Saturday, January 10, 2009

Leandros 3: Dana's Release by Michelle Hasker

Leandros 3: Dana's Release
by Michelle Hasker

Cover art by Sahara Kelly
ISBN (13): 978-1-59596-742-8
Genre(s): Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Theme(s): Shapeshifters
Series: Leandros
Length: Novella


Devastated that the object of her lust has mated, Dana buries herself in work at her research lab. When Tall, Dark and Mysterious tries to steal her formulas, Dana lets him have it with the first thing she can reach -- experimental pheromones.
Uncertain whether his immediate attraction to Dana, the obviously crazy Areyl, is due to the chemicals she doused him with, Jacob decides to find out the truth -- by having sex with her. But when they’re discovered, Jacob finds himself on trial for a crime he hasn’t committed… yet. Even worse? With his mate under suspicion, only one thing can save them now. The whole truth.


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Dana screamed as a huge figure dropped down from the ceiling and landed in a crouch. She grabbed the nearest vial and hoped the intruder was after a formula, not a hostage.
The imposing figure, dressed completely in black, straightened, towering over her barely five foot frame. The intruder’s eyes deepened from a sky blue to midnight before he turned away. He strode quickly to the other end of the lab -- right to the safe where Sairah stored her formulas.
“Hey!” Dana didn’t realize she’d thrown the vial until it broke against the man’s back. He didn’t even flinch as he continued toward the safe. “Hello! Helpless woman over here. Witness to your thievery!”
It could have been the way he’d immediately discounted her ability to stop him, or it could have been the way he looked right through her -- like every other man she’d ever known. Except Matthew. But he was married now.
The man put his hand on the safe, and Dana picked up another vial and threw it. It broke against the back of his head. When he turned to face her, his eyes flashed in irritation… and something else. She hoped it was humor when he took a step toward her.
“I triggered the silent alarm. Security will be here in seconds. Unless you want to go to jail, I’d think about trying to escape.” She wriggled, uncomfortable with his scent. Her sex swelled with desire for this stranger. This burglar. Her body responded in a way it had never done before, not even for Matthew. Her every sense, every molecule, stretched toward him in a desire to be touched, caressed, fucked. Visions of the two of them making love, having sex, ravishing each other, ran through her head, making her weak in the knees. No Areyl would have this kind of reaction to any male but her mate.
Her mate? No, that was impossible. What was wrong with her? She was in the middle of a robbery and all she and her body could think of was being taken here on a table hard and fast? Sairah was right. She’d been spending too much time in the lab. Perhaps some time on Cade’s ship would help.
While she’d been busy inhaling the intruder’s deliciousness, he’d closed the distance between them. His nostrils flared as his hands wrapped around her biceps. “What did you hit me with?” He lowered his face until his breath brushed against her lips. They twitched in sudden amusement. “I said, what did you hit me with?”
What if her senses were right, and this criminal was her mate? How fucking ironic was that? “Common sense?”
His fingers tightened on her arms until pain made her breath catch. Before she could protest, his mouth covered hers. There was no hesitant brush of lips or a slow kiss. Like the way he’d entered the lab, he took possession of her mouth. Hard and fast. His lips moved over hers as his tongue pushed against her teeth. He pressed his lower body against her. His erection -- as startling as it was thrilling -- aroused her even more.
The motion of his hips dragged a gasp from her. The man -- her mate -- took advantage and plundered her mouth, leaving her breathless and clinging to him by the time he pulled back enough to look into her eyes again. Condemnation and accusation burned against her and left her confused.
“Do you keep a love potion handy to stop all intruders, or just me?”
“Love potion?” Dana choked on laughter until she realized he was serious. Judging by his expression, he wasn’t very happy about what he thought she’d done. “I only threw a vial of --” She turned back and looked at the table with the remaining vials. A giggle escaped, but she tried to control it before she further angered the man.
“Of?” he prompted none too gently, tightening his grip once more.
“You have real issues, you know that?”
“Woman, what the fuck did you hit me with?”

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