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sssSotiaI just got the email I get every first and third Saturday of the month. The one that reminds me I’m posting here on Sunday.

Today was the first time I’ve needed this reminder. I usually upload my post well in advance, because I’m a control freak. What changed this time, you ask? Well, this week has been extra busy. Other than designing a handful of new book covers, I finished a novella for a winter anthology (no, not the super secret SS&S one.)

So all this is to say there’s no post today. BUT there’s a snippet for you. Meet Aherin and Salina. If you’ve read Magic at Work, Salina is Xandra’s sister, from the book Lexi is reading at work.

Not safe for work (and not yet edited). Enjoy 🙂

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That one moment in time they shared had been nothing but a fierce celebration of their survival—and maybe an outlet for her pent up frustrations. She was a force of nature, literally one with the universe through her ties to her wolf, and he was unnatural. He was dead.

Yet when she was near, he felt more alive than he’d ever been.

Like on that one night.

She saw him watching. He could tell the moment she knew. Her spine went rigid for a fraction of a second, and her palms hovered over her breasts, as if she considered hiding herself from his gaze.

She took a deep breath, and even from shore he saw her dusky nipples harden, push out from the perfect curves of her small, firm breasts. They’d fit perfectly in his palms, those tits. Not that he’d get to find out. She was probably already pondering the best way to punish his insolence. Maybe she’s try to blind him, like goddess Athena had done to Tiresias. Only Tiresias had glimpsed the virgin goddess’ naked body by accident, while Aherin hadn’t even tried to avert his gaze from the exquisite body of the shifter bathing. Instead, he sat in the thick foliage surrounding the lake, and took in the sight. If it was the last thing he’d ever see, he’d make sure to commit it all to memory. Her slim waist. Her narrow hips. Her wide shoulders. Her body was full of angles, when he’d been brought up to consider curves attractive. Still, it was perfect.

She turned to fully face him, and he tensed in anticipation of her wrath. He was more than surprised to see a tiny smile play on her lips, as she glided a few steps closer. Close enough that, when she slid her hand between her long legs to cup her sex, Aherin saw her push a finger between her folds. He’d spent some time during their journey wondering what her pussy looked like, but he hadn’t expected it to be completely bare.

“Are you coming in?” she asked. “It’s divine.”

He forced his gaze to the lake around her. It looked otherworldly, the dark waters, clear as a black diamond, reflecting the moonlight and odd patterns of stars hanging on this universe’s skies. Then again, he was in a world other than the one he knew. He wanted to go in the water—a swim was all he’d had in mind before he’d seen her breaking the surface, tossing back her silver mane. Now all he could think of was getting inside her.

“I didn’t know if you wanted to share.” He stood and leaned against a tree. Was there a challenge in her eyes?

She shrugged. “It’s a free world. Still. Thanks to us. I think we could reward ourselves with a little indulgence.”

His sensitive hearing picked up the sounds of her sister and his best friend rutting like animals back in the cave. Maybe Salina could hear them too, though he wasn’t sure how acute her shifter senses were in her human form. It wasn’t the right time to find out. “Is this your idea of indulgence?” he asked instead. “A bath?”

She smiled, and took another step toward the shore. “Could be worse. At least I don’t smell of blood anymore.” She tiled her head to the side, arching the appetizing column of her neck. “Do I?”

“Can’t really tell from here.” He was lying. She smelled of the blood she’d shed, and her arousal, and Aherin didn’t know which one drove him wilder with desire.

“Maybe you should come closer, then. Just to make sure.”

Was she…flirting with him? He’d wanted her from the moment he’d laid eyes on her, but she had cut off his advances, and they’d eventually settled into spending their time together exchanging barbs and jibes. He’d accepted that he’d never have her and convinced himself he was all right with that.

The taunt in her eyes now looked too much like an invitation.

Aherin realized he’d untucked his t-shirt and unbuckled his belt. He forced his fingers to stop, before he also popped the buttons of his jeans. He needed to know what she was offering before he took the next step. “Careful what you wish for, little shifter. If I decide you smell delicious enough, I may eat you.”

She grinned, and amber shone in the depth of her emerald eyes. “I’m the wolf, remember? I don’t think you could eat me.”

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