by P.J. MacLayne
Dot McKenzie is a lone wolf-shifter on the run, using everything available to her to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. When she is offered a chance for friendship and safety with the Fairwood pack, she accepts.
Gavin Fairwood, reluctant heir to the Fairwood pack leadership, is content to let life happen while he waits. But old longings surface when he appoints himself Dot’s protector ... and becomes more than a friend.
But her presence puts the pack and her new friends at risk, and Dot must go into hiding again. When old enemies threaten the destruction of the Fairwood pack, it will take the combined efforts of Dot and Gavin to save it.
Can anything save their love and Dot’s life when she becomes a pawn in a pack leader’s deadly game?
“Where do you think you’re going?” Tasha asked, leaning casually against the wall of the woman’s dorm. Dot was walking out the back door with her helmet in one hand, and carrying her saddlebags in the other.
“Dmitri got done with my bike. I thought I’d take it for a test drive around the village.” Dot avoided her bodyguard’s eyes and kept walking.
“In the dark? And you need your clothes in your saddlebags to do that?” Tasha stepped in front of Dot to stop her.
“I promised Gavin one week and I gave it to him,” Dot said, stepping to one side to go around Tasha, but Tasha moved with her.
“So now you’re going to run away?”
Dot quickly considered her options. Tasha was stronger, faster, and armed. “I’m not running away. I have a plan.”
“Why don’t you tell me about it?”
“I’m going to my see my aunt. I suspect all of this is tied to my father, whoever he is. I’m hoping she can tell me why.”
“Where does she live?”
“If you don’t know, you can’t tell anyone else, and I can’t be tracked there.” Dot turned to Tasha with tears in her eyes. Crying was an effective tool to use against men, she wondered if Tasha would fall for the ploy as well. “I need to do this, Tasha, please don’t stop me. I will be back in time to go to the Council meeting.”
“The sentries will stop you before you ever get out of pack territory. I can get you out, but I will help you on one condition.” Tasha grinned. “Did you know I have a motorcycle too? I’m going with you.”
http://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Pawn-P-J-MacLayne/dp/149549411X (paperback version)
P.J. MacLayne is a computer geek by day and a writer by night. She was raised among the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and many of her stories are set in that area. She currently makes her home in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and wonders if she was a mountain man in a past life.
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