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Guardian's Tales Book Four
Letha, an African American woman with a troubled past, thinks one man should be more than enough — until she meets two possessive alpha males.
Roman, a bird shifter, and Kenz, a snake shifter, are looking for the woman who will complete their triad.
When this threesome comes together, the sheets start to sizzle.
Everything should be perfect, but something is preventing them from completing the bond that would make their union permanent.
With the full moon approaching, Roman and Kenz have one chance to make Letha theirs — or lose her forever.
Genre: Paranormal RomancePurchase link(s): Amazon ARe iTunes Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): Shifters, Ménage, Interracial
Release Date: September 13, 2015
Publisher: Changeling Press
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She didn’t know how to approach Roman and felt every attempt she made was an annoyance to him. She sighed as she walked down the stairs. The soft glow that indicated sunrise was coming cast eerie shadows in the dark house. She turned the corner to go to the kitchen and startled to a halt with a gasp.
He glanced over his shoulder before turning back to the window. “Good morning. You’re up earlier than usual.”
She walked to his side to see what he was looking at. His gaze was directed at the giant oak in the back yard. Two of the ravens stared back at him. She looked at him and then the ravens. “Are you talking to them?”
“No. I don’t have the ability to communicate telepathically with true ravens. We are assessing each other.”
Letha started to laugh but the sound died in her throat when Roman didn’t show a hint of amusement. “Tell me you’re joking.”
“Could you please not battle with the very sizeable unkindness that lives in my backyard? I’m sure being a shifter gives you an edge but there are like fifty of them back there. Maybe more. I’ve never really counted.”
“That depends on them. I will defend myself if they make me.” He didn’t stop staring until the ravens flew into the oak. He gave a slow nod and turned away.
Letha reached for him but stopped short of touching him. “Wait. Where are you going?”
He stopped but didn’t look at her. “I have work to do. I came down to eat.”
“Half an hour ago.” He resumed walking.
Short and to the point, like all their conversations. Letha could stand there and watch him go or she could confront the issue. She followed him. “You don’t love me, do you?”
Roman stopped short and faced her. “What do you mean?”
“You don’t. I’m your lifemate but you don’t love me. I bet you don’t even like me.” There. She’d said it. They could get this out in the open and figure out a way to deal. Guardian had said the bond was for life and divorce wasn’t an option. If that was the case, she and Roman had to find a way to be around each other. The avoidance interrupted by bouts of sex was wearing on her nerves and she’d only been subjected to seven days of it. She wouldn’t survive a lifetime.
In a measured tone, Roman said, “I love you as much as you love me.” He nodded at her wide-eyed reaction. “You see my point and agree. We are strangers to one another, Letha. I cannot know my feelings for you so soon. I do like you, however.”
“You don’t act like it.”
“How would you prefer I act?”
“What?” She blinked at the question because she hadn’t expected it.
Roman moved closer to her. “I am not Kenz. He has an affable nature that draws people to him. He is the product of a household overflowing with love. My family tended toward friendly cordiality. Affection was nonexistent, mostly because my parents were too busy to offer it.”
“I said once before and I’ll say again, your sympathy isn’t needed. I’m well aware of my and my family’s shortcomings. In their bid to play human, my parents cut themselves off from our unkindness and became cold because of it. Ravens are by nature playful.”
“I know. Backyard full of them. I kind of noticed.”
“I am not.”
“I noticed that too.” She chanced a small smile. “I’m not asking you to be playful, Roman. I can’t even imagine that. But I feel like we’re strangers who just have sex. Is that what you want out of this relationship?”
“I want you.”
“Well, yeah, I kind of got that already. You have me, but what else?”
He studied her in silence, roaming his gaze over her face as if searching for something.
For several tense moments, Letha let him scrutinize her and tried not to fidget. How could she still be self-conscious around a man who had extensive knowledge of her intimate anatomy and knew the sounds she made when he manipulated it?
The only times she saw real emotion from Roman was during sex when his passion burned as hot as hers and during his fights with Kenz. She began to think Kenz stirred up conflict on purpose just to get a reaction from Roman that wasn’t measured and detached.
Roman said, “Interrupt my work, if you like.”
“You avoid my office when you think I’m working so as not to bother me. My work is not so fragile that an interruption will ruin it. This is your home, Letha, go where you please when you please.”
She placed a hesitant hand on his forearm. When he didn’t object or pull away, she stepped closer to him. The desire that always accompanied physical contact rose up but it was just her and Roman, so she could ignore it. “This is your home too now.” She searched his gaze. “Right?”
“It is. Don’t worry that I’ll leave you. I won’t. Neither will Kenz.”
“Lifemates. I get that.”
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