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298 pages, Kindle Edition
First published August 1, 2017
"You wanna make a deal?"
She nodded, her shoulders going back. "Yes."
To live, he'd do almost anything. "What do you want?"
She met his gaze, her eyes deadly serious. "If I heal you, then we mate. For life."
"I'm claiming you, Nessa. Right here. Right now... What are you, Nessa?" he demanded, his hold absolute.
She opened her eyes. This was beyond what she'd wanted. But here they were. "Claimed," she whispered.
She looked him in the eyes. “If I heal you then I want something in return.”
He dropped his hand …“You wanna make a deal?”
She nodded, her shoulders going back. “Yes.”
To live, he’d do almost anything. “What do you want?”
She met his gaze, her eyes deadly serious. “If I heal you, then we mate. For life.”
“Bear? … Let’s reach an agreement.” Her voice remained level only through supreme effort.
He straightened, and his smile was almost lazy. “Baby? You wanna fuck, bite, brand, and mate....but not bond. Do I have it right?”
He released her and traced one finger – just one finger – across her cheekbone, nose and down her jaw. “I’ve never had anybody that was just mine. All mine.”
His touch ignited her skin, heating all the way down her body. A pulse set up between her legs. She kept perfectly still. “I have no intention of being all yours. If this happens, after a lot of negotiation, then we’ll go our separate ways.”
His hands caressed down, easily enclosing her entire neck. “You really think that’s how a mating happens with a shifter? Any shifter? Much less with me?” His hold was infinitely gentle, but the strength in those fingers, in that broad palm, couldn’t be denied. “You chose an alpha, baby. Head of the entire grizzly nation.”
“Aye,” she whispered, her trachea moving against his hold.
His head lowered solely, deliberately, his molten gaze trapping hers. “Do you honestly think I’d let my mate go? Ever?”
He studied her, his eyes unreadable, his entire body one long solid line. Gone was the dangerously teasing cranky Bear. This was the real Bear, and he was way too primitive. This was too much. He was way too much. She’d overestimated her power and strength, and she’d underestimated his.
He was a simple guy. She was good, and she made the world better by being in it. She made his world a lot better. So that meant she belonged here.
His life had been calm and colorless before she arrived. Now it was chaos filled with color.