I’ve been on the run and underground for too long.
I’m Brooke Walker, witch/wolf hybrid and tracker for Sunshine Lives.
I’ve been off of Harrison’s radar since I mated with the twins: Reid and Raven. The bond between us gives me a false sense of protection. However, I’m still looking over my shoulder. Because one day my past will catch up to me.
When I learn my father has control of the council and Harrison is the one being hunted, a new fear rises within me. The evil ex-councilman is desperately looking for the relics to complete a spell that could save all paras or curse them.
I contact my Source to confirm the information that could send me on the run, again. He wants to meet in person. He’s always been an informant. No name. No face. When we finally meet, he reveals secrets I’m not ready for.
He stepped into the doorway and leaned against the frame, watching me. “Yep. I’m a hybrid like you.”
Cutting him a glare, I studied him. I didn’t sense anything other than a wolf inside him. “Hybrid?”
One corner of his sexy mouth lifted while his blue eyes flashed brighter—his wolf looking out at me. “I was born to a witch and a wolf. I took my mother’s side of the gene pool. My twin is the witch.”
“A twin, huh.” I poked at the head wound. It’d heal on the surface but was still tender. At least I didn’t bleed out. Maybe that was why I hadn’t healed all the way. The healing power would have stopped the bleeding and focus on the more critical injuries.
Reid moved farther inside the bathroom, making the already small space seem smaller. “Thomas sent me to find you and your sister. Where is Cassia?”
“She’s safe.” I stared at my reflection in the mirror, not trusting myself enough to make eye contact with the wolf next to me. My long curly blonde hair was an unruly mess and appeared tangled in places. Great, it’d take me forever to get the knots out. Unless… “I had a backpack on.”
Reid darted out of the bathroom and returned a few moments later with my pack. I took it and dropped it on the counter. “Thank you.”
Digging out a pair of jeans and a black tank top, I placed them beside the pack then found my toiletries. I lifted my gaze back to Reid, who watched me with intense interest. I considered telling him to leave but I still had questions. “I’m going to shower and ask you questions.”
His blue eyes sparked with desire and I fought a groan. Why in the hell did I have to meet my mate while on the run from Harrison’s crazy-ass Hunters? Because the Fates were bored. That had to be it.
He stepped closer. “We could conserve water and shower together.”
Holding up my hand, I shook my head. “Not today, wolf. And before you ask, yes, I feel the mating pull. If you haven’t noticed, I was almost killed and captured. And even though this place has wards, I don’t trust that the Hunters can’t find a way through them.”
He folded his arms over his chest. “I agree. However, we are safe for tonight. I killed the remaining Hunters when you were shot, then covered our tracks. Then I had a team come in to set a few false trails using your scent. I bought us some time. You’re welcome.”
I gaped at him. The cockiness in his tone made me want to punch him. However, the confidence in his words eased my urgency. “Who is this team?”
He removed his shirt and tossed it to the floor behind him, then leaned into me. My pulse increased and liquid desire flooded my body, making me ache in places I didn’t think could ache. A low chuckle escaped him as he stepped back. I watched how his muscles flexed and rolled as he bent to turn the shower on.
“What are you doing?”
He straightened and wicked smile lifted the corners of his lips. “Turning on the shower.”
When he unbuttoned his pants and pushed them down over his hips and farther, I gasped and shook my head. “I didn’t say you could shower with me.”
“But your scent betrays you.” He chuckled and tested the water.
The scent of his arousal filled the bathroom and I glanced down at his boxer briefs. His erection was impressive and my pussy ached. I groaned in frustration. I didn’t need a mate!
Lia Davis is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books, including her fan favorite Ashwood Falls Series. A lifelong fan of magic, mystery, romance and adventure, Lia’s novels feature compassionate alpha heroes and strong leading ladies, plenty of heat, and happily-ever-afters.
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