Thursday, 22 January 2015

Back to the Nevada Desert for "Urgent Seduction"

"Urgent Seduction" (MFM) "Seducing Them" book 3

Indigo Windsor meets Stone Wishram and Reuben Jenner at the Nevada Desert Werewolf Pack get-together. She’s determined to make the most of this short time and get to know them better. The men have never met before, but since both of them want Indigo, they agree to cooperate to win her. Of all the men at the gathering, they’re the only ones that appeal to Indigo, so she’s more than willing to talk to them.

But they live hundreds of miles apart across the desert and both men are needed to work at their own family businesses. Besides, neither man has any knowledge of the other one’s career. Spending time together over these few days is fine, but will they ever find a way to be together afterward? Is there any kind of hope for a future together or should they all just give up and look for a more accessible partner?

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Reuben had only one thought in his mind, to find Indigo and to get to know her properly as fast as possible. He wanted her to remember him as Chloe’s brother, to trust him, and be prepared to spend time with him. He wasn’t sure if that was a logical attitude or not, bearing in mind how little attention he’d paid to her over the years, but all he could do was hope it’d give him and Stone a slight advantage over all the other wolves at the gathering.

Reuben saw Indigo was in the barbecue area, standing at the long table. Likely she was collecting a drink or a snack. He cut across the hard-packed sandy dirt directly toward her, Stone by his side all the way. They dropped their empty longnecks, and watermelon rind into the trash can and then Reuben edged his way between some people so he’d be opposite her at the table. He had to admire Stone’s fast thinking. It was almost as if they were joined together. Stone didn’t miss a step and was right there with him.

“Hi, Indigo. How are you doing?” he asked.

She looked up into his eyes and smiled. Damn she was lovely. “Hi there, Reuben. Hi Stone. Do you know each other?”

“We met yesterday. We both joined the Alpha’s early morning hunting party,” said Stone.

Reuben nodded, but that was mighty fast thinking by Stone. They certainly hadn’t talked to each other then. Actually no one much had talked at all until afterward. They were all too focused on their task of catching some critters. And what’s more, until right then, he wouldn’t have been prepared to swear which Wishram brother had come hunting. They all looked quite alike even though probably once he got to know them he’d discover they were all very different. But yesterday he hadn’t been bothered about which of them was which. Now it was important to him and it was good to know both he and Stone liked hunting. That was something else they had in common.

“We wondered if you’d like to join us for a while and we could talk. Get to know each other better as the Alpha suggested.” He thrust his hands deep in his pockets so he wouldn’t fidget while he waited for her to answer. But her face was open and she was smiling, so at least she didn’t hate the idea.


“What would you like to drink?” asked Stone.

“Just water, thank you.” She grabbed a bottle out of one of the ice-filled containers on the table.

“Let’s get some food as well,” he suggested. It wasn’t that he was hungry. It would be lunchtime soon enough. But it’d give him something to do with his hands as they talked.

Reuben watched what she chose, eager to learn her tastes. Choosing water to drink didn’t tell him much. This was the desert and everyone here learned at birth to drink water whenever it was available, and never to move from home without carrying fresh water. It made him laugh sometimes when he saw city office workers in cold climates carefully carrying a bottle of water when they walked from their desk to a meeting inside the same building. But here, in the desert, that bottle of water could save a person’s life.

Indigo walked along the table laden with food and stopped beside a closed container. She tore a sheet of paper towel off a roll beside the box, opened the lid, and carefully laid three finger sandwiches on the paper, before closing the lid again and checking it was shut tightly.

Reuben blinked. Sandwiches? She chose sandwiches? There were all sorts of delicious snacks laid out. More than even he could hope to taste properly today, and she chose sandwiches? He’d expected her to pick out a cupcake, or a cookie, or something with chocolate. Clearly she wasn’t a predictably girly girl.

He took another giant slice of watermelon. The first one had been sweet, lush, and utterly delicious. He tucked his second longneck under his arm so he could use his now free hand to grab a blueberry muffin, and then he and Stone led Indigo over to a group of chairs not too close to other people. Not that he expected them to be talking secrets, but just to give some slight sense of privacy.

Once they sat down, their chairs in a triangle shape so they could all see each other’s faces, Reuben grinned at Indigo. “Why did you choose to eat sandwiches? We’ll be having lunch and sensible food soon enough. So why not a cupcake, or a cookie, or a muffin?” He took a huge bite of his own muffin, not just to illustrate his point, but because of its mouth-watering aroma. Yum. It tasked just as good as it smelled.

She licked her lips and grinned hugely at them both. “The fillings. These sandwiches have the best fillings ever. Whoever made them is a genius. Every one is different and it’s impossible to say which one tastes best. They’re all amazing. Chloe’s catering team is truly awesome.”

Her sharp, white little teeth neatly bit a finger sandwich in half and then she closed her eyes as she savored it.

“Okay, I’m sold. Do you want some as well, Stone?”

“Hell yes.”

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