Naomi Hardin heads into Gargoyle territory to see a play without a second thought. She never expected to run into any Gargoyles, much less two men who claim she’s their mate. She’s drawn to the two Gargoyles but will escape from them. Although they’re gorgeous, she has plans for her life, and they don’t include biologically chosen mates.
Neil Conrad and Isaac Phillips are thrilled to discover their mate at a theater. Although she’s not happy, she’s trespassed into Gargoyle territory and is fair game. They take her home to show her they belong together, but discover they’ve brought her right into the path of danger. Someone is targeting the Gargoyle. They must gain her trust and love while they learn to trust her, as well, because they’ll need her help against some of the attacks coming at them. They’ll have to face the trouble coming for them in order to claim her love and begin their life together.
Excerpt PG 13
They wouldn’t talk for long. Naomi had ended up almost naked and smacked around by that Appari the last time she ventured this close to them. The attack sent shudders ripping down her spine. She hadn’t known anyone had found Appari in the area.
“You said you studied to save lives. What do you study?” Isaac asked.
“I’m studying to be a nurse. I also have a job and friends. Things I plan to do. Things I need to do. You know, a life.” She folded her arms across her chest. The thought of losing progress on her career made her angry.
Isaac chuckled, but sobered. “There’s no need to point that out. We know that you have dreams and goals. You’ll have almost everything that you had there, here. It might take us a little time to fix everything.”
“I don’t want it here. I want my life with my friends as I choose it.” She shook her head.
She inhaled and drew in a spicy musk. She didn’t know which one that alluring fragrance belonged to, or if it somehow mixed. That scent went straight to her head. She’d known that talking wouldn’t last long, but she thought she’d last more than a couple sentences. When she’d imagined it, she’d pictured them kissing her and distracting her, not her losing control sitting beside them.
“But mating isn’t something any of us choose. No one knows who’s right for them until we feel that pull.” Isaac put his hand on her leg.
The heat of his hand seared through the thin fabric of her dress. She’d have wear something a lot thicker than this lightweight cloth to blunt the feel. He wasn’t trying to generate heat. His body ran hotter than a human. Damn, that drew her almost as much as his scent. She wanted to snuggle right up to him and feel that warmth seeping into her.
“But I don’t think you two are right for me.” She shook her head.
“Aren’t we?” Neil reached over and touched her arm. “Has your body ever burned for anyone else the way it burns for ours?”
Not even close. She didn’t like them right now and she could feel her body softening toward them. A frown pulled at her lips as frustration built inside her. The two men sat one on each side. She couldn’t decide which to snuggle against.
“We’re not denying what we want. If you’d like, you can touch a little,” Isaac said.
“That’s what got me into trouble before the Appari bitch slapped me and tried to kill me.” Naomi looked at him and shook her head. She wouldn’t fall for the same thing all over again.
Isaac grinned. “It was such an enjoyable trouble aside from the Appari. I loved the way you tasted and how your breasts felt pressed against my chest. The only thing that would have been better would be to have you completely naked, and in a place where we could enjoy you.”
A voracious reader since childhood, Rebecca Airies has always enjoyed getting lost in the fantastic worlds of science fiction, horror, fantasy and romance. When she began to write her own stories, they always had a romantic edge.
Rebecca currently lives in Texas and writes with the help of a couple feline critics. She’s a multi-published author whose muse loves fantasy, sci-fi and the paranormal, as well as strong heroines who are sometimes as stubborn as their heroes. She loves to hear from her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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