by Aline Hunter
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
There can be light in the dark...
Shane Heyward left everything behind to find his mate. He struggled for months, following his wolf to her location, guided to a place where supernatural beings exist and thrive. Despite being capable of leading his own pack, he chose to join one. When he finds his mate by accident, he's shaken by the truth. Not only is she blind, the wolf within her is completely feral. If he can't help her take control of the beast, she'll have to be destroyed.
Luna Lowe was forced to leave her previous pack after she shifted, attacked, and almost killed two members—one of which was her sister. She's ashamed of her behavior, wondering if death is preferable to living alone, when the male she believed abandoned her due to her lack of sight arrives.
As Shane and Luna come together, he learns her history. His female was wronged, and the insult has to be dealt with swiftly and harshly. As he takes charge and seeks retribution, reverting to his Alpha nature, everything will change—for both of them.
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"Luna," he said softly, his voice deep and low.
A warm flutter erupted in her belly. "Yes?"
"I'd like to hold your hand."
The idea appealed to her, sending tingles all through her body. Unfortunately, the act of touching him again also terrified her. It was difficult enough to keep her wolf contained in the cabin of the SUV, where his scent was so strong she couldn't escape it, without adding skin contact to the mix. When he'd rested his hand on her knee earlier, clothing had remained between them. As he moved to her hand, her body came to life in entirely new ways. That had teased the beast, which was dangerous in itself. Then he'd breezed his lips over her skin, and she thought she was going to lose it. She was already straddling an invisible fence, combating her attraction to him. It didn't help that when he returned to her and slid her hand under his arm, placing her palm on what felt like a leather jacket as he guided her from her grandparent's home, she'd gotten an idea of his size and strength.
He was tall, broad, and muscular.
She'd been turned-on immediately.
She thought the beast was going to rip clear out of her skin.
"Tell me what you're thinking." He didn't reach for her. Obviously, he was able to smell her discomfort. Hell, the aroma was so strong it plugged her nose. "There are no right or wrong things to say. Not with me."
"If you touch me," she answered, ashamed to admit it, "the wolf will rise."
"I know." He didn't sound disturbed.
"She could hurt you," she whispered, mortified by the fact.
To her shock, he laughed. "She can try, lovely. But it won't happen."
Not wanting to offend him, she considered her words. "You're sure?"
"There's only one way to find out."
Aline Hunter has written stories featured in horror magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and has been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath of fresh air.”
You can visit her online at www.alinehunter.com
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