Here’s a sneak peek at the beginning of Tales of the Were: Rocky…
On the run from her husband’s killers, there is only one man who can help her now… her Rock.
Maggie is on the run from those who killed her husband nine months ago. She knows the only one who can help her is Rocco, a grizzly shifter she knew in her youth. She arrives on his doorstep in labor with twins. Magical, shapeshifting, bear cub twins destined to lead the next generation of werecreatures in North America.
Rocky is devastated by the news of his Clan brother’s death, but he cannot deny the attraction that has never waned for the small human woman who stole his heart a long time ago. Rocky absented himself from her life when she chose to marry his childhood friend, but the years haven’t changed the way he feels for her.
And now there are two young lives to protect. Rocky will do everything in his power to end the threat to the small family and claim them for himself. He knows he is the perfect Alpha to teach the cubs as they grow into their power… if their mother will let him love her as he has always longed to do.
EXCERPT (c) 2012 Bianca D’Arc
All Rights Reserved.
Rocky saw his parents out and turned off the lights on the way back to her, leaving just the tree lit with a warm glow. She’d always thought the little lights gave off a magical blend of color that harmonized into a homey feeling.
“Shall we sit by the fire?” Rocky took her hand and led her toward the roaring blaze.
Instead of the couch, where the boys slept in their carrier, he sat on the floor and pulled her down beside him. They used the couch as a back support and sat on the thick, braided rug that fronted the fireplace.
Rocky put his arm around her and she snuggled into his side as the light from the fire and tree splashed over them. Both warmed her in different ways, as did the big man at her side. She felt more comfortable with him, yet on edge. The tension between them rose as the flames licked at the wood, his presence licking metaphorically at her insides, making her yearn for something she was afraid to reach for.
There’d been so much tragedy in her life lately. She was so afraid she’d brought more to Rocky’s home. She didn’t want to lose him. And she really didn’t want to be the reason he was in danger, but that couldn’t be avoided now. If the danger found her, it would find her with Rocky because she couldn’t leave him now.
“Have I told you how thankful I am that you took me in when I arrived unannounced on your doorstep?” She rested her head against his shoulder as they looked at the flames.
“I’d never turn you away, Maggie. Not ever.” The warmth in his voice made her shiver.
“But you could’ve been married with a family of your own. You should’ve been.” She drew back to look up into his eyes from close range. “Why didn’t you marry, Rocky?”
“The only woman I wanted was already taken.” Her breath caught at the look in his eyes. “I didn’t want to settle for second best. I figured I’d live my life alone. Seemed better than making some poor woman miserable simply because she could never be you.”
This time she did gasp. “Are you serious?”
“Darlin’, most shifters know their mate when they meet them. I was too young to really recognize it at the time, but the first time I saw you, I knew you were special. It was some time before I figured out you were my mate. For me there is no other woman but you, and there never will be.”
He didn’t give her a chance to respond as he lowered his head and locked his lips onto hers. But she didn’t mind. His admission was shocking…and thrilling at the same time. Maybe life did give second chances.