Magic Burns  - Ilona Andrews

Is it any wonder I love Derek?


...Derek walked in and sat across from me. He had an old-fashioned metal coffee can in his hands and a pair of heavy-duty cutters. He pulled a large iron nail from the can and some wire, and proceeded to cut a two-inch strip from the can. I watched him bend the nail into a gentle zigzag. He folded the metal strip into a roll like it was clay and pinched it onto the nail.


It was good to be a werewolf.


...Shortly after I started my second plate, Julie appeared and sat sullenly by my side.


Derek added more strips to the nail, clamping them tight, and bound them with wire. 


"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."


"What if the girl wanted to give her powers to the boy?"


"Then I'd think it would be a pretty stupid thing to do." He shrugged. "Can it be done?"




"Good for the girl. She might get smarter and find a different boy." He released his hold and handed Julie a metal rose. "For you..."



Curran and Kate's banter - LOVE. Always makes me laugh.


"How much are you lifting?"


"Seven hundred."

Alrighty then. I will just stand over here, out of your way, and hope you don't remember my promise to kick your ass.


He grinned. "Wanna spot me?"


"No thanks. How about I just scream verbal encouragements at you?" I took a deep breath and barked. "No pain, no gain! That pain is just weakness leaving your body! Come on! Push! Push! Make that weight your bitch!"

He cracked up.