Shifter's Coven: Hunter
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by Marteeka Karland
Category: Erotica/Paranormal Erotica/Science Fiction
Description: Book Summary Simon is the lead hunter of the pack and most trusted confidant and advisor to the Alpha. He's also one of the most feared wolves in pack history, and no one has ever known his equal. Now he must hunt the most powerful enemy he's ever encountered before she destroys the one most precious to him. Adopted daughter of the Alpha, Sasha is a powerful shifter in her own right. She's only now coming into her heritage as a witch, but her power rivals that of Simon's prey, Deloris. She knows Simon's hunt is important to the pack, but never suspects it might all be a trap to draw her into Deloris's deceitful web of malice.
eBook Publisher: Changeling Press LLC, 2010 2010
eBookwise Release Date: February 2011
19 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [80 KB]
Reading time: 50-71 min.
Praise for Hunter "This was an erotic, adventurous read. I love how their relationship was explained and how fantastically well-suited the couple were to one another." 5 Hearts! -- Theresa, The Romance Studio
Sasha positioned herself in front of an area at the edge of the forest where she knew Simon would enter the pack village. Curling her tail around her feet, she waited. By the time he finally appeared, she'd sat there half the morning. But when his ice-blue gaze landed on her with a small start, it was worth the wait.
They remained there, looking at one another for several moments before Wade called out to Simon from across the clearing and approached the hunter. Sasha was as much trapped by his sparkling blue eyes as he was by hers. They didn't touch -- Sasha was still in her cat form -- but her stomach was doing somersaults, and she couldn't suppress a shiver of anticipation. She'd have him. It was only a matter of time.
"I was beginning to think the Witch had bested you, Simon." Wade greeted Simon with an outstretched hand, which Simon took. "Did you find her?"
"I did. We need to talk."
Simon's gaze didn't leave her as he spoke. Wade's eyes narrowed as he glanced toward Sasha then back to Simon.
"About Deloris, or... someone else?"
Scrubbing a hand over his face wearily, Simon sighed. "Both, actually. It's time I took a mate. I intend to choose one before winter."
Wade stood very still. "Have you chosen your bride, then? Is there a woman who's consented to be your wife?"
"No, but I do have a woman in mind. She's strong and of a good bloodline. She will be a good wife to a hunter."
Wade looked startled at that. Most hunters quit when they mated. The call to home and family was generally too strong for a wolf to remain on the hunt.
"You won't retire?" Wade said it slowly, making sure Simon heard the deadly undertones to his voice. Sasha's ears perked up, and she stood quietly, following the men as they started to meander down the path toward the village. Neither man acknowledged her again, but both seemed acutely aware she was there though for different reasons.
"No. Not now. Not while the pack still needs me."
"It sounds like you're not exactly ready. You haven't claimed your woman yet. Why not put it off until you're more certain of yourself?" It was a suggestion no one else would have dared to make. No one but Wade could have said it and not expected retaliation. But today, apparently, Simon didn't care who questioned him. He was having none of it.
"I'm as certain as any man can be!" He snapped at Wade, a sure sign of his agitation. "It is necessary. That's all you need to know."
Where other men would have shrunk back in deference, Wade merely raised an eyebrow. "Fine. It's your life. Do what you must." Wade stopped and gripped Simon's upper arm hard. "But consider what you do, Hunter. There are other lives for you to think about besides your own."
Spinning off in the direction of their home, Sasha's adoptive father left his best friend and the pack's lead hunter standing in the street at the edge of the village. Sasha merely looked at him pensively.
"Don't you have something to do besides bedevil me?" Simon said it aloud. Several others in the area looked at him, wary expressions on their faces. Simon merely growled at them, and they scurried on about their duties.
I have nothing else to do besides be a thorn in your side, Simon. Deliberately, Sasha used the mental link she had developed with him over the last two years. She refused to shift, even though she could fashion clothing as she did so. A feat no other shifter in the village could perform, except maybe Simon.
With that, Sasha turned from him and sauntered slowly back to the forest. She hoped he watched her go. The last thought she caught from him before he closed his mind firmly to her was that she would be the death of him. She'd have to be content with that. For the moment, anyway.