Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mistress of Wolves by Leona Grey


Mistress of Wolves

by Leona Grey
cover art by ReneƩ George
ISBN: 978-1-60521-382-8
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Theme(s): Werewolves
Length: Novella

A werewolf has gone rogue, killing his wife and her lover. Now Collin, Alanna's mate and an Alpha werewolf, must lead the hunting party that will try to prevent the bloodbath that promises to ensue.
But this rogue isn't acting normally. Collin and the others are in more danger than they realize, and Alanna can't just sit back and wait for him to be hurt. For the sake of her love she will become Mistress of Wolves... but is it worth giving up their chance at a family?
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Alanna was sitting quietly at her desk filling out paperwork when she felt her husband, Collin's, need for her hit her deep in the chest. She had no idea what caused it but it had to be bad to get such a strong reaction. So it came as no surprise when her phone rang a few seconds later.

She answered after the first ring. "Baby?"

"I'm coming to get you," he said. His voice was tight; this was bad.

"Okay, I'll be ready."

He hung up without saying goodbye, which was not like him at all. Alanna jogged down the hall to her boss' office.

"I need to leave," she announced. Janice's thin eyebrows lifted behind her frameless glasses. "There's a family emergency," Alanna explained. Her boss' lips pursed.

"Will you be back tomorrow?" she asked without a touch of sympathy.

"I don't know yet," Alanna replied levelly. She didn't have the energy to care what Janice thought right now.

"Call me when you do." Janice went back to her paperwork, effectively dismissing her employee of two years.

Alanna paid no attention. She was busy trying not to panic as she gathered her things and went to stand outside the office building. She could feel Collin was close. He must have been driving like a madman.

Only a few minutes later, the SUV pulled to a stop directly in front of her and Collin leaned across the seat to open her door, taking off again as soon as it shut behind her.

After buckling up, she put her hand over his white-knuckled grip on the gearshift. She didn't ask what was wrong because she knew he couldn't speak of it yet. Instead, she sat with him in silence as they sped away. Though she was worried, just sitting beside him and touching him made her feel better.

When the signs of the city began to recede, he seemed to breathe easier. His grip relaxed, and he twined his fingers with hers. She tried to keep up with where they were but was soon lost. She had a general idea of their location but he had driven into the maze of back roads he loved to explore. Then, seemingly for no reason, he pulled onto what was barely a track that led into a field of dry grass. He parked where the trees would shield them from the road. She undid her seatbelt as he got out and came around to open her door.

She still had no idea why he'd felt compelled to drag her from work. It was on the tip of her tongue to ask him that very thing but he pinned her against the car door, took hold of her jaw, and kissed her hard. Alanna melted. She didn't understand what was going on but she wasn't about to complain. She could tell by the way his tongue searched her mouth aggressively that he planned not only to make love to her but to be in complete control while doing so, and she absolutely loved it when he did that.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen very often. Something held him back, and he wouldn't tell her what. He obviously enjoyed it. This very moment, soft but deep moans were coming from him, and they were only kissing. Well, their bodies were rubbing rather nicely, but still. This man who shared everything with her refused to let her in on this particular secret and it made her feel insecure, like he didn't trust her. Though it sometimes took him a while to say the big things, he held nothing back from her. Nothing except this.

Well, he definitely wasn't holding back now. His mouth was so hot as his tongue wrapped around hers. Even through his button-down shirt she could feel his skin warming, becoming almost feverish. She shivered at the realization because she knew what it meant. He was close to losing it and becoming something other than human. Which meant what happened between them now would have nothing to do with romance and sweet words.

He leaned back from her, smiling slightly as she sagged against the vehicle. Her answering smile felt a little unsteady.

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