Title: Wolf in his Heart
Author: N.J. Walters
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Werewolf
He’s a wolf where it counts—in his heart and in her bed.
Salvation Pack, Book 7
Exiled from her wolf pack for rejecting her parents’ choice for a mate, Rina Matheson has been on her own for over a year. Now she’s running for her life from a man who knows what she is and is obsessed with hunting her down.
Sage Gallagher—organic farmer, half-breed werewolf, and member of the Salvation Pack—finds more than a lost hiker while camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. So much more. Instant attraction slams through him with knee-buckling power the minute he sees Rina. His first instinct is to get her home where he and his pack can protect her.
Rina doesn’t trust easily. Especially not half-breeds, who she was raised to consider abominations. But Sage’s quiet strength calls to her lonely soul, and amazingly enough, her wolf responds. As he slowly works his way past her guard, she is soon in danger of losing her heart—even as danger draws closer to taking her life.
She kept one eye on Sage, which wasn’t exactly a hardship. He was big and handsome and part wolf. It had been over a year since she’d been in the presence of her own kind.
He’s a half-breed, she reminded herself. They were weak and shunned by the packs. Well, she’d been shunned too, and she was full-blooded, so in the end what did it really matter? She’d learned a lot in her time alone. What a person did was a hell of a lot more important than what they said.
Family might be everything to her kind, but when push had come to shove, her parents had chosen their pack above her, their own daughter. They’d stood by and watched as she’d been cast aside. Mikhail might have stood with her, but he’d been away working at the time of her banishment.
She’d been alone.
“Who is after you?” His question jolted her back to the present.
She shook her head. “It doesn’t matter. It’s not your problem.”
Sage shook his head. “Now that’s where you’re wrong. It’s definitely my problem. You need to come home with me.”
It was official. The only werewolf she’d met since she’d left home and he was a half-breed crazy. “Yeah, I don’t think so.” The alpha would not approve of bringing a strange wolf home, especially one who’d been banished from her own pack. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
She liked his calm manner. Most of the men she’d known were ultra aggressive, always trying to assert their dominance. Sage had a quiet power about him. It was as if he was confident enough of his own strength that he didn’t need to prove anything to anyone.
Her wolf found it very alluring. Come to think of it, so did she.
“You can’t just bring home a strange wolf.”
Sage shrugged. “Sure I can. Won’t be the first time the pack has opened its doors to a strange wolf.” His smile would have sent her to her knees if she hadn’t already been sitting. He was lethal to her senses.
Was it because he was the first of her kind she’d seen in months? Or was it because he was being kind to her? God knows, her soul was starved for some kindness. Or was the attraction something more?
Maybe that proved her pack was right about her. That she was defective. After all, she’d turned away a dominant, full-blooded male werewolf and was drawn to a seemingly laidback half-breed.
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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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