“How long?” Serenity released her arm and went into a large beech wood kitchen. She looked back at Annelie and then frowned in concentration. “I mean… you have been together how long?”
“We’re not exactly together.” Annelie placed her backpack down on the tiled floor, leaned against the counter and looked over her shoulder, afraid that Lukas and Apollyon were going to follow them.
What were they talking about in the living room? She could see them through the door and they looked deep in conversation, both sitting on the beige couches that formed an L in the bright white room and both frowning. Was Lukas telling him about his appeal and what had happened? She felt as though she should be with him, giving him support, not idly talking in the kitchen.
Lukas removed his backpack, glanced over at her and smiled. She motioned towards herself and then him and he shook his head and waved a hand at her. She took that to mean for her to talk to Serenity. Perhaps it was best to give him time to talk business with Apollyon, and there was a lot she wanted to ask Serenity. Annelie felt as though she was her best chance for getting answers. Far better than asking Apollyon.
“I only just found out that he’s an angel.” Annelie tore her eyes away from him. “How was it for you when you realised?”
“They’re angels?” Serenity gasped and then smiled, her English improving every second and making Annelie feel terrible for not being able to speak French. “I have known all my life they exist.”
Annelie snuck a glance at Lukas. He was watching her and she smiled at the same time as he did. His head tilted and his gaze slowly dropped to her body. He definitely didn’t need coffee to get him going, and at this point, she didn’t either. She kept telling herself to keep her distance until she had figured out what she was going to do but her heart wasn’t listening, and neither was her body. She still wanted him.
“Would you like a drink? I have English tea.”
“That would be lovely.” Annelie dragged her attention back to Serenity. She caught snippets of Lukas’s conversation while Serenity made a pot of tea. He was telling Apollyon about what had happened to him.
Apollyon had seen angels in some pool in Hell. Lukas looked pleased to hear that and she smiled at how happy he seemed. There was hope in his expression again and she was glad to see it. The conversation shifted course and Apollyon mentioned her name. She wanted to keep listening to hear what Lukas would say about her, but Serenity stole her attention.
“Would you like tea outside?” Serenity placed the pot and cups onto a tray with some small pastries, and as much as Annelie wanted to ask her to wait so she could hear what the men were saying about her, she smiled and nodded.
It was rude to eavesdrop anyway.
Annelie followed Serenity out onto a large rooftop balcony overlooking a wide quiet car-lined road and a leafy park beyond.
“You have a beautiful home.” She stared out at the view, feeling even more as though she lived in a hovel.
Serenity smiled and set the tray down on an elegant green cast iron table. “It was not always this way. I had a very petite place once. Apollyon has big tastes.”
Annelie nodded. Having seen Lukas’s apartment, she could easily believe it was Apollyon’s decision to live in such a place. She sat down opposite Serenity and thought everything over as Serenity tied her long blonde hair up and then poured the tea.
“I wore that look once.” Serenity offered her the cup of tea. Annelie took it.
“The one that says you do not believe an angel can love.” Serenity placed a pastry on a small plate and set it down in front of Annelie. She smiled knowingly. “He will make you see otherwise.”
“Did Apollyon change your mind?”
“My dark angel?” Serenity’s smile widened. “He is… how do you say… very persuasive. I was unsure, like you… but many angels love mortals. It is their choice.”
Annelie was starting to believe that. If she wanted it, she could be with Lukas. She did want it, but she was still scared of reaching out and taking it. She sipped her tea and then sighed.
“He is sweet on you, non?” Serenity stirred her tea and looked past Annelie to the open glass doors behind her. “He is nice. He has a good aura.”
“Apollyon said you were a witch.” Annelie took another sip of her tea. “Can you feel things about Lukas?”
“He will not hurt you… if that is your fear.” Serenity leaned back into her chair and smiled, the beautiful green park as her backdrop. “I thought it too, that I would have my heart broken, but a year has gone and I am still crazy for him, and I think he is crazy for me.”
Annelie could believe that too. The way Apollyon had held Serenity, had carefully kissed her, and the love that had been in his eyes, all of it spoke to Annelie and was another step towards convincing her to give things with Lukas a chance.
“Do you love Lukas?”
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Her Fallen Angel
An angel accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Lukas has been cast out of Heaven and sentenced to live in the mortal world. For three years, he’s searched for a way to prove his innocence, and for three years, he’s been falling for a beautiful mortal female. When Heaven strips him of his wings, Lukas seeks solace in alcohol, but finds it in Annelie’s arms.
Annelie fell for Lukas the moment he walked into her bar. The tall, sensual blond sets her heart on fire with his otherworldly green eyes and wicked smile, but he’s seriously out of her league. A single heated kiss unleashes Annelie’s passion and she seizes her chance and Lukas with both hands, but in the light of day she discovers that he’s not the man she thought he was—he’s an angel.
Lukas will stop at nothing to prove both his innocence and his love for Annelie, but when he discovers who framed him and she ends up caught in the crossfire, will he be strong enough to protect the woman he loves and fly away with her into their forever after?
ALL OF THE STORIES IN THE HER ANGEL SERIES STAND ALONE, JOINED BY CHARACTER AND WORLD ONLY, AND DO NOT NEED TO BE READ IN ORDER.
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Her Dark Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #1)
Her Fallen Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #2)
Her Warrior Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #3)
Her Guardian Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #4)
Her Demonic Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #5)