Never lead a widowed shifter cop to his true mate then tell him he can't have her.
★★★★★ "If you're looking for a great shifter story, this one will pull you into the series!"
Being a single mom is hard. Not dying at the hands of my kids’ deadbeat dad is harder. Especially when the shifter elders won’t lift a finger to help me. But for my daughters, I’ll risk everything for freedom. Even if that means trusting the new cop in town with our protection.
And my heart.
But loving Rick feels more natural than anything I've ever experienced. It's as if he already knows my soul...
A century ago, I lost my breeding partner and unborn babies. Then I walked away from pack life to protect the innocent. A cold murder brought me back and gave me a second chance with the one woman I never expected to find.
Mya is my true mate. My wolf knows it. I know it.
Only one thing stands in our way. The criminal who kidnapped her from her human life would rather see her dead than with me. And Mya’s death isn’t something I could bear. So it comes down to kill or be killed. And I have no plans on losing my life or Mya.
This book is the closed-door version of RESCUED by Nancy Corrigan, the Mainstream fiction pen name of Dana Archer.
As always, Dana guarantees a happily ever after with NO CHEATING.
From the book:
A look of wonder turns her eyes into gemstones. She skims her delicate fingers along her jaw, the same path I'd traced. "What are you, Rick Lyall?"
It's an odd question. She knows what I am: a wolf shifter. I have a better answer for her, however.
I slip my arm around her waist and pull her body against me. The moment her curves touch me, my wolf lays its head on its paws and calms. So do I. This is where I'm supposed to be. I'll fight with everything I have to stay here.
With my chin, I brush her hair from her neck and press my lips to the spot right below her ear. She shivers and clutches my shirt, holding on to me. "I'm yours, Mya. And you're mine."
I pull the wad of cash from my pocket and hold the bills out to Rick. "Take it. My kisses are not for sale."
Rick curls his long fingers around mine. He takes a small step closer to me, then another one until he's standing in front of me, a hairbreadth from my chest. He pries my fingers apart, retrieving the money, then slips it into my pocket. "Neither are mine."
I don't know what to say. I don't get the chance to come up with anything. Rick lifts my chin with a single finger and bends down. His lips brush mine. Our breaths mix. He inhales audibly, taking my air into himself, a shifter custom only the closest lovers share.
Shocked by his boldness, I draw in a deep breath too. Energy skips along my spine, racing in a line of fire to settle deep in the bite on my shoulder. It aches in a way it never has before, as if I'll die if I don't feel Rick's lips on the scar. I don't understand the reaction. Don't understand any of this.
My heart races as my anxiety spikes. A thump settles in the raised scar, echoing my quicker heartbeat. It's never done that.
I fist Rick's shirt, holding him tight. "Rick?"
"I feel it." Rick slides a hand to cradle the back of my head. "I feel you."
The human side of me always has a hard time visualizing a murder after the act. This spot doesn’t look any different from the miles of roadside on either side of where I’m crouched.
My wolf sees the world differently, though. With his soul partially merged with mine, my instincts and my senses are sharper. The latter won’t help me today. The dusting of snow from last night’s squall and the passage of time have masked any clues I might’ve gleaned by coming here, but this visit isn’t a wasted effort. Being here confirms my original assessment of the crime.
“Ben wasn’t shot here. He was tossed down this embankment.”
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Royals and Alphas titles:
Rafe - A possessive Royal shifter must convince a protective human mother with secrets to trust him in order to stop a killer. Oh...and to fall in love too.
Devin - Crazed shifters aren't worthy of love. Everyone knows that. Except Devin. He'll fight for his little slice of heaven using every wicked tactic he knows to keep his true mate coming back for more.
Josh - As a human living among shifters, Josh isn't considered worthy of the shifter female every male wants. But Mira is his mate. He'll prove it or die.
Sean - Maturing is a dangerous time for shifters. Their hormones drive them. Sean wants nothing to do with females or his primal side. Until a one-night stand changes his mind.
Nic - Disagreeing with the wolf you've been born with is not a fate any man wants. Neither is losing the woman you love because of your wolf. Nic is in for the fight of his life. He won't lose the woman he loves or betray his primal side.
Ethan - Choosing between his true mate and the mate of his heart isn't an option. Ethan will claim them both. If he can keep them alive until he's alpha.
Xander - Being a BBW woman in a man's world is hard. Being the human true mate to two dominant shifters is harder. But Gwen knows a secret - Women are powerful.
Anton - Nyx had one goal - Destroy the most feared member of the Shifter Council. Not fall in love with him. Or clear his name of murder. But a smart woman knows when to change her game plan.
Agents of Shifter Affairs titles:
Rick - A man with nothing to live for is dangerous. But a shifter fighting for his true mate's future is unstoppable. Nothing will stop Rick from being the mate Mya should've ended up with.
Ilan - Assassins don't nurture life. They take it. But an unexpected baby changes things. So does a true mate. And when death comes knocking, there's no one better prepared to beat it.
Uri - Guilt is dangerous. So is ignoring the pull of your true mate. And when passion takes over, nobody is safe from a predator's instincts, especially the enemy trying to take Uri's true mate from him.
Kade - Distance doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It triggers a shifter's instinct to possess. And when Kade's beloved human returns, he'll risk everything-including his pride-to ensure he never loses Zoe again.
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This book immediately captivated my imagination
I’ve learned that I’m a sucker for a brooding Gothic hero (in books – they’re a ton of work in real life). Rick is a true wounded warrior, in desperate need of a reason to keep going. Mya has been forced to make herself ‘small’ in order to survive, but she’s strong and fierce. All she needs is the freedom to show off those qualities. This book immediately captivated my imagination. From the very first page I was sucked into the story and was prepared to fight anyone preventing me from finishing it. This is a very unique perspective on shifter culture from everything I’ve previously read. I’m not really a fan of how very misogynistic their world is, but I appreciate that the author shows us heroes and heroines that are working to make a difference in that situation. This book has a very twisty plot that’s as much about the villain’s misdirection as it is about the romance between our leading couple. I can’t wait to dive back in and read more about this world.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Hidden Gems Books.
This was a great book to read. I look forward to the next one.