Heat surrounded Nerina on all sides. Everywhere she turned there was smoke. It clouded her vision, suffocated her senses, and burned her lungs. The clothes on her body had long burned away. Chunks of her flesh hung off her arms and legs. Her body pulsed in agonizing pain. In the other room, she could hear her mother and father screaming as the fire blazed around her. Still, Nerina tried to look for a way out, for fresh air. She was determined to reach them. Fire crawled up the sides of the walls like waves rushing to the shoreline. She needed to find the door. Had to.
By the time she found it, the screams had ceased. She was too late; she knew they were gone, but called out to them anyway.
“Mom! Hold on! Dad! I’m coming! I’m coming!”
Reaching up, she grabbed for the knob, the skin from her hand sticking to the metal. Muscle and nerves she thought had long burned off, flared in excruciating pain. With a high-pitched scream, she peeled her hand from the hot metal.
Nerina woke tangled in her sheets. Her bed damp from her body’s perspiration. The nightmare never got better. It had been two years, and she could still smell the smoke, feel the heat of the fire on her skin. She’d lost her entire family that night. Her beautiful mother, Simone; and her father, Roman.
Nerina eyed him suspiciously. Why was he standing so close to her? And why did it look like he was sniffing her?
She took a step back and his entire body seemed to move with her. She had her small gun in her boot. She didn’t feel threatened by him, but just in case, she was on guard.
“You got something you need to say to me?”
She watched closely as Victor eyed her. His eyes were on her face, then her boot where the gun was concealed. He couldn’t possibly know she was carrying.
“Somebody after you, or do you always carry a gun?”
Nerina backed up and was happy to know Demon was there at her back. His hackles rose as he growled at Victor.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but if you don’t need to do anything else to my ride, you can leave now.”
“If I don’t?”
Then she was going to let Demon have him for dinner, that’s what.
“I don’t want any trouble. I just want you to leave. It’s getting cold, and I need to go back inside.”
He stepped closer. Leaving no room for even the air to flow between them. His breath hot on her face as he looked down at her.
“If I find out you’re here to cause trouble, you’re going to need more than that little piece of shit gun to stop me.”
Mountain men truly sucked. Even if this particular mountain man was hot.
“I asked you to leave,” Nerina said again, this time firmer.
He stood there unmoving, eyeing her intently until whatever he was looking for became evident only to him.
There are secrets in even the smallest of towns...
Nerina Simpson fled the streets of New York City, hoping to find solace outside the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Physically scarred from a fire that claimed both her parents, Nerina keeps to herself while she tries to put the darkness of her life behind her.
When a winter storm forces her into town, she collides with Victor Canidae. An arrogant man who makes it no secret that he and everyone else in the town want her to leave.
Headstrong, and refusing to back down, Nerina finds herself in trouble when her two, four legged companions get lost in a storm, landing her in the path of an angry bear hell bent on taking her life.
Until a mysterious white wolf comes to her rescue.When she wakes up in a warm cave, the last person she expected to see is Victor. Stuck in a cave until the storm passes the two decide there is only one way to pass the time, and quickly when you’re getting physical.
**PNR, SHIFTERS, HUNTERS, Light BDSM, +18 and over Multicultural/Interracial Romance**
Series: Artic Wolves (Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance w/Light BDSM
Format: E-book & Print