If you're here from the Sunset on Summer Romance Blog Hop, welcome! Before I give you a scene from my book Wolves' Pawn, let me present the book's description.
Dot McKenzie is a lone wolf-shifter on the run, using everything available to her to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. When she is offered a chance for friendship and safety with the Fairwood pack, she accepts.
Gavin Fairwood, reluctant heir to the Fairwood pack leadership, is content to let life happen while he waits. But old longings surface when he appoints himself Dot’s protector ... and becomes more than a friend.
But her presence puts the pack and her new friends at risk, and Dot must go into hiding again. When old enemies threaten the destruction of the Fairwood pack, it will take the combined efforts of Dot and Gavin to save it.
Can anything save their love and Dot’s life when she becomes a pawn in a pack leader’s deadly game?
Romance among wolf shifters often doesn't follow traditional paths. When you have two alphas, the path can take a lot of negotiation. Even when a deal is struck, there can be a lot of obstacles in the way. And sometimes it takes a threat from a joint enemy to bring them together.
Gavin went over to retrieve the knife and examined it before handing it back to her. “Special steel?” he asked.
“Yes, chosen to hold its edge and point longer while still staying tough enough not to break under pressure.”
The sudden rush of moisture in her eyes surprised him. “Is that how you see me, Gavin? If you knew how many times I’ve come close to breaking, you might think differently.”
“Each time you learned and got stronger. Now you’re as strong as the steel in your knives.” He moved to put his arm around her waist, but she stepped away.
He wondered what he had done wrong as the silence grew. She walked over and stared at the whiteboard again. “This is dangerous, isn’t it?”
She sighed. “Can I ask you a favor as a friend?”
“Of course.” Gavin was puzzled but waited.
“Have you chosen a mate yet?”
She’s standing right here, he thought, but she doesn’t know it yet. “Not officially.” Now that she was back, he needed to have that conversation with his pack leader.
“Oh,” she said, “Never mind then.”
She sighed. “I was going to ask you to have sex with me tonight,” she said, and the knives spun in the air again. “But if you’re spoken for, never mind.” He waited again, sensing there was more she needed to say. “I realize there is a chance I’ll get captured tomorrow night, and if I do, there’s a better chance I’ll be raped. Probably by more than one man as they either fight over me or share me as spoils. And I hoped my first experience would be a pleasant one.” His fists were clenched as tightly as his teeth as she slid the knives back in place. “Can you believe that I’m still a virgin?” she asked, avoiding his eyes. “I’ve had a few offers, but decided I wasn’t into the friends-with-benefits scene.”
He cock grew hard instantly. He’d dreamt of holding her too many times for his body not to react. He had his arms around her and his mouth pressed against hers before she had a chance to move. “I can’t have sex with you,” he said as he backed her against the wall. “I told you in Atlanta I loved you and I heard you say it to me too.”
“You heard that?”
He thrust his body against hers and kissed her again. “Yes, I heard that. And when I take you, it won’t be just sex. I will make love to you, every part of you, and you will know that you are loved.” His ran his hands up and down her back while his mouth wandered from her lips to her neck and back again. He raised his head and stared into her eyes. “Let me know now if that’s not what you want while I still have the strength to walk away.”
“Please ...” She met his gaze and returned his stare, not blinking. The beating of his heart pounded in his ears as he waited for her to say more.
“Please make love to me.”
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