. Sometimes things found you instead and tried to take your money. -- Ilona Andrews
Does Strawberry Shortcake know you stole her horse? She will be berry, berry angry with you." I -- Ilona Andrews
Do you know what separates adults from children? Self-discipline. We don't want to go to work, we don't want to do our chores, and we don't want to make unpleasant decisions, but we do all those things because we're aware of the consequences which will follow if we don't. -- Ilona Andrews
Did they think I would throw a tantrum?"
"Baby, you're not the tantrum type. You are the scary-smile-and-stabbing type. -- Ilona Andrews
THE ULULATING HOWLS of the Iron Dogs floated behind us, constant now, like an eerie, bone-chilling din. -- Ilona Andrews
Fortune favors the brave, I told her. It also kills the stupid, but I decided to keep that fact to myself. -- Ilona Andrews
You make me want to stab you."
"I have that effect on many people."
"How is it you're still alive?"
"I'm hard to kill. -- Ilona Andrews
If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons. -- Ilona Andrews
You will tell me what you know now," he said.
He said nothing, so I elaborated. "See, this kind of threat usually has an 'or' attached to it. Or an 'and'. 'Tell me and I'll allow you to live' or something like that. -- Ilona Andrews
Doolittle once told me that he wasn't afraid of me. He was afraid of what I might become in spite of myself. His fears were coming true. "Power -- Ilona Andrews
We stared at each other. The level of politeness had risen to dangerous levels. -- Ilona Andrews
What the hell is this?" Desandra asked
"This is Cuddles. She's a mammoth donkey."
Derek grinned, leaning on the fence. "Do you have any self-respect left?"
"Nope. -- Ilona Andrews
You can't blame me," Ascanio said. "Anybody in my place would be concerned. You don't even have a proper horse. You're riding a mutant equine of unknown origin."
"Don't disrespect my donkey -- Ilona Andrews
I make a bad mom, but I can pull off a crazy aunt. -- Ilona Andrews
He was charming and funny and a bit scary, which was always a draw in my book. -- Ilona Andrews
Most people simply didn't realize they could do things that bent their reality. It was kind of like growing up in a land with no deep rivers or lakes. If you never tried, how would you know if you could swim? But -- Ilona Andrews
He smiled a slow, predatory grin. "Resistance is futile." "You are not assimilating me. -- Ilona Andrews
Juke glanced into her cup before tipping it down to her mouth. "Screw you!"
"Now come on, sugar, you know I don't swing that way."
"Whatever! -- Ilona Andrews
How did your day go?"
"I got some head. It was vamp, but still."
I stared at her. Kate was the last person I would have expected to make that joke. Well, someone had loosened up since mating. "That good, huh."
"Yup. -- Ilona Andrews
The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?"
"Yes, Your Honor."
"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant. -- Ilona Andrews
She has a high opinion of herself," Andrea said. "Oh yes. When she gets into a car, her ego has to ride shotgun. -- Ilona Andrews
He said, 'Yeah, but will I get chicks? In truckloads? -- Ilona Andrews
She can tell you the height of the attacker from the trigonometry of the blood spatter, while I'm fuzzy on what trigonometry is. -- Ilona Andrews
You're crazy, you know that?"
"Yes. But I'm a demon in the sack."
I laughed. "Okay then. That fixes everything."
"That's right, it does. -- Ilona Andrews
I gave him my best cryptic smile. He did not fall down to his feet, kiss my shoes, and promise me the world. I must be getting rusty. -- Ilona Andrews
The knocking persisted. It wasn't Derek. His knock would be careful, almost apologetic. This bastard knocked like he was doing me a favor. -- Ilona Andrews
If you finish eating this food, I'll get you a whole herd of giant donkeys."
"That's the strangest bribe I've ever heard of, -- Ilona Andrews
He stepped forward, took a deep breath, and doubled over in a sneezing fit. My werewolf was allergic to tortoises. Why me? -- Ilona Andrews
... Something isn't right with you and this property. Strange things happen around it. I don't know what is going on, but I will find out. You could make it easier on yourself by coming clean."
"Sure. This is a magic bed-and-breakfast and the two guys in my kitchen are aliens from outerspace. -- Ilona Andrews
Lyc-V is a jealous virus. It exterminates all other invaders with extreme prejudice. -- Ilona Andrews
Curran looked back at me. "Why is it you always attract creeps?"
"You tell me." Ha! Walked right into that one, yes, he did. -- Ilona Andrews
Audrey turned to him, a sly little spark hiding in her eyes. "THe only man who gets to call me'love' would be waking up next to me after a very, very fun night.
Fun night. Oh yes.
"Guess what?" She leaned closer. "You will never be that man. -- Ilona Andrews
Congratulations, love. You traded up. Does he treat you well?' 'He's a teddy bear,' I said. Teddy bear looked like he was suffering from murder withdrawal. (Rene and Kate on Jim!) -- Ilona Andrews
There are only two things that can screw this up for us: you and me."
"Then we're doomed for sure. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels and her deadly attack poodle. Kill me, somebody. Julie, my adopted niece, would have a field day with this. -- Ilona Andrews
You're screening your calls?"
"Why not? It saves me from conversations with idiots."
"Is that an insult?" His voice dropped into a deep growl.
"You're not an idiot," I told him. "You're just a deadly psychopath with a god complex.( ... ) -- Ilona Andrews
The door swung open and Kate walked in. Her jeans and T-shirt were splattered with blood and she was carrying a severed vampire head. The T-shirt has a smiley face on it. -- Ilona Andrews
Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?"
"Is he carrying the moon on his pitchfork?"
"Nope it's a pie. -- Ilona Andrews
Did you hear that? a woman asked. I crouched behind the growth. No. No, you didn't hear anything. Don't mind me, I'm not hiding the corpse of a nasty creature behind your flower bed. Nope. Nothing here but cute, fluffy bunnies scampering adorably into the night ... -- Ilona Andrews
Our standard rate. A doubloon a day."
It was generous. More than generous
some families would put him up for a week for a single coin.
"Half a doubloon a day," she said.
"No, you see, the idea behind bargaining is that you ask for a larger amount. -- Ilona Andrews
You have to live a little." Grandma fitted the track bar into the cog on the track. "Go out with a bad boy. Run headfirst into a fight. Get roaring drunk. Something! -- Ilona Andrews
No challenge, no matter how insignificant, can be left unanswered. Even a cry in the wilderness must be acknowledged, because someone might have heard it. -- Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels, deadly swordswoman and rescuer of hungry orphans. Come in. Wash your hands. -- Ilona Andrews
I can buy your contract." "No, you can't. Any sale of our mortgage requires my consent, and I won't consent to it." He grinned. "You don't want to work under me?" "I'm not even going to dignify that with an answer. -- Ilona Andrews
There was something very comforting about him, and I was not sure if it was his easy manner or his complete immunity to my scowling. -- Ilona Andrews
Jim wasn't just a badass. He was a badass who wrote a book for badasses on how to be a badder badass. -- Ilona Andrews
The newcomer struck him as an enterprising sort of man. The kind that would slit your throat for a box of tissues in your bag while you slept. -- Ilona Andrews
They dismissed me as a peasant, I dismissed them as shallow, and we were all happy like that. -- Ilona Andrews
I'd give him a cup of coffee and a big helping of a knuckle sandwich. Generosity was a virtue and I was in the mood to be extremely virtuous. -- Ilona Andrews
I hadn't crossed the line. I'd ridden an elephant up to it and run back and forth along its edge while a mariachi band played in the background, but I hadn't crossed it. -- Ilona Andrews
After I chased the werewolf and the vampire out of my office, I changed my clothes. -- Ilona Andrews
Punch any of mine, and I'll break your arm off and beat you to death with it. -- Ilona Andrews
The Beast Lord walked out of the warehouse. The screen went dark.
My knight in furry armor.
Saiman opened his mouth. This is why I didn't. Personally, I think your smile is inappropriate. -- Ilona Andrews
If it weren't for supplies, I'd never go back down to town. But a man has to do what a man has to do. Hard to live like a king without toilet paper.
Astamur -- Ilona Andrews
Friends make the world bearable. It's an honor of sorts. Of all the people that a person knows, they pick you to be their friend, and you try to be worthy of that friendship. -- Ilona Andrews
There is no such thing as privacy between a deity and his worshipper. There are no secrets, no glossed-over failures. Only promises kept and abandoned, sins committed and imagined, and raw emotion. How many of us are ready to have our lives judged? What would happen if we were found wanting? -- Ilona Andrews
Why a raven?"
"To honor my father."
"The writing under it, is that Cyrillic?"
"What does it say?"
"Dar Vorona. Gift of the Raven. I am my father's gift."
"The raven is holding a bloody sword."
"I never said it was a nice gift. -- Ilona Andrews
Bono give you any terms?"
"Me, the Crusader, and you. Tonight."
How nice. A party for the top three on the upir's most wanted list. -- Ilona Andrews
Why don't you use your own sword?" George asked.
"He might break it."
"I wouldn't." Hugh put his hand on his heart.
"He would," I told George. "He's a sonovabitch."
Hugh laughed. "We just met and she knows me so well. -- Ilona Andrews
Let's talk. I pinned Red to his chair with my stare. I did deranged quite well, when the occasion required. -- Ilona Andrews
It's awful to be rich and mind-boggingly handsome and have women fawn over you. My heart bleeds for you. Poor dear, how do you manage? -- Ilona Andrews
Let's have a partnership, Kate. I offer honesty, Kate. I don't have to outrun the Beast Lord I just pissed off, Kate. I only have to outrun you and hit you with my car as I hightail it out of here. -- Ilona Andrews
There are many Draculas but there is only one Vlad. -- Ilona Andrews
You say the sweetest things. And that spaghetti perfume you're wearing is to die for. No hobo could resist.
She snarled. Heh. -- Ilona Andrews
He snarled. I showed him my teeth.
A rolled-up newspaper landed on my head and then on Jim's. "None of that in my
Oh my gods. The alpha of Clan Cat just got smacked with a rolled-up newspaper. -- Ilona Andrews
Hugh should've brought a banner with I AM BAD stitched on it in gold. -- Ilona Andrews
She who showed weakness to teenagers would be picked on to death. True fact of life. -- Ilona Andrews
Cuddles screamed. It wasn't a braying noise, it was an ear-slapping shriek of pure donkey outrage, like someone got hold of a foghorn and tried to strangle it. -- Ilona Andrews
Your favorite volhv showed up half an hour ago, complaining about his lack of sleep and stupid gods. He says he brought his Batman belt. -- Ilona Andrews
He bared his teeth in a happy feral grin. My own personal psycho. -- Ilona Andrews
I see Kayla dragged you into this."
I smiled at him. "No, sir, I just came to borrow a cup of sugar."
"Heh. -- Ilona Andrews
You don't pick the family your born into. You pick the one you make. -- Ilona Andrews
I leaned into Barabas's office. "Do you want to come help pick out a suit for Christopher?" "No," Barabas said firmly, tapping a stack of papers against his desk to even it out. "Why?" "Because I don't need to see him in a suit." Curran -- Ilona Andrews
He lunged for the maps. I grabbed the chair and hit him with it. He went down. I hit him again to make sure he stayed that way, stepped over him, and picked up the maps.
I win. -- Ilona Andrews
Stealers, keepers. -- Ilona Andrews
That would be like stepping in front of a moving train and saying, 'Hey, honey, come stand next to me.'"
I hopped off the wall and stood next to him. "Anytime."
He just looked at me.
"I've never killed a train before. It might be fun to try. -- Ilona Andrews
The lack of money is the root of all evil, Mr. Meadows. -- Ilona Andrews
I'm not ashamed of my human or my lynx form. I wear clothes because people force me to. I don't need to put on a costume every morning to feel better about myself.
-Jack -- Ilona Andrews
Mmmm, Kate, the Chief of Security. Sexy. Who better to guard my body then the woman who owns it?"
"Curran, I will punch you. -- Ilona Andrews
Sometimes life just kept punching you in the teeth, no matter how many times you got up. -- Ilona Andrews
Besides, if I'd decided to pull Carver's spine out of his body, I would've done it already."
"Can you actually do that?"
Curran frowned. "I don't know. I mean theoretically if you broke the spine above the pelvis, you could, but then there are ribs ... I'll have to try it sometime. -- Ilona Andrews
Wanna spot me?" "No thanks. How about I just scream verbal encouragements at you? -- Ilona Andrews
Who is there with you?"
Kate's voice snapped. "I'll be in Atlanta in three hours. Where are you?"
"I said it's nothing major."
"Bullshit. You wouldn't work with Raphael unless the Apocalypse was imminent and that was the only way to prevent it. -- Ilona Andrews
I have had it up to here with my wedding," I said. "The other day Andrea tried to explain to me that apparently I am supposed to have a new thing, an old thing, a blue thing, and something stolen."
"Borrowed, Kate," Barabas murmured.
"Who the hell even makes up those rules? -- Ilona Andrews