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I'm teasing from my new release Claiming his Human. It's the morning after Holly found out that Darius shifts into a bear. She is still processing things, and waking up in his bed is not helping matters...
This wasn’t her bed, or her room and the teddy she thought she’d been clutching turned out be none other than a sleeping Darius.
Holly’s hand flew to her mouth to stop the emerging scream, while the other made a grab for the sheet to cover her naked self.
Oh my God, it wasn’t a dream.
Of course, it wasn’t. Even she didn’t have fucked up dreams like this. Darius stirred in his sleep, and Holly froze. The fact that he was lying on top of the sheets, fully clothed, while she was almost naked underneath them, did little to reassure her.
What the hell am I doing here?
She thought she’d only thought that, but she must have uttered it out loud because Darius opened his eyes. He looked wary, as well he might. How dare he abduct her and undress her, and…
Holy shit, he’s seen me naked.
Heat flamed her cheeks at that thought, which she—fortunately—would appear to have just thought because Darius didn’t react. To mask her confusion and her far too visceral reaction to being this close to him, Holly went on the offensive. Really, the man was devastating in the three-piece suits she was used to seeing him in at the shop, but dressed in just a t-shirt and worn denim, feet bare … well, her hormones were screaming at her. It didn’t help one iota either, that she remembered only too well what he looked like without his shirt on.
Oh God, if it wasn’t a dream, I snuggled up to that chest like some harlot. And I’m naked.
“Why the hell am I naked, and where the fuck am I?” She threw one of the pillows at his face for good measure and swallowed hard when he simply ducked out the way. Before she could even blink he was on his feet and glowering down at her. Said pillow flew past her head and back onto the bed, and a distinct growl came from his massive chest.
“I take it you’re not a morning person then, my sweet.”
A grim laugh kicked up his full lips when she picked up that pillow again.
“Try hitting me with that again, and see what happens. I’ll make allowances for now, but behavior like that will get that delicious ass of yours spanked.”
“You wouldn’t dare.” Damn it, though, that reply came out far too breathy, almost hopeful, and he clearly caught that intonation, because his grin deepened.
“Try me and find out, sweetheart.”
Holly thought it wisest to not rouse the sleeping bear, so she hugged the pillow to herself instead, and brought her knees up to her chest.
Darius ran a hand over his beard and sighed.
“I realize you must have gazillion questions, and I’ll answer them all, once I’ve had some coffee.”
That sounded heavenly to Holly, too, but she couldn’t just let this go.
“Only one question for now. Why am I naked in what I presume is your bed?”
Another one of those sighs. They did peculiar things to her insides. Who knew there were so many nuances to a simple sigh?
“That’s not really the question you’re asking me, though, is it? Come on, spit it out, and let me know how little you think of me, really?”
“I … that is … I don’t…” Holly couldn’t bring herself to continue because the way he studied her, as though her reply really mattered to him … well, what could she say to that? He slept on top of the covers, after all, fully dressed, and he looked tired, worn out she’d say. If he had truly been here all night, and a quick look at the old-fashioned alarm clock on his nightstand confirmed that it had been all night. It was 7:00 AM, apparently, then he couldn’t have slept well because Holly certainly hadn’t. She’d hugged what she believed to be her trusty teddy so hard she was surprised Darius didn’t carry bruises this morning. Did shifters bruise? Now there was a question to ask. Holly frowned at her own bruises when she dropped her gaze to her hands, and she couldn’t stop her shiver of fear when she relived that moment that vile man had grabbed her so hard she hadn’t thought she’d get away.
“I would kill him all over again, for hurting you.” The absolute conviction behind those grumbled words should have terrified her further, but it seemed to have the opposite effect on her. Somehow it made her feel safe, and she forced herself to look at Darius. A muscle ticked just under his left eye, betraying how tense he was right now.
“Do you make a habit of that? Killing people, I mean? Not rescuing and then abducting clueless humans like me.”
If that was possible the man who’d occupied far too many of her previous fantasies grew even tenser.
“No, on both counts. And to answer the question you didn’t ask, nothing happened between us, other than me undressing you to help you sleep. Your uniform was covered in…” He flinched at her immediate recoil. “Well, let’s just say, you couldn’t stay in it. The bra went, too, ‘cause as pretty as it was I figured it wouldn’t be comfortable to sleep in.”
This time he smirked at her sharp intake of breath.
“And yes, I could pretend I didn’t look, but I sure did.”
“Oh, God.” Holly wanted to crawl into the next available mouse hole, but, of course, they were never around when you needed them, so she did the next best thing and buried her head in that pillow she was still holding. The bed depressed next to her, and in the next instant, Darius had pulled her protection away and cupped her chin. It left her no choice but to look at him, and the admiration she read in his warm gaze took her breath away.
“Don’t be embarrassed, sweetheart. I love your body.”
Shifters defend their mates to the death...
Bear shifter Darius Longton never expected to find his mate in his favorite coffee shop, but one sniff of her scent in the air is all it takes for his bear to know the truth. This delicious, sinfully curvy redhead is his.
Too bad she’s human and far too fragile for his volatile bear.
Holly Trent cannot understand the instant attraction she feels for this man. One look from his heavy-lidded eyes is all it takes to set her knickers aflame with lust. However, she will not be another notch on his bedpost, no matter how much his voice alone makes her want to sink to her knees.
But when a customer gets heavy with her, everything changes. Darius’s defense of her places them both in terrible danger. Thrown headfirst into shifter council politics, it falls to Holly to save her mate.
Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex, spanking
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