by Kate Richards
She’s swept off her feet…
Or kept from falling on her behind in the lobby of the Los Angeles Superior Court Building by the first man to catch her eye since opening her own business. Evie Thomas can’t spare time from running her brand new flower shop to serve on a jury. Particularly a celebrity trial. Can’t these soap opera stars settle their problems without involving those trying to earn an honest living? Still, if she must do her civic duty, it doesn’t hurt to have the diversion of a smart, sexy soldier just back from the Middle East. It’s not as if she’s falling in love.
He catches her…
But he might as well just throw her back. Jury duty threatens to keep Mark Vasquez from his well-earned vacation in the South Seas. Isn’t it enough that he serves his country in a capacity so secret even the CIA and FBI don’t know for sure what his branch of the service does? Must he sit through the latest Los Angeles dog-and-pony trial? And his past experience with women hasn’t exactly led him to trust them. But he can’t stop watching Evie, listening to her every word, kissing her every time they are alone. At court…or in their hotel, where the judge has placed the jurors to keep them from the paparazzi.
A sequestered affair…
Just for the duration of the trial. Then they will go their separate ways. Never think of one another again. It’s not like they’re falling in love.
A MATE'S REDEEMING TOUCH
by Merryn Dexter
Ven Thorne is a lone wolf with a bad attitude caused by his difficult childhood. Forced to return to pack life, he is tasked with rebuilding the gas station on the outskirts of Los Lobos. Ven works for Ryker, the pack enforcer, and will act as sentinel and lookout when the station reopens.
Caitlyn Burrows has recently returned to Los Lobos with her family. A victim of Magnum Tao, the pack’s evil ex-Alpha, she is terrified of men and her natural omega nature is making it hard for her to make friends. Her family is determined to see Caitlyn happy.
A chance encounter between Ven and Caitlyn reveals they are mates, something that neither of them is happy about! He’s mean and angry; she’s timid and shy. Can two such opposites find common ground?
Unable to stay away from his Little Red, Ven comforts, protects, and, at her urging, shows Caitlyn how the touch of a man should feel. Madly in love with her, Ven fears he cannot be the mate Caitlyn deserves. He’s too messed up from the past, ostracized from the pack and poor to boot. He can’t see the Burrows Princess slumming it in his rundown trailer.
Caitlyn decides it is past time to take control of her life and is determined to prove to Ven that she is the mate that he needs.
Can she make him see that the Fates are right and that their only chance of happiness is together or will the ghosts from the past keep them apart forever?