Retribution Playlist

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*Contains book 4 excerpts and major series SPOILERS*

Chapter 1: Magic by Colbie Caillat

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Excerpt:

He gave her earlobe a nibble then moved his mouth to the back of her neck, listening as her sigh whispered across his pillow. He reached up, finding her parted lips with his fingertips. Then he trailed his hand down her torso, emitting soft shocks that twitched her stomach and vibrated her aura. When he got to her thighs, he slipped his hand between them, completely covering the smooth entrance to her body. Then a whoosh of magical warmth flowed from his palm, igniting sensitive nerve endings and jolting her awake.

 

Chapter 2: Soulmates by Silvard

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Excerpt:

When the three golden couples entered the suite to find a fourth, their mouths fell open as the door flew shut behind them. Frozen in place, they didn’t say a word. They just stared, their features strained by disbelief; their complexions blanched by surprise.

 

Chapter 3: Burn by Ellie Goulding

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Excerpt:

“We’re not helpless, Quin. We’re the exact opposite of helpless. You and I can do anything we set our minds on. Surely we stand a good chance against anything they can throw at us.”

 

Chapter 5: Once in a Lifetime by Landon Austin

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Excerpt:

“Every free moment we get, I want you in my arms. I want us to hold and love each other like there’s no tomorrow, and I want to treasure each moment like it’s our last. If we have to die, I want to die knowing I held the most amazing woman in the world the way she deserved to be held, that I showed her how much I love and need her, and that I’m happier than I’ve ever been when I’m with her. I want to spend the rest of our lives, no matter how short they may be, showing you these things while touching your soul and letting you touch mine.” He kissed away more tears then found her eyes again. “Will you please let me do that, Layla? It’s all I want. It’s all I need to make everything worth it. If you’ll give me this, I’ll fight every day for the rest of my life.”

 

Chapter 5: Gorecki by Lamb

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Excerpt:

He gasped, jolting as her magic clutched his insides and pulled. Then he exhaled hugely when the force reached the surface of his skin and collided with hers. The atmosphere flashed, and the air filled with heat, a peaceful cocoon delivering magical morphine straight into her pores. This was exactly what she wanted… what she needed. It felt like every wonderful thing he’d ever said to her and done for her had been woven into a blanket that was now wrapped around her body, delivering much needed love, security and hope. It felt like she was nestled in his soul, right next to his heart, right where she wanted to be.

 

Chapter 12: Moonrise Aka Yiruma Moonlight by Study Music Ensemble

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Excerpt:

Accessible from the downstairs hallway through a door positioned between the guest bathroom and the stairs, the library stretched into the backyard, with a set of double-doors leading onto the deck, and a huge bay window facing the forest. The furniture combined sublime comfort with the simple beauty of earth tones and solid patterns; and the accessories and artistry were custom-made, each piece unique yet complementary. There were enough shelves in the high-ceilinged room to hold all the books in Layla’s high school library, and every ledge boasted magically-carved designs that varied from shelf to shelf but were repeated often throughout the room and its objects.

 

Chapter 14: A Story to Unfold by BrunuhVille

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Excerpt:

She could summon a fireball and toss it any way she wanted, forming it into any shape she desired while changing its color. She could break a massive piece of earth from the mountainside then break it again and again before juggling the debris. And when she was done playing, she could put the jagged rocks back together and fit them into the mountain like a puzzle piece. She could lift the entire lake into the air then turn it into a cyclone or a sphere or a liquid beast. When she held it over everyone’s heads and threatened to let the floating wave go, some of them actually believed her. Replacing the lake, she grabbed a gust of wind and changed its course, slowing it down and speeding it up. Then she tested her precision by sneakily lifting Brietta’s skirt with a gentle breeze. After adjusting the garment three different times, Brietta finally caught on, and Layla laughed while lifting the skirt a little higher.

 

Chapter 15: It Goes Like This by Thomas Rhett

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Excerpt:

She turned her head, finding his cheek with her lips. “You really wrote me a song?”

“Yes.”

“Why haven’t you already shared it with me?”

“I didn’t write it to impress you.”

“Why did you write it?”

“Because I was lying there, watching you experience your parents’ memories while thinking about how I felt about you, and the words came, but I didn’t finish it that night. I knew there was more.”

 

Chapter 20: Elfin Melody by Silvard

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Excerpt:

Layla smiled at Shaylee while motioning for her to come over, and the baby’s aura brightened as she pushed herself to her feet and toddled across the circle. Layla patted the ground in front of her, and Shaylee sat, expectantly looking up with mesmerizing eyes.

Layla leaned close and whispered. “Hi, Shaylee. You have a very pretty name.”

To Layla’s surprise, Shaylee responded, her voice small and adorably sweet. “Ankoo.”

 

Chapter 21: If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Square

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Excerpt:

“You take perfect care of me, Quin.”

“I wish I could do more, Layla. I want you to have everything you deserve in life, but you keep getting things taken away.”

“That’s when I come to you,” she countered. “I can always count on you to fill the void and heal the hurt.”

 

Chapter 24: Butterflies & Rainbows by Larry W. Rice

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Excerpt:

Layla continued her conversation as she gathered every small child in the circle. Then she led them away from it, not stopping until they’d reached a wide open area of lawn. She waved a hand through the air, and eight magical chairs appeared, each of them comprised of rainbows and custom made to match each child’s individual size.

 

Chapter 29: Fotografia by Yiruma

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Excerpt:

The afternoon of introductions was extremely emotional for Layla, but the majority of the emotions were good, and she always found strength in Quin’s arms. She was shocked by how many blood relatives she had, and even after laying eyes on the proof and feeling the tingles run up her arm again and again, she had a hard time believing it. She’d met a few great-grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and many more cousins, most of them bearing a resemblance to either her mom or dad, so she also saw herself in the faces she met. 

 

Chapter 31: Count On Me by Bruno Mars

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Excerpt:

Kegan stepped forward and squared his stance, taking on an air of confidence and looking much like the soldier he aimed to be. “We’re aware of the consequences, Quin, but if we don’t help you when you need it most, we’re not the men we claim to be. Out of all the incredible people I know, none of them devote themselves to others like you do. You have this uncanny ability to read people, to recognize when they need help, and you’re always willing to offer it. I’ve turned to you with problems I didn’t even take to my own family, and you’ve never left me to handle them on my own. Now you need help, and I know that’s probably hard for you to swallow, because you’re the man with the answers not the problems. But you’ve finally gotten yourself into a predicament, and it’s a big one, so I’m going to help you resolve it, just like you’ve helped me over and over again.”

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Banning’s posture sagged at her sad voice, but he quickly corrected it. “Because my life will never be the same if we lose this battle. I’m not saying it would be impossible to move on, I’m saying I don’t want to. This is the life I want, just like it’s the life you want. Isn’t that why you’re taking the risk? You don’t want to live without us, so you’re going to fight to keep us, and I’m going to fight to keep you. The last thing I want to do is sit here and surrender what I love to Agro. And I know you understand how I feel, because you feel the same.”

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Brietta’s smile wavered, and she quickly waved a hand to vanish the moisture escaping her eyes. “I don’t want to spend a long and healthy life looking back on this moment and regretting the way I handled it. I know I’m only one person, and I know my being there probably won’t make a difference. But if I don’t do this and you fail, I’ll always harbor guilt for not helping when I had the chance, and I’ll spend the rest of my life with a huge hole in my heart…” She clutched her chest, her voice cracking as her face flexed. “Because I’d miss all of you so much. It would hurt me every day for the rest of my life if I lost you, so my guilt would have despair and pain as constant companions.” She paused, raising Banning’s hand to her cheek as she took a deep breath. “Like my baby brother, I don’t want to live that way.”

 

Chapter 32: Two Hearts by Todd Wallin

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Excerpt:

He moved his hand to her chest and slid the loose cotton of her dress aside, touching the skin over her heart. After counting the organ’s fitful beats for several seconds, he leaned in and kissed the erratically pulsing flesh, focusing on the reasons her heart usually beat, all the love and kindness it portrayed, and he hoped to draw her attention to them as well, help her rediscover the virtuous beauty beneath the anger. He found it every time he looked at her, even in the most tumultuous situations. And when he touched her, when her heartbeat thumped against his flesh, pulsed within his ears, and throbbed along his core, he gained what was hers. All the internal beauty she possessed momentarily became his, and he was, for a sublime moment in time, the man he always wanted to be, the man she needed him to be.

 

Chapter 33: Memories in My Eyes by Yiruma

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Excerpt:

The rainforest blurred and shifted, swirling into a foggy, unreadable mass. Then it took on the form of Multnomah Falls. Artificial water roared down the fake Mountain, warm mist moistened the magicians’ faces, and real birds emerged from the forest, perching on the edge of the lawn as they sang a sweet tune.

 

Chapter 36: Eyes in the Dark by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

She struggled against Quin’s hold, her bloody aura enveloping the accused, and they finally looked up, gasping at her huge power-band, the ominous haze around it, and the black chasms staring them down.

 

Chapter 39: I Love the Way You Look Tonight by Larry W. Rice

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Excerpt:

He turned his head and kissed her fingertip. Then he lowered her feet to the floor while waving a hand through the air. The golden room filled with the soft tinkle of piano keys, and Layla looked over, marveling at the baby grand that appeared to play a slow and sweet tune.

 

Chapter 39: Heaven is a Place on Earth by Katie Thompson

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Excerpt:

The music rose to a crescendo, and he danced her from one end of the suite to the other, making her feel like a princess floating across a ballroom. She could be any one of the beautiful maidens in the fairy tales she read as a child. But in her own story, a life more enchanting than even the most magical tale, prince charming wasn’t just a pretty face with good timing. Quin was much more – a strong man with an even stronger heart and the body of a god to hold it; a man who’d steal the moon for her if she asked him to. He didn’t just save her, breathing life into her when she had none; he completed her, balanced her, showed her the good when faced with the bad. No one had ever loved another like he loved her.

 

Chapter 40: Haunted Dreams by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

She stood on a vast slab of slick ice, a shrouded moon providing murky light to a scene that reeked of scorched flesh and death. And there, among the chaos, lay Quin, wounded and draining of life. His black shorts were singed at the edges, and his biceps were draped with charred remnants of leather bands. His bare chest was pale as it laboriously rose and fell, and the muscles in his limbs bulged and tragically twitched.

 

Chapter 42: Saying Goodbye by Todd Wallin

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Excerpt:

Quin reached out and wiped a tear from Alana’s face. “We’re all sad.”

“I’m sad,” she confirmed, her pout trembling.

Quin’s chest expanded as he brushed his thumb across Alana’s pucker. “I know, angel. This is really hard, isn’t it?”

Alana and Layla nodded at the same time, and Quin swallowed as he glanced between them. “Hey,” he said, “I have an idea. Let’s go for a ride.”

 

Chapter 45: Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance by Loreena McKennitt

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Excerpt:

White fog rolled out from beneath his palm, and a loud thrum pulsed from the clearing below. “I’d say they’re almost ready,” Caitrin noted, smiling up at everyone. “Shall we join them?”

“Hell, yeah,” Weylin agreed, flipping through the smoky opening.

The majority of his family followed him with similar enthusiasm. Then Banning dove in, and Brietta wasn’t far behind as she pulled Kegan along. After glancing in the hole, she turned into his chest. Then she flashed a cheeky smile and fell backward, forcing him to fall with her.

Layla wasn’t sure what all the excitement was about, but it seemed fun.

“Ready?” Quin asked, squeezing her hand.

“I don’t know,” she answered. “But who cares? Let’s go.”

 

Chapter 46: Deep Into The Forest by Michael Nyman

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Excerpt:

It was time to make their way to the battlegrounds.

 

Chapter 49: Arise by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

Chunks of ice from the failed artillery attack still smashed to the ground when the individual spells started flying, and complete chaos ensued. Agro’s army divided – some remaining faithful to their boss, willing to protect him at all costs, while others drifted away, more concerned for their own safety than his. To add to the confusion, many of the magicians behind Quin and Layla lost their composure and started firing erratic and unorganized magic from shaky hands.

 

Chapter 49: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys *I couldn’t resist 😉*

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Excerpt:

glowed red like the sun (fixed)

Layla’s eyes snapped open to a murky moon, and while her body was hers again, under her control, it was different. She was different. No longer pure of heart. She was a force to be reckoned with, and it was time for her enemies to pay. 

 

Chapter 50: The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends) by Snow Patrol

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Excerpt:

In the time it took Serafin to place a magical tourniquet over Quin’s wound, Layla had carved her way through dozens of Unforgivables and was scorching another thirty with her flames. And Quin had been forced to lie still and watch every terrifying and heart-wrenching move.

 

Chapter 50: Aura (Alternative Version) by BrunuhVille

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Excerpt:

Her touch jump-started his heart, and his eyes popped open, filling with moisture as he stared at her. A smile played on his lips, and one of his hands rose to her cheek, his fingers dipping into her curls as his thumb wiped away tears. “Layla Love… You make me feel so good.” He paused, taking in a shaky breath before sighing. “Always.”

 

Chapter 51: Forever Mine (Cinematic Version) by Marie Hines

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Excerpt:

*This song is Layla’s song to Quin when he’s unconscious (and one of my favorites on ALL the playlists). Since you didn’t see that part in the book, here’s an excerpt from Quin and Kemble’s conversation about it.*

“Well,” Kemble sighed, “the first night was really rough on her. All she did was lie there and stare at you while talking to you and herself and that’s it. She wouldn’t talk to anyone else or respond when we spoke to her. It had us pretty worried, and you would have flipped if you’d seen her like that. Serafin kept checking her head to make sure her brain was functioning correctly, but it was her heart that was broken.”

Quin swallowed a painful lump, and Kemble’s brow furrowed as he went on. “She’d never seen you sleep, Quinlan. How you’ve managed to spend every night with her without letting her see you sleep, I’ll never understand, but you probably should have given her the opportunity, because it freaked her out seeing you unconscious. She kept talking about how perfect and still you looked, but then she’d start talking about how it wasn’t right, you being so sober, and how you weren’t you unless you were looking at her and smiling at her and holding her.”

“Please stop, dad.”

“She got better.”

Quin hopefully looked up. “She did?”

“Yes. Your color was returning to normal by yesterday morning, and Serafin had your side patched up. That’s when she finally talked to us and asked for gum. We were so relieved, we bought the store’s entire stock, and it’s a good thing we did, because she’s nearly chewed it all. Since then she’s been using her time rather wisely. She practiced a song on the guitar, and she read one of Serafin’s medical textbooks, quizzing herself on the human organ and nervous systems.”

 

Chapter 51: Chasing the Sun by Jackie Scott

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Excerpt:

He smiled and leaned in, giving her a soft kiss that took her breath away, and as her heart stuttered and stopped, his did the same. They both froze, leaving their lips together as they savored the moment. Then her heart and breathing resumed, and so did his.

 

Thanks for listening! ~ B.C. Burgess ♥

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