Ryan's Treasure (Sanctuary #2)
by Becca Dale
Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release Date: July 9, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count/Length: 31,000 words/85 pages
Nadi has no family and no home beyond the puppy mills where she has lived since birth. Freedom calls to her until she cannot resist risking everything for a chance to run. But being free comes with dangers she’s ill-equipped to handle and a guardian who promises to protect her even as his size and brute strength terrify her.
Ryan Jones spends his life rescuing abused women by day and tortured animals by night. Nothing stops him from watching over those smaller or weaker until a half-starved she-wolf leaps between him and the barrel of a gun. In a night of passion with the gorgeous shifter, everything changes. Suddenly, by pack law, he faces an unexpected role that may destroy his image and their future.
Can love enable Ryan’s treasure to come home to his arms?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
“I thought you were asleep.”
She spun toward the door with a yelp. “You scared me, Jake.”
Her lanky brother strolled into the room and sat on the edge of her bed. “Talk to me.”
“Talking won’t make the nightmares go away.”
“Probably not, but neither will pacing in front of the window.” He grinned and patted the mattress beside him. “Come on, what do you have to lose?”
“Pride, self respect....”
Jake chuckled. “I’ve found there’s only two ways to get rid of recurring dreams if I can’t tell anyone about them.”
Sinking down beside him, she leaned her head on his shoulder. “Yeah? What’s that?”
“Running or sex.”
“I’ll pass on the sex—not really what it’s cracked up to be from what I’ve seen.”
He glanced toward the window. “You know he’s out there, waiting for you to come to him.”
Her brother laughed outright at her boldfaced stupidity. “He doesn’t bite and he’s worried. It would help me out a great deal if you’d talk to him.”
“At least go outside so he can see you’re getting stronger. Give him a run for his money.”
She stood and eased the curtain aside far enough to watch without being seen. Strips of light and dark danced with the pacing alpha. “And if he catches me?”
“Would that be so bad?”
No? Yes! Maybe? I don’t know! “He’s intimidating.”
“Can be, but if you don’t cut him some slack pretty soon, he’s going to self-destruct...and probably take it out on me. His restraint so far’s been impressive, but it won’t last much longer. He works two jobs and hangs outside here the rest of the time. I don’t think he’s slept since you moved in with me.”
Watching him prowl the perimeter made her antsy to shift and stretch her legs. “Two jobs?”
“Lawyer by day, security guard by night.”
She turned, lifting an eyebrow. “Lawyer?”
“Yeah. Why does that surprise you?”
“I don’t know. He doesn’t look like the suit-and-tie type.”
“He’s actually pretty good at it. Most of what he does is pro bono though, so he doesn’t make much money beyond what Grant pays him for his work at the Sanctuary.”
“Why would he work for nothing?”
“Because he cares.” Jake rose and stood beside her at the window. “I told him I didn’t want him near you...figured I should play the brother card at least once. But now, after watching him nearly implode the
se past few days, I’m wondering if I made the right decision.”
“What if I had wanted to stay with him?”
Jake grinned. “I could have blustered all I wanted. You would still be in his bed.”
“I was never in his bed...not with him anyway.”
“I know. He wouldn’t take advantage of you. In fact, he could have an endless line of women, but since most of them come to him from rough situations, he tends to sleep alone.”
She didn’t quite know what to say or even think. Moving the curtain aside a bit farther, she stared into the darkness. Still at last, he sat on his haunches, his sleek coat gleaming in the faint glow from the yard light. His eyes seemed to bore into her, delving into her secrets.
A smile lifted her heart at the stupid nickname. “Yes?”
“If you cave, I don’t want details, okay?”
Laughing she nudged him with her shoulder. “Not a problem.”
About the Author:
Becca Dale writes erotic romance with what many readers consider sweet-heat. She jokingly told her first editor she was naughty enough, but fanshave encouraged her to continue that philosophy. So while her work often carries an erotic heat level, the emotional impact is equally high. It remains Becca’s
goal to test and explore reader' fantasies through characters that could be the girl next door or the woman in the mirror, or even the wolf shifter held captive at the puppy mill down the road.
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