by Anise Eden
The Healing Edge Book Two
Cate’s enemies aren’t just surrounding her―they’re inside her head.
Therapist Cate Duncan has just accepted a job with the MacGregor Group, a unique collective of alternative healers. She’s excited by the prospect of honing her empathic healing techniques among others like herself―aura readers, telepaths, crystal healers, and more. The fact that Cate just started dating Ben, her magnetic new boss, is an added bonus.
Before Cate can settle into her new routine, the poisoning of a prominent neuroscientist draws the entire MacGregor Group into both a federal investigation and an even more insidious threat. Protected by Ben’s former Marine Corps unit, Cate and her colleagues must use their alternative healing methods to solve the crime as their patient clings to life.
The responsibility of discovering crucial information falls to Cate and her parapsychological powers. But for Cate, unraveling the mystery means reopening wounds that had just begun to heal―and in the environment of the Marine Corps unit, differences between Cate and Ben become clearer, straining their budding romance. When a new crisis looms, Cate must trust in her colleagues’ gifts and the strength of Ben’s love, finding the courage to confront her deepest and most terrifying demons―or her own life will be at risk.
For fans of Karen Robards and Shiloh Walker, Anise Eden brings us the mesmerizing sequel to her paranormal romantic suspense novel All the Broken Places.
Genre: Paranormal Romantic SuspensePurchase link(s): Amazon BAM iTunes Kobo Google B&N
Content/Theme(s): Psychics, Therapist, Military, Workplace
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Diversion Books
Excerpt & More
As I walked over to the teacart, I heard the familiar clip-clip of high heels in the hallway.
“Kai!” We all greeted him nearly in unison as Kai rounded the corner into the lounge. His strong Greek features were flawlessly made up as usual, and he wore a fitted pantsuit in designer camo with high-heeled combat boots.
Kai was a man of many talents—ancient rituals expert, psychic medium, and jewelry craftsman. He’d made the protective pendant that I wore around my neck 24/7, a beautiful silver disk covered with concentric circles that was designed to protect me from absorbing other people’s energy. Kai was also our meditation instructor; in fact, he’d planned to teach me a special technique that morning. But now that we were going on a trip, I imagined that mindfulness lessons would be put on hold.
Kai gave the room a graceful finger wave and winked at Pete. Then he joined me at the teacart and shot me a knowing look. “Morning,” he murmured, gesturing towards Ben. “Looks like Rumpled Stiltskin over there didn’t sleep at home last night.”
I felt the heat rising in my cheeks, and decided it would be best to change the subject. “You look fantastic as usual,” I said, giving his outfit a good once-over. “What’s with the military theme?”
Kai’s eyes widened as he leaned down close and whispered, “Pete says we’re going on a top secret mission.”
“Oh, really?” Pete must have been pulling one of his pranks. I pointed at Kai’s stiletto boots. “You’re definitely ready then.”
“Smart ass.” He mock-smacked me on the back of the head. “At least I don’t look like I just rolled out of bed and into a haystack. You know, you could really turn some heads if you put any effort in at all. Do you even own anything other than jeans and yoga pants? Vani and I are going to have to take you shopping.”
I couldn’t help but smile at Kai’s ribbing. When I’d started the ParaTrain program the previous week, he had been the first member of the group to really make me feel welcome, and his friendship hadn’t wavered since. But before I could reply, Ben clapped his hands.
“Okay, everybody take a seat. I hate to rush you, but we are under some time pressure.”
Kai and I took our mugs of tea and joined Pete on one of the couches. Pete slung his arm around Kai’s shoulders and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Once we had all settled in, Ben moved to the front of the room and addressed the group.
“You all know that Eve and I went to visit a sick colleague last week.” Ben rubbed the lines on his forehead. “Well, he’s worse. In fact, they’re giving him about a fifty percent chance of making it.”
“Oh no,” Eve moaned. “I thought—”
“I know,” Ben said, “we all thought. But as it turns out, it’s more than a bad case of food poisoning. Someone tried to kill him.”
There were several gasps. My hand flew up to cover my mouth.
“And the murder attempt may still succeed,” he continued. “The doctors are doing everything they can for him, but they’re hoping that with our combination of skills, we can help maximize his chances.”
Everyone nodded their assent—everyone except for me, that was. The others all had skills that could be useful in such circumstances. Pete was a paramedic, Eve an acupuncturist, and Asa a Reiki master. Vani’s aura-healing skills would no doubt prove helpful. Even Kai could talk to the dead; maybe the spirits could give him some pointers on how to cure the patient. But as an emotional empath, what could I possibly do? Tell them how their colleague felt about the fact that someone had tried to kill him? Crappy, I imagined. What if Ben was only inviting me to come because he didn’t want me to feel left out? I didn’t want to be excess baggage, or worse, a burden. I raised my hand.
Ben pointed to me. “Cate?”
“I’m so sorry, Ben. That’s horrible news, and of course I’ll do whatever I can to help. But I’m just wondering what that might be. I don’t want to come along just to get in the way.”
“You’re a part of our team. You could never be in the way.” A muscle in Ben’s jaw twitched. “To be honest, though, you are plan B.”
My confidence dipped even lower. “What’s plan B?”
“I’m very sorry, Cate—everyone—but I have to wait until we get there to explain further.” He ran a hand quickly through his hair. “Due to security clearances, I can’t say anything more until we arrive. After they figured out that it was an attempted murder, our colleague’s protection became a military operation. Once we get where we’re going, we’ll all be staying in a locked facility for the duration. No one leaves—not until we’ve cured him, or he dies.”
So Pete hadn’t been kidding, after all; it was a secret mission, and a man’s life hung in the balance. A shudder passed through my body.
“Oooh!” Kai exclaimed, pressing his hands together as though in prayer. “Are you saying it’s going to be dangerous?”
“Not for us.” Ben turned and gave me a look freighted with meaning. “There will be no risk to anyone here—as long as we follow any and all instructions we’re given to the letter.”
If my stomach hadn’t begun to flip-flop, I would have rolled my eyes at him. So I’d disregarded some of his instructions in the past. Did that make me an outlaw for life? The suspicious part of me began to wonder if “plan B” was just an excuse for Ben to keep me under his watchful eye.
“If I thought there’d be any danger, I wouldn’t even have considered asking you to come.” Ben walked slowly around the room, impressing his words on each of us individually. “Having said that, no one here is under any obligation. This is on a strictly volunteer basis. I know it’s a lot to take on faith; Eve is the only one here who even knows who the patient is. If it helps, I have called our usual backup team. They will be on standby to handle any of our clients who need help while we’re gone.”
“Oh, please. Do you really need to ask?” Kai looked expectantly around the room. “Of course we’re going! That’s what we do, after all—help people, whether we know them or not. Right, everyone?”
Asa’s face was alight with excitement as he turned to Eve. “How cool will it be to give our professors notes excusing us from class because we have to go on a top secret mission?”
Eve grinned back. “Totally. I’m so in.”
“My bags are already in the Land Rover,” Vani said, tossing her ponytail to one side.
Since Pete went everywhere Ben went, his participation was a given. Apparently, I was the only question mark.
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