She Wolf by Teresa D’Amario
Paperback Release Date: November 30, 2010
Anna opened her eyes and found herself staring into the darkest blue eyes she’d ever seen. Kieran.
“Let me go. Don’t touch me,” she shrieked. Pushing away from the ground with her hands, she skittered backward to escape him. He didn’t follow, so she stopped after a few feet.
“I won’t hurt you. Let me take you to your car.”
She knew that tone. She used it herself when working with abused animals. Calm control, intended to ease fears and establish trust.
“You….” The word faded into a wince, and she wrapped her arms across her bruised ribcage. “You aren’t human.”
He shook his head and took a step closer. Her nostrils flared, scenting him. Buried beneath the calm strength he presented lurked something darker, hungrier. Lust. It burned brightly, calling to her. And to her surprise, her body responded. Heat coursed through her veins, constricting her lungs. She shook her head, struggling to clear it.
“What are you?”
He shrugged. “My name is Kieran. And I’m here to help. Let me get you to your car.”
Anna stared at the hand he held out. She drew his scent into her lungs. Exotic and tantalizing. Her pulse slowed, and her fear seeped away, absorbed by the concrete she sat upon. Only confusion remained.
Someone must have slipped something into her drink. It was the only answer that made sense. But boy, whatever it was, it packed a punch. Surreal images flooded her mind, and she shoved them away. They weren’t real.
Anna took a deep breath and let it out, slowing the renewed pounding of her heart. Hesitantly, she reached for the extended hand.
Their skin touched, and electricity zinged between them, right through her fingertips straight to her heart. She yanked her hand back, clutching it in her other palm. His eyes widened, but his mouth curved in the hint of a smile. Huh. He seemed as surprised as she.
But he didn’t retreat. His palm remained out, waiting. Uncertain, she placed her hand in his. Again, the current ran through her body, but she didn’t pull away. Nerve endings that before lay dormant sizzled to life, and her skin suddenly craved his touch, his heat. Anna gasped and struggled to hide her building desire as the man helped her up.
“Who are you?” she whispered.
“A friend.” His voice was deep, almost a growl. She liked that, the low, masculine tone. His wide shoulders blocked her view, and she moved to look around him. He simply moved with her, blocking the body she knew had to lay behind him.
“Are you going to kill me now?” she asked. Why did she ask that? Nothing she’d seen could be real. All figments of a drug-induced imagination, which meant there was no need to kill her.
He grimaced. “No, I am not going to kill you. I’m going to keep you safe.”
She stared into his eyes. The red battle-lust was gone. Was that what it would be called? Or was it bloodlust? His eyes were so dark, almost black. Deep, beautiful blue irises. By the size of his dilated pupils, Anna wouldn’t be surprised to find he could see in the dark. She blinked and struggled to push her rising desire behind a shield of professionalism.
“I think I believe you.”
“You think?” he grinned. “Where’s your car?”
She motioned toward her little Ford Focus and dug in her pocket with trembling
hands for her keys. The instant his fingers closed around hers she felt it. That selfsame jolt of energy. Their eyes locked, his filled with pure lust. Oh shit. She wanted to look away, but she couldn’t. An explosion of heat rippled through her body. Too much. The world tipped on its axis, just before everything went black.
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