Thursday, 8 January 2015

"Desert Seduction" Book 2 of "Seducing Them"

Blurb: Chloe Jenner wants to hold a Nevada Desert Werewolf Pack get-together. She visits Jaz to talk about it and meets Forest Wishram and Nyander Zaffre. To do this she drives across the desert from her home to theirs. Forest is horrified that she traveled alone. Chloe knows the desert and how to act in it, though, and is very independent.
Everyone agrees the pack meeting is a great idea, except Forest. He thinks everyone should stay safely at home in summer. He wants to protect Chloe from any potential danger. But Chloe has three bossy older brothers and won’t tolerate Forest treating her like that as well. She likes all the Wishram family very much, and is especially attracted to Ny. However Ny and Forest have agreed to share a woman, and Forest is being far too dominant for her tastes. She’s a capable, desert-born-and-bred adult, not the helpless, weak female he seems to consider her.

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When the buzzer rang, indicating that a vehicle had pulled up to the gas pumps, Ny had just finished marinating the steaks. He looked at the clock, but it wasn’t time to begin cooking yet, so he washed his hands and walked back through the short, enclosed hallway that linked the house and the store. He wondered who was passing by and what news they might bring.
An attractive blonde woman was talking to Hunter out by the gas pumps. Ny didn’t recognize the black SUV. For a moment he felt a pang of sadness that she wasn’t a local person. “It really is time we found ourselves a woman,” he said softly to Forest.
“I know. Now that Hunter and Damien are settled with Jaz, it’s made me realize that our lives are racing along, and we need to do something about it. Perhaps we’d better make some plans to go to Las Vegas for a week or so.”
“I’m sure we’ll find plenty of party girls there, but I’d rather look for a mate.”
“Me, too. But I can’t think of any other way to find one.”
Ny sighed. “Neither can I. I’m all out of ideas.”
The woman turned to come across to the store, and Ny walked behind the counter to make her a snack or some coffee. Coffee was their number one best seller. From the way her car was facing, he assumed she’d come from Towler so she had the shorter journey to Burton to finish, but she might still be hungry. The journey would take getting on toward two hours. Besides, she was pretty and smiling and exuded happiness, so he wanted to meet her. Evidently she was loving her vacation or her travel wherever she was coming from and going to.
She came straight across to the counter, moving fast but smoothly. “Black hair, black eyes, you must be Forest, and that makes you Nyander. Hi there. I’m Chloe. Chloe Jenner. I’ve come to visit with Jaz, but she doesn’t know it yet. I had to turn my cell phone off so my brothers wouldn’t know what I was doing.”
Ny found himself gripping the counter so hard his fingernails were likely digging holes in the surface of it.
His mind spun with what she’d said. “Chloe? You met up with Jaz after the incident out past Wetherby?”
“That’s right. Hunter is going to tell her I’m here.”
“I can easily marinate a couple of extra steaks. Please invite Hunter, Damien, and Jaz to join us here for supper so we can get to know you,” he said.
“Are you sure that’s not too much trouble?”
“Of course not. It’ll only take me a moment of extra cooking, and it’ll take Jaz longer than that to come join us.”
“But first, you need to tell your brothers where you are so they don’t worry about you,” said Forest sternly.
Her blue eyes sparkled, and her grin was even brighter as she shook her blonde head vigorously. “Hell no. They won’t even notice I’m not there for hours yet. I don’t want them tracking me. There’s no need. I’m already here and perfectly safe with you now. I’ll tell them when it starts to get dark. That’s when they’ll all be going back to the house, and then they’ll ask Mom where I am.”
“Oh, well, if your mom knows you’re here, that’s fine,” said Forest.
There was the faintest blush of pink across Chloe’s cheeks, and Ny knew her mother didn’t know where she was. Or maybe she did, but not the full story. Well, he certainly wasn’t going to interfere, even if Forest’s dominating nature wanted to control Chloe. She was here, she was safe, and Ny desperately needed to get to know her better. He was certain Jaz had said she wasn’t mated, and Chloe hadn’t mentioned a boyfriend, just her brothers. But before he made a move on her, he needed to be sure she was available because he was sure as hell free, available, and extremely ready to get to know her. Damn she was cute. All bright and sparkly and fast moving, like a firework in the night sky.
Ny hurried back into the house to prepare four more steaks and extra rice and beans.
“Who’s the blonde chick? Is she staying the night?” asked Yuchi, coming into the kitchen.
“Mine,” snarled Ny.
“Fuck, Nyander, put your claws away. You’re not even a wolf. I wasn’t asking to mate her, just what her name is.”
Ny was embarrassed at his response. He wasn’t usually so bad mannered, and he hadn’t even exchanged more than a handful of words with her.
“Sorry. She’s Chloe Jenner, a friend of Jaz’s come to visit. They’re all coming for super.”
“In that case I’d better prepare some rooms. Likely they’ll all remain here overnight as well. If we all stay up late talking, it’d be silly for them to travel home and come back the next morning.” Yuchi hurried away, and Ny breathed deeply, steadying his reflexes as he cooked.
Damn, he’d never snarled before. Hanging around with all these wolves must have altered his behavior. The urge to possess her had roared through him the moment Yuchi spoke. He needed to get his shit together fast. And to talk to Forest alone. If Forest didn’t like her, he really had a problem because they’d agreed to share a woman. And already he knew that he wanted her and was determined to win her.

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