With quick movements, he yanked off his field jacket and tossed it in her direction. It landed a little in front of the bush, and he had a tantalizing view of flesh as she retrieved it quickly, ran behind the bush, and began putting it on over her nakedness. When she emerged, it was zipped to her collar, but the jacket barely hit the tops of her thighs, and her long legs were hard not to look at. It took effort, but he lifted his focus and watched her approach.
He met her gaze as she slowed to inch up on the scene. She gave a tentative nod before closing her eyes to briefly block the view of the bloody sight on the ground, as if she were the one in pain.
“Why’d you return? That was stupid. You put yourself in danger.”
A fiery glint entered her now open eyes, and she crossed her arms. “You are welcome, you ungrateful jerk.” Her accent thickened with her irritation.
He knew he’d be on the ground, a bullet in his head, if she hadn’t thrown that rock so accurately. “Is your aim really that good or do I owe my life to a lucky throw?”
The strained look on her face said he’d offended her again. She was a passionate, little thing, but it made her too impulsive by far. Then, the emotion suddenly cleared from her expression, and he got the idea it was a trait she’d picked up recently. She had learned to hide her emotions. He wondered what other tricks she’d learned in the real world.
“My aim is perfect. Just hope you never have a reason to see firsthand.”
He almost grinned…almost.
Title: Wicked Jackal
Author: Cherie Marks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Woodland Creek Series.
30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories.
Anastasiya Petrov ran from her fate. The youngest of seven sisters and promised to one of the Princes of a rival pack, she refuses to be a bargaining chip. Instead, she flees to a remote area in the United States, changes her name to Tasia Connor, and settles into her new life.
Alex Chilikov might be an Estonian prince, but he was raised in the United States and loves it here, especially Woodland Creek, Indiana, where he’s followed close behind his bride-to-be. She might be able to hide who she is from the others, but he’d recognize her scent anywhere, and he plans to use his trickster abilities to help him obtain what he wants. He wants out from under his own father’s heavy thumb.
However, he’s not the only one searching for her. Her father has made some dangerous enemies, and though she continues to attempt to escape Alex’s protection, he’ll fight to keep her safe. Tasia will risk almost anything to keep her freedom, but only if she can resist a Wicked Jackal.
It all started with an old-fashioned typewriter. When the family brought it home, all those stories and characters rolling around in her head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys satisfied in their own right, but when she pulled out a finished page, she knew this was for her. Since then, she’s graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.
She’s a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning–a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, she loves to make people laugh and smile. Her goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating. The battle wages on.