Mona Lisa Kubrek wants to work in the Buffalo enclave, despite the fact that at twenty-eight it's clear, although she has elf-blood, she'll never create spells. So when she's picked to train to maintain the wards that keep magic hidden and Folk safe she's thrilled. And it's great, until she barely evades a death spell, her teacher goes missing and an evil mage sends shifters under his control out to kill her. Life only gets more complicated when investigator Cart Dupree, a Were shifter, is called in to investigate some of the odd occurrences Mona's all too familiar with. Smart, sexy, and aggravating, the only explanation Mona has for her insane attraction to Cart is they are potential mates. That's not going to happen, not after finally finding a job, Warder, which perfectly fits her sense of responsibility to guard Folk and protect mortals.
As Mona and Cart track down clues, wait to hear from her mentor and evade ever increasing attacks by Weres under the mage's control, they keep their distance. And it's a good thing they have when Cart casually drops a bombshell; being a Warder is a lot more complicated than anyone thought to tell Mona. A bleak lifetime more complicated given she will have the sole responsibility of confining & guarding the elf filled with the evil of his generation, the goddess's way of keeping evil from other elves. Mona's determined to shoulder her responsibilities as Warder although it's clear to her there's no room for Cart in her new life, despite the connection they've created and the signs they are meant to be together. Besides, as head of his den, Cart is tied to obligations and commitments back home, asking him to move to Buffalo is out of the question.
First 150 Words:
Mona felt like she’d been used like a hockey puck, her arms and legs battered and slapped by forces far greater than she. Which really sucked because someone was calling and to answer the phone she’d have to move from where she'd collapsed on the couch. But before she did more than straighten herself up, the ringing stopped.