Saturday, January 24, 2009

So Many Wolves by Leona Grey

So Many Wolves
by Leona Grey
cover art by Karen Fox
ISBN (13): 978-1-60521-155-8
Genre(s): Paranormal
Theme(s): Ménage, Werewolves, BBW
Length: Novella


Julia has been looking forward to her friend’s weeklong Mardi Gras party for months. Not only does she love Mardi Gras, she also knows David, who rejected her, will be there, and she intends to show him just how sexy a curvy woman can be. Then she meets the mysterious and ruggedly handsome Galen, who pushes all thoughts of David out of her head. But the party takes on a whole new meaning when she finds out he’s a werewolf, along with most of the male guests. And they all came to see her. So what’s a girl to do with so many wolves?


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The guests had started arriving about an hour ago, all in their costumes. A pharaoh walked by with Lady Godiva on his arm, and Eve was dancing with a serpent. Julia wore her new clothes, fangs that slipped over her canines, and dark gothic makeup that made her green eyes smolder. She kept her psychic senses open as she scanned the room for David.
In her teen years, she had sometimes gotten impressions from people or objects but other things had been more important to her at the time, like boys and hairspray. A few months ago, it was brought back to her attention. She’d shared a cab with a nervous young man, and when he’d accidentally bumped her with his elbow she knew his nervousness was because he was about to propose to his girlfriend.
That same day, she went out and bought a book on developing her psychic senses. She’d even considered trying to find a teacher or mentor when she saw a wedding announcement for the young man in the paper.
“He’s standing over there, in the sailor suit,” Alanna said irritably, pointing to David using her fairy wand.
“Look, Alanna, I’m not interested in him anymore. I just… I don’t know why, but for some reason I need him to see me like this. Just once, I want him to look at me like a woman and not just another friendly fat girl.” Julia knew that his opinion of her shouldn’t matter. She even felt kind of ashamed for dressing up like this, but an evil little part of her brain wanted David to want her, just so she could turn him down.
“But why? There are other guys here who think you’re sexy.”
“I actually liked him. I even asked him out once. It would be unbelievably satisfying to turn him down, Mr. Blond Hair and Blue Eyes All-American Man. It’s probably petty, but I need this. Okay?”
“And after this, you won’t worry about him anymore?”
“Of course not! I wouldn’t date him now if he asked.”
“Well, come back when you’re done, so I can talk to you.”
“All right, I will. Here goes.” Julia flashed a mischievous grin as she swayed over to the drinks table. She wasn’t too intent on her target to notice that the man talking to Collin was watching her every move, though.
“Excuse me,” she said as she squeezed between David and a medieval knight. “I need some water.” She leaned over the table just a little so the server could hear her. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed that David was looking her over.
“Nice outfit,” he said with a smile in his voice. She smiled around her fangs and looked up at him. “Thanks,” she said as she turned to watch a guy in a caveman outfit walk by.
“Oh, hey, Julia! I didn’t recognize you.”
“Oh, um, Kevin, right?”
“David. I’m Collin’s friend.” Still, she did not look at him, just to let him know how disinterested she was. “Do you want to dance?” he asked.
“No, but thanks anyway.” With that, she grinned and sauntered over to Alanna, proud of herself for ignoring him so well when he was finally showing interest. Alanna grinned back at her.
“See that guy talking to Collin?” Alanna asked. “He’s been asking about you. He’s a contractor Collin works with sometimes.”
Julia peeked over at him, studying him while he was turned away from her. He was dressed as a pirate with one of those puffy white shirts, a sash, and a sword. It looked pretty realistic, especially since his head was shaven and she could see that he had a tattoo on his neck.
“Seriously, when you were with David, Galen -- that’s his name -- didn’t take his eyes off you one time.”
She peeked over at him again, and this time he was looking at her. His shirt was open, showcasing a thick, muscular chest. He had the type of body a man gets from physical labor, not from spending half his life in the gym. She had always found that extremely appealing. He had a dark goatee, and his blue eyes studied her boldly. He moved toward them, holding Julia’s gaze.
“Hi, I’m Galen.” His deep, gravelly voice matched his rugged features and strong jaw. “Would you like to dance?”
“Yes.” She sounded more interested than she meant to when she said that, but he just put his hand on the small of her back and led her to the dance floor. She could tell his hand was large because she could feel the heat of it, even through the thick brocade of her corset. Alanna watched them with amusement as she talked to her husband.
“My name is Julia, by the way.”
“I know. I asked Collin about you.”
“Really? Why?”
He stopped and looked at her. “Because you are the sexiest woman here.”

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