If my best friend was near me now, he'd claim I was suicidal to climb down the tree, right into the arms of a shifter. Not just any other shifter, but a werewolf Alpha. Literally the worst of the whole kind.
Since luck hasn't been on my side for a while, it's not on my side now. I lose my grip on the branch.
Anyone, literally anyone, would have their instincts kick in, but it wouldn't be me if something like that happened. Instead of reaching for another branch, I squeeze my eyes shut and let my body fall.
I expect a wave of pain to shoot through my body the moment it collides with the ground, but that doesn't happen. Instead, a pair of strong arms hold me against a rock-hard chest.
My breath gets caught in my throat. Damn it, why does he have to smell so good?
"Hey, you good?" Luka whispers.
I think I sense concern in his voice, but I quickly shake off the thought. There's no way a person I attacked would be worried about me.
I take a sharp breath and hide the strange attraction to his damn scent. "Never been better," I snarl sarcastically. Just in case the dog takes my words as a compliment and disregards the sarcastic undertone, I add: "Come to think of it, I'd feel a lot better if you'd let go of me."
"And here I was, thinking I'd get a thank you, or at least a kiss, for saving you for the second time in a row."
I ignore his words as Luka lets me back to my feet. But he doesn't stop there; the dog goes even further and pulls down my dress. "Sorry, I doubt I could focus on anything but your ass if I didn't hide it." He winks at me, turns his back and slowly walks back towards the direction of the damn club.
"Fucking perv," I mutter under my breath, cross my arms in front of my chest and take a step toward him.
"I heard that," he laughs. I hate how melodic and inviting his laugh sounds- it's almost too good to be true.
"And I was hoping you would," I call out to him.
As Luka strides deeper into the woods, I stop and scan my surroundings. Is it too late to leave this territory? I'd be risking a lot if I crossed the borders, but it's not like it wouldn't be the first time I run.
It's a part of my life, and my appearance here is purely coincidental. I didn't intend to hide among the wolves, but Cade wanted to see me, and I happened to lose track of time.
I could, of course, crash with him and his new boyfriend, but I don't want to make them feel uncomfortable in their home.
Besides, my main goal was to catch Cade's cheating ex, kick his ass, and give the guy a lecture about the treasure of a man he lost just because he couldn't hold his dick locked behind the zipper.
I try to remember Cade's address when a voice brings me back to reality. "Have you changed your mind? It happened sooner than I expected," Luka is way too close for me to feel comfortable, and I can't say his arm sneaking around my waist is reassuring either.
I assume he's doing it to mess with me, but I nearly jump when he presses his erection against my back. Damn, the height difference is pretty impressive. I can assume the size is impressive in all the right places, but I can't hold the thought.
I've never been into shifters, let alone wolves and freaking Alphas, so this won't be the day things take a drastic turn in my life. I promised myself that I wouldn't go down the same path as my late mother- no monster would control my life or my needs. No Alphas - none!
I take a deep breath and shake off the uneasy feeling left by my thoughts.
"I'm just thinking. There's no need to shove your dick in my back, by the way," I seize the opportunity while the dog-man can't see me and roll my eyes.
I know how Alphas are. They don't tolerate disrespect, certainly not from someone who doesn't belong to their species.
A deep, throaty chuckle leaves his lips. "Ah, I see. So you're the type who likes to rub up against a cock, but gets all coy and innocent as soon as it pokes you in the back, huh? Cute."
I don't know what I expect from him, but it's definitely not his hand ruffling my hair. What the hell does he think I am? A pet or a child?
I spin my body around, ignoring the tight grip around me. Our bodies are too close, and if it were another person, I'd probably enjoy every moment of feeling him.
I force my finger against his chest and snarl, "I'm not cute, and you know it! I'm fierce and vicious! I beat your ass once, and I could easily do the same thing again! Do you want a repeat of what happened at the club? I'm more than willing to repeat the experience."
My threats don't move the Alpha. He grabs my hand and brings my finger to his lips, licking and sucking it in.
My eyes widen in shock. What the hell is wrong with him? That's it! From now on, he is no longer a werewolf Alpha but a pure piece of horndog in my eyes.
I yank my hand out of his grip and glare at him.
"Oh, calm down," Luka lets go of me and takes a step back. "I had to pull you out of that weird state somehow. Come on, we need to get out of here," Luka grabs my hand and pulls me with him.
I stay silent for a few minutes, but the moment I almost trip over a log, I snap. "Can't you slow down, you damn giant? One of your steps is at least three mines; I'm tired running after you like a child!"
I hope he would listen to me and let me rest a little or at least slow down, but he does the exact opposite. Luka turns to me, leans down, grabs my legs and throws me over his shoulder as if I weigh nothing.
He rushes forward without a word, and it takes me a while to regain my senses. As soon as I do, I try to get out of his grip.
"Let go of me, you asshole," I hiss, forcing the words through gritted teeth. Slamming my fists against his back would be as smart as punching a wall repeatedly, so I don't bother going that far.
"Unless you want me to change my mind and carry you to my place for another lap dance, I suggest you stop grinding your scent all over me!" Luka growls, all of a sudden, sounding furious.
Whatever problems this guy has, they must be serious. A childhood trauma, perhaps? Or maybe the Alpha boy was an outcast of society until the day he took the title, and now, he's so full of himself that he's unable to tell right from wrong? Or sexy from creepy...
I open my mouth but close it when his hand collides with my ass. No, this guy is way too much. I understand that I overdid it with the seducing part, but I already admitted I mistook him for someone else. There's no need for Luka to keep reminding me of the mistake, darn it!
"Fucking perv," I mutter again, but this time much louder so that he knows I haven't changed my mind.
"Hell to the yeah, baby, a fucking pervert. And believe me, I want nothing more than to bring you home, tie you up on my bed, and enjoy your body for weeks to come. I've never tasted a kitten before, so don't tempt me."
Luka povFighting every dirty fantasy in my mind, I carry her to the local hotel. On the way there, I keep asking her name, but she refuses to tell me."This is your stop, kitten," I let her back on her feet, grab her wrist and drag her to the front desk."This doesn't look like your place," she mutters. I catch on to the sarcasm in her voice, but instead of ignoring her attitude, I decide to tease her.I stop, and her body collides with my back. Slowly, I turn around and lean to her ear to whisper, "You're welcome to change your mind, kitten. I have a bed with your name on it in my bedroom, whatever your name is for the night."It was sup
Sarah povFuck! Fuck! Fuck! Not only is the Alpha, of all people, holding me captive, but he seems to understand when I'm lying. God damn it, whatever leftovers of luck I had- they all left me. May the odds forever be against me.I take a few deep breaths, contemplating if speaking up is worth the risk I take by coming clean with a damn wolf.He doesn't take my silence well- Luka leans to my neck, runs his tongue over my skin, and whispers, "Don't worry, kitten, I have a few ideas on how to get you to talk. You're not getting out of here."The only thought that crosses my mind is to push him away, but Luka's grip on me is worse than that of an anaconda's. He suffocates me as he holds me so flush ag
Luka pov"The heat season." Sarah finally admits.Well, now, we're getting somewhere. I lean forward and prop my elbows on my knees because I'm more than excited to hear more about the heat situation."I'm all ears," I announce as a grin spreads across my lips. Ironically, my facial expression feels like what others would describe as a wide ear-to-ear grin."Can we not?" Sarah groans, hiding her flushed face behind her palms. "It's embarrassing enough as it is, don't make it worse. Please, Luka, let it go and leave me alone. Here's the deal- I promise to leave your territory as soon as I wake up."I shake my head and answer with a question
Lazarus povI notice her as soon as she enters the pub. It's the first time I've seen her, but a woman like her can't pass by unnoticed. God damn it, since when a Goddess like her roams around a pack like this?The skimpy red dress hugs her curves perfectly, and the length of it begs for me to drag her into the office and bend her over the table.Her body freezes as I wrap an arm around her waist and pull her back against my chest, but after a few seconds, she relaxes."Well, hello there, hot stuff," I whisper near her ear.She ignores my greeting and closes her eyes, only to continue dancing. She presses her ass against my crotch an
Sarah povIf Luka thought he could keep me from the danger that only he sees, he has another thing coming. I've been raised and tortured by a man I'd call the Devil himself. The possible danger that Luka sees is nothing compared to what I had to see and live through.I wait twenty minutes just to make sure the Alpha doesn't come back. God, how I hate these kinds of men. Dominant, possessive and demanding - they act like they're on top of the world while others are nothing but dirt under their feet.I don't leave the cabin until I'm sure Luka is gone. I double-check that the door is locked and head towards the main hotel building.As expected, the same woman is sitting behind the front desk and flas
Lazarus povEven before my hands get a proper feeling of her body, the whole place smells like sex and candy. The sweet scent of her skin reminds me of coffee, mints, and early winter mornings. The scent is intoxicating, inviting even, and when I add the intense aroma of her arousal, I think I have fallen from heaven, died and gone straight back to heaven. Funny, a heathen like me trapped in heaven.I expect resistance, a fierce struggle, but the darling in my arms melts as quickly as my self-control. Her breaths come in sharp pants, and I'm sure she hadn't noticed how easily her body yields to me. Her hips sway to the rhythm of the music; her round ass grinds against me with such force that I feel like my cock is about to find its own voice and growl like an animal. God, how long has it been since I last touched a woman? The last ti
Sarah povHoly crap, I did it! I mustered up enough courage and strength to break free from his arms and run away. A loud, annoyed huff leaves my lips as I think about how I've once again taken the chance to run away from everything I want and everything I fear. "He's a goddamn Alpha; get your head back in the game!" I hiss to myself, fixing my gaze on the road ahead.I don't have any personal belongings, so leaving the hotel won't set me back by anything. Besides, I'll leave the car at the border; I'm just borrowing it, not stealing it.All I see is the road and the endless forests that surround it. Sure, the view is more than beautiful, but I can't focus on nature and stay here. Within a few hours, I've managed to attract the attention of two Alphas.
Sarah povI take a deep breath and remind myself I'm not supposed to feel this excited and, frankly, turned on by facing a dominant man."Okay, but why? I wasn't speeding, I didn't see any traffic signs, and you didn't check my papers... sir," I know it'd be best if I comply, but I'm not ready to give in so easily. He can answer my questions, give valid reasons why he wants to do the search, and then I will decide if I agree. Nothing can happen without my consent. Right?Even though this man is driving a patrol car, he looks like the most ravishing moron alive, especially with that tight uniform, but he's still supposed to work for the good of civilians. No self-respecting police officer would use his advantages against those he is supposed to protect.&n