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Wolf's Fall (Alpha Pack #6)(9)
Author: J.D. Tyler

“I’m sorry about your mate,” she said sincerely. “What was her name, if you don’t mind my asking?”

His lips curved up just a bit, and his expression was fond. “Jennifer. A name as sweet and simple as the woman. I wasn’t looking for a mate, and one day she visited from a neighboring Pack. It was like being electrocuted.”

He got the strangest look on his face, and she cocked her head. “What?”

“Nothing. Anyway, that’s ancient history.”

Time to lighten the mood again. “Speaking of ancient, how old are you?”

He laughed, showing off those straight white teeth—complete with a couple of canines that were slightly longer than a human’s yet not as long as her own. The sight intrigued her.

“I’m two hundred sixteen. A mere baby next to you,” he teased, blue eyes dancing with mischief.

“Oooh, that was a low blow, wolf.” She narrowed her eyes, her tone playfully menacing. “Or should I say ‘pup’? Perhaps you’re too young and green to play with the grown-ups.”

“Pup?” A feral gleam lit his eyes, coupled with humor. Moving in swiftly, he pressed his big body against hers, palm braced above her head. “Do I seem like a pup to you?”

Bark dug into her back, and she relished the feel of his hard muscles surrounding her. The thump of his heart. And there was nothing humorous about the hard-on in his jeans.

Their easy playfulness rapidly becoming something deeper. Nick continued to push against her, letting her feel his arousal. Then he raised a hand and stroked her face. Brushed a thumb over her lips.

“No,” she admitted. “You certainly don’t.”

“You’re beautiful.”

She stared back at him, ensnared in his gaze. “Thank you.”

Please, kiss me. I need—

His mouth covered hers and she whimpered, returning the kiss with equal hunger. Heaven. He was pure heaven, his heady scent and rich taste playing havoc with her hormones. Never before had a man owned her with a kiss like this one. As though he fully intended to possess every corner of her soul.

She wanted the contact to go on forever. Her vampire instincts surged to the fore, and she had to force down the desire to bite him. To claim her mate.

Mate!

Suddenly he pushed back, breaking the kiss. His chest heaved and he stared at her as though he’d read her thoughts. Maybe he had, somehow. And if so, he seemed less than happy about what he’d seen.

“I shouldn’t have done that.”

Not too promising.

“In case you didn’t notice, I rather enjoyed it,” she pointed out.

“So did I, but . . .” He ran a hand through his jet-black hair. “Look, I need to get back. I’m not ditching you, it’s just that something tells me I’m needed.”

He sounded sincere and she breathed a small sigh of relief. “I’ll take you.”

“You don’t have to do that. My wolf can run fast.”

“My way is faster.” She held out a hand and waited. He hesitated only a second before placing his palm in hers. With a smile, she said, “Don’t let go of me.”

“Wouldn’t dream of it.”

Shifters didn’t like traveling by translocation as a general rule. It tended to make many of them dizzy and sick to their stomachs. But there were times that it was the most expedient way to get where you were going.

Closing her eyes, she imagined the Pack’s compound and let her gift take them there. The flight lasted merely a few seconds and soon she felt solid earth under her shoes again. Looking around, she saw that they were in the grassy yard area in the back where the party had taken place.

Nick staggered a bit, then leaned over and rested his hands on his knees. “God, that sucks.”

“Are you all right?” She touched his shoulder.

“I will be.” Gradually he straightened and gave her a rueful smile. “At least my lunch didn’t make a reappearance.”

“Thank goodness for small favors.”

“Yeah.”

“Nick!” The commander glanced toward the back of the building to see one of his men jogging out the door.

“Micah, what’s wrong?”

Calla recognized the younger man with the scarred face as Micah Chase, Rowan’s brother. One side of his face was like melted wax from being tortured months ago while in captivity. The evil scientist who’d held him and many other shifters had poured molten silver on him, ensuring the tissue would never heal. She shoved down the stirring of pity, sensing the young wolf wouldn’t appreciate it.

“We got called out,” Micah said, jogging up. “Oh, hi, Princess Calla. Sorry to interrupt.”

“Just Calla, and no worries,” she assured him. Seemed Nick’s gut feeling that he needed to return had been spot-on.

“What type of call, and when did it come in?” Nick was all business now, standing straight and tall, his own problems forgotten. Every inch the Pack’s Alpha wolf.

Secretly, it gave her a bit of a thrill to watch him work.

“About two minutes ago. There’s a group of hunters attacking a coven of vampires about fifty miles from here. We gotta skate. They can’t hold out much longer.”

Nick turned to Calla, but she held up a hand. “Go. I’ll be fine.”

“Either stay here until I get back or go straight home,” he ordered firmly. “I don’t want you without protection with hunters running around here.”

“I’ll go home. Promise.” She gave him a smile, and his face softened a tad.

“I’ll talk to you soon.”

With that, the commander turned and jogged with Micah toward the hangar. Calla was so intrigued by the sway of his tight ass as he ran, she hadn’t noticed that someone else had joined her.

“Quite the sight, isn’t he?” a woman’s voice teased.

Calla turned her head to see Selene, Nick’s daughter, observing her with humor etched on her angular face. Great, she’d been busted ogling the woman’s father.

“He’s passable enough.” She shrugged.

Selene laughed. “Ha! You were staring at his backside like he was a nice juicy steak, so don’t even try that with me. He seemed pretty into you, too.”

“I don’t know. Maybe.”

The other woman’s smile turned contemplative. Suddenly, she leaned toward Calla and sniffed. “Holy shit, his scent is all over you. That old dog, he marked you good, didn’t he?”

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