When you’re an ex-Marine tiger shifter, love comes with a high cost – is it too much to pay?
Mitchell Brayden is an ex-Marine tiger shifter looking for love in all the wrong places. When he decides to rescue a young ocelot shifter from a rich, spoiled playboy, he embroils himself in a conflict that goes back generations.
Guadalupe Salazar grew up as a pampered pet of a benevolent patron. After his patron’s untimely death, he stays on with the patron’s son – a self-centered, weak man who got ensnared by the drugs and fast living in the States. One night, it goes too far and Lupe is beaten nearly to death. He is taken to a secret shifter clinic where he meets an unlikely knight in tarnished armor.
Together, Mitch and Lupe confront the playboy and his friends – but will their actions draw the rest of the jaguar familias, not to mention the ocelot clans, into a battle over Lupe’s future? Will the delicate balance of power destroy everything that Mitch’s small band of tiger shifters has built in Chicago?
Lupe’s eyes widened and he looked for a moment like he’d laugh. “I no busy, Mitch. You know my schedule. Restaurant is closed, what else I do?”
“You’re not making this easy,” Mitch grumbled.
Lupe did chuckle then, that older version of his laugh that made Mitch want to take him right there. He stood and then swung his knee up on the bed next to Mitch’s thigh and straddled him. Lupe put both arms on Mitch’s shoulders and smirked at him from inches away. “If is too easy, is not valuable, no?”
“I’m trying to ask you out, you smartass.”
“Yes, is very smart. You is not good at the talking.” Lupe kissed him, a quick peck with lots of moist lip to it that made Mitch groan. “And you still not ask me out, you just ask if I busy.”
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For author and textile artist A. Catherine Noon, it’s all about the yarn, both metaphorical and literal – spinning a yarn, knitting with yarn, weaving, sewing, painting, sharing stories and good times over a cup of coffee with dark chocolate. She teaches creative writing, creative expression and textile arts.
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