Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he’s hired by the “Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe”. One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within…
A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control– sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion–and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.
We got to the park and Charlie took off to warm up with his team. Jared grabbed our chairs from the back, while I collected our water bottles and Tank’s leash. We found a spot about mid-field and within minutes the boys were chasing the black and white ball around.
Charlie was amazing. He was faster than the other boys, and his coordination, flicking the ball between the other players, was shocking. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.
“Go Charlie!” I shouted.
He grinned at me and took off down the field.
The mom next to us leaded over. “Are you Charlie’s mother?”
“Yes.” I nodded, glancing her way before focusing on the game again.
“He’s a great player.” She held out her hand. “I’m Heather, Brian’s mom.”
I stared at her hand and finally reached out to take it. “Nice to meet you. I’m Ms… Taryn. I’m Taryn.”
She released my hand with no idea how lucky she’d been. Completely unharmed. Maybe I really was getting the power under control.
“I’ve never seen you at the games before.”
I tensed. “I usually work on Saturdays.”
“I work late.”
Jared leaned forward. “Charlie’s lucky his mom sacrifices so much so he can play sports.”
Heather gave Jared a long look and smiled. “And you are?”
“I’m Jared.” He took my hand lacing our fingers together. “Taryn’s boyfriend.”
I blinked and did my best to hide my shock behind a cool smile. “Charlie’s not the only one who’s lucky.”
Heather nodded. “I can see that.”
Brian’s Mom focused on the game again. I turned to face Jared and mouthed the word, “Boyfriend?”
He chuckled and leaned in. “Sounded better than telling her I’m your carpenter.” I nodded, wishing I hadn’t wanted it to be true. He squeezed my hand and came close to whisper, “There’s no one else in my life, in case you’re wondering.”
Without thinking, I raised our joined hands and kissed the back of his. He watched my every move, desire shining in his eyes. I swallowed hard and broke eye contact. He could make me hot with just a look. How could this ever work?
I concentrated on Charlie’s game, counting backwards and gradually the fire cooled. Jared tightened his hold on my hand, drawing my attention again. Was I hurting him? His smile melted away my worries. My heart pounded as I lost myself in his bright hazel eyes.
“You stopped it. Your hand heated up, but you pulled it back.”
I nodded. He made me feel like a freaking superhero.
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.
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