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review 2019-01-18 15:06
Loving You with Teeth & Claws
Loving You with Teeth and Claws: A Dead Things Prequel - Martina McAtee

This is the first book by Martina McAtee that I’ve read and it is totally outside of my usual genres.  I was just so drawn in by the unusual covers of her books.  She won the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal for her first book, Children Shouldn’t play with Dead Things.  This book, Loving You with Teeth and Claws, is a prequel to the series.  Martina McAttee’s books are Young Adult and Paranormal with a bit of Romance to keep things simmering.  I loved this book and can’t wait to read Book 1, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.

 

This story starts with Neoma, a young girl who is being chased by Dylan (a wolf shifter).  She hides from him but he can smell her.  She is so scared of him but she can’t remember why exactly.  She just knows that if he finds her, he will take her to the woman again and they will hurt her.  She finds a place and tries to make herself very small.  He finds her though, he always does, and in her frightened state she feels power coming up to her from the ground and then Dylan is dead.  At least she thinks he is.  She runs to the woods and runs into Wren.  She was so relieved because Dylan had told her that Wren was dead and couldn’t save her.

 

Wren doesn’t know what has been going on but he knows something isn’t right.  He left Neoma with his family to look out for her but they let someone hurt her.  He took Neoma and ran. They had to get as far away from there as they could before his dad found out they were gone.  They go to an old witch who tells him that someone has been hurting Neoma but he can’t see the scars because she has been glamoured.  There were also many other spells on her, some blocking her memory.  The witch showed Wren a glimpse of what Neoma really looked like and it was awful.  He couldn’t believe someone would do such a think to such a sweet little girl.  Then the witch suddenly told him the little girl has a passenger and is attacked by someone Wren can’t see.  The witch told him to get out of there and go to a town that is hidden by magic to see his betrothed.  He grabs Neoma and runs thinking maybe this person and her pack can help protect them from his father who desperately wants Neoma back.  Wren doesn’t understand why his father wants Neoma so badly but he plans to do whatever it takes to protect her.  Meanwhile, Alpha wolf, Isa McGowan, is trying to get four pre-teens out the door for school so she can get to work on time.  She is only 22 but can’t live her life like she would like to.  She has to care for these kids and run a restaurant to stay afloat.  Her pack isn’t what it used to be but she is doing all she can.  She also has no idea of the mess that is heading her way.

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review 2019-01-17 10:45
REVIEW! Rescued by the Wolf (The Wahyas of Walker's Run #2) Kristal Hollis!

 

 

Today, I am returning to Walker's Run in the 2nd book in the Wahyas of Walker's Run series - Resucued by the Wolf!Enjoy my 5 star visit and don't forget to add the book to your shelves!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

She's not afraid to run with his wolf.

When a poacher killed his mate, Rafe Wyatt lost his future. While the Wahyas of Walker's Run have been pulling him back from the brink, he's certain he won't have another chance at love. That is, until Grace comes to town.

 

Grace Olsen is a woman without roots. That's exactly how she likes it, until a sojourn in a small, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a new vision of what home could be—and so does Rafe. He was supposed to be nothing more than a casual lover, just as wary of commitment as she is. When their raw attraction becomes something deeper, more complex, they could be looking at a new future together. But someone close to them both would rather see Grace dead than let her be with the man—and the wolf—she's grown to love.

 

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The second book in this fascinating new series is just as thrilling and exciting as the first. Rafe and Grace are strong, vivid characters that stirs readers’ emotions and captures their hearts. Readers are easily pulled into the story and once there are held captive by the sizzling chemistry, sweet romance and adrenaline pumping suspense of the story. Rafe and Grace are wary of commitment due to their past but the more time they spend together, the harder the attraction is to fight as it gets stronger and stronger which keeps the emotional turmoil rolling throughout the story and keeps the conclusion to this romance in suspense until the end.

 

Someone close to them would rather see Grace dead than let her be with the man and the wolf she’s come to love which adds danger and excitement to the story and keeping readers on the edge of their seat. A number of events keep the suspense building throughout and also make it easier for readers to connect to all the characters is this tight knit community. The author uses well written words and descriptions to bring the story to life which makes it easy for readers to picture each and every scene. This also pulls them deeper into the story and ensures that they want to know every last detail of this story and then return to visit Walker’s Run again.

 

 

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Author's Book Page - https://kristalhollis.com/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/rescued-by-the-wolf/

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31951350-rescued-by-the-wolf

 

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Rescued by the Wolf is the 2nd book in the Wahyas of Walker's Run series.

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Walker’s Run is a beautiful vacation destination for humans of all ages. It’s also home to a pack of Wahyas—an ancient species of wolf people. Although they maintain a peaceful, covert co-existence with their human neighbors, the call of the wild is never far from their hearts.

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/the-wahyas-of-walkers-run/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/181947-the-wahyas-of-walker-s-run

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0711J51BX?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


1 Awakened by the Wolf
2 Rescued by the Wolf
3 Charmed by the Wolf
4 Captivated by the She-Wolf
5 Tamed by the She-Wolf

 

 

Coming in 2019

 

The Wahyas & Mer of Bellamar

 

Author - https://kristalhollis.com/books/the-wahyas-and-mer-of-bella-del-mar/

 

 

Enchanted by the Sea-Wolf Coming 2019

Tempted by the Reluctant Wolf Coming 2019

Mesmerized by the She-Wolf Coming 2019


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Harlequin - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488031083_rescued-by-the-wolf.html

 

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Kristal Hollis grew up in a rural, South Florida community sandwiched between cane fields, orange groves, and a big lake. Her books showcase small towns, family drama, bad guys who get their comeuppance and an emotionally satisfying romance for the main characters.

 

A past RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Touch of Magic finalist and Beacon winner, Kristal spends her free time watching action flicks with her husband, doling out mad love to their two rescued fur-babies, and chasing dust bunnies with the sweeper. Admittedly, she is living her happily-ever-after in her own little castle at the edge of the dark, enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

 


Website - http://www.kristalhollis.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14718461.Kristal_Hollis

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/kristalhollisbooks

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/KristalHollis

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/kristal_hollis

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kristal-Hollis/e/B017Y47NNQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kristal-hollis

 

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review 2019-01-16 10:55
New Release Review! Furever Loyal (High House Ursa #2) Riley Storm!

 

 

Today, I am sharing another new release - Furever Loyal - High House Ursa #2 by Riley Storm! Enjoy & Don't forget to add the book to your shelves!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Kincaid’s appointment to a position of power is on hold after the accountant of House Ursa accuses him of stealing money. He knows someone is trying to frame him, but the question is who? The Queen of the bear shifters can only keep the accusation under wraps for a short time, so he must act fast. Of course, that would be a lot easier if his Queen hadn’t ordered him to take his accuser along with him. What the hell is he supposed to do with a human accountant in tow?

Haley Meynard is perfectly happy in her world of numbers as the accountant to House Ursa. Like her, they obey set laws and rules. So, when she’s yanked from the comfort of her office and told to assist the same person she’s just exposed as being a thief, all the rules go out the window. Resisting will only see her lose her biggest client and the eight-figure-a-year payday. Now she has to work with the arrogant, handsome and completely out of control Kincaid.

 

Thrown head-first into a world she never knew existed, Haley can’t help but latch on to the numbers as a safety line. They don’t lie, and they clearly show that Kincaid is the thief. He’s adamant about being innocent, and so she decides to humor him. That is, until the facts start to support his claims. If she’s going to get to the bottom of it all, Haley is going to have to break some rules. The more time she spends with Kincaid, though, the harder it becomes for her to stay neutral. She wants him to be innocent, to stay out of prison…. To stay with her…

 

 

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High House Ursa is still under attack from within and Kincaid has been accused of stealing from the House account. The queen is giving him time to work out who is framing him but it would be a lot easier if she hadn’t ordered to take his accuser along with him.

 

The second book in the High House Ursa series is thrilling and full of non-stop excitement as Kincaid and Haley try to stay alive long enough to discover the truth. Kincaid and Haley are two strong, bold characters that has sparks flying in every direction with their sizzling chemistry and a sassy attitude. The relationship is burns hot but this couple’s relationship has a major obstacle standing its way – the evidence points to Kincaid being guilty and of course Kincaid’s big secret.

This story proceeds from one exciting event to the next with a fast and energetic pace that keeps readers on their toes and holding on the edge of their seat with lots of adrenaline pumping suspense as the bad guys take exception to Kincaid and Haley trying to uncover just who is responsible. The ‘who done it’ suspense of this story is sensational as this couple face many surprises and twists along the way which keeps readers guessing right along with them. I completely enjoyed my time with Kincaid and Haley as they broke some rules, engaged in combat and a spirited romance.

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43411340-furever-loyal

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/furever-loyal-high-house-ursa-book-2-by-riley-storm

 

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Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c359d0e01dbc864fb97b234/furever-loyal-riley-storm

 

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Furever Loyal is the 2nd book in the High House Ursa series

 

 

1 Bearing Secrets
2 Furever Loyal

 

 

& Releasing today (January 24, 2019)

 

#3 Mated to the Enemy


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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Riley is one of those early-morning people you love to hate, because she swears she doesn't need caffeine, even though the coffee-maker is connected to her smartphone. She lives in a three-story townhouse by the good graces of a tabby-cat who rules the house, the couch, the table, well, basically everywhere. When she's not groveling for forgiveness for neglecting to pet her kitty enough, Riley is strapped in to her writing chair coming up with crazy worlds where she can make her own decisions of when feeding time is and how much coffee can be drank without her friends--of which she has three--holding yet another intervention that they threaten to post on the internet.

 

 


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review 2019-01-16 10:50
New Release Review! Ruthless Misfit (Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan #1) Liza Street!

 

 

Today, I am also sharing the 1st book in Liza Street's new Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan series - Ruthless Misfit! Enjoy & don't forget to add the book to your shelves!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

One kiss. One lie. One dangerously sinful affair.

 

After making one bad decision after another, fox shifter Erena is back at the Rock Creek Clan with her tail between her legs. Her past mistakes seem to be forgiven, but her position feels tenuous—and more tenuous still, with the arrival of a sexy misfit who gets under her skin.

 

Matt, a mountain lion shifter, returns home to the RCC with a giant secret only to meet the woman of his dreams. Too bad Erena has a chip on her shoulder. How the hell is he supposed to prove himself to a woman who has trust issues? He’ll have to figure something out, because between his smooth talking and his ulterior motives, he’s in danger of losing his mate before he ever gets a chance with her.

Ruthless Misfit is the first standalone novel in the Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan series. If you like shifter romances with naughty language, sexy men who go after what they want, and real heroines with real flaws, you’ll love this steamy, action-packed read.

 

Click “buy now” and fall in love with this tough mountain lion shifter today!

 

 

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Two misfits make a fierce mating in this thrilling romance. Matt and Erena are strong characters that easily pull readers in and hold them hostage. Sizzling chemistry flares hot between this couple but Matt and Erena both have a few issues that stand between them and happily ever after. Emotional turmoil from past issues and from a current secret keep the relationship in suspense from beginning to end and readers can’t help but become caught up in their story.

The story is fast paced and thrilling suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers on the edge of their seat as Matt tries to win Erena over but proving himself to a woman with trust issues isn’t easy especially with this big secret. I was charmed and delighted by the characters as they both had flaws and vulnerabilities that can be easily related to and I found the world that the author has created to be fascinating and one that I will definitely be visiting again.

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43438069-ruthless-misfit

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/ruthless-misfit-fierce-mates-rock-creek-clan-1-by-liza-street

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1033553

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c3c364701dbc864fb980958/ruthless-misfit-liza-street

 

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Ruthless Misfit is the 1st book in the Rock Creek Clan series which is part of the Fierce Mates universe!

 

https://lizastreetauthor.com/lizas-books/fierce-mates-reading-list/

 

 

.5 The Rose King
1 Ruthless Misfit

 

 


#2 Ruthless Outlaw (March 12, 2019)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43438083-ruthless-outlaw

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://books2read.com/ruthless-misfit

 


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Liza got her start in romance by sneak-reading her grandma’s paperbacks. Now she divides her time between freelance editing and writing books about shifters with fierce and savage hearts.

 

FREE BOOKS--Book 1 in Liza's Sierra Pride series is free to anyone! Join Liza's mailing list and get Book 2, Fierce Heartbreaker, FREE, as well as an exclusive Sierra Pride prequel story! Start by clicking here to sign up and receive Fierce Heartbreaker and the prequel story.


https://lizastreet.wordpress.com/free-book/

 

 

Website - https://lizastreetauthor.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15232252.Liza_Street

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Street-1858485561104298/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liza-street

 

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway with Excerpt! The Leopard Who Claimed a Wolf (Cry Wolf # 6) Sarah Mäkelä!

 

 

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Thanks for joining me today, Readers! Today I am happy to share with the release of Sarah Mäkelä’s newest release – The Leopard Who Claimed a Wolf! Enjoy & don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Title: THE LEOPARD WHO CLAIMED A WOLF
Author: Sarah Mäkelä
Pub. Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Kissa Press LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 179

 

When a wolf loves a leopard…

 

He’s her protector...


Caitlyn Fraser, a wereleopard who has always hated cruel werewolves, is the former prisoner turned mate of Dougal Sterling, Alpha of the Scottish pack. She’s courting jeopardy with her determination to attend the funeral of her brother’s father, since the Pack blames her for Alistair’s death. But still Dougal protects her from his wolves.

 

Her defender...


Short of allies, Dougal struggles to balance loyalty and attention between the Pack and Caitlyn. When the Pack’s stability crumbles, he’s faced with the return of his older brother, the rightful Alpha, who shirked his duty after their father’s death. However, Ewan’s challenge will be a battle to the death. Sheltering Caitlyn can only lose Dougal more friends, but he knows she’s the mate he’s longed for.

 

But survival takes two...


Menace lurks in every corner of the Highlands; Alistair and Ewan’s supporters and haters of shapeshifters abound. Caitlyn and Dougal must stick together, pushing back fiercely when they are attacked. Even if that puts them in mortal danger…

 

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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43193411-the-leopard-who-claimed-a-wolf

 

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The Leopard Who Claimed a Wolf is the 6th book in the Cry Wolf series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1349820.Sarah_M_kel_

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQVCFPW?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


1 The Witch Who Cried Wolf
2 Cold Moon Rising
3 The Wolf Who Played With Fire
4 Highland Moon Rising
5 The Selkie Who Loved a Wolf
6 The Leopard Who Claimed a Wolf


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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Chapter One

 

Caitlyn


The driveway leading up to the Scottish Pack’s massive headquarters stretched almost half a mile. I rested my chin on my arms and stared out of the Alpha’s window on the second story, overlooking the circular section of the drive. The Pack’s castle came complete with its very own dungeon, but at least they weren’t keeping me in there anymore. The memory of Alistair’s craggy face haunted my dreams each time I closed my eyes. His brutal fists hammered away against my face, ribs, and stomach, until I could no longer sleep.

 

Tension radiated through my shoulders, and I balled my hands into fists. No, Alistair—Colin’s father—was dead. Dougal had protected me, and my brother, from that monster when I didn’t have the strength to fight back.

 

Not that it mattered.

 

Two days had passed since my brother’s sudden departure. Now Colin was on his own with no one to watch his back. How could he leave without saying anything to me? I flexed my fists again, welcoming the anger as it bubbled up in my chest and replaced my sadness.

 

The heavy weight of a man’s hand descended on my back. I twisted around, my knuckles connecting with a solid jaw lined with dark, coarse stubble. A familiar jaw. Shite.

 

Dougal stumbled back half a step, but then he planted his feet like a tree with strong roots, not budging any further. Sharp power flared outward from him before he squelched it, stretching the muscles in his jaw. A frown tugged at his lips, and the corners of his eyes creased, either in pain or displeasure.

 

“Dougal! I’m so sorry.” The sudden movement of punching him had shot a searing ache through my battered ribs again. The pain stole my breath away, but I tried to force it down. How could I have been so careless? If he’d been anyone else in the Pack, I would’ve caused World War III.

 

“Dinnae fash. The punch bloody well hurt, though. I didn’t realize you were so strong.” Dougal’s frown melted away as he pulled me closer and pressed a kiss to my forehead. “Seems like you’re recovering your strength.” His gaze drifted past me to the long gravel driveway of the estate. “How are you doing, love?”


The emotions I’d been stomping down now bubbled to the surface again. “I cannae believe Colin left me. He left before I even regained consciousness. How could he?”


With anyone else, I wouldn’t show weakness, but I rested my forehead against Dougal’s chest, needing his touch and savoring his warmth. “I barely had time to talk with him, and when I did, it wasn’t a good time to ask how he was doing after the months he’d spent in that bloody research facility—or even to ask where he would go to heal…”

 

Tears welled in my eyes, but I held them back, refusing to cry. “I gave up so much—my job, my flat, my life—while trying to track him and bring him home. What if my sacrifices were all for naught?”

 

“Nae, they weren’t for naught, love.” Dougal kissed the top of my head. “I know you’re hurting. You have plenty of reasons to be, but the man who came back wasn’t the same one who left for the United States.” He lifted my chin, forcing me to see the sincerity in his clear blue eyes. “Whatever those scientists did affected him in ways neither of us will probably ever know. Waiting at the window won’t make him return any sooner.” He wrapped his arms around me and gently pulled me against his chest again. “Let me draw you a bath. Remember, I’m here if you need to talk.”

 

He was right, even if I didn’t want to admit it. Waiting for Colin’s return wouldn’t help, but what else could I do? “I know, but that doesn’t make this any easier for me. He’s my younger brother. I feel helpless that I cannae be there for him…again.” A heavy ache settled on my heart, and I pulled away hating the awkward emotions crushing me.


“Sorry.”

 

Dougal turned away from me and stared out of the window again. His jaw clenched and unclenched, as if he were trying hard to hold in his words. A lot was going on in his life too, and yet he was making a strong effort to support me through my problems. Things had become increasingly strained between him and his Pack since my arrival and Duncan and Alistair’s subsequent deaths. He didn’t talk about what he faced, and I didn’t want to pressure him.

 

After a few moments of silence, he released a sigh and turned back toward me. “You’ve done what you could for him, lass.” The ghost of a grin spread across his lips. “Do you still want the bath?”

 

I couldn’t help but nod. When I’d awakened from unconsciousness, Dougal had been there for me. We’d made love, and he brought me to new heights of pleasure. We also became intimately acquainted with the fancy Jacuzzi bathtub that could easily fit three or four humans…or one big, scary werewolf. The perks of being mated to the Alpha of the Scottish Pack.

 

“Aye, a bath sounds delish.” I wrapped my arms around his waist, bringing him back to me and drawing in his musky lupine scent. “Thanks for the talk. I wish I could’ve spoken with him before he took off. It would’ve made me feel better about him going.”


“Love, I talked with him.” He trailed his fingertips over my back in light, soothing strokes. “If I weren’t confident that he presented no danger to others, I wouldn’t have let him go. He would’ve stayed here whether he favored the idea or not.” The muscles in his lower back tensed beneath my touch, and his hand paused over my spine.

 

Something didn’t feel right. I lifted my gaze to meet Dougal’s. Was he not telling me something? We hadn’t known each other for long, but my sharp, feline instincts knew when someone spoke an untruth. He wasn’t outright lying, but he was holding something back. What could it be?

 

I bit my lower lip, regretting it as my teeth sank into one of the nearly healed spots where Alistair had punched me in the face. Instead of confronting Dougal, I turned my attention toward the window. “You would tell me if he was dangerous to himself, wouldn’t you?”

 

“Aye, I would.” His tone of voice wasn’t as convincing as I’d wanted. He leaned away, putting me at arm’s length. “Enough of that, I suppose. I’ll draw the bath for you.”


Without another word, he strode to the en-suite bathroom. His hands clenched and unclenched at his sides all the way. The door snapped shut behind him, and he started the water running a few moments later.

 

Nausea churned inside me, and I held my stomach. Should I believe Dougal? Something about his words didn’t feel right. The Jacuzzi tub would take a few minutes to fill, and I needed to get out of this bloody bedroom and away from him. The strain of standing there and trying to keep myself calm was becoming too much.

 

My stomach growled, and I glanced up at the round wrought-iron clock on the wall. It was almost one o’clock in the afternoon.

 

Many of the werewolves didn’t like that their Alpha was mating with a wereleopard, so I usually skipped the mealtime rushes to keep my distance. It wasn’t easy, because several of the wolves lived here in this honest-to-God castle full time.

Apparently, that was how many Packs operated. The thought boggled my mind. How did they stand to be around one another all the time? How would I survive being the sole feline in this house full of wolves?

 

Every urge for solitude within me roared to run as fast and as far away from this place as I could. Too much held me here, though. Besides, if Colin returned from his trip, I wanted to be around to greet him. Maybe throttle him, too, but it’d be a greeting nonetheless…

 

I slid my leather jacket on over the white tank top, not wanting to reveal too much bruised skin, then headed for the kitchen to grab leftovers. Dougal had tried to convince me to eat with him and everyone else. He wanted me to get to know the wolves and socialize. Getting friendly with the Pack might be a nice idea, but I couldn’t do it. Not with how his Pack watched me when they thought I wasn’t looking. Even Dougal’s second-in-command wasn’t a fan of mine. The sentiment was mutual. For as long as I could remember, I’d hated werewolves. One of my main reasons would soon rest six feet underground. Their hatred of me for Alistair’s death just added to my reluctance to get friendly with them.


Shaking away those thoughts, I turned the corner to enter the kitchen. If my sharp feline reflexes hadn’t kicked in, I would’ve run straight into a towering werewolf. I leapt back at the last minute to prevent Kerr from spilling his plate of food. The already agonizing ache in my side intensified from moving so fast, but I kept my arms at my sides and my face neutral.

 

“Afternoon, lass. Ye look like yer recoverin’ well.” Kerr nodded, looking curiously at me.

 

“Thanks, Kerr. I’m trying.” I flashed him an uncomfortable smile, then edged past the broad, barrel-chested man into the kitchen. Maybe he wasn’t as bad as the others, but I couldn’t shake the overwhelming feeling that he disagreed with Dougal’s decision to mate with me.

 

Kerr placed a heavy hand on my shoulder. My spine stiffened, and I gripped the sleeves of my jacket to keep from swinging on him too. “Keep tryin’, then.” His deep voice rumbled through the kitchen. I glanced pointedly at his hand, but he didn’t move it.


“Sooner or later ye need to overcome yer fear, hatred, or whatever it is ye feel toward my kind. If ye cannae, ye won’t last long here, lass.” With that, he walked down the corridor toward the massive grand hall where the wolves held their meetings and ate.

 

My shoulders slumped. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so hungry, but my leopard still needed to eat. We couldn’t skip any more meals. It hindered our healing process and weakened us too much. Right now, I couldn’t afford weakness, not while I was amongst a pack of wolves.

 

If only I weren’t continually looking over my shoulder with the Pack, but such was life for now.

 

Shite. I didn’t have much time before Dougal noticed I’d left the bedroom.

The leftovers were neatly arranged on the clean countertop. There wasn’t much food left, but I grabbed a bag of crisps and one of the last club sandwiches. A female wolf—Mairi, I think—ran a catering company, so she always brought by food to keep the Pack well fed. She was one of the nicer wolves.

 

Instead of following Kerr toward the dining room, where I would probably find the rowdy werewolves laughing and talking, I remained in the kitchen. I sat on the counter farthest away from the entrance, hidden from anyone who might walk past.

 

As I finished my sandwich, footsteps in the hall became louder as someone approached the kitchen. The sound of soft sniffing tensed every muscle in my body, then Dougal stepped into the room. His gaze slid over me, and desire darkened his eyes.

 

“Your bath is ready. If I’d known you were hungry, I would’ve brought something earlier when I ate.”


I shrugged a shoulder. “It’s all right. I’m eating now.”

 

“Aye, so you are.” He looked down the hallway as if checking to make sure no one else was near. When he turned back, he wore a frown that creased the corners of his lips and eyes. “You shouldn’t be in here all alone, love. Things within the Pack are tense right now. Let’s go back to the bedroom.”

 

I tilted my chin up, not in the mood to be bossed around again. “I’m not alone. You’re here.” I opened the bag of crisps and munched on one.

His nostrils flared, and he crossed his arms over his broad chest. The move might’ve been scary as hell if it wasn’t him doing it. “That’s not the point. Come on.”

 

Bloody hell.

 

First, I’d been his prisoner in the cage, and now I’d become a prisoner in his bedroom. Not in a fun way, either. Why was this happening?

 

I clenched my fists, crushing a few of my crisps as tears burned in my eyes, but I refused to let them show. The flood of emotions I’d experienced over the past week was becoming too much to all push down at once. As soon as I dealt with certain fears or emotions, others popped up to take their place, like some horrible version of whack-a-mole.

 

Life just wasn’t fair. All I’d wanted to do was return to Scotland and be here for my brother. In that time, I’d been reintroduced to a childhood nightmare, imprisoned in a dungeon, and now I was the prisoner/mate of a werewolf Alpha. When would the roller coaster end?

 

Dougal crossed the space between us in a few long strides. He pulled me from the counter into his arms.

 

A feline hiss ripped from my throat, sounding every bit as feral as I felt. Once again, anger rescued me from my moodiness. “Set me down this minute!”

 

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