RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott is a paranormal romance but it has an intriguing mix of fantasy (mages & earth magic) as well as paranormal elements (demons & secret battles being fought in the modern world) woven in through the story.
This scene is from the first chapter in the book. Valeria Banning has been captured by ghouls and fighting to survive. Little does she know that Griff, the hero, is nearby and senses trouble.
Footsteps scuffed behind her. She mule-kicked backward with magic powering the move. Someone whoofed.RENEGADE (Bk#1 The Protectors series)
As she dived for the swords hilt, the female ghoul jerked open the opposite door and lunged across the seat. Her claws stabbed into Val's neck.
Oh shit, oh shit Desperate, Val grabbed the female's wrist with both hands, but ripping the claws out could be fatal if they slashed across a vein or artery.
Other hands closed on Val's shoulders to drag her out o the car. As their claws dug in, blackness rolled over he eyes and through her soul. The females grip tightened.
"No venom," the leader's voice ordered behind Val. He sounded royally pissed. "Carl already shot her with too much, and I'd planned to breed her. At least we can still feed."
Gasping for air, Val tried to find her feet to steady her power for a final effort. She only had seconds to do it, or she was dead.
Terror chilled her blood as the four survivors slammed her back against the warm metal of the car's hood. Tearing at her clothes, they found bare skin and sank in their claws. No venom this time, but a drain. They sucked her power like leeches, and the blackness deepened.
She Follows the RulesAs the mage council’s sheriff for the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn’t just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious fugitive and supposed traitor risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why. To find the answer, she’ll have to put everything on the line, starting with her heart.
He Breaks Every One of Them
As a mage, Griffin Dare is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, the pair must run for their lives–from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible council mole.
Now They are Each Other's Only Hope