Sable Darwin has run from her
destiny for too long. Stepping away from her role as Beta of the Onyx Pack, she
chooses to take her chances and face judgment for her crimes. Her only hope for
survival is to trust the male who ripped her heart out and turned his back on
her so many years before.
Jared Nickels’ only loyalty is to
the Alphas of Ashwood Falls. When he sees Sable again after fifteen years, he
can’t stop himself from touching her. Through his Justice gift to see others’
pasts, he learns she’s not as guilty as he’d assumed. She’s actually one of the
biggest victims in the war that her parents started.
When the war shifts in favor of
the enemy, Sable and Jared must band together to put an end to the threat. Or
The light dusting of snow
crunched under his shoes as he made his way to the building that had been used
for storage until a few weeks ago when Sable had turned herself in. She had
fought with the Pack and helped Ana direct her power. Jared understood why.
Sable had protected Ana since Felix stole her from her mother’s womb. They were
sisters in every way but blood.
The selfless act, knowing she
would be taken into custody, added another crack to the wall around his heart.
Jerking the door open, he entered
the one-room building and froze mid-step as the floral scent of his mate
slammed into him. Closing his eyes briefly, he slowed his breathing and pushed
away the storm of desire brewing inside of him.
When he opened his eyes, he
scanned the small space. The room didn’t look like a cell. It was a damned
apartment. An area rug covered the floor at the center of the room. A mini
refrigerator sat in the corner with a microwave on a shelf over it. The only
personal item, however, was the female’s duffle bag in the far corner. His gaze
found Sable sitting in the middle of a futon with a tablet in hand. “They let
you have Internet?”
She didn’t look at him. “It’s
bugged. They watch everything I do.”
Her voice carried a hint of
tiredness, along with annoyance. He bet the latter was due to his presence.
Good. “Find anything interesting?”
She didn’t answer. His cat
growled and clawed at him. The man stood his ground in the doorway. The cold
breeze helped to keep his mind clear.
“Close the door or leave. Better
yet, do both.” She picked up a cell phone and typed something before setting it
back down on the cushion next to her.
He tracked her movements, curious
who she was texting and why. Without conscious thought, he drifted closer to
her. Each step made it hard to maintain control over his need to touch her, yet
he couldn’t stay away. Yes, he was an idiot.
The door slammed shut, jarring him
out of his thoughts. He snapped his gaze up and met her teal eyes, glaring back
“What do you want?”
You, naked and panting. He shook his head. The lack of sexual
release had made him insane. However, Sable was
his mate. Enemy or not, he’d want her like no other and wouldn’t rest until he
had her. Yep, he was fucked.
“Have you talked to Nigel?” It
was the only thing Jared could think of to say. Because “I want to fuck you
senseless” just didn’t seem appropriate.
Sable’s lip thinned. “Yes, I
speak to him all the time. Like you, he has access to this shack.”
He ignored the growl of
irritation in her tone and crossed his arms. “Rhea says he’s very advanced and
could start taking some college courses online.”
“I know. I met with the den
mother this morning.” Sable returned her attention to the tablet. “Why are you
really here, Jared? You’ve never been big on small talk.”
“Why didn’t you tell me about
him? Why did I have to find out from Kieran?” Anger filtered into his words.
Nigel was his son, and he deserved to know who his father was. “Better yet, why
did you tell him I was dead?”
Sable jumped to her feet and came
nose-to-nose with him. “You
hurt me, Jared. I didn’t want to see you again or have you in our lives.
Besides, you were dead to me.”
He peered into her eyes, searching for any sign of untruth,
but what he found made his chest constrict around his hammering heart. There
was true pain in the depths of that teal-colored gaze. Hardening his stare and
masking his own emotions from her, he bit out, “Your betrayal wounded the bond,
She didn’t flinch at his harsh tone. She’d always been good
at hiding behind that sheet of ice around her heart. “What was I supposed to
say? Oh, by the way, my father is the boogieman of the shifter world? The king
of all bastards. I’m sure that would have gone over well.”
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally
special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her
family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers.
But it's her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very
active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the
world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined.
Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house
and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling,
reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.