Mitchell Waya was born to rage in a cage. Every time he competes in a mixed martial arts match, he brings two secret weapons to the ring—a raging heart and the blood of a wolf. When the beast within explodes, no man stands a chance. Scaling the heights of an international career, he’s not prepared for the tragedy and scandal that overtakes him.
At fourteen, Christy was abducted and abused by a brutal cult of survivalist. In a brave act of defiance, she attempts to escape but finds herself facing execution in a dark alley. When Mitchell appears from the shadows like an avenging angel to rescue her, she catches a glimpse of the protective wolf’s fury. They form a brief but intense bond but then Fate pushes them apart.
Four years pass. Fortunes change. Concerned about Mitchell’s welfare, Christy reaches out, but her kind deed puts her squarely in a killer’s sights, and only the courage of a wolf can save her.
Mitchell was born to fight, he found it to be a release when he couldn’t let his wolf loose to run. When a session at the gym wasn’t enough, he went for run and came upon an attack, he came to the child’s aid and called the one person he know could help. Not realizing at the time he would not be allowed to know the child’s fate.
Now safe Christy has a life with her mother again. Freed from the hands of a cult by a man she now follows through news articles. When she reads he is forced out of the ring by an unfortunate turn of events, she worries and needs to reach out to him, to thank him for what he had done for her. This is a favorite scene.
Stepping closer, she gazed into his eyes. “Why do you like the show?”
He stared back. A mixed array of emotions flickered across his face. “It’s a constant. I don’t have many of those.”
With his tousled hair and widened eyes, Mitchell looked like a big kid. The sight pierced her heart. For a moment, she wished she could cleanse the past for both of them and steal a taste of what any other carefree young man and woman might feel for each other. She always hoped someday she’d meet someone and the attraction would be so strong it would override all obstacles. Looking at Mitchell, the possibility he might be the one became real.
She couldn’t resist doing what she’d been dying to do. Rising on tiptoe, she clasped her hands against the sides of his face and drew him into a kiss. The first touch was featherlight, barely more than a shared whisper of warm breath. He didn’t pull away, his hand brushed hers, caressing her fingers. Encouraged by his sweet response, she grew bolder on the second pass. With a sweep of her tongue, she tasted the tart hint of apple on his lips.
“Christy….” he whispered. “What are you doing?”
Clasping her hands around his neck, she drew him near. For a fleeting moment, her mouth pressed to his, and she felt him relax. Her excitement built as she glided her knee between his. The tight denim of his jeans did little to mask the hard rise brushing her thigh. The instant reaction to her touch was like a match set to straw.
Tensing, he pulled away. “We should stop.”
Embarrassed, she fought back a wave of devastation. “I’m so sorry. I thought I sensed something between us.”
“You did.” The expression on his face was flustered and his voice hoarse.
“Why stop? Please don’t say you still think of me as a kid. You of all people should know what it’s like to grow up too fast. Is it me? Maybe I’m not your type?”
“That’s not it.” He moved toward the window and stared out. “You’re a beautiful woman. I love what I see.”
Joining him at the window, she watched the snow flurries swirl. She waited in silence for Mitchell to speak, as long moments passed.
He glanced sideways at her. “I can’t treat you casually. You deserve better. There’s no way I could kiss you a second longer and still be able to stop. I don’t trust myself. We just met and this feels too good, too comfortable.”
Leon, Katalina. Uncaged (Black Hills Wolves Book 25) (Kindle Locations 800-820). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Protecting their mates is what wolves do, but Mitchell must do more than that.
An intense, suspenseful read, with plenty of sizzle.
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Katalina Leon is an artist and author who can’t commit to a single romance subgenre. Her favorite playgrounds are historical, Sci-fi, contemporary, and most of all paranormal realms. Lately, she has wolf-shifters on the brain. Katalina brings a sense of adventure and a touch of the mystical to romance. She believes there’s a daring heroine inside every woman who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.
AuthorClassified’s, 2015 Romantic Suspense Author of the Year.