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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep serves up a novella focusing on secondary characters from her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. This action-packed adventure features elemental magic and an enemies-to-lovers romance. Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and Faith Hunter.
Heart stings can be the most dangerous wounds of all . . .
Lorelei Parker has had plenty of "heart stings" in her life—moments that are both happy and sad. With her grandmother's recent marriage, Lorelei has had far more good times than bad lately.
That all changes when a ruthless Ashland underworld boss starts threatening her, but Lorelei is determined to figure out why the other crime boss is so interested in her thriving business. She vows to use her elemental Ice and metal magic to do whatever it takes to defend herself and her family.
Also in the mix is the mercurial Hugh Tucker. Lorelei doesn't know what the vampire is up to, or if he's a friend or an enemy. Tucker might even be something else, something more—if Lorelei can stay alive long enough to figure out whose side he's really on . . .
Note: Heart Stings is a 38,000-word novella from the point of view of Lorelei Parker. It takes place after the events of Last Strand, book 19 in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Heart Stings first appeared in the Dirty Deeds 2 anthology in 2022.