He turned away from the counter and nailed her with his golden-eyed gaze. She pulled back with a gasp and realized he’d looked directly at her as if he’d known where she was all along. Did he feel that freaky connection thing between them, too? The thought of that weirded her out and thrilled her all at the same time. She finally understood what Dasha had meant by that moment. Did she just see her forever future in the mystery guy’s eyes? But she didn’t even know his name.
After a few minutes, she dared look out from her hiding spot and saw him sitting at a table toward the front of the café with his back to her now. She eased out and rushed to the counter as quickly as she could where Beatrice was waiting with a knowing grin.
As Tasia drew closer, Beatrice rested her hands on either side of the register and said, “You might try talking to him some time.”
“What and ruin my perfect record of invisibility?”
“But you’re clearly not invisible to him. You’re on his radar. He spotted you before I did, girl.”
Tasia couldn’t tamp down the leap of her heart at Beatrice’s revelation. Then, reality invaded. Being noticed was bad. Very, very bad. If she wasn’t careful, she’d lose everything she’d worked hard these past few months to build in this town. And she liked this town. Woodland Creek was different than most places. It was a town where a multitude of shifters lived among humans, even if the humans weren’t in on that reality. There were even some wizards here, and though Tasia was raised in a pack of Golden Jackal shifters, she’d never grasped the diversity of the paranormal world. This place was amazing and she wasn’t ready to rush away anytime soon.
“Does not matter. Right now, I need to focus on my classes. I do not have time for romance.”
“Who said anything about romance? I was thinking a hot, sweaty night between the sheets would be just what the best friend ordered. I might not be a doctor, but I’m not averse to playing one every now and then, if you know what I mean.”
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.