After suffering an unspeakable childhood tragedy, firefighter Tanner Canagan uses his wolf shifter powers to rescue other helpless victims. But no matter how many people he saves, the dark history of his past prevents him from getting close to anyone. He doesn’t deserve to fall in love, especially not with a woman as gorgeous and amazing as Jordyn.
As a paramedic, Jordyn Lowe saves lives on a daily basis. As a wolf shifter, she’s dedicated to her pack. And as a woman, she’s head over paws in love with Tanner. Despite her own painful past with men, his tortured soul doesn’t scare her away. They just might be able to forge a union destined to last forever—if only they can both trust before it’s too late that their broken hearts can heal one another.
A Black Mesa Wolves crossover novella!
Tanner has definite commitment issues as well as problems with anger. Anger caused by events he had no control over. Fighting fires is one way he deals with his past, shifter fighting is another.
Jordyn is a calming influence on Tanner, she is his mate but he refuses to acknowledge that fact and insists on a no strings relationship. As a paramedic she sees Tanner every day and while it soothes him it tends to make her wolf push for more.
This was a favorite scene that takes place after Tanner steals a kiss from Jordyn after a fire.
“That was a nice surprise,” she said, managing to keep her voice cool and steady. Tanner was awesome, but she’d gotten a good enough sense of him and his natural restlessness in the past ten months that she was wary of feeling anything more for him.One heartbreak in a lifetime was enough, thank you very much.
He nodded against her head, the scratchy roughness of his bristling cheek and chin scraping against her face with the deliciousness that always made her tremble in response.
She expected him to make his usual offer next. To meet at her apartment in town after both their shifts were over for a long night of pleasure and the oblivion they both craved. The words he said instead startled her, causing her to drop back and look at him in the darkness with her wolf enhanced sight.
“I need to fight tonight. Come with me?” He sounded tentative for a second. “You know I always fight a lot better if I know you’re watching me,” he added in a low, almost off-handed growl.
Jordyn’s wolf paced and whined throughout her mind, worry and a funny little sense of protectiveness emanating from her. Jordyn stared at Tanner for a long moment, trying to read his face. But he’d reverted back to being just as contained she was. She rarely saw what was really going on with him play across his expression. Only when they were in bed together.
But a wicked smile lanced his mouth into a lascivious grin. “I’ll make it worth your while afterward, sexy.”
Despite herself, Jordyn laughed, shaking her head. “You’re incorrigible. But of course I’ll be there. Why tonight? It’s not your usual m.o. after a fire.” Tanner usually worked off his steam at fires, needing only the sensuous bubble of the two of them wrapped together afterward rather than a fight.
He stepped back. Glancing down, he took a breath before looking right back at her with his stunning mahogany brown eyes, clearly visible to her despite the darkness. She felt herself melting all over again.
Until his next words. “Jordyn”— and the use of her full name gave her pause as well—“ I’m leaving.”
It was like a gut punch. Her wolf sat up and howled in her mind. Jordyn knew she looked out of her eyes, which would be close to glowing with her wolf so close to the surface.
Harper, J.K.. Dallas Fire & Rescue: Fire Wolf (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Black Mesa Wolves Book 6) (Kindle Locations 164-186). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.
Both of them know for a fact they are mates and denial just keeps them from completing the bond. That and Tanner’s need to relocate make him a very frustrating character.
I really would have liked to see some interaction with the Dallas team in this one. All we saw was couple of mentions of an opening on the team and Tanner thinking of taking the position.
There were many editing errors in this one. Missing words, tense and more, very disappointing.
4 Purrs for J.K. and 3 hisses for editing.
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