I have a confession to make. I’ve never used to be a fan of paranormal romances. I didn’t actually dislike them, but they weren’t my thing. One of the problems I’d always had with the paranormal, whether it was in books or movies, was how easily the heroine (and it usually was the heroine) accepted the presence of supernatural beings.
But I was finishing up a book and thinking about what I wanted to write next when this scene came to me, complete. It was like I was just taking dictation as I typed. So my idea was to write about people who already knew that wolf-dog shape-shifters existed. Except, I realized, the heroine wasn’t going to admit it, at least not at first. And so I wrote one of my favourite scenes ever as Samantha plays along when Gabe shows up in his wolf-dog form to spy on her. This became the central scene of “Claimed by Wolves” which became book 1 in my “Call of the Wolf” series.
This was a really good book. It was fast-paced, funny, and sexy as all get out. Man, do those McAllister brothers heat up the pages. They are definitely your dominant alpha men, who have met their match with Samantha. I think what makes this book believable is the sense of humor that is woven throughout the story just as much as the heat between them. It somehow pokes just enough fun at the situation they all find themselves in that you could see it happening just that fast.— Amy Hopkins, The Romance Studio
I really enjoyed Sam as a heroine. She is a confident woman who has no problem standing up for herself or going after what she wants. She is irritated when she realizes that Gabe is using his wolf persona to spy on her. Her revenge provides many laugh out loud moments. Be on the lookout for an especially hysterical scene where she takes her new “pet” to the vet for shots and neutering. — Robin, Sizzling Hot Books
STORY EXCERPT – Claimed by Wolves, Call of the Wolf 1
She’d stopped to check out some of the books on display and had bumped right into a rather large man coming from the opposite direction.
He had quick reflexes and had saved her from tumbling over and righted them both. Samantha found she had to look up at the buff young man, not that he was too young. He looked to be in his mid or maybe late twenties and clearly worked out at the gym whose logo was prominently displayed on the tank top he was wearing.
She had to force herself to step back. Reluctantly, the stranger released his grip.
She looked him up and down. From the distance of a few feet, she could see that his top also displayed his nicely sculpted arms and hinted at a six-pack. Above the top, she could see an easy grin, short sandy hair, and blue eyes. He had a nice smile and wasn’t shy about using it. She wondered if he was single. She wasn’t looking for a relationship because she planned leaving when the summer was over, but maybe a fling?
But then it hit her. For a second after they’d bumped, her nose had been buried in his nicely developed chest. He was wolf.
“Andy McAllister.” He held out his hand and waited.
“Samantha Anderson.” She held out her hand, and it was quickly engulfed by his larger one. She could feel a snap of electricity and almost tried to pull her hand away.
“Nice to meet you, Samantha Anderson. New in town?”
“I’ve living at what I understand is called the Daniels place.”
She watched his eyes narrow as he processed this information. Then his grin returned. “Then you’ll be staying in town. Great. Might I suggest a trial membership here at Bodies in Harmony. Not that I’m implying there’s anything at all wrong with your body, not in the slightest. You clearly work out and have done a superb job. I’m just suggesting that if you plan on living here, our club would be an excellent place for you to visit. In fact, I’d like to offer myself up as your personal trainer.” He grinned expectantly. Samantha found herself grinning back.
“I’m guessing you are one of the owners.”
“My twin brother Eddie and I own the place. And I’m sure Eddie would love to meet you, too. Perhaps we could both train you?” He winked at her.
Samantha felt her mouth go dry. Surely the very nice young man wasn’t suggesting what she thought he was suggesting. Maybe she would have that fling. And if his brother was as cute as he was, maybe she’d go wild in Harmony.
Just then, the door to the gym opened. Out came two men. One looked to be about the same age as Andy. They weren’t identical, but they had the same coloring and build. This clearly was his twin Eddie.
The other man was a little bit older than the other two, maybe midthirties, and whereas the twins smiled winsomely at her, this new man glared. . Big brother Gabe? There was definitely a family resemblance. He had thick dark hair that was almost to his shoulders. His features were not conventionally handsome, but he had a magnetic presence. And he looked like the big bad wolf as he stared at her.
“Eddie, Gabe. Meet Samantha Anderson. She’s staying at the Daniels place, and I’m trying to convince her to come work out at Bodies in Harmony. Ed, I told her we’d both be happy to train her.”
“Oh, absolutely, Miss Anderson.”
“Please, all of you, please call me Samantha or Sam.”
“Well, Sam. Welcome to town and to Bodies. Anytime you want a joint or even a private training session, please give us a call. We’d be glad to oblige. How long do you plan to stay in Harmony? A good long time, I hope.”
She smiled. She could see they were all anxious to hear her answer, but whereas the twins looked like they were interested in her as a potential conquest, Gabe looked angry. She decided to play with him. “Well, I bought the place, actually. I came into some money and wanted to get as far away from Florida as I could, for reasons I would rather not discuss.” She smiled inwardly as she could practically read the thoughts running through each of their minds as they assumed she’d had a love affair gone bad. “Anyway, Mrs. Daniels had this, she described it as a vacation cabin that sounded wonderful. I came into a small inheritance, and one thing led to another and here I am.”
“And how glad we are that you are here,” declared Eddie. “Right, Andy?”
“And what about your friend here? He doesn’t look glad I’m here.”
“Oh, Gabe. Ignore him. He’s always grumpy.”
“Calm down, boys. Give her some breathing space.” His voice, like his hair, was darker than the others’, but he was clearly related. His voice was similar, but deeper and harsher. He was taller than his brothers, but of a more slender build. He clearly didn’t spend the same amount of time in the gym as they did, but she’d bet he looked pretty fine under his clothes. His hair was jet black and a bit long like he needed a trim but just couldn’t be bothered, but he had the same intense blue eyes as his brothers.
And even from this distance, she could sense wolf. But the scent was different than his brothers’. It was stronger, more primal. She didn’t just recognize it but she felt it calling out to her on a primitive level. She’d found his brother, well, both brothers actually, attractive, and she’d already toyed with the idea of a fling, but now that she’d met Gabe, she realized that she felt desire, and that alarmed her. She’d just met this man, hadn’t spoken with him or touched him, not even his hand, and she realized she was afraid to. Something about him, either the man or the wolf, called to her on a level that she didn’t even want to think about.
The sun went behind a cloud, and suddenly she found herself shivering. She swam over to the edge of the pool. Gabe came forward and held out a hand. She let him help her out of the water but then wasn’t sure what to do next. She knew she was standing in front of him almost naked, and her nipples were hard, poking through the sheer material of her bra, and not totally because of the cold.
* * * *
Gabe stared at her amazing body, his cock aching to be inside her. When he’d been in wolf form, he’d had to leave so as not to show how much her near nakedness had affected him. As a man, he didn’t have to hide it. He knew she saw his arousal, and she wasn’t backing away.
She was wearing a delicate pink color that had become transparent in the water. He could see her nipples as tight as berries, jutting out against the fabric and the dark curls at the juncture of her thighs. He didn’t know where he wanted to put his mouth first, but he knew he had to touch her, and he knew where he wanted her mouth.He reached out a finger to gently flick one of her erect nipples. She froze as if waiting for something. He closed his entire hand on it, enjoying the feeling of the hard tip pressing against his palm.
He waited, half expecting her to push him away. Looking over at her, he could see that her eyes were half closed and her breathing had sped up. He reached out to cup her other breast. He heard a hitch in her breath and then felt her lean in to his touch. He gently squeezed her breasts, his thumbs rasping against the nipples through the transparent fabric.
He felt his cock grow even harder, straining against the fabric of his pants. He saw her glance down and her eyes widen as she took in the size of him. He released one of her breasts, reaching down to take her hand and place on his cock, pressing her palm against it. He felt her gripping him lightly and held her hand, tightening and moving it up and down over his length and he tightened his grip on her breast.
Just then, she shivered. He wasn’t sure if she was shivering with desire or from the chill of standing there in her wet clothes. He dropped the blanket he was still holding and reached out, pulling her close, his body heat chasing away the cold as he rubbed his hands up and down her body briskly until she was starting to warm up. Then his hands settled on her ass, pulling her close to him, pressing her against his erection, letting her again feel how much he wanted her.
Then he waited. As much as he wanted her, he was giving her the choice.
* * * *
She knew he’d leave her alone if she wanted him to, but she found that she didn’t want him to. He was waiting for a sign from her. She shouldn’t feel as close to him as she did. This was technically only their second meeting, but she’d spent two evenings with him in wolf form, and maybe that was why she felt so close to him.
All she knew was that she wanted him, all of him.
“Why are you still dressed?” she asked, her hands going to the hem of his T-shirt. “You are making me feel self-conscious.”
“Can’t have that.” He slipped his tee over his head, kicked off his shoes, and removed his pants. She found herself staring at his beautiful torso, well muscled but lean with defined pecs and a six-pack of abs she longed to run her fingers over. His torso was covered with a light furring of hair, but not too much. Just a dusting on his chest leading down to the treasure trail below his navel that then led to his very impressive equipment that was clearly fully ready for action.
And now suddenly she was the overdressed one. She reached for the fastening of her bra, but he stopped her.
She was surprised when he didn’t remove it himself. Instead, he moved away from her, but he was just picking up the blanket and spreading it carefully on a grassy spot out in the sun. She watched his tight buttocks as he walked away from her, and then when he walked back toward her, her eyes were riveted by his huge erection bobbing with each step.
She fought to tear her eyes away from it, looking up. The look of intent in his eyes scared her a bit, but she wouldn’t break eye contact.
He smiled and reached out a hand to cup her breast briefly before reaching behind her to unfasten her bra. Then he led her over to the blanket, urging her to her knees. She slid down gracefully, looking up at him with hungry eyes.